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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.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Nimble politicians manage discussion of proposed TIF project

City Manager Mike Matthes is pushing, carefully but determinedly, creation of a huge TIF district to generate the funds that would allow growth to resume in the heart of Columbia. As any good politician would, he made a low-key pitch for his idea while appearing open to other approaches and moving to pre-empt the most obvious objections.

DAVID ROSMAN: Arguments against expanding Medicaid have no real basis

It is time to tell members of the state legislature to take down the roadblocks and get our money back into the state economy. Tell them to pass SB 661, which will provide “for the expansion of MO HealthNet services beginning on Jan. 1, 2015.”

ROSE NOLEN: The value of local news is often in the small details

The newspaper from my community will inform me about the news that matters to me. I can’t depend on the big city newspaper to bring me news from my hometown.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Valuing diversity is an honest acknowledgement of equal opportunity

It has been said that doing nothing is worse than subjugating. Denying one's subjugation is worse than acquiescing to one's subjugation.

DEAR READER: There's work to be done in closing the poverty gap

The biggest barrier to closing the gap isn’t race or gender or geography. It’s poverty. Or, as the Missourian Readers Board put it this week, the divide between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider and with little evidence that things are changing.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Chris Kelly continues to represent Boone County well

Chris’s style is low-key, his speeches are rambling, his humor is self-deprecating; but when he turns serious you realize that he just might be the smartest guy in the room.

DEAR READER: Words of the Year form odd collection

"Because," "selfie" and "science" were picked by three organizations as 2013's Word of the Year.

DAVID ROSMAN: Taking money out of workers' pockets is no solution

It is not just corporations versus organized labor, but the Republican Party versus every worker in every industry.

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