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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (05/27/2015) at 02:12 PM

Kathleen Parker: Being Bill Kristol

Executive compensation, ever higher, ever less justifiable

Rising suicide rate among young black children is a 'call to action'

Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (05/27/2015) at 02:12 PM

City Hall can protect taxpayers and get a new downtown Hyatt hotel, too As Kansas City leaders work out a deal for a new downtown hotel, they must press for the greatest possible protection of taxpayer funds. The current memorandum of understanding between the city and the hotel's private-sector developers appears to do a reasonable job of walking that fine line.

Monday Poll results: Respondents favor a minimum wage boost As Kansas City officials study a possible boost in the local minimum wage, we asked you to weigh in on the matter. The idea seems to have majority support, and more people than you might have guessed have connections to minimum wage earners.

Lessons from Amtrak: Invest in infrastructure, safety and a rail future for America The recent fatal Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia rekindled debate about the future of rail travel in America. Republicans in Congress want to slash rail funding when they should increase it.

The Monday Poll: What should the minimum wage be in Kansas City? The Kansas City Council has decided to spend the next two months talking about whether it will approve a higher minimum wage. We want your opinion on the issue.

On Memorial Day, grief and pride for America’s fallen heroes The humanitarian nature of U.S. Marine pilot Chris Norgren's last mission is poignant testimony not only of the risks of military service but of how much the world depends on a strong United States and its military.

More intern troubles in Missouri call for tighter rules Fresh allegations that college interns may have been mistreated while working in the Missouri Capitol demand a reassessment of both the legislative internship program and the conduct of people representing the Missouri General Assembly.

Give Kansas City voters good reasons to show up for the June 23 election Unless Mayor Sly James and Kansas City Council members can attract many more voters to the ballot box, total turnout in the June 23 general election could be extremely low. That would not be positive for the city's future, especially for what it could mean for the initiative petition process.

Twenty-one summer photos that will make you wish you were a kid again For some of us the childhood memories made during the summer are some of our best memories of all.

A better and bigger Kansas City Zoo required time, money and persuasion The zoo has become a constantly evolving, top-flight attraction that area residents can take great pride in supporting. Friday the facility officially opens its Orangutan Canopy.

Opinion Long Kansas legislative session is threatening courts, bioscience recruiting and local governments Legislators could revoke the disastrous income tax cuts that created the budget problem and go home. But they won't. And while Kansas taxpayers foot the $43,000-a-day bill for a legislative session in overtime, lawmakers spend idle time conjuring up more destructive ideas.

Kansas City should pass a responsible plan to boost the minimum wage Kansas City Council members are gearing up to hold one of their most contentious meetings in recent memory. The outcomes could affect thousands of local workers, large and small employers, and many building owners for years to come.

Monday Poll results: A slow voting season is reflected in the numbers Perhaps we should not be surprised that turnout was rather light for this week's poll, which asked for your views on forthcoming Kansas City elections. The June 23 City Council campaigns appear to have gotten little attention, and respondents were fairly evenly divided on the topics we raised.

Obama offers reasonable plan to reform police access to military-style gear President Barack Obama has announced needed reforms on how police departments keep the peace in U.S. towns and cities in a post-Ferguson, Mo., world. The U.S. government will stop providing to law enforcement agencies some of the more controversial military-style gear, which includes grenade launchers and certain types of heavily armored vehicles.

Sam Brownback and others in Kansas rush to disown ATM rule That sound you hear in Kansas is the footsteps of politicians running away from a new state requirement that limits welfare recipients to no more than $25 a day in withdrawals from ATM machines.

Congress needs to choose freedom over a flawed Patriot Act Americans learned over the past couple of years that the federal government has been snooping into their lives. Now they will learn if Congress has the courage to restore privacy protections by amending the Patriot Act before renewing it.

$82 million verdict sends a powerful message to debt collectors Whatever its outcome on appeal, the verdict should cause debt collection agencies to cease with abusive tactics and do a better job of identifying their targets.

Capitol Watch: As the Missouri legislature stumbles to an end, Kansas is still in agony Todd Richardson, the new speaker of the Missouri House, got it right. “I don't think the last five months have put the legislature and this public institution in a particularly good light,” he said moments after his peers selected him to replace John Diehl.

Kansas City’s costly water bills sock customers while upgrading services The money to pay for improved water and sewer services in Kansas City has to come from somewhere. The city's extremely high monthly bills are affecting the pocketbooks of more than 650,000 local residents, including those served by the utility in Johnson County.

The Monday Poll: Turn your attention to Kansas City elections Kansas City's 2015 political races are getting scant public attention, largely because Mayor Sly James likely will coast to re-election in a contest that often attracts the most interest. But let's put at least a small spotlight on the City Council elections of June 23.

Move past the vacuum in the Missouri legislature after John Diehl’s resignation as House speaker Missouri House Speaker John Diehl did the right thing by resigning his office and his legislative seat. Now leaders of both parties must set aside their wounded feelings for a few remaining hours and work for the good of the state.

The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (05/27/2015) at 02:12 PM

Our Voice: Police body cameras help investigations

Our Voice: Clean house before next session

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Our Voice: Thanks a million, Ozarks!

The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (05/27/2015) at 02:12 PM

EPA issues final rules protecting drinking water, streams Updated at 12:49 PM Drinking water for 117 million Americans will be protected under new rules shielding small streams, tributaries and wetlands from pollution and development, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

Guantanamo inmates swapped for Bergdahl could move freely Updated at 11:43 AM Five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could move freely around the world next week as their one-year travel ban expires. .mgnl175{margin-left:175px;} .childCatAd{display:inline-block!important;width:650px;}

The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
As of (05/18/2015) at 10:49 AM

DEAR READER: A total makeover for By Tom Warhover : A new Missourian website launches Monday. It"s a new look for a site that"s become ancient (8 years old) in Web terms.

EDITORIAL: Legislature carves up middle class, serves it on platter to rich by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : The only good news in this charade for donors is that the bill fell short of veto-proof margins in both chambers.

EDITORIAL: Bring fairness to municipal court fines by Jefferson City News Tribune : Senate Bill 5 builds on the "Macks Creek" law of 1995, which prevented Missouri municipalities from keeping more than 30 percent of total traffic fine revenue. SB 5 lowers this to 20 percent, and caps fines for minor traffic offenses at $300.

EDITORIAL: Health care law spurs progress by Charlotte Observer : Contrary to what doomsayers predicted, employers kept hiring despite the new health care insurance requirements. They reported only modest growth in insurance premiums last year.

GENE ROBERTSON: We can't afford to be apathetic by Gene Robertson : "We are not immune to calamity, particularly if we are apathetically leaving all decision making to others," Robertson writes.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Expanded Flat Branch Park should have public discussion by George Kennedy : Intense discussion between CVS, the Downtown Leadership Council and city council simmers about the future of the intersection of Providence Road and Broadway. That discussion shouldn"t be behind closed doors.

EDITORIAL: Done right, Pacific trade deal could reduce environmental destruction, improve lives by New York Times : Congress is considering two international trade agreements: the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. President Barack Obama faces opposition from both major parties about provisions in the bills.

DAVID ROSMAN: The continuing minimum wage saga by David Rosman : The argument that businesses will leave if the minimum wage is increased is flawed, and the state government needs to let cities prove it.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Changing the rules about motherhood by Steve Spellman : Many mothers are rejecting the new societal norm that they must chose a career over a more traditional family role, and that"s okay.

CARL KENNEY: Grading can be fraught with frustration for both professor, students by Carl Kenney : " Those with the pencil stand like God separating the good from the bad."

EDITORIAL: Lawmakers should fix Missouri's social services, not affix blame by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : In the two previous years, legislative leaders have mostly blamed this failure on the first three syllables in "Obamacare." This year there"s a new wrinkle: Blame the problems at the state"s Department of Social Services.

EDITORIAL: Questions about 'local control' by Jefferson City News Tribune : Under the proposal awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon’s signature, cities would not be allowed to raise the minimum wage above the state level or to prohibit stores from using plastic bags.

GUEST COMMENTARY: How 'Fast Track' legislation will affect you by Monta Welch : Fast Track is being used to pass bad, classified legislation — without transparency — that if we knew what was in it, would likely not pass.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Tough sentencing options needed for some juveniles by Dan Knight, Kevin Hillman and Mark Richardson : Three prosecuting attorneys write that the death penalty, life without parole, and other sentences should remain as an option for juries and judges dealing with sentencing those convicted of heinous juvenile crimes.

JILL RICHARDSON: Drink outside the box by JILL RICHARDSON : The solution to being environmentally friendly is to change up the water, not the container.

EDITORIAL: Too many guns, too many killings, too many excuses by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : City cops have stepped up “hot spot” policing in key areas, but there are guns everywhere. When some 18-year-old with a gun and a beef decides to shoot someone, he’s not usually in a hot-spot.

GUEST COMMENTARY: America's knowledge crisis by David M. Shribman : America has many educational challenges, but one of the most serious is the decline in general knowledge, especially history and geography, among students.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Little is clear about the student housing market by GEORGE KENNEDY : There"s money to be made building student housing in central Columbia, but hard, accurate information about development in the heart of the city is in short supply.

EDITORIAL: Unintended consequences of unnecessary amendments by Jefferson City News Tribune : Constitutional amendments can sometimes have unintended consequences. A public defender has filed a motion in Cole County arguing that the recent "Right to Farm" bill has made it legal for Missourians to cultivate whatever they want — including marijuana.

EDITORIAL: Making a case for ending birthright citizenship by Knoxville News Sentinel : The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution currently guarantees birthright citizenship. H.R. 140, a bill proposed by Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, would require at least one parent of a child to be an American citizen for the child to inherit citizenship.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (05/27/2015) at 02:16 PM

Obamacare tradeoff One of the inherent characteristics of any national health care plan is beginning to play out in the United States as the Affordable Care Act is implemented. Insured people are giving up provider choices to get equal or better care...

Central cities A favorite refrain of conservative Republicans in discussing the mĂ©lange of troubles afflicting America's urban areas is reference to the undeniable fact these areas have been managed “for 50 years” by Democratic administrations. Republicans ask blacks and Latinos why they...

Locus of control By nature, when cities pass laws in conflict with the general statewide status quo, local rules are more progressive. Of late, state legislatures politically dominated by conservatives have passed laws prohibiting actions by cities disapproved of by business interests.

Gay marriage: A right or a sin? On April 28 the U.S. Supreme Court discussed whether gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.

Buildings State revenue exceeded expectations this year, allowing the General Assembly and Gov. Jay Nixon a chance to catch up on some postponed capital projects. He has approved several important to this community: Lafferre Hall and a new business school learning...

Sharp End Sharp End was Columbia's black business district until the 1950s, located on Walnut Street between Fifth and Sixth streets where the city parking garage now stands. On Tuesday a historic marker was placed on the site commemorating an area important...

The General Assembly That's the way our headline writer put it Saturday after the official end of this session of the Missouri General Assembly. The widely shared sentiment -- and, incidentally, one that recurs after most sessions -- stems from a lack of...

Tsarnaev If anyone deserves the death penalty, it is Dzokhar Tsarnaev. The question is whether anyone deserves the death penalty.

Brave new world Last week city officials took a test spin around town on an electric-powered bus.

A `fair' court? National opinion polls indicate most Americans doubt the U.S. Supreme Court will be “fair” in deciding its pending case regarding the Affordable Care Act. Most everyone who cares enough has an opinion about what “fair” is. If the court decides...

The monument The Boone County Commission, wishing the issue would just go away, can't shake the Jesus fish stuck on its pant leg.

Reaching out It was good to read Monday about Columbia cops “reaching out.”

Right-to-work In the waning hours of the General Assembly session, Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard made it a priority to pass “right-to-work” legislation. A bill already had passed in the House of Representatives, and on Tuesday night Republican senators used a...

CVS park As negotiations continue between the city and CVS Pharmacy over development of the southeast corner of Providence Road and Broadway, the Downtown Leadership Council enters the fray with an alternative idea. The DLC voted last week to ask the Columbia...

Fairground Now that the Boone County Commission has told the Boone County Fair Board this season will be its last at its usual haunts, what's next?

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (05/27/2015) at 02:17 PM

Reversing one-ways needs resident input The need for one-way streets, students of the subject tell us, rose from the popularity of the automobile and the need to move traffic more efficiently.

Industry can use support It may come as a surprise, but the average citizen of St. Joseph can do important things to support the continued growth of our animal health industry.

A day to honor service Memorial Day, more than most of our national holidays, requires a conscious effort to keep its original meaning alive.

Find road funds, use wisely Two things are needed more than others for Missourians to once again take pride in their investments in public roadways and bridges:

Exports boost regional economy The arguments for expanded U.S. trade resonate here in America's heartland.

Justify 24-hour REC From time to time, ideas bubble up in St. Joseph and are offered with an expectation of the community's endorsement. Except most of the community never has heard these ideas before.

Pension mistakes to avoid Most investors discover soon enough they are capable of making financial mistakes on their own; they don't need help.

Remove `warrior' from police work Representatives of the Fraternal Order of Police draw on the same talking points when speaking of restrictions on transfers of military-style equipment to local law enforcement.

Beware illegal `taking' Most people who end up in court never expected to be there. Count hundreds of landowners along the Missouri River in this group.

Sheriff makes right call Given the options, Buchanan County Sheriff Mike Strong chose transparency. We're all better for it.

Lifelong learning is a key Diplomas still count for something, but we're finding with each passing year that learning increasingly must be a considered a lifelong pursuit.

Worker rights matter Two arguments make sense to us when it comes to our state lawmakers and our governor considering right-to-work legislation for Missouri:

Why not partner for health? At first glance, a partnership involving Mosaic Life Care and two other big health systems appears to hold promise for the region and no obvious downside.

Show military we care Times change and needs change, but the reasons for lifting up the service of the men and women in our armed forces are consistent.

A tale of two budgets Perhaps Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and his supporters eventually will be proven right in their belief that aggressively cutting taxes can be a prelude to economic expansion.

Protect pets and people A healthy respect for danger is a good thing.

Rally round goals on air lift wing To grasp the importance of things, it's often best to take the long view.

A nation salutes the best It's true more than one program exists to recognize excellence in teaching. Also, multiple measures can be used to gauge business success.

Ferguson opens our eyes We don't subscribe to the notion that every cloud contains a silver lining - particularly when a life has been lost.

Interim comes at a cost Call this a plea for a moment of reflection by the St. Joseph Board of Education.

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (05/27/2015) at 02:18 PM

Our view: Failure to raise fuel tax just delays the inevitable Posted: May 27, 2015 Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, in a local “eggs and issues” forum this past week, acknowledged that transportation funding must be a priority in the next session.

Bruce Smith: Numbers don't add up for another Joplin TIF Posted: May 27, 2015 In case you are unaware of it, a company called RKS Development wants to redevelop approximately 83 acres along South Main Street (Hearnes Boulevard) in Joplin. 

Our View: Patriot Act needs revision Posted: May 26, 2015 Americans were afraid in October of 2001. They had every reason to feel that way.The country was reeling from the Sept. 11 attacks by terrorists on American soil. It was a scary time indeed.

Herb Van Fleet: When politically correct is not politically correct Posted: May 24, 2015 A phenomenon popping up on college campuses around the country these days is something called “trigger warnings.”

Andy Ostmeyer: Outdoors has been lost from today's childhood Posted: May 24, 2015 My dad led my brother and me up a small ridge near our campsite.

Our view: No ethics bill for Missouri Posted: May 24, 2015 We felt certain this would be the year Missouri legislators would pass a real ethics bill.

Their story: Museum tells history of Quapaw people Posted: May 24, 2015 QUAPAW, Okla. — A tribal museum in this town tells the story of the Quapaw people with exhibits and artifacts, including the tribe's distinctive red-and-white pottery.

McFeatters: Unwillingness to fix infrastructure will cost us Posted: May 24, 2015 The other day I took the Northeast regional Amtrak train from D.C. to New York City, got out and took the next train back.

Geoff Caldwell: Hindsight hypotheticals inform no one, hurt us all Posted: May 24, 2015 There's a new parlor game making the rounds with the political reporting class.

Our View: Joplin has everything it needs to move forward Posted: May 22, 2015 We remember today, as we will every May 22, the lives of our friends, our family and even the strangers among us who died as a consequence of an EF-5 tornado.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: May 21, 2015 Great work

Our View: Keep the roads safe. Put down the phone Posted: May 20, 2015 Think texting is the only cellphone distraction keeping drivers' eyes off the road? A new survey of more than 2,000 people released on Tuesday via AT&T's “It Can Wait” anti-texting campaign shows that 7 in 10 people engage in some type of phone activity while they drive.

Kevin Wilson: Those in power need accountability system Posted: May 20, 2015 Last week I happened to be in the Capitol, and you could almost hear the clicking of phones as everyone started trying to find the story about John Diehl, speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives. As we read the news accounts, most of us were stunned and hoped that it was just a rumor. 

Our view: Welcome, Blasters Posted: May 19, 2015 While the old Joe Becker Stadium has been replaced, fans will find that the ball field itself remains much the same.

Phill Brooks: Legislators have history of bad behavior, harassment Posted: May 18, 2015 There are some fascinating historical perspectives to the two factors that helped define the 2015 legislative session — the intern scandal that drove a House speaker out of office and filibusters that blocked Senate work in the final week.

Your views: Letters to the editor Posted: May 17, 2015 Great honor for coach

Our View: Joplin High School Class of 2015 define 'first class' Posted: May 17, 2015 They grew up motivated by words such as “character,” “respect,” “integrity”  and “honesty.”

Geoff Caldwell: Diehl's road to repentance began with resignation Posted: May 17, 2015 Power, according to , is the “ability or right to control people or things; a person or organization that has a lot of control and influence over other people or organizations.”

Sadie Wallner: JHS Class of 2015 prepared for new experiences Posted: May 17, 2015 It's that time of year again: graduation, commencement — an age-old tradition and yet each time it brings something fresh and new to the table.

Jack Kaminsky: Joplin High School 1967 basketball game provided lifetime memory Posted: May 17, 2015 Webster's definition of jolt: “to surprise or shock (someone).”

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (05/27/2015) at 02:18 PM

Your Opinion: Warning of 'war' challenged as 'off base' - Sorry public, but I feel the need to reply to Mr. Horstmann's letter published May 24 with the headline “War continues on Christians."

Your Opinion: Unbalanced school coverage lacks character - Much has been printed in recent months criticizing the Jefferson City Public School District in your newspaper.

Our Opinion: Timely review of Capitol intern program - The unexpected often realigns priorities.

Your Opinion: Response to Fleener on Social Security - Is Social Security in trouble because of its disability program? Without citing any sources Don Fleener says it is.

Your Opinion: Biblical disobedience repeated in America - In my daily Bible studies I have been reading in 1 Samuel the account of the people of Israel turning against God's rule over them through the judges and demanding instead a king to rule over them like the nations around them.

Our Opinion: A challenge to get active, enjoy Missouri - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been known to credit the first lady, in some endeavors, as his better half.

Perspective: Observe a moment of silence at 3 p.m. Monday - Some Americans have no idea what Memorial Day is all about. Some have forgotten or maybe just don't think about it.

Perspective: Learning from our military heroes - It is a patriotic time of year in which we can appreciate our country's history and the honorable actions of our veterans. We should also learn from their example.

Your Opinion: Revise policy for 'adults' and interns - Until men and women in positions of power can learn to curb their appetites for extra-curricular activity, telling a 19-year-old not to “fraternize" just makes the forbidden fruit that much more appealing.

Your Opinion: Holts Summit parent faces district issue - Why does it make sense to have Holts Summit children in the Jefferson City schools when it is a different county?

Your Opinion: Signs insufficient for out-of-state visitors - I have had problems the last three times when I am ready to return to the St. Louis airport because there are no signs directing drivers to St. Louis.

Your Opinion: Defend the right to free speech - While driving to work recently I heard about a high school English teacher in Martinville, Illinois, that was suspended indefinitely for stepping on a flag in class to teach his students about free speech.

Your Opinion: War continues on Christians - I'm writing to illustrate just another more frequently occurring example of how quickly we are turning our country over to the Muslim religion.

Your Opinion: Congressman seeks pay hike - I recently submitted an opinion letter, and it was published by you concerning the issue of what I believe is the rapidly growing cancer of 'Entitlement Mentality' in this country.

Your Opinion: Protect Missouri from overreach - If it becomes the law of the land, the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed “Clean Power Plan" will drive up the price of electricity in Missouri and lead to the destruction of good-paying jobs in energy-intensive industries like manufacturing.

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (05/27/2015) at 02:18 PM

Students, teachers donate their hair (05/27/15) As cancer has affected so many lives, organizations and individuals have done their part to combat the daunting disease. Some have gone to greater lengths than others. Beautiful Lengths, for example, a partnership between the American Cancer Society and Pantene, is one program through which people have gone so far as to give a piece of themselves to help those battling cancer. Scott City students and teachers have given selflessly...

Speak Out Speak Out 5/27/15 (05/27/15) ** No monument; That's rich; Non-union cars

Opinion Column Obama's legacy (05/27/15) As you would expect at this point in his presidency, Barack Obama has started to discuss his legacy. With the clock ticking down on his second term, Obama is doing what he should do -- planning for the future. He has announced the location of his Presidential Library -- south Chicago -- and reportedly has been house hunting...

Speak Out Speak Out 5/26/15 (05/26/15) ** Purse returned; ** Original use; ** Blame TV; ** Tree city; ** Texting, insurance; ** Hole problem; ** Hate speech; ** Caught on camera

Editorial Celebrating Jackson's best educators (05/26/15) Once a year, five teachers who have spent countless hours grading students' tests, conferencing with parents, and learning and employing the latest pedagogy of the profession are crowned Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year. Parents, principals, students and chamber members are allowed to make nominations by submitting an essay explaining their choice, unbeknownst to the teachers. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 5/24/15 (05/24/15) B.B. King's music makes you forget your cares, your worries, your suffering, your pain, everything. B.B. King was a beautiful person. I read with interest about the "Judge signals he may give freedom to John Hinkley," from the 1981 shooting that injured then-President Reagan and three others. ...

Opinion Column Stigma at a snail's pace (05/24/15) For several years "Tom" held a prominent job and considered himself to be successful in the field of finance. He was happy, had good friends, enjoyed life. Without warning, his behavior and life changed dramatically. Job performance declined, relationships lost. His sudden and contrasting shifts from extreme euphoria to severe sadness unsettled others. He was shunned. Tom was living Bi-Polar Disorder and the mindless stigma that accompanies mental illness...

Editorial Memorial Day: Remembering the sacrifice of others (05/24/15) Editor's note: The following is our annual Memorial Day editorial. When the first ceremonies were held following the Civil War to honor those soldiers who had lost their lives in battle, communities sought to pay proper respect to fallen heroes. Over the years, those observances have been adopted nationwide as Memorial Day...

Letter to the Editor Ashamed of commencement (05/22/15) This past Saturday my wife and I were among several thousand guests attending Southeast Missouri State University's spring circus (commencement). Past programs were very refined and respectful. Even with periodic "cat calls" as the young graduates crossed the stage of honor, all was still respectful...

Editorial Kage school becomes real again, with new purpose (05/22/15) In Margery Williams' classic children's novel, "The Velveteen Rabbit," a stuffed animal longs to become a real bunny. One day, he asks another toy what it would take to do just that. "Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit. "Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."...

Letter to the Editor The case for Medicaid expansion (05/22/15) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act allows the states in this country to expand Medicaid eligibility for citizens who live on an annual income at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty limit. For a family of four, this is less than $33,000. Expansion would provide health insurance for Missourians who are childless adults, custodial parents, aged, blind or disabled...

Opinion Column Memorial Day 2015 (05/21/15) The Grand Army of the Republic was the nation's first veterans' organization, but the GAR's political and societal influence began to fade through the years as Civil War veterans continued to die off. On May 5, 1868, Gen. John A. Logan. commander of the GAR, issued a Memorial Day statement that is still apropos after 147 years. Here is a portion of that statement:"...

Speak Out Speak Out 5/21/15 (05/21/15) Several graduating SEMO students did not stand up when the national anthem was played. That is their prerogative but for me it put a damper on an otherwise wonderful ceremony. What percentage of the American people could not come up with $400, even in the direst of emergencies? 52 percent...

Editorial Summertime means music in Cape, Jackson (05/21/15) Dig out the lawn chair. Lay out the blanket. And strike up the band. The summer concert series in Cape Girardeau and Jackson is underway. Last Friday, Tunes at Twilight kicked off its summer lineup. Because of rain, the concert moved inside. If rain holds off Friday, the series will return at 7 p.m. to its normal outdoor location near the Common Pleas Courthouse Gazebo. Wil Marning and Robert Bowlin will be this week's musicians...

Speak Out Speak Out 5/20/15 (05/20/15) Yes, I wonder if Hillary Clinton still stands by her husband, Bill Clinton. When they were in the White House the first time, they were going to a meeting, and he said he was sick and tired of hearing about family values. I wonder if Hillary's still that way...

Opinion Column Societal disservice with 'gentlemen's Ds' (05/20/15) It's that time of year when graduates of all shapes and sizes march down the aisle, leaving the classroom behind and entering the real world. Those starry-eyed graduates will eventually form a line of leadership that takes society to much greater heights...

Editorial Putting emphasis on agriculture educators (05/20/15) "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach." That's the old quotation that somehow has made its way into our culture and has insulted many a teacher over the years. When it comes to agricultural education, however, enthusiasts are hoping that those who can will teach others who want to do...

Opinion Column Certain ambiguity: Partnering with the European Union (05/19/15) The European Union is the most successful multinational organization in history, with decades of achievements in promoting trade, a currency union (the euro), freedom of movement, and the peaceful resolution of disagreements. This latter point, the development of consensus-based decision-making in a region -- Western and Central Europe -- previously plagued by centuries of war and violence, is the most remarkable...

Editorial Mom, music bring family together (05/19/15) The nation celebrated Mother's Day last week and Teacher Appreciation Week and National Music Week the week before that. Altha Robinson, a mother, former teacher and musician has earned the right to observe all three. Robinson's love of music began at a young age and trickled down to her own children and grandchildren, as well as the students she taught during her tenure in the Cape Girardeau public school system, a career that spanned 25 years. ...

Letter to the Editor Poor form at SEMO graduation (05/19/15) I was aghast at the entire SEMO graduation ceremony Saturday. Never have I been so disappointed in an event that should have been a dignified and uplifting experience for graduates, families and friends. It was more like a three-ring circus complete with even the concession stand selling refreshments...

Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
As of (05/27/2015) at 02:18 PM

The Sedline is back I always loved the Sedline — I loved it when it was bitter and petty just as much as when it was heartwarming or thought provoking. It's just like Oscar Wilde said: “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a...

City urged to clean up In early April 1919, the Missouri Insurance Department announced that the week of April 7 would be “Clean Up Week,” and requested every city, town, and village in the state to participate. The state was concerned about poor sanitation and...

Marking 60 years with 60 Fair entries Linda Everhart loves a challenge. And if you like to cook, can or knit, she's calling you out.

Piano playing with Bubba When I was three years old, I made my grandmother very happy. “Bubba,” I asked, “will you teach me to play the piano?” Bubba was a gifted pianist, beginning her professional career at age 13, when she was already a good enough...

Chamber of Commerce invites Sedalia to a luncheon During the late 19th century, Sedalia businessmen organized a Board of Trade whose purpose was to attract new businesses to Sedalia, thus increasing the number of jobs available and enhancing the city's tax base.

Gearing up for State Fair's entertainment The Pepsi Grandstand schedule for the Missouri State Fair is complete and that means that it's time for me to familiarize myself with some of the artists that are coming to Sedalia's biggest event.

Sedalia court working as it should Author's note regarding an earlier column: I read the editorial in the Democrat's Wednesday paper referencing new legislation regarding municipal courts fines, which was reprinted from the May 11 edition of the Jefferson City's News...

Learning where you come from Michael Pemberton and Ronnie Alexander might have met, might have talked, might have just passed each other on the midway at the Missouri State Fair or at a Methodist Youth Foundation gathering. Michael will never know if any of those things happened,...

Listening to a concerned citizen “I have two complaints maybe you could address,” wrote Earlene Knight, a concerned citizen and lifelong resident of Sedalia.

A real Sedalia war hero During and immediately after World War I, some tried to take advantage of the war and unsuspecting citizens by pretending to be decorated veterans. Some used their ruse to gain employment or pad a resume; others, such as Lt. John Ward, use a con for...

Thanks for helping NAACP Dear Editor:The Sedalia/Pettis County NAACP would like to thank everyone who made our 2015 Freedom Fund Banquet a success. As a result of your participation, the NAACP is able to continue its work in the coming year.

Paying tribute to loved ones Emily was a sophomore when a young man drove her to work on the Homecoming float. I was wary of her riding in a car with a 16-year-old — a cad in Max's book. That evening, she looked at her phone and said, “He's here.”...

Pettis teachers 'worthy of celebration' Shame on me, but it took becoming a teacher to have a greater appreciation for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Who was Lt. James P. Ward? When Lt. James P. Ward, a handsome, soft-spoken, four-times wounded war hero with a southern drawl, came to Sedalia in April 1919, he charmed the young ladies and impressed local businessmen as just the sort of man to recruit potential soldiers. What...

Evaluating the prison system You've probably heard the story by now. It's in the Washington Post, People Magazine and even in the UK tabloid The Daily Mail. The Sedalia Democrat's Nicole Cooke broke the story about a strange 911 call on the evening of Thursday,...

Arts camp to offer experiments in education There's more to art than line, shape, form, color and texture – there's also chemistry and physics.

Nostalgia for Thursdays in Afghanistan Every now and then, I remember that I spent six months in a country that might as well have been another planet. I get sudden jolts of memory of something I saw or experienced, something I discovered, someone I met who changed my...

Learning the ropes of chuck wagon racing First things first: the Starline Brass Trail's End Plaza looks great – Starline Brass, the Trail's End Committee and other private donors, volunteers and organizations have brought Sedalia a great new attraction.

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