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DEAR READER: Walking one million steps reaps surprising rewards

Walking for the University's Million Step Pedometer Program meant some extra effort, but it yielded the reward of noticing the things that otherwise go unseen.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Gun, tax bills resting, not dead

Republican House Speaker Tim Jones called the outcome of Wednesday's veto session only a "temporary setback." We can be confident that HB 253 or something similar will return next year.

DAVID ROSMAN: Actions against Syria needed to stop al-Assad

Bashar al-Assad must be stopped from using illegal weapons against unarmed Syrian civilians.

GENE ROBERTSON: Decisions regarding Syria should hinge on will of the people

It is now incumbent on the executive and the legislative bodies to follow the will of the people. Discussions and decisions on Syria ought to occur with that priority given the highest consideration.

ROSE NOLEN: Fall season is perfect time to explore Missouri

It’s harvest time, the planting is all done, and now it’s time to enjoy the fruits of the labor. It’s time for long, leisurely drives across the state. It’s time to visit the neighbors and see what changes the year has brought into being.

DEAR READER: Multiple platforms find the social in Missouri football

During Missouri's home football game against Toledo on Saturday, the Missourian will continue to use social media sites to be more interactive with readers.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Growing optimism for University of Missouri Press

Prospects for a new director of the University of Missouri Press look up as three finalists are considered, and the fall publications list has new titles.

ROSE NOLEN: Families should discuss gun safety

Truly, people are not trying to do away with guns. They are simply searching for ways to do away with the violence.

DEAR READER: Igor's last ride

My cycling partner Igor Izioumine rode his bike for the final time Saturday. In all of the times we rode, I never learned Igor's true identity until his funeral.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Violence Task Force promises to focus on causes and remedies of violence

The task force decided, by consensus, to launch its work by bringing to the Sept. 11 meeting proposed research questions that will be organized and prioritized for attention.

DAVID ROSMAN: King speech still resonates with today's issues

We all have dreams for a better planet. But to get there, we must look forward with our eyes wide-open, not behind with our eyes hard-shut.

J. KARL MILLER: First deny, then apologize has become the norm for lying celebrities

J. KARL MILLER: The use of performance-enhancing drugs by baseball's biggest stars is indicative of a larger celebrity trend of lying, then denying. 

ROSE NOLEN: Americans should trust one another more

I don’t think we will become a stronger people through the use of guns. I can only hope we will become a wiser people through knowledge and understanding.

DEAR READER: Plans and other hopes for news coverage this fall

The first week of school means a fresh start, again, for the Missourian. Two issues we plan to concentrate on this fall are safety in our community and sexual assault on college campuses.

GEORGE KENNEDY: City budget shows Columbia's improvements

The most important change to come from Monday's City Council meeting might be the reworking of the city bus routes to serve more of the city for more hours of the day.

GENE ROBERTSON: Fair rodeo incident should be cautionary tale

State Fair rodeo incident highlights importance of showing, teaching character.


J. KARL MILLER: Reaction to rodeo clown performance blew incident out of proportion

The resurgence of assigning racial overtones to any incident involving people of color — whether by misunderstanding or with malice aforethought — is tragic.

ROSE NOLEN: Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till are national reminders of racism

Racial attitudes against the civil rights movement may still be prevalent today.

DEAR READER: The literal and not-so-literal uses of language

Colloquialisms demand us to reinterpret the meanings of certain words and phrases.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Flight cancellations cause travelers to reconsider choices

I didn’t even realize that none of my Journalism School colleagues, most of whom were bound for Washington to attend a conference, had joined us on our route.