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Local Columnists

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.

DEAR READER: Trudeau's hiatus prompts a Prickly response

Doonesbury is taking a break. But don't worry, Prickly City and it's cast of characters are here in the meantime.

 

GEORGE KENNEDY: Country respects right to engage in government, or not

Even in a community with a citizenry that’s often engaged, most people are too caught up in trying to make a living to spend much time or energy on something as abstract as a master plan.

J. KARL MILLER: Racism will linger as long as it serves a political agenda or profit motive

Racism is kept on life support by those who use it for a political agenda, gouge out economic benefits or inflame social conscience.

DAVID ROSMAN: Decisions on same-sex marriage follow changes in American attitudes

Poll after poll shows an ever-increasing acceptance of marriage equality in the United States and worldwide.

ROSE NOLEN: I understand my pets, even if no one else does

Removing a cat's claws could mean taking away a tool for survival — but might make snuggling much more enjoyable.

 

DEAR READER: 100 voices tell the story of Boone County

Inspired by a Belgian photographer, graduate photojournalism student Alyssa Goodman found more than 100 stories from Boone County residents.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Columbia has plenty of problems, but not a crime crisis

City officials have a variety of solutions for a perceived violence problem, but they might be overreacting. News coverage, especially on television, can make a crime ripple seem like a wave.

DAVID ROSMAN: Approach gang problem with smart strategy, not hammers

Here's why street gangs exist — poverty and lack of support systems, few living wage jobs, poorly funded education systems and the outlook of a dismal future.  Heavy-handed police action doesn't address those issues.

ROSE NOLEN: Emancipation Day reminds us of our history, community

The story of slavery is very important in African-American history. The men and women who endured the hardships and overcame the struggles are the heroes and heroines of our story.

DEAR READER: Many questions, few answers, in killing of Brandon Coleman

A month after the incident, the public has yet to receive details about Brandon Coleman's death. With the case becoming a growing part of community discussion, it's time for the Columbia Police Department to answer questions.

 

DAVID ROSMAN: A belated Happy Father's Day to a larger-than-life dad

David Rosman's father, now 90, was a fighter pilot in World War II and owned a bicycle store in the New York City suburbs.

ROSE NOLEN: Family members share tales of history

Rose Nolen had a family of storytellers. Wherever news was being made in Missouri, chances were some family member was nearby.

DEAR READER: Let's solve problems together

Journalistic efforts coupled with a knowledgeable network of people who are deeply embedded in the places they live can work together to make sure change agents have what they need to solve problems.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Eliot Battle, Roger Mitchell, Brady Deaton: Three men whose work speaks for itself

It’s the ability to find joy in roles that most of us would find burdensome that makes these three men so memorable.

GENE ROBERTSON: Humans were created for unity

There is nothing as rich as the development and remembrance of a shared experience. On the other hand, there is nothing as frustrating as a lack of unity in an experience or endeavor requiring it.

J. KARL MILLER: How the shadow of Big Brother looms over Washington

The disclosure of data mining has aroused condemnation at both ends of the political spectrum. The far right and the far left alike have criticized this as an invasion of privacy. Either way, though, it's time for the Obama administration to be more transparent.

DAVID ROSMAN: Other issues are far more important than museums moving

The re-purposing of the former Ellis Fischel Cancer Center is the underlying and more important story, and beyond the university, there are more important stories this summer.

DEAR READER: Fueling the book addiction adds to editing resources

Four new book acquisitions provide inspiring reading for the summer.

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