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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (10/09/2015) at 05:17 AM

Time for stadium boosters to turn over their cards

Coal companies have a final dirty trick for miners

Guns, crime and homicide. Reaping the whirlwind

Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (10/09/2015) at 05:18 AM

Bill awaiting U.S. Senate action would curb mass incarceration The uproar on Capitol Hill over House leadership is providing high drama, but a much quieter development of recent days has the potential to greatly improve lives and society. A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would significantly reform sentencings and criminal justice policy.

Thanks to Gov. Sam Brownback, Kansas has too many excuses and not enough cash Gov. Sam Brownback's administration continues to offer weak excuses for the sluggish state economy. But many Kansans can look around the country and see what's happening in states that didn't dramatically slash taxes with hopes of magically causing a surge of extra jobs and revenues.

Historic preservation becomes even more urgent on the Plaza Chalk one up for historic preservation. The City Plan Commission's unanimous decision this week to support protection for three currently forlorn apartment buildings on the Country Club Plaza was a step in the right direction. Panel supports historic status for Nelle Peters buildings on west Plaza

U.S. airstrike on Doctors Without Borders hospital warrants independent probe Twenty-two people killed in airstrike Independent investigation needed Shifting U.S. explanations undermine trust

Gov. Sam Brownback’s missive on Medicaid expansion was wrong, cruel and divisive Propaganda piece is wrong on Medicaid expansion It insults working Kansans It pits low-income workers against Kansans with disabilities

Reducing violence in Kansas City takes unified action The Concerned Clergy Coalition of Kansas City and Aim4Peace combined their efforts People came together to discuss violence and ways to prevent it

Monday Poll results: Your thoughts on stopping mass shootings

View all newsletters Editorials KCI officials misled public about free parking passes for select few Aviation Department's initial list of free parking passes was deliberately incomplete Two disgraced Missouri politicians were purged from a later report City Manager Troy Schulte says he will reduce the number of people with passes

Cue more October magic for Kansas City Royals fans Royals are the top dog, for now, in Kansas City sports Fans ready to see the town painted blue, again World Series victory is the ultimate goal

Americans’ aversion to dollar coins costs the nation billions Efforts to phase out dollar bills have failed Coins last longer, but poor designs have hurt But what if Americans had no choice?

The Monday Poll: Stopping mass shootings Ten killed at Oregon community college A polarizing topic

Jackson County and ATA act boldly to create better trails and public transit A much-needed link from Kansas City to the Katy Trail is closer than ever Bicyclists and public transit passengers have good reasons to celebrate this project Mike Sanders and Joe Reardon deserve praise for working together

Gun violence is the sickness America won’t treat Ten dead, more wounded, at Oregon community college Mass shootings are America's national disease Don't scapegoat mentally ill Americans

Science City takes important steps to woo more young visitors Science City is getting well-deserved international recognition Supporters are raising millions of dollars to make more upgrades Kids will keep coming and learning if science can be made fun and informative

Weak Missouri ethics penalties for dirty tricks in KC school board races Deceptive mailings in 2014 school board races Ethics fines levied against Clinton Adams, Breman Anderson, Melissa Robinson Stronger, faster sanctions needed

The high price of appeasing Missouri’s anti-abortion lobby Attorney General Chris Koster: No evidence of wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood State investigations to continue Stem cell research under fire again

Sale of Country Club Plaza prompts question of local ownership Kansas Citians are mulling the stunning news Can local real estate interests succeed in landing the shopping gem? New owners will face strong local feelings about the Plaza's historic character

Kansas City is spending millions as it carefully faces huge ADA challenge Curb cuts and access improvements will benefit those who need them City is acting deliberately to address ADA violations

Monday Poll results: Your thoughts on the departure of House Speaker John Boehner We asked for your responses to Boehner's surprising resignation Here are the results of the unscientific survey, based on more than 350 replies

Kansas City Star editorial on ADA improvements Kansas City Hall needs to correctly spend millions of dollars to carry out improvements required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (10/09/2015) at 05:18 AM

Foster: Our slave history is our nation's history

Assistant Fire Chief Weaver: Good month to check smoke alarms

Contributors Parker: A rose for racial reconciliation Parker: A rose for racial reconciliation Kathleen Parker is a national columnist for the Washington Post. Contributors

Editorials Guest Voice: Stem cells: A political issue? Guest Voice: Stem cells: A political issue? Guest Voice: Stem cells: A political issue? Editorials

Opinion Roses & Thorns: Generous lady; Westport eighth grade football team Roses & Thorns: Generous lady; Westport eighth grade football team Generous lady; Westport eighth grade football team Opinion

Opinion To the Point: Gun liability insurance? To the Point: Gun liability insurance? Gun liability insurance? Opinion

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll Would you ever consider a direct care membership model (versus insurance) primary doctor? Opinion

Opinion Roses & Thorns: Visiting Angels; Parkview High School Roses & Thorns: Visiting Angels; Parkview High School Visiting Angels; Parkview High School Opinion

Contributors George Will: Impeach the IRS director George Will: Impeach the IRS director George Will: Impeach the IRS director Contributors

Contributors Burnett: Finding common ground with `Slut Walk' Burnett: Finding common ground with `Slut Walk' City Councilman Justin Burnett reflects on finding common ground around `Slut Walk' Contributors

Editorials Our Voice: Care to Learn starts next phase in battle against poverty Our Voice: Care to Learn starts next phase in battle against poverty Our Voice: Care to Learn starts next phase in battle against poverty Editorials

Contributors Robinson: Obama is right to be cautious on Syria Robinson: Obama is right to be cautious on Syria Robinson: Obama is right to be cautious on Syria Contributors

Opinion To the Point: Citizen rights, insurance To the Point: Citizen rights, insurance Citizen rights, insurance Opinion

Contributors Long: Taking a stand against the Iran deal Long: Taking a stand against the Iran deal Billy Long, the congressional representative from Missouri's 7th District, contributes a regular opinion piece. Contributors

Editorials Guest Voice: Irresponsible businesses give black eye to others Guest Voice: Irresponsible businesses give black eye to others Guest Voice: Irresponsible businesses give black eye to others Editorials

Opinion `Tis: Emmys, college students and a whole lot of trash `Tis: Emmys, college students and a whole lot of trash `Tis a privilege to share good news from around the Ozarks Opinion

Contributors Dixon: Time to end unsafe high speed police chases Dixon: Time to end unsafe high speed police chases Christopher Dixon's local opinion column appears twice a month in the News-Leader. Contributors

Opinion Roses & Thorns: Central High School principal Roses & Thorns: Central High School principal Central High School principal Opinion

Opinion To the Point: “In God We Trust”; presidential campaign To the Point: “In God We Trust”; presidential campaign “In God We Trust”; presidential campaign Opinion

The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (06/25/2015) at 11:54 AM

Teens, learn life-saving driving skills Posted at 11:00 AM The Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience, with its innovative and potentially life-saving instructional program, will visit our area on June 27 and 28 to help combat the ongoing problem of motor vehicle crashes among teens. Session...

Landgren cartoon: Farewell, pink flamingo creator Updated at 10:59 AM Don Landgren cartoon about the death of the pink flamingo’s creator. .mgnl175{margin-left:175px;} .childCatAd{display:inline-block!important;width:650px;}

The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
As of (10/09/2015) at 05:19 AM

Opinion GUEST COMMENTARY: Finding answers to questions about grad health insurance In the wake of a graduate student walkout, what should MU be doing about grad student insurance?

GUEST COMMENTARY: It"s amateur hour, again Democrats have long embraced the new face when it comes to presenting presidential candidates. Today, the Republican Party is offering a wholesale rejection of the classic element of experience in its candidates.

DAVID ROSMAN: Kurt Schaefer"s political about-face Schaefer has gone from a 2008, "I adamantly believe that medical decisions should be made by doctors, not health insurers or politicians," to his 2015 post as chairing of the Interim Committee for the Sanctity of Life (read "anti-Planned Parenthood") in the Missouri Senate.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Finding answers to questions about grad health insurance Philip G. Peters, Jr. In the wake of a graduate student walkout, what should MU be doing about grad student insurance?

EDITORIAL: Send Harry Truman back to the Capitol to represent Missouri St. Louis Post-Dispatch Most states that can claim a president have a statue of that person in the National Statuary Hall Collection — but Missouri is not represented by 33rd president of the United States.

DAVID ROSMAN: Kurt Schaefer"s political about-face David Rosman Schaefer has gone from a 2008, "I adamantly believe that medical decisions should be made by doctors, not health insurers or politicians," to his 2015 post as chairing of the Interim Committee for the Sanctity of Life (read "anti-Planned Parenthood") in the Missouri Senate.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It"s amateur hour, again David M. Shribman Democrats have long embraced the new face when it comes to presenting presidential candidates. Today, the Republican Party is offering a wholesale rejection of the classic element of experience in its candidates.

CARL KENNEY: Politics could kill public education in Missouri Carl Kenney This could be the end of liberal arts education that endorses the rights of faculty and students to think beyond the mandates of a political platform.

GENE ROBERTSON: African-Americans ought to take Hillary"s advice Gene Robertson An agenda ought to be developed that reflects all of the issues whichthat concern African Americans. Until this is done, nothing of significance will be accomplished.

EDITORIAL: Americans" aversion to dollar coins costs the nation billions The Kansas City Star Maybe Congress simply needs to do a better job of selling the public on the notion of eliminating the dollar bill and informing the American people of the benefits.

EDITORIAL: Dangerous gap widens between U.S., Russia Tampa Bay Times, Tampa, Florida Last week"s public events showed that Obama and Putin fundamentally disagree on the role that military power and democratic principles play in the modern age.

STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: Failing arithmetic — and civics Steve and Cokie Roberts Compromise and accommodation are the lubricants that make the machinery of democracy run smoothly.

EDITORIAL: Gun violence is the sickness America won"t treat Kansas City Star Gun violence is a sickness, all right. And it demands a full-on rush for prevention and treatment. But that isn't happening.

EDITORIAL: Jay Nixon and the case of the recanting hit-man St. Louis Post-Dispatch Except for pushing the execution date from May 12 to Oct. 6, Kimber Edwards' appeals have been rejected by the Missouri Supreme Court, which so far has declined a defense request to appoint a special master to review the case.

EDITORIAL: Volkswagen paying for deceit Enterprise-Journal, McComb, Mississippi Whatever business you are in, whether it"s making cars or publishing newspapers, the public"s trust is your most vital commodity. The public will tolerate unintentional mistakes. What it won"t tolerate is an orchestrated, planned, premeditated act of deceit.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Schaefer acting as bully, less like a statewide leader George Kennedy An institution, like a person, can be bullied only if it allows itself to be. We can only wish that Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin had been as zealous in defending our institution's independence as Senator Schaefer was in attacking it.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Soccer or football? It"s sport of the future – even in America Steve Spellman Major League Soccer and international football are becoming a mainstay beyond just niche satellite sports channels.

EDITORIAL: Planned Parenthood, not politics, prevents abortions St. Louis Post-Dispatch Recent hearings and inquiries into practices at Planned Parenthod aren"t about abortion. This is a war against women, particularly poor women.

DAVID ROSMAN: News about Missouri seems to be looking up David Rosman Financial service company Square plans to open an office in St. Louis, and former state representative Judy Baker considers entering next year"s state treasurer race. It"s nice to read positive news stories from the Show Me State.

EDITORIAL: MU"s disgraceful bow to political pressure will hurt women Kansas City Star The university had been under intense pressure from Republican senators on a special committee convened to harass Planned Parenthood.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (10/09/2015) at 05:23 AM

Gun culture On Wednesday in this column I argued effective gun control will not occur in this country until society undergoes a change in culture. Until most of us demand change, laws will remain permissive. We will know change might be coming...

Gun control Another mass shooting, this time at a community college in Oregon, sends politicians and most of the rest of us scurrying with rehashed ideas about gun control.

Natural resources Of late I'm taken with some fundamental changes in the natural order of things. For instance, Saudi Arabia has too much oil, and the rest of the world has too little water.

Boards and commissions From time to time, the city of Columbia issues a call for volunteers to serve on its advisory boards and commissions. A recent announcement contained notice of 30 vacancies spread among 17 groups. Applications must be in the hands the...

Stem cells: A political issue? Scientists and most doctors probably are surprised over the controversy surrounding embryonic stem cell research. When the value of these tissues became well known, anti-abortion militants arose in protest likening the use of embryos to murder. They linked stem cell...

Airport Almost without most of us realizing, the worm is turning at Columbia Regional Airport.

Foreign wars Through past generations, statesmen -- and women, one can presume -- have warned against U.S. involvement in foreign wars, but overriding instincts have led us into distant combat for reasons vital to the salvation of the nation and the world.

Student progress Missouri K-12 educators continue to fiddle with evaluation standards for schools, teachers and students. Most recently the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced Missouri public schools would use student data as a factor.

Boehner After an often miserable term in office, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner suddenly retired last week from his legislative leadership position and announced he will not run for another term in Congress.

BoCo GOP At least not as we came to know it in years past when Boone County spawned a number of moderate Republican officeholders who were among our most serviceable public servants.

CVS It's tempting to pick sides in the persistent struggle over a CVS Pharmacy building at Providence Road and Broadway, but if your goal is to see the project built, mediation is in order.

Ignoring the commission It's an old pushing-and-pulling match, the occasional conflict between the Columbia City Council and the city Planning and Zoning Commission.

Shutdown Most Republicans will miss no opportunity to rail against Planned Parenthood and Roe v. Wade, their widely flaunted metaphors for a moralistic stance against abortion.

Schaefer and Hawley: The race to the right Conservative donors of substantial means are trying to outspend each other in the Republican primary race for Missouri attorney general.

Scram! It came as a shock when the Boone County Commission told the Boone County Fair Board it would have to find another location for its annual shindig.

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (10/09/2015) at 05:23 AM

Alarms don't last forever Oftentimes newer really is better. This is particularly likely when it comes to safety features.

Item 22: Priority for district future The St. Joseph Board of Education's priorities checklist includes item 22, the last on the list but a central issue for the school district starting tonight.

Go deep to grasp college trends Our regional state universities think they understand why enrollment declines. It's likely they are right on the main points, but there is value in being sure and going deeper.

Buying or selling, signs point up For even casual observers, it is easy to see the market for home sales is improving.

Flu threat unknown Among the familiar flu season messages is this obvious one: Flu is contagious.

Protect school data Five Missouri school districts will be subjected to new state audits, and St. Joseph is not among them.

Share in finding regional solutions Why do communities spiral up or down?

Runway supports military A decision to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on a 75-foot-wide strip of concrete nearly a mile long is not one to be taken lightly, particularly when local tax dollars are picking up part of the tab.

Work zone tally much too high The statistics on work zone traffic deaths and injuries should be enough to prompt a change in driver behavior.

Fixing what is broken Twice in two days, prominent St. Joseph institutions have reported to the community they are making headway in improving their operations.

Hold college cost steady A proposal to freeze Missouri college tuition for the 2016-17 school year is just that - a proposal - but we should all hope this comes to pass.

Effort closes the loop More goes into poor health than bad personal decisions.

6-day delivery gets a reprieve The U.S. Postal Service's march off the fiscal cliff has taken a pause, and in this there is a glimmer of hope for rural mail patrons.

Corridor relies on brains Our region's economic development pros rave about the potential for the Animal Health Corridor, but it is important to understand what stands between potential and success.

NWMSU wisely focuses on health The leaders of Northwest Missouri State University believe they have identified both an opportunity and a winning strategy for capitalizing on it.

Church blaze justifies reward Somebody knows something.

School board rights a wrong It never should have come to this - having to take back something to which former St. Joseph School Superintendent Dan Colgan never was entitled.

Older can be better Two groups of people understand senior citizens in the workforce have something valuable to offer: the seniors themselves and the managers who have had success by hiring them.

Panel informs, cannot order The 16-member Ferguson Commission has issued a final report with 189 "calls to action,” and now people in every corner of Missouri are tasked with deciding how they should respond.

Effort closes gap in workers' skills Two million jobs nationwide go unfilled due to a gap between workers' skills and what advanced manufacturing requires, according to the respected Brookings Institution.

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (10/09/2015) at 05:25 AM

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: October 08, 2015 Critical repairs

Our View: National recognition Posted: October 07, 2015 It's been 50 years since a Missourian has assumed the presidency of the National League of Cities, an organization serving more than 19,000 municipal members.

Marilyn Beasley: Tragedy used to push political agenda Posted: October 07, 2015 On Thursday, our nation witnessed another tragedy with a lone gunman entering Umpqua Community College in Oregon, killing nine and injuring another seven.

Gene Policinski: Power of press is reporting news you need Posted: October 06, 2015 WASHINGTON — The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters that are important to individuals, communities or the nation, and to provide necessary information of value.

Our view: Power of the press, plus some Posted: October 06, 2015 It was almost 120 years ago that the first issue of The Joplin Globe was published. We'll be celebrating that milestone in a big way in 2016. 

Our View: Facing our tragedy Posted: October 05, 2015 We made the decision Thursday afternoon to run across the top of our front page the heartbreaking story about the shooting deaths of nine Oregon community college students.

Phill Brooks: RIP Harold Caskey, a remarkable legislator Posted: October 05, 2015 Missouri lost on the first day of October one of the state's most influential legislators in decades — Harold Caskey.

Geoff Caldwell: Boehner's not the only problem in the House Posted: October 04, 2015 The news that John Boehner, R-Ohio, had announced that he would be resigning as speaker of the House and giving up his congressional seat came as a surprise but not a disappointment.

Our view: facing our tragedy Posted: October 04, 2015 We made the decision Thursday afternoon to run across the top of our front page the heartbreaking story about the shooting deaths of nine Oregon community college students.

Sen. Harold Caskey's life was one of service Posted: October 04, 2015 As former elected officials now long retired from politics and policymaking, we have no delusions of being remembered forever. The Capitol corridors are full of portraits of men and women who served their terms, made marks of varying distinctions and departed the building and, ultimately, this Earth.

Our View: Putting public safety first Posted: October 02, 2015 “Arrested without incident.”

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: October 01, 2015 A fresh outlook

Our View: Mars mission powered by EaglePicher Posted: September 30, 2015 Hard to believe that Joplin's path would intersect with Mars, but it happened.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: September 30, 2015 Action long overdue

Our View: Pope's visit inspires words and actions Posted: September 29, 2015 Pope Francis ended his visit to the United States on Sunday by embracing prisoners, and urging youths to leave their lonely world of social media and connect with real people.

Adam McClane: Small program big investment in land, water, community Posted: September 27, 2015 You may not have heard of a small — but vital — federal program, but you have surely benefited from it, whether you enjoy the great outdoors or not.

Herb Van Fleet: Marriage licenses and the wall of separation Posted: September 27, 2015 The Kim Davis affair, referring to the county clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples, has called attention to the sometimes overlooked wall of separation between religion and the state that our Constitution demands.

Our view: Close funding gap or be forced to close bridges Posted: September 27, 2015 Jasper County has more critical condition bridges than any other county in the Southwest District of Missouri's Department of Transportation.

Anson Burlingame: Govern by keeping church and state separate Posted: September 26, 2015 For the past week I have heard many pundits try to explain how Pope Francis thinks and acts. To me, the best analysis, and the simplest, is merely that he is a Christian, pure and simple. He aspires to seeing the world governed in accordance with God's will, creating conditions where the Kingdom of God becomes the way of life for all humans on Earth. 

Our view: Cheaters and now a quitter Posted: September 25, 2015 The dirty dealings behind Volkswagen's rigged emission tests have done a number on consumer trust and the company's brand.

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (10/09/2015) at 05:25 AM

Your Opinion: Urge Congress to take action on climate change - The significance of Pope Francis' humble plea for Congress to simply have a conversation will likely become obvious soon.

Our Opinion: State faces penalty for diverting tobacco money - If Missouri forfeits $50 million in tobacco settlement money, state officials will have no one to blame but themselves.

Your Opinion: Win-win approach to LU-Parks facility - Can competition lead to win-win thinking? Perhaps

Your Opinion: Concerns about 'activities center' - A few years ago the citizens voted to tax themselves for the benefit of parks and recreation.

Our Opinion: Teen drivers challenged to 'be there' - In connection with the current emphasis on teen driving safety, we are reminded of a bit of advice shared with us.

Your Opinion: Be aware of rules for bicyclists - With the increase in the number of cyclers in the city perhaps it would be wise if the paper would post the laws concerning bicycles.

Your Opinion: AG urged to seek delay of EPA rules - Earlier this summer the United States Supreme Court ruled that the EPA must take into account the economic cost prior to passing rules that limit the emissions of power plants.

Our Opinion: Hunters urged to share bounty, seek evidence of missing persons - Missouri's hunters in the past have responded to requests to share their bounty and to watch for evidence of missing persons.

Your Opinion: End abortion - Why do they call it Planned Parenthood when in reality it is all about aborting a baby.

Your Opinion: Powers of states - A recent letter in this column asked why states even make laws since the United States Supreme Court may strike them down and, more broadly, “What happened to state sovereign rights"?

Our Opinion: Celebrating our readers during Newspaper Week, our anniversary News Tribune editorial - National Newspaper Week, observed today through Saturday, provides an excellent opportunity for us to thank you, our readers.

Fire Prevention Week safety: Smoke alarms send message - If I asked you where the smoke alarms are in your home, could you tell me? Like many people, you may not know where they have been installed. However, location matters when it comes to smoke alarms.

Perspective: Pay raises, Planned Parenthood and the refugee crisis - For five years, I've sounded like a broken record on state employee pay: we shouldn't be dead last in the nation.

Perspective: Reading, writing, work and wisdom - One week from now, on Sunday, Oct.11, the Jefferson City News Tribune is printing the last scheduled submission of this column.

Our Opinion: Strong case for state employees' pay raise restated News Tribune editorial - We echo the sentiments of legislative leaders who are asking the governor to work with lawmakers to increase the salaries of state employees.

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (10/09/2015) at 05:25 AM

Project Homeless Connect helps with resources (10/09/15) So often and in so many places, the homeless are forgotten or ignored, even reviled. Often, the fact of homelessness becomes so much a part of the local scenery, it no longer registers on people's radar screens. One local event held annually in Cape Girardeau is meant to lift up those who have fallen on hard times...

Letter to the Editor Time for SEMO name change (10/09/15) I earned two degrees and spent six years of my life on the Southeast Missouri State University campus. I'm proud of the education and life experience I received there. Southeast has a special place in my heart. But as I work toward a Ph.D. and an academic career, I find myself embarrassed telling people I went to Southeast. Why?...

Letter to the Editor PP fills vital need (10/09/15) In the past few years the infant mortality rate in the United States declined from 6.1 to 5.96 deaths per 1,000 births. In spite of this decline, our infant mortality rate is still higher than the average rate of 3.6 found in Western Europe and Canada. One of the chief characteristics of these other countries' health-care systems is universal coverage...

Opinion Column USS Cole anniversary (10/08/15) The short memories of many have led them to believe "The War on Terror" began with the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. This idea ignores the 1998 Al Qaeda bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, as well as the bombing of the destroyer USS Cole in Yemen in 2000...

Speak Out Speak Out 10/8/15 (10/08/15) Are there no cameras in the area of the floodwall gates? If not maybe some could be put up and catch who is creating graffiti. Put the faces on KFVS news and in the Missourian. Congratulations to all the kids who performed at the Jackson Band Festival Tuesday night. ...

Editorial Heroes Way helps honor fallen veterans (10/08/15) It's a small token. Nothing can replace them. But for the Missourians who served in Iraq or Afghanistan and paid the ultimate sacrifice, Heroes Way and the state of Missouri are working to keep their memory alive. Heroes Way recently held a fundraiser in Cape Girardeau. ...

Editorial Without abortion, Birthright shows compassion for women (10/07/15) Birthright of Cape Girardeau has the right idea. As U.S. Congressman Jason Smith emphasized after his recent tour there, the organization provides valuable services to women -- and does so without funding from the federal government. Birthright serves thousands annually, providing pregnancy tests, follow-ups, referrals, educational support, clothing and gift baskets filled with items needed to care for babies -- bottles, blankets, diapers and wipes, for example. ...

Opinion Column Lacking unity (10/07/15) With just over a year before the all-important presidential election, who could have imagined that the top two contenders in many polls are Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders? Seriously. Think about that for just a moment. Donald Trump, a boisterous businessman sadly short on specifics, and Bernie Sanders, a card-carrying socialist who believes our national problems stem from the lack of a larger federal government...

Opinion Column Saving Syria, saving Europe (10/06/15) Two major events in the Syrian Civil War have highlighted the abject failure of U.S. policies: the introduction of Russian combat power in support of the dictatorship of Bashar al Assad, and the humiliating collapse of U.S. efforts to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight both the Assad regime and the Islamic State...

Speak Out Speak Out 10/6/15 (10/06/15) We may have another Jean Michel Basquait in our midst. I would at least have the city appoint a panel of experts on the quality of graffiti art before having it summarily removed from Cape's downtown floodwall. Now, seriously. In the wildest stretch of your imagination could you ever have guessed that a Southeast Missourian editorial would state that President Obama made some correct statements, particularly on the issue of gun violence?...

Opinion Column Community outreach board plans events (10/06/15) The City of Jackson has four governing boards whose members are appointed by the mayor and approved by the board of aldermen. The purpose of the boards is outlined in the Jackson city code. The four boards are the planning and zoning commission, park board, zoning board of adjustment and the community outreach board. The board members are citizens of Jackson and each has assigned representatives from the board of aldermen and the city staff...

Editorial Search begins for second $50K startup winner (10/06/15) The local 1st50K program, organized by the business incubator Codefi, recently got a big boost when Gov. Jay Nixon announced the program will receive $325,000, part of a larger amount made available to support business startups in the state. In August, Amir Atighehchi and Mikey Ahdoot were named the winners of the inaugural contest when their Los-Angeles-based company Nutlock was selected by local judges from start-up ideas from around the world. ...

Speak Out Poll questions, week of Oct. 4 (10/05/15) What are your thoughts regarding the display of pink in October to raise awareness for breast cancer?I love it. The more awareness, the better.I respect the cause, but I wish other charities or causes could get as much attention.The commercialization has gone way overboard. It's become more of a business marketing campaign rather than a grass-roots effort to raise awareness...

Editorial A ceremony for a widow who couldn't attend funeral (10/05/15) Imagine losing the person closest to you and not being able to attend the funeral. This was Nancy Patterson's plight upon the death of her husband James Patterson. The disappointment, however, was somewhat abated when, in a special ceremony at Brookside War Memorial in Jackson, Nancy was presented a flag that flew on the ship on which her husband served from 1960 to 1963, the USS Ranger aircraft carrier...

Speak Out Speak Out 10/4/15 (10/04/15) Apparently anointed new Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy has admitted that the Benghazi hearings (now the longest in American history, surpassing committees investigating the attack on Pearl Harbor, Watergate and many other matters) are partisan and designed to bring down Hillary Clinton. ...

Editorial How should we respond to another mass shooting? (10/04/15) Once again our country has been struck by a mass shooting, this time at a community college in Oregon. Ten were killed by a man armed with four guns, who, according to reports, asked students to stand and cite their religion before executing them. Foremost and most urgently, this is a time for grieving for the city of Roseburg, the family of the victims and those who attend and work at Umpqua Community College...

Speak Out Speak Out 10/2/15 (10/02/15) With 50 million people living in poverty in this country, that implies that these people don't even have a minimum wage job working full-time because that would be over $14,000 a year. The poverty level is around $10,200 to $10,400 for an individual. ...

Editorial Aide brings knowledge, commitment to ag field (10/02/15) Dr. Michael Aide, chairman of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University, has been selected to receive an Honorary American FFA degree. It's an award that recognizes those who have gone above and beyond in preparing a new generation of agricultural leaders. At its most basic level, the accolade represents Aide's work to help make America's food supply a viable enterprise far into the future...

Letter to the Editor Car show a big success (10/02/15) On Sunday, Sept. 20, the River City Rodders along with Old Town Cape hosted their 38th Annual Car Show, now known as the River Tales Classic. This was the ninth year the show was held in downtown Cape, and the feedback regarding the location is positive. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 10/1/2015 (10/01/15) The sculpture program along Broadway is wonderful. I enjoy it. I hope it will keep up for years. I beg to differ with the Speak Out caller who noted the irony of the humble pope sitting next to the biggest egomaniac in the world. Donald Trump was not on that stage...

Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
As of (06/29/2015) at 11:56 AM

B&G Club launches drive for new wheels Leah Landon understands the necessity for reliable transportation.

Sedalia has many fine attributes Niche ( used to be a site that just ranked schools around the country, both K-12 and college by combining student reviews, professional opinions and piles of raw data. They recently started applying the Niche system to rank cities around the...

Sedalia Brick was once a cornerstone city's industry In the 1880s, Sedalia was still experiencing the burst of growth that followed the Civil War. Business was thriving, the city's population was growing, and new buildings were being erected. Sedalia's builders were using approximately 3.5...

Rain's impact seeping into all areas The wet weather that has nearly drowned west central Missouri over the past six weeks is much more than an annoyance. Gov. Jay Nixon's declaration of a state of emergency makes that point clear, but the impact of all of that rain is being felt...

Plan B works in a pinch My sister Libby, mother and I have been talking about bucket lists. I haven't developed a bucket list, as my family genes give me a good chance of staying on this planet for a long time. But our lives have changed over the past year, and so we...

Bottling companies have Sedalia history In the 18th century, British chemist Joseph Priestly developed a way to infuse water with carbon dioxide to produce carbonated water. The bubbly water became popular particularly in tonics, mixtures of herbs, roots, and flavorings suspended in...

Dolezal's race claims 'unfortunate' By now you've probably heard the story of Rachel Dolezal, the head of the Spokane, Wash., NAACP who has been accused of misrepresenting her race.

Surprising love for a 'common man' We all have guilty pleasures — those things we love that others either don't understand or think are too kitschy, low-brow or just plain dumb to embrace. For some, it's romance novels or collections of “Star Wars” toys.

To vacuum or not to vacuum The vacuum cleaner has been sitting in our living room for the past week, beckoning to me, its siren song tantalizing me to come to it, plug it in, use it. But I just haven't found the time, energy, or willingness to heed its call. If I leave it...

Of pranks and paranoia I just got back from my fourth year as a counselor at Gateway Hemophilia Association's Camp Notaclotamongus at Living Well Village in Imperial and I've got to say that it went pretty well.

Beloved teacher, principal dies in 1903 In 1882, Sedalia boasted four public schools — Broadway School, Lincoln School, Washington School and Franklin School. According to the 1882 History of Pettis County, Franklin School was built in 1870 on an elevated site at the corner of...

A Stark truth: Ragtimers show fun side Martin Spitznagel knows what many people say about the music he loves.

Exploring sights, sounds of Southern California I am not a Los Angeles fan; the city is too big, too sprawling, too car-infested for me. I much prefer northern California. Regardless of the traffic, that area offers much more for me in the way of entertainment and relaxation: the Muir Woods,...

Not all bugs are the enemy Technically, summer doesn't begin in a strictly scientific sense until the Summer Solstice on June 21, but for practical purposes the signs are all around us: the number of garage sales is going up, our kids are starting to leave for camp and...

Sedalians attempt to drill Artesian well, get rich quick During the late 19th century, Sedalia mounted several schemes to use mineral resources to make large amounts of money.

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