David Rosman

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.

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.

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.

DAVID ROSMAN: National security vs. press freedom in Fox News, AP investigations

Federal investigations of Fox News and The Associated Press raise the question of where the line is between protecting national security and preserving press freedom.

DAVID ROSMAN: Prayer in public schools crosses constitutional line

Two school districts have hosted prayer meetings, despite the Constitution is clear that the government, from local to federal, cannot promote or establish a religion.


DAVID ROSMAN: Sorry, Karl, women must be equal partners in the military

J. Karl Miller seems to believe that any change to Article 60 is contrary to the discipline of the military. Nothing could be further from the truth. It takes time for change to happen, and it will, even with Karl kicking and screaming that it can’t.

DAVID ROSMAN: Computer hacking and plausible deniability

Concealed weapons can be worrisome enough by themselves. But the possibility of an unsecured list that names personal information of conceal carry permit holders is something that needs to be addressed immediately.

DAVID ROSMAN: Policy and politics or juvenile and conspiratorial?

Missourian columnist George Kennedy asked last week whether Sen. Kurt Schaefer was playing politics or policy. Maybe the question should be: Should Schaefer's actions be considered juvenile and conspiratorial?

DAVID ROSMAN: Should Big Brother be watching Columbia more?

While public and private security cameras have minimal effect deterring crime, they do aid in the capture of criminals. Does this advantage outweigh our expectations to privacy?

DAVID ROSMAN: Don't jump to conclusions in placing blame

We seem to forget the sheer number of terrorist attacks, foreign and domestic, on United States soil.

DAVID ROSMAN: More cases of GOP foot-in-mouth disease

The ever more common occurrence of Republican party leaders targeting the working poor is doing nothing to save the party's reputation.

DAVID ROSMAN: It's the people that make Columbia great

Like the three blogs I read about Columbia, my appreciation and love for my other hometowns seem to be missing something very important — the people.

DAVID ROSMAN: The spring trifecta — betting, voting and snowing

It's that time of the year when we place our bets on basketball teams and make choices at the polls. There will be winners and losers, but losses shouldn't be taken personally.

DAVID ROSMAN: Pitting health care against politics leads to conflict

Political differences between Missouri republicans and democrats, as seen with the debate over healthcare reform, will be the death of the state citizen's well-being.

DAVID ROSMAN: A new disease is spreading in the Gray Dome

It appears that state and federal legislators, all of whom are sworn to uphold the federal and state constitutions, are now defying both.

DAVID ROSMAN: A message of thanks to my many editors

Adventures in editing, translating the work of a fellow author and sending columns through the copy desk at the Missourian provide lessons that help to improve writing.