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.

WEATHER FROM PLANET BOONE: Morels, turkey hunting and the weekend forecast

City editor John Schneller delivers the weekend weather, talks morels and sings about turkey hunting. 

GEORGE KENNEDY: Campaign spending tells another story about citywide election

All Columbia residents could benefit from more transparency and better explanation of city finances and procedures.

EDITORIAL: From World Series tickets to Ferguson: a case for police accountability

Four times now, a judge or panel of judges have ordered the release of documents relating to the investigation of city of St. Louis police officers who in 2006 seized World Series tickets from scalpers and then handed them over to friends and family. But a group of police officers has continued to block release of the full investigative report, citing privacy concerns.

EDITORIAL: Making children safer in storms

Our area is far safer than it was almost four years ago. At that time, about 80 percent of the homes hit on May 22, 2011, were without basements or shelters.