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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.

GEORGE KENNEDY: MU's new strategic plan sounds more concrete

The MU Strategic Operating Plan will redirect some funding to hiring "high-impact" faculty and developing "high-impact" programs, which will be measured using specific metrics.

DAVID ROSMAN: Medicaid reform must start with care providers

Without Medicaid expansion, a high number of Missourians will never qualify for the Affordable Care Act program. Instead of eliminating insured people, a true reform needs to provide care in all counties in the state.


ROSE NOLEN: Government must do more to regulate cost of living

A new national program for the homeless is a step in the right direction, but it's not enough. The government must also raise minimum wage if it hopes to combat homelessness.

DEAR READER: Writing life stories is a lesson in humility

A reporter reflects on the Missourian's policy to publish life stories as a service to the community.

DAVID ROSMAN: State decriminalization does not nullify federal law

The state and local decriminalization of marijuana does not nullify nor attempt to nullify federal law and none threaten legal action, civil or criminal, for enforcing federal law.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Disputing facts about beginning of life

There is human life in a tube of blood and in the sperm and egg cells prior to fertilization. The question is when does a particular human life begin?

DEAR READERS: Lists help organize our lives

Lists abound in newsrooms and classrooms. There are work schedules, assignments, tests, projects, news budgets, how-to instructions, dos and dont's, calendars, sources and many other lists that keep production on track.

DEAR READER: Reporting the Ryan Ferguson ruling requires legal language calisthenics

If a conviction is vacated, is it also overturned? This week's announcement by the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District gave the Missourian a chance to review legal terminology.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Ryan Ferguson case unlikely to be reconsidered or retried

The appeals court ruling is too strong and clear to leave much room for doubt. That would mean that Ferguson would go free.

DAVID ROSMAN: New gun control bill waste of time

There are enough holes in the proposed bill to nullify any federal gun control laws for it to be taken to court.