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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (02/23/2018) at 11:02 PM

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Michael Gerson: Billy Graham was consumed by grace

E.J. Dionne: Gun control is about saving lives, not waging culture wars

Dana Milbank: Putin's useful idiots

Jonah Goldberg: Don't overestimate Trump's ability to knowingly collude with Russia

Kathleen Parker: Going Hogg wild

David Ignatius: How the U.S. can 'get to yes' with Turkey

Eugene Robinson: The issue is not mental health. It's guns.

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Rally around St. Louis' elected school board

The problem with 'stand your ground' law

Bill that benefits utilities comes at the expense of Missourians

If not now, when?

Gov. Greitens, I have one question: Did you take a picture?


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Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (02/23/2018) at 11:03 PM

Editorials Why would Missouri treat pregnant women struggling with drug addiction like criminals? Addiction is a devastating problem in Missouri. But legislation being debated in Jefferson City takes the wrong approach, seeking to criminalize mothers-to-be who use drugs.

Editorials Park Hill or Parkland, arming teachers is laughable, but not funny The sheriff's deputy who never ran into the high school in Parkland shows that even the well trained can freeze in an active shooter situation.

Editorials Greitens didn’t shoot straight with Missourians, can’t govern under indictment We cannot judge the governor's guilt or innocence of the charge he now faces. Like every American, Greitens deserves the presumption of innocence.

Editorials Why did the Riot Room ever book a band alleged to be Nazi sympathizers? Management at the Riot Room made the right call to cancel a show featuring a controversial band with alleged ties to white supremacy, but the gig should have never been booked in the first place. Rapper Talib Kweli canceled his Riot Room appearance after learning about the show.

Editorials KC listening session came up with no good reason for the EPA to repeal the Clean Power Plan Kansas City Mayor Sly James implored the Trump administration not to ôput our citizens at riskö by repealing President Obama's signature Clean Power Plan.

Editorials Mayor Sly James discusses his support for the Clean Power Plan At the Environmental Protection Agency's listening session in Kansas City Wednesday, Kansas City's mayor explains why he and other cities' officials support continuing the Obama administration's policy.

Editorials Are Kansas lawmakers serious about improving government transparency? Kansas has made limited progress on openness in government as turnaround day approaches. But there is still much to do, and lip service isn't enough.

Editorials Scott Pruitt’s EPA will talk ‘so-called Clean Power Plan’ in KC Wednesday Before the agency can overturn Obama-era greenhouse gas emissions rules, it's required to hold a series of ôlistening sessionsö for the public.

Editorials Hey, Kansas GOP: How about staging a real gubernatorial debate? The Kansas City Star stands ready to host a legitimate forum for the Republican candidates for governor.

Editorials Let’s start work now on the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues A year-long celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues could help shine a light on the museum that shares its name and Kansas City. But it will take public and private dollars to make it happen.

Editorials More women die when domestic abusers own guns. Do Kansas and Missouri lawmakers care? Neither Kansas nor Missouri is in line with federal law that seeks to keep guns out of the hands of those convicted of domestic violence. Lawmakers in both states can right that wrong by passing needed legislation.

Editorials Platte County took perverse pleasure in keeping Kansas chemist Syed Jamal from seeing his family People around the world have been worrying about what's to become of Syed Ahmed Jamal, the Bangladesh-born chemistry instructor arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in front of his distraught family in Lawrence last month. But now officials in Platte County want to get in their own gratuitous kicks by needlessly keeping him from seeing his crying children. ren.

Editorials Could the 2018 elections in Kansas and Missouri be hacked? New reports say the U.S. remains vulnerable to hacking of their elections. Kansas and Missouri have work to do, and Congress can help.

Editorials No more swanky dinners or free booze? Missouri lawmakers should ban lobbyist gifts The Missouri state Senate is finally expressing a willingness to cap unlimited gift-giving to lawmakers. Action is long overdue.

Editorials ‘This place is so insane’: After a bullet strikes a bus, how can KC kids get to school safely? Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell is rightly convinced that more must be done to ensure that kids can get to school safely each day. A recent incident that saw a bullet shatter a school bus window made the challenge all the more urgent.

Editorials Congress is still tied in knots over immigration. Are Kansas and Missouri senators willing to compromise? The failure to pass immigration reform is a symptom of a dysfunctional Congress unable to address serious national problems. What would it take for Kansas and Missouri Sens. Jerry Moran, Pat Roberts, Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill to compromise on this issue?

Editorials Where’s the Republican who will take on the NRA? Spoiler alert: Not in Kansas or Missouri How many school shootings will it take before Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt or Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts bucks the NRA and takes action to curb gun violence?

Editorials Was Twitter complicit in Russian efforts to spread misinformation about the KKK at Mizzou? Russian Twitter trolls masterminded a tweet that fueled erroneous reports during the 2015 student protests at the University of Missouri. It's time for Twitter to rein in the spread of misinformation.

Editorials A lesson from the Florida shooting: If we can’t control guns, should we fortify schools? Classroom doors may need to be wired to lock automatically in a crisis, from the inside. Safe rooms capable of holding children could be built in every class. Bullet-proof glass may become standard after the deadly massacre at a Florida high school.

Editorials Are you listening, police board? KC mayor was right about ‘banging on the city crap’ Kansas City police board president Leland Shurin says that the planned budget increase for patrol officers and dispatchers is just not enough. But Mayor Sly James is right to ask: How are those efficiencies coming?

The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (02/21/2018) at 09:06 AM

Missouri lawmakers should ban lobbyist gifts

Modernizing the 911 system

Proposed EPA cuts would hurt Springfield

Contributors As Mueller fights Russia, Trump is MIA As Mueller fights Russia, Trump is MIA Special prosecutor is only one warrior trying to protect U.S. elections. America now needs a field marshal. Contributors 1 day, 13 hours ago

Contributors Time to consider paying City Council Time to consider paying City Council As it stands right now, a person willing to serve has to have a high level of income and have steel skin in order to even run. Contributors 1 day, 13 hours ago

Contributors A new idea for dealing with illegal immigration A new idea for dealing with illegal immigration While the debate over immigration rages on the national stage, a key piece of the solution may actually be much more American. Contributors 2 days, 13 hours ago

Contributors Schools, parents and books Schools, parents and books How do parents and schools contribute to a powerful and synergistic partnership without trespassing in the primary realms of influence of the other? Contributors 2 days, 15 hours ago

Readers Questions for school board on building plan Questions for school board on building plan Have they considered transportation, social needs, budget? Readers 2 days, 15 hours ago

Editorials What will we say if a shooting happens here? What will we say if a shooting happens here? If you've seen the devastating scenes in other districts, it may feel like it's only a matter of time before we experience a shooting here. Editorials 3 days, 17 hours ago

Readers You might not believe what's happening in Jefferson City You might not believe what's happening in Jefferson City I was reminded of the importance of sacrifice in public service, and more precisely, the importance of principled public servants. Readers 3 days, 23 hours ago

Readers Pleased City Council listened on trash haulers Pleased City Council listened on trash haulers I was vocal in my criticism last year concerning Springfield City Council's proposed changes to trash hauling in the city. Readers 3 days, 23 hours ago

Contributors Interrupting hate speech Interrupting hate speech The first time I heard the word ôgayö applied to a person I loved, I couldn't accept that it was true. Contributors 3┬ádays, 21┬áhours ago

Readers Right to Work hurts families Right to Work hurts families We already have the right to work. No one is forced to join a union in Missouri. Readers 3 days, 23 hours ago

Readers More information on voter ID requirements More information on voter ID requirements There are, in fact, three options for voting in Missouri. Readers 4 days ago

Readers U.S. has to seize computing advantage U.S. has to seize computing advantage Using high tech is not the same as creating high tech. Readers 4 days ago

Readers See the fruit of tax cuts See the fruit of tax cuts I would like to draw attention to the news about companies who have utilized the president's tax cut plan to increase pay for their employees. Readers 4 days ago

Readers Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, North Carolina Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, North Carolina The Missouri depicted in this nasty movie is not who we are or aspire to be. Readers 4 days, 12 hours ago

Contributors Focus on the flu, not the new Focus on the flu, not the new The flu, neither exotic nor rare, garners too little attention and too few resources. Contributors 4 days, 15 hours ago

Readers Why we need 'the right to try' Why we need 'the right to try' We have a real chance to eliminate cancer, reduce a lot of opioids and substantially reduce medical/insurance costs. Readers 6 days, 8 hours ago

Editorials Military parade debate exists only so we fight Military parade debate exists only so we fight Just because politicians think of us as statistics and use us as pawns doesn't mean we should act like it. Editorials 6 days, 18 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...

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The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
As of (02/23/2018) at 10:40 PM

Opinion GUEST COMMENTARY: Forced arbitration is wrong, especially in sexual harassment cases Big business groups are back at the Capitol pushing a bill to force all employment disputes, including sexual harassment, into secret arbitration.

The censor"s paradox: Trying to suppress information often backfires As a practical matter, often if something is put off limits, it also seems more enticing and glamorous than it really is.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Federal welfare needs modernization Society has come to expect charity from tax-funded programs. The socialized public method dominates discussion to the detriment of other options.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Forced arbitration is wrong, especially in sexual harassment cases Scott A. Wilson Big business groups are back at the Capitol pushing a bill to force all employment disputes, including sexual harassment, into secret arbitration.

PHIL BROOKS: Flaring tempers do nothing but divide Missouri"s Senate Phil Brooks In the Senate of old, filibusters often were diverted into near comedy routines for no other purpose than to calm tempers.

The censor"s paradox: Trying to suppress information often backfires Sandy Davidson As a practical matter, often if something is put off limits, it also seems more enticing and glamorous than it really is.

EDITORIAL: Florida lawmakers school Marjory Stoneman Douglas students ÔÇô what a mistake Miami Herald What a mistake by Florida lawmakers to not even pretend to show respect for the horrible things those kids saw a week ago.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Federal welfare needs modernization Steve Spellman Society has come to expect charity from tax-funded programs. The socialized public method dominates discussion to the detriment of other options.

GUEST COMMENTARY: As the Trump administration retreats on climate change, US cities are moving forward Katherine Levine Einstein, David Glick and Maxwell Palmer Two-thirds of mayors agreed that cities should play a role in reducing the effects of climate change Ś even if it means making fiscal sacrifices.

C.W. DAWSON: The black community needs to create political change C.W. Dawson The primary order of business is to form a political block led by the African-American community.

EDITORIAL: Could the 2018 elections in Kansas and Missouri be hacked? Kansas City Star Even the mere threat of interference can be disruptive if voters distrust results because they think someone hacked the local election board.

EDITORIAL: Attorney general steps up for workers in harassment arbitration cases St. Louis Post-Dispatch Good employers should seize the opportunity to stop shielding harassers and give workers a fair chance when they've been wronged.

KEN MIDKIFF: Does Roundup cause cancer? Monsanto"s keeping it a secret Ken Midkiff Whether you believe Roundup causes cancer depends on if you believe scientific findings or a spokesman for the pesticide industry.

EDITORIAL: Auditor suggests common-sense budgeting. What a concept. St. Louis Post-Dispatch Despite low unemployment and an economy ranked 11th nationally for fiscal health in a 2017 study, the state budget is under severe stress.

PHILL BROOKS: Fiscal Notes Matter Phill Brooks Over the years, fiscal notes have had a significant impact on the legislative process sidelining bills or forcing sponsors to scale back the costs.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Get Ready for More Voter Suppression Jen Herrick This year, at least 20 states are considering laws that would make it harder to vote.

EDITORIAL: Missouri lawmakers take Gov. Eric Greitens to school St. Louis Post-Dispatch Greitens has shown he has many lessons to learn. Too bad he's being educated at the expense of Missouri's schoolchildren.

Courageous women paved the way for the #MeToo movement Sandy Davidson Women's protests have resulted in positive change in the past, and we seem to be witnessing a profound change in treatment of women now.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The Attorney General Thinks Aspirin Helps Severe Pain. He's Wrong Jill Richardson Jeff Sessions, who opposes safe medical marijuana, says severe pain sufferers should "tough it out" instead.

EDITORIAL: Due process is not a political football The Charlotte Observer The principle of due process must apply even outside of the courtroom, which means a full, fair hearing wherever disputes erupt.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (02/23/2018) at 11:03 PM

Greitens' effectiveness to lead is tapped out

In Centralia, heroes walk among us

Beware of Senate Bill 612, a sneaky tax credit

Columbians must keep focus on the next renewable energy deadline

Earleywine's firing warrants answers

Don't tiptoe when talking about race

Allegations against Greitens follows pattern of deceptive behavior

Welcome back, Drew Lock

Greitens' actions drawing too much controversy for him to be effective

Without net neutrality, get ready for a bumpy road ahead

The Tribune's View: Gun exchange might not be a big success, but it's a start

Let's 'Live United' every day

City council should say no to Broadway Hotel TIF

On use tax, public officials failed themselves

St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (02/23/2018) at 11:03 PM

Is this why we developed Mitchell Woods? Consider this line, published in this newspaper, when Bayer HealthCare announced its intention to cease production operations in St. Joseph.

Greitens' problems do harm to state

One step: enforce existing gun laws

Plug jobless fund hole

Dream of work starts young

Update sex ed for real world

Utility rates due a reset

Low rates still define real estate

The engine plant that could

Sewers: fix what we must, pay later

District faces budget reality

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (02/23/2018) at 11:04 PM

Our View: Advising a nation The amazing history of ôAmerica's Pastorö Billy Graham seems perhaps even more remarkable as we take time to reflect upon his death.

Phill Brooks: Legislative help from cats In a recent debate, Missouri's Senate degenerated to a level of majority-party discord I have not heard in decades.

Your View: Letters to the editor Negative effect

Our view: Spike utility bill Electrical utilities that operate here want the Missouri General Assembly to relieve their regulatory burden.

Blaine Cornelius: Put efforts into security, surveillance of schools Since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, there have been 239 school shootings nationwide.

Travis Hurley: Memorial to Peace a tribute to Joplin lynching victim Years from now, who will be remembered during Black History Month who is living among us today? I hope Bryan Stevenson will be one of them. A lawyer from Alabama, Mr. Stevenson is having an influence across the nation and right here in Joplin.

Our View: Sex ed must include "no means no" Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, is sponsoring a bill that proposes to expand Missouri's sexual education curriculum.

Kevin Wilson: Readers have to be smarter than social media ôFake newsö is the phrase du jour now in our national conversation. Everyone is concerned about the proliferation of news that is just made up and fake. Of course, everyone is not as concerned about slanted news reporting unless it slants a different direction than they like and then it beco…

Your View: Letters to the editor Sycophantic behavior

Bill Hart: Historic preservation under threat David and Debra Humphreys' purchase of three large historic houses for extensive restoration in Joplin's Murphysburg Residential Historic District is generous local philanthropy with transformative potential. With one family's remarkable commitment to historic preservation, the best of Jopli…

Our View: Grim forecast for tuition rates The proposed cuts in appropriations to Missouri's institutions of higher education would have a profound effect on tuition and, in our view, the ability of students to continue their quest for a college degree.

Carol Stark: Mighty spirit won't be forgotten "Though she be but little, she is fierce!"

Geoff Caldwell: Media becoming machine fueled on innuendo, division Again, the news was horrific. Again, another massacre. Again, innocents went to school in the morning, the morgue at night.

Dick Thompson: Gun control beats the massacres Let's start with a given: If there were no firearms in the United States, there would be no firearms-related deaths.

Your View: Letters to editor Enough with nonstop reports

Gina Barreca: Should I stay or should I leave? Guidelines governing dating and romance have become more complex than unsolved problems in mathematics.

Our View: There must be words ôThere are no words to express the sorrow that we are all feeling.ö Ś Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie after the Wednesday shooting of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Our view: Fix city pay problem The city of Joplin must address employee retention.

Who really cares if Iran dominates the Middle East? PARIS Ś With Bashar Assad still in power in Syria, supported by Russia, Syrian ally Iran is about to dominate the Middle East, and there's nothing that can be done about it. But is this really such a bad thing?

D.C.'s failure to cut debt goes back to Bill Clinton sex scandal Two months after passing a tax cut bill punching a $1.5 trillion hole in the federal budget, Congress passed a spending bill expanding that gap by another $320 billion, setting the stage for future rises in interest rates as government borrowing explodes. Given the continuing lack of fiscal …

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (02/23/2018) at 11:04 PM

Our Opinion: Bills would benefit crime victims: Two bills heard in by a state Senate committee at the Capitol this week would benefit the state's criminal justice...

Commentary: With case on coerced union fees, the Supreme Court has a chance to correct itself: Overturning mistaken decisions is an occasional duty of the Supreme Court, whose noblest achievement was the protracted, piecemeal repudiation, with...

Your Opinion: History of Daylight Savings Time (DST): Canada was the first to try DST in 1908; for what reason I cannot say, perhaps to save candles.

Your Opinion: Stem is one answer to future jobs: Promoting opportunities for young Missourians who seek employment in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is of...

Your Opinion: In school shooting, Trump makes himself the victim: On Sunday morning, Feb. 18, the president of the United States tweeted:

Your Opinion: Pro choice? Women choose unprotected sex: This is a response to Sue Gibson's letter.

Our Opinion: Event offers glimpse at our future leaders: If you want to see the future leaders of Missouri, take a look at the front page of Tuesday's News...

Your Opinion: Vote single issue: gun control: Most Americans support stronger gun laws.

Commentary: LA's mayor deserves a presidential hearing: It was dicey being Jewish in a Russia that was tolerant of pogroms, and then came the threat of conscription...

Our Opinion: Another big step toward river access: After decades of discussion, we're still a river city without good pedestrian access to the river. However, we recently took...

Your Opinion: Sex change operations for inmates: Every once in a while, something gets my attention and I wonder why I didn't, or why one of my...

Your Opinion: Trump hatred endangers the Republic: For those adults who no longer relate to sharp or dull crayons and aren't guided by children's fables that supposedly...

Perspective: 16 Senate bills progress in productive, unique week: Each week in the Missouri Senate is unique. I have repeated this to myself and others many times over the...

Your Opinion: Council won't give reasons for special tax for Farmer Bros.: I read in the Tribune that the Farmer Brothers are going to use the 1 percent secret sales tax in...

Your Opinion: Funding, our broadband 'entitlement': State government has discovered yet another "entitlement."

Your Opinion: Responding to McCaskill abortion stance: I appreciate the opportunity to reply to Sylvester Kesel's letter printed Feb. 15.

Opinion: A community surrounded by water on 3 sides: In two of my past articles on the history of Cole County, I mentioned the early roads in the 1820s...

Opinion: Understanding lobbying: This is how it works: There are three main lobbying areas on the House side, one just outside the side...

From the editor: When selecting news content, we prioritize local: The conversation inevitably leads to whether the reader is referring to the opinion pages — where columnists, cartoonists and letter...

Our Opinion: Don't play 'hide and seek' with public notices: Four attempts in the Missouri Legislature would let bankers or state government "post" public notices to online sites that the...

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (02/23/2018) at 11:04 PM

'Night to Shine' embraces those with special needs (2/23/18) Sikeston's First Assembly of God was one of 540 sites to host a special evening for those with special needs earlier this month which drew participants from Perryville to Arkansas. Held at the Sikeston Armory, 160 guests with special needs were treated to a prom-like event as part of a larger "Night to Shine" that is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation that was celebrated in 16 countries...

Redhawks kick off home schedule Friday at Capaha (2/22/18) The wet-weather system rolling through the Midwest will test the new field turf at Capaha Field, but the calendar calls for the home opener for the Southeast Missouri State University baseball team on Friday. The Redhawks are scheduled to take on Bowling Green at 3 p.m...

Holland will be missed as he leaves fundraising role (2/20/18) Bill Holland, who helped raise millions and millions of dollars for Southeast Missouri State University's students, is retiring. Holland didn't seek the spotlight, instead working behind the scenes to help build a healthy university foundation. "I let people win alone, and we lose in a crowd," he said, explaining his philosophy...

University Foundation recognizes Talberts for dedication to university (2/17/18) Cape Girardeau cardiologist Clifford R. Talbert Jr. and his wife, Bettie, were honored with the 2018 Friends of the University award Friday by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. The Friends of the University is the highest honor bestowed by the foundation...

Newspaper's entertainment section full of fun events (2/16/18) Happy Friday everyone! We hope you noticed our revamped entertainment/event section in today's paper. We're recommitting our focus and resources to bringing you more information about our local culture, entertainment, food and events in the Southeast Missourian. ...

Mary Poppins musical promises to be fun experience (2/15/18) Southeast Missouri State University's theater and dance students will sing, dance and act next weekend in what's sure to be an uplifting and familiar performance of "Mary Poppins," a Disney classic. Nearly 200 performers will play roles in the musical that has been in the works for about a year...

Community comes out to support Jackson, Cape school fundraisers (2/13/18) Nearly a thousand people turned out the last two weekends to support local public schools, starting with Jackson's Red and Black Affair, followed by Cape Girardeau's Penguin Party. Both events were formal parties where adults showed up in some of their best attire, looking dapper and lovely. ...

55 fall sport athletes named finalists for Semoball Awards (2/10/18) Last week we were proud to announce the fall sport finalists for the 2018 Semoball Awards, presented by SoutheastHEALTH. In all, 55 were nominated as finalists for awards in their respective sports, which will be announced Saturday, July 14 at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus...

Pinhook is a story of perseverance, community (2/9/18) More than just neighbors, the folks who lived in the tiny black community of Pinhook, Missouri, were essentially family. The tiny village was destroyed in 2011 by the record-breaking Mississippi River flood. Pinhook resided in a flood plain that was protected by a levee but designed, along with some 130,000 acres, to act as an emergency spillway when the river reached historical levels...

Let the Games begin! Olympics should be fun (2/8/18) The 2018 Winter Olympics are officially underway, kicking off with the quirky sport of mixed doubles curling on Wednesday. Figure skating is slated tonight, and the official opening ceremony officially ignites the games Feb. 9; you might be able to catch some of it before work on Friday, as the ceremonies begin at 5 a.m. Central time...

Frigid fundraiser benefits Special Olympics Missouri (2/6/18) Many of us just don't understand the crazy souls who come out once a year to splash into the frigid waters of Lake Boutin, but Penny Williams, development coordinator for Special Olympics Missouri, summed it up pretty well: "We ask, as a fundraiser, to come out of your comfort zone," she said. "Come and do something good for somebody else, donate some money, and jump in a lake. So that's why we're here today."...

Several reasons not to watch the Super Bowl (2/3/18) If the Super Bowl is your thing, we get it. Sports are your go-to escape, your release, your passion, and the Super Bowl is the pinnacle of sports entertainment. Not only does the Big Game pit the best two teams of the professional football world, it brings out the best in advertisements, and the half-time show is always either insanely eye-popping theatrics or a big head-scratcher. There are many reasons to watch...

Children take the lead at First Friday art festivities (2/2/18) The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is setting aside the wine and cheese today in favor of milk and cookies. That's because today, as part of the First Friday art event, the arts council will display children's art work as part of the 18th annual Children's Art Festival, which will showcase 400-plus works of art by children...

Retiring Rich Payne contributed important role for education (2/1/18) Rich Payne, director of the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center, recently announced his retirement at the end of this school year. Payne has been an educator for 28 years in the Cape Girardeau School District, including 18 years as the CTC director. He also has coached football...

Cape Chamber honors business leaders at banquet (1/30/18) Two individuals and one small business were bestowed awards Friday night at the annual Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce banquet in the cozy confines of the Conference Center at Drury Plaza. Beginning in 2019, the Chamber will bestow the Drury Family Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award to recognize one or more worthy entrepreneurs with direct ties to this area. ...

Cape needs solution for city hall (1/27/18) It's time to do something about Cape Girardeau's city hall. The city has known for more than a decade that the current building on Independence, a former elementary school built in 1937, will not meet the city's needs for much longer. The building lacks an elevator and its heating and cooling system needs a very expensive upgrade. Adding the elevator and HVAC system would cost more than $1 million...

SEMO food pantry helps students with need (1/26/18) Most often, the road out of poverty travels through education. The best way to prepare for a successful adulthood is to learn, and for many that means getting a college education. And while there are programs and assistance to help pay for tuition and other things, life outside of the school setting can still be very difficult for those with little means...

SoutheastHEALTH Foundation raises money for cancer patients (1/25/18) Hundreds of people came together to have a little fun and raise about $175,000 for local cancer patients over the weekend. As reported by Matt Dollard for the Southeast Missourian, The SoutheastHEALTH Foundation's Journey Gala brought more than 400 people to Drury Plaza Conference Center to hear the inspiring words of former NFL running back Merril Hoge and raise money for its cancer-care fund...

Church steps up to meet needs of homeless during extreme cold weather (1/23/18) Monday marked eight days since St. James A.M.E. Church opened a pop-up homeless shelter when temperatures got dangerously cold. The church worked with area businesses, agencies and organizations to provide food and necessities for those who needed it...

Cape Vision 2040 workshop is example of accessible government (1/20/18) The city of Cape Girardeau is holding its third workshop next week to get your input on how to shape the city going forward. Labeled Cape Vision 2040, the planning concept, a sequel to Vision 2020, is to seek community input so the city's planners and leaders can have a sort of navigational chart as they steer the city for the next couple of decades...

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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