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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (07/22/2014) at 02:14 AM

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  • Timing of campaign checks trips up Missouri GOP again

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  • FAIR: University City rights its wrong on Normandy transfer students FAIR: University City rights its wrong on Normandy transfer students

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  • FOUL: Key point in county executive primary debate debate: Shhh

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  • FAIR: Missouri Republicans true to their ALEC oaths


    Kansas City Star - Editorials
    As of (07/22/2014) at 02:14 AM

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  • The Monday Poll: What do you think about immigration reform? We’d like to hear from readers on some of the key questions surrounding the current crisis and immigration reform in general. Go online to kansascity.com/opinion to register your opinions Reject extremism in Kansas' Aug. 5 primary Reject extremism in Kansas’ Aug. 5 primary With Kansas finances decimated by tax cuts and the voting status of thousands of citizens in limbo, the perils of electing leaders intent on far-right experimentation are painfully apparent. Fortunately, voters have a chance in this year’s primary and general elections to elect smart candidates who want to return the state to sensible governing. In primary, Kansas Democrats offer strong candidates for U.S. Senate, 3rd District House For once, even in very red Kansas, Democrats with impressive resumes have stepped up to challenge incumbents in key offices. Every vote matters on Aug. 5 to propel push thoughtful, pragmatic, compr...

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  • Step one: an open mind on options for Kemper Arena The first of five scheduled meetings provided a City Council committee background on the 40-year-old arena’s history, on the hundreds of thousands of dollars of red ink it generates annual as a chronically underused city facility and on at least three development and planning studies that have focused on the West Bottoms district in recent years.

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  • Property tax hike forced by state act Homeowners and businesses in Johnson County soon will be paying a slightly higher property tax rate for some good reasons — and a bad one.

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  • Reform City Hall to make it easier to do business in KC This needs fixing, and soon: A new report says Kansas City’s Planning and Development Department suffers from unacceptable customer service, a negative culture among employees, lack of productivity, a silo mentality that prevents cooperation and an overall inability to promote economic development in a well-planned city.

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  • Ink Party Pics: Global Dance at the Midland The annual Global Dance event took place at the Midland Saturday night with headliners such as the Adventure Club, Zomboy and Savant taking the stage. Wrongly imprisoned, Mark Woodworth deserves justice Tuesday was a great day for Mark Woodworth, who learned that the murder charge that wrongly sent him to prison for 17 years has finally been dismissed. The question now is who will atone for the thousands of bad days endured by Woodworth and his family in Chilicothe because of a prosecution that a judge who reviewed the case has called “a manifold injustice”? Foolish gun measures in Kansas, Missouri draw welcome opposition Over the past two years, lawmakers in Missouri and Kansas have proposed and in some cases passed gun laws that defy U.S. Supreme Court rulings, the wishes of local communities and common sense. Fortunately, recent days have brought some welcome pushback. Russell Stover sale is definitely a sweet deal f...

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    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 let the 'Sunshine' in

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    The Independence Examiner - Editorials
    As of (07/22/2014) at 02:14 AM

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  • Diane Mack: I cannot abide a mouse in the house Updated at 1:02 AM There is a mouse in the house. Well, not the house, the office.Quite often, I have little visitors in the office who like M&M’s. We have an M&M machine which generously releases M&M’s into a little one’s hands.If the little one drops the M&M’s, and doesn’t pick them up, then word gets out, there is food in the house.I really don’t know if this is how it occurred, but I don’t like a mouse in the house. So I... --

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  • Long-term transportation solution called essential Updated at 1:01 AM Congress is trying to avert a large slowdown in federal highway funding, but three congressional aides said their bosses want to see a long-term solution.“We have a problem. It needs to be funded. It needs to be long range,”...

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  • Dr. Elaine Heffner: Marching to a different drummer Posted at 1:01 AM Adding to the discussion about whether children need to work harder to achieve the standards set by the Common Core curriculum is a renewal of the controversy over innate ability vs. practice. A recent paper in the journal Psychological Science...

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  • Family Time: Make the most of your garden goodies Posted at 1:01 AM Tip of the Week

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  • Home Help: Drinks on the deck Posted at 1:01 AM Tip of the Week

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  • Morning Minutes, July 22 Posted at 1:01 AM July 22Word of the Day, This Day in History, Number to Know, Website of the Day, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.Word of the Daycohort \ KOH-hort \ noun; A group; also, a companion or associate. — Dictionary.com

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  • School district seeks boy's records in bullying case Updated at 12:57 AM CARL JUNCTION, Mo. – Lawyers for a southwest Missouri school district being sued by the parents of a boy who killed himself last year have filed a request seeking all of the Facebook messages, photographs, videos and other communication...

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  • Mavericks All-Time Top 10 - No. 6 David Simoes Posted at 12:01 AM Editor’s note: The Examiner will be announcing members of the Missouri Mavericks’ Top 10 all-time team over the next week. Each sports section, through Saturday, will feature a member of the team, as voted on by...

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  • Come aboard ‘The Last Ship,’ no thinking required Updated at 11:46 PM My favorite line of the Pilot episode of TNT’s new drama “The Last Ship” is said by Naval Commander Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) to Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra). After spending four months in the arctic sea under radio silence conducting what turns...

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  • Sox ace keeps Royals in skid Updated at 11:45 PM CHICAGO – The struggling Kansas City Royals knew they weren't going to get too many chances against Chris Sale.So when the Royals had an opportunity to tie the game in the fourth inning against the White Sox they got... How to Make Grown Up Meals for Kids Updated at 10:28 PM Compromise with your kids and make mealtime more than just chicken nuggets. NEXT 10  »


    The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
    As of (07/22/2014) at 02:15 AM

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Underfunding national and state parks shortchanges America's treasures By Jill Richardson : America’s greatest vacation destinations are also our most egalitarian. You can almost certainly afford the price tag of admission — even to the likes of the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Partisan power struggle isn't serving Missouri residents by Jefferson City News-Tribune : We encourage Missouri lawmakers to consider gubernatorial vetoes individually, not collectively. Further action that intensifies discord would be a mistake and not in the best interests of Missouri residents.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wrongly imprisoned, Mark Woodworth deserves justice by The Kansas City Star : With Mark Woodworth"s case dismissed, who will answer for the 17 years he spent in prison?

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon's veto of e-cigarette bill was smart move by Jefferson City News Tribune : Even though e-cigarettes do not contain any tobacco, they do contain additive nicotine — also found in tobacco products — and so they should be regulated like other tobacco products for the sake of the public"s health.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Too much regulation threatens ability to fight fires by Wall Street Journal : The Department of Defense"s decision to stop supplying federal firefighting equipment to states on the grounds that the equipment does not meet emissions standards is ill-timed.

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  • DEAR READER: How can I describe the perfect day? by Tom Warhover : A rare respite from the heat in July seemed to put everyone in a better mood. Executive Editor Tom Warhover imagines the perfect story to go along with the perfect week.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nora Dietzel has strong qualifications for county recorder by Marlene Willick : Nora Dietzel"s experience as a deputy in the Boone County recorder of deeds" office make her the best candidate for the job.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: "No" on highway sales tax; public transit is more important by Chloe Ames : Accessible and affordable public transit is good for all of Missouri. So why does the state largely ignore and underfund it?

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hemp-oil bill should open larger discussion about legalizing pot by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Careful reading of the bill that allows the use of cannabis extract to treat epilepsy shows that it sets up the regulatory framework for dealing with medicinal marijuana, now legal in 23 states.

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: Fixing border problems will require change in Congress by DAVID ROSMAN : It is time we remove the radical right from office and move in moderates and Democrats who will be willing to work across the aisle to return to their homeland those who are here illegally and to help stop the overflow of unaccompanied children sent by their parents to achieve a better life.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Finley Gibbs is the right candidate for associate circuit court judge by Dana Rissler Fritz : Finley Gibbs is an expertly qualified and very deserving candidate for Boone County Associate Circuit Judge. He’s exactly the type of person you would want on the bench — a balanced, thoughtful man who knows the law in depth

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote 'no' on the highway sales tax by Ed Zagorac : Highway and bridge building and repairs should be paid for by the people and businesses that use them. If MoDOT needs more money, we should increase tax on fuels.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: 'Right to Farm' vague, confusing, one-sided by Joplin Globe : The wording of the Right to Farm Act raises questions about whom the proposed law protects: Missouri farmers or big ag?

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Storm cleanup work was phenomenal by David L. Wallace : David Wallace"s home and yard became a major staging area for crews working to get the power lines back up. He expresses his gratitude for the work the teams did in the aftermath of the July 7 storm.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri needs to think policy, not politics by Springfield News-Leader : This year"s legislative session provided many more examples of partisanship at its worst, leading to bad law in some cases and failure to get necessary work done in others.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: EPA needs to clarify Clean Water Act for farmers by The Kansas City Star : A number of farmers in Kansas, Missouri and other states are concerned that a pending clarification of the federal act will require them to give up some of their current farming activities or seek the EPA’s permission for how to handle water runoff on their lands.

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  • GENE ROBERTSON: Lack of involvement might be our undoing by William E. "Gene" Robertson : Many African-American professionals are a part of the perpetration of injustices against low-income disenfranchised members of their own culture.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Keep your teens safe behind the wheel by JEFFERSON CITY NEWS TRIBUNE : Between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers and more than 550 of those fatalities were teens.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Colleges have some work ahead to protect sexual assault survivors by ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH : Sen. Claire McCaskill has turned a spotlight on sexual violence at colleges and universities. She is working on legislation to help clarify overlapping sex-crime laws and strengthen campus disciplinary proceedings.

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  • DEAR READER: How do you classify a storm? Depends whether you have a room with a (new) view by Tom Warhover : Monday"s storm wasn"t the roughest event in Columbia"s weather history, but that didn"t stop it from knocking out power in the west.


    Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
    As of (07/22/2014) at 02:18 AM

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  • Associate circuit judge Incumbent Larry Bryson is retiring, opening the office of associate circuit judge for a mini-rush of would-be successors.

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  • Amendment 7 Recognizing a severe shortage of funds to maintain and build Missouri transportation facilities, supporters faced an unprecedented dilemma. Motor fuel taxes no longer are adequate, so they propose turning to a three-fourths-cent sales tax increase expected to produce $534 million...

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  • Good idea The Mayor's Task Force on Violent Crime recommends “ban the box,” referring to a box routinely appearing on employment forms for applicants to check if they have ever been convicted of a crime.

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  • Sales taxes Financing for important public initiatives has fallen so far behind that increased sales taxes become the only way to gain the needed revenue, and projects are so important it makes no sense to put them off. Passage of time will...

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  • Early voting Democrats seem to favor earlier voting, and Republicans seem to be against. Why is that?

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  • Parks funding The city of Columbia is conducting a professional survey of the potential for attracting more sports events, already shown to be good business for the community.

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  • `Right to farm' Protecting a “right to farm” seems obvious, but should any such thing be enshrined in the Missouri Constitution?

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  • Protecting the language I am indebted to the executive editor of the Paducah Sun, who recently published reminiscences of usage advice from the late John Bremner's book “Words on Words.” Bremner spent most of his career teaching journalism at the University of Kansas.

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  • TIF veto A few days ago, Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed HB1553, an omnibus bill that included the sudden late-inning restriction sought by Boone County on the ability of the city of Columbia to implement tax increment financing.

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  • Deer management A bill aimed at blocking regulations from the Department of Conservation to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild or captive deer was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon, who said the measure would erode the vaunted independence of...

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  • Oops Don't tell me you have never suffered temporary bouts of insanity. My latest attack came Thursday when in an otherwise brilliant treatise on sports at Stephens College I proclaimed with seeming authority the college is a member of the National...

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  • Cop tax “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.” So goes my favorite refrain from a cherished island ditty learned long ago.

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  • The Stephens Stars Stephens College is among the few institutions in America that can legitimately claim to field sports teams made up of student athletes. The proof can be seen in the school's win-loss records.

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  • Development fees City Councilman Ian Thomas recently released the results of a survey showing a plurality of respondents favor recovering 80 to 90 percent of maintaining infrastructure costs from developers of new projects approved by the city.

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  • Abortion In today's lopsided Missouri General Assembly on many issues, like abortion, when one member introduces an extreme bill, all the other right-wing sheep feel obliged to follow suit lest they prove themselves outliers, prompting well-funded campaigns against them in subsequent...

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  • Recent Blog Entries Art Axis Adirondack native guides listeners into common ground Mental Math Mental Math for Monday July 21 Behind The Stripes Gary Pinkel takes his turn at the ESPN 'Car Wash' Behind The Stripes SEC Schedule Strength: Missouri's got a smooth ride,... Tiger Tidings MU Olympic sports VIT countdown: No. 2 Kearsten Peoples Prep Repartee 2014 football schedules are here! Tiger Tidings MU Olympic sports VIT countdown: No. 3 Drake Houdashelt Art Axis Kansas City composer focuses on fusion at MU festival Mental Math Fix the Problem for Saturday July 19 Tiger Tidings MU Olympic sports VIT countdown: No. 4 Tori Finucane Street Talk The July 19, 2014, edition of Saturday Business Tiger Tidings MU Olympic sports VIT countdown: No. 5 Rachel Updike Behind The Stripes News Upon a Friday: Comcast adds SEC Network; NCAA h... Courtside View Ten years of tough competition for Missouri Tiger Tidings MU Olympic sports VIT countdown: No. 6 Carly Kan Mental Math Mental Math for ...

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    St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
    As of (07/22/2014) at 02:19 AM

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  • Tourism important every day In the countdown to the Kansas City Chiefs' training camp, much has been made of how our city will enjoy a nice boost in tourism over the next three weeks.

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  • Trends positive for teens Here's some good news: Teens are making better choices about risky behaviors.

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  • Road tax emerges as best option Veterans of lawmaking will tell you: Sometimes the best public policy decision is the one voters will approve.

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  • Send a message: We value schools In the middle of summer, when the minds of both parents and kids are on other things, today presents a rare opportunity to leave a long-lasting message that education matters greatly in the grand scheme of things.

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  • Pumps lift spirits at Lake Contrary The water level is up at "the lake," but it's not sustainable without nature's help and annual checks written by the Lake Contrary Development Association.

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  • On giving the dying a chance No one should go around touting Missouri House Bill 1685 as the savior for all terminally ill patients. It is far, far from that.

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  • Standards' debaters find middle ground "Common Core." The words by themselves are a lightning rod attracting a heated reaction from people throughout the Midland Empire who favor local control and oversight of their schools.

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  • Prepare to teach a child Not to put any extra pressure on parents, but they really are their children's first teachers.

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  • Transfer without hassles Pursuing a college degree in Missouri is now easier, thanks to action by state lawmakers and education leaders.

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  • Economic vitality requires teamwork Surviving in this global economy is one thing. Thriving is another.

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  • College? Are you sure? Know a young person heading to college this fall? Are you sure?

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  • Casino parlays bets into solid record As the St. Jo Frontier Casino celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer, managers are pondering two recent reports - one good and one not so good.

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  • Streets have our attention You can almost hear the legions of St. Joseph citizens cheering on their representatives:

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  • No quit in levee boosters It should be clear by now - whether we have a week of heavy rains or not - that our levees protecting Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas from ravaging floods are in need of constant attention.

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  • Why not save together? Down in Kansas City, civic and business leaders are teaming up with Kansas City Power & Light Co. in an unusual partnership to reduce energy use while competing with nine other large cities nationwide.

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  • Remember kids' needs year-round Early July hardly seems the time to be thinking about going back to school, let alone Christmas. Still, there is wisdom in planning ahead.

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  • The line is drawn on privacy To be clear, the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on privacy does not say data on an individual's cellphone cannot be examined by law enforcement. Rather, the groundbreaking ruling establishes that generally a search warrant is required.

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  • Committed to the future Even museums need something new now and then.

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  • Freedoms not always assured Their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor - they pledged it all for the sake of liberty.

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  • Prices boost grilling options With the Fourth of July weekend a prime time for barbecuing, our eyes turn to the meat department at the grocery store. Hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwurst - maybe even a steak - will be popular items on the grill for many people.


    The Joplin Globe - Editorials
    As of (07/22/2014) at 02:19 AM

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  • Our view: Street smarts If your daily commute has been shortened because you no longer have to wait at 26th Street and Connecticut Avenue for a train to pass, thank your own tax dollars. July 21, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Other Views: No time to turn away With the shooting down of a commercial airliner over Ukraine and fighting that has now escalated to a ground war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, it would be easy for most U.S. citizens to throw up their hands and turn their backs. July 21, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Your View: Amendment 5 is deception of the highest order Amendment 5, sponsored by Missouri Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, “relating to the right of Missouri citizens to keep and bear arms” provides that “any restriction on these rights shall be subject to strict scrutiny.” July 21, 2014

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  • Our View: Vote no on Amendment 1 Proponents of Amendment 1 — the Right to Farm Act — have not made their case. We’ve met with advocates of this amendment to the Missouri constitution and listened to their arguments, but we don’t believe they have adequately answered the central question: Who is it protecting, and from what? July 13, 2014

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  • Your View: Power to defend The Globe’s editorial ‘More guns not the answer’ (July 15) was saturated with classic progressive blather. July 21, 2014

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  • Your View: Thanks for the generosity Generally, all we hear about is the bad news, and obviously, there is plenty available. Our church felt this event worthy of public knowledge. July 21, 2014

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  • Your View: How to upgrade your business Let’s see now. When some folks wish to improve the exterior of their properties and have other taxpayers pay for the improvements, they create a community improvement district. July 21, 2014

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  • Other Views: Decision fails test With the announcement that the State Board of Education has decided not to release individual school test results because of cyberattacks and other problems this spring, educators are scratching their heads, as are taxpayers who footed the bill. July 21, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Our View: Welcome additions After Joplin voters failed to pass a curbside recycling proposal in the spring, the City Council said it would study alternate ways to make recycling easier for residents. July 18, 2014

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  • Your Letters: Be careful what you wish for on Amendment 1 The proposed Amendment 1 should have been called “Freedom to Farm Without Any Restrictions Whatsoever” because that is what it is. Do you really want a feedlot opening next door to you in Joplin? Or a hog-raising operation on your block in Carthage? July 17, 2014


    The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
    As of (07/22/2014) at 01:14 AM

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  • Your Opinion: Conflict requires closure, not walking away - This is in response to Robert Haslag's July 13 letter about the war in Iraq.

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  • Your Opinion: Transportation sales tax opposed - Vote no on Amendment 7.

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  • Justice Matters: Judges must not express personal opinions - It is almost primary election time. Voters soon will face decisions about issues and candidates.

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  • Our Opinion: United Way Pacesetters energize campaign - Serving as a United Way Pacesetter company is about a lot more than raising money.

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  • Your Opinion: Commissioners fail to justify courtroom construction - I am very frustrated by the Cole County Commission's decision to build a new courtroom.

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  • Your Opinion: Transportation sales tax hits families, not truckers - Now the big trucking companies are attempting to get working families to pay for the destruction they inflict on our Missouri highways with their big rigs.

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  • Your Opinion: Revive the art, and joy, of writing letters - In the steadily growing chaos we call life – with its never-ending meteor shower of information, commentary and noise – more and more people are rediscovering the quiet delight of sending and receiving cards and letters.

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  • Your Opinion: Freedom comes with responsibilities - I am a civil libertarian. I believe in limited government, very limited government. I should be free to live my life as I desire right up to the point where that freedom infringes on the freedom (safety) of others.

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  • Our Opinion: Consider Nixon's vetoes individually, not collectively - We encourage Missouri lawmakers to consider gubernatorial vetoes individually, not collectively.

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  • Perspective: Finally free of the veto spree - Last year, the General Assembly set a record for veto overrides. With even more vetoes this year, it's possible that the record will be broken again.

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  • Perspective: Education, like baseball, must adapt to changing times - So while baseball is still baseball, teams have had to adapt over the years. The same can be said for professional football or other sports. And the same can be said for schools.

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  • Our Opinion: Beware bogus claims about Unclaimed Property News Tribune editorial - We wonder sometimes if we should have a regular, recurring forum dedicated to the many ways scoundrels abuse operations designed to help people.

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  • Perspective: Importance of farming - As a former small farmer who raised hogs and cattle to help pay my way through college and still enjoys working on my 160-acre farm, it is amazing that government today is intent on attacking what is considered a noble calling.

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  • Our Opinion: Armed response not a job for educators - Arming teachers to respond to deadly attacks is an unsettling concept.

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  • Your Opinion: Respect and enjoy Missouri wildlife - What a delightful article with the charming pictures that appeared in the July 1 edition of the baby deer rescued by the April Dyer family.


    The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
    As of (07/22/2014) at 01:14 AM

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  • Jackson Homecomers opens tonight (07/22/14) Jackson's annual Homecomers festival kicks off tonight in the city's downtown. This Southeast Missouri summertime event brings thousands to the streets for music, rides and good family fun. A past event that will not take place this week is the talent show. Organizers replaced the show due to a lack of interest. However, an expanded gospel performance and Senior Idol contest will be held...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 7/22/14 (07/22/14) Calm down people. I guarantee you the border crisis will be resolved just as soon as it is determined that enough people will be allowed to remain in the country who will, in the future, vote Democratic. Fundraiser in chief Isn't it amazing to watch President Obama conduct the office of president of the United States? Does anyone recall when a president seemed so disengaged from the actual duties of his office? All he cares about are fundraisers and bashing anyone who disagrees with him. ...

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  • Letter to the Editor Opposed to Prop K (07/22/14) On Aug. 5 the county is asking permission to raise our sales taxes. This will be to administer an unknown budget for a yet to be determined need, administered by an administrator who will be unaccountable. The "needs" I have heard of are already being addressed by other private or governmental agencies...

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  • Letter to the Editor Looking for ‘Gone Girl' items (07/22/14) The Cape River Heritage Museum is looking for artifacts of old Cape movie theaters for inclusion in an exhibit to coincide with the opening of "Gone Girl" in October. Anyone willing to loan or donate items is asked to call Margaret Ford, director, at 335-56459...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 7/21/14 (07/21/14) I would like to make a comment about people who leave their kids out in the car while they run inside. I work next door to a suntanning place, and I can't believe the women who will leave their kids in the car for a half-hour, while they get suntanned...

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  • Paid Letter I will listen (07/21/14) I'm a Democratic candidate for state representative, and I know how to listen. I've had training on listening, and I know about active listening, body language, tone, etc. I've worked at jobs where listening is critical. I believe elected officials are tools people can use to shape their government and solve their problems. And the better the officials listen, the better they can serve. I will listen, and I will respond to your inquiries, even if the response is not what you want to hear...

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  • Paid Letter Clark a knowledgeable recorder (07/21/14) I am writing to support Scott R. Clark, incumbent candidate for Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds. As a former chief deputy recorder working in that office for more than 46 years, I was trained by a recorder of deeds, and in my time there I trained three other recorders. Of all of them, Scott was the most knowledgeable about the office and what's happening within this field. The improvements he has made over the past three years have been tremendous...

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  • Editorial Collecting photos for Vietnam project (07/21/14) The Missouri Press Association, in cooperation with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation, is embarking on a noble project aimed at recognizing Vietnam Veterans in conjunction with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The groups are looking for photographs of Vietnam soldiers who died in combat...

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  • Opinion Column Missouri sales tax is bad policy for improving roads (07/20/14) By Joseph Miller In the 1929 Rose Bowl, the speedy Roy Riegel of the University of California football team achieved immortality in the annals of college sports when he picked up a fumble, bounced off a tackler, and raced 69 yards -- in the wrong direction...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 7/20/14 (07/20/14) I just returned home after watching the movie "America." I think every thinking adult should see this movie. I plan to put my money where my mouth is. I plan to buy tickets for every one of my children and grandchildren that are over the age of 13. We've got to do something to re-educate our citizens. And this movie is a good start...

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  • Letter to the Editor ‘No' on Proposition K (07/20/14) Aren't we taxed enough already? For those who think you are not, please feel free to donate to a great cause. Because I, for one, am concerned that Prop K, albeit sounds like a great cause, is just another reach into the public's pocket to fund yet another great service...

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  • Editorial A story of bravery, love and America (07/20/14) It was a down-home combination of "Extreme Home Makeover" and "The Bucket List." Add the introduction of a little red-haired granddaughter, a U.S. veteran and a generous, small-town community, and you have one dandy of an American-made story. Matt Johnston, a Purple Heart Marine, is facing his mortality. He's battling stage-4 lung cancer...

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  • Editorial Tomlin concert and Capahas auction to be held tonight (07/18/14) Summertime entertainment continues this weekend with a Christian concert and Capahas auction both scheduled for tonight. Popular contemporary Christian music writer and singer Chris Tomlin will perform at the Show Me Center tonight. The concert includes fellow contemporary Christian artist Brandon Heath...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 7/18/14 (07/18/14) Please let whoever shot the fireworks off on Green Meadows Drive in Jackson know that everyone who we had over really enjoyed the whole fireworks display. Employment decision It is beyond my comprehension why a private business owner must compromise their own moral values and beliefs. ...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 7/17/14 (07/17/14) Parents, be sure to see the movie "America" at the local theater and take your high school and college kids with you. It's excellent. It reveals important historical information about America that the left and progressives fails to to tell our students or downright hide from them to pull them into their radical ideology...

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  • Letter to the Editor The use tax continued (07/17/14) If you voted no last April regarding the use tax, your vote did not count. I found this out while registering my recent purchase of a used truck from the commonwealth of Kentucky at the Cape License Bureau. When I mentioned the tax should only be 4.225 (state tax only), I was informed that was not the case; I would pay the city and county tax also. ...

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  • Letter to the Editor Founding Fathers on gov't (07/17/14) A recent letter called "America's founding revisited" took some liberties with historical fact. In 1787, the 55 founding fathers met in Philadelphia and after 89 days of heated debate and unparalleled compromise emerged with one of the most important documents in the history of mankind. ...

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  • Editorial Church helps community through free-of-charge weekend (07/17/14) The things we say and do matter. It sounds trite, but the reality is others watch how we respond to situations. Scripture says it clearly that others will know we are followers of Christ if we love one another. Recently, one local church took this command to the streets. Mount Auburn Christian Church hosted a three-day, free-of-charge event...

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  • Editorial Mission trips are a blessing to volunteers, beneficiaries (07/16/14) During the summer months many churches sponsor mission trips around the country and abroad. The timing is good for students, who are out of school for the summer, and others who take vacation time to minister to those in need. In June, seven students and eight adults from Notre Dame Regional High School went to Montgomery, Alabama, to provide assistance. ...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 7/16/14 (07/16/14) Only from the minds of the looney, left, liberal Democrats, such as Wrong Way Jay and President Obama, could a governor cut money from education and from state salaries and then increase money welfare spending by deciding to give convicted felons, drug felons food stamps on their release from prison. ...


    Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
    As of (07/22/2014) at 01:14 AM

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  • Council is no place for a ‘wallflower’ Dear Editor:Travis McMullen, this letter is directed to you. I hope you have the guts to print it as I have written, but I strongly doubt that your boss will allow it. My first question is this. Are you related to Doug Kneibert? You know, long lost son, second cousin. Why would I ask such a question? He worked for the paper at one time, blindsided me the same way you have done a few months ago. I was allowed to respond to his attack (he got off my back, as I think you had better). ...

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  • Relationships change over time When my friend received an invitation to her aunt’s wedding anniversary, she was suddenly troubled. She couldn’t understand why all of her long anniversary invitations were from older people. It seemed that all of the friends her own age had been married less than 10 years.My friend is in her late 50s and she has been married for 30 years. The fact that her 70-year old aunt was celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary, she found disturbing. She couldn’t think of a...

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  • Advancements in cancer research continue Words are powerful, and when spoken or written effectively and passionately by a person of prominence they can take on amplified meaning and become a beacon of awareness or a call to action.On Wednesday night, as part of ESPN’s annual ESPY awards, SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, named for basketball coach Jim Valvano, who died of cancer in 1993. Valvano’s greatest professional accomplishment was leading North Carolina State to t...

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  • Concentrating on the smaller things I sat glued to the television Thursday morning, watching, horrified, as the story of the doomed Malaysian Air flight unfolded. As the details revealed themselves, including that it was not only possible but likely that the plane was shot down, my mood sank. And then, the television reporters told of Israel’s ground invasion into the Gaza Strip, only a day after Israeli airstrikes had killed at least four Palestinian children playing at the beach. The final blow was that some bombs explo...

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  • Code of Conduct to help prevent future problems Larry Stevenson is a very unique member of the Sedalia City Council.Over the last few months he’s captured our attention as one of the most controversial members of the city administration — op-eds from both the radio and print sides of the Sedville media painted him as a highly non-traditional councilperson.And there are absolutely some valid concerns to be considered, but on the other hand I kind of admire Stevenson’s passion. He might have occasional...

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  • Noonday Optimist says thank you Dear Editor:On behalf of the Sedalia Noonday Optimist Club, we want to thank all the teams that played in our 10th Annual Noonday Optimist Club Fundraiser Golf Tournament in June. Proceeds from this fundraiser along with our other fundraisers during the year is used to fund other youth programs and projects and scholarships here in our area.Ashlee Paxton,President of the Noonday Optimist ClubClub chartered in 1947

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  • The skirmish at Georgetown Although vicious fighting had occurred along the Kansas-Missouri border during the 1850s, the Civil War did not begin until 1861.Following Abraham Lincoln’s election as president, seven southern states seceded from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America. In April 1861, Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter, a federal post in South Carolina. President Abraham Lincoln called for troops to retake the fort. His call for troops prompted four more states t...

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  • Proud to be a Missourian When I was growing up, we were never allowed to play with fireworks. When I was a little girl, a group of grown boys in Kansas City threw a handful of flaming firecrackers on me and I suffered some painful burns on my legs. From that point on, I was through with fireworks, forever.When my son was young, his friend’s grandfather always took the boys out on a country road and shot fireworks for them. As far as my son was concerned, his outing with his friend’s grandfather...

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  • S-C graduate nabs Miss Pettis County crown SMITHTON — Beverly Egner said her daughter grew up admiring the Missouri State Fair queens and long had hoped she would become one.Kandas Egner is one step closer to that dream.On Thursday night, Kandas captured the crown in the 2014 Miss Pettis County Queen pageant, held as part of the Smithton Town & Country Fair. The title is her ticket to compete in the Missouri State Fair Queen competition in August.

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  • Recapping July Fourth festivities in Wisconsin Whitefish Bay, Wis., has three Fourth of July parades. One of them begins at 11:30 a.m., and it winds its way through the middle of Downtown USA with its small shops and storefronts, and ends at the city park, where games and carnival rides for kids abound. The second parade begins much earlier, when people begin walking, riding their bikes, and pulling wagons filled with young children toward the downtown parade route, anticipation visible on their faces.

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  • Legalizing drugs not answer to society’s problems To the Editor:In response to the letter encouraging us to support legalizing/decriminalizing drugs, I’ll address the last point first—if the majority of prison inmates are incarcerated for drug offenses, it seems we are not losing the drug war.Next—yes, society and alcohol have come to an understanding—alcohol purchase and usage require laws to protect us from drunk drivers and underage drinkers. We spend millions of dollars to rehabilitate alcoho...

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  • ‘Musty’ water invades Sedalia “Not really sure what all you Sedalians are complaining about with all this tap water stuff,” Caleb Sell said. “Of course, 98 percent of my fluid intake while within city limits involves alcohol, but that is beside the point.”There are some things that we take for granted: the sun will rise, the trash will be picked up and the city’s water supply will be plentiful and palatable.But just a few days ago, those Sedalians discovered their once e...

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  • More on Sedalia’s profitable geology In the 1882 History of Pettis County, F.A. Sampson wrote a chapter describing the natural history of Pettis County. While Sampson was interested in all aspects of the natural world, he was particularly interested in rock and minerals, including fossils. His chapter details the strata of rock, using information provided by Professor Swallow and Professor Broadhead of the geology department of the University of Missouri-Columbia and Thomas Godby, author of the Hayden Annual report for 1878, as ...

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  • Mojos Gaming Lounge filling an entertainment void Benton Heisterberg and Nate List took a look at Sedalia’s entertainment landscape and noticed that things haven’t changed much since the 29-year-olds were teens.“Even when we were in school, there were not a lot of options,” List said. “I remember going to high school, people would just hang out on the strip, just in parking lots. We wanted to create a place that we would have wanted to go to and that people our age still want to go to.”

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  • Enjoying the sights on the open road There is something romantic, I have heard, about traveling the open road for summer vacation. Max and I love driving just about anywhere, romantic or not, because we love seeing different parts of the country. For most of our married lives, we have owned a convertible, so seeing the country is a noisy, albeit really fun, endeavor.


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