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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (08/19/2018) at 03:36 AM

Editorial Editorial: Troubling signs behind a new poll on press freedoms

Editorial Editorial: St. Louis' trash problems are part of blight's vicious cycle

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Editorial Editorial cartoonists remember Aretha Franklin

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: A great moment in black history

Kevin Horrigan: Republican cooties

David Ignatius: Trump can't fire everybody

Kathleen Parker: It's a dog-eat-dog White House

Jonah Goldberg: The problem with the left's attempts to redefine racism

Trump's failure to condemn alt-right bigots tars his presidency

Eugene Robinson: Trump and Omarosa deserve each other

Two models of leadership

McDermott: Amateur hour in Illinois

Student loans: until death do you part

Missouri farmers are not a 'rounding error'

For Wesley Bell, opportunity awaits

Our endangered democracy


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (08/19/2018) at 03:36 AM

Editorials KC spent $100,000 to counter NAACP advisory. But are African Americans any safer here? The decision to spend $100,000 to bring the Miss Black America Pageant to Kansas City one year after the NAACP issued an advisory warning black people about the dangers of traveling through Missouri is a short-term fix.

Editorials Why is voting in Missouri so hard? Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft could change that Missouri's secretary of state is offering no new ideas for how to make voting more convenient even though turnouts in statewide and national elections continue to sag. Yet he has plenty of ideas to choose from.

Editorials Authorities must prosecute gun buyers who lie during background checks The suspect in a midtown murder lied on his background check form before buying a weapon. Later, the suspect wounded three officers in a shootout. The system must stem must be fixed, and liars must be sent to jail.

Editorials President Trump's attacks on the media are unprecedented Politicians often grumble about journalists. But President Donald Trump has upped the ante to a level unprecedented in modern times. No, the press is not the "enemy of the American people."

Editorials President Trump, we’re not ‘enemies of the people.’ End your war on our free press President Donald Trump has veered into perilous territory with his assault on the free press and the First Amendment. His references to journalists as the “enemy of the American people” are no less dangerous because they happen to be strategic.

Editorials Potty over here, potty over there: Gender-neutral bathrooms in North K.C. schools North Kansas City schools will basically have bathrooms more like the ones you have at home, with ceiling-to-floor walls and doors that lock. If they weren't called `gender-neutral,' no one would notice.

Editorials A Leavenworth police officer was indicted by a grand jury. Will it lead to change? Leavenworth County became the first in Kansas to indict a police officer involved in a fatal on-duty shooting in at least 13 years, according to research. The legal maneuver could be a sign of things to come.

Editorials Different rules for counting ballots are a problem for Kansas voters Counties are adding up ballots in the race for the GOP governor's nomination in Kansas. Each county may be counting ballots differently, which will erode voters' confidence in the process. Lawmakers must fix it.

Editorials Why are Missouri Democrats imposing a pro-choice purity test ahead of midterms? With not just Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat but control of the U.S. Senate potentially at stake, Missouri Democrats have changed their platform, excising a paragraph that welcomed abortion dissenters.

Editorials Delay may be needed in vote for early childhood education Kansas City voters will decide if they want to raise sales taxes for early childhood education. The City Council must decide if the vote will be in November, or April 2019. If more time is needed, the city should take it.

Editorials A Claire McCaskill-Josh Hawley flatbed-truck debate? We’d be so lucky Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley, her Republican opponent, are proposing multiple debates across Missouri. Both appear genuinely interested in joint appearances, but Hawley's proposal to debate from a flatbed truck is intriguing.

Editorials KU’s Self says NCAA had to do something. But these rule changes aren’t real reform The NCAA's new agent and recruiting rules for college basketball players are a shortsighted answer to a long-standing issue. As Kansas coach Bill Self said, legitimate concerns about the rule changes abound.

Editorials GOP nominee who said ‘Hitler was right’ ran on anti-Muslim, anti-gay platform It's no exaggeration to say that Steve West ran on Islamophobia and homophobia. The candidate who said “Hitler was right” was unapologetically anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT. And in Missouri House District 15, he won big.

Editorials Here’s how to ensure the Kris Kobach recount debacle doesn’t happen again in Kansas The Kansas secretary of state appoints election commissioners in the state's four most populous counties. There's no reason for that, and for other quirks in state election law that have been exposed by the Kris Kobach-Jeff Colyer recount mess.

Editorials Missouri lawmakers won’t save KC. What will city leaders do to reduce gun violence? Kansas City Mayor Sly James wants guns regulated like vehicles in Missouri. And Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith said the public can help solve homicides. But it takes much more to quell gun violence.

Editorials Organized labor won big in Missouri right-to-work election. What should unions do next? Missouri voters rejected Proposition A, which would have hurt wages and organized labor. Now labor should repay voters by making unions more inclusive and by rethinking its approach to tariffs and trade wars.

Editorials Rep. Kevin Yoder says Democratic rival Sharice Davids doesn’t have Kansas values. Huh?

Editorials Kobach should butt out of his own recount — and JoCo official behind this mess must go Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach leads Gov. Jeff Colyer in the GOP gubernatorial primary. The votes should be recounted; Kobach should recuse himself from the recount, and Johnson County's election commissioner should quit.

Editorials Right to work rejected loud and clear. Missouri lawmakers should respect voters’ decision Missourians voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to reject a right-to-work law. The will of the people should be respected when lawmakers return for the next legislative session.


The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (08/19/2018) at 03:36 AM

A lot of thanks for the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

Raise Missouri's minimum wage to boost businesses

Words matter

Opinion What our journalists expose isn't fake news What our journalists expose isn't fake news USA TODAY Network reporters aren't the enemy of the people. They pursue real stories intended to right wrongs and help the least among us. Opinion 3 days, 6 hours ago

Opinion The best of everything The best of everything I sometimes wonder what getting older has accomplished. Opinion 6 days, 8 hours ago

Readers Letters for August 12 Letters for August 12 Right-to-Work, voting and the economy: Aug. 12 letters Readers 1 week ago

Opinion City Utilities loose with facts on coal ash law City Utilities loose with facts on coal ash law CU statements on safety, lobbying with taxpayer money are patently wrong Opinion 1 week ago

Opinion Focus on healing, not blame after tragedy Focus on healing, not blame after tragedy What exactly happened and/or who is to blame, if anyone, will be up to the courts to decide. But it's still a tragedy. Opinion 1 week, 4 days ago

Opinion A medical model for preparing teachers A medical model for preparing teachers A promising approach would feature a K-12 teaching school, similar to a teaching hospital, where future teachers would train together Opinion 1 week, 6 days ago

Readers Don't limit access to air medical support Don't limit access to air medical support Recent proposals in Congress threaten access to care in both rural and urban communities. Readers 1 week, 6 days ago

Readers Pit bull ban isn't solution for dangerous dogs Pit bull ban isn't solution for dangerous dogs Plus a letter in support of Kruse for Christian County. Readers 1 week, 6 days ago

Readers Letters to the editor Letters to the editor Letters for the week of Aug. 5 Readers 2 weeks ago

Readers Auditor: How we work to protect taxpayers Auditor: How we work to protect taxpayers Audits from my office have resulted in more than 30 criminal charges of corruption against public officials. Readers 2 weeks ago

Readers Build the wall between California, rest of U.S. Build the wall between California, rest of U.S. To the Point, Roses and Thorns. Readers 2 weeks ago

Opinion The importance of arguing well The importance of arguing well With civility in the news lately, I have been thinking about what it means to disagree well. Opinion 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Readers Cirtin's record shows he deserves re-election Cirtin's record shows he deserves re-election ​U​nder Commissioner Cirtin's leadership, the county was also able to resolve a long-term problem that cost our taxpayers much money. Readers 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Readers Vote Ron Cleek for Christian County judge Vote Ron Cleek for Christian County judge I am supporting Ron Cleek for judge, for many reasons. Readers 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Opinion Long: A funding bill that reins in Washington Long: A funding bill that reins in Washington With a national debt of over $20 trillion, it's nearly impossible to get bipartisan support to cut any spending in Washington. Opinion 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Opinion Bad joke tellers and proper joke-telling Bad joke tellers and proper joke-telling A case study in joking for public service. Opinion 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Readers C of O leader on duck boat tragedy C of O leader on duck boat tragedy The weight of grief and sorrow called for a response of faith and hope in God`s providence and grace. Readers 3 weeks 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 (08/19/2018) at 03:37 AM

Opinion DARKOW: Omarosa Editorial cartoon by John Darkow

DAVID WEBBER: Columbia needs more and improved bus service The Columbia City Council should allocate more funding to redesign the public transportation system to better suit the city"s needs and to attract more riders.

A message from your friends in the free press Some of the news may make you mad; some of it may make you sad; some may intrigue or delight you. But all of it makes you a more informed citizen of your community.

DARKOW: Omarosa John Darkow Editorial cartoon by John Darkow

EDITORIAL: Smattering of white supremacists show up at alt-right rally in D.C. The Wall Street Journal An alt-right rally on the anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville confrontation failed to attract enough people to fill a bus.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Profiting off poison Jill Richardson A court found that Monsanto knew its signature Roundup chemical could cause cancer, but sold it anyway.

DAVID WEBBER: Columbia needs more and improved bus service David Webber The Columbia City Council should allocate more funding to redesign the public transportation system to better suit the city"s needs and to attract more riders.

EDITORIAL: Why are Missouri Democrats imposing a pro-choice purity test ahead of midterms? The Kansas City Star With not just Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat but control of the U.S. Senate potentially at stake, Missouri Democrats have changed their platform, excising a paragraph that welcomed abortion dissenters.

EDITORIAL: Why was a Trump staffer able to make a secret recording inside the Situation Room? The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Ex-presidential aide Omarosa Manigault Newman secretly recorded her own firing by chief of staff John Kelly in the Situation Room, raising security concerns.

A message from your friends in the free press Kathy Kiely Some of the news may make you mad; some of it may make you sad; some may intrigue or delight you. But all of it makes you a more informed citizen of your community.

COMMENTARY: Student journalist experiences the "trickle down" of hostility toward the press Katherine Reed The student was covering local elections and state primaries at a Columbia polling place when two men in separate incidents spat at and yelled at her.

DARKOW: Mugs Up and Running John Darkow Editorial cartoon by John Darkow.

DAVID ROSMAN: Is the NRA crying wolf? David Rosman With more than 4 million members each paying an annual due of $40, it is hard to believe the NRA"s claim that it"s in deep financial trouble.

GUEST COMMENTARY: If Ireland can get out of fossil fuels, your town can too Celia Bottger Almost 900 cities, universities, and governments have divested over $6 trillion from the fossil fuel industry. Why not yours?

EDITORIAL: Parson makes important tour The St. Joseph News-Press Parson"s visit will hopefully better equip the Governor for his role in advocating for all of Missouri.

DARKOW: Make America white again John Darkow Editorial cartoon by John Darkow

GUEST COMMENTARY: Jury finds Monsanto liable in the first Roundup cancer trial. Here"s what could happen next. Richard G. "Bugs" Stevens A jury concluded on Aug. 10 that exposure to the herbicide Roundup caused Dewayne Johnson"s cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages. Thousands more claims are pending.

EDITORIAL: Trade is in turmoil. Farmers are livid. Why hasn"t Wilbur Ross been fired? The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, has a history of ethical lapses and potential criminal behavior deserving of deeper congressional investigation, if not a swift boot out the door by Trump himself.

EDITORIAL: A Claire McCaskill-Josh Hawley flatbed-truck debate? We'd be so lucky The Kansas City Star Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley, her Republican opponent, are proposing multiple debates across Missouri. Both appear genuinely interested in joint appearances, but Hawley's proposal to debate from a flatbed truck is intriguing.

EDITORIAL: GOP nominee who said `Hitler was right' ran on anti-Muslim, anti-gay platform The Kansas City Star The NCAA's new agent and recruiting rules for college basketball players are a shortsighted answer to a long-standing issue. As Kansas coach Bill Self said, legitimate concerns about the rule changes abound.


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (08/19/2018) at 03:37 AM

Tribune's View: The real problem with fake news

Tribune's View: Vote 'yes' for water, and 'no' to right to work

Tribune's View: City must look after its own business first

Tribune's View: UM curators were wise to extend Choi's contract

Tribune's View: Forced property tax increase will doom future efforts

Tribune's View: Gerrymandering in Missouri is a practice that needs to end

Tribune's ViewPrisoners to get a dose of hope

Tribune's View: Tina the turkey left a legacy

Tribune's View: New law gives higher ed stability

Tribune's View: Columbia's taxi grants ignores constitutional law

Tribune's View: Matthes' promise to police had to be broken

Tribune's View: Our 'damn' paper is also our gift

Tribune's View: When is a worker not really a worker?

Tribune's View: Porter Jr.'s draft day deja vu

Tribune's View: At community policing meetings, where's the top brass?

The Tribune's View: Reducing gun violence a top priority

Tribune's View: Health care jobs a boon to Boone

Tribune's View: Missouri's abortion restrictions are punishment, not prevention

Tribune's View: Henderson Branch sewer project drags on

Tribune's View: City's emission goal is lofty but worth pursuing


St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (08/19/2018) at 03:37 AM

Is this why we developed Mitchell Woods?

Mosaic refocus benefits region

Tag law unlikely to help

Festival offers unique pleasures

Bridge campus, Downtown divide

BOE strikes balance

Parson makes important tour

Get bridge facts sooner than later

Keep calling utilities

Gifts give lift to Patee House

Colleges: Embrace scrutiny


The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (08/19/2018) at 03:38 AM

Carol Stark: Time for another fight; need you in my corner I've always told people that I'm at my best when my back's against the wall.

America is overdue for another Lehman-like episode WASHINGTON — Eric Sevareid (1912-1992), the author and broadcaster, said he was a pessimist about tomorrow but an optimist about the day after tomorrow. Regarding America's economy, prudent people should reverse that.

Grand jury report must force a reckoning for the Catholic Church PHILADELPHIA — Three years ago, when Pope Francis visited our city and stood at Lincoln's lectern on Independence Mall, he posed a deceptively simple question: “What are we going to do?”

Our view: Good signs for area Mercy Hospital Joplin and McAuley Catholic High School have teamed up to teach students biomedical science and perhaps prompt their interest in future careers in the health care field.

Herb Van Fleet: Opposing anthem protests is unpatriotic The French philosopher Voltaire reportedly said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” This declaration is often quoted in connection with the right of free speech.

Your view: Letters to the editor Animal ag not bad for planet

Geoff Caldwell: Press isn't the enemy but isn't smart either I'm sure when she dreamed it up, she thought it one of those “Yes, that'll show 'em!” moments.

Waiting for Trump to testify? Don't hold your breath Can't we please, please put one piece of fake news to bed?Spare us the interviews with Rudy Giuliani and the endless debates among cable TV lawyers about the terms and conditions of Donald Trump's testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Our View: Stop stigmas, put down screens It was wonderful to see such a strong turnout Wednesday night for Joplin's United at the Stadium rally that put a spotlight on suicide awareness and prevention. Hundreds came.

Rachel Marsden: Why are European leaders dragging their feet on migration crisis? Here we go again.

Bill Ketter: Press bashing puts country on perilous path Presidents since the nation's founding have at times disparaged the press for reporting news and expressing opinions they find uncomfortable or unfavorable.

George Will: Domestic protectionism more costly than tariffs WASHINGTON — Governments, seemingly eager to supply their critics with ammunition, constantly validate historian Robert Conquest: The behavior of any bureaucratic organization can best be understood by assuming that it is controlled by a secret cabal of its enemies. Consider North Carolina's…

Our view: Amendment 1 has too many moving parts Of all the questions that will appear on the ballot this fall, the issue with the most moving parts is Amendment 1, which, if approved by voters, would impose a number of changes to the way governing gets done in Missouri.

Our View: Reckless rhetoric versus fundamental freedom Our thanks to U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., for reminding Americans that there is an alternative lens for viewing the relationship between politicians and the press — clearer than the one clouded by vilification and venting through tweets.

Your View: Letters to the editor Putin laughing at U.S. efforts

Anthony Pahnke: Farmers want fair trade, not handouts My grandfather, who was a dairy farmer, would often say, “Farmers do not need to go into a casino to gamble. They do it every single day, just going to work.”

Other view: Let the debates begin! In 2016, Missouri was home to one of the most-watched Senate races in the country between Roy Blunt and Jason Kander.

Steve and Cokie Roberts: Trump administration knew danger of separating children from families Before the story fully fades from view, it's important to remember one of the most shameful episodes in a shameful presidency: the Trump administration's policy of zero tolerance toward illegal immigrants that separated more than 2,500 children from their parents.

Our View: We're not in Kansas anymore If it's a sign of the times, our times are not well.

Byron York: Democrats wondering: Where's Obama? “Join me on Team '18,” Barack Obama wrote in a recent fundraising email from his old political group, Organizing for Action. “Every election, every ballot measure, every conversation between now and November ... it all matters.”


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (08/19/2018) at 03:38 AM

Your Opinion: Gender-neutral restrooms offer proof of liberal agenda: Harold H. HorstmannLohmanDear Editor:In response to O'Mara's 8/16/2018 letter, I would offer the following: “In this KC-area district, boys and...

Commentary: Asterisks to gun ranking: The headline from a well-researched story has been well-repeated: Arkansas ranks seventh in gun deaths.

Perspective: The unique history of Russellville: Let's step back in history to March 3, 1820, when the Missouri Compromise was passed by Congress. Missouri joined the...

Our Opinion: Faith in DOC weakens with lawsuit verdict: Thursday's news that a jury awarded close to $114 million in unpaid/overtime compensation to corrections officers left us speechless.

Perspective: Congress is working to assist you: When we think of Congress, we often picture laws being crafted in the Capitol or Congressmen visiting local Missouri businesses...

Your Opinion: Defending Democratic Socialism: Tim O'MaraJefferson CityDear Editor:With all due respect to Dan Schnieders - and thank you, sir, for your service to our...

Our Opinion: The tangled issues of hair-braiding: Hair braiding has been the prime example of over-regulation in Missouri government, and with good reason.

Your Opinion: Why would a believer ever vote for a Dem?: I read with interest an article on the front page of this morning's, Aug.

Our Opinion: Making strides in school safety: Jefferson City Public Schools continue to take the right steps toward student safety.On Tuesday, teachers and staff at Thorpe Gordon...

Your Opinion: Kavanaugh would not protect right to choose: If Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed to a lifetime appointment on the U.S. Supreme Court, our rights will be under attack...

Your Opinion: God, not socialism, is the solution: The NFL is continuing their #LOOKATME campaign by kneeling or raising their fist in their pretense objection to social injustice.

Your Opinion: Liberal agenda in education? Show proof: The Tribune's Our Opinion on 8/11 rightly celebrates the hardworking teachers in our public school systems.

Your Opinion: U.S. policies partially to blame for asylum seekers: My letter today is regarding families seeking asylum in America.

Your Opinion: An open letter to Gov. Gritens: Dear Governor Greitens: I am just one of the 1,433,397 voters who elected you.

Your Opinion: Trump election a rebuke of growing Socialism: I'm writing to respond to O'Mara's distortion of, and his seemingly attempt to sell, socialism.

Our Opinion: Woolfolk's excitement for LU is infectious: It's hard not to feel positive about Lincoln University's future after hearing the featured speaker Monday at the school's Fall...

Your Opinion: Use tax outrage: If you are not outraged, it is only because you do not know what is happening.

Your Opinion: Crime or no crime?: I assume that before I write this, backlash could be in the future.

Your Opinion: Response to 'socialism' letter: This is in response to Tim O'Mara's letter regarding "socialism.

Our Opinion: As school starts, giving driving the attention it deserves: As motorists, we're sometimes guilty of putting our minds on autopilot when we're heading down the road.


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (08/19/2018) at 03:38 AM

The back-to-school buzz kicks off for SEMO, area students (8/17/18) Thousands of young adults will populate our city once again this week as they move into dorms and apartments to attend Southeast Missouri State University. The students bring a lot of energy to our city. We welcome them, as well as their optimism as they continue their educational journey here in Cape Girardeau. They also help our local economy by shopping at our stores, eating at our restaurants and filling up at our gas stations...

Blood donations save lives; please give (8/16/18) If someone approached you and you and told you someone's life was at stake and you could save it with just a few minutes of your time, would you do it? Giving blood saves lives, and the American Red Cross needs more donors. For the rest of this month, the Red Cross is offering a $5 Amazon.com gift card as an incentive to give. But the real incentive should be to help others who need it...

Dancers cut a rug and raise $40K for charitable cause (8/14/18) Our community has found a lot of different ways to raise money while having fun. Whether its local women dressed up and strutting their vintage clothing down a runway, a cast of generous bravehearts in costumes dashing into nearly frozen lakes, singing contests, home tours or pub crawls, our local people know how to put the fun in fundraisers...

Elections: They can't happen without dedicated people (8/13/18) Every election deserves a fair amount of gratitude. We are thankful, first for the freedom to vote our conscience. Thankful to live in country where the people get to decide who represents them in government. Thankful we are not beholden to dictators but live by rules established by people of our choosing...

Fall Tunes at Twilight begins with brews (8/10/18) The fall season of Tunes at Twilight begins this evening at Ivers Square on Lorimier Street in Cape Girardeau. The weekly event is, as we've stated before, a cultural favorite. It's a reflection of our casually cool and creative city, an evening of live music, lawn chairs, blankets and music lovers of all ages...

Habitat for Humanity celebrates 58th area home build (8/9/18) One of the better charities going is Habitat for Humanity. The organization helps impoverished people move into home ownership. Applicants who are approved for a loan put up some money to start an escrow account, and Habitat is the loan holder, according to a recent article by Marybeth Niederkorn...

Today is Election Day; please vote (8/7/18) Today is Election Day. Make it a point to vote. It's a primary election with a good amount of local races on county ballots and an important statewide initiative. Throughout the four-county area of Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Perry and Scott counties, there are races for judges, prosecutors, presiding commissioners, state representatives and ballot initiatives. ...

Shipyard promises fun, outdoor concert in downtown Cape Girardeau (8/6/18) The last time Cape Girardeau hosted a large music fest downtown, there was no casino. There was no Marquette Tech; no Minglewood; no Broadway streetscape with heavy foot traffic. Downtown Cape is a different place, and a different demographic works here...

Big shopping weekend in store with tax holiday (8/3/18) This weekend will be a huge shopping weekend in the state of Missouri. It's back-to-school sales tax holiday season in the state, the time when many school-related items can be purchased without having to pay sales tax. There is always a bit of confusion as to what this means for consumers when they hear that local jursidictions "opt out." When that happens, shoppers still have their Missouri sales tax removed from their purchase, but they may not receive the break on their local taxes...

Third annual Tech Fest set for next week (8/2/18) The Marquette Tech District is hosting its third Tech Fest Aug. 9 and 10. The event has grown each year, and because of the popularity, will move to the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau's event center to accommodate the crowd. One of the more popular aspects of the Tech Fest is the 1st50K competition that invites startup companies to vie for $50,000 in cash and pro bono services. ...

Plenty of local success by Southeast Missouri baseball teams (7/31/18) While much of the baseball fandom in Southeast Missouri is watching the St. Louis Cardinals tread water near the .500 mark, and obsessed with roster moves, potential trades and Matt Carpenter's salsa, a couple of local summer teams in the area are proving to be serious contenders...

A 'yes' vote makes more sense on Prop A (7/30/18) On Aug. 7, Missouri voters will be asked to decide the fate of so-called right-to-work in Missouri. Proposition A, as it will be listed on the ballot, aims to eliminate union dues as a requirement for employment in any workplace, effectively certifying a law passed by our elected representatives in the 2017 general assembly. ...

What to do before, during, after severe weather (7/27/18) A few days ago in this space, we encouraged readers to take advantage of available weather alert platforms and pay attention when the forecasters call for severe weather. The failure to acknowledge and heed these type of warnings led to 17 deaths on a Duck boat in Branson...

Homecomers festival in Jackson promises fun for all (7/26/18) If you haven't been yet, here's your reminder that Jackson's Homecomers is this week. It's the 111th annual celebration, a little festival that has something for everyone. Located in Uptown Jackson on the courthouse lawn and along the uptown streets, the event promises a good time. For the kids there's rides and games; for the adults, there's music and entertainment. For all, there's food. Ten vendors are on hand with fair-food indulgence...

Branson tragedy should be a reminder to watch for weather alerts (7/24/18) In the aftermath of the horrible tragedy at Table Rock Lake, media outlets quoted a number of people saying the storm came out of nowhere, the weather changed from not a cloud in the sky to gale-force winds in mere minutes. While it's true the storm moved through the area rapidly, it's not true to say the say there was no warning...

Southeast, NY community college reach agreement on collaborative partnership (7/23/18) Sometimes innovation isn’t about the newest technology. Sometimes its about who you can connect with and relationships you can establish. Southeast Missouri State University has taken an innovative approach by reaching an agreement with Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City, allowing the transfer of BMCC associate of science in theater graduates into its Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. ...

CarGO, city dispute goes in more cooperative direction (7/20/18) When it comes to the city's dispute with carGO, things ended up where they should have begun: with the business and the city working together to find solutions that make sense. For those who haven't followed the situation, carGO is a locally based ride-share business, whose business model relies heavily on personal delivery of food from restaurants and, more recently, but less importantly: alcoholic products...

Murals are a nice touch of art in Cape Girardeau (7/19/18) The effect of art on the mind is incredible and so often overlooked. A song can get us on our feet and make us dance. A play can make us empathize. A painting can make us smile. A poem, spoken by the right person in the right way, can make us cry. It's not to say that all art is positive. Some of it is controversial, intended to provoke anger or disgust...

Leslie shares inspiration with local athletes (7/18/18) The famous quote about luck has almost become cliche: Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Lisa Leslie had a similar mantra growing up: "Proper prior preparation prevents piss-poor performance." The seven Ps. In a Q&A format, the WNBA legend addressed some 150 athletes and many others in attendance at the Fifth Annual Semoball Awards...

Local election races and paid letters (7/16/18) While much attention is focused on Europe, Donald Trump, NATO and Washington, D.C., there are many local matters to tend to. The country seems to be clinging to personalities in news, whether it be the president, the leaders of Germany or England, and even FBI agents embroiled in scandals...


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 (Niche.com) 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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