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Gene Robertson

GENE ROBERTSON: Obama should focus on helping disadvantaged groups

President Barack Obama has failed to improve life for underrepresented communities in America.

GENE ROBERTSON: Support for unemployed important for all of us

The unemployed need to be able to use the unemployment benefits extension to invigorate their job search as well as plan and adapt to living at a new level for a longer period of time.

GENE ROBERTSON: In wake of Newtown, support and nurture young people

Arming and disarming are but empty gestures if people grow up in an environment that indicates the way to address issues is to win and make someone or something lose.

GENE ROBERTSON: Our job as voters doesn't end after election

When elections are over, the work of the voters is not any more over than for the persons elected to office. If we thought the issues and other reasons were worth voting for, we ought to ensure that they are addressed.

GENE ROBERTSON: We need to build bridges, not fences

We put so much effort into building fences when bridges could just as easily be built and would generate mutual benefits and better enable us to address catastrophes if and when they occur.

GENE ROBERTSON: Poverty is an absent topic in political discussion

Poverty is a large issue in the country, but it still lacks attention in politics.

GENE ROBERTSON: Some questions for President Obama

During this pivotal election season, the president needs to answer to African-Americans and disenfranchised citizens. 

GENE ROBERTSON: Olympians inspire focus on positive values

The Olympic Games inspire people across the world, but they also have been a source of tragedy. Gene Robertson discusses how the Olympics have inspired him, and how we can use them to encourage positive values in society.

GENE ROBERTSON: African-Americans need to unify instead of divide

Gene Robertson says African-Americans need to come together today just as much as they did in earlier times. 

GENE ROBERTSON: Columbia intersection needs inspiring community space

The intersection at Broadway and Providence Road offers potential to become an inviting community space. Columbia should aim to add a mall or commons that create an inspiring ambiance.

GENE ROBERTSON: Strategy for countering violence in Columbia needs to be well-planned

The crisis must be specifically defined, researched and discussed. Only after there is a serious analysis should a strategic process be started. Meanwhile, much work can be done recruiting and enlisting supporters.

GENE ROBERTSON: Lesson from Trayvon Martin

The way Trayvon Martin's family, friends and supporters reacted to the unsatisfactory ramifications by the legislative branch teaches us that we can become dynamic citizens.

GENE ROBERTSON: Missouri basketball team deserves applause for its season

Despite a first-round exit in the NCAA tournament, the Missouri men's basketball team and coaching staff deserve our praise and admiration.

GENE ROBERTSON: Citizens must participate in policy decision-making process

We, as citizens, need to take a more active role in government, in order to make our voices heard and have a hand in political decision making.

GENE ROBERTSON: 'Battle' an important film for Columbia

The documentary on Eliot Battle's life and work shows his "change from within" philosophy that takes discipline and patience.

GENE ROBERTSON: Recognizing attachment to place is important

Place provides roots, predictability, relationships, nourishment and meaning for life.

GENE ROBERTSON: We should honor King's legacy by supporting his principles

The best way to honor Martin Luther King Jr. is not just taking part in events but supporting his principles as well.

GENE ROBERTSON: Living icons provide inspiration for everyone

Living icons such as Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela and Harry Belafonte are no greater than anyone else. They experience successes and failures, but they have set big resolutions for their lives and are prepared to conquer them — something we can all learn from.

GENE ROBERTSON: Accountability more important than secrecy in hiring UM System president

The secret nature of the presidential search process is unacceptable. Our governor, curators and chancellor owe it to students, taxpayers and faculty to be transparent.

GENE ROBERTSON: Protecting the vulnerable is our responsibility

People designated as potential collateral damage, such as veterans and prisoners, are among the vulnerable. These groups are often ignored and misused by prominent individuals, and it's our responsibility to protect the vulnerable.

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