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Opinion

EDITORIAL: Bishop Finn pays the price for misusing power, placing secrecy ahead of child safety

The news Tuesday that Pope Francis accepted Finn’s resignation is a triumph for the lay persons who wrote letters, collected more than 250,000 petition signatures and spoke up for Finn to leave.

EDITORIAL: Kansas legislation puts end to gruesome procedure

The state's Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act makes it the first in the country to bar the procedure, which accounts for nearly 10 percent of abortions. 

EDITORIAL: Mississippi recovering 5 years after oil spill

Five years have elapsed since broken pipes beneath the Deepwater Horizon led to an explosion that killed 11 people and caused 200 million gallons of oil to flow into the Gulf of Mexico.

EDITORIAL: Ambiguous laws need a rewrite

Sometimes overreaching prosecutors are aided by laws that are so vaguely written that it's not clear exactly what conduct is being targeted

DEAR READER: Vague alerts almost as bad as no alert at all

MU has taken a beating over its recent use of its alert system. The police are experts at policing. Communicating the news? Not so much.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The mysterious death of Thomas Schweich

The puzzling death of former Missouri Auditor Thomas "Tom" Schweich continues to spawn questions: about his health, about his motive, about how he committed suicide and about the death of his former spokesman Spence Jackson. 

GEORGE KENNEDY: Talking about trash can be contentious, but it helps resolve waste issues

Columbia's contentious recycling record is rightly under fire, but changes to the current waste collection system might be on the horizon.

DAVID ROSMAN: Making an argument for raising the minimum wage

There is a truism in raising the minimum wage — unemployment goes down. Wages should increase when the economic times are good, and now is the time to increase wages.

EDITORIAL: Washington U. decides to study guns and public health

Gun violence is leading to tremendous tragedy in this city, and this country, on a daily basis.

CARL KENNEY: Campus deserves answers after shooting at Hitt Street Garage

Carl Kenney raises questions on the slow response to a shooting in Hitt Street Garage on Wednesday night from MU Alert.

EDITORIAL: We will not accept discrimination

While the vote to repeal the nondiscrimination ordinance, expanded last October to include sexual orientation and gender identity, is a win for some, it's a loss not only for our friends and neighbors, but for our city as a whole.

EDITORIAL: Education vouchers involve more than transferring dollars

Offering parents of children in failing public schools vouchers to use for private school enrollment sounds like a great idea — until you take a look at private school tuition and how much the state is willing to fork over.

EDITORIAL: Pass a small fuel tax to invest in Missouri's roads and bridges

Approving a 2-cent increase in the state’s gasoline tax, which at 17 cents a gallon is one of the nation’s lowest, is the much-needed Band-Aid approach to maintaining Missouri's roads and bridges.

JILL RICHARDSON: Life in Anxietyland

The best thing you can do for someone suffering from anxiety is to listen without judging.

EDITORIAL: Removing Cuba from terror list is bowing to reality

Crossing Cuba off the list should not be deemed a reward but an acknowledgment of the change in behavior.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vulnerable Missourians need better protection

One particularly devastating cut being made by the Senate Appropriations Committee is $12.5 million from Services and Care for Abused and Neglected Children.

EDITORIAL: Hillary Clinton speaks message of everyday Americans, at least in her ad

The former secretary of state enunciated her views through the everyday Americans she featured in her online announcement — people of all ages, races, genders and sexual orientations looking hopefully toward the near future.

EDITORIAL: Obama's gamble on nuclear deal with Iran

Barack Obama's latest challenge is to convince Congress to support the Iranian nuclear framework agreement.

EDITORIAL: Better pay for low-wage workers would benefit everyone

Workers rallied in midtown Kansas City on Wednesday for a higher minimum wage in the city, even though state legislation makes it illegal for a city's minimum wage to be higher than the state wage.

DEAR READER: Neighbors heard, not saw, police shoot a suspect at an MU parking garage

Good deeds aren't done in the dark. A bill in the legislature would ban police video from public view.

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