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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (10/21/2016) at 04:06 PM

Editorial: Short takes on Donald Trump's nasty and funny sides, and Canada's tribute to American greatness

Editorial: Trump invokes Patton, MacArthur in failed attempt to show military prowess

Editorial: Youth offenders' lives hang in the balance amid dithering to fix St. Louis County Family Court

Missouri defers justice for juveniles

Gun bill would harm public safety

A lawyer's duty

Your right to vote doesn't mean you can berate the poll workers

Michael Gerson Michael Gerson: Debate reveals fragility at the heart of American democracy

E.J. Dionne E.J. Dionne: Trump confirms everyone's worst fears

Dana Miilbank Dana Milbank: Trump supporters talk of civil war

Kathleen Parker Kathleen Parker: How Trump could still win

Michael Gerson Michael Gerson: Trump descends into ideological psychosis

In criticizing Blunt's lobbyist connections, is Missouri Dem chairman being hypocritical?

McClellan: Huck Finn vs. Claire McCaskill in the battle over Backpage

St. Louis firms raise $63 million in venture capital

Social media dominated by mentions of Trump in Wash U debate

McCaskill should investigate Missouri victim advocate ( … ) Regarding Tony Messenger's column "Sexual assault talk `bores' Guard's victim advocate" (Oct. 17): Read more

Chuck Berry's history means he shouldn't be honored ( … )

Democratic Party no longer represents Catholics' values ( … )

Fed needs to raise interest rates to create demand ( … )

Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (10/21/2016) at 04:07 PM

Editorials Republican senators’ obstruction of justice continues Republican senators continue to refuse to do their job in confirming or denying President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Voters should remember who didn't do their jobs when they fill out their ballots Nov. 8.

Editorials In an ugly election, the choice is clear: Hillary Clinton for president Both major-party nominees for president are deeply flawed, but their flaws are inherently — and importantly — different. Democrat Hillary Clinton has the resume, the temperament and the critical decision-making skills required for the most stressful job in the world.

Editorials Don’t worry: Russia and China aren’t taking over the internet Despite the concerns of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the United States should not back out now of a new way to handle internet addresses. That would send a terrible message to the international community that already has some justified skepticism about how far to trust America with digital information.

Editorials Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton need to debate crucial health, science and technology issues The presidential debate tonight at Washington University in St. Louis and the one on Oct. 19 at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas should include questions on health, science, technology and related questions. The country needs to know where the next president stands on these vital issues.

Editorials Ugly murder rate is perennial problem that tears at the fabric of Kansas City Kansas City's image as a violent place to live has long damaged its reputation with local residents — including those who move to the suburbs to try to escape crime — and with people from the outside looking at this region as a place to live and work.

Editorials Reject higher Missouri cigarette taxes; approve campaign contribution limits Several issues will be on Missouri's Nov. 8 ballot. They include tax increased for cigarettes. But don't be fooled by the packaging. Reject both of them while approving a sales tax extension for parks.

Editorials Low test scores show KC, Hickman Mills school districts falling far short of goals Missouri Assessment Program scores on statewide tests show great variation in student achievement. Kansas City Public Schools and the Hickman Mills School District have a lot of work to do to boost student academic performance.

Editorials Kansas’ big budget problems exposed in 24 hours of doom and gloom news Negative news about the Kansas budget shows that revenues are coming in more slowly than predicted plus the potential problems caused by 5 percent across-the-board budget reductions. Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature need to balance the budget by raising taxes.

Editorials Monday Poll results: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump get marching orders for second debate Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump engage in their second presidential debate on Sunday. Here's how Monday Poll readers responded to statements about what happens now.

Editorials Feds finally crack down on payday loan operators like Scott Tucker Federal officials finally are cracking down on unethical behavior by payday loan operators, including Leawood businessman Scott Tucker. The government should make it more difficult to charge excessive interest rates on short-term loans for people with low incomes.

Editorials Donald Trump’s tax returns take center stage for good reasons Donald Trump still hasn't released his tax returns, but a news story indicates he could have lost so much money 20 years ago that he would have paid nothing in federal taxes for many years after that. Trump should release his returns to clear up this issue, which Hillary Clinton likely will hammer at in the second debate this Sunday.

Editorials Wells Fargo needs to atone for unscrupulous banking practices Wells Fargo is under investigation by the Labor Department for abuses of its employees in opening millions of unauthorized accounts for the sake of achieving sales goals. This follows abuses uncovered in the subprime mortgage scandals resulting in at least $175 million in 2012 to settle federal allegations.

Editorials City Hall has to set top priorities to justify $800 million in higher taxes City Hall is working on an $800 million bond plan that could be brought to voters in April 2017. But before that happens, city officials along with civic and neighborhood leaders have to put together the best possible package of projects to be financed with the bondh the bonds.

Editorials The Monday Poll: Get ready for Clinton vs. Trump presidential debates, round two The second presidential debate will be held Oct. 9 in St. Louis. Give us your reactions to the following statements about what Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump must do to improve their chances of winning in November.

Editorials Kansas City streetcar success story spreads, but big challenges remain The Streetcar Authority is making the proper move to study a short expansion of the line toward Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park and to add cars to the current system. And the pursuit of the longer extension toward UMKC should proceed, with voters making the ultimate decision on the fate of that project.

Editorials A new Kansas City arts festival is an idea worth pursuing Earlier this week, Mayor Sly James announced an idea to create the Kansas City Arts Festival. Now it needs to be fleshed out, to see whether the public and private sector will support an event that could attract “regional and national attention to local talent and resources,” as the mayor said this week.

Editorials MU acts with needed speed to squash racial hatred on campus The University of Missouri-Columbia officials, learning from last year, acted swiftly and decisively against acts of racial hatred this week on campus. The university temporarily suspended the Delta Upsilon fraternity, and investigations are underway over racial slurs against black students.

Editorials Courts are protecting rights of Kansas voters because Kobach isn’t Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is at the center of continuing controversies over who can vote in the state. Courts keep upholding the rights of people to take part in elections, but Kobach keeps fighting those efforts.

Editorials The Monday Poll results: Voters like $800 million bond plan Monday Poll readers favor spending city tax dollars on an animal shelter, bike routes and long-overdue improvements. Most of the nearly 500 respondents this week also want transparency in how the $800 million is spent.

Editorials Voters deserve better than either candidate delivered in first debate The first presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump didn't have any knockout blows or zinging one-liners. But neither did it better inform voters ahead of the November election.

The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (10/21/2016) at 04:07 PM

Guest Voice: Climate change, the missing issue

Protesting, voting not enough to bring change

Positive signs for turbulent times

Contributors It's not the `locker room' talk, it's the `lock her up' talk It's not the `locker room' talk, it's the `lock her up' talk Such incendiary talk is an affront to elementary democratic decency and a breach of the boundaries of American political discourse Contributors 4 days, 20 hours ago

Opinion Rose: To Pokin, for Thomas Jefferson interview Rose: To Pokin, for Thomas Jefferson interview Most historical figures are reluctant to grant interviews after they are deceased. Opinion 17 hours, 29 minutes ago

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll Would you consider going to a law office inside a Walmart? Opinion 1 day ago

Opinion Display your flag for love of country, troops, veterans Display your flag for love of country, troops, veterans For love of country and appreciation to our troops and veterans, if you have an American flag, please display it on October 12, Columbus Day, which was also Flag Day in times past. Let them know we care. God bless America! Opinion 17 hours, 32 minutes ago

Readers We must replace those who cause the problems We must replace those who cause the problems For real change, vote for Jeff Munzinger in the 136th Readers 17 hours, 45 minutes ago

Readers Being a gun owner is not the point Being a gun owner is not the point Kander got an F from NRA based on his voting records Readers 17 hours, 47 minutes ago

Readers The time has come for adult beverages at the Park Board's golf courses The time has come for adult beverages at the Park Board's golf courses Prohibition and policing of alcohol is a joke Readers 17 hours, 50 minutes ago

Contributors How Trump could still win How Trump could still win The Dislikers and the Undecideds together form the Unknowables — this election's X factor. Contributors 20 hours, 10 minutes ago

Editorials Guest Voice: Healthy workers good for business Guest Voice: Healthy workers good for business Rather than mandating paid leave, government would do well to lift up the reasons for encouraging employee wellness. Editorials 1 day, 16 hours ago

Opinion Roses: For man who paid for her purchase Roses: For man who paid for her purchase A BUCKET OF ROSES: For the man who paid for my purchase at Big Lots Opinion 1 day, 18 hours ago

Opinion Long hangs on as Trump Train goes off the tracks Long hangs on as Trump Train goes off the tracks While many of his colleagues are jumping off the Trump Train as it continues to careen its way ever lower down the tracks, our representative in Congress, Billy Long, hangs on for the ride. Opinion 1 day, 19 hours ago

Contributors Universities have many missions, but being a `safe space' shouldn't be one Universities have many missions, but being a `safe space' shouldn't be one The decision to treat young adults as perpetually vulnerable to victimization coincided with academia's turn away from the world Contributors 1 day, 19 hours ago

Contributors Missourians have right to hear from all Senate candidates in debates Missourians have right to hear from all Senate candidates in debates Gina M. Bufe is a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate Contributors 1 day, 19 hours ago

Sports Chiefs ship Davis to Packers for pick Chiefs ship Davis to Packers for pick KANSAS CITY - The Kansas City Chiefs traded backup running back Knile Davis to the Green Bay Packers, who ackers, who desperately need to add depth to their injury-riddled backfield. Sports 2 days, 16 hours ago

Readers Roses and Thorns: Nixa blood donations Roses and Thorns: Nixa blood donations ROSES: To 32 students from Nixa High School who participated in their community Dare to Care service day Friday, October 14 and chose to visit the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, 220 W. Plainview Road. Readers 2 days, 16 hours ago

Readers Humphreys doesn't care about workers Humphreys doesn't care about workers I find it interesting that Tamko CEO and political mega donor David Humphreys is contributing mega-dollars to political candidates who support the ill-named "right-to-work" legislation. Readers 2 days, 16 hours ago

Opinion Earned Income Tax Credit helps with jobs and poverty Earned Income Tax Credit helps with jobs and poverty I read with great interest Kurt Brewer's submission to the News-Leader, (Good news on poverty, but not good enough (Oct 1)). Mr. Opinion 2 days, 16 hours ago

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 (10/21/2016) at 04:07 PM

Opinion GEORGE KENNEDY: Read beyond the ballot titles Benefits for big tobacco and religious education hide behind skimpy ballot language.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Let"s dissect ballot measures on parks, service taxes There are five constitutional amendments and one proposition coming before voters this year. That"s a lot to sort out.

DAVID ROSMAN: Who and what I am backing on the November ballot For the most part, I am remaining loyal to the "blue" side, but this year we need to look at all sides of the ballot.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Real value in med school review lies in guiding improvement Alex Goodson Instead of imagining the LCME as an organization determined to shut down schools that are not able to comply quickly enough, it is more accurate to view the LCME as the guiding body for medical education.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Read beyond the ballot titles George Kennedy Benefits for big tobacco and religious education hide behind skimpy ballot language.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Let"s dissect ballot measures on parks, service taxes Steve Spellman There are five constitutional amendments and one proposition coming before voters this year. That"s a lot to sort out.

DAVID ROSMAN: Who and what I am backing on the November ballot David Rosman For the most part, I am remaining loyal to the "blue" side, but this year we need to look at all sides of the ballot.

C.W. DAWSON JR.: Voter ID amendment doesn"t pass the smell test C.W. DAWSON JR. As difficult as it is to get people to vote, why would we make it harder for many to vote, unless there is a hidden political agenda at play?

EDITORIAL: National police shooting database long overdue St. Louis Post Dispatch The absence of a federal database has contributed to wild speculation and assertions about whether such incidents are on the rise.

EDITORIAL: More competition could remedy prescription price-gouging St. Louis Post Dispatch Pharmaceutical companies have increased prices astronomically for potentially life-saving treatments. If Congress can"t fix the problem, perhaps global competition will.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Medical schools must address diversity gap G. Richard Olds American medical schools are suffering from a severe case of economic homogeneity. By boosting diversity, med schools can improve the quality of their training, help close the healthcare access gap, and improve patient health.

EDITORIAL: An open letter to Ken Bone, the man in the red sweater St. Louis Post-Dispatch Of the two candidates for president, one is a former reality show host with no elective-office experience and no record of public service. The other has devoted her entire adult life to public service.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Tolerating bullies like Trump creates problems for victim and system Jill Richardson If the latest lewd video of Trump taught us anything, it"s the danger of rewarding oppressive workplace behavior.

GUEST COMMENTARY: What took them so long? Steve and Cokie Roberts A raft of Republicans have abandoned their own nominee.

DEAR READER: The Voters Guide is a must for any DIY voter Tom Warhover You won"t believe what the software can do in guiding you through every candidate and amendment you"ll vote on in just three-plus weeks.

EDITORIAL: Republican Party must reckon with post-Trump realities St. Louis Post-Dispatch Trump's aggressively ignorant, xenophobic and vulgar campaign threatens the party"s core values. That it resonates with so much of its base is causing serious angst within the ranks of more thoughtful party leaders.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Local campaign debates provide break from rancor of national election George Kennedy Down here in the grass roots, the pursuit of political office still attracts good-hearted, service-minded aspirants who can disagree without being disagreeable.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (10/21/2016) at 04:08 PM

The debate

State Senate

44th District

For governor

Secretary of State In the race for Missouri secretary of state, two candidates with good credentials for office…

Proposition A In a typically clever political move, Leone and his group also are promoting Proposition A o…

Amendment 3 For years I have supported more resources for early education, even to the point of consider…


CPS districting In most ways, school districts have more trouble dealing with growth constituencies than sta…

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New state law limits health care access

Police respond to 911 call with sensitivity

Pastors deserve many thanks for all they do

Politicians' tit for tat explains their bad rep

Privileges should play into hospital decision

The debate

State Senate

44th District

For governor

Secretary of State

St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (10/21/2016) at 04:09 PM

Simple math leads to degree Missouri higher education leaders didn't invent the program known as "15 to Finish,” but give them credit for borrowing something that makes a lot of sense. Simple math leads to degree

Don't forget: It's fall festival time

Industry banks on St. Joseph

Close shootings data gap

Graves, Jenkins best for region

Trump and GOP offer best hope to lead America

Blunt has earned return to Senate

Healthy workers good for business

Voter photo ID is fair, justified

Vote to prohibit taxes on services

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (10/21/2016) at 04:09 PM

Our View: Conserving energy, paychecks President John F. Kennedy once said: “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”

Your View: Letters to the editor At least Clinton is not filled with hate

Colleges should encourage differing viewpoints WASHINGTON — A specter is haunting academia, the specter of specters — ghosts, goblins and “cultural appropriation” through insensitive Halloween costumes. Institutions of higher education are engaged in the low comedy of avoiding the agonies of Yale.

Our View: 'Yes' for Missouri's best It's a campaign season that's been built on talking points such as “Big Tobacco,” “rigged elections,” “disenfranchised voters” and attack ads.

Your View: Letters to the editor At this time in our state's history, many voters are concerned about large corporations buying influence in our society.

Our View: International victory Tensions were high and so were the voices of many sitting in the room. The meeting had started on Thursday and lasted far into the night, the next day and the next night.

Kevin Wilson: Missouri's initiative petition process out of control I was looking through the paper this week and saw the headline “Do we need more constitutional amendments?”

Taylor Armerding: Trump held to different moral standard Nice that Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize for literature this past week. One of his most famous lines — “The times, they are a changin'” — has been on display, as well, with regard to sexual mores.

Our view: Tobacco proposals too toxic Remember the Joe Camel campaign and those rugged Marlboro ads?

Anson Burlingame: A way out of voting dilemma I am one of the many voters absolutely confounded on how to vote in America's best interests in this upcoming presidential election.

Geoff Caldwell: American press playing Russian roulette From the First Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech or of the press.”

Your views: Letters to the editor Vote `yes' on Amendment 1

John Cox: Be realistic about those things you fear In medicine — the subject I know best — the risk of doing one thing versus another is called relative risk. For example, you can give a medication that has a chance of helping the condition, but there is a risk that a significant side effect will occur. Should you prescribe it or not? It dep…

Our View: March on, Maple Leaf What originated as a marching band festival in 1966 changed its tune in 1967 to become Carthage's first full-fledged Maple Leaf Festival.

Your View: Letters to the editor Wonderful community support

Our View: Yes on Amendment 4 Missouri voters in less than a month will decide a proposed constitutional amendment that would bar state or local governments from imposing any new sales or use taxes on the purchase of services in the state.

Marilyn Beasley: What has happened to our country? Our nation was built and is based on the rule of law. Yet today we are seeing things happening in our country that should cause every citizen to sit up and take notice.

Our View: Treating the problem It's a vicious cycle from which there have been few success stories: alcoholism, drug addiction and, for many, a prison sentence.

Your view: Letters to the editor Words do matter

Your view: Letters to the editor Uninvited and `dis-endorsed'

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (10/21/2016) at 04:09 PM

Your Opinion: Decisive issue: The upcoming election is the most troubling I can remember.

Your Opinion: Cigarette tax proposal opposed: Gonna be a tax to vote on those nasty cigarettes, you know. Of course the money will go for "the...

Your Opinion: The direction of our country: One may wonder where a leftist liberal Democrat's utopian "diversity" and "political correctness" world would be?

Our Opinion: Celebrate completion, but remain vigilant: This period of disappointment and frustration will end soon.

Your Opinion: Hillary still not qualified: When I wrote the opinion letter on "Hillary — Not Qualified" my expectation was that several people would write in...

Your Opinion: Locomotive delivers memories: A unique piece of Jefferson City history was recalled this past weekend by two events: a speech by visiting Pulitzer...

Our Opinion: Safety message applies year round: Safety involving big trucks and passenger vehicles is the focus of this year's observance of Operation Safe Driver Week, being...

Your Opinion: Be wary of false promises: I am writing this in regard to the issue of the upcoming election, and wish to ring in on my...

Your Opinion: Liberal bias toward gun ownership: Once again the news media confirms their ignorance, agenda and their bias towards the 2nd Amendment.

Your Opinion: Stop attack ads; address issues: Are there any politicians in Missouri who aren't afraid to tell us their positions on issues? It seems that all...

Our Opinion: Student volunteers make special efforts: Two special efforts involving student volunteer in the past week can be characterized, literally and figuratively, as touching.

Your Opinion: We must put America first: As a woman voter, I'm curious as to how other women think. With all the problems going on in America,...

Your Opinion: Emails and evidence: If this presidential election is not remembered for anything else, it will be remembered for Hillary Clinton's email controversy and...

Our Opinion: Parks agency asks users to comment: The Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department would like more feedback from the thousands of people who used its...

Our Opinion: Body cameras play role in building trust: Trust is a critical component linking residents and law enforcement officers, who have sworn to serve and protect the public.

Your Opinion: Kudos to Julie Smith: I was pleased to read that your photographer, Julie Smith, was named Exceptional Employee during the Chamber of Commerce awards...

Your Opinion: Interfaith group calls for unity: Cities in our nation, including Jefferson City, are living in fearful times, in which violence breaks out in some of...

Your Opinion: Time to realign priorities: So, Adrian's Island is going ahead. I still don't understand why the city is so adamant about wasting money building...

Your Opinion: Property proposal questioned: I would like to thank those Jefferson City School Board members who voted Monday to table a vote for the...

Your Opinion: The world is watching our election: As the 2016 presidential campaign slithers to a slimy close the words of the Bard seem prescient: "Lord, what fools...

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (10/21/2016) at 04:09 PM

Manufacturing Day offers glimpse at career options (10/21/16) Last week, area students got a chance to learn more about possibilities for their futures. At the inaugural Manufacturing Day -- hosted by the Workforce Development Board of Southeast Missouri, the Career and Technology Center, the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce and other organizations -- students were able to explore career options in the manufacturing field...

VintageNOW raises funds for Safe House (10/20/16) We might not always see or hear it, but domestic violence occurs around us. And according to a recent Southeast Missourian report, the numbers of supplemental domestic-violence incident reports filed by Cape Girardeau County law-enforcement agencies has increased over the last few years: 482 in 2013, 501 in 2014, 512 in 2015 and 362 so far this year...

Notre Dame nabs state golf title (10/19/16) Just a few years after the Notre Dame girls golf team's inception, and in its first trip to the state meet as a team, the Bulldogs got to hoist a state trophy. The Bulldogs, who first fielded a team in 2011, cruised to victory at the Class 1 state meet last week, winning by 40 strokes...

Portion of historic Broadway receives designation (10/18/16) Add a three-block section of Broadway in Cape Girardeau to the National Register of Historic Places. Steve Hoffman, a history professor at Southeast Missouri State University, and several of his historic-preservation students submitted the application that yielded the designation for the Broadway Commercial Historic District...

Mixed feelings on major case squad arrests, homicides (10/17/16) The Southeast Missourian reported last week that the Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad made arrests in each of the five homicides that occurred in Cape Girardeau this year. Even with cracks in criminal cases, there is no celebration when lives are lost. There are, however, takeaways that this community can build on and utilize as we move forward...

Awards indicative of hard-working culture (10/16/16) Forgive us a minute while we talk a little bit about ourselves. Running a newspaper is a mission we take seriously, but we rarely share that mission and work with our readers. Mostly, your conversations and ours delve around the finished product. We react to and debate stories. We probably don't talk enough about the process...

Boxing academy provides positive outlet (10/14/16) Each Tuesday at The Bridge Outreach, a La Croix Church building on South Frederick Street in Cape Girardeau, a group of young men meet for the Christian Boxing Academy. The academy, part of the Salvation Army's after-school program, is now in its third year and available to students from fifth through 12th grades...

Animal rescue group awarded deserving grant (10/13/16) Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas likely gained a few more fans in Southeast Missouri recently, and it wasn't because of any local performance. The Sidewalk Angels Foundation, which was founded by Thomas and his wife, Marisol Thomas, recently awarded the Bollinger County Stray Project with a $20,000 grant. ...

Lend a helping hand when you can (10/12/16) Last Friday, hundreds of people gathered at the Osage Centre for Project Homeless Connect. It was the sixth year that volunteers from the community and various organizations came together to help those who are less fortunate. Clothing, haircuts, housing assistance, groceries, hygiene products, identification, immunization and other medical services were provided to those who needed it...

Sign up for free smoke alarm installation (10/11/16) While the nation is engrossed in a heated campaign for president, the Southeast Missouri chapter of the Red Cross is holding its own campaign this Saturday -- the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. With the assistance of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department and Charter Communications, interested residents in Cape will receive, and have installed, as many as three smoke alarms, free of charge. They also will get instructions on fire safety and smoke alarm maintenance...

Congrats to Mo. 4-H Hall of Fame inductee Mary Lou Kurtz (10/10/16) Almost 55 years after winning her first 4-H trophy, Mary Lou Kurtz of Cape Girardeau was inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame at State Fair Community College in Sedalia. Her longtime involvement began at a young age, and she credits it with having a positive role in her life...

Political, Hispanic voices coming soon to SEMO campus (10/9/16) We are in the homestretch of a long, bitter and dispiriting presidential election cycle. On Monday, Oct. 17, the virtues and flaws of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be explored at the local level when two CNN political correspondents debate the merits of the candidates...

Uptown Jackson celebrates Oktoberfest on Saturday (10/7/16) Ready to get out your lederhosen? Eat some pretzels and bratwurst? Even if those aren’t on your to-do list, Uptown Jackson’s Oktoberfest should be. There’s plenty more to the event than just good and traditional German clothing. It’s the fourth year for the event, which had 8,000 in attendance last year. Organizers expect an even larger crowd will be at this year’s event, which is from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. There’s no admission charge...

Have fun for a good cause at The Cancer Gala (10/6/16) Many, if not all, of us have been touched by cancer in some way. We've seen the devastating effects it can have not only on those who are diagnosed with it, but their loved ones. There's many ways to raise funds for research and awareness of these terrible diseases, and one of those is coming up this weekend...

New student media center to be dedicated (10/5/16) KFVS, River Radio, Codefi and the Southeast Missourian recently had new neighbors move in next door. Many entities within Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Mass Media now reside at 325 Broadway. This Friday, there will be a dedication ceremony for the facility, which was named the Rust Center for Media last month in honor of Gary W. Rust, chairman of the board of Rust Communications, which owns the Southeast Missourian, as well as a member of the editorial board...

Plenty of flu shot options available locally (10/4/16) It's flu season again and time for the flu vaccine for those who choose to receive one. The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center offers the shot every year. This year it will hold five clinics in Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Delta. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the flu kills about 24,000 Americans annually, and the elderly are among the most susceptible. ...

Notre Dame Activity Week brings in record $286,000 (10/3/16) It's never too soon to take responsibility for oneself. Students at Notre Dame Regional High School demonstrated this during their recent Activity Week. Through hard work and community support, they raised more than $286,000 -- the highest amount the fundraising event ever brought in...

Be careful when you invest money (10/2/16) Keith Lars Monia, 55, will spend decades in prison, and possibly the rest of his life. He pleaded guilty on Tuesday to nine counts of financial exploitation of the elderly and stealing by deceit. All told, Monia pleaded guilty to stealing more than a half-million dollars from elderly people who signed over checks to him and expected him to invest the money as he said he was going to do...

Show Me Center upgrades may lead to more, bigger shows (9/30/16) To the average person walking into the Show Me Center, the changes likely will go unseen. But the phase 2 renovations to the facility could have a large impact on the quantity and quality of entertainment that come to town. Over the summer 80 steel beams were reinforced, 20 were added and a new catwalk was installed. Improvements to the north parking lot were also made, probably the most visible change to the facility...

Muscular dystrophy month hits home for Jackson family (9/29/16) Like many, Erin Boyer didn't know exactly what muscular dystrophy was. That is, until it affected her family. Two of her three sons, 6-year-old Frankie and 1-year-old Jaxson, received a diagnosis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy mere months apart over the summer...

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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