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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:47 PM

Tod Robberson Keep your Facebook friends close, and your enemies closer

Editorial: For St. Louis region to flourish, communities must look beyond self interests

Editorial: The date that continues to live in infamy

Tod Robberson Keep your Facebook friends close, and your enemies closer

Continuing our push forward toward equality

Stacy Washington: Safe, legal and rare in name only

Judge Rick works the room

A guide to combating gender inequality through advocacy

George Will George Will: Trump's Carrier ploy was a repudiation of conservatism

Michael Gerson Michael Gerson: Three American texts for Donald Trump to read before Inauguration Day

Dana Miilbank Dana Milbank: In Trump's America, 'pizzagate' could be the new normal

Kathleen Parker Kathleen Parker: Trump's demagogic illogic

Charles Krauthammer Charles Krauthammer: After a mere 25 years, the triumph of the West is over

Danforth Center signs commercialization deal with Kansas City firm

Indiana and Missouri were the election twins of 2016

McClellan: Make St. Louis great again!

BioSTL gets grant to support inclusion efforts

Base downtown development on demand, not on subsidies ( … ) David Nicklaus ("Dealmaker in chief," Dec. 4) needs to read Bill McClellan's column "Make St. Louis great again!" (Dec. 4). Donald Trump's deal with Carrier speaks to his concern regarding jobs going overseas. It highlights his pledge to retain jobs domestically. Read more

Caveats on ethanol get buried in article ( … )

Poverty cannot be an excuse to deny opportunity ( … )

Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:48 PM

Editorials Seventy-five years ago: Pearl Harbor … ‘America united!’ The Kansas City Star published this editorial on Dec. 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. At the time, The Star was an afternoon newspaper. That day's morning edition, then known as The Kansas City Times, was the first paper published after the Sunday surprise attack.

Editorials Thanksgiving roots unite us: the Mayflower Compact and Lincoln’s proclamation Aboard the Mayflower, the Pilgrims pledged to frame “just and equal Laws” in their colony, signing the Mayflower Compact. Two centuries later, during the American Civil War, President Lincoln issued a proclamation of thanksgiving.

Editorials The Star’s recommendations in major races in Tuesday’s elections A summary of The Kansas City Star's endorsements in this election, including some Missouri and Kansas races.

Editorials Recommendations for selected Missouri House of Representatives contests for Nov. 8 In the Kansas City area, some races for the Missouri House of Representatives were decided in the primary. In others, incumbents face only token opposition. Here, we focus on contests that provide important choices.

Editorials U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder should embrace his nobler, bipartisan side By and large, Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder is a reliable Republican voice in Congress, but just when one is tempted to write him off, he proves that he can work across the aisle on bipartisan measures that will serve the nation well.

Editorials Democrat Britani Potter is a breath of fresh air for Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins has not effectively served her constituents in Kansas' 2nd District. Her opponent, Britani Potter, has a compelling life story indicates she would make a compassionate legislator in the nation's capital.

Editorials Emanuel Cleaver, Sam Graves deserve to keep representing Missouri in Congress Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri's 5th District and Republican Rep. Sam Graves of the 6th District deserve to retain their seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Editorials Roy Blunt deserves re-election to the U.S. Senate Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri is a problem-solver. And in a Washington where far too many things end up in partisan gridlock, Blunt has a record of finding workable solutions that can be embraced by people with different backgrounds and persuasions.

Editorials Four Missouri down-ballot races offer choices in background, qualifications, approach Democrat Russ Carnahan's goals are within the customary scope of the lieutenant governor office. Republican Jay Ashcroft has better background and experience to run the secretary of state's office, and he has demonstrated more proactive thinking in ways to improve the way the office operates. Republican State. Sen. Eric Schmitt is more focused on the most critical tasks the treasurer's office requires. Republican Josh Hawley's willingness to take on corruption in both political parties as attorney general is much needed in Jefferson City.

Editorials Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas should continue, build on his bipartisan efforts U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, faces opposition from Democrat Patrick Wiesner and Libertarian Robert Garrard. Although moderate and liberal Kansans can find numerous reasons to vote against Moran, who has contributed to destructive gridlock in Washington, Moran has shown a streak of independence that he could build on in another Senate term.

Editorials Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland shouldn’t be confirmed at this point As we noted last week, the U.S. Supreme Court remains in a precarious position because Republican senators refuse to hold a confirmation vote on President Barrack Obama's nominee to fill a vacancy on the court. Nearly seven months have passed since Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the seat left open by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. If Hillary Clinton defeats Donald Trump on Election Day, he should withdraw Garland's nomination.

Editorials Chris Koster would be ready to govern Missouri from day one Chris Koster has demonstrated sound knowledge of legislative and executive functions. He is willing to seek bipartisan solutions to serious Missouri challenges, from education funding to deteriorating infrastructure. He believes fiscal conservatism and social tolerance can and should peacefully coexist.

Editorials Missouri Senate races offer known quantities, require few changes Residents of Missouri state Senate District 11 will finally get a new senator in January after their former senator resigned in disgrace more than a year ago. Three senate districts in the Kansas City area offer voter choices on Nov. 8.

Editorials Republican senators’ obstruction of justice continues Republican senators continue to refuse to do their job in confirming or denying President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Voters should remember who didn't do their jobs when they fill out their ballots Nov. 8.

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Editorials Don’t worry: Russia and China aren’t taking over the internet Despite the concerns of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the United States should not back out now of a new way to handle internet addresses. That would send a terrible message to the international community that already has some justified skepticism about how far to trust America with digital information.

Editorials Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton need to debate crucial health, science and technology issues The presidential debate tonight at Washington University in St. Louis and the one on Oct. 19 at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas should include questions on health, science, technology and related questions. The country needs to know where the next president stands on these vital issues.

Editorials Ugly murder rate is perennial problem that tears at the fabric of Kansas City Kansas City's image as a violent place to live has long damaged its reputation with local residents — including those who move to the suburbs to try to escape crime — and with people from the outside looking at this region as a place to live and work.

Editorials Reject higher Missouri cigarette taxes; approve campaign contribution limits Several issues will be on Missouri's Nov. 8 ballot. They include tax increased for cigarettes. But don't be fooled by the packaging. Reject both of them while approving a sales tax extension for parks.

Editorials Low test scores show KC, Hickman Mills school districts falling far short of goals Missouri Assessment Program scores on statewide tests show great variation in student achievement. Kansas City Public Schools and the Hickman Mills School District have a lot of work to do to boost student academic performance.

The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:48 PM

Our Voice: Thank you to a tireless champion

Trump's Carrier ploy was a repudiation of conservatism

Rise in illegal alien children causes budget issues

Editorials Plan to support foster system Plan to support foster system Plan to support foster system Editorials 1 day, 13 hours ago

Readers A fair chance to make coal cleaner A fair chance to make coal cleaner A fair chance to make coal cleaner Readers 1 day, 13 hours ago

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll How would you describe your outdoor Christmas decorating? Opinion 20 hours, 18 minutes ago

Readers The death of Fidel Castro The death of Fidel Castro The death of Fidel Castro Readers 1 day, 16 hours ago

Readers The irony of Trump's accusations The irony of Trump's accusations The irony of Trump's accusations Readers 2 days, 14 hours ago

Readers Roses and Thorns: To the ladies at Joann's Fabric Roses and Thorns: To the ladies at Joann's Fabric Roses and Thorns: To the ladies at Joann's Fabric Readers 2 days, 14 hours ago

Readers The emperor has no clothes The emperor has no clothes The emperor has no clothes Readers 2 days, 14 hours ago

Editorials Our Voice: Springfield gets to work Our Voice: Springfield gets to work The workforce problems in Springfield can sometimes seem contradictory. Editorials 2 days, 14 hours ago

Readers In defense of writing Christmas letters In defense of writing Christmas letters In defense of writing Christmas letters Readers 2 days, 14 hours ago

Opinion After a mere 25 years, the triumph of the West is over After a mere 25 years, the triumph of the West is over After a mere 25 years, the triumph of the West is over Opinion 3 days, 11 hours ago

Opinion New Congress should tackle labor reform New Congress should tackle labor reform New Congress should tackle labor reform Opinion 3 days, 11 hours ago

Readers Waiting in fear Waiting in fear Waiting in fear Readers 3 days, 12 hours ago

Readers Strange election could still have a happy ending Strange election could still have a happy ending Perhaps shocked Americans will truly unite and mobilize in pursuit of real answers Readers 4 days, 16 hours ago

Readers The homeless are people, too The homeless are people, too 8-year-old donates $42 to help Readers 4 days, 16 hours ago

Readers Ethanol industry no longer gets federal incentives Ethanol industry no longer gets federal incentives Response to letter from Martin Capages Jr. Readers 4 days, 16 hours ago

Readers A coalition of reasoning minds is needed A coalition of reasoning minds is needed Something our nation greatly needs, if it is not too late, is a coalition of reasoning minds. Readers 4 days, 16 hours ago

Readers Exactly what do anti-Trump protesters want? Exactly what do anti-Trump protesters want? If they want to show the world that they are sore losers, they already have done that Readers 4 days, 17 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...

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The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:49 PM

Opinion GUEST COMMENTARY: Personal moral decisions change society for the better We are trying to "fix" things from the top down, instead of from the bottom up, which only confirms and strengthens the problems themselves.

DAVID ROSMAN: The dates which will live in infamy As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, let"s not forget Sept. 11 or the attacks in Oklahoma City, Boston and dozens of other places.

STEVEN SPELLMAN: Private sector"s privacy makes sense to me What public-sector employees make is public information but the lack of privacy can be uncomfortable.

EDITORIAL: Missouri parole board should consider inmate"s plea to die at home St. Louis Post-Dispatch The man has less than six months to live, is dependent on a wheelchair and poses no danger to society if he goes home to his family to die.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Personal moral decisions change society for the better Georgie Anne Geyer We are trying to "fix" things from the top down, instead of from the bottom up, which only confirms and strengthens the problems themselves.

STEVEN SPELLMAN: Private sector"s privacy makes sense to me Steve Spellman What public-sector employees make is public information but the lack of privacy can be uncomfortable.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Seventy-five years ago: Pearl Harbor … "America united!" The Kansas City Star A Kansas City Star editorial published Dec. 8, 1941, called for America to unite.

AARON REISS: Goodbye to the best teacher I, and so many others, have had Aaron Reiss Greg Bowers, in his irascible way, is an incredible teacher. One who always pushes his students to take risks, and then more risks. Friday is his final day as Sports editor at the Missourian.

DAVID ROSMAN: The dates which will live in infamy David Rosman As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, let"s not forget Sept. 11 or the attacks in Oklahoma City, Boston and dozens of other places.

EDITORIAL: News readers must be vigilant about what they read and share St. Louis Post-Dispatch News consumers who share fake news without verifying the source only help multiply the misinformation problem.

Senate Democrats plan to "Ashcroft" Jeff Sessions Byron York There"s been talk among some conservatives and Republicans that Democrats are plotting to "Bork" the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general. That"s not right. What Democrats really hope to do is to "Ashcroft" the man soon-to-be Minority Leader Charles Schumer likes to call …

C.W. DAWSON JR.: Banning books, changing words won"t end racism C.W. DAWSON JR. What is the power of words? Two interesting articles I read in the past two weeks caused me to reflect on this question.

KEN MIDKIFF: Environmental Protection Agency is a toothless tiger when facing politicians Ken Midkiff The Environmental Protection Agency"s minimal $25,000 fine for Coastal Energy proves that the agency is only able to withstand a bit of political pressure.

EDITORIAL: Protecting children, as well as the unborn St. Louis Post Dispatch Child-protection workers are burdened by large caseloads and a shortage of adequately trained caretakers who can provide homes for children.

EDITORIAL: To deliver on rhetoric, Trump should sell off his business holdings The Wall Street Journal Answering daily questions about business affairs and potential conflicts of interest can"t be how Mr. Trump wants to spend his political capital.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why does pet care cost so much? Sam Pizzigati What the cost of caring for our pets can teach us about the cost of caring for humans.

EDITORIAL: Plenty of outrage to go around for shooting of cops, black men St. Joseph News-Press Those who take up the cause of inner-city communities understand the outrage about attacks on cops, but in the same breath they ask where is the outrage over society"s failures to help the poor and disadvantaged minorities lift themselves out of poverty.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Great institutions require great leaders George Kennedy It remains to be seen, of course, whether Mun Choi, an aerospace engineering scholar who comes to us from the No. 2 job at the much smaller University of Connecticut, will be a great leader.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The guerrilla prince Georgie Ann Geyer In 1966, I talked with him for five days — no, I take that back; HE talked for five days. Most of the conversations were incoherent. Let"s just say that he was not a man to stick to one topic and develop it.

EDITORIAL: Brother, can you spare a dime? The answer must be no St. Louis Post-Dispatch Instead of donating spare change this holiday season, people are encouraged to volunteer time.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:49 PM

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The ubiquitous Trump The president-elect has a way of keeping himself in the news, often with outlier commentary …

Leadership On Wednesday as I opened my copy of the Tribune, I was treated to a photo showing Chamber of…

Johnson case In the case against Joanthony D. Johnson, Circuit Judge Jeff Harris must decide whether to a…

Getting acquainted Mun Choi is taking a tour of his new realm as incoming president of the University of Missou…

Mitt Romney What if Donald Trump chooses Mitt Romney as his secretary of state? How will people constitu…

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Designer's snub bares left-wing media bias

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:50 PM

Winter hazards lie below Not to alarm anyone, but it's a well-established fact winter can be dangerous to your health even when you see no snow or ice under foot. Winter hazards lie below

Art museum rebounds

To thrive, festival needs your ideas

A civic goal: Find uses for empty buildings

Board fails test

Visit our national treasure

Drop-in center meets real need

Interserv eyes future

Connect students to careers

Tax money needs strings attached

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:51 PM

Our View: Their stories live forever Our coverage of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor today is derived from history itself as well as past interviews with Pearl Harbor veterans.

Our View: Ahead of the chill Weather predictors say it could snow this week. Given the temperament of the weather, that's still yet to be seen.

Our View: 'My People' fund act of love “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”

Taylor Armerding: Another week, another double standard It's not that the scrutiny President-elect Donald Trump is getting from the media is unwarranted. He ought to be getting heat about how he is going to eliminate conflicts of interest between his vast business operations and his duties as president.

Your View: Letters to the editor Follow Carthage's initiative

Caroline Tubbs: Thoughts to consider before the 'show' begins So, Mr. Donald Trump, you have used carnival-barker rhetoric to capture the minds of white, blue-collar workers as well as some black and Hispanic American voters (“Hey, you have miserable lives; why not try me?”). Now, you have been elected president of the United States of America. So what…

Herb Van Fleet: Trump and the Constitution “No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”

Geoff Caldwell: In a harbor called Pearl Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct an editing error. This is the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

Our View: Hope to hear more from MDC director Sara Parker Pauley made her first visit to Southwest Missouri earlier this week as the director of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Dick Thompson: Abolish or reform Electoral College First, a sincere thanks to writer Keith Costley (Globe, Nov. 29) for his long, lucid, rational, well-argued and, above all, civil rebuttal to my castigating the Globe editorial board for perpetrating the “lie” and “falsehood” that Hillary Clinton “did not have the trust or confidence of the …

Our View: More than a name The Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors' decision to name an addition that will house science, technology, engineering and math classes the Jeremiah W. “Jay” Nixon Hall goes far beyond ceremony.

Marilyn Beasley: Why we need the Electoral College Since the election of Donald Trump as president, we've been hearing an outcry to eliminate the Electoral College.

Marilyn Beasley: Why we need the Electoral College Since the election of Donald Trump as president, we've been hearing an outcry to eliminate the Electoral College.

Our View: More than a name The Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors' decision to name an addition that will house science, technology, engineering and math classes the Jeremiah W. “Jay” Nixon Hall goes far beyond ceremony.

Rylee Hartwell: Castro's legacy of communism In the aftermath of the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, international and domestic leaders have responded in a variety of ways.

Your View: Letters to the editor Trump should turn a deaf ear

Rylee Hartwell: Castro's legacy of communism In the aftermath of the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, international and domestic leaders have responded in a variety of ways. However, in the midst of these mixed sentiments that have heralded or eviscerated the legacy of Castro I found myself asking, “do those commenting truly know …

Your View: Letters to the editor Trump should turn a deaf ear

Our View: Giving Tuesday a call to action For the past several days America has shopped, and shopped and shopped.

Keith Costley: Editorial opinion not 'perpetrating lies' With all due respect, I would like to respond to Dick Thompson's (Pittsburg, Kansas) letter to the editor that was printed in the Nov. 27 edition of The Joplin Globe.

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (12/05/2016) at 04:16 AM

Our Opinion: Ballot requests hold no guarantee of success: Making a decision with no assurance of success is difficult. The Jefferson City Board of Education may be asked in...

Your Opinion: Fake news - when will it stop?: I would guess when the liberal wizards of smart discovered there were still polar bears and ice in the Arctic...

Your Opinion: Change focus to address hunger: At the "most affluent" school in the JCPS system 45.8 percent of the students were born to parents who can't...

Your Opinion: Climate change lawsuit is a scam: A recent letter to the editor about a climate change lawsuit begs questions and a need for, and dissemination of,...

Your Opinion: Disproportion and election results: Can you imagine the fury and temper tantrums that would have been unleashed by Trump and his supporters if he...

Your Opinion: Dialogue needed on time change: The time change has come with barely a complaint. I suspect that the recent election may have been a bit...

Your Opinion: Walls contribute to broader strategy: Typically the Godless left seems to present walls as a thing of the past. In fact, border walls and fences...

Our Opinion: Share holiday artistry with the community: Decorating a home for Christmas, at its best, is an exercise in artistry.

Perspective: House passes life-saving legislation: This week in Congress, the House took a big step and passed a life-saving bill that has one core goal...

Our Opinion: Improve your health and Cole County's ranking: Your behavior is a key factor in diagnosing Cole County's overall health.

Perspective: Freedom of conscience in 'Hacksaw Ridge': At the height of World War II, there was room in America for conscientious objectors. Where are we now?

Our Opinion: Planning for reunification amid chaos: Amid the chaos that follows a natural disaster, a natural tendency is to seek assurance that loved ones are unharmed.

Your Opinion: Respect for women begins at home: Congratulations to those in our community who were instrumental in declaring 16 days of advocacy to eliminate violence against women...

Your Opinion: The business of political correctness: I wonder how many of your readers still remember the High Street dime stores Newberrys and Woolworths?

Our Opinion: Celebrate community's rich Christmas traditions: Churches, businesses, governments and individual residents will continue the holiday tradition of inviting the community to share their expressions of...

Your Opinion: What will Trump do?: "I don't know what Trump will do. I do know I won't like it." So, said a friend. Based on...

Perspective: Politics isn't everything: The first vote I cast for president was for Jimmy Carter, thereby providing additional evidence that the 26th Amendment was...

Our Opinion: Acting against scourge of drug abuse: The sadness of Cody Marshall's fatal heroin overdose lingers in the hearts of family and friends, but Cody's father continues...

Your Opinion: Be proactive on stormwater: As a follow-up from my previous letter of flood damage problems in Jefferson City, I continue discussion.

Our Opinion: Audit finds dismal lack of transparency: Transparency in government was a topic of much discussion in advance of the November election, but a recent state audit...

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:51 PM

Remembering former council member Marcia Southard-Ritter (12/8/16) Marcia Southard-Ritter "was the glue who held our council together," according to former Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson. Southard-Ritter, a lifelong Cape Girardeau resident and former city council member, died on Nov. 27 at the age of 73. "She was an absolute servant," Knudtson said. "She didn't play politics."...

Mehner to be recognized by Missouri Chamber (12/7/16) For more than two decades, John Mehner has served as president and CEO of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. He will be honored Thursday by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, receiving the Leadership Missouri Lifetime Achievement Award in Branson, Missouri for the work throughout his career...

Jackson 4-H serves others while having fun (12/6/16) We never get enough of these stories of people reaching out to others during the holidays. Today, we highlight the Progressive Jackson 4-H Club. The organization assembled at Emanuel United Church of Christ and baked more than 100 pies for the Salvation Army's Thanksgiving dinner...

Proposed 'Blue Alert' system could be useful (12/5/16) Law enforcement officers are under assault, being targeted throughout the nation. This hit home in our own state recently when St. Louis and Kansas City officers were injured in shootings. The next day, Governor-elect Eric Greitens announced he plans to work with the Missouri Legislature to establish an Amber Alert-type system to inform the public when someone has injured or killed a police officer...

Sunday offers lots of holiday festivities (12/4/16) Today will be a very festive day in the Cape Girardeau area. In one of the more anticipated concerts of the Christmas season, the "Sounds of the Season" concert will fill the sanctuary of Cape First Church at 254 Silver Springs Road. This event is a major fundraiser for the SoutheastHEALTH Cancer Center. This is the 21st year for the concert. Proceeds will go to the cancer care fund, which was established to relieve patients' financial fears as much as possible...

Ray receives Zonta Club's top award (12/2/16) Like many, Patricia Ray doesn't do things with the end goal of receiving an award. "You put your foot one foot in front of the other every day. You do your thing. This is what you do," Ray said after the Zonta Club's 12th annual Women of Achievement Awards ceremony on Nov. 18. "You don't expect recognition for it; you just want to try and do good things because it makes you feel good."...

Downtown Christmas Open House is Friday (12/1/16) If you're ready to get in the Christmas spirit and need something to do on Friday night, look no further than the Downtown Christmas Open House. The open house is from 5 to 9 p.m. and will include a variety of activities, all of which are free, according to Old Town Cape marketing and event coordinator Katie Amrhein. First Friday with the Arts also will occur downtown that night...

Saint Francis CEO Bjelich receives top honor (11/30/16) Earlier this month, Saint Francis Healthcare System president and CEO Steven Bjelich was recognized by the Missouri Hospital Association for more than four decades in the health-care field. Bjelich, who's been the president and CEO at Saint Francis since 1999, was awarded the organization's highest honor on Nov. 3 -- the 2016 Distinguished Service Award...

Events are abundant this holiday season (11/29/16) There is no shortage of activities in which to participate during this holiday season. During this "most wonderful time of the year," a riches of events are at our disposal. One of the many wonderful things about them is that they do not require financial riches to attend; for free to limited funds, you and your family have several options...

Giving to others during the holidays (11/28/16) This is the time of year when people are on the hunt for items that will garner the “oohs” and “ahhhs” of their loved ones, as they select Christmas presents. It is also the time when people bestow gifts upon those they do not know, people in need, bringing a smile to their faces also. Various organizations are committed to making sure the young and old have a special holiday. If you’re looking for a way to help people in need, consider the various opportunities in our area. Once again, the Cape Girardeau Jaycees are collecting Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly donations. Toybox showers about 1,200 Cape Girardeau kids with gifts, and the Jaycees rely on the community to make this happen, receiving money and toys from the public. Toybox not only collects toys, but delivers them — or “Santa” does. Santa himself shows up, which makes for excited children. To make this happen, Toybox is requesting 25 volunteers and toys donated ...

Plenty of mistakes made in Renee Boyd case (11/27/16) The days of having felonies hanging over her head are over now for Renee Boyd. Last January, Boyd engaged with a police officer. She was outside on her own. Boyd, who had been diagnosed with several mental disorders, including depression, anxiety disorder and Tourette's syndrome, had gone outside to cool off after becoming upset and breaking her phone. Her friends began worrying about her and had called police for assistance. When an officer arrived, Boyd’s friends told him that she had mental illnesses. When the officer found her and called out for her, Boyd became frightened and started running away, saying “I don’t know you.” The officer tackled Boyd, and Renee resisted, kicking, spitting and lashing out at the officer, who was on top of her and had pinned her down. The “well check” call turned into a confrontation, which turned into two counts of felony charges of assault of an officer and the assault of a paramedic, ...

Holiday festivities commence in Jackson and Cape (11/25/16) You've had your fill of turkey and all the fixings, but there's some other holiday traditions you can take some time to enjoy this weekend. The "Flip the Switch" event for Jackson's Holiday Extravaganza is tonight and the 25th Annual Downtown Christmas Parade of Lights in Cape Girardeau is scheduled for Sunday night...

Take time to give thanks and enjoy life (11/24/16) Today many of us will enjoy eating lots of food and spending time with family and friends on this American holiday. Having food on the table and people to share it with are just a few things to be thankful for. There's also health, homes, jobs, the great country we live in and more that many give thanks for...

Congrats to Mo. Sports Hall of Fame inductees (11/23/16) Earlier this month, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame held its enshrinement for its 2016 Class at the Show Me Center, marking only the sixth time it's been held away from its home in Springfield. Each inductee -- 11 individuals, three programs and two title-winning teams -- had some connection to Southeast Missouri...

Resilient special-needs pets deserve support (11/22/16) Anyone who has had the pleasure of owning a pet knows how special they are. Some are more special than others. Mac's Mission, a non-for-profit rescue, has introduced the public to some special-needs animals who are just waiting for a loving home. Special-needs pets have a way of capturing our hearts and teaching us lessons...

Communication is vital to redevelopment plan process (11/21/16) If there are ways to better our community, we want to hear about them. This was the impetus for Mayor Rediger inviting representatives of Purpose Built Communities, an Atlanta-based organization, to come to Cape Girardeau to discuss the success their city has experienced through their program, which has become a model for other cities in need of redevelopment. ...

Steady improvements seen with industrial additions to area (11/20/16) As the economy improves, more businesses are taking a look at the greater Cape Girardeau area to put down roots. While perhaps lacking the big splash company, the area has made smaller and steady gains in industries moving to the area and expanding their facilities...

Choirs from different places, generations unite (11/18/16) No matter where we're from or how old we are, music can be a common denominator, a uniting force. This was true for the Charleston Community Choir and the Jackson Middle School Treble Choir, which joined forces for a performance last month. The Charleston Community Choir began because an arts organization that Kerry Davis, the choir director and Charleston-native-turned-Cape-Girardeau-resident, "required a performance art-oriented project to try and reach a larger audience," according to a recent Southeast Missourian article.. ...

Trio of local schools earn perfect state scores (11/17/16) Last week the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its Annual Performance Report for all districts in the state. Three area schools received 100 percent of their total possible points this year: Kelso, Oran and Oak Ridge. It was the second year with a perfect score for Kelso while Oran and Oak Ridge have seen steady improvement over the last two years...

Congrats to area swimmers, runners (11/16/16) Nov. 5 was a momentous day for some local high school teams and athletes. Both the Cape Girardeau Central boys swim team and the Jackson girls cross country team won their first ever state titles that day. For the Cape Central swim team, victory came following a bit of adversity. ...

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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