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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (11/22/2014) at 05:11 AM

'I could have been Mike Brown'

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

Opinion: Bringing attention to persistent injustice

Why the grand jury process can't be trusted in this case

'Pre-cog' governor tries to calm things down by declaring an emergency

Toward a single standard of police excellence

Time for Legislature to adopt a Ferguson Agenda

Messenger: Justice in Ferguson is about long-term change

Ferguson Commission skewed toward the 'haves'

Prejudice shows in conjecture over grand jury decision

Protesters disrupt traffic, suffer no consequences

Teach the importance of respecting grand jury process

Many make a decision without all the evidence

Archbishop Carlson wisely calls us to prayer

Police, paper blame the victim

Some more items to add to the Ferguson Agenda

Ferguson needs forgiveness

Archbishop is Johnny-come-lately in Ferguson

Can't secure peace through aggression, anarchy

St. Louis' response can send a message to the world

Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (11/22/2014) at 05:11 AM

Even without the Keystone XL pipeline, the U.S. oil industry is thriving While supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline offer tantalizing promises of using the pipeline to create more jobs in America, detractors claim it would be an environmental nightmare. Meanwhile, an unexpectedly positive reality has been emerging for U.S. energy markets. The most significant change has occurred in the world of petroleum.

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:

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.

President Obama’s bold immigration plan will boost America’s future As Republicans continue their tiresome attack on immigration reform, President Barack Obama commendably is getting ready to put in place a more humane and more forward-looking policy for this country.

Police and protesters must restrain ‘bad actors’ in Ferguson There is a lot of work to be done in Ferguson, and in America. Overreaction on the part of either police or protesters will only make the job harder.

Despite what Sen. Pat Roberts says, Kansas farmers enjoy plenty of perks Farmers in Kansas had a good thing going even before Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature freed them from paying state income taxes.

Big questions loom for the American Royal plan The Kansas City Council must take the time necessary to decide whether the American Royal’s plan for the West Bottoms, including the demolition of Kemper Arena, is right for the city and taxpayers.

After Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cut fiasco, Kansans must brace for public service reductions An ugly, dark cloud just blotted out the sun that Gov. Sam Brownback so often cheerfully claims is shining in Kansas. Welcome to the world where reality trumps campaign metaphors. According to new estimates released Monday, state officials face the daunting challenge of having to slash the current and next year’s budget by more than $700 million.

The Monday Poll: Your take on post-election issues in Missouri and Kansas We asked for your reaction to various issues related to last week’s elections. Here are the results of our unscientific survey, based on more than 300 responses.

Big subsidy for Cerner could pay off for KC, too Cerner Corp. — and taxpayers — are investing a lot of money in the company’s huge, ambitious expansion in south Kansas City. As the fast-growing health care information technology company builds out its $4.45 billion Trails Campus, City Hall in the years ahead must ensure that Cerner properly uses the $1.75 billion in public subsidies the project could enjoy.

Support veterans who served and defended this country It now seems clear that veterans have a true and capable champion on their side. Robert McDonald, who took the reins of the Department of Veterans Affairs in July, has already taken bold moves to overhaul how the agency operates and serves veterans.

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The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (11/22/2014) at 05:11 AM

GOT TO RUN Updated at 12:29 AM Having put together a snappy drive to end the first half, California needed 1 more yard on the last play to get within a touchdown of host Oak Grove at halftime of Friday's Class 3 state semifinals.The Pintos couldn’t deliver.When Oak Grove needed 16 yards on a third down earlier in the second quarter, it ran a simple quarterback keeper around end for 18 yards, leading to its third touchdown.Such was the Panthers’ freight train of a ground game, which piled... --

Lackluster Mavs fall to former teammate, Oilers Updated at 12:29 AM Dave Pszenyczny is accustomed to fan adoration at the Independence Events Center. But the former Missouri Mavericks defenseman was a bit surprised when he saw “WELCOME BACK” signs and a variety of the jerseys he wore over the years...

Bill Althaus: Mavericks will take time; Comets off and running Updated at 12:20 AM I keep getting the same question and I keep answering the same way:What is wrong with the Missouri Mavericks?Nothing, absolutely nothing.Sure, they’re 5-6 and are playing on-again, off-again hockey in a new league with...

Mizzou in 'championship game' mode in bid for SEC East title Updated at 12:17 AM KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The situation is clear-cut for No. 19 Missouri.If the Tigers (8-2, 5-1 SEC) win Saturday at Tennessee (5-5, 2-4) and Nov. 28 against Arkansas (5-5, 1-5), they make a second straight appearance in the Southeastern...

What's Up Next sports calendar Updated at 12:16 AM SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ECHL MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY7:05 p.m. — Missouri Mavericks at Wichita Thunder, Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE7 p.m.

What's Happening sports bulletin board Updated at 12:15 AM Items for What’s Happening must be received by noon Thursday before publication on Saturday. Send information to Karl Zinke at Please include sport the...

Kenneth Kieser: Don't give up on that buck Updated at 12:15 AM The old adage is: “Old bucks are smart and must own a calendar; they always seem to know when rifle season opens.”This, of course, is not the case. Bucks become aware that danger is evident by the sounds and smells of more...

Chiefs sign Avant to bolster depleted receiver corps Updated at 12:14 AM The Kansas City Chiefs signed veteran Jason Avant on Friday to help a beleaguered and injury-prone group of wide receivers, reuniting him with Andy Reid, his longtime coach in Philadelphia.Kansas City cleared roster space by placing A.J.

Chiefs struggle to stop run against Raiders Updated at 12:13 AM OAKLAND, Calif. – Kansas City overcame a flat start that put them in a 14-point hole to take the lead midway through the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders Thursday night.Then they could do nothing to stop the NFL’s...

Broncos seek players for Nov. 29 alumni games Updated at 12:13 AM To celebrate the 20th anniversary season of Lee’s Summit North basketball, the Broncos are inviting former players back for an alumni basketball scrimmage on Saturday, Nov. 29.The girls game will begin at 4 p.m., and the boys game... Local schools and students news Updated at 11:22 PM ISD hands out McCoy MedalsMore than 100 Independence School District juniors were awarded the McCoy Medal for academic excellence during their first four semesters of high school... NEXT 10  »

The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
As of (11/22/2014) at 05:11 AM

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.

ROSE NOLEN: Lock up your guns and keep children from dying by Rose Nolen : With more and more children dying from gun violence, it"s time for parents to take a stand to prevent anymore deaths.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let's give Obama credit for deal with China on emissions by Kansas City Star : Many federal rules passed in recent decades have protected the health of millions of Americans without killing jobs.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Health care act has one key purpose: affordable insurance by Donna Brazile : Four conservative Supreme Court justices will decide if the Affordable Care Act"s subsidies are legal.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pay attention to winter weather warnings by Jefferson City News-Tribune : In preparation for winter, advisories have been prepared by the State Emergency Management Agency, Missouri Department of Transportation, the Missouri Highway Patrol and the U.S. Postal Service.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Follow the leader and consider taxes on soda by Jill Richardson : The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than six teaspoons of these sugars per day and urges men to limit themselves to nine. Yet the average American consumes 7.5 teaspoons a day just from sugary drinks alone.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri legislature must adopt a Ferguson agenda by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : The 2015 legislative session must be different. The post-Ferguson landscape demands it.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Go forward with Keystone XL pipeline, but also pursue energy independence by Joplin Globe : The U.S. needs to become independent of foreign oil, so the pipeline should be approved. But we must simultaneously take steps that move the country closer to a new form of energy.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Democrats paid heavily for their political failures by Donald Kaul : The Democratic Party is a collection of political strands that pull in one direction and push in the other.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let the debate over legalized marijuana begin in Missouri by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Legalizing marijuana could reduce the prison population, help fund Missouri schools and help drive the state"s economy.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Violence task force seems dedicated to real change by George Kennedy : In carrying out the proposed solutions to community violence, the mayor"s task force’s commitment to continuity is key.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (11/22/2014) at 05:14 AM

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.”

Thinking big Our Columbia-Boone County area has an extremely valuable asset ready for exploitation -- the fairground, now called the Central Missouri Events Center.

Knoxville I was interested to read the report Sunday from our colleague and company President Andy Waters of his fact-finding trip to Knoxville, Tenn., with a contingent of Columbia civic leaders.

The 47th By all accounts Rep. John Wright had about as encouraging a first term as possible. In the overwhelmingly Republican House of Representatives, Democrat Wright became the champion of early education and ethics reform, two areas that should appeal across the...

Contradictions On the same day voters all over America put Republicans in political office, public sentiment furthered the cause of several issues anathema to regular Republican orthodoxy.

Health care In recent years majority Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives repeatedly have passed bills attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This has been a political stunt. They knew the action would get nowhere. It was designed to crank...

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (11/22/2014) at 05:14 AM

`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.

Let's revitalize program for replacing sidewalks Few programs offered by the city of St. Joseph do as much good for the community as the one that helps people replace sidewalks that have fallen into disrepair.

Learn from tragedy So many facts about fires deserve a response, and yet tragedy continues to visit our region and others around the country.

Musser move a must to clear air at district The St. Joseph Board of Education does nothing on the substantial issues these days without a bit of mystery, and so some will wonder if anyone from the board or in the administrative ranks consulted a calendar when opting to bring back Beau Musser as chief financial officer of the district.

Choices vital in elections Before this election passes, we should all take a moment to thank those who gave us a choice.

Law puts disabled at risk A new federal law sounds like a good idea, but the unintended consequences make us very concerned about the impact on some of our region's citizens.

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (11/22/2014) at 05:16 AM

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.

Our View: 'This angel wears lipstick' Posted: November 19, 2014 Monica Webb is remembered this week two years after her shooting death at the hands of an abusive estranged husband.

Geoff Caldwell: Give the Associated Press a mirror Posted: November 19, 2014 This past Saturday, The Joplin Globe reprinted a Seattle Times editorial that broke the irony meter. Titled “FBI harms free press,” it recoils in horror that seven years ago an FBI agent posed as an Associated Press reporter to catch a teenager making bomb threats.

Our View: A decade too long Posted: November 18, 2014 A Jasper County voter who is blind has waited 10 years to vote independently. But faulty equipment keeps him from casting his own vote.

Your View: Letters to the Editor Posted: November 18, 2014 Core?

Other Views: Don't ignore climate change Posted: November 17, 2014 Opponents of strong and necessary action on climate change like to say that it doesn't matter what we do because China is spewing greenhouse gases like there's no tomorrow.

The dream of American isolation Posted: November 17, 2014 Call it the Case of the Not So Innocent Bystander, for how can anyone who witnesses evil but does nothing to stop it be called innocent? To quote an observation attributed to that great British statesman Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

OUR VIEW: It's time for Republicans to lead Posted: November 16, 2014 It doesn't seem possible, but the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is almost five years old. It was passed by the House in November 2009, the Senate the following January and became law in March of 2010. Since then, Republicans have voted more than 50 times to kill it. Each of those attempts has been unsuccessful.

GEORGE WILL: 2011 book sheds light on mass murderer's warped idealism Posted: November 16, 2014 Western reflection about human nature and the politics of the human condition began with the sunburst of ancient Greece 2,500 years ago, but lurched into a new phase 70 years ago with the liberation of the Nazi extermination camps. The Holocaust is the dark sun into which humanity should stare, lest troubling lessons be lost through an intellectual shrug about "the unfathomable."

The Stupid Virus and smart economist Posted: November 15, 2014 Americans for generations have wondered why our politicians treat us as if we're stupid.

Our View: Forward on oil pipeline Posted: November 14, 2014 Republicans now hope to use their newfound political clout to force the president's hand on the Keystone XL pipeline, pressuring him to approve the project that will carry petroleum through the Midwest from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Wageless recovery remains key issue for voters Posted: November 14, 2014 The president blames himself for the Democrats' big losses on Election Day.

Carol Stark: Child of the '70s learns to love the classics Posted: November 13, 2014 Is it possible that there is music beyond James Taylor, Aerosmith and Lynard Skynard? Find out how to broad your musical horizons

Our View: Language of space Posted: November 12, 2014 Sometime later this morning — if all goes well — humanity crosses another frontier in space.

Geoff Caldwell: It's not the pitch, it's the policy Posted: November 12, 2014 Pop quiz: Name the two most prominent successes of the Clinton presidency.

Our View: Take time today Posted: November 11, 2014 In the midst of World War II, a handful of Joplin men who had taken different paths thus far all found themselves halfway around the world in the Solomon Islands. Learning of each other's presence, they organized an impromptu reunion of sorts.

Kristine K. McCulley: Decisions made today resonate in history Posted: November 11, 2014 One never knows the possible impact on others as a result of a decision.

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (11/22/2014) at 05:16 AM

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.

Your Opinion: Government tricks squelch opposition - This letter is in reference to the AP article published Nov. 14 in the News Tribune “Trooper ambush suspect charged with terrorism."

Our Opinion: Relocation inspires shared vision - “Location, location, location" is a mantra in the real estate industry.

Your Opinion: A season to support charities - Each year before Halloween is even over, the “merchandising" begins in the guise of Christmas giving.

Your Opinion: Obamacare 'architect' cites voter 'stupidity' - Most of you probably remember Nancy Pelosi's statement on Obamacare, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."

Our Opinion: Assist search for new school superintendent - If you were hiring a new Jefferson City School District superintendent, what qualities would you prioritize?

Your Opinion: Bombarded with lack of ethics - There doesn't appear to be a code of ethics for so many people anymore.

Your Opinion: Flags at half staff on Veterans Day - Another Veterans Day has come and gone.

Our Opinion: Extending a program for veterans locally and nationally - In connection with last week's observance of Veterans Day, we were pleased the national program, “Justice for Vets," reinforced our support for veterans courts, including the new one to be established in Cole County.

Your Opinion: Council's closed session on sewer line questioned - As the parents a of future Special Olympics athlete, and as residents of Jefferson City, we applaud the efforts being made to win the “Training for Life" site, here, over another in Columbia.

Your Opinion: Missourians, not courts, should decide gay marriage - It seems that since 30 states have made gay marriages legal, our state should be one of “inclusion not exclusion."If we were told to jump over a cliff (and isn't that what we've been told) would we go jump?

Your Opinion: Voters elected Republicans to stop Obama, Democratics - Well it happened, the usual Democrat suspects are quiet. Wonder why? Ha Ha.

Your Opinion: Caught in check authorization snafu - This is something I think the public should know about. I was told by different people I've talked to that this has been happening since September 2011.

Your Opinion: Climate alarmists ignore data, seek power - Religious people could learn a valuable lesson from climate alarmists on unwavering faith.

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (11/21/2014) at 11:09 PM

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...

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

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. ...

Editorial Editorial: Salvation Army needs help with Thanksgiving lunch (11/18/14) The Salvation Army every year provides a Thanksgiving lunch for the needy. This is a tremendous, humble time to provide a helping hand. There are plenty of ways for people to help. The Salvation Army needs food donations, ranging from turkeys and hams to table place mats and silverware. Donations may be dropped off at the Salvation Army at 701 Good Hope St. in Cape Girardeau...

Speak Out Speak Out 11/18/14 (11/18/14) I read with interest where "Obama calls for tougher Internet regulations." Why in the world doesn't he call for tougher regulations on these political calls? Unwarranted, unwanted. All the telemarketer calls, and now this stupid survey call that has harassed me every day for the last week-and-a-half on how I voted. Well, it's none of your business. But it's time to stop. I put my personal phone in for my personal business, not for theirs. So don't call me again...

Letter to the Editor Letter to the editor: Special thanks to Scott City teens (11/18/14) This is an open thank you to the students, teachers and cooks at Scott City High School for the wonderful meal that was prepared and served to the senior members of our community. I understand that it was done by FBLA and National Honor Society. Too many times, most news we hear of our younger generation is not all that good; however, it's good to know that there are young folks who care enough to be grateful to the older folks...

Editorial A time to help children, elderly at Christmas (11/17/14) Next week Americans will gather for Thanksgiving. Friends and families will enjoy food, fellowship and football. It's also the kickoff for the Christmas shopping season. Black Friday often brings long lines, with shoppers getting in a festive spirit leading up to Christmas...

Editorial Matheny talk is about more than baseball (11/16/14) A servant's heart. Courage. Vision. All are words to describe what we hope to see in a leader. It's what inspires people, provides direction and a framework for success. On Monday night St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will speak at the Show Me Center for the Arrow Leadership and Success Summit. This one-hour talk will feature Matheny speaking on leadership and its connection to Cardinals baseball. There also will be a question-and-answer session for the audience...

Speak Out Speak Out 11/16/14 (11/16/14) ** Handrails, please; ** Football, Jesus; ** Priorities; ** Gas in Cape; ** Ferguson; ** No-call

Opinion Column Confidence in ballot count accuracy (11/14/14) I want to clear up some of the questions about the Nov. 4 general election counting of ballots. No. 1, the 650 Optical Scan machine did not malfunction. The ovals on some of the Marble Hill precinct ballots were printed too dark, which caused a problem when the scanner tried to count the voted ballots...

Speak Out Speak Out 11/14/14 (11/14/14) Judicial activism

Letter to the Editor Define foreign policy goal (11/14/14) With a Republican majority in the Senate, it is probable that John McCain will become the chair of the Armed Services Committee. He has insisted that American ground troops must be sent into Syria and Iraq to fight the Islamic State, calling Mr. Obama's air-strikes-only strategy "a disaster."...

Editorial Be safe as hunting season begins (11/14/14) The photos from bow season have likely popped up on your social media feed as avid hunters head to the woods. This weekend starts firearm season for hunting deer. For some, it's about the hunting and processing the meet for personal use or charity. For others, there is an added bonus of spending time in the woods with friends and family...

Speak Out Speak Out 11/13/14 (11/13/14) To the people who are tailgating other people on Old Sprigg Road at this time of the year: You need to quit following them so closely. The deer are bad to jump right out in front of another car. I had one jump out in front of me. I had to put my brakes on and was almost rear-ended by another driver. Please, give us some room...

Opinion Column The Berlin Wall 25 years ago (11/13/14) In 1970, after being assigned to U.S. Army Europe, I received orders to report to the Berlin Brigade in West Berlin. With that assignment I became a member of the World War II Occupation Force that was present until 1994. When the combat ended in 1945, Germany and its capital Berlin were divided into four occupation sectors, with each allied power governing a sector. ...

Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
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Many improvements happening in Sedalia Dear Editor:

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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...

(No heading) It's interesting how fast things change these days. It seems that only a few years ago I had a favorite television program. Nowadays. I can't even remember what it was.

Barbarism takes many forms Dear Editor:

A haunted pullman car in Sedalia In January 1916, the Sedalia Democrat reprinted a story that first appeared in the Brooklyn, New York, Eagle. While the Democrat claimed it “could not vouch for its accuracy,” it printed the story written by a traveling news...

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