GUEST COMMENTARY: My friends and I share a collective oppression

Racism is in everything from what you think when you see someone different from you to how you interact with people. It is in my classrooms. It was in my dorms. It is part of my life and stays on my mind from sun-up to sundown.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We cannot blame racism on others

We can look to the administration to change some policies — harsher penalties for harassment, for instance — but we have to look to each other for the subtler changes.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Change only happens when we show up for each other

Matters of inclusiveness and safety affect everyone on campus, due to reasons as insignificant as a person’s gender, sexual orientation or religion.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Pretending racism doesn't exist on campus benefits no one

If you want to grow into the best possible version of yourself, learn about other people and issues that are bigger than you.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Time to close loophole in Sunshine Law

State law should open the collective bargaining process between government and unions because the public pays for, and depends on, the policies set in these meetings.

DEAR READER: It's time to call out those who capitalize on hate

Politics is a blood sport. It shouldn't be. What if we all said we're not going to take it anymore?

EDITORIAL: Another dubious distinction for Missouri: No. 1 in school suspensions

A UCLA study found that in Missouri, 14.3 percent of black students in elementary school were suspended at least once in the 2011-12 school year compared to 1.8 percent of white children. The 12.5 percent disparity is twice the national average.

EDITORIAL: Congress may help Americans keep watch on government

Government business is the people's business, and there should be only rare circumstances when government information cannot be public.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Dealing with vestiges of racism on campus

At a forum Tuesday night, MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin urged patience and "systematic, persistent" efforts to change. The students made it clear that their patience has been exhausted.

DAVID ROSMAN: Proposed legislation would counter First Amendment religious protections

A Missouri House of Representatives bill would prohibit colleges and universities from enforcing policies that deny benefits to student organizations that require members to adhere to certain beliefs.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Backing Jerry Kennett for Boone Hospital trustee

In this letter supporting Jerry Kennett for Boone Hospital trustee, he is described as a caring, capable physician and citizen.

EDITORIAL: Take charge of your credit reports

Fully one in five consumers have an error in at least one of their three major credit reports, according to a 2013 Federal Trade Commission study.

EDITORIAL: Congress needs to authorize war on the Islamic State

President Obama in February asked Congress to approve an Authorization for Use of Military Force against the fanatical and bloodthirsty group that has scored significant military victories, and the administration insists that a new authorization is a priority.

EDITORIAL: Ways to help inmates return to productive work, lives

In Missouri, about 20,000 inmates per year are released from prison and become members of their communities, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote for Jerry Kennett as Boone County trustee

In this letter supporting Jerry Kennett for Boone Hospital trustee, he is described as a patient, dedicated professional.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Mo. has critical need for Medicaid expansion

Legislators cannot continue to ignore the consequences of shortchanging the health of Missouri residents. There are already fewer hospitals, fewer jobs and more sick constituents in their districts.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Choosing roll carts for the environment

Taking large amounts of plastic trash out of the environment is worth having to try to make some adjustments for roll carts.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Trace Chinese investments to U.S. golf courses

Chinese investment in America reached $12 billion last year, according to the Rhodium Group, an economic advisory firm. Much of it was put into golf courses, with the goal of moving to the U.S.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Hillary Clinton should survive manufactured scandal

The best thing that Hillary Clinton can do is to start taking stands on current issues that matter to most Americans.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Student debt is a time bomb about to explode

Many students are defaulting after facing the stressful realization that they can’t find a job that pays enough to repay their debt. Over half of outstanding student loans are presently in deferral, delinquency or default.