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Local Columnists

GEORGE KENNEDY: Early childhood education, job prospects could fight crime

Instead of investing in the police force, we should be putting our money toward long-term solutions.

DAVID ROSMAN: Memory of 9/11 reinforces need to strangle new threats of terrorism

We need to act, and we need to act sooner rather than later. America’s air support of the Iraqi and Kurdish ground troops is only a start.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Here's an idea: Pay for the services you use

The Missouri Department of Transportation and Columbia's Solid Waste Division are slowly going broke. Better pricing methods and delegation to locals hold the key to both crises.

ROSE NOLEN: New lessons are needed to solve bullying

Bullying is a childhood disease that needs to be cured.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why another task force? Solutions to violence are obvious

We need policies and programs to genuinely address the problems that have systematically ushered our young people from the cradle to the prison industrial complex.

DEAR READER: Why I'm throwing away NFL team's T-shirt

A racist team name makes a former favorite T-shirt a necessary addition to the garbage pile.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Promising start to the school year, on several fronts

MU's enrollment is the highest ever, with the highest ability freshman class ever, and the Tiger's football season is off to a good start. However, a gray cloud still looms.

TIM MAYLANDER: Gun culture leads to more shootings, police militarization

Make no mistake about it: Incidents like the one in Ferguson are the price America pays for having the Second Amendment in our Constitution and fostering a culture of guns throughout our nation. And that culture is growing.

DAVID ROSMAN: Home health care workers are not fairly compensated

President Barack Obama and many of his supporters have suggested $10.10 per hour as a fair working minimum wage. But caregivers need to be paid better if we want more than simply adequate care for our disabled and elderly.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Buddy Packs fill hunger gap for kids, but not enough

More resources are needed to provide enough weekend meals for students who rely on free or reduced-price meals at school.

DAVID ROSMAN: It's difficult to find a focus in the dog days of summer

Keeping up with politics can be hard, and that's OK.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Homes on the auction block are a sad reminder of hard times

The selling of real estate for overdue property taxes shows the unseen dark side of how we pay for services in the community. Every time voters approve a new or extended property tax, it impacts those already struggling to stay in their homes.

ROSE NOLEN: Education once turned children into responsible adults

My brother could have helped win the war for education. As it was, he finished school about 40 years too late. He became a teacher when it became more important to parents to let their children have a good time in school rather than get a good education.

DEAR READER: 'Dog days of summer' arrive, but the fault is in the stars

The phrase, "dog days of summer" dates to the Greeks and Romans.

DEAR READER: On whether and when to send a journalist to Ferguson

The story of protest and confrontation is a local story for every community in the country, even when your journalists stay home.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Events, years apart, act as reminder of racial strife, unrest

There is always a criminal element ready to use legitimate protest as an excuse to loot, burn and shoot.

DAVID ROSMAN: Both sides get some blame in Ferguson shooting

Ferguson should never have been in the national (and international) news in the first place. Things got out of hand very quickly, and we must place blame on both sides.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ferguson is about the police state

The events in Ferguson show that county and state law enforcement is excessively militarized, and there appears to be little leadership or accountability at any level of government these days.

GEORGE KENNEDY: City's ballot will leave taxpayers picking up the tab

An extra 30 cents won’t generate enough revenue to hire as many cops as needed to keep up with growth and permit more community policing. The compromise development fees will leave us taxpayers bearing 75 percent of the cost of new roads.

DAVID ROSMAN: On the brink of marriage equality, and perhaps, understanding depression

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s DOMA decision in June 2013, the courts have agreed that the various bans on same-sex marriage are an apparent violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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