Local Columnists

ROSE NOLEN: Sorting out voting issues now helps everyone get access

Some women who have changed their last names could be prevented from voting in Texas. This issue needs to be amended quickly.

DEAR READER: Persistence and constant questions complete good stories

Reporters and editors made impressive efforts to get the stories of Lewis Baumgartner and the case of Brandon Coleman.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Downtown development rules need revision

If the Walgreens was a mistake, as advocates and council members appeared belatedly to agree, why repeat the mistake across the street?

DAVID ROSMAN: Dilemma at the diverging diamond I-70 interchange

North Stadium to east bound I-70 is not a problem, nor is Stadium south to I-70 west. Those are the only problems the new interchange seems to have corrected with no confusion.

ROSE NOLEN: Government shutdown wasted money, time

Twenty-four billion dollars was wasted. Nothing was gained from it. And when one stops to think of the number of children who probably went to bed hungry during those nights, it can be upsetting.

DEAR READER: Missing newsroom items stir nostalgia

Newsrooms and the tools that journalists used have changed greatly in recent years, making work places for wordsmiths almost unrecognizable but much safer.

DEAR READER: When is 'they' the right pronoun for one person?

A recent Missourian article used the pronoun "they" to refer to Josie Herrera, a finalist for MU Homecoming king who identifies as gender queer.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Hartzler's values don't match those of constituents

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Harrisonville, voted against reopening the government Wednesday night. She previously has voted for a bill to cut funds from federal food stamps and has spoken out against abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

DAVID ROSMAN: Missouri's death penalty is a costly mistake

I still believe that each man and woman on death row needs to have this one chance to prove innocence or guilt beyond a shadow of doubt.

ROSE NOLEN: Accepting all humans as equal can be challenge

People who have lived all of their lives submerged in a sea of racial supremacy, drowned in the belief that one race is superior to all others, are not likely to recover easily. To learn to accept all human beings as equals, for some, can be a challenge.

GENE ROBERTSON: Columbia's violent crime resolution should be reconsidered

Columbia City Council resolution No. R 149-13 is too dense and will not allow for change in terms of limiting violent crime.

DEAR READER: Journalist's Creed serves as reminder of values, standards

A portion of the creed, written by the founding dean of the Missouri School of Journalism, is printed each day in the Missourian's editorial page.

GEORGE KENNEDY: City Council must improve Clark Lane for pedestrians

The Columbia City Council members and residents near Clark Lane disagree on improvement plans to make the road safer for pedestrians.

DAVID ROSMAN: Improving insurance coverage would be boost to all

Expanding Medicaid, adding dental insurance to the Affordable Care Act and standardizing the claims form could go a long way to reducing medical and dental costs and keeping Missourians healthy, employed and productive.

GENE ROBERTSON: Pope Francis offers leadership role model

We could all take some lessons from the pope. We are all leaders in some context i.e., family, among friends, at church and in our community. We can all put caring into action, establish positive relationships with everyone we encounter and speak out on our interest and the interest of others.

ROSE NOLEN: In America, we can't live without people

We cannot afford to shut down our government. Things can go wrong any place, any time, and when they do, we depend on the people who work for this nation.

DEAR READER: Sorry, this letter is closed due to the federal shutdown

Shuttered offices and websites have shown some of the many ways we’re affected by our federal government. Tell me the shutdown doesn’t touch you, and I’ll suggest you aren’t looking hard enough.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Deaton reminds faculty of accomplishments as chancellor

Wednesday's General Faculty meeting was the last for MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, who will retire Nov. 15.


DAVID ROSMAN: Collect those taxes, but try to only pay them locally

Proposed legislation in the U.S. Senate would require e-commerce sites to collect taxes from out-0f-state buyers. Besides being a messy proposition to administrate, it also means you're paying taxes to another state or community rather than supporting your own. 

ROSE NOLEN: Texting while driving is reckless behavior

Young people should acknowledge the seriousness and possibility of danger when they text while behind the wheel.