Newspaper Editorials

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (12/22/2014) at 05:13 AM

'I could have been Mike Brown'

Help us find solutions with #FergusonNext

Post-Ferguson, the people take back their courts

Of court reform, corruption, Pine Lawn and Chesterfield

Difficult days ahead: Lessons from Martin Luther King Jr.

Forget the optics, Ferguson Commission is off to strong start

Rebooting the Parents as Teachers program in Normandy

Horrigan: Lessons from Ferguson

Let the police serve and protect, instead of raising revenue

What we would like the country to say about us

Subject of inheritance is hardly discussed

Legislature, cities can change municipal courts; Missouri Supreme Court cannot

Black Rep's production challenges us to think about race

Rams players could have expressed themselves differently

Rams players could have shown unity, togetherness

Pass bond issue to replace Ferguson businesses

McCulloch contorts grand jury process

Proud of students at Clayton High

Changes in police training could save lives

Throwing tantrums is not the way to earn respect

Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (12/22/2014) at 05:13 AM

The Monday Poll: Weigh in on President Obama’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba President Barack Obama last week announced an end to the nation’s stone-cold isolation policies regarding Cuba. The reversal of a 53-year-old stance, would mean upgrading a Cuban interest section in Havana to a full-fledged embassy; easing travel restrictions on U.S. citizens; and opening dialogues aimed at loosening a trade embargo and fostering change in the island government’s repressive hold on its people. We’d like to hear your thoughts.

Kansas City’s pension plans are on firmer footing, but they must get better The Star last week reviewed several hundred pages of the latest financial reports for Kansas City’s four retirement plans. The most important findings show that the city’s systems are on firmer footing than a few years ago but still below where they need to be.

Protecting taxpayers, Kansas City comes up with a better retirement plan for politicians and judges Thirty Kansas City politicians and municipal court judges get retirement paychecks from the city, topping out at almost $96,000 a year for a former judge. However, the city fortunately has closed this overly generous retirement plan and set up one for current and future elected officials and judges that’s more mindful of taxpayers.

Rep. Rick Brattin’s legitimately awful attempt to restrict abortion in Missouri Why wait until January to begin the craziness that defines a session of the Missouri General Assembly? Rep. Rick Brattin has gotten the ball rolling early. Brattin, a Republican from Harrisonville, has introduced a bill that would require a woman seeking an abortion to first get permission from the man responsible for the pregnancy.

Gov. Jay Nixon must quickly increase pay for home health workers in Missouri Home health aides work long hours, perform a lot of heavy lifting and save the public a great deal of money by enabling elderly and disabled people to remain in their homes instead of moving to institutional settings. In Missouri, aides who are paid with state Medicaid dollars have been doing this work for an average of $8.60 an hour. They need a raise.

Overland Park project seeking $610 million in taxpayer money requires much more scrutiny Crucial questions must be answered before any decisions are made to approve a $610 million taxpayer subsidy for a mixed-use project on the site of Brookridge Golf and Fitness in south Overland Park. Council members and the city staff have the ability to protect taxpayers if an unwise investment is being proposed. State officials will be responsible for making sure Kansas tax dollars aren’t wasted on the project.

No pro sports is still no big deal for the Sprint Center Without a pro sports team weighing it down, Sprint Center remains one of the best investments Kansas Citians have made while helping to revive their downtown.

Help feed hungry KC kids this year Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area's hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters' BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.

Proposed change in U.S. policy toward Cuba is momentous, meaningful and right Coinciding with prisoner swaps, and reportedly inspired in part by whispers from Pope Francis, President Obama’s intention to normalize relations with Cuba is sure to face stiff opposition in Congress. But it’s long overdue and will help make our part of the world better.

The last-minute ‘cromnibus’ federal spending bill invites too much abuse Last week Congress rushed to pass the awkwardly named “cromnibus.” It was more than just a mashup of a continuing resolution and omnibus spending bill. Lawmakers — primarily Republicans — inserted inappropriate pet causes, pork and pandering to special interests.

Monday Poll results: A sharp divide on the CIA torture report On Monday we asked for your thoughts on aspects of the recent Senate committee report on the CIA and torture during the post 9/11 era. Here’s what you told us, based on more than 450 responses.

Missouri nearly worst among the states in failure to prevent smoking Missouri is spending only $70,778 on tobacco prevention efforts this year, one-tenth of 1 percent of the recommended amount by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state’s pathetic outlay is swamped by marketing from tobacco companies by a ratio of 4,642 to one.

The Monday Poll: Evaluate the report on the CIA’s torture of suspected terrorists A U.S. Senate committee's report that detailed the CIA’s torture of suspected terrorists set off the predictable wrangling over what had happened and who was responsible and has raised a host of questions. The Monday Poll would like to gauge your feelings on some of these issues.

Help Harvesters fight childhood hunger in the Kansas City area The Kansas City Star is partnering with Harvesters-The Community Food Network for the fifth consecutive year to host a virtual food drive. All funds raised go to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, serving 19,500 students a week for 34 weeks in 404 elementary schools in 112 districts.

Under Gov. Sam Brownback, growing budget woes imperil Kansas’ future Gov. Sam Brownback last week listed ways he wants to slice $280 million from the current Kansas budget. But just two days later, Kansans learned that Brownback and the Legislature, starting in January, may have to slash a staggering $648 million from the new budget, which begins July 1.

Raise the federal gas tax, consider toll roads in Missouri and stop raiding Kansas’ highway fund Gasoline prices are plummeting across the nation. Missouri officials are studying the use of tolls on Interstate 70. And Kansas highway improvement funds are being drained to pay for other expenses. Suddenly, how much we pay to drive on streets and highways has become an important topic of discussion.

Rep. Kevin Yoder helps big banks undo taxpayer protection U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder of Overland Park played a regrettable role in the raucous government-funding exercise that finally passed in the House late Thursday night.

America has not learned enough since the Sandy Hook shootings The nation will observe the second anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on Sunday with vigils and prayers. These are appropriate gestures of respect. But we have failed to honor the victims of that awful day with meaningful actions to reduce gun violence or help people who struggle with mental illness.

United Way learns a lot from its annual fundraising campaign A lot of lessons were learned from this year’s United Way of Greater Kansas City fundraising campaign. There was no monetary goal. The donations will help reduce poverty, improve literacy and boost career readiness and health among area residents.

Downtown’s good times roll on with the renovated Power & Light and Savoy buildings Downtown’s comeback is continuing in grand fashion with the planned renovations of two historic and high-profile buildings. It’s exciting to think that, in just a few years, hundreds of people likely will be living in the “new” Power & Light Building while many visitors stay in a restored Savoy Hotel.

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The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (12/22/2014) at 05:13 AM

Health Watch: Small diet changes can make a big difference Posted at 2:42 AM TIP OF THE WEEKThe new year is a great time to start fresh. Many people commit to exercise more, stress less or make healthier food choices. Incorporating small, sustainable changes, versus dramatic, large-scale lifestyle shifts, can make it much easier to stick to your resolutions. This year, instead of overhauling your entire diet, resolve to improve your health with simple tweaks to your everyday meal and snacking routine. --

App Finder: Top Android apps of the year Posted at 1:59 AM Following last week’s roundup of top apps for your iPhone, this week, we highlight the apps that Google named as the top apps for 2014 for your Android device. Check out a sampling of what was hot last year, and head to the Google Play store for...

MUSIC: 24 stellar songs from 2014 Posted at 1:01 AM I’ve already waxed poetically about my favorite 2014 albums, but there’s also something to be said for pulling together a collection of...

14 awesome albums from 2014 Posted at 1:01 AM As hard as it may be to believe, there was music released this past year that was not by Taylor Swift. Some of it was even good!Here are 14 albums that stood out and that you might have missed, depending on your musical predilections --...

Family Time: What parents feed baby can have long-term impact Posted at 1:01 AM Tip of the WeekExperts agree that the food babies eat helps set the stage for growth and development, but did you know that it also impacts long-term eating habits and taste development?

Home Help: Home safety tips for a safe and happy winter season Posted at 1:01 AM TIP OF THE WEEK

Marketta Gregory: What’s in the Bible Posted at 1:01 AM I’ve heard many feisty sermons – the kind that step on toes and challenge even good, moral people to improve. Those are the sermons you remember years later.

Returning to ‘Once Upon a Time’ Updated at 11:58 PM A few years ago, I wrote a review of “Once Upon a Time” feeling pretty sure that a show about fairytale characters who are transported to a small town in Maine by an evil queen’s curse would not make it past a season. Here’s the part where I tell...

15 Extra-Festive Hanukkah Desserts and Sweets Updated at 10:28 PM Sweet recipes to make, bake and create during the eight days of Hanukkah.

6 Healthier Holiday Cocktails Updated at 10:28 PM You won't need to make weight loss your New Year's goal with these waistline-friendly drinks. Homeland Finale Recap: 'Not Every Choice We Make Is Blessed with Moral Clarity' Updated at 10:04 PM [Warning: The following article contains major spoilers about the Season 4 finale of Homeland. Read at your own risk!]After an exceptional fourth season that was quite literally explosive at several... NEXT 10  »

The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
As of (12/22/2014) at 05:14 AM

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Oil prices drop, but airlines see no reason to cut ticket prices By New York Times : The decline in oil prices has had no perceptible difference on the cost of flying. Fares are up from earlier this year, and many airlines are still levying significant fuel surcharges on the tickets they sell.

DEAR READER: The rules on anonymity are about answering key questions by Tom Warhover : Should an article discussing faculty fears of MU"s professor buyout program have been published with anonymous sources? Take the anonymity test to find out.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Holiday guide to responsible, fair-trade sources of gifts by JILL RICHARDSON : Customers should avoid holiday gifts made by modern-day slaves.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Killing children is work of monsters and cowards by Boston Herald : What kind of monsters target children? The same kind who two years ago would target a Pakistani school girl named Malala Yousafzai, now a Nobel Prize laureate.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Spending bill shows disdain of Congress for common sense by Kansas City Star : Because lawmakers again waited until the eve of a government shutdown to act, they had no time or inclination to write a thoughtful budget that reflected overarching policy goals.

GEORGE KENNEDY: A year of victories, setbacks for Ginny Chadwick by George Kennedy : Although Ginny Chadwick is threatened with a recall, her initiative to raise the age for purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21 proved triumphant, and the councilwoman intends to keep pushing two more initiatives.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Jeb Bush might be what GOP needs in 2016 by The Wall Street Journal : Neither of Bush"s two main political liabilities in the primaries — his support for immigration and Common Core education standards — is an insuperable barrier to the nomination.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's Capitol in serious need of repairs by Jefferson City News Tribune : "We"ve got water infiltration that"s undermining the foundation of the building, and it’s going to cave in upon itself if something’s not done in the not-too-distant future," said Senate Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Brouhaha over Jesus Fish seems trivial, given world concerns by Steve Spellman : This year, we have our own local controversy, over an ichthus, or “Jesus fish,” on the Boone County courthouse square — and just in time for the holidays!

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't fight postal restructuring by Springfield News-Leader : The closures are part of a large scale restructuring for the Postal Service in an attempt to respond to a dramatic decline in stamped mail — more than 50 percent in the last 10 years.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Enjoy windfall at the pump, and invest it wisely by St. Joseph News-Press : In Missouri we still spend a bigger share of our income on gas than others, but we’re benefiting tremendously — $15, $20 or more a tank — from this surge of relatively cheap gas driven by weak global demand for oil.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Earlier deadline for final ballot language makes sense by Jefferson City News Tribune : The senator’s proposal would required ballot language to be finalized eight week prior to an election.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Middle-class retirees deserve better from Congress by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : That politicians are willing to eviscerate labor law safeguards that have been in place since 1974 under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act is a sign of what little value they place on the futures of the hard-working men and women of Main Street.

DAVID ROSMAN: Even under the gun amendment, convicted felons should not own firearms by David Rosman : There are people who should not legally own weapons, and they would include convicted felons, regardless of the nature of the crime.

GENE ROBERTSON: The race issue is symptomatic of a bigger values problem by Gene Robertson : The current racial tensions in our country are a symptom of a wider spread of divisiveness in our ideological discourse.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Ways to stop mindless spending and giving by JILL RICHARDSON : When people find gifts that uniquely symbolize their friendship or their gratitude for one another, that’s touching. It’s what gift-giving should be.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ferguson Commission faces steep challenge but seems up to the task by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Building trust with people on the ground so they will ultimately have respect for the Ferguson Commission’s recommendations involves letting the people vent.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Two ways to improve roads in Missouri by The Kansas City Star : Here are two ways to make smart decisions to improve highways and streets: Increase the federal gasoline tax and study the use of tolls on selected Missouri highways.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Remember Sandy Hook with sensible gun laws by John Stoehr : As he checks items off his to-do list, President Obama should remember the 20 children shot to pieces in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14 two years ago.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Online taxi companies need to follow the rules by Kansas City Star : Though ride-sharing services provide necessary transportation, companies must follow the rules to ensure riders are protected.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (12/22/2014) at 05:17 AM

U.S.-Cuba relations Regular readers of this column might know I have been stumping for a return to normal relations between the United States and Cuba for some time, even before I visited the island in 2003, when I discovered a land full...

'Offensive and absurd' Rep. Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville, has filed an abortion bill Sen. Claire McCaskill calls “offensive and absurd.” Even more damning descriptions would be appropriate.

Jeb Bush Jeb Bush, George W.'s brother and a former governor of Florida, seems poised to enter the Republican primary race for president in 2016.

Vapor The term “vapor” augments “e-cigarettes” to describe the new electronic method of getting a nicotine fix.

Nannyism? At its meeting Monday, the Columbia City Council enacted new restrictions on the sale and use of smoking products many citizens will regard as one law too many.

Peggy Peggy Kirkpatrick often said during her 22 years as executive director of The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri that she was blessed by outpourings of support for her organization, but the spirit ran in every direction. Those who...

Local gift Veterans United has enjoyed great financial success arranging mortgage financing for veterans. Columbia is fortunate the company hires and pays its core staff here at home. Often we local boosters settle for this kind of contribution from local entrepreneurs. “How...

Transformed In Charles Dickens' classic, the spirits are ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, arriving to bedevil and deliver Ebenezer Scrooge from a life of parsimony and meanness.

Torture? A few days ago, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee issued a damning report criticizing CIA torture of prisoners as going beyond humane guidelines and failing to produce benefits.

Energy We love low gasoline prices resulting from surging crude oil production in North America, but low crude oil prices mess with the balance of international economies. States such as Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Iran and others heavily dependent on oil...

Choo-choo I am sorry the Columbia Star Dinner Train is off the tracks,

CPS food Columbia school board member Paul Cushing said, “Are you kidding me? That's insanity,” when fellow board member Helen Wade told him federal rules require apples in school lunches to be individually wrapped to prevent contaminating other foods, requiring the attention...

Uber The ride-sharing service Uber has invaded Columbia like a tribe of Mongols, bent on having its commercial way regardless of local rules and regulations.

Tobacco The Columbia City Council will face a nettlesome decision Monday, when it is scheduled to consider whether to allow sales of tobacco and e-cigarettes only to people 21 and older.

MU and the SEC Tribune Sports Editor Joe Walljasper summed up the Tigers football team season aptly when he wrote our crushing defeat at the hands of the nation's No. 1 team was an underwhelming showing for an overachieving team.

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (12/22/2014) at 05:18 AM

Hearts ache at violence Christmas turns our attention to children.

CAMPUS PLAN COMES AT GOOD TIME Something we've always believed: Programs and services should come before buildings.

Sixth Street repairs delayed for too long Taxpayers have reason to wonder whether the City of St. Joseph acted in their best interests by allowing a Downtown street to remain closed for four months.

Be alert to code violators The city's position is it has standards governing how many people should be living in one property, such as a rental home, but the standards are difficult to enforce.

We must remember Anthony It's not true that mere mortals can confront the big problems in the world and solve them all on their own.

Cash running short? It's time for a plan Experts in these matters say the secret to a joyful Christmas may in fact not be wrapped in a pretty package under the tree.

Credit ratings at risk Half of the people who have had unpaid medical debt reported to a collection agency owe less than $207, and the average amount owed is $579. These numbers do not justify the pain inflicted on so many people's credit ratings.

`Happy' just one holiday emotion "Happy holidays” is just the start. What if this year we made it a meaningful holiday?

How much more can patrons take? The St. Joseph School District is testing the faith and resolve of every parent, taxpayer and business leader who looks to the district leadership for excellence and comes away disappointed.

Trains demand respect for safety The thousands of rail cars that move through our region usually do not receive much notice from residents, but here's a life-saving reminder: "See tracks? Think train.”

Enjoy windfall at pump Economists are noticing what everyone else is: Gasoline prices are down, a lot, and people have more money to spend as a result.

Money woes make I-70 tolls an option You don't need to live in this part of the state to understand why it makes sense to consider turning Interstate 70 into a toll road, but it helps.

Actions set tone in Jefferson City It's probably less important what Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says and more important what he does.

Retain combat as option Monday's ceremonial end to the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan is welcomed by many, but it must not mark the end to our nation's willingness to fight for freedom and America's interests.

Give the gift of reading The folks at our region's public libraries not only can help with term papers and direct you to the latest best-selling fiction, but also they can make us all better parents and grandparents.

Higher ed looks to its future Missouri's approach to higher education is about to get a reset. The degree to which it changes will depend on input gathered across the state, including here in Northwest Missouri.

Downtown's uptick hopeful sign for city Call it the ripple effect.

Altec donation makes workers, city safer Thanks to the foresight and concern of a St. Joseph business, many thousands of people have a better chance of surviving should a tornado or other dangerous storm threaten the community.

Choose what to save A revitalized Landmark Commission can be a source of pride for St. Joseph residents if it does more to identify and promote preservation of important historical structures in the community.

Gold-N-Glaze revival adds to city's appeal Not every good thing must come to an end.

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (12/22/2014) at 05:19 AM

Your views: Letters to the editor Posted: December 21, 2014 Live with the mistake

Our View: Opening up Cuba Posted: December 21, 2014 Beginning in the late 1950s, America began to attempt to thwart the advance of communism in Vietnam. 

Armerding: Obama keeps getting a free pass Posted: December 21, 2014 Everybody knows politicians lie. Why else would there be such good punch lines about it?

Carol Stark: Need a hand, Santa? Here's my list Posted: December 21, 2014 Dear Santa: When my sisters and I were young — yes, I know, it was a long time ago — Mother would have us all sit down at the kitchen table and write out our Christmas letters to you.

George Will: Lighting fuses in Oklahoma Posted: December 21, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY — Scott Pruitt enjoyed owning a AAA baseball team here, but he is having as much fun as Oklahoma's attorney general and one of the Obama administration's most tenacious tormentors. The second existential challenge to the Affordable Care Act began here.

Ann McFeatters: Politicians say the darnedest things Posted: December 21, 2014 WASHINGTON – Pols say the darnedest things!We have culled from masses of malapropisms, silly statements, dumb observations and, sadly, few words of wisdoms from our national leaders in 2014. Hope it gives you a better idea of what goes on in D.C.

Geoff Caldwell: A not-so-merry CRomnibus Christmas Posted: December 20, 2014 To the players of power who sit atop their political parties and the personalities in the legacy news organizations that protect those political parties, it was just short of a Christmas miracle; a grand compromise delivered in the most bipartisan fashion.

Our view: Public science experiment Posted: December 19, 2014 Want to be part of one of our nation's oldest and best examples of public participation?

Our view: Pakistan fights back Posted: December 18, 2014 Their cries can be heard around the world.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: December 17, 2014 Democratic bashing

Our view: Make renovations a priority Posted: December 16, 2014 Missouri's state capitol is home to some of the most beautiful architecture design and artwork in the nation. Thousands visit that building every month for that very reason and the collections there have been the focus of a number of books.

Claire McCaskill: Honoring POW/MIA heroes Posted: December 16, 2014 As we prepare to close the books on another year, it's important to take stock of the freedom and security we too often take for granted, and pay tribute to the men and women who fight every day to make that possible.

Phill Brooks: Devious and disabling details Posted: December 15, 2014 In the weeks before the 2015 legislative session, two issues have emerged as dominant — Ferguson and government ethics. Yet, I wonder whether conflicts over details will be fatal.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: December 15, 2014 An unwilling Congress

Your view: Report needed to be released Posted: December 14, 2014 Report providesugly details

Our View: Blessings Posted: December 14, 2014 The pews, the walls, every part of the new St. Mary's Catholic Church in Joplin will be blessed on Wednesday.

Herb Van Fleet: Torturing America's values Posted: December 14, 2014 Although I am loath to use “Senate” and “intelligence” in the same sentence, the Senate Intelligence Committee recently released its report on the use of torture after 9/11.

Joshua Hawley: Immigration order an alarming prospect Posted: December 14, 2014 President Barack Obama recently announced that he was dissatisfied with America's immigration laws — which, by the way, he only sometimes bothers to enforce — and so he has decided to change them. Himself. By executive order. 

Marilyn Beasley: Smearing those who protect us Posted: December 13, 2014 By now most Americans are aware of the Senate intelligence report recently released by Sen. Diane Feinstein. The report dealt with interrogative measures taken by the CIA shortly after the attacks of 9/11.

Anson Burlingame: Judging our system of justice Posted: December 12, 2014 We all have biases of one sort or another. The solution is to be honest enough with yourself to recognize what your gut reactions might be and not allow them to establish a firm position on an issue. 

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (12/22/2014) at 05:19 AM

Perspective: Ethics reform; Merry Christmas - “Short-circuiting" works in different ways - through campaign contributions, gifts, special treatment, false friendship, and access. It causes elected officials to pause before acting against - or just not in lockstep with - their political patrons.

Perspective: Thoughts on reconcilation during the holidays - We could say that every religion and every tradition and every holiday should have equal footing, but we know that doesn't always work, as the issue in Connecticut demonstrated.

Our Opinion: Homeless issues - Immediate and complex News Tribune editorial - The Jefferson City Homeless Task Force faces two challenges - one immediate, the other complicated.

Perspective: CRomnibus at Christmas - While this time of the year is very joyous and festive from coast to coast, I will spend most of this column addressing the spending bill that Congress recently passed.

Our Opinion: Valor – an extraordinary gift News Tribune editorial - The thought of climbing into a burning vehicle to rescue someone is absolutely terrifying.

Our Opinion: Shortsighted view of aiding environment - Are environmentally conscious motorists being shortsighted?

Our Opinion Christmas tree: symbol of life; reminder of fire safety - Because a Christmas tree is a symbol of life, its association with tragic house fires is particularly disturbing.

Your Opinion: Is officer included? - Headline! “All lives matter."

Your Opinion: Close the health care gap - The Missouri Chapter of the National Organization for Women calls upon the state Legislature to make health insurance available to all Missouri citizens.

Our Opinion: Urgent needs, optimum timing for building repairs - To preserve and maintain our state Capitol building, lawmakers must follow authorization with action.

Our Opinion: Changing nutrition standards, tastes, habits - An irony of life in America is indicated by references to both an obesity epidemic and a hunger problem.

Our Opinion: The reality of producing city contests - Jefferson, the programming guy, rushes into the producer's office with an idea for a new show.

Your Opinion: Explore adding conference center to project - Will the conference center get “lost in the shuffle?' Perhaps.

Your Opinion: CIA report reflects political hypocrisy - Obama and the Democrats would have us believe that water boarding is horrible while sending a drone to kill the terrorist and his entire family (along with a few friends) is morally correct.

Your Opinion: More lies on health care for immigrants - How many more lies will Obama feed us in his last two years?

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (12/22/2014) at 05:20 AM

Cape loses civic, business leader Gene Rhodes (12/22/14) Cape Girardeau lost an influential leader last week when former Mayor Francis "Gene" Rhodes died at the age of 88. Rhodes was mayor from 1986 to 1994. The city made great strides during his tenure, including the opening of the Show Me Center and fire station; the launch of a federal flood-control project; and the introduction of the ward system to the city's governing structure...

Speak Out Speak Out 12/22/14 (12/22/14) I am so glad to hear in today's paper, which is Thursday, the 11th, "Officer was right." I feel the exact same way. He was breaking the law. The officer was doing his duty. You know, we in this country, if we want good police officers on our streets and to go to school to be in law enforcement, we must support them. I don't feel he really did anything wrong. He was doing his duty and his job. Thank you for whoever commented...

Letter to the Editor Levee breech had other benefits (12/21/14) On Wednesday you used an AP 2011 file photo of the flooded Birds Point levee. I object to its caption, which probably came from the AP, and said the levee was blown "to reduce the river level just enough to spare nearby Cairo Â… where 72 percent of the residents are black."...

Editorial Bateman to lead hospital through transition period (12/21/14) Southeast Missouri Hospital is experiencing an era of transition. The SoutheastHEALTH organization, which includes the Cape Girardeau Hospital, has been in a state of flux as it trims, reorganizes and attempts to be more competitive in an extremely competitive marketplace...

Speak Out Speak Out 12/21/14 (12/21/14) Watch reindeer; Ferguson parents; Bus ran light; Police comment; Ferguson review; Coat return; Caller ID; Government shutdown; Limbaugh column; News coverage; Albino deer; History in football

Speak Out Speak Out 12/19/14 (12/19/14) ** Mail late; ** Poor service; ** Overkill; ** Nice people; ** Don't break law

Editorial Congratulations to graduating Southeast students (12/19/14) Saturday will be a memorable day for 680 students and their families as Southeast Missouri State University celebrates winter commencement. The honors ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Show Me Center. Among those being honored will be a student who will graduate with academic distinction in the department major; one student who will be recognized with honors in associate degrees; 69 who will graduate cum laude; 57 graduating magna cum laude; 21 graduating summa cum laude; and 11 honors program students.. ...

Letter to the Editor Perspective on torture (12/19/14) After almost six years, Sen. Diane Feinstein and her Intelligence Committee released their partisan CIA Torture Report. Amazingly, they were so brilliant, they never needed to interview anyone employed by the CIA. In rewriting history, they have not only defamed the very institution and people who have kept us safe since 9/11, but they have never understood the true meaning of the word, torture...

Opinion Column Why were the experts ignored? (12/18/14) The release of the report on CIA interrogation methods by Senate Democrats has prompted accusations and denials of the use of torture against detainees. In searching for the truth, it helps to define torture and determine why the interrogation methods were used...

Letter to the Editor Albino buck taken humanely (12/18/14) Concerning the local white buck, he will be missed, but he was taken humanely, legally and used for a good cause. Mr. Kinnaman and his taxidermist are correct in stating an aging animal would be prone to more ills with winter coming on. Better he was harvested an used than have a stroke and die hardly and alone. Venison is healthy food, too...

Editorial Southeast Missouri historic churches ready for festive tour (12/18/14) Many of us enjoy the festive decoration this time of year. When the decorations are combined with a historic building, there is even more to appreciate. The 10th Annual Christmas Country Church Tour begins today and continues Friday with more than two dozen churches in Southeast Missouri...

Speak Out Speak Out 12/18/14 (12/18/14) Health insurance; Peace on earth; Good music; Share goodies; Empathy for enemies; Obey laws; History in football

Opinion Column Oil and the global economy: When down is up (12/17/14) Oil and the global economy: When down is up The rapid decline in crude oil prices -- more than 40 percent over the last few months -- and the corresponding drop in what customers pay for gasoline and other fuels is an unmitigated good for the overall U.S. economy...

Opinion Column The experts were wrong (12/17/14) Remember the Ebola crisis -- the greatest single health threat in the history of mankind? Remember the prediction of as many as 100 million deaths worldwide, far greater than the mere 35 million victims of AIDS? Remember the August prediction from the Center for Disease Control that there would be as many as 1.4 million cases of Ebola by the first of the new year?...

Letter to the Editor Concerned over torture techniques (12/17/14) I have followed the news surrounding the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report concerning the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and its enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs), which are more commonly called torture. As a citizen, a veteran and a person who loves this country, I am particularly concerned by the following:...

Speak Out Speak Out 12/17/14 (12/17/14) Pet peeves; Basketball fans; Film tax credits

Editorial Public transportation increasingly important in county (12/17/14) Those who drive a vehicle to work, for pleasure or to run errands probably give minimal consideration to transportation other than the cost of purchasing a vehicle or when filling up at the gas station. For the most part, it's a cost we are willing to pay for the luxury of driving where we want, when we want...

Opinion Column Cape's year in review (12/16/14) This year has been a very productive one for the City of Cape Girardeau. I want to focus on the future during these comments but will highlight a few accomplishments of 2014. An initiative that will have a major effect on the future of Cape Girardeau is the agreement to extend the Hotel/Restaurant tax into the 2030s. ...

Opinion Column Supreme Court should interpret Obamacare as written (12/16/14) The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that it would hear argument in what could be the most important challenge to Obamacare yet litigated in federal court. A ruling against the administration would effectively spell the end of Obamacare in 34 states. ...

Opinion Column Spending bill not perfect but reflects district priorities (12/16/14) Last week I made one of the most difficult votes of my career. I voted for a funding bill that makes major cuts that reflect our rural values and prepares the way for a fight with President Obama over his planned illegal amnesty order. I voted for this bill because it was the most conservative option in front of me. ...

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Ranking holiday music favorites The “Christmas creep” is working its way deeper into the calendar. It bled through Thanksgiving long ago, and we're at the point now where I wouldn't be surprised to see Santa Claus out trick-or-treating on...

Music soothes through trying times Regardless of its challenges, last Sunday reminded me that a day can be foreboding and yet uplifting.

Stevenson running for another term Dear Editor:Why have I elected to run again:

Former Sedalia woman shot According to the 1910 U.S. Census, John L. Bellmer, his wife Katie, and daughters Mabel, 19, and Frances, 12, and sons Herbert, 9, and Earl, 5, lived in a house the family owned at 530 E. Fourth St. John's occupation is listed as “clerk in...

Trust Building is a Sedalia 'jewel' The most enduring image of the City of Sedalia can probably be found either going south or north on the downtown portion of Ohio Avenue. Even though Sedalia's classic district is finally starting to get over some tough times it has never stopped...

'Messiah' is appreciated performance Dear Editor:Sedalia is fortunate to have a glorious remainder every Advent of what the season is all about, lest we become too distracted.

A little more to make us whole A half to make us whole.

This time the singing is for Don You can probably guess that this past week has been a little bit stressful.

Farewell and thanks for the memories “Good night, and good luck.” — Edward R. MurrowDear Sedalia Democrat readers,As I have discussed with some of you one-on-one, Dec. 19 will be my last day with the Democrat.

Athletic success includes bingo games It's been a pretty good year for Smith-Cotton High School athletics.

Young delinquent arrested in Sedalia Today when young people break the law, some adults are quick to blame the influence of violent video games or heavy metal music. During the 1950s, some child psychologists said juvenile perpetrators had been unduly influenced by violent television...

Continuing the inspection discussion Dear Editor:

Bike drive in need of support Ashlenn Carroll is one of the reasons that Dale Malone works so hard every December.

Editorial wrong on 'death with dignity' Dear Editor:

Inspections an essential tool Dear Editor:

Holiday prep is its own tradition And just like that, it's Christmas.

Woman burned in kitchen stove fire Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the main cause of death of women was complications of childbirth, including hemorrhage, eclampsia (high blood pressure), and post partum infection. The second leading cause of death of women was burns suffered...

Decorations spread holiday cheer It's beginning to look a lot like, well, you know.

Remaining grateful for another Thanksgiving Everybody knows that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday; this year, though, I discovered the reason Thanksgiving has remained at the top of my list has changed.

Parsing prices: Milk vs. Gasoline On my way home from work recently, I stopped at one of Sedalia's many convenience stores for some gas and a gallon of milk. After paying $2.54 per gallon for the gas and $4.97 for the milk, I paused. “This is backwards,” I thought.

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