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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (06/18/2018) at 12:48 AM

Editorial Editorial: Supreme Court gives GOP a green light to continue stifling its competition

Editorial Editorial: Even for Trump World, it was a big week for unethical behavior

Editorial Editorial: NGA-related dumpsite is a big health concern. Who's protecting residents' rights?

Editorial Editorial: Former Gov. Eric Greitens should pay his own legal fees

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Horrigan: Adolf, Donald and the Art of the Big Lie

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Petaluma High learns censorship doesn't work

Kathleen Parker: Art of the deal: Nukes for condos in North Korea?

Dana Milbank: Finally, a president with the guts to stand up to Canada

Michael Gerson: G-7 debacle proves Trump is operating on a different map

Eugene Robinson: Trump's foreign policy: Embracing Russia and bashing Canada

Jonah Goldberg: Taking the 'beauty' out of beauty pageants

Lessons from Dad

County's black residents get raw deal from justice system

Turning our airport into a stronger regional asset

Low-income housing tax credit program deserves a critical evaluation

Clinton, Greitens and rethinking consent

Victims of sexual assault need legal protections, not humiliation

Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (06/18/2018) at 12:27 AM

Editorials Murders are down in KC this year. Should we feel any safer? For all the attention to every uptick and every drop in violent crime statistics, there is only so much that Kansas City police can do without more cooperation from the community. If Kansas City can change that, we'll all be safer.

Editorials Politicians are blocking constituents on social media. What are they so afraid of? The idea of an elected official blocking constituents on social media is absurd on its face. Yet former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and then-Lt. Gov. Mike Parson were doing just that. To his credit, Parson has pledged to give up this bad habit.

Latest News KC's rich African-American history needs to be celebrated year-round People will pour into Kansas City's historic 18th & Vine District this weekend for various events that celebrate the rich history of African Americans in the area. But the commemoration should stretch far beyond jazz, barbecue and baseball.

Editorials Mourning in KC: Area grieves after two Wyandotte County deputies are killed in shooting Two Wyandotte County deputies were shot and killed when a suspect in custody got hold of a gun and started firing. The tragedy is a reminder of the danger facing law enforcement officers.

Editorials A database could help track problem police officers. Why don't KC-area prosecutors have one? Prosecutors in counties across the country maintain a database of rogue police officers who have come under scrutiny for dishonesty and other misdeeds. In the Kansas City metro area, only one of five county prosecutors keeps such a list.

Editorials Will KCI terminal project be on time and on budget? More transparency is needed Work on Kansas City's new airport terminal is already in progress, but delays are already emerging. The City Council should act now to ensure there's sufficient public oversight of the complicated project at KCI.

Editorials Arrowhead Stadium could host a 2026 World Cup match. What's that worth to KC? Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium is on the short list to host a 2026 World Cup match. Bringing the largest sporting event in the world to town would be a boon, but what will it cost the city to score this goal?

Opinion Kansas Supreme Court could shut down schools June 30. Should the deadline be extended? The Kansas Supreme Court has set a June 30 deadline to close schools if they aren't fully funded. The Legislature made progress this year with an injection of $500 million, and justices should give lawmakers more time to fix the problem.

Editorials The cost of his ‘high-priced attorneys' should be borne by Eric Greitens himself The state's legal bills stemming from the scandal-plagued tenure of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens continue to mount. Greitens — not taxpayers — should pay for his attorneys.

Editorials Gov. Mike Parson is giving Missouri a desperately needed fresh start By meeting with Democrats and Republicans and traveling the state, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is turning the page from Eric Greitens' adversarial administration and laying the groundwork for a more productive tenure.

Editorials Sly James' plan to raise sales taxes for pre-K expansion still needs work Mayor Sly James' plan to increase sales taxes to expand early childhood education needs further review. While improving pre-K programs is an important goal, collecting yet another sales tax could hurt the very people the city is trying to help.

Editorials Why were private attorney-client calls recorded? Now, Kansas inmates could go free Federal prosecutors need to disclose how often they listened to private conversations between inmates and public defenders at a facility in Leavenworth.

Editorials KC’s East Side sales tax was approved a year ago. Why hasn’t any money been spent? In April 2017, voters approved a sales tax for improvements along the Prospect Avenue corridor on the East Side. More than a year later, there are no recommended projects for the revenue.

Editorials Police took three days to notify family of crash victim with no ID. That can’t happen again The Kansas City Police Department has no written policy for notifying relatives of a deceased person found without identification. The death of Anthony Belton Jr. should be an impetus to implement one.

Editorials Jean Peters Baker declined to charge Greitens, but she did right by the victim Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker stood up for all sexual assault victims Friday during her press conference announcing that no new criminal charges would be filed against former Gov. Eric Greitens.

Editorials Why Kansas and Missouri are lousy places to live if you’re poor Kansas ranked fourth and Missouri was fifth in a new study measuring the worst states in the country to be poor. The findings by RewardExpert are indictment of the attitudes that underlie both states' policies and laws.

Editorials Eric Greitens won’t face criminal charges. Missouri knows the truth Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens won't be prosecuted for alleged assault. That doesn't change the fact that Greitens' behavior was abhorrent and unacceptable.

Editorials Should KC close I-70 north of downtown? Not so fast A group called Beyond the Loop is pondering major changes downtown, including potentially closing the I-70 portion of the North Loop. The changes would be dramatic, and the entire region must play a role in the discussion.

Editorials A pardon for Eric Greitens? Gov. Parson, don’t even think about it Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has not ruled out a pardon for former Gov. Eric Greitens. The new chief executive should reject any deal for his predecessor before the legal process is over.

Editorials Help wanted: Missouri needs a new lieutenant governor Missouri Gov. Mike Parson may call the General Assembly back into special session to fill the now-vacant post of lieutenant governor. If he does, lawmakers should cooperate.

The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (06/18/2018) at 12:49 AM

Suicide on the rise: What can Springfield do?

Women pay for partisan attacks on health care

Proud to call Springfield home

Opinion Relationships exist everywhere in the universe Relationships exist everywhere in the universe I've often wondered in human relationships how to make our outlooks and inclinations converge into something mutually manageable. Opinion 10 hours, 30 minutes ago

Readers We need to respect people's beliefs We need to respect people's beliefs "Tolerance is essential in a free society. And tolerance is most meaningful when it's mutual." Readers 1 day, 10 hours ago

Readers Attacks on Title X hurt family planning care Attacks on Title X hurt family planning care The Trump administration has proposed drastic changes to the federal Title X family planning program. Readers 1 day, 10 hours ago

Readers Politics and the science of medicine Politics and the science of medicine To the Point, Roses and Thorns for June 17. Readers 1 day, 10 hours ago

Readers Deviating from the price multiplication growth Deviating from the price multiplication growth When I attempt to discern if the cost of something is reasonable today, I multiply 1950 prices by ten. Readers 1 day, 11 hours ago

Readers Politics, not legal issues, forced Greitens out Politics, not legal issues, forced Greitens out Of course the Special Prosecutor drops the legal initiative to pursue pending charges after the governor resigns. Readers 1 day, 11 hours ago

Readers Time to ban bass boats from public waterways Time to ban bass boats from public waterways Anglers are reverting to larger and more powerful boats, making tranquil lakes a thing of the past. Readers 1 day, 10 hours ago

Readers Plan early childhood education schools carefully Plan early childhood education schools carefully Citizens of our community will soon have an opportunity to follow the deliberations of  the new Community Task Force on Facilities. Readers 4 days, 6 hours ago

Readers 'The Right to Try' will improve medical science 'The Right to Try' will improve medical science "The Right to Try" has become National Law. Readers 4 days, 9 hours ago

Contributors Making critical investments in our military Making critical investments in our military One of Congress' main responsibilities is providing for the common defense. Contributors 5 days, 8 hours ago

Readers Repent for prejudice and other sins Repent for prejudice and other sins A poem on religion and acceptance. Readers 5 days, 8 hours ago

Contributors Kudos to those who helped remove Greitens Kudos to those who helped remove Greitens It's time to move past the drama and work together to improve the quality of life for all Missourians. Contributors 6 days, 9 hours ago

Opinion Why he teaches, Part 2: It's about the children Why he teaches, Part 2: It's about the children “A public school is more than a building to me. It's a temple to humanity." Opinion 1 week ago

Editorials We need more oversight of private security We need more oversight of private security One thing we all know is that police work is incredibly difficult. In these two unrelated incidents, we don't know much else, and that's a problem. Editorials 1 week, 1 day ago

Readers Pastor Ray misinformed on Trump voters, socialism Pastor Ray misinformed on Trump voters, socialism The hysterical psychobabble rants of Dr. Roger Ray for local consumption is one thing, but to think he is spewing his venom abroad is troubling. Readers 1 week, 1 day ago

Readers A double standard on choice A double standard on choice In the matter of the Supreme Court case of the Colorado Baker Jack Phillips. Readers 1 week, 1 day ago

Readers Thanks, Batman, for making kids with illness smile Thanks, Batman, for making kids with illness smile The Dark Knight of the Queen City shares on his Facebook page his mission is “to give back to the community and put a smile on children's faces.” Readers 1 week, 1 day ago

The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (06/25/2015) at 11:54 AM

Teens, learn life-saving driving skills Posted at 11:00 AM The Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience, with its innovative and potentially life-saving instructional program, will visit our area on June 27 and 28 to help combat the ongoing problem of motor vehicle crashes among teens. Session...

Landgren cartoon: Farewell, pink flamingo creator Updated at 10:59 AM Don Landgren cartoon about the death of the pink flamingo’s creator. .mgnl175{margin-left:175px;} .childCatAd{display:inline-block!important;width:650px;}

The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
As of (06/18/2018) at 12:49 AM

Opinion DAVID WEBBER: The media should give the Singapore Summit a chance Mainstream media coverage of the Kim-Trump summit in Singapore on Tuesday was largely a parade of nay-sayers.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Corruption is bad, but sabotage is worse Both are bad, but Scott Pruitt"s abuse of our environment is far more dangerous than his abuse of taxpayer money.

SANDY DAVIDSON: Trump"s opposition to the AT&T — Time Warner merger is on the mark President Trump"s resistance to the AT&T acquisition of Time Warner, no matter what is prompting it, is correct. Concentration of the media in too few hands is a scary fact of U.S. life.

EDITORIAL: Trump tariffs could slash tax-cut benefits for blue-collar workers The Wall Street Journal A 25 percent auto levy will eliminate half of the income gains for millions of Americans.

GUEST COMMENTARY: New European rules may give U.S. internet users true privacy choices for the first time John Rothchild Privacy rules enacted in Europe are affecting companies, their customers, and users, all around the world.

DAVID WEBBER: The media should give the Singapore Summit a chance David Webber Mainstream media coverage of the Kim-Trump summit in Singapore on Tuesday was largely a parade of nay-sayers.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Corruption is bad, but sabotage is worse Jill Richardson Both are bad, but Scott Pruitt"s abuse of our environment is far more dangerous than his abuse of taxpayer money.

SANDY DAVIDSON: Trump"s opposition to the AT&T — Time Warner merger is on the mark Sandy Davidson President Trump"s resistance to the AT&T acquisition of Time Warner, no matter what is prompting it, is correct. Concentration of the media in too few hands is a scary fact of U.S. life.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Let"s thank the EPA and keep it working for our safety John T. O'Connor The US Environmental Protection Agency has directly and indirectly helped Missourians since its inception.

EDITORIAL: Parson, the anti-Greitens, hits all the right notes The St. Louis Post-Dispatch With humility and respect, Gov. Mike Parson sets a new tone for Missouri"s Capitol.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Singapore Summit with Kim boosts Trump's confidence Stephen Benedict Dyson After meeting Kim, Trump is bound to ignore future analyses from the diplomatic and intelligence communities concerning the North Korean leader.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Rogue turkey living in Columbia suburb could return to wild Steve Spellman Tina the Turkey, a problematic and beloved fixture of southwest Columbia, is getting older, and his current living arrangement could be dangerous for him and others.

C.W. DAWSON: The lessons of fatherhood never end C.W. Dawson No book can teach a man how to be a father. Fatherhood is trial and error, listening and speaking, and acting responsibly.

EDITORIAL: Trump"s tantrums have left the G-7 alliance in tatters The St. Louis Post-Dispatch President Trump ignited the ire of U.S. allies in Canada last week, only days before traveling to Singapore ahead of high-stakes summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

KEN MIDKIFF: Aurora Organic Dairy an example of unintended consequences By Ken Midkiff Unhealthy diesel emissions from trucks hauling unprocessed milk to the new plant in Columbia were not part of Mayor Brian Treece"s or REDI"s plans.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Students need IT skills to compete in the new economy Christos A. Makridis More students must acquire IT skills in order to secure jobs with upward mobility, according to a researcher who developed an index that shows a dramatic growth in "IT intensive" jobs.

EDITORIAL: Voters should select a new lieutenant governor The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Gov. Mike Parson could potentially appoint someone on his own, most likely a fellow Republican, to fill his old position.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Children languish in abandoned Walmart near Mexican border Donald Lambro Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" policy to deter illegal immigration, which involves separating kids from their families.

DARKOW: Content of their characters John Darkow DARKOW: Scott Pruitt John Darkow Editorial cartoon by John Darkow.

DARKOW: Different tone with Parson John Darkow DARKOW: Above the law John Darkow Editorial cartoon by John Darkow

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (06/18/2018) at 12:27 AM

Tribune's ViewHenderson Branch sewer project drags on

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

The Tribune's View: University of Missouri must stand alone

The Tribune's View: Dropping of Greitens charges will reverberate

The Tribune's View: A win and a loss in the Greitens saga

Tribune's View: Probe into allegations against Greitens should continue

Tribune's View: Criticism of Beyond Meat goes beyond reason

Hank's View: Columbia College groundbreaking a sign of strength

Tribune's View: For every 10 students that graduated, one did not

Tribune's View: Separating fact from fiction about city's 'Swiss' account

Tribune's View: At Lee school, the renaming war is over

Tribune's View: Housing has the power to humanize

Hank's View: Confide app violates the spirit of the law

Tribune's View: TIF clawback is barely a cat scratch

Tribune's View: How do we pay for improvements to Business Loop 70?

Tribune's View: Special session was the right call

Tribune's View: Columbia police are playing the right game

Tribune's View: Missouri Times owner Scott Faughn needs a lesson in journalism

Tribune's View: Greitens' attorney owes him a refund

Tribune's View: More is needed to help all kids reach their potential

St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (06/18/2018) at 12:27 AM

Is this why we developed Mitchell Woods?

Release program worth trying

Coach up our future workforce

Tariffs threaten hometown newspapers

Elder abuse: Will you know it when you see it?

District deposits into trust account

Preserve, promote heritage

Heed Medicare warnings

Set fees to attract landfill business

Juvenile justice gains flexibility

Don't overlook impact of guard

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (06/18/2018) at 12:28 AM

Congress suffers arthritic knees from genuflecting to presidential power WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., wonders: “Is there any doubt that America would view a foreign nation firing missiles at targets on American soil as an act of war?”

The constitutional crisis is now I keep hearing that if President Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller, we'll face a constitutional crisis.

Our view: A big step for Joplin One of the best things to happen to downtown Joplin — heck, all of that Joplin for that matter — reached the next level on Friday. That's when supporters of the proposed Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex kicked off the the public portion of their capital campaign.

Geoff Caldwell: In Singapore, a start His grandfather, Kim Il Sung started it 68 years ago when on June 25, 1950, he sent some 90,000 North Korean troops pouring into South Korea and drove the unprepared and ill equipped U.S.-backed army of the Republic of Korea reeling in retreat.

Your view: Letters to the editor Stand up for fathers, families

Get a good job and other tips for writers I have an old friend who is starting a course in creative writing. I thought he could use some advice and, because I store writing advice the way doomsday preppers store beef jerky, I thought I'd make an offer.

Gov. Parson's education board appointments reflect a welcome new approach Missouri's education leaders can get back to business with enthusiasm and optimism this week now that Gov. Mike Parson has made two new appointments to the state Board of Education. The board, which oversees about 900,000 students in K-12 education, has had too few members since December to …

Suicide in the news: Inescapable reminders of deaths in the family The news of Kate Spade's suicide and now, in the same tragic week, Anthony Bourdain's, made me think of Jeanne and Michael again, which is what always happens.

Our view: Facts first in news It is a tough time for journalism. A free press and the First Amendment, cornerstones of our representative democracy, continue to be under attack.

Our View: The long fight symbolized by the U.S. flag A handful of men, "ragged and cadaverous" according to author and historian Burke Davis, stumbled in November 1864 into the lines of the Union Army during Gen. William Tecumseh's Sherman's march through Georgia.

Jonah Goldberg: Oh, Canada: Trump tramples important ally In Dante's “Inferno,” the first circle of hell is for the virtuous unbelievers — non-Christians such as Aristotle, Socrates and Julius Caesar.

George Will: ERA began as a farce but has ended as a tragedy Karl Marx was no more mistaken than usual when he said that historic people and events appear twice, first as tragedy, then as farce.

Your View: Letters to the editor Cuts should be across the board

Our View: Nature center needs friends Looking to make some new friends? Well, so is the Wildcat Glades Friends Group.

John Kass: The high cost of corruption When President Donald Trump blurted out that he was thinking of springing thoroughly corrupt former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich from federal prison, the reaction was predictably tribal.

Geoff Caldwell: Our flag - long may she wave The victory at Midway was already a year in the mirror and D-Day was still a year away. Marines were just beginning their long slog to Tokyo and the Army Air Corps Eighth Air Force was entering its bloodiest period yet over the skies of Europe.

Our View: Public safety comes first A good barometer of public interest and concern is how much effort is made to simply show up.

Susan Duncan: Burdens to carry, struggles to overcome People seemed to understand why he took his own life. At least through the lens of a kid, I thought they did.

Kevin Wilson: Living in a throwaway society A few weeks ago we had some clothes in the dryer. When the timer went off, Melody, my wife, started to take them out and noticed that they weren't dry (nothing gets by her).

Miles Ross: Ambition got the best of Greitens Back in 2015, multiple candidates were contemplating running to be the next Missouri governor, and I had spoken to several of them about their efforts. As a Republican political consultant, that's not anything new for me.

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (06/18/2018) at 12:28 AM

Your Opinion: Kehoe's departing blow to state workers: A stunning blow has been delivered with the passage of Sen. Mike Kehoe's SB 1007, knocking out the Merit System...

Our Opinion: Some area dropout rates need work — by all of us: Recently released statistics show graduation rates for 2016-17 in Mid-Missouri schools vary quite a bit.

Your Opinion: Make incentives to reduce fossil fuel use: Annually we pay $20.5 billion in corporate welfare taxes to subsidize U.S. fossil fuel production (oil, gas and coal).

Commentary: ERA began as a farce but has ended in tragedy: Karl Marx was no more mistaken than usual when he said that historic people and events appear twice, first as...

Your Opinion: Chaplain taught Liston to box: "Did You Know?" entitled an article in News Tribune, June 7, page B2.

Our Opinion: Flag Day: A day to show unity for our country: In an era when our country is so politically divided, it's all the more important to fly your American flag...

Your Opinion: Commending 'pow wow' coverage: I enjoyed the recent News Tribunt coverage of the "For the People Pow Wow."

Your Opinion: Spring brings mosquitoes, ticks, climate alarmists: It's spring and warm weather brings out the mosquitoes, ticks, and climate alarmists.

Your Opinion: Remove 'racial discrimination' blinders: Will we ever be able to accurately address our societal problems if we must always wear "racial discrimination" blinders?

Our Opinion: Finally, charges in the DeBrodie case: Ever since Carl DeBrodie, a 31-year-old developmentally disabled Fulton resident, was found dead last April, we, along with the rest...

Your Opinion: Taxpayers banned from federal courthouse: Today, as I write that, June 1 is my 49th wedding anniversary of being married to a retired CSM, Robert...

Commentary: Does North Korea wish to become Upper Volta without rockets — or vodka?: Back when the Soviet Union had a first-rate nuclear arsenal but a ramshackle third-world economy that produced no consumer...

Perspective: Improving workforce development in Missouri: Earlier this session, I read with interest and amusement a quote attributed to Thomas Edison: "Opportunity is missed by most...

Your Opinion: Proclamation for 'Gun Safety Awareness Day' needs clarification: Mom's Demand Assassination of Gun Owners in America is a liberal, if not leftist, political organization whose members, as usual,...

Your Opinion: Lawmakers caused Greitens' ambush: You can actually smell the stench from our Capitol.

Commentary: Loose lips sank the Colorado baker's case: "Loose lips sink ships" was a World War II slogan warning Americans against inadvertently disclosing important secrets, such as...

Our Opinion: Masterpiece decision: The 7-2 ruling wasn't even close: As the talking heads scream at each other on the cable shows, it may do Gentle Reader some good to...

Your Opinion: Complimenting Greitens' coverage: I would like to compliment and thank the News Tribune for the excellent coverage that you have provided, and continue...

Your Opinion: Lawmakers caused Greitens' ambush: You can actually smell the stench from our Capitol.

Perspective: Loose lips sank the Colorado baker's case: "Loose lips sink ships" was a World War II slogan warning Americans against inadvertently disclosing important secrets, such as troop...

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (06/18/2018) at 12:28 AM

Deadlines approaching for Spirit of America nomination (6/18/18) Thursday is the last day to submit a nomination for the Southeast Missourian Spirit of America Award. The award recognizes an individual who serves his or her community while standing for the values that embody the American spirit. The Spirit of America Award includes a $1,000 cash prize to the nominating organization of the recipient...

Hats off to area local valedictorians' impressive performances (6/15/18) High school graduations have come and gone, but we're still having a good time learning about our area valedictorians. For the past couple of weeks the newspaper has profiled and photographed several of the area's brightest students. We enjoy learning about their favorite moments and future plans. When asked where they see themselves in 10 years, some have said a doctor or a veterinarian. When answering her survey, Morgan Kluge of Central High School simply said "In debt."...

Who's your Newsmaker? It's time to nominate (6/14/18) Since 2014, the Southeast Missourian, in coordination with our business publication, now called B Magazine, has recognized area Newsmakers. We profile a number of movers, shakers, do-gooders and local people of interest, and honor them with a plaque at a casual ceremony at First Midwest Bank...

Write it down: Leslie to inspire on July 14 (6/12/18) One of our favorite aspects of the Semoball Awards show, now in its fifth year, is connecting a speaker with the audience of local high school athletes. The show is dedicated to the area's best athletes, who all are up for consideration for several different categories, including male and female athletes of the year as well as the best in several different sports...

Body cameras a positive step for Cape police (6/11/18) The Cape Girardeau Police Department will roll out body-worn cameras in full effect this summer. The department has been testing the devices for some time, and all the patrol and traffic officers will wear the cameras beginning in August, if all goes as planned...

Local schools represent Southeast Missouri well at state tournament (6/8/18) Southeast Missouri was well represented at the state Final Four last week. Oran's baseball team and St. Vincent's girls soccer teams both took home state titles. Oran beat St. Elisabeth 4-1, making the fifth time in the last six season that a team from District 2 has taken the state crown, according to a story by Phillip Suitts. Before this season, Bell City had won the title three years in a row...

Get your kids involved in summer reading programs (6/7/18) Parents and caretakers of children face challenges during the summer, especially as it gets too hot to play outside. Many parents would rather their children take a break from video games and devices. Consider your local library as a source to engage your young ones' minds and keeping their reading skills sharp during the summer...

Cape Municipal Band begins its regular concerts (6/5/18) Following a special Memorial Day concert, the Cape Municipal Band gets in full swing with its first regular concert of the summer. The band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Dan Cotner Amphitheater at Capaha Park. "We'll give essentially 10 concerts," Jerry Ford recently told Southeast Missourian reporter Josh Hartwig. "The city also has the big Fourth of July celebration; we also play there."...

Local student lands fourth in international competition (6/4/18) Jade Samanta made science spicy. The Saxony Lutheran High School senior took fourth place in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, after advancing out of the fair in Cape Girardeau. He was one of more than 1,700 students from 80 countries who competed in the fair...

Greitens did right thing; time for Mo. to move on (6/1/18) Eric Greitens had a rough start to his governership, and it only got worse. Actually, his troubles began long before he beat Chris Koster for Missouri's top government executive. Greitens began his leadership with a combative and secretive style, feuding publicly with fellow Republicans, even when he had majorities in both parties. Greitens had everything he needed to move forward with a conservative agenda...

Summer activities abound thanks to local parks (5/31/18) It's late spring, which means our local parks are busy. Kiddos and teens are acxtive with summer leagues and camps. But even if you or your child missed a deadline for leagues going on now, there are still many opportunities out there to get active this summer...

Alma Schrader principal leaves legacy, pursues church ministry (5/29/18) As the last day of school rolled off the calendar, students said goodbye to a lifelong educator. Ruth Ann Orr retired after 35 years in public education, and 16 years as principal of Alma Schrader Elementary School. Orr, whose official date of retirement is June 30, began her teaching career at Alma Schrader Elementary School as a teaching assistant for sixth grade in 1982, and her career took her into "almost all the schools in the district" before settling in at Alma Schrader. ...

Memorial Day weekend a time to honor fallen military members (5/25/18) The upcoming weekend will offer plenty of opportunities to recognize our country's military men who have given their lives. Several of those events, including Saturday's "Carry the Load" walk and more traditional ceremonies in Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Chaffee and elsewhere, can be found in our TGIF section in today's newspaper or on our online calendar,

SALT to honor fallen law enforcement officers (5/24/18) A local pro-law enforcement group called Seniors and Lawmen Together (S.A.L.T.) will gather today at 6 p.m. to honor the 49 men who have lost their lives in local public police service since 1875. The ceremony will take place at Cape Bible Chapel at 2911 Kage Road...

Entrepreneurship program a good addition at Central High School (5/22/18) Our educational system cannot be all things to all people. Over the years, there have been obvious gaps in education. For instance, students were learning the quadratic equations, but not how to count back change. They were learning iambic pentameter, but not how to manage the flow of personal finances...

Restoration of autism funding a smart decision by Missouri lawmakers (5/21/18) It has been a difficult year for the Tailor Institute, but there appears to be light on the horizon. Several other autism service providers also are breathing a little easier. The Missouri Legislature, according to a report by Mark Bliss, has restored funding for autism services as part of the fiscal 2019 budget approved last week. ...

Drug Court plays vital role in many lives (5/18/18) For those struggling with addiction and recovery issues, there are countless stories that offer hope. Ten graduates of the local Drug Court added their names to the list of people who have changed their lives and are working to overcome addiction. As reported by Marybeth Niederkorn, administrator Sheila Sauer said the 32nd Judicial District is fortunate to have the drug court program, which serves as an alternative to jail time for people charged with drug- or alcohol-related offenses...

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 (5/17/18) High school graduation commencement ceremonies are already underway. Several took place last weekend, as Central High School, Oran and Scott City seniors received their diplomas. They'll continue Friday with ceremonies at Jackson (7 p.m.), Eagle Ridge (7 p.m.) and Oak Ridge (7:30 p.m.). Notre Dame and Saxony will hold their commencement ceremonies on Sunday at 1:30 and 2 p.m., respectively...

Essex, Redinger to be applauded for willingness to serve Ward 5 (5/15/18) The Cape Girardeau City Council recently selected Ryan Essex as the temporary Ward 5 Cape Girardeau City Council member. The council seat was previously held by Bob Fox who was elected mayor in April. There were two candidates for the temporary position, Essex and Eric "Red" Redinger...

Take time to visit Pinecrest Azalea Gardens (5/14/18) Linda Penzel calls her little farm the “best kept secret” in Southeast Missouri. She just might be right. If you haven’t ever had the chance to visit the Pinecrest Azalea Gardens near Oak Ridge, you’re truly missing out on one of our area’s most beautiful places...

Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
As of (06/29/2015) at 11:56 AM

B&G Club launches drive for new wheels Leah Landon understands the necessity for reliable transportation.

Sedalia has many fine attributes Niche ( used to be a site that just ranked schools around the country, both K-12 and college by combining student reviews, professional opinions and piles of raw data. They recently started applying the Niche system to rank cities around the...

Sedalia Brick was once a cornerstone city's industry In the 1880s, Sedalia was still experiencing the burst of growth that followed the Civil War. Business was thriving, the city's population was growing, and new buildings were being erected. Sedalia's builders were using approximately 3.5...

Rain's impact seeping into all areas The wet weather that has nearly drowned west central Missouri over the past six weeks is much more than an annoyance. Gov. Jay Nixon's declaration of a state of emergency makes that point clear, but the impact of all of that rain is being felt...

Plan B works in a pinch My sister Libby, mother and I have been talking about bucket lists. I haven't developed a bucket list, as my family genes give me a good chance of staying on this planet for a long time. But our lives have changed over the past year, and so we...

Bottling companies have Sedalia history In the 18th century, British chemist Joseph Priestly developed a way to infuse water with carbon dioxide to produce carbonated water. The bubbly water became popular particularly in tonics, mixtures of herbs, roots, and flavorings suspended in...

Dolezal's race claims 'unfortunate' By now you've probably heard the story of Rachel Dolezal, the head of the Spokane, Wash., NAACP who has been accused of misrepresenting her race.

Surprising love for a 'common man' We all have guilty pleasures — those things we love that others either don't understand or think are too kitschy, low-brow or just plain dumb to embrace. For some, it's romance novels or collections of “Star Wars” toys.

To vacuum or not to vacuum The vacuum cleaner has been sitting in our living room for the past week, beckoning to me, its siren song tantalizing me to come to it, plug it in, use it. But I just haven't found the time, energy, or willingness to heed its call. If I leave it...

Of pranks and paranoia I just got back from my fourth year as a counselor at Gateway Hemophilia Association's Camp Notaclotamongus at Living Well Village in Imperial and I've got to say that it went pretty well.

Beloved teacher, principal dies in 1903 In 1882, Sedalia boasted four public schools — Broadway School, Lincoln School, Washington School and Franklin School. According to the 1882 History of Pettis County, Franklin School was built in 1870 on an elevated site at the corner of...

A Stark truth: Ragtimers show fun side Martin Spitznagel knows what many people say about the music he loves.

Exploring sights, sounds of Southern California I am not a Los Angeles fan; the city is too big, too sprawling, too car-infested for me. I much prefer northern California. Regardless of the traffic, that area offers much more for me in the way of entertainment and relaxation: the Muir Woods,...

Not all bugs are the enemy Technically, summer doesn't begin in a strictly scientific sense until the Summer Solstice on June 21, but for practical purposes the signs are all around us: the number of garage sales is going up, our kids are starting to leave for camp and...

Sedalians attempt to drill Artesian well, get rich quick During the late 19th century, Sedalia mounted several schemes to use mineral resources to make large amounts of money.

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