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ROSE NOLEN: Remembering our military heroes, with mixed feelings

Serving in the military today is a lot different than it used to be.

DEAR READER: Newspapers take more hits

On Wednesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer cut a third of its newsroom staff, and Thursday, Gannett newspapers laid off at least 223 newsroom employees across 37 worksites. The question this all brings us to: How does the decline of these newsrooms affect the health of the cities they serve?

GEORGE KENNEDY: Medicaid panels not likely to bring results

During public hearings, physicians, patients insured and uninsured, hospital managers, disability advocates and at least one preacher variously pleaded, reasoned or argued that expanded Medicaid coverage would yield great benefits at reasonable cost.

DAVID ROSMAN: Perception of Columbia is that of an unsafe city

A feud that sparked shootings a year ago, a rift between local police agencies and a misunderstanding of community policing seem to have created a mess in Columbia's law enforcement community.

ROSE NOLEN: Don't depend on politicians to make the situation better

Americans need to band together to figure out how to fix the economy because people need jobs and families need to survive.

GEORGE KENNEDY: About the next MU chancellor — an outsider isn't always better

The previous outsiders holding the job did not leave much of a legacy when they departed.

DEAR READER: Join the Missourian's Readers Board and help us learn more about each other

The board meets monthly to talk about what's most important to the community and how the Missourian should best reflect that. Apply to be a part of it here.

DAVID ROSMAN: Returning state surplus to citizens makes poor fiscal sense

It is too expensive to return the surplus to citizens and it won't create jobs or be spent on material goods.

ROSE NOLEN: It's not easy, but let's strive for drug-free communities

We should use our freedom to better ourselves and communities instead of using it for entertainment.

DEAR READER: Schlundt story leads to reflection on the transience of the digital

In the digital future, the past might remain hidden as information could become less available.

DAVID ROSMAN: Apathy, not new ordinance, threatens civil liberties

The form required by an ordinance the Columbia City Council passed in January contains so little information about tenants it does not merit a conspiracy theory.

J. KARL MILLER: Cooler heads prevailed in Zimmerman case, but not everyone was calm

Although most of the population consists of level-headed people, there will always be those who are ignorant and racist.

ROSE NOLEN: Summer projects spark nostalgia for things that last

In a world of temporary things, there are still items — and events — that are made to last.

DEAR READER: Let's throw a party for the 100 Ages celebs

The positive response to the Missourian's 100 Ages, A Century of Voices project prompts an idea for a celebration of the diversity of lives in mid-Missouri.

 

GEORGE KENNEDY: Environmental disasters, decisions come closer to home

New report paints a dire picture of the state of the environment, so what should City Council's move be on natural gas vehicles?

GENE ROBERTSON: Gap between franchised and disenfranchised remains wide

Prejudice and discrimination profiteering is still occurring on the backs of the poor and other disenfranchised groups.

DAVID ROSMAN: Employment numbers may be up, but half of jobless are older workers

For those over the age of 55, the job search can be even more difficult. Employers may not believe they can teach an old dog new tricks.

J. KARL MILLER: Immigration reform is necessary, and overdue

If immigration reform is to succeed, there will have to be compromises made from both sides of the aisle.

ROSE NOLEN: Taking a look at sleep, surgery and summer vacation

Missouri is a great place to spend the summer exploring.

DEAR READER: Gutenberg opened up the world

According to author Jeff Jarvis, Gutenberg is a geek of the highest order. Like Steve Jobs and other, he created something that opened up the world.

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