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DAVID ROSMAN: The trademark Schlafly better fits a beer than a politician

Phyllis Schlafly's trademark dispute with the Saint Louis Brewing Company is not about beer, but about the name, reputations and politics.

DEAR READER: Documents in University Village fatal collapse are numerous and not pretty

Digging out the facts about University Village and the safety of its buildings is a task that is far from over.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Charting the future of downtown development demands a skillful approach

The real questions that face the Columbia City Council and the community's residents and are whether we can guide growth and how we’ll pay for it.

DAVID ROSMAN: Beware of threats to individual rights, religious liberty and the First Amendment

Forcing one’s beliefs upon another is a threat to the religious freedoms of all. At the same time, if religion is used to discriminate against a class of persons, in this case members of the LGBT community, then the situation changes.

ROSE NOLEN: Stay on course when the path to success gets crooked

The world is still open to dreamers. Sometimes you have to wait until it’s it your turn to shine.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Positive signs that new chancellor might be skillful leader

As he ends his first month on the job, here’s a preliminary impression of our university’s new chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin.

DAVID ROSMAN: Death of loved ones brings mortality into sharper focus

Recent deaths of loved ones, and the death of a Columbia Fire Department firefighter this week, reflect the realness of mortality.

GEORGE KENNEDY: In the wake of TIF rejection, city officials weigh the next move

I was surprised that only Michael Trapp joined Mayor Bob McDavid in supporting the proposal. In retrospect, I overestimated the appeal of a device that would have used the increased tax revenue from new development to pay for the necessary sewer, water and electricity upgrades and underestimated the influence of a strongly negative reaction from the vocal segment of the public.

DAVID ROSMAN: Let's find practical ways out of student-loan debt

Columbia represents MU, Stephens and Columbia colleges, one community college and a number of private for-profit institutions. It is time that U.S. Rep. Vicki Hartzler, R-Mo., take a stand for students and alumni by adding her name as a co-sponsor of H.R 532.

DEAR READER: Amid the news of Michael Sam, a titan in Columbia passes

Wynna Faye Elbert spent a lifetime giving voice to those who were otherwise voiceless. It is ironic that her life story was buried in the public conversation this week by news of Michael Sam’s coming out.

DEAR READER: Too many Americans didn't read in 2013

Even though more Americans opted for e-books than ever last year, nearly 25 percent of U.S. adults didn't read a single book — in print or on screen.

 

GEORGE KENNEDY: Trip to Cuba reveals country conflicted about its future

Cuba is a land of contrasts, where the old accompanies the new. But when the "old" is former President Fidel Castro and his socialistic views and the "new" is President Raul Castro and his capitalistic spin, where will Cuba find the balance?

DAVID ROSMAN: Legalizing marijuana is a mixed bag for Missouri

Legalizing marijuana would increase tax revenue and allow the drug to be prescribed for medicinal use, but it would decriminalize a recreational drug and possibly increase illnesses from smoking it.

Keep moving forward in the MU dialogue about sexual assault, rape

The community should join the conversation about sexual assault and mental health to face the good and bad about our campus culture.

BEHIND THE STORY: The Michael Sam story began brewing in August

When do you out a college football player? Not when you know.

DEAR READER: Too cold, wet, nasty and windy — but there's always news to cover

The most recent unpleasantness, a snowstorm that sauntered in on Tuesday, shut down the city. Students and professionals responded in the way they always do when there's a big story: by going toward the action, not away from it. It was a grand effort over the next two days.

DAVID ROSMAN: We really don't need an official state greeting, do we?

House Bill 1642 is an effort by Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, D-Berkeley, to make the high-five Missouri's official greeting.

ROSE NOLEN: Find the worth in every person

The anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision raised the opportunity to discuss social change, and the benefit to approaching different opinions with a sense of understanding.

DAVID ROSMAN: Let's not allow science to be sandbagged by religion

House Bill 1472 would require schools to notify a parent or guardian when and how evolution will be taught, It would also allow the parent to remove their student from those lessons.

DEAR READER: Before athletics or official actions, the ESPN report is about a violent attack on a woman

ESPN's "Outside the Lines" report on an MU swimmer is a sad example of the epidemic of sexual violence on college campuses.

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