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ROSE NOLEN: A big family provides a lifetime of memories

Big families help create lots of memories, fill life with laughter and fun. Of course, there also are ups and downs.

GENE ROBERTSON: It's a new year — let's make resolutions about helping others

Let’s commit ourselves to not just feeling bad about those less fortunate than us but doing something tangible for them.

DEAR READER: Columbia College displays some sunshine in search for president

MU and Columbia College search committees vetting candidates for new leaders were sworn to secrecy. Both cited the need to keep candidates confidential. But Columbia College chose to make its finalists public. In doing so, it gave everyone involved a voice.

DAVID ROSMAN: No need to analyze 2013 before plunging into 2014

The New Year is something akin to the line one draws on the score card after a particularly bad bowling frame or tee-to-green. It is meant to separate the bad from the good, to have a new beginning, to hit the reset button.

ROSE NOLEN: Slow time down and savor the memories

Keeping written notes of events helps revive memories, and remind us to slow down and embrace the past, too.

DAVID ROSMAN: Let's have peace on Earth in spite of the nonsense on 'Duck Dynasty'

Let’s celebrate Christmas for what it should be, the rebirth of the planet and peace and tolerance for all mankind.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Blunt brings attention but not SNAP funding in Food Bank visit

Missouri ranks second in the nation in the percentage of families suffering from what the feds term “very low food security," according to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

ROSE NOLEN: Listen more than you speak

It is wonderful that we have so many ways to communicate. But a note written on the Internet is not private.

DEAR READER: Missourian drops team's nickname

From now on, except in direct quotes where the word is used, the Missourian will not refer to the Washington, D.C., professional football team by its nickname.

GEORGE KENNEDY: GOP ignoring Medicaid expansion benefits while wooing Boeing

Republicans who control the legislature fell all over themselves to bribe Boeing, but they refused to expand health insurance to the poorest Missourians.

DAVID ROSMAN: Low minimum wage affects the underemployed work force

Many individuals are taking minimum wage positions and cannot support their families on that yearly income.

ROSE NOLEN: A remembrance of Nelson Mandela

Living in the same world as a great man such as Nelson Mandela was an honor.

 

DEAR READER: So much Missouri athletics, so little time

Columbia is getting a large dose of Missouri sports this weekend.

GENE ROBERTSON: Nelson Mandela was hero, leader who cared about everyone

Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, is a leadership model for all of us to emulate. He willingly connected himself to people who were oppressed.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Loftin says MU is 'right match'

R. Bowen Loftin, MU's new chancellor, shares — if not echoes — University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe’s goals of a quicker-moving, more tightly focused, more productive flagship.

DAVID ROSMAN: Impeaching Gov. Nixon might be too harsh a punishment

Gov. Jay Nixon's actions do not call for impeachment, and the process of judicial review should be left to the courts and not the Missouri General Assembly.

 

DEAR READER: Tracking coverage of crime in Columbia and on campus

Since August, the Missourian has worked to create an opportunity for dialogue about sexual assaults on campuses. It will also be releasing a special report on the Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence, including interviews with 13 people on the task force.

GENE ROBERTSON: Police and people of color are all victims of stereotyping

We need to learn to understand individuals and our context before we can know what we can expect from each other.

DAVID ROSMAN: Thanksgiving holiday origins seldom remembered

We tend to forget that this is a time to remember family and the bountiful harvests, a time to remember our troops under threat of war and to give thanks for the blessings of our being Americans.

ROSE NOLEN: Solving health care woes allows society to refocus

Once we get the health care problem resolved we can hopefully do something about minimum wage.

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