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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (05/04/2016) at 03:57 PM

Robberson: Dump the dinner. Cozying up is not what journalists do.

Editorial: Legislature solves school funding crisis with voodoo economics

Editorial: Another layer of protection for military sexual assault victims

Local columns

Finding middle ground on religious liberty

The well-being of our kids should not be put to a vote

Missouri shows how to work through a contentious issue

Defenseless animals need your support: Speak out

Postcards from Mound City

Earth Day and our national parks call for GOP climate action

How to save the Earth: Look at the ground beneath your feet

Dana Miilbank

Dana Milbank: Cruz-Fiorina: A musical comedy

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker: In his own words

Dana Miilbank

Dana Milbank: Trump's crazy attempt not to sound crazy

E.J. Dionne

E.J. Dionne: The only man who can stop Trump

Charles Krauthammer

Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (05/04/2016) at 03:58 PM

Editorials KCI delay is disappointing but better not be fatal It's discouraging that city and airline officials won't ask for a bond vote in 2016 The pause announced by Mayor Sly James gives everyone time to put forward a detailed proposal in 2017

Editorials Missouri muscles up, Kansas goes weak on crucial financial issues Here's an important point where Missouri continues to shine: It is on firmer fiscal footing than many other U.S. states. That's good news for taxpayerfor taxpayers who want strong public services and lower borrowing costs.

Editorials The award for ‘Most Irresponsible Budget’ goes to Kansas lawmakers When Gov. Sam Brownback essentially tells GOP lawmakers to “Pass an irresponsible state budget that harms public services for Kansans,” too many have offered a ready-made feeble response the last four years. Sure enough. Got it. Right away. It happened again under the cover of darkness Monday, as the House and Senate narrowly approved an unbalanced budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Editorials Monday Poll results: Streetcar is a big winner People are really in a positive mood about this Friday's opening of Kansas City's new streetcar line.

Editorials Wealthy donors, corrupt politicians threaten our democracy With no caps on campaign contributions, no limits on gifts to lawmakers and no waiting period for lawmakers to return to the Capitol as professional lobbyists after leaving office, Missouri has seen far more than its share of legal corruption and ethics scandals.

Editorials Missouri needs a total ban on dangerous texting while driving More drivers adhered to the rules in states with anti-texting laws than in states without them. That's bad news for motorists in Missouri, because it's one of four states – along with Arizona, Montana and Texas – without comprehensive bans on texting.

Editorials The Monday Poll: Calling fans and critics of the Kansas City streetcar The new, $100 million Kansas City streetcar system soon will be carrying passengers around downtown. The project has garnered plenty of attention in recent months. We would like to get your views on the following statements.

Editorials Kansas City’s streetcar system could be a big triumph — or big failure Kansas City's downtown streetcar system has the potential to be yet another big victory in downtown's lumbering comeback. And yet.... Some pretty high expectations are being placed on what is, after all, only a $100 million, 2.2-mile starter streetcar line.

Editorials President Obama’s overseas tour didn’t make friends or solve problems President Barack Obama's recent trip to Saudi Arabia and Europe was like a sad goodbye. Perhaps the only charming meeting he had during the tour was with Prince George. It's true: The 2-year-old prince and his white bathrobe were adorable. Other than that, the president's tour was far less than enjoyable.

Editorials Clock is ticking on when voters will decide fate of a new KCI terminal Mayor Sly James and the City Council have two major decisions to make as they weigh the future of Kansas City International Airport. Do the elected officials support letting voters make the call on whether to build a new, single terminal? If so, when would that election occur — this August or November?

Editorials Three brave Missouri GOP lawmakers help block bogus ‘religious freedom’ bill With the help of three courageous Republicans, the Missouri General Assembly has rejected a bogus “religious freedom” amendment that could have enshrined discrimination against gay people in the state Constitution.

Editorials A timeline for saving the future of Kansas from reckless Gov. Sam Brownback Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's last scheduled day in office is Jan. 14, 2019. Right now, he appears hellbent on causing as much damage to the state's future as he can before his final term ends. Fortunately, lawmakers and voters have the power to stop him.

Editorials Monday Poll results: Support for a new KCI terminal The possibility of building a new, single terminal at Kansas City International Airport appears to intrigue many people. Here are the results of the latest Monday Poll on elements of that issue, based on just over 1,000 responses:

Editorials KC area has healthy places to live, but too many others aren’t on list Some parts of the Kansas City area stand out as great, healthy places to live, but others don't.

Editorials MU nabs notorious awards for stifling freedom of expression The Thomas Jefferson Center every year hands out its Jefferson Muzzle awards, recognizing the worst affronts to free speech. We doubt many winners display them on the mantle or in the trophy case with pride. The University of Missouri got one of the “honors” for 2016.

Editorials The Monday Poll: Crunch time for KCI decision The City Council is getting closer to making a decision about the future of Kansas City International Airport. Now we're ready to hear from you.

Editorials It’s high time Gov. Sam Brownback, other lawmakers right the wrongs in Kansas, Missouri Kansas and Missouri lawmakers are in the homestretch of passing important laws and budgets. It's been a bumpy ride so far, and things could turn even uglier in the cash-starved Sunflower State.

Editorials Turn KCI from a functional dump into a modern, convenient airport The Star supports the view of the airlines that serve Kansas City International Airport, large parts of the local business community and lots of the traveling public: We can build a new, single terminal that is — wait for it — still convenient for passengers. Yes, it can be done.

Editorials Earth Day’s anniversary showcases advances and setbacks Earth Day continues to stand out as an increasingly relevant observance as human activity causes more damage to the planet and the environment. But there are some notable efforts to make the world a better, healthier place to live.

Editorials Legislature must save Kansas from Gov. Sam Brownback’s failed tax cuts On Wednesday, Gov. Sam Brownback took the coward's way out. He refused to show up and own the horrendous fiscal mess that his disastrous income tax cuts have caused in Kansas.

The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (05/04/2016) at 03:58 PM

Our Voice: Bathroom bills target a non-issue

Safeguarding sensitive taxpayer data from online predators

Founders Park a mess of planning design

Columnists Trump fills a vacuum left by the GOP Trump fills a vacuum left by the GOP WASHINGTON — The Donald Trump rampage — still hard to believe, after nearly a year — is a symptom of something deeper and more profound: the Republican Party's slide into complete incoherence. Columnists 16 hours, 28 minutes ago

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll Do you think the waiting period for expunging a criminal record should be shortened? Opinion 14 minutes ago

Readers Roses and Thorns: What happened to Central Street Recycling Center? Roses and Thorns: What happened to Central Street Recycling Center? A DUMPSTER FULL OF THORNS: To the City of Springfield for closing the Central Street Recycling Center on weekends. It takes a certain level of genius to close a facility during the most convenient times for people to use it. Readers 16 hours, 29 minutes ago

Readers To the Point: Vote Republican to turn the nation around To the Point: Vote Republican to turn the nation around Again Len Eagleburger is blaming the Republicans for “Oblabla's” failures. He is unable to accept that “Oblabla” has not done what he professed he would do if elected. Readers 16 hours, 30 minutes ago

Readers To the Point: Thanks to readers calling out Republicans To the Point: Thanks to readers calling out Republicans Kudos to the editorial page from 4/27/16, which included two spot-on contributors; thanks to Bill Fuenfhauser calling out pretentious Republicans on unethical behavior. Readers 16 hours, 31 minutes ago

Readers Prosecutors have it wrong on marijuana Prosecutors have it wrong on marijuana I am moved to respond to the prosecutors' letter opposing the evil weed. Their argument: Medical marijuana will open the door to legalized marijuana. Response: I hope so. Missouri can use the tax revenue. Readers 1 day, 15 hours ago

Readers `Payday' interest rate info is shocking `Payday' interest rate info is shocking When I read the article in Tuesday's News-Leader, I was both proud and shocked. Proud that the Interim Rector of St. Readers 1 day, 15 hours ago

Readers Roses and Thorns: Thanks to Silver Dollar City for great customer service Roses and Thorns: Thanks to Silver Dollar City for great customer service A THEME PARK FULL OF ROSES: To Silver Dollar City. Readers 1 day, 15 hours ago

Readers Roses and Thorns: Thanks to police Roses and Thorns: Thanks to police OFFER A ROSE: To David Snider for his clear and insightful column on April 28 reminding us of the brave service by police officers keeping us safe 24/7. Readers 1 day, 15 hours ago

Readers Trump not fit to become president Trump not fit to become president Trump's contradictory bloviation in his so-called "big foreign policy speech" is perfect proof of the Peter Principle. The presidency is WAY beyond his "level of incompetence.” Readers 1 day, 15 hours ago

Contributors Sticking up for guns as a constitutional right Sticking up for guns as a constitutional right Similar to many other parts of the county, the issue of gun ownership and gun rights has once again raged to the forefront of our Midwestern debates. Contributors 1 day, 16 hours ago

Editorials Our Voice: Houghton mum on poaching Our Voice: Houghton mum on poaching We'd like to tell you why Rep. Jay Houghton is opposed to increasing poaching penalties in Missouri. Editorials 1 day, 16 hours ago

Opinion The world according to Trump The world according to Trump WASHINGTON — Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven't had to be. Opinion 2 days, 22 hours ago

Contributors `Pro-life' isn't what God wants `Pro-life' isn't what God wants Ouridates."

Columnists What's the moral to this story? What's the moral to this story? This story really did happen, but I've never been able to fully get my head around it. Was I the “victim” of a good-natured student joke? Because the obvious explanation is just too hard to believe. Perhaps you can help me decide. Columnists 2 days, 22 hours ago

Hank-Billings Outdoors can hold peril for pups Outdoors can hold peril for pups Three large rocks, unearthed during a sewer construction, were left in our backyard as decoration. Hank-Billings 2 days, 22 hours ago

Opinion Roses: For Blues coverage Roses: For Blues coverage Roses: For Blues coverage Opinion 3 days, 21 hours 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 (05/04/2016) at 03:59 PM

Opinion STEVE SPELLMAN: Student athletes are certainly employees in practice If football players and other athletes want to organize a labor union, it seems they might have a fair case.

DAVID ROSMAN: Putting untrained gun owners on the street won"t make us safer HB 1468 actually does away with certain safety measures for carrying a concealed weapon, a firearm or knife, in the state of Missouri.

CARL KENNEY: Chuck Henson and his thankless position It hurts when you're attacked by black people who make demands while failing to consider the hardships faced by a person in the interim chancellor"s position.

EDITORIAL: KCI airport fight may be over St. Joseph News-Press A single-terminal airport proposal is on course to be decided by Kansas City voters, likely in either in August or November.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Student athletes are certainly employees in practice Steve Spellman If football players and other athletes want to organize a labor union, it seems they might have a fair case.

DAVID ROSMAN: Putting untrained gun owners on the street won"t make us safer David Rosman HB 1468 actually does away with certain safety measures for carrying a concealed weapon, a firearm or knife, in the state of Missouri.

CARL KENNEY: Chuck Henson and his thankless position Carl Kenney It hurts when you're attacked by black people who make demands while failing to consider the hardships faced by a person in the interim chancellor"s position.

EDITORIAL: Easing the inconvenience of bridge work this summer Jefferson City News Tribune From now through August, travelers to and from Jefferson City and points north are likely to experience traffic delays. Here is a list of ways to cope.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The death gap — rich Americans now live a decade longer than the poor Sam Pizzigati That poor Americans have 10 or 15 fewer years of life, notes a recent study, “really demonstrates the level of inequality we've had in the United States.”

JILL RICHARDSON: How science improved and abused the lives of chickens Jill Richardson Extreme confinement has hurt their plight, but fewer diseases and better nutrition has made them healthier — the point is to apply science with good judgment.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why Donald Trump is a successful salesman Steve and Cokie Roberts With Trump as performer, as entertainer, only one goal matters: Keep "em amused. Keep "em awake. Keep "em wanting more.

EDITORIAL: Voter ID bill could sink legislature this year St. Louis Post-Dispatch Senate Republican leaders must decide if they want to shut down debate to pass an unnecessary, punitive and highly partisan law.

DEAR READER: Finding a Missouri legislator in the Capitol isn"t simple Ellen Cagle Sometimes it takes a whole day to pin down a single legislator for an interview. At least we work in the same building. Here"s 10 easy (frustrating, maddening) steps to finding our public officials.

EDITORIAL: The hero who stepped up to stop Missouri"s anti-gay legislation St. Louis Post-Dispatch State Rep. Jim Hansen: "I feel that I'm free in this country to worship the way I want, and I don't need a law to tell me how to worship.”

GEORGE KENNEDY: Parking surfaces as tipping point for development George Kennedy At least two schools of thought have emerged around new downtown complexes — is it better for students to be within walking distance to campus or do the high-rises squeeze out parking for the rest of us?

EDITORIAL: Turn Paisley Park into a Prince memorial Minneapolis Star-Tribune Much like Graceland is to Elvis, this Minneapolis complex could become a memorial to career of a musician who proved to the music world that you didn"t have to leave home to make it big.

EDITORIAL: Embrace wind farms as a way to curtail fossil fuels St. Joseph News-Press Energy policy — both state and federal — is tilting away from traditional energy sources.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Grad student movement needs cautious progress Steve Spellman Jesse Hall objects to calling them employees, but graduate students certainly do perform work.

EDITORIAL: MU, Schaefer win dubious awards for muzzling free speech Kansas City Star Sen. Kurt Schaefer wins for trying to block a dissertation about abortion; MU wins for the Melissa Click incident in November.

DAVID ROSMAN: Misplaced legislative action will only fuel political ambition David Rosman Yes, the UM System does have management problems, but oversight by a legislative committee with little if any enforcement power would not be a good thing.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (05/04/2016) at 04:03 PM

Downtown pause: Putting student housing on hold At its meeting Monday, the Columbia City Council heard a first reading of an ordinance that would preclude additional student housing development permits in the downtown area while city officials ostensibly study whether municipal utility infrastructure has the capacity to...

Tad's tender trap Tad Bartimus has a way of getting you tangled up in her universe. You say “yes” to some little request, and next thing you know you are helping to save the world.

Doug Crews: Retiring, surrounded in love On Friday afternoon friends of Doug Crews gathered at the Columbia Country Club to celebrate his service as president of the Missouri Press Association. We filled the room, all expressing palpable affection for the outgoing leader.

Crime: Is Columbia a dangerous place? Statistics show crime rates in Columbia are not increasing and even have decreased in certain areas, but many people have a different impression. Coincidentally, in recent days I have heard anecdotal reports about people from other communities asking, “Is Columbia...

Religious objections: House committee gets it right Benefiting from arriving relatively late in the game, on Wednesday a Missouri House of Representatives committee stymied a bill that would have allowed sellers to refuse services for same-sex weddings. Three Republicans, including our own Caleb Rowden, joined the three...

Early childhood education When the organization Raise Your Hands for Kids proposed a hefty increase in state tobacco taxes, the focus was entirely on generating money for early childhood education, a cause with a lot of support. But upon further examination, the initiative...

Mel George On May 16, 2003, Mel George, president emeritus of the University of Missouri, made a speech to Phi Beta Kappa initiates titled “How Much Do We Really Know?

A solid front, almost Missouri has become only the second state, after Texas, to refuse all federal Medicaid funding in an effort to deny money for Planned Parenthood. Instead, the budget recently passed by the Missouri General Assembly substitutes $8.3 million in state funds,...

CVS Contrary to what many might think, the election of a new mayor might present a new opportunity for progress in the ongoing struggle between CVS Pharmacy and the city of Columbia.

Goodbye to Gary The 13th Judicial Circuit has been home to very good judges. Gary Oxenhandler, who retires this year at the mandatory age of 70, fulfills that legacy.

Local poverty Columbia and Boone County residents include many of wealth and high accomplishment who assume our particular location is uniquely blessed. However, if we look beyond our own comfort zone, reality rushes in.

The new him: Trump and the Republicans Republican Party regulars are frantic over the prospect one of their primary front-runners will become their presidential nominee. It's hard to know whether they think Donald Trump or Ted Cruz is worse. They openly speculate either would be crushed by...

Sexual freedom For the middle-aged and above, new arguments over sexual freedom make us think anew. When we grew up, arguments over legal rights for homosexual and transgender people were unknown.

Oops I hereby take discredit for errors made in recent columns.

Freeze Immediately on his arrival in office, Mayor Brian Treece proposes a freeze on student housing development. During his recent campaign, he worried about its impact on city infrastructure, public safety and nearby neighborhoods. At his first council meeting he warned...

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (11/18/2015) at 08:55 AM

Board works for us, not paid attorneys Occasionally, the average citizen records a victory in our court system without realizing it. When word does reach us, we should celebrate.

District should be efficient If Chris Danford forever will be remembered for exposing the unapproved stipends, then perhaps Eric Bruder will leave his mark in pressing the St. Joseph School District to pursue efficiencies in its use of facilities.

Jails no place for sick Advances in the public's understanding of mental illness have been slow in coming, but can we at least agree some people are sick with something other than a physical illness?

`We weep but never fear' Americans, like everyone else, are prone to view world events through the lens of personal experience.

Connect to our natural wonder Up and down the 2,341 miles of the longest river in North America, preservationists and environmentalists seek to enlist support for a cause that is both complex and simple.

Driving classes fill need Twice in coming days, our community will muster the resources to provide valuable, low-cost instruction to drivers who most stand to benefit.

Put end to district suspense From May 2014 to November - a period of 18 months - the St. Joseph School District has received six subpoenas, or one every three months.

Veterans share history in stories History gets its best treatment when it can depend on primary sources; that is, those who lived the experience and can describe, for posterity, what happened in a given moment. This stands at the core of the Missouri Veterans History Project. The state endeavor, part of a larger national effort, seeks to record the personal accounts of those who have served in the nation's wars, and the project this month marked an interview with its 1,000th Missouri veteran. We applaud this work and hope the roster of participating veterans continues to grow.

Leadership change is welcomed Sometimes it's possible to do the right thing for the wrong reason.

Regulations impractical for some hospitals A large and diverse nation can answer to a single set of laws at their fundamental level. But some measure of good sense needs to be applied in the consideration of differences between big cities and rural communities. The congresswoman from Northeast Kansas made a case for this last week, and the remedy she suggested deserves the consideration of lawmakers in Washington.

Western shines a light on local history A historic city, St. Joseph has seldom been shy about reveling in its past. This amounts not to boasting but a rightful acknowledgment of where we've been as a community, of people who shaped the city and been shaped by it. The addition in recent years of the Walter Cronkite Memorial has only added to that civic perspective, and its development has now taken another step forward.

Be skeptical, but don't be stubborn, on Downtown plan When it comes to the next-big-thing to revitalize Downtown, it's easy to feel skeptical.

Ethics ideas in play A vulnerable Missouri General Assembly will be pressed to adopt some version of ethics reform in the coming legislative session.

Be sure about deer coverage The annual warnings about deer on the region's roadways come with a special caution this year: make sure of your insurance coverage.

Business, jobs: we need both Recent state and federal reports make clear that when it comes to Missouri's economy, we need an "all of the above” approach.

Act now to keep heat on Regulated utilities in Missouri and Kansas must abide by the long-standing Cold Weather Rule, a fact that requires reinforcement this time of year.

Salary review on track Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but harsh criticisms of the St. Joseph School District's salary review process are off the mark at this point.

Sentencing reform deserves long look Letting drug offenders out of prison quicker hardly qualifies as a conservative position - that is, until you hear someone like U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas make the case for sentencing reform.

Know the real dangers The secret to an enjoyable Halloween involves two important things: making sure the kids are safe, and knowing the difference between a real threat and make-believe.

Biogas offers big step forward A $120 million project taking shape in Gentry County, Missouri, is more than an engineering marvel. It's a necessary next step for corporate agriculture in our region.

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (05/04/2016) at 04:04 PM

Your view: Letters to the editor 9 hrs ago Recognizing professionals

Our view: A sensible plan May 3, 2016 By the age of 45, more than half of all American women will have experienced an unintended pregnancy, and three in 10 will have had an abortion.

Mark Hughes: Webster: Less is more in Legislature May 1, 2016 Sen. Richard M. Webster, R-Carthage, was a noteworthy lawmaker in many ways.

Our view: Global lessons May 1, 2016 The Carthage School District's foray into a bilingual education program for its students has met with great success in its first year.

Geoff Caldwell: Permanent removal for predators one and all May 1, 2016 If I had to write a summary regarding those who sexually molest a child it would be this: The betrayal of the innocence of a child is beyond crime. It is an atrocity, an act that requires a punishment beyond the norm — a permanent removal of the perpetrator from the society upon which he pre…

Our view: Experts should be experts Apr 29, 2016 There are facts, and then there are interpretations of facts. In a court of law, we'd prefer our expert witnesses to be, well, experts.

Your view: Letters to the editor Apr 29, 2016 I'm concerned about Sean Hannity. He's been making sense now for months.

Other Views: Don't sell off future Apr 28, 2016 The Kansas Legislature is faced with the harrowing task of balancing a state budget that has been ravaged by the irresponsible direction and leadership of Gov. Sam Brownback and the lawmakers who unquestioningly follow him.

Our view: Stop standing in the way of monitoring program Apr 27, 2016 These are the organizations that say it's time that Missouri join the ranks of the other 49 states and institute a prescription drug monitoring program:

Our view: Maiden Lane's open, more roadwork to come Apr 26, 2016 There's something missing on Joplin's Maiden Lane.

Your view: Letters to the editor Apr 26, 2016 Mercy is kindness

Phill Brooks: Governors who left lasting legacies for Missouri Apr 25, 2016 During the New Year's break, a state official asked me which Missouri governor, of those I had covered, was the best.

Herb Van Fleet: Capitalism, socialism and globalization Apr 24, 2016 Because we have a capitalist and a socialist running to became the most powerful person in the world, maybe it's time to consider an old Polish proverb: “Under capitalism, man exploits man; under socialism, the reverse is true.”

Our view: Public investment needed for highways, bridges Apr 24, 2016 “A consistent research finding is that public capital offers a higher rate of return than most forms of private capital.”

Your views: Letters to the editor Apr 24, 2016 Stop punishing women

Geoff Caldwell: Correct isn't always political Apr 24, 2016 The beauty of our modern calendar is not so much in the static dates we use to plan our lives and count down the days but in what lies behind them: an endless river of memories and recollections, within its banks the ebb and flow of humanity itself, each date a cache of historical treasure f…

Our View: Move past religious objections measure Apr 22, 2016 A Missouri bill that will allow businesses to opt out of providing services for same-sex weddings is doing more harm than good for the state.

Why isn't everyone in favor of taxing financial speculation? Apr 22, 2016 Why is there so little discussion about one of Bernie Sanders' most important proposals — to tax financial speculation?

Russia, U.S. should unite on Saudi Arabia Apr 22, 2016 PARIS — If the Central Intelligence Agency's role is to discreetly promote the economic and political interests of the United States, then there's one country that ought to be awfully disappointing to the agency right now: Saudi Arabia. In fact, if there's an issue on which America and Russi…

Our view: Waging war on state parks Apr 20, 2016 Susan Flader, a distinguished history professor, member of the Missouri Parks Association, and a director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation board, sounded a loud warning Sunday in a column we published in our Opinion section.

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (05/04/2016) at 04:04 PM

Your Opinion: JCHS students praised for hosting Senior Citizen Prom - Thank you to the Jefferson City High School Student Council for providing Senior Citizen Prom night.

Your Opinion: Human contribution to climate change - In his April 27 commentary George Will dismissed global warming concerns with his old argument that climate has always been changing.

Your Opinion: SSM Health commended for environmental effort - I was pleased to read, “SSM Health green effort for environment, climate change," in the April 29 News Tribune.

Our Opinion: Gardeners help community flourish - A Rule of (Green) Thumb - pun courtesy of the Master Gardeners of Mercer County, New Jersey - is do not plant annuals until after Mother's Day.

Your Opinion: Democrat, liberal belief system - “Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict. The cure for this, both in politics and social life, is the same, hardihood. Give them raw truth." John Jay Chapman

Our Opinion: An invitation to observe a Day of Prayer - Prayer may take a variety of forms - from silent to aloud, private to public, solitary to combined, personal to intercessory.

Your Opinion: Climate change hoax continues - My my, just when I thought everyone had given up and accepted the well-known exposure of the manipulation of computer model data to promote the climate change hoax, another letter surfaces.

Perspective: Tort reform bills advance - With only two weeks left of the 2016 legislative session, the Senate continues work on many pieces of important legislation. One area of focus this session has been tort reform.

Our Opinion: Ways to ease bridge work inconvenience News Tribune editorial - Within the next few days, the planned closure of the westbound U.S. 54/63 Missouri River Bridge will affect travel in much of Central Missouri for approximately four months.

Your Opinion: Signing off over restroom issue - Wow. Men wanting to use the little girls' room is a real issue. Well I am out.

Your Opinion: Congressman misunderstands federal fiscal policy - It is embarrassing that all of us in the 3rd Congressional District are represented by Blaine Luetkemeyer.

Your Opinion: On climate change, time to act is now - Do you drive through Kansas and Colorado thinking, “This was once a great inland sea about 100 million years ago?"

Your Opinion: Blatant coverage criticized - he big, bold, glaring headline on the front page of the April 21 edition was intriguing to say the least “Michael Sam slams religious objections bill." Is Sam due such blatant news coverage?

Your Opinion: Election is about jobs - In my opinion the most important thing in this next election is jobs. Whoever can secure jobs for Americans should win.

Our Opinion: Be aware of motorcycles sharing the roads News Tribune editorial - Motorists include motorcyclists, and their safety is a focus of Motorcycle Awareness Month, observed during May.

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (05/04/2016) at 04:04 PM

Education leader right to seek well-rounded curriculum (05/03/16) In a recent speech, reported in this newspaper, United States Education Secretary John B. King Jr. advocated returning schools to a well-rounded approach, rather than simply focusing, in a lopsided manner, on English language arts, mathematics and testing of the two. His encouragement to do so bespeaks concerns many have voiced for years.

Local school musicians compete in Chicago, New York City (05/02/16) Education is more than the reading, writing and arithmetic that take place within the four walls of a classroom. Quality education opens doors to other forms of learning -- academics, art, sports, music. All of it helps shape young minds and hearts. Recently, Cape Girardeau Central High School and Jackson High School band students had the honor of sharing their musical talents in New York and Chicago, respectively, while simultaneously being enriched by the experience...

Tubman worthy of picture on the $20 bill (05/01/16) Harriet Tubman is one of the toughest and boldest figures in American history. Tubman was born a slave, forced to work as a field hand and endured brutal beatings. She escaped that life, but she did so much more than escape. A woman of action, she returned to the south at least 19 times to help her family and hundreds of other slaves escape their masters. ...

Congratulations, seniors! Celebrate safely (04/29/16) As students complete their high-school career, there is much to celebrate -- the friends they have made, the things they have learned, a sense of accomplishment and anticipation of things to come. Two school-sanctioned spring events embody that celebration: prom and graduation...

Messy morning is good, clean fun for kids (04/28/16) Sometimes it's fun to make a mess. And once a year, area children are treated to a sanctioned mess-making party without fear of getting in trouble with their parents. The United Way's 11th Messy Morning is coming up Saturday. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau...

Meth remains an issue despite prescription laws (04/27/16) In an effort to curb the growth of methamphetamine labs, many Missouri cities and counties have enacted laws to make one of meth's ingredients less accessible. Since December 2010, pseudoephedrine has been available by prescription only in Cape Girardeau. ...

Scouting award winner serves many organizations (04/26/16) Congratulations to John M. Thompson, recipient of the Dr. James A. Kinder Good Scout Award. At the community dinner attended by about 110 people Thursday, Thompson was honored for his many years of service. Thompson's record speaks for itself. Not only did he earn his Eagle Scout Award almost 50 years ago, after starting out as a Cub Scout, but he was also awarded the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth just four years ago. ...

Improvments make parks a destination in Cape (04/25/16) Cape Girardeau is becoming a burgeoning area for recreation. The number of places for children to play is growing, and safety improving. From the newly improved Cape Splash to the buzzing Osage Centre, Cape guarantees great fun. And now, nature-inspired playground equipment will be installed at Cape Girardeau County Park South and the popular Melaina's Magical Playland at Cape County North has reopened to complement those places and enhance our area's family-friendly appeal...

Improvements make parks a destination in Cape (04/25/16) Cape Girardeau is becoming a burgeoning area for recreation. The number of places for children to play is growing, and safety improving. From the newly improved Cape Splash to the buzzing Osage Centre, Cape guarantees great fun. And now, nature-inspired playground equipment will be installed at Cape Girardeau County Park South and the popular Melaina's Magical Playland at Cape County North has reopened to complement those places and enhance our area's family-friendly appeal...

Ethics reform should be priority for Missouri (04/24/16) Ethics reform has been one of the primary focuses of this legislative session in Jefferson City. In one way, it's a bit unfortunate that such attention is being placed on this topic. The state has many needs and priorities -- the state's crumbling transportation infrastructure among them. ...

Be a Friend of the Parks this Saturday (04/22/16) Springtime means people are spending more of the day outside, walking trails, biking or spending time in one of Cape Girardeau’s many parks. On Saturday, you have an opportunity to thank the parks and other outdoor spots for all the good times you’ve had there by participating in Cape’s 31st annual Friends of the Parks Day and the Great Cape Clean-Up.

Banquet highlights help Teen Challenge gives (04/21/16) The annual Teen Challenge banquet is an opportunity for donors to hear from those the program has helped and other speakers and performers. At this year's banquet, held Saturday night, many people offered testimony on how God changed their lives through the program...

Slow progress being made on violent crime in Cape (04/20/16) Each year the Cape Girardeau Police Department releases an annual report to outline the amount and types of crimes happening in the city, as well as how things are going at the department. This year's report reflected mixed news for the city. First, the bad news: The number of thefts and vehicle thefts, rapes, detective cases and total calls for service increased from 2014 to 2015. ...

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month (04/19/16) Like all months, April has its share of observances. From the warm-and-fuzzy National Pet Day to the lyrical National Poetry Month to the onerous Tax Day, April has something for everyone. Certainly more serious is National Child Abuse Prevention Month...

Arrow staff wins several journalism awards (04/18/16) Congratulations to the Arrow, the Southeast Missouri State University student newspaper, for winning 17 Missouri College Media Association Awards, held April 8 and 9. Creating a quality news outlet is no small accomplishment. To do so in such a way as to win a plethora of awards is an honor indeed...

Arrow staff wins several journalism awards (04/18/16) Congratulations to the Arrow, the Southeast Missouri State University student newspaper, for winning 17 Missouri College Media Association Awards, held April 8 and 9. Creating a quality news outlet is no small accomplishment. To do so in such a way as to win a plethora of awards is an honor indeed...

Marquette project could give Cape major boost (04/17/16) Local developers announced last week a downtown project that could add another huge boost to the downtown Cape Girardeau area. Jeffrey Maurer of Mayson Capital Partners announced a $20 million development that intends to make use of 145,000 square feet, most of which is currently unoccupied. The plan calls for the development of two large, significant and historic buildings, the Marquette Tower and the H-H Building...

New Broadway sculpture exhibit to be unveiled today (04/15/16) Things are looking a little different along Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau. Crews recently began switching out the sculptures that line the street in advance of the city's third public outdoor exhibit. The seven new pieces have been selected by juror and artist James Johnson (with input from Cape's Public Art Committee) and will be unveiled this evening at 6 p.m. A public reception will be held at the Vasterling Suites courtyard at Broadway and Fountain Street...

More singing and dancing take stage in Cape today (04/14/16) If you didn't get your fill of stage performances last week, you again have some opportunities this weekend. Students at Central High School will perform Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" today through Sunday at the high school. "Cinderella" is, of course, a classic fairy tale that tells the story of a young lady, her wicked stepmother and stepsisters and a benevolent fairy godmother. ...

Cape Comic Con expands for this year's event (04/13/16) Comic and gaming fans will find themselves right at home in Cape Girardeau this weekend for the 11th annual Cape Comic Con. The con opens Friday night and continues through Sunday. The event will take place at the Osage Center, but in anticipation of breaking the attendance record, Cape Comic Con organizer Ken Murphy has expanded the con to other venues, as well, including Port Cape Girardeau and the Arena Building...

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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