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David Rosman

DAVID ROSMAN: Time for Missouri residents to demand campaign finance reform

If legislators are not willing to stem the degree to which outside organizations attempt to influence politics, then citizens should take matters into their own hands.

DAVID ROSMAN: Right to Work needs parity; MoDOT needs more money

Although certain pieces of legislation may be written by organizations with particular political leanings, they should not be summarily dismissed. The legislation can be co-opted across party lines to better serve the citizens of Missouri.

DAVID ROSMAN: Untreated mental disorders can have dire consequences

Unless we recognize the need for better psychiatric care for our veterans and civilians, incidents like the Fort Hood shooting will continue to happen.

DAVID ROSMAN: The Affordable Care Act is doing what it is meant to do

The health care act is not as confusing as many have made it out to be. Even those dead set against it for political reasons seem to like many of the provisions.

DAVID ROSMAN: Missouri loses millions by supporting cheap cigarettes

In the greater scheme of things, the $69 million is less than  1 percent of the state’s 2014 budget. But considering that the state plans to use $64 million from our reserve fund and from facility maintenance for the budget, that money looks pretty good right now.

DAVID ROSMAN: Women at the mercy of abortion bills before state legislature

The press has focused on a section of one bill that extends the waiting period before the procedure from 24 to 72 hours, but it also requires a woman be shown a video of the procedure.

DAVID ROSMAN: The trademark Schlafly better fits a beer than a politician

Phyllis Schlafly's trademark dispute with the Saint Louis Brewing Company is not about beer, but about the name, reputations and politics.

DAVID ROSMAN: Beware of threats to individual rights, religious liberty and the First Amendment

Forcing one’s beliefs upon another is a threat to the religious freedoms of all. At the same time, if religion is used to discriminate against a class of persons, in this case members of the LGBT community, then the situation changes.

DAVID ROSMAN: Death of loved ones brings mortality into sharper focus

Recent deaths of loved ones, and the death of a Columbia Fire Department firefighter this week, reflect the realness of mortality.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

DAVID ROSMAN: Plenty of shenanigans as the legislature convenes

In a search for proposed bills, it's hard to find relevant bills because most lack a title. The legislation found was even more confusing.

DAVID ROSMAN: No need to analyze 2013 before plunging into 2014

The New Year is something akin to the line one draws on the score card after a particularly bad bowling frame or tee-to-green. It is meant to separate the bad from the good, to have a new beginning, to hit the reset button.

DAVID ROSMAN: Let's have peace on Earth in spite of the nonsense on 'Duck Dynasty'

Let’s celebrate Christmas for what it should be, the rebirth of the planet and peace and tolerance for all mankind.

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.

DAVID ROSMAN: Military ruling must meet spiritual needs of all groups

If the military allows sanctioned chaplains to minister to the needs of the troops, then it must meet the needs of all of the troops, including the servicemen and -women who are atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, skeptics and secular humanists.

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