Newspaper Editorials

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (11/27/2014) at 11:55 AM

'I could have been Mike Brown'

Help us find solutions with #FergusonNext

Ferguson burns. Time for Justice Department to act.

Addressing the scourge of police violence

It is time to understand the 'other' side

The grand jury says no. Now St. Louis must make the most of it.

Messenger: Finding empathy is enduring struggle in post-Ferguson world

One school district. One focus. One future: Unify St. Louis schools (Part II)

Program to promote understanding is a good example for all schools

Balanced editorial about decision

Looters hurt small-business owners

Respect the grand jury process

Police patrols should have two officers

Culture of violence in America

Grand jury makes a courageous decision

Can't compare destruction by thugs to damage by storms

Real work begins to change policing

Time to encourage real dialogue

Letter: Officer Wilson's conduct should be considered criminal

Demand the government make sure we are all treated equally

Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (11/27/2014) at 11:56 AM

Ferguson pays a high price for mistakes by Prosecutor Bob McCulloch and Gov. Jay Nixon The battered city of Ferguson, Mo., suffered more insult and injury as looters and arsonists took to the streets following an announcement that a grand jury would not indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. Bad decisions have taken center stage from the start of the Ferguson upheaval, and they continued this week.

Monday Poll results: Readers divided on Obama’s immigration action We asked for your opinions on President Barack Obama’s announcement last week that he would take executive action to delay deportation of as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants. Here are the results of the unscientific survey.

Anger over Ferguson grand jury outcome in Michael Brown death must be channeled toward justice A grand jury’s decision not to indict the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown may be explainable within the confines of Missouri law. But Monday’s announcement that officer Darren Wilson will face no criminal charges does not make the Aug. 9 death of the black teenager any more acceptable. There had to have been a better possible outcome than Brown’s body sprawled on Canfield Drive for four hours while crowds gathered and anger mounted.

The Monday Poll: Do you approve of President Obama’s actions on immigration? Saying he couldn’t wait for a gridlocked Congress, President Barack Obama last week took executive action on U.S. immigration policies. The Monday Poll would like to know what you’re thinking about Obama’s executive actions on immigration and other aspects of this issue.

New postmaster general faces lots of turmoil as more cuts loom nationwide No matter what Megan Brennan does as the nation’s first woman postmaster general, she is bound to make a lot of people unhappy. Brennan, who will take over as the agency continues to bleed red ink, will have to be a political wizard to get needed legislation passed, stop the financial losses and put the Postal Service back on firm footing.

October brings good jobs news in Kansas Kansans got some upbeat news late last week: The number of jobs added to the state’s economy surged in October. Gov. Sam Brownback, who was re-elected on Nov. 4 to another four-year term, has long promised that income tax cuts he approved would attract lots of new employees.

A downtown baseball park is a looong way in the future Building a baseball ballpark in downtown Kansas City is a wonderfully provocative idea. But the project is not going to happen anytime soon given the facts that Kauffman Stadium was only recently remodeled and the Royals have a lease to play there 17 more years.

Community Faces: Holiday travelers Wednesday at Kansas City International Airport Travelers streamed through Kansas City International Airport on Wednesday morning in advance of Thanksgiving Day.

Congress should extend a tax credit to boost renewable wind power In their lame-duck session, lawmakers need to take action crucial to the growth of clean wind energy in gusty states such as Kansas and other parts of the country.

Attorney General Chris Koster ups Missouri’s ethics ante It shouldn’t have required embarrassing media coverage to do the right thing, but Koster’s new rules raise the needle on Missouri’s ethical barometer, even if he’s the only one so far who has to follow them.

Michael Brooks should depart from the Kansas City Council as soon as possible How Michael Brooks leaves the council is not yet certain. He could resign, get defeated at the polls in 2015 or not run for re-election. However it happens, there are compelling reasons for Brooks to leave public office quickly.

The enduring reach of hatred claims victims in Jerusalem and the Kansas City region The murders of Jews in Jerusalem and Johnson County, though very different in motive, reflect the tragic inclination of people and political movements to target people because of race and ethnicity.

Here’s one possible fix for Kansas City’s Kemper Arena, offered by its original architect Helmut Jahn, the original design architect for Kemper Arena, had a thought about the facility and sketched a concept that could downsize the seating bowl.

The Monday Poll results: Tweak Obamacare, don’t repeal Our unscientific Monday Poll, based on more than 700 responses, shows most respondents generally satisfied with their own health care. The results:

Brownback administration can’t sugarcoat Kansas poverty count Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has often been fact-challenged. So its claim just before Election Day that poverty in Kansas had dropped by more than 2 percent attracted notice.

Costly renovated Kansas City police headquarters should serve public well Taxpayers spent far more than initially expected to extensively renovate the Police Department’s Headquarters in downtown Kansas City. So far, the results appear to be a building that will serve the public well and improve working conditions for the police.

The Monday Poll: What’s next for Obamacare? As the Affordable Care Act begins its second year of enrollment in the insurance exchanges, the Monday Poll would like to know what you’re thinking about President Barack Obama’s health care law right now. Should it be scrapped? Could the new GOP-controlled Congress do better?

Pluses of the Affordable Care Act mount, but so do attacks The Affordable Care Act has enabled about 20 million Americans to gain health insurance. It has established incentives that have improved patient outcomes and helped slow inflation in health care costs. But as enrollment gets started for the second year, President Barack Obama’s signature health care act remains under attack on multiple fronts.

Climate change deal with China will cut pollution and protect health President Barack Obama deserves great credit for brokering a breakthrough deal with China to slash future greenhouse gas emissions. Polls consistently show that a large majority of Americans want to make it possible for people to breathe cleaner air in the future — even if it means slapping stricter pollution controls on U.S. industries, such as coal-fired power plants in Kansas and Missouri.

Good for KC Council members, who hit pause on Kemper demolition and seek new options Perhaps the American Royal Association should not have the final say on whether to demolish Kemper Arena, an underused but architecturally important, city-owned landmark. That was the implication of Kansas City Council members, who have asked for a request for proposals for envisioning a new life for Kemper.

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The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (11/27/2014) at 11:56 AM

Blue Springs North Library December activities Posted at 11:00 AM The Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of December. The library is located at 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-224-8772.• Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus, for all ages, 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Santa and Mrs. Claus are making a special trip from the North Pole to visit the library. Join them as they read a holiday story and then sit... --

British Crime Novelist P.D. James Dies at 94 Posted at 11:06 AM P.D. James, who authored more than 20 crime novels, died Thursday at her home in Oxford, England, 

Not interested in football? Here's a list of the best Thanksgiving day TV Posted at 10:30 AM From classic re-runs, to new, original programming and binge-marathon watching, Thanksgiving is a cornucopia of television variety spilling out in HD.

Creed Frontman Scott Stapp Says He's Broke, Homeless Posted at 11:05 AM Scott Stapp, the singer of alternative rock band 

Decorative Concrete Finishes: a Picture Glossary Posted at 11:10 AM   Concrete is not just for sidewalks these days. In fact, with the development of special decorative techniques,...

Healthy helpings of football on the menu for Turkey Day Posted at 10:00 AM If you include pre and post-game television programming, you can ignore friends and family on Thanksgiving day for more than 12 hours. Here's a guide of what to watch for the ultimate football fix.

MARK CUBAN: Why You Should Take Advantage Of Black Friday (And Cyber Monday) Posted at 9:01 AM

Watch this bald eagle as it soars above NFL football stadium Posted at 7:00 AM Ready to dig into a bird and some football? Here's a little of both with some patriotism sprinkled in.

Here's What 8 Stock Market Gurus Expect For 2015 (DIA, SPY, QQQ, TLT, IWM, BAC, CS, GS, UBS, DB, BCS, C) Posted at 9:01 AM

Conservatives Will Hate This: Proof That Government Spending Cuts Hurt Economic Growth Posted at 9:01 AM Syrian Hackers Are Attacking The World's Media Posted at 9:01 AM NEXT 10  »

The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
As of (11/27/2014) at 11:56 AM

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A bill in Congress would finally give artists a percentage of sales By Boston Globe : In one famous incident recounted by NPR, the artist Robert Rauschenberg confronted the collector Robert Scull, who had just sold for $85,000 a work that the artist had sold to him for $900.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why CEOs earn salaries bigger than company taxes by Sarah Anderson and Scott Klinger : Last year, 29 of the 100 highest-paid CEOs made more in personal compensation than their companies paid in federal income taxes.

DAVID ROSMAN: A reasonable, humane approach to illegal immigration by DAVID ROSMAN : O n this Thanksgiving week, some of those who have come to this country undocumented, in many cases unwillingly as children, are being given a chance to live the American dream without the immediate threat of deportation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The grand jury said no. St. Louis must make the most of it. by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Confirmation bias is a big problem for democracy. We owe it to each other and to society to keep an open mind, to seek out facts instead of relying on our beliefs. But this doesn’t play so well on Twitter and Facebook. They don’t call them “followers” for nothing.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Real steps toward new Fulton State Hospital are encouraging by Jefferson City News Tribune : Building a new state psychiatric hospital is necessary both for treatment of patients and the safety of staff. Advances in society continue to reveal the benefits of diagnosing, understanding and treating mental health issues.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: No legal status granted to immigrants, just work permits by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Despite outcry from the right, Obama"s executive action protecting some undocumented immigrations is reflective of presidents before him. Since the mid-1950s, every president has issued executive orders granting immigration relief, including Republicans.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Downtown park for Royals in K.C. is long way in future by Kansas City Star : Although Kauffman Stadium was renovated in 2009, there are talks of building a new Royals stadium in downtown Kansas City.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: After scandal, Koster raises the bar for Missouri's ethics with new rules for himself by Kansas City Star : Attorney General Chris Koster"s self-imposed ethical guidelines are a move in the right direction for ethics in Jefferson City. Now the Missouri legislature needs to step up, too.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The poor and hungry look a lot like you and me by Jill Richardson : Despite moral-high-horse predictions, when Florida tested welfare recipients for drugs, only 2.6 percent tested positive — far less than the 8 percent of Floridians overall who use illegal drugs.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Congress needs to finish job of immigration reform by Donna Brazile : President Obama"s executive action is not enough to fix our country"s broken immigration system.

DEAR READER: How Columbia responds to Ferguson grand jury by Tom Warhover : We know there will be a decision in the killing of Michael Brown. We don"t know whether Columbia will use the event to move forward or to just move on.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gov. Nixon got it right with Ferguson Commission by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Ferguson Commission can be a step to repairing ignored race relations in St. Louis.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Illnesses linked to raw milk argue against wider sales by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel : There has been debate in Wisconsin about the sale and consumption of raw milk. With 38 people recently becoming sick in Durand, Wisconsin, 26 confirmed by consuming raw milk, the opponents of raw milk sales argue against broader sale of the milk.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Peggy Kirkpatrick's reach has extended far beyond the Food Bank by George Kennedy : Longtime Food Bank members observed Kirkpatrick"s legacy not with a retirement party but with, more appropriately, an appreciation party.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lapse in DNA testing is maddening reality in rape cases by Newsday : Cyrus R. Vance Jr., Manhattan"s district attorney, has set out to repair this ugly lapse with a plan to help prosecutors nationwide do DNA tests.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Latest sign world is slightly off-balance — cat cafes by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Cat cafes, which started in Taiwan and Japan, are coffee shops where you can go to play with cats while you enjoy a hot beverage.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Americans just don't want to eat azodicarbonamide and calcium sulfate dihydrate by Longmont Times-Call : Consumers must not panic about multisyllabic ingredients that will have less of an effect on their health than the fats and sugars they consume, but they must also be aware of misleading marketing.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Instead of pointing fingers at Ginny Chadwick, look at City Hall by Steve Spellman : Local government is a darn hard job. Ginny Chadwick should know, too, that a public servant can never communicate enough.

DAVID ROSMAN: About the ichthus: We need to honor all faiths, not just one by David Rosman : The covering of the ichthus on a war memorial for Operation Desert Storm was the right thing to do.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Debate about Kansas teacher shortage isn't over by TOPEKA CAPITAL-JOURNAL : Professionals in fields other than teaching can connect with students and get them excited about learning.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (11/27/2014) at 11:59 AM

Ferguson As noted here several days ago, adequate grounds for indicting Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson were elusive, and thoughts turned to possible aftermath trouble.

County power As the Boone County Commission considers something as simple as regulations for rental properties, it faces once again the disadvantage of operating under the statutory form of government established in state law.

Children's Grief Awareness Day On Thursday children at Lee Elementary School focused on grief, chanting, “Children grieve, too,” while adults responded, “Children's grief matters.”

Immigration Republicans and other assorted haters of President Barack Obama are in a righteous snit today as their nemesis provided them, as promised, a handy excuse for further vitriol.

Obamacare lawsuit In their never-ending attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act, opponents have found another way to pick at the law in court. Seizing on language in the law that says federal insurance tax credits are available to people who live...

Ferguson Every day we see new reports of warlike preparation for violence in Ferguson -- and beyond, as the virus spreads across the nation.

School redistricting Columbia school board members and their committee advisers would rather don hair shirts than face another redistricting challenge, but here they are again, this time dealing with the shuffle soon to be necessary when a new elementary school is built...

Keystone XL If you don't think politics often trump science and other rational considerations, please notice the hi-jinks surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline decision.

Zoning The long-awaited report of consultants hired by the city to review downtown zoning rules was presented at a public meeting Thursday at City Hall.

Plastic bags At first blush, the very idea of banning single-use plastic bags at the grocery store seems preposterous to us bucolic country types, but on second or third thought our increasingly urbanized innards can see the point, setting up a debate...

How to die We are hearing more these days about “death with dignity,” which is a dignified way of saying it makes sense to breathe our last in the most painless and pleasant way possible under terms we control.

Infrastructure Although I disagreed mightily with his method, give credit to Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala for thinking hard and working tirelessly for his trip generation plan to levy fees on new development to pay for transportation improvements.

That irksome ichthus Years ago the Christian symbol of the fish displayed on county public property raised no hackles. In 1992, the so-called ichthus was placed on a memorial in Courthouse Plaza honoring Boone County's Gulf War veterans.

`Ban the box' What began as a simple-sounding idea proposed by the Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence has become a larger issue evoking mixed reactions from the business community and others.

Restoration A new way of administering discipline at Columbia Public Schools makes sense. Instead of kicking offenders out of school, officials are developing a system built around “restorative practices.”

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (11/27/2014) at 12:00 PM

Gratitude springs from grateful heart `Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.'

Dumps deserve the bad name Rural life comes with its many positives and just a few negatives. But the negatives sure can be a problem sometimes.

Child care law puts end to `cliff' Supporters of the Success by 6 initiative in St. Joseph will find a lot to like in compromise child care legislation, in the works for two years, that a remarkably unified Congress passed last week and President Obama has signed.

Wiring looms as threat Winter's abrupt arrival with record cold this month also brought along an even less welcome event: an outbreak of house fires.

You can make a difference The problem with fighting hunger is the task is so large, it's hard to know where to start.

`Shop local' comes with added benefits It should come as no surprise a local newspaper would want to see local retailers thrive and prosper.

Keep local attorneys in charge Changes in our legal system should come with good rationale; one proposed in the wake of the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting does not.

We all need a coat to fend off winter The good news of this season is our community and region routinely respond generously to appeals for charitable donations.

Senator has seen enough When the day comes again that Congress is respected for what it accomplishes through bipartisan agreement, perhaps Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill will receive some of the credit.

Failure to preserve peace would be irresponsible It's disappointing a national civil rights leader has a problem with responsible efforts in Missouri to keep the peace.

PSC rule protects vulnerable The Cold Weather Rule in Missouri has been on the books since the late 1970s, and for more than 35 years it has served to protect the welfare of some of the state's most vulnerable residents.

Region rallies to boost river corridor's future The Missouri River still connects us.

Safety knows no season "Learn to share the road.”

Startups get boost at MWSU Just like when starting a new business, hanging a nameplate - "Center for Entrepreneurship” - is the easy part for a new university outreach that aspires to make a difference in the community and region.

Postal service at risk? Postal workers have a vested interest in keeping the U.S. Postal Service on its feet. The rest of us just want timely, reliable letter and parcel deliveries at a reasonable cost.

Grain Belt Express hits a rough spot The problem for promoters of a high-voltage power line across Missouri is many people have trouble seeing the benefit for the state.

VA gets priorities straight Robert McDonald, head of Veterans Affairs since this summer, participated in a revealing press conference with Washington-based reporters eager to know what the former corporate executive understood about the deep problems unearthed at VA hospitals.

In St. Joe, holidays start with giving Every community has its holiday traditions, and St. Joseph's are among the best.

Threat to deer Persists Missouri's firearm deer season begins Saturday. This annual experience is an important one for the state's many hunters, but a disease raises a continuing concern.

Dog park appeals to pets and owners St. Joseph is a community that values animals and all they bring to our lives.

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (11/27/2014) at 12:01 PM

Our View: Take it off the table Posted: November 27, 2014 Whether you gather around the table with your closest family and friends or you find yourself seated among strangers this Thanksgiving Day, some things are always welcomed.

Other Views: Ferguson Posted: November 26, 2014 The following are excerpts from editorials written in reaction to Monday night's St. Louis County grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer in connection with the August shooting death of an 18-year-old teen.

Geoff Caldwell: Ruling by race endangers law for all Posted: November 26, 2014 “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

Travis Hurley: Make sense or simply mourn? Posted: November 26, 2014 I couldn't sleep Monday night. 

Caroline Tubbs: Let education system do its job Posted: November 25, 2014 At last. Some parties involved in American education are leading the way toward sanity.

Our View: United States of Ferguson Posted: November 25, 2014 It started with the shooting death of a young black man by a Ferguson police officer.

Our View: Better answers needed Posted: November 24, 2014 Congress is right to demand answers from drug companies given what has happened to the price of many generic drugs.

William Keczkemethy: Remember the forgotten guardians Posted: November 24, 2014 At times, they are the forgotten guardians. They rise early every day to prepare to give children their best. They often spend 40 hours a week with more than 150 youngsters. They observe, listen, coach, mediate, nurse and are in a constant state of action. In every situation, they must remain patient, understanding and flexible. They are always seeking new ways to help your children reach their full potential.

Herb Van Fleet: With climate change, you can't change the facts Posted: November 23, 2014 The International Panel on Climate Change is at it again.On Nov. 2, the IPCC released its latest report, “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability — Fifth Assessment.” It was written by 306 authors from 60 countries and runs 1,820 pages. And consistent with previous reports, this one portends gloom and doom for the planet unless we begin to make a concerted effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide.

Marilyn Beasley: Are the American people really stupid? Posted: November 23, 2014 After watching numerous videos of Jonathan Gruber speak about the American people, I had to respond to his “stupid” words.

Remember the Alamo: A trip to San Antonio Posted: November 23, 2014 SAN ANTONIO — The most famous building in Texas is smaller than you expect, and it's about as pretty as your average California mission. In fact, it was once a mission, though these days it stands across the street from an unholy row of Ripley's and Guinness tourist operations. You can cover it in about two hours.

Gene Garman: Honor Flight of the Ozarks provides unforgettable day Posted: November 23, 2014 I qualify as a Korean War veteran who enlisted during war time — in 1953 — via the Joplin recruiting station, into the United States Marine Corps.

Rockefeller's legacy runs deep through nation Posted: November 23, 2014 Seen through the prism of subsequent national experience, Nelson Rockefeller resembles a swollen post-war automobile — a land yacht with tail fins, a period piece, bemusing and embarrassing. He remains, however, instructive.

Obama should use term 'invasion' over Ukraine Posted: November 22, 2014 It's time for President Obama to start using the I-word when referring to Russia's assault on Ukraine. I mean invasion.

Other views: Tech must lead privacy fight Posted: November 22, 2014 The Senate charade this week allowing the National Security Agency to continue spying on Americans' phone records would be laughable if it didn't have such dangerous implications for both the tech industry and consumer privacy.

Give thanks for animals this holiday season Posted: November 22, 2014 Most of us share our homes with animals, so we know that they provide us with companionship, teach us how to love unconditionally and help us enjoy the outdoors and get more exercise.

Letters to the editor Posted: November 21, 2014 Reaping what's sown 

Other views: Death with dignity Posted: November 21, 2014 We are hearing more these days about “death with dignity,” which is a dignified way of saying it makes sense to breathe our last in the most painless and pleasant way possible under terms we control.

Our View: Turn empty bowls into full ones Posted: November 20, 2014 One look at the Missouri Hunger Atlas, a county-by-county examination of  poverty and food uncertainty, shows there's no question that there are far too many people in Southwest Missouri who likely go without meals.

Caroline H. Little: Millennials engaged in the news Posted: November 20, 2014 It has become a never-ending quest to define millennials. Those between the age of 18 and 34 are often portrayed as a self-absorbed, narcissistic generation obsessed with technology.

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (11/27/2014) at 12:02 PM

Your Opinion: Iran, Ferguson and amendment - I believe several months ago many of us knew that Iran was not going to make any concessions on their nuclear arms deal and looks like “we the people" were correct.

Your Opinion: GOP elected to stop Obama - I am not at all surprised by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and other liberal news outlets telling us that if the Republicans shut down the government, they would be blamed and be held accountable in the 2016 elections.

Our Opinion: A gratitude list for Thanksgiving - What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

Your Opinion: Question about administration - As a past heavy equipment instructor accepted by 26 states, I know that our President Obama was educated by a lady that graduated from Lincoln University in 1953.

Your Opinion: Imperious pseudo-amnesty - Pseudo-amnesty for even more illegal aliens - more proof that we have a president who believes he is an emperor who has no need to honor his oath of office, nor adhere to our Constitution?

Our Opinion: Abandoned building gets new lease on life - Abandoned buildings create a challenge for communities.

Our Opinion: Travel 'o'er the fields' safely this Thanksgiving - "Jingle Bells," now a popular Christmas song, originally may have been written with Thanksgiving travel in mind.

Your Opinion: Conversation needed about community attributes - Your Oct. 24 editorial asks several questions of our community and its leaders. The one closest to my own heart is, “Are we complacent?"

Your Opinion: Executive orders disregard process - President Obama and the Democrats had veto-proof majorities in both the House and Senate. In that period of time laws were passed that were supposed to improve the lives of the American people.

Your Opinion: Limits pave way for death panels - I reference an Nov. 11 article by Ben Shapiro headlined “The Death Panels Are Coming".

Our Opinion: Will Gen Z disconnect from high tech? News Tribune editorial - Future change - prompted by loss of privacy, online discomfort and being overconnected - may come in the form of a retreat from technology by Generation Z.

Perspective: Thanksgiving reflections - When individuals are asked what they are most thankful for at Thanksgiving time, they usually mention good health, family, and loved ones.

Our Opinion: Seasonal crimes call for precautions News Tribune editorial - Jefferson City police have issued a seasonal crime prevention reminder in the wake of a recent incident.

Perspective: Giving thanks - Thanksgiving is not only a day to celebrate with loved ones but also a reminder for all of our good fortunes.

Our Opinion: Bonds reflect commitment to mental health - Issuing bonds to build a new Fulton State Hospital is a welcome sign.

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (11/27/2014) at 12:02 PM

Today we take time for a day of thanks (11/27/14) Editor's note: The following is the editorial board's annual Thanksgiving Day editorial. Come, ye thankful people, come, Raise the song of harvest-home; All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin. -- Henry Alford (1810-1871) "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come"...

Speak Out Speak Out 11/27/14 (11/27/14) Yes, I think it's time that the people of Jackson congratulate the Jackson Indian football team for a great season. We are really proud of them, and we're sorry that they didn't get any further. But maybe next year. But we're still proud of them. Congratulations to all the boys. Good luck, boys...

Opinion Column 2016 presidential contest (11/26/14) Hillary Clinton, the heir apparent to the throne, may not find smooth sailing as many thought she would. The former first lady, secretary of state and senator has long been expected to walk into the Democratic presidential nomination with nary a concern...

Speak Out Speak Out 11/26/14 (11/26/14) I'll say it once. I'll say it again. I'll say it 10 times. I'll say it 20 times. I am proud of my Cape Central Tigers, cheerleaders and football players. They are going to the dome next Saturday. I went to school there in 1985, and I am so proud of the cheerleaders and so proud of the football players. They are going to the dome for the first time next Saturday. And I am so proud of you guys. You guys have made me so happy...

Editorial Helping those in need stay warm (11/26/14) Though the official start of winter is one month away, this area has already felt the chill and experienced some snow. There will be many more cold days ahead, and for most people it means increased utility bills. Missouri residents who meet standards may be eligible to receive assistance with the expense through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which is run through the Missouri Department of Social Services...

Opinion Column Putin's Pravda: The RT 'news' channel (11/25/14) Americans traveling abroad, or surfing through the approximately 200 channels delivered to most homes, sometimes stumble across an English-language channel: RT. Broadcasts feature entertaining and attractive hosts, hard-hitting stories on global issues, and a range of experts from the United States, U.K. and other nations commenting on world events...

Editorial We celebrate successful women among us (11/25/14) For 10 years the local Zonta organization, at an annual banquet, has recognized leading women for their success. Each year the nominees are impressive. These are women who have set goals and have reached them, and continue to strive for excellence. On Friday the organization held its annual luncheon and recognized several women...

Speak Out Speak Out 11/25/14 (11/25/14) I have to tell you, I'm not a big fan of Jackson. But that big American flag flying over city hall is majestic. I'm calling in about the Citizens' Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials. An 8 percent increase in wages statewide for the elected officials? I'm looking to see who votes themselves the extra 8 percent. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 11/24/14 (11/24/14) A surprising thanks to uber conservative Phil Gramm for pointing out the growing wealth gap in the U.S. Kudos to both the Cape Girardeau Public Schools and Notre Dame Regional High School for receiving above average grades from the authoritative and comprehensive review given by the prestigious and online school ranking service,

Editorial Celebrating the virtues of drug court (11/24/14) An addiction to drugs and alcohol is one of the most heartbreaking afflictions imaginable, particularly for surrounding family. They watch as their loved one turns into someone else. Addictions can turn people into thieves, liars and worse. They lead to bad, life-altering decisions, even suicide...

Speak Out Speak Out 11/23/14 (11/23/14) Winter salt; Petition; Inflation; County roads; Wealth gap; School rankings; Smoking problem; Voters overruled; Where's Obama; Thanks, government?; Thanksgiving; Constitution; Tracks repair; Jensen on Ferguson; American flag; State pay raise; Mail is late

Editorial Editorial: Matheny impresses despite emotional, challenging day (11/23/14) More than 1,600 people had the pleasure of hearing St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny give a talk about leadership on Monday at the Arrow Leadership and Success Summit, sponsored by Saint Francis Medical Center. But it may be the story behind the scenes that will leave a greater impression. More on that later...

Speak Out Speak Out 11/21/14 (11/21/14) Editorial support; Dividing nation; Gruber; School rankings; Wealth gap; Smoking problem; Voters overruled; Where's Obama; Thanks, government?; Thanksgiving; Constitution; Tracks repair

Editorial Opportunities to help children, elderly at Christmas (11/21/14) 'Tis the season for shopping and gift-giving. But while you buys gifts for friends a families, we hope you consider purchasing some for those in need as well. Each year the Southeast Missourian and the Jaycees team up with Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly. Toybox provides toys for children and Christmas for the Elderly provides assistance to seniors who struggle to make ends meet. A story has appeared in the Southeast Missourian about the programs, and we wrote an editorial recently as well...

Letter to the Editor Matheny talk was inspiring (11/21/14) I wish to express my appreciation to the Southeast Missourian and the Arrow for their efforts in bringing St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to our community. Mr. Matheny presented an engaging and well delivered speech that was simply outstanding. As a community member, and someone who works with college students, I found his message and focus on improving those things you have control over, as particularly relevant for our Southeast Missouri State University students...

Opinion Column The costs of war (11/20/14) According to a Congressional Research Service report dated March 29, 2011, the sixth continuing resolution for the federal budget for fiscal year 2012 shows approximately $806 billion in Iraq War costs. Keep in mind that this budgeted amount is after the drawdown of U.S. troops and operations. I mention this to give some perspective to future costs as some politicians are encouraging that U.S. forces return to Iraq to fight ISIS...

Editorial 'Fall for Dance' begins tonight (11/20/14) Students at Southeast Missouri State University will perform "a roller-coaster ride" of a show this week for "Fall for Dance." The annual concert features six different performances in a one-act show. The subject matter ranges from more serious and "dark" themes to happy themes. Artistic coordinator Hilary Peterson wanted the overall production to be optimistic and fun for the audience...

Speak Out Speak out (11/20/14) Pinocchio If Pelosi, Reid and Obama each were affected as Pinocchio was when telling a lie, I wonder which one would have the longest nose! Carbon deal Oh, wow, President Obama has just negotiated another of his famous deals in which the U.S. gives up a lot and the other country gives up very little. ...

Editorial Event today to celebrate, cultivate entrepreneurs (11/19/14) Job creation in today's economy doesn't come easy. Many big corporations are scaling back, reinventing themselves or moving jobs overseas. Many of the jobs created in the United States today are done so by entrepreneurs. This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week...

Opinion Column Column: Israel is living well but dangerously (11/18/14) Israel is a safe country, with crime rates lower than the U.S., most of Europe and East Asia. The daily safety of its citizens is even starker when compared to Africa, Latin America and most of its neighbors in the Middle East. Indeed, it is far more dangerous for the average American tourist to visit a major U.S. ...

Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
As of (11/27/2014) at 12:02 PM

Former police officer arrested During the late 19th and early 20th century, Sedalia's newspapers and police department were highly political. Newspapers typically represented the views of one party. At that time the Sedalia Democrat represented the views of the Democratic...

Boom should benefit all Linda Christle, Executive Director of Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County, had good news for the organization and the area that it serves when giving the annual report to the Sedalia City Council last Monday: the local economic recovery is on...

Stevenson doesn't speak for council Dear Editor:

Many improvements happening in Sedalia Dear Editor:

More improvements needed Dear Editor:

Be prepared this winter season While Missouri certainly won't ever be confused with North Dakota — or currently, upstate New York — when it comes to winter weather, we still have a lot of issues we need to address to cope with the cold, snow and...

A Thanksgiving to remember It's almost here! My favorite holiday — Thanksgiving! Though I have already written about the Thanksgivings of my youth, I thought it might be fun to relate the story of when we hosted Max's family at Thanksgiving for the first time.

1914 white slavery involves Sedalians The first two decades of the 20th century are called the Progressive Era, a time marked by attempts at social reform. Temperance workers advocated prohibition, city beautiful proponents worked to improve the landscape in hopes of influencing people to...

The State Fair results are in The weather might be a little unseasonably cold outside, but there's the most recent edition of an annual Missouri press release tradition that will conjure images of the Missouri State Fair and the summer to make you feel better. The autumn...

Bears become a spectacle in small town Missouri You know it's a slow news day in Southern Missouri when both the West Plains Daily Quill and the KY3 television station website lead with the story of a dead bear. But that was the big news on Monday out of my hometown.

Some cold truths about keeping warm Leo Durocher was right — nice guys do finish last. Or at least they end up shivering.

Setting some trash can standards The trash can black market must be thriving in Sedalia. Call up your can dealer and ask him what he's got, because business is good.

'Worthless' criminal continues in crime Jum Jennings, one of Sedalia's more notorious criminals, continued in his “worthless” and “despicable” path of crime. Although he was a gifted dancer whose appearance at Wood's Opera House in April was praised by...

Teens should be realistic about dating When you walk down the halls at Smith-Cotton High School, you'll see many couples hugging and kissing. Most people have preconceived ideas that couples in high school won't last, but is that true? According to, only 3 percent of...

Enjoying October's unexpected surprises What a surprise! After 29 years, the Royals made October special once again! For weeks, Max watched every televised game while I gnawed my fingernails in another room, hoping against hope they would take it all. I was swept back in time to a Royals...

Visiting old memories back home A few years ago, I revisited my old hometown. It was wonderful fun trying to revisit the places I remember. One of the first things I thought of was that my sisters and brothers have passed away, and there was no one I could compare my memories with.

McMullen: 'Mediocrity breeds unhealthy optimism' I like watching dingers get mashed. I love watching people steal bases. I love it when bats are cracked and splintered by pure baseball power — I like some parts of the game of baseball. But for some reason when they're all put together...

Jennings created one-man crime wave Crime was rampant in early 20th century Sedalia. Charges of gambling, prostitution, public drunkenness, robberies, and assaults clogged the courts, and the convicted filled the county jail to its full capacity. The same people appeared in court again...

Say 'No' to Democrats Dear Editor:With just a few days before the election just a few things to think about.

Education about more than test scores It has been ingrained in the brains of American students, ever since we were young, that college equals success. “Where do you want to go to college?” is not an uncommon question to ask a 14-year-old. Often, that 14-year-old already has an...

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