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David Rosman

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.

DAVID ROSMAN: Politicians lack integrity in debate over nullification

Missouri's rural Democrats need to stop worrying about their jobs and allow the governor's veto to stand.

DAVID ROSMAN: Perception of Columbia is that of an unsafe city

A feud that sparked shootings a year ago, a rift between local police agencies and a misunderstanding of community policing seem to have created a mess in Columbia's law enforcement community.

DAVID ROSMAN: Returning state surplus to citizens makes poor fiscal sense

It is too expensive to return the surplus to citizens and it won't create jobs or be spent on material goods.

DAVID ROSMAN: Apathy, not new ordinance, threatens civil liberties

The form required by an ordinance the Columbia City Council passed in January contains so little information about tenants it does not merit a conspiracy theory.

DAVID ROSMAN: Employment numbers may be up, but half of jobless are older workers

For those over the age of 55, the job search can be even more difficult. Employers may not believe they can teach an old dog new tricks.

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.

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.

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