Newspaper Editorials

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (04/24/2014) at 08:07 PM

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  • Dana Milbank: The president as tourist

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  • Planning for the aging prison population

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  • FOUL: Call the fashion police. Bulletproof vests as decorative touches

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  • FAIR: Public trust should trump private gain on ZMD board

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  • FOUL: Never quit, never surrender. Unless you text first


    Kansas City Star - Editorials
    As of (04/24/2014) at 08:08 PM

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  • Reckless lawmaking in Kansas and Missouri fails to protect citizens from guns Police and others who are trying to save lives shouldn’t have to worry about their own state legislatures undercutting their efforts. In Kansas, the damage has already been done. But there’s still time in Missouri for some adults in the Republican majority to step up and put public safety above the interests of gun rights groups.

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  • ‘Don’t snitch’ rule leads to blood on Kansas City’s streets If a 10-year-old boy must have a tube forced down his throat to keep him alive after he was shot sitting in a car at a Kansas City gas station, then some able-bodied adults can muster the fortitude to call the TIPS Hotline.

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  • Kansas professors need more protection in social media policy Instead of using the situation to begin a healthy conversation about free speech and social media in academia, the regents seized it as an opportunity to squelch freedom of expression at the six state universities.

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  • Mayor of Marionville, Mo., trips over vile speech As a community stands up for civility, its ousted mayor, Dan Clevenger, an avowed friend of the accused shooter in the three fatal shootings outside Jewish-oriented facilities in Overland Park, has learned that speech, especially of the vile kind, has its consequences.

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  • Changing the face of civic leadership in Kansas City Kansas City Mayor Sly James is on the right track in trying to change the face of leadership via a Women’s Empowerment Initiative. Only one-third of current civic spots are held by women. That’s fixable. Yet only one-third of current city board and commission seats are held by women. That’s fixable.

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  • Missouri’s tax strategy: Give to the rich and take from the poor GOP-controlled legislatures rarely spend much time worrying about taxing ordinary citizens unduly for essential goods and services. That concern would be front and center in a public vote, however. To set the stage with a huge income tax break for the wealthy would be politically foolish and morally bankrupt.

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  • Kansas congressman’s food non-labeling bill counters a growing activist movement Legislation to prohibit labeling of genetically engineered foods opens the door to one of the most fractious and apparently insoluble debates of our day.

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  • Positive actions to celebrate Earth Day GOP lawmakers should pull back on attempts to undermine the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to carry out its mission — created by a Republican president — to shield the nation’s air, water and land from long-lasting damage. The EPA, if anything, needs a bigger stick to carry in enforcing strong federal laws.

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  • Tipster power leads to shooting arrest As Mayor Sly James said at the news conference announcing the arrest of Mohammed Whitaker in connection with the series of recent highway shootings, it takes some bravery to report suspicious behavior or step forward as a witness. But it’s far better for all of us than living in fear.

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  • As a community, we must move beyond silence There is much harder work to do in recognizing the real threat to society that exists in the shadows. As Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff remarked, there is great power at times in silence, but silence will not heal and “silence is no solution.”

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  • Capitol Watch: All’s fair in love and lobbying Someone needs to tell lawmakers in Missouri and Kansas that their job is to promote the welfare of their state and its citizens, not to level every playing field that a lobbyist or contributor claims is tilted.

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  • Sexual assault victims on college campuses need more help We need a national effort by colleges to offer swift and effective help to the victims, and tough punishment for the criminals involved in the assaults.

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  • Yemen remains front line against terror The threat from al-Qaida in Yemen isn’t going away, nor should the resistance to it.

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  • Cheap GOP tactics to undermine voting in Missouri Republicans in the General Assembly are mounting a two-pronged effort to make voting more difficult for certain citizens, who are most likely to be elderly, low-income, students or minorities.

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  • Final KCI task force report is a needed step to help resolve airport’s future Plans for upgrading Kansas City International Airport will remain up in the air even after a citizens task force releases its final report in a few weeks. That’s not a bad outcome.

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  • KCK police must improve their chase policy to better protect the public Last week, a questionable police chase led to the death of an innocent young girl, making her the second person in two months to die in such incidents in Kansas City, Kan. The Police Department needs to place more restrictions on its chase policy to better protect the public.

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  • As terror lurks, the heart prevails Violent political extremism combined with naked hate becomes a potent kind of virus, the sort that disrupts the human brain in ways most civil people on this earth cannot even fathom.

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  • Boston Marathon battles back, and Kansas City runners join in In Boston, organizers hope this year’s marathon will shine a spotlight on how far the city and its residents have come in their recovery. It is a story of hope, the kind that is essential to remember when dark times visit.

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  • Senseless act of violence at two Jewish centers steals three lives in Overland Park No family or community should have to endure this sorrow. Yet we as a nation seem paralyzed on how to deal with it.

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  • Charles Koch’s public message represents rhetorical spin at its flimsiest Charles G. Koch and his brother, David, are subject to “almost daily” barrages of “character assassination.” What kind of treatment is that, Koch wonders, for people who are devoted to improving the lives of citizens?


    The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
    As of (03/24/2014) at 11:55 PM

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  • This 'gracious lady' took interest in all her students Mar. 23, 2014 Trouble. It was not my fault. My parents, high school teachers and counselors reviewed my grades and decided I was smart enough to finish high school in three years and get a jump on college.

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  • 10 rules to live by, hard to live with Mar. 23, 2014

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  • Krauthammer: Ukraine needs strength, not MREs Mar. 23, 2014 Early in the Ukraine crisis, when the Europeans were working on bringing Ukraine into the EU system and Vladimir Putin was countering with threats and bribes, one British analyst lamented that 'we went to a knife fight with a baguette.'

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  • To the point/Roses and thorns Mar. 23, 2014

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  • Today's Editorial Cartoon 10:46 AM

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  • Vote 'No' to renew tax Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Stoeffler: Check out our fresh digital designs Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Sometimes life takes a near miss Mar. 22, 2014

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  • We are doing students a disservice when we make education an easy 'A' Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Readers' letters Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Vote 'No' to renew tax Often, we have to pay for our mistakes.

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  • Let's end domestic abuse

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  • Let's let the 'Sunshine' in

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  • Kennally served us well

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  • Morris is wildlife leader

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  • Time to talk about future


    The Independence Examiner - Editorials
    As of (04/24/2014) at 08:08 PM

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  • Today in the News: Malaysia PM won't say people on missing flight are dead Posted at 7:00 PM Quote of note"At some point in time I would be, but right now I think I need to take into account the feelings of the next of kin -- and some of them have said publicly that they aren't willing to accept it until they find hard evidence." - Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, talking to CNN about declaring the passengers aboard missing Flight 370 dead. --

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  • What’s up with Glenn Beck? He’s actually making some sense these days! Posted at 5:10 PM

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  • Check this out: girls soccer Updated at 4:21 PM Teams: Blue Springs South vs. KearneyPlace: Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium, BS South High SchoolTime: 7:30 p.m. todayWhat's on the line: The South Jaguars look to snap a three-game losing skid in the final game of their home...

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  • Six facts most Republicans don’t believe Posted at 5:10 PM

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  • Granlund cartoon: Pineda the pine tar cheat Updated at 3:36 PM Dave Granlund cartoon on the pine tar incident.

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  • Piketty’s charge Posted at 5:10 PM I have not yet begun to read the new best-seller by economist Thomas Piketty, “Capital in the 21st Century,” but I may have to in order to keep up with

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  • London's New Airport Terminal Is 'A Cathedral For The 21st Century' [PHOTOS] Posted at 6:01 PM

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  • Trailer: 'Peanuts' Updated at 3:16 PM

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  • Trailer: 'Gone Girl' Updated at 3:14 PM

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  • Trailer: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Updated at 3:12 PM Bryan Singer Breaks Silence, Calls Abuse Allegations "Vicious and Completely " Posted at 3:35 PM


    The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
    As of (04/24/2014) at 08:08 PM

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Medicaid expansion seems to be turning a corner in Missouri By St. Louis Post-Dispatch : In Missouri, that economic impact of Medicaid expansion could be profound, creating more than 24,000 jobs and actually adding money to Missouri’s general revenue budget.

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  • GEORGE KENNEDY: Consequences of hasty development decisions realized by GEORGE KENNEDY : Limits on downtown Columbia development could have at least modified plans that now seem thwarted either by infrastructure inadequacy or by public opinion. Everyone, including developers, would have been better served.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's tax strategy: Give to the rich and take from the poor by The Kansas City Star : There is no credible evidence that broad-based income tax cuts would benefit the state economy, and the cuts contemplated would make it harder to invest in schools and services.

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  • ROSE NOLEN: Being a kind neighbor helps pay the dues for living on this planet by Rose Nolen : Living outside of a community is like night and day. You have to worry about everything. You are completely on your own.

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: Time for Missouri residents to demand campaign finance reform by David Rosman : If legislators are not willing to stem the degree to which outside organizations attempt to influence politics, then citizens should take matters into their own hands.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sexual assault victims on campus need more support by The Kansas City Star : Sexual assaults on college campuses are notoriously under-reported. But, recent criticism of the way MU handled the sexual assault allegations of former swimmer Sasha Menu Courey has prompted school officials and lawmakers to take rapes more seriously.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: We need to stop picking up the restaurant industry's tab by Marjorie Elizabeth Wood : Members of the National Restaurant Association have been fighting efforts to change a boost in minimum wage for tipped workers, which has been stuck at $2.13 per hour for more than 20 years.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missourians support ethics reform. Why won't the legislature act? by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : A new poll conducted by The Wickers Group on behalf of the Missouri Liberty Project shows broad-based support, among Democrats, Republicans and independents, for serious ethics reform in the Show-Me State.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Good job, legislature, keeping e-cigs away from minors by The Washington Missourian : E-cigs are touted as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products, but they are not without health risks.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri needs a way to monitor prescription drug abuse by St. Joseph News-Press : We encourage area citizens concerned for their communities to support legislative proposals for a prescription drug monitoring program that would allow Missouri authorities to electronically analyze drug purchases and detect when prescriptions are being abused.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Being a vegetarian doesn't mean being a jerk by Jill Richardson : Open dialogue — not judgment — is more productive among people with different diet choices.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. attorney general takes humane steps toward prison reform by Nat Hentoff : The attorney general — long dismissed by many critics as a mere minion of his dictatorial boss — is actively involved in bringing, of all things, human rights to our prison system.

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  • DEAR READER: MU fails with sexual violence policies, reacts slowly with task force by Tom Warhover : The first phase of a task force formed in the wake of Sasha Menu Courey"s death was stunningly underwhelming. The task force made an inventory of resources and found the phone book, but you have to start somewhere.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: We might be journalists, but at least we're not lumberjacks A group of young journalists respond to new job rankings which place journalism jobs at the bottom of the "best" list.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let's make Missouri the first 'high-jack' state by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Missouri House Bill 1603, which would make jumping jacks the official state exercise, has passed in the House and is awaiting action in the Senate.

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  • GEORGE KENNEDY: Democrats will have to fight to win and retain Missouri seats by George Kennedy : Matt Nappe, data and technology manager for state Democrats, presented a plausible but difficult-to-execute strategy for the state party to prevent Republicans from gaining a veto-proof edge in the General Assembly.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri Highway Patrol cross-trains to boost safety at Lake of the Ozarks by Jefferson City News-Tribune : Just as athletes enhance fitness and safety by training in multiple disciplines, state troopers will promote public safety at the Lake of the Ozarks by acquiring training both on highways and waterways.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: The tragedy in Rwanda may ultimately have a happy ending by Tampa Tribune : In Rwanda today, the genocide — while it will never be forgotten — has been put aside as the victims and the perpetrators join hands in a remarkable effort to build a better nation.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: E-cigarettes should be treated the same as tobacco products A Missouri Senate bill could exempt e-cigarettes from current tobacco laws despite limited research suggesting they could have equally adverse effects as traditional cigarettes.

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: Right to Work needs parity; MoDOT needs more money by David Rosman : Although certain pieces of legislation may be written by organizations with particular political leanings, they should not be summarily dismissed. The legislation can be co-opted across party lines to better serve the citizens of Missouri.


    Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
    As of (04/24/2014) at 08:12 PM

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  • Parkside As he joined the Columbia City Council majority turning back a final plat ordinance for the Parkside residential development near the state park south of town, Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala said, "There is only one Rock Bridge State Park."

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  • Petition It's hard to know at this point on what ground the petition campaign to overturn the Columbia City Council's agreement with the Opus Group should fail. Legal issues have been raised about the process, and the council's membership has changed,...

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  • MAP, etc Educators and their detractors across the nation have been discussing, with varying degrees of approval and disdain, the arrival of Common Core standards for K-12 teaching and learning.

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  • Peeing in the cistern The time might be right for officials in Portland, Ore., to come up with a better plan for coping with pee in their drinking water.

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  • Oops The other day, in comments about the coming Republican Party primary, I wrote that House Speaker Tim Jones has taken himself out of the 2016 race for state attorney general in a prospective campaign including Sen. Kurt Schaefer, who has...

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  • Frank Haith Frank Haith took his immediate future in hand by moving out of town.

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  • Retail survey The city of Columbia wants to answer the question, "Why do people drive away from Columbia to shop?" Others might ask the question, "Why is the city willing to spend up to $100,000 to find out?"

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  • How to police New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, a renowned practitioner of enlightened heavy-handedness, takes inspiration from Sir Robert Peel, a 19th-century British prime minister considered the father of the London police force. With his Nine Principles of Policing, Sir Robert...

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  • How dogs poop I bet not many of you regularly read our page Did You Know Kids, which runs each Wednesday. You're missing a bet.

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  • Marijuana Now that an inexorable trend is underway toward legalizing the sale and use of marijuana, discussion will turn toward the effects of the drug.

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  • Diapers While we're considering curious aspects of public policy, how about welfare diapers for poor people?

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  • Marijuana Give Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe credit for launching a discussion that might move the tortuous discussion of marijuana legalization. Hers is a tiny little segment of the issue -- she would decriminalize cultivation of a few plants for medicinal...

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  • GOP primary These days a Republican primary election campaign is a sight to behold as every candidate seeks to occupy the far-right fringe. So it was at last week's annual Missouri Lincoln Day dinner, where several candidates advertised their goods.

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  • Player dismissals It's easy for us out here in the cheap seats to reach quick conclusions about what University of Missouri athletic officials should do with the likes of Dorial Green-Beckham and Zach Price, but in the middle of the action these...

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  • Out-county voting In small jurisdictions throughout Boone County, voters on Tuesday made a series of good decisions.

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  • Recent Blog Entries Mental Math Fix the Problem for Thursday April 24 Tiger Tidings MU track assistant coach suspended Behind The Stripes Draft Stock Update: Ealy hanging around 1st round, G... Behind The Stripes Talking Shop with Gary Pinkel, Torren Jones at Mizzo... Mental Math Mental Math for Wednesday April 23 Behind The Stripes Stat Spotlight: Experience on Missouri's Two-Deep Prep Repartee Wait for all-state can abate ... finally Mental Math Fix the Problem for Tuesday April 22 Behind The Stripes ESPN debuts Missouri-themed commercial to promote SE... Behind The Stripes Spring Standouts: Defense Tiger Tidings Non-rev musings: Softball moves into tie for second ... Behind The Stripes Backup QB Trent Hosick decides to transfer Courtside View Some thoughts with MU's coaching search underway Mental Math Mental Math for Monday April 21 Art Axis Edward David Anderson makes a name for himself Behind The Stripes Spring Standouts: Offense Tiger Tidings Incarnate Word girls hoop...

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    St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
    As of (04/24/2014) at 08:13 PM

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  • Act locally to ease our impact on world The people of this region are a lot closer than many others to the land, rivers and big sky that make our country the environmental gem it is.

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  • Governor grasping at straws Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon clouds the issues and undermines his own credibility when he suggests the legislature has written a tax law so badly that it could have "cataclysmic" consequences for state revenues.

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  • District's proud moment The St. Joseph School District has hit a high note with its music program.

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  • Amid great loss, hope triumphs Spun of thread that is drawn from the deepest longings of the heart, a dream that fills with the breath of hope comes to life.

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  • Help patients refill meds A Missouri lawmaker has a health care proposal that deserves to gain widespread support as more people hear about it.

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  • Monitor prescription sales in state Law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges in Northwest Missouri well understand the threat posed by illegal drug use. So do medical professionals and our social welfare workers.

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  • Science education on track for upgrade Nearly overlooked in the swirl of recent events is the wonderful news that St. Joseph is within about a year of breaking ground on an ambitious project, the Advanced Science Research Center.

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  • Add this: consultant contracts A lot of things look different in the rearview mirror, such as these words from Dr. Fred Czerwonka in a News-Press guest column published last October:

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  • Levee reviews welcome Reassurances from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers don't exactly put our minds at ease.

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  • Make a big impact Role models make an impact. The Big Brothers and Big Sisters program has proven it.

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  • Road needs require statewide solution Missouri is finding there is no good alternative to growing the economy, adding new well-paying jobs and expanding the tax base.

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  • New sets of eyes see new possibilities Sometimes it takes an outsider to notice things the rest of us have looked at so long that we take for granted. Such revelations can solve problems, or offer possibilities for the future.

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  • Issues, not ages, matter Today's younger generation has much to offer on the issues of the day - if only the rest of us will listen and take them seriously.

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  • Suspicious fires threaten all of us The possibility an arsonist is at work in St. Joseph is supported by recent evidence of three fires that have erupted in vacant structures in one neighborhood.

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  • Respect voters' judgment One thing can be said about Tuesday's election in St. Joseph: Voters appear to have made conscious choices when passing a smoking ban and seating a total of four new members of the City Council and school board.

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  • Civic duty requires effort from voters Few voters will get all they want when ballots are counted this evening in St. Joseph. Still, only those who head to the polls will have a say in choosing:

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  • Connect, volunteer to thrive Our charities depend on donor dollars, but hardly financial gifts alone.

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  • Military report on target Missouri state officials deserve credit for realizing more needs to be done, and soon, to secure and hopefully expand our federal investments supporting the military.

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  • Trade sanctions worry us In case you missed it, the tides of the recession appear to be receding in the Midland Empire. Or so say the indicators.

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  • District audit welcome The reasons aside, it's good news that the St. Joseph School District is about to undergo a state audit.


    The Joplin Globe - Editorials
    As of (04/24/2014) at 08:14 PM

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  • Other Views: Time for reform is now Missourians support ethics reform. Why won’t the Legislature act? April 24, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Our View: A proud defiance We can’t all be marathon runners. April 23, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Geoff Caldwell, columnist: Nevada standoff bigger than just one man Imagine that all your life you’ve spent your days working your ranch and your nights nursing the calluses, the aches and the pains that come from working that ranch. April 23, 2014

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  • Our View: Bad aim We continue to be amazed at the lengths to which Missouri Republican lawmakers will go to block even the threat of federal gun-control laws. April 22, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Herb Van Fleet, columnist: How would you save a drowning man? I recently recalled an old joke about how to tell a Republican from a Democrat. April 22, 2014

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  • Henry Morgan, guest columnist: Cliven Bundy is a taker wanting something for nothing The Cliven Bundy confrontation with the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada has raised several important issues. April 21, 2014

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  • Phill Brooks, columnist: 40 years later, Missouri's Capitol is a lot less fun Sitting in the Senate’s recent memorial service for deceased members reminded me how different the chamber has become from the Senate I first covered more than four decades ago. April 21, 2014

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  • Other Views: Robbing the poor Combining their “income inequality” obsession with business bashing, some liberals are blaming supposed corporate greed for the financial challenges of the poor. April 21, 2014

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  • Marilyn Beasley guest columnist: Asking for some answers from Obama is not racism As an American, I believe in the rule of law. April 21, 2014

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  • Bill Masters, guest columnist: The power to hate and the power to love Many of you have already heard about the killing of Dr. William L. Corporon and his grandson in Overland Park, Kan., on April 13. April 21, 2014


    The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
    As of (04/24/2014) at 08:14 PM

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  • Your Opinion: Avoid box turtles on roadways - It's box turtle time! Give them a break and look out for them.

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  • Your Opinion: Cartoon clouds concerns about e-cigarettes - Jim Dyke persists in defending nicotine addiction in spite of the facts.

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  • Our Opinion: Volunteers invited to serve - Serve Jeff City, true to its name, is inviting volunteers to serve Jefferson City.

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  • Your Opinion: Litterbugs show lack of respect - The litterbugs seem to have been taking over this area of the street the past few months as well as the guardrail that lines the 179 ramp that comes off of U.S. 50.

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  • Your Opinion: Concerns about county decision - Last month, I submitted a letter to Cole County Commissioners Ellinger, Hoelscher, and Scheperle concerning the controversy surrounding the demolition of the Cole County jail and sheriff's residence.

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  • Our Opinion: Uphill climb for public transportation - Proponents of public transportation in Jefferson City face an uphill battle.

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  • Our Opinion: County zoning designed to promote growth - A priority for local governments is to promote orderly growth.

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  • Perspective: Support for transportation funds, tax cut not inconsistent - I love Easter and I love the week leading up to it, beginning with Palm Sunday.

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  • Our Opinion: Motivated to improve or meddle? - Like the nursery rhyme character, Missouri lawmakers this session are putting their thumb print on ongoing programs - in some cases, after four years of inattention.

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  • Your Opinion: County commission faulted for approach, tone - As the chairman of Jefferson City's Historic Preservation Commission, it goes without saying that I am more than disappointed in the Cole County Commission's decision to tear down the old county sheriff's residence and jail.

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  • Your Opinion: Don't rush to protect e-cigarettes - The state Legislature's rush to pass an e-cigarette bill should give Missouri voters pause. Why?

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  • Your Opinion: No double standard by Hobby Lobby - In response to Dale Reichel's letter April 16, Hobby Lobby does have the right to the insurance they offer their employees.

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  • Your Opinion: America must return to faith - The letter submitted by Frances Byrd and printed by the News Tribune April 15 was absolutely excellent. Rather than killing (i.e., aborting a conceived human being) she advocated putting the child up for adoption.

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  • Your Opinion: The threat of terrorism - There is an organized terror attack on the U.S. which is orchestrated by home-grown and foreign entities.

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  • Your Opinion: Care and costs of treatment - Recently on a trip out west I increasingly felt ill. On the plane I was in considerable discomfort. Visiting family, finally, after a few hours on the ground I had to admit I was not getting better.


    The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
    As of (04/24/2014) at 08:14 PM

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  • Cape Girardeau City Council welcomes new members (04/24/14) The Cape Girardeau City Council has two new members and soon will have a third. Joseph Uzoaru, the member for Ward 1, and Shelly Moore, who represents Ward 2, were sworn in last week to serve on the city council. Uzoaru replaces John Voss and Moore replaces Meg Davis...

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  • Opinion Column Republicans should challenge Obama's policies (04/23/14) The more I watch and listen to the political bobbleheads, the more I think the Republicans are to blame. And believe me, it pains me to come to this sad conclusion. It would seem a slam dunk to refute and dissect President Barack Obama's world view which runs counter to the principles that made this nation the envy of the world...

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  • Editorial Judge Limbaugh Sr. to be recognized at Boy Scout dinner (04/23/14) In some families scouting is a tradition. That was the case for the Limbaughs, and on Thursday night the Boy Scouts of America Greater St. Louis Area Council will recognize former U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Sr. at the Dr. James A. Kinder Good Scout Award Dinner...

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  • Opinion Column The truth about Right to Farm Amendment (04/22/14) On behalf of the Cape Girardeau County Farm Bureau, a 100-year-old organization of local family farmers, we want to express our strong support of Amendment No. 1: Right to Farm. The Humane Society of the United States recently hosted a meeting in Cape Girardeau, covered in a Southeast Missourian article, in which they represented themselves as speaking for all family farms. ...

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  • Editorial Heartbleed bug a reminder to use good practices online (04/22/14) An online security bug was a hot topic this month as companies with a web presence made efforts to patch their websites. The Heartbleed bug affected encryption technology used to secure information over the Internet. A story by reporter Amity Shedd revealed few apparent issues locally with the security hole, but users are encouraged to use good practices online and change passwords regularly...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 4/22/14 (04/22/14) Only in the land of the looney-left can a Democrat governor who cut $472 million from the education budget call a Republican tax cut proposal "anti-education."Where do these people get this stuff? There's something going on with this cattle rancher out in Nevada that I don't understand. ...

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  • Opinion Column Protecting Midwestern streams and wetlands (04/21/14) Protecting Midwestern streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act (CWA) helps our communities and is vital to our health, safety and quality of life. Local rivers and streams -- the Mississippi, Castor, Cape La Croix Creek, Sloan Creek, and Juden Creek's network of tributaries and wetlands, such as the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, Big Oak Tree State Park and Ten Mile Pond, are important to Southeast Missouri's water quality, recreation, wildlife habitat and flood abatement...

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  • Editorial GEDs offer example of individual improvement (04/21/14) It is with pleasure this newspaper publishes stories about people trying to improve. Our society can be brutal at times, particularly to those scuffling on the lower levels of the income ladder; men and women with little income or education can be perceived unfairly by those with little understanding or empathy. It is understood by most of those in successful situations that education is a key component to income ascension. And most people understand that with more income, comes more freedom...

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  • Opinion Column Column: Downtown Cape Girardeau is doing it right with CID (04/20/14) I am usually sympathetic to the perspective of the St. Louis-based Show Me Institute, whose writer David Stokes in a nearby column cautions the City of Cape Girardeau about the establishment of a Community Improvement District in the downtown. But in this case Stokes strokes with too broad a brush, failing to understand the specifics of the effort in Cape Girardeau. ...

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  • Opinion Column Guest commentary: Cape Girardeau should think twice before establishing CID (04/20/14) Over the past two decades, Missouri has seen an explosion of new, alphabet souplike taxing districts that increase tax rates to fund new services of questionable public purpose. These districts include the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF), Transportation Development Districts (TDD), Community Improvement Districts (CID) and more. ...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 4/20/14 (04/20/14) This is in regards to the deal about the NCAA athletes getting extra meals a day, plus snacks. I think if they get that, I think the rest of the students ought to get it, too, the students who didn't get the scholarships for athletics. They go through the same thing...

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  • Editorial Christ is risen: The real reason we celebrate Easter (04/20/14) Editor's note: The following is our annual Easter editorial. A miraculous event 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem changed the world. On this Easter morning, the story is presented again from the Holy Bible (the Gospel according to St. Matthew, Chapter 28):...

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  • Letter to the Editor Cord blood donations help others (04/18/14) Compassion and generosity are hallmarks of motherhood. As we look forward to this Mother's Day, there is a singularly meaningful way that expectant mothers can show compassion and give hope to people in need: by donating umbilical cord blood. Cord blood, normally disposed of after birth, is unlike any other blood donation. It can be the only potentially life-saving treatment option for thousands of patients suffering from truly devastating blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma...

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  • Editorial On Good Friday we remember Jesus' sacrifice (04/18/14) It's odd that the day we remember Jesus' sacrifice on the cross is called Good Friday. Crucifixion and good don't ordinarily belong in the same sentence. But for believers in Christ, today is the day we remember what Jesus' death on the cross means...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 4/18/14 (04/18/14) I saw on the news that the schools are losing their music programs and other schools are cutting back on their sports and other activities. I propose that we have a tax on every CD and every concert ticket for any musical group, whether it be rap or country or even opera or any of those. ...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 4/17/14 (04/17/14) Fred Horrell wowed the crowd at his sold-out-out show on April 12 at the casino with his harmonica playing. Off the charts. Go, Fred. Don't rush meal When I go to a restaurant for a meal, it is as much or more about the relaxation and socializing as it is about the food. ...

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  • Editorial Color Me Cape brings big crowd to area (04/17/14) You might say Cape Girardeau's downtown has color -- especially on Saturday when the Color Me Cape 5K made its way to the area. More than 2,000 people participated in the race, which was not about time but about the experience and raising money for good organizations...

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  • Editorial Teen Challenge continues to help men overcome life of drugs (04/16/14) Drugs will rob a person of anything important in life. Family. Friends. Work. The list goes on. There is hope, however. On Saturday Teen Challenge International of Mid America, a faith-based organization, held its annual banquet in Cape Girardeau. The night included singing and testimonies. New this year, each man in the program sat at the table with supporters...

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  • Letter to the Editor Employment for individuals with autism (04/16/14) April is Autism Awareness month. Last month we lost Dr. David Crowe who was instrumental in bringing autism awareness to our community. One of Dr. Crowe's aims was to find meaningful employment for those with high-functioning autism through The Tailor Institute. ...

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  • Letter to the Editor E-cigarettes are tobacco products (04/16/14) Tobacco companies are selling E-cigarette LTEs, which resemble cigarettes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to regulate them as tobacco products. However, the tobacco industry is going to great lengths to ensure that e-cigarettes are called anything but tobacco products. Because doing so exempts these unregulated products from current tobacco control laws...


    Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
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  • Setting the facts straight on flags in church Dear Editor:I write today to set the record straight. I ask you to keep an open mind and then form your opinion based upon the facts.Fact One: First United Methodist Church has two locations serving Pettis County: First Church Downtown and Celebration Center.Fact Two: At each location a flag is prominently displayed. Downtown it is in the sanctuary. At Celebration Center it is on a pole outdoors at the main entrance.Fact Three: The flags remain in t...

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  • Team SCREAM ready to compete As a member of Smith-Cotton High School’s Team SCREAM, I am a geek and a nerd, a dweeb and a dork. But I am also a part of something that has absolutely changed my life.Team SCREAM (Smith-Cotton Robotics, Engineering And Mathematics) is a competitive robotics team at the high school level. As a second-year team, we’ll be competing at the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships today through Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, which will see more than ...

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  • Looking forward to ‘Fireball Run’ Mix equal parts 1981’s cult classic “The Cannonball Run” and CBS’ “The Amazing Race” and season liberally with advocacy for a great cause you get “Fireball Run,” a road race and the web series that documents it.“The Most Epic Adventurally in America” starts their latest season Sept. 26 in Frisco, Texas, and hits overnight stops in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri before careening towards the finish line in Independence. The...

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  • Local boy makes good in 1920s Sedalia On Jan. 18, 1920, news on the front page of the Sedalia Democrat included information on the condition of W.A. Collins, a local attorney who had been the victim of an assault in Warrensburg, a brief article praising the financial condition of the Sedalia banks, comments on the attendance at the Missouri Farmer’s Association meeting in Columbia, and a national story on a continued investigation into a letter written to Rear Admiral Sims about the U.S. Navy’s role in World War I.

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  • We gather as members of Christ Dear Editor:Mr. Stevenson seems to indicate he knows where the proper place American flags should be placed in churches. He ended his last letter by saying, “Put the flag back in its proper place, back in front of our church congregation.” (April 16, 2014) Of course, he gives no documentation, as if to say, because he believes this, it must be so.

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  • Old Glory deserves special place of honor Dear Editor:On April 16 a letter to the editor from Larry Stevenson appeared regarding the American flag being removed from the altars of some our local churches. As Larry pointed out, it seems that taking the flag out of our sanctuaries is becoming an unfortunate trend.There is this idea of the “separation of church and state.” Old Glory represents freedom and not the separation of church and state. It has symbolized that ever since Betsy Ross presented her ...

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  • Easter services bring change, freedom to forefront There is a story to be told this weekend, and local pastors are focused more on “share” than on “where.”

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  • Simpler times meant simpler answers Most people believe that school children were much smarter yesterday than they are today. People don’t think schools are as good as they used to be. Nevertheless, some things seem to be harder to learn than they used to be.In the old days, you went to the unemployment office when you were looking for a job. Nowadays, you have to look all over the place for a job. If you want a job doing construction you have go you go to one place and if you want a job typing papers you have ...

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  • Finding the secrets to a lasting marriage Next week, Max and I will have been married for 30 years. That’s about half my life! I have been thinking over the past few weeks about those 30 years and all the things that have gone with them. We have moved, welcomed new family members, lost family members through both death and divorce, worked on our house together, both had careers, raised a daughter, and the list goes on. Most of my thinking, though, has had to do with the idea of marriage, and why some marriages work and some don...

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  • Put the flags back in front of churches Dear Editor:Second letter, same subject. Again I must write to the editor in hopes this also makes the newspaper.Why have the American Flags not been placed back in the churches? What the hell is going on? I spoke with a Catholic priest this past week (retired now, lives in Jefferson City, was at one time assigned as a Military Chaplain.) He tells me that no order has came down from anywhere for the churches to remove the American Flag from in front of the church. He tel...

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  • Missouri losing out in Medicaid expansion debate Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is not perfect, but I’m happy that he is attempting to convince the fine politicians of the state of Missouri to opt in to the Medicaid expansion that is being offered by the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act. Nixon made a stop right here in the State Fair City, at Bothwell Regional Health Center to reiterate his position that Missouri should be a part of the Medicaid expansion.And he’s right.

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  • Steele’s influence felt locally, nationally As the Industrial Revolution chugged through the mid-to-late 19th century, people crowded into cities in search of factory jobs. Factory work was dangerous, hours were long, and pay was low. Muckraking journalists such as Ida Tarbell and Jacob Riis wrote articles exposing the conditions under which many factory workers lived.As middle-class Americans learned of living and working conditions in the cities, they began to form reform societies aimed at bettering their communities. The...

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  • A culture of sports obsession WARRENSBURG — When it comes to athletics, Chuck Ambrose believes “we’re a bit crazy as a culture.”He’s not alone. Many are critical of Americans’ obsession with sports — from the just-completed NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament to college football’s Bowl Championship Series — and how they are driving boatloads of cash into the athletic departments of big universities. But Ambrose, president of the University of C...

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  • April 12-13 Sedline “Less than 1,800 people got out to vote for the mayor? Pitiful.”•“Congratulations to the county and city police for all the drug busts that have been made. We as good citizens need to do our part — be observant and report to the TIPS hotline any suspicious behavior. Together we could make Sedalia drug free.”•“Now that the election is over, let’s see how long it takes people to go around and pick ...

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  • Mock accident a community effort On Wednesday, Smith-Cotton High School students viewed a stirring reminder of the drastic implications of impaired and distracted driving with the presentation of “Every 15 Minutes,” a fatal collision scenario. Sedalia School District 200 schedules this presentation the week of Prom every other year to ensure that safe driving practices are front-of-mind for our students on that special night.SCHS teachers Steve Schilb and Teri Turner coordinated this event with the hel...


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