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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (10/17/2017) at 02:46 PM

Editorial Editorial: Trump undermines his own party by cruelly sabotaging Affordable Care Act Editorial Editorial: Exposing the unholy alliance between regulators and opioid profiteers Editorial Editorial: Administration should rethink bid to deny assistance for birth control coverage. Editorial Editorial: Justice Department goes after LGBT rights, smears black protests

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Horrigan: The Great Divider doesn't even pretend to worry about healing

David Ignatius: Trump's foreign policy is plagued by a lack of clarity

Eugene Robinson: Our democracy could be sunk by a president adrift

Leonard Pitts Jr.: When ignorance is impervious to fact

Kathleen Parker: Distracting ourselves to death

Dana Milbank: Breitbart knows that the deep state is everywhere

E.J. Dionne: Why the majority doesn't rule on guns

Threatened Medicaid, CHIP programs are vital to our health care system

If the EPA wants to excavate the West Lake Landfill, the truck stops here

Trump is dealing with Iran the same way he always dealt with business

Catherine Rampell: Trump's Obamacare order could destroy health care system

Black St. Louis: Leaderless and wandering

Body cameras are only as effective as the policies that govern them


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Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (10/17/2017) at 02:47 PM

Editorials How should Kansas compensate Lamonte McIntyre for 23 lost years? A lump sum, for starters Lamonte McIntyre spent 23 years behind bars for a double murder he didn't commit. What does Kansas plan to do to compensate this man? Nothing. That needs to change.

Editorials KCI is your first impression of Kansas City, and that’s a problem The shortcomings of Kansas City's 45-year-old airport do damage to our business climate, impeding efforts to attract companies and conventions. But voters have a chance to change that on Nov. 7.

Editorials Kansas school funding crisis won’t be solved by legislators’ bellyaching and threats Once again, some Kansas lawmakers are threatening a constitutional crisis over education spending. But defying the state Supreme Court will only extend litigation that's already gone on for far too long.

Editorials Will the NRA bully KC-area members of Congress into doing nothing on guns? Just a week ago, momentum was quickly building for one, simple step aimed at reducing gun violence. Now, the NRA is opposing needed legislation to ban bump stocks.

Editorials Plaza tax break is just one example of how the average taxpayer ‘is getting screwed’ News that the Country Club Plaza has been valued at $145 million just months after it sold for $660 million should concern every Jackson County taxpayer. The county should audit its property appraisal process and make the findings public.

Editorials Money keeps pouring into Missouri politics. Is there any way to stop it? Missourians have stopped the practice of rich people giving $1 million checks to favored candidates. But high-dollar donations can go to a slew of newly created political committees.

Editorials Trump is sabotaging Obamacare, but Democrats share the blame President Donald Trump took two steps this week to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act. Democrats howled, but they share responsibility for handing Trump the power to take such actions through executive orders.

Editorials Donald Trump versus the First Amendment President Donald Trump declared that “it's frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write.” Conservative writer Ramesh Ponnuru was right when he said “it is frankly disgusting that the president made this statement.”

Editorials Do we need age limits for politicians — young and old? Four teenagers are running for governor in Kansas, an encouraging sign. Now, if only some aging officeholders would consider retirement to make room for smart, energetic newcomers eager to serve.

Editorials How did 70-plus children go missing from the Kansas foster care system? The Kansas Department for Children and Families can't account for more than 70 children in foster care. What, exactly, is the state doing to find them?

Editorials Will Gov. Eric Greitens keep his promise to clean up state government? Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' deputy chief of staff, Caleb Jones, recently resigned to take a job with the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. He's prohibited from lobbying Greitens' office, but a key issue will test that requirement.

Editorials Don’t punish protesting NFL players by cutting state money for Arrowhead Stadium Missouri Rep. Nate Walker wants to punish protesting NFL players by cutting off state taxpayer support for stadiums. That's the wrong response.

Editorials Is it too much to ask that Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley fight fair in U.S. Senate race? The U.S. Senate race between Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley is off to a nasty start. If this is the tone now, what will next November be like?

Editorials Why is the Shawnee Mission School District paying 85 employees six-figure salaries? Job one for the new superintendent of the Shawnee Mission School District should be to cut spending at district headquarters. Eighty-five district employees earn more than $100,000 annually.

Editorials Unified Government spurred progress in Wyandotte County Twenty years ago, Wyandotte County was a community in decline. Now, the community is poised to mark 20 years of progress under a unified government.

Editorials From wild dogs to feral cats, Kansas City’s animal control operation needs an overhaul A new audit finds deficiencies in Kansas City's animal control efforts. City Hall should pay close attention to the report, and find ways to hire more officers who face a difficult, thankless task each day.

Editorials Avila University is right: Colleges must cut tuition costs or face extinction Avila University in Kansas City is slashing its sticker price, dropping tuition by about 33 percent. It's a welcome development, but colleges and universities have a lot more work to do.

Editorials The KCI convenience myth: Kansas City’s outdated airport is familiar but not functional Familiarity can be a comfort, but what frequent flyers out of KCI have also gotten used to, along with easy drop-off, are the limited options and long ticket and security lines at peak travel hours.

Editorials Accused abuser Harvey Weinstein is the Democratic Roger Ailes Much like the late Roger Ailes, Harvey Weinstein allegedly got away with abusing women, also over several decades, and also while enjoying the widespread admiration and gratitude of the politically like-minded.

Editorials What is Kansas City’s plan for Amazon’s second headquarters? It’s a secret Kansas City area leaders are diligently working to prepare the region's proposal for landing Amazon's second headquarters. Want more details? Nope, they're not offering any.

The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (10/17/2017) at 02:47 PM

Kneeling for the flag honors America

City Council members deserve pay for thankless job

Misguided in claim of 'weaponized Christianity'

Readers Stand for flag if it represents a broken promise? Stand for flag if it represents a broken promise? The promise of America, in respect to the African American community and others, seems to be unfulfilled. Readers 1 day, 18 hours ago

Contributors The real basic skills The real basic skills The writer of a Letter to the Editor recently took me to task over a recent column. Contributors 1 day, 22 hours ago

Contributors Jolie, Paltrow and the Harvey Weinstein syndrome Jolie, Paltrow and the Harvey Weinstein syndrome Black and white, left and right, rich and richer, they all seem like one guy. A guy who gets caught because he got old, lost power or never had it. Contributors 2 days ago

Readers While we are toiling, government is still churning While we are toiling, government is still churning Whether it is the EPA, OSHA or some other agency, you can bet that government is looking for ways to mess things up. Readers 2 days, 19 hours ago

Contributors Trump's Obamacare order could destroy health care Trump's Obamacare order could destroy health care Move will take away protections for pre-existing conditions, increase deductibles, spike premiums, eliminate basic coverage requirements and more. Contributors 3 days ago

Readers Tax reform proposal takes slapdash approach Tax reform proposal takes slapdash approach Simple math shows the GOP proposal would not help taxpayers Readers 3 days ago

Readers OTC has technical training options OTC has technical training options Every day, high-achieving juniors and seniors from 17 school districts take classes at the college. Readers 3 days ago

Readers Elected leaders must have thick skin Elected leaders must have thick skin Respect is a two-way street between council and the citizens they represent Readers 3 days ago

Readers Former mayor should rethink criticism Former mayor should rethink criticism I would like the opportunity to reply to former Springfield mayor Bob Stephens' letter to the editor. Readers 3 days ago

Contributors DOJ decision weaponizes Christianity DOJ decision weaponizes Christianity What the DOJ decision is enacting in this decision is perpetuating Empire religion, not the teachings of Jesus. Contributors 3 days ago

Readers More guns equals more deaths More guns equals more deaths When a drunk driver, a steak knife, or cheeseburger kills 58 people and wounds 500 more from over 500 yards away, then I'll say guns aren't to blame. Readers 3 days ago

Readers Bits and pieces: Social media censorship is biased Bits and pieces: Social media censorship is biased To the Point, Roses and Thorns for Oct. 15. Readers 3 days, 1 hour ago

Editorials Our Voice: Greene County tax a wise investment Our Voice: Greene County tax a wise investment Voters last approved a general revenue tax in 1984. It's been 33 years. Surely it's time to invest again. Editorials 3 days, 1 hour ago

Readers Do special interests outweigh our right to be safe? Do special interests outweigh our right to be safe? What if the "slippery slope" is a myth perpetuated by the gun lobby to protect and grow their profits? Readers 3 days, 18 hours ago

Contributors Trump plays smart chess on Iran deal Trump plays smart chess on Iran deal The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal was erected on a foundation of sand. Contributors 3 days, 19 hours ago

Contributors Don't make Russian election hack great again Don't make Russian election hack great again What is most amazing about the state of the Russia investigation is not what remains to be disclosed, but what is known already. Contributors 3 days, 23 hours ago

Contributors Trump is turning and turning in a widening gyre Trump is turning and turning in a widening gyre Trump's energy, unleavened by intellect and untethered to principle, serves only his sovereign instinct to pander to those who adore him. Contributors 3 days, 23 hours ago

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

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

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

The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
As of (08/03/2017) at 11:40 AM

Opinion STEVE SPELLMAN: A case for renewing the Boone County road tax Can we all agree that one thing we need government to do is make sure the roads are in good shape?

DAVID ROSMAN: An appeal to vote on August 8 Many of us are simply burnt out on the election process since the two year-long presidential campaign of 2016.

C.W. DAWSON JR.: Rediscovering the joy of friendship Hold fast to your real friends, for they will bring forth some of the greatest joys in life.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Reviving the war on drugs will further harm police-community relations Dean A. Dabney Jeff Sessions wants to return to a “law and order” approach — but this would undo recent gains and further strain tense police-community relations.

EDITORIAL: Greitens sends wrong message with funding cuts for free ACT testing The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Missouri is letting down prospective businesses and students by eliminating free access to the college admissions exam.

STEVE SPELLMAN: A case for renewing the Boone County road tax Steve Spellman Can we all agree that one thing we need government to do is make sure the roads are in good shape?

DAVID ROSMAN: An appeal to vote on August 8 David Rosman Many of us are simply burnt out on the election process since the two year-long presidential campaign of 2016.

C.W. DAWSON JR.: Rediscovering the joy of friendship C.W. Dawson Jr. Hold fast to your real friends, for they will bring forth some of the greatest joys in life.

GUEST COMMENTARY: A moment of reckoning for President Trump and DACA kids Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts Rescinding DACA, which protects 1.4 million immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, would send a devastating message to the rest of the world: America does not keep its promises.

EDITORIAL: History will not be kind to Sam Brownback The Sam Brownback era in Kansas government is coming to an end.

EDITORIAL: Gov. Eric Greitens sets up expensive legal showdown over new abortion law Asserting the absurd claim of protecting women's health and safety, Gov. Eric Greitens approved a law last week tightening abortion regulations. An expensive legal showdown is almost certain to follow, all so the governor can burnish his political credentials at taxpayers' expense.

KEN MIDKIFF: Trump plays to his base with transgender tweet A bit more than 50 years ago, I reluctantly served in the U.S. Army. At my permanent duty station, out in the desert of Arizona, I was made company clerk, mostly because I could read, write and type. As I related in another column, I was also just about every kind of clerk in Company C, 360t…

GUEST COMMENTARY: Death of a homeless man focuses assessment on local effort David Webber The homeless are a prism for evaluating the performance of American society, reflecting everything from education to religious institutions.

EDITORIAL: Trump issued his transgender military orders in the most offensive way possible The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Our transgender military members are patriots serving their country, and they deserve better than this.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Rural America needs free market healthcare reform David Williams The current healthcare model is unsustainable and things will only get worse — especially for rural Americans.

EDITORIAL: Speedy internet access is a lifeline for rural areas The St. Joseph News-Press The service is an expectation for companies considering where to make investments and a way to make farming communties successful.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Bigotry baked into welfare cuts Sanford Schram Trump is using coded disparagement to justify slashing aid to people facing extreme economic hardship.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (04/20/2017) at 07:28 AM

Federal taxes

The governor on church and state

Judge Frank Conley an exemplar and friend

I have prostate cancer. Do you?

Transportation Development Districts Transportation Development Districts, known as TDDs, are notorious for poor accountability. …

Implications of the Gorsuch confirmation The placement of Neil Gorsuch on the U.S. Supreme Court caused expressions of joy and gloom …

City survey shows effects of growth The annual survey of citizen attitudes about basic city services produces several unsurprisi…

Time for passage of HB 433 A bill in the Missouri House of Representatives would bring state law into compliance with c…

Mayor Treece: Conflict of interest? Last week, Columbia Mayor Brian Treece testified against a bill under consideration in the s…

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Republicans leaders should support school choice

Kudos to local legislators for charter school opposition

Busy intersection is tragedy waiting to happen

Don't punish patients for having emergencies

Legislators willing to fleece low-income seniors

Federal taxes

The governor on church and state

Judge Frank Conley an exemplar and friend

I have prostate cancer. Do you?

Transportation Development Districts

St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (10/17/2017) at 02:48 PM

America remains a target Keeping the grass mowed, staying on schedule for all of the kids' ballgames, planning our vacations - this is springtime in America's heartland.

Obesity: Treat as disease

Take control of schools' future

Curator's views due wider airing

City square merits added investment

Fires happen for bad reasons

Cattle market bets on youth

Patrol needs diversity

Project needed for jail safety

KCI terminal good for region

Crime takes no holiday

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (10/17/2017) at 02:48 PM

Are you sure you want to force them to stand up? Assuming that you could force a 6-foot-6-inch-tall, 290-pound, thoroughly muscled man with an aggressive attitude to do something — such as stand up for the national anthem — are you sure that you would want to inject that element of coercion into what should be a respectful, devoted and com…

More aggressive oversight needed in Missouri for tax breaks We've always been skeptical of those specialty tax breaks that lawmakers in Missouri give out each year. There are dozens of them on the books now, costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars. Many are nothing more than special-interest giveaways and a means of paying back campaign donors.

What you need to know about Trump's hard-line strategy on Iran Here's what you need to know about President Donald Trump's new, hard-line strategy on Iran:

Trump is turning and turning in a widening gyre WASHINGTON — With eyes wide open, Mike Pence eagerly auditioned for the role as Donald Trump's poodle. Now comfortably leashed, he deserves the degradations that he seems too sycophantic to recognize as such. He did Trump's adolescent bidding with last Sunday's preplanned virtue pageant of s…

Gutting Obamacare by executive order no way for Trump to lead When it comes to health care, America keeps getting let down by its leaders. President Donald Trump's executive order Thursday undermining the Affordable Care Act is just the latest example. If he can't repeal and replace it, he'll gut Obamacare one order and one budget cut at a time. Yet pr…

Girl Scouts have every right to be mad about new Boy Scouts rule My experience as a Girl Scout was short and bittersweet. When we moved to the suburbs from Philadelphia in 1969, I was recruited by the local Brownie troop to make friends, earn badges and sell cookies. I didn't last long at Troop 454, mostly because I didn't have the killer instinct to make…

Our view: Scuttling Clean Power Plan the wrong move President Donald Trump, who cited his business acumen time and again when running for the White House, missed a moment to prove himself in his own arena last week.

Doug Brooks: Taking a knee a way to bring about social change May 1766, New York City: The Declaratory Act, an act designed to assert the king's authority over the colonies, has been passed. The government is pressuring the colonists to demonstrate their respect for his authority by declaring loyalty to the king, and many people gather to do so. But a …

Bob Steere: Complacency is not a solution for massacres Such a tragedy. My heart is crying with concern for the recent deaths caused by firearms used by a mentally deranged operator, and I am also concerned regarding the American people's lack of concern.

Carol Stark: Opioid use isn't 'someone else's' problem I would guess that at some point in our lifetimes, each of us has either been prescribed opioids or has had a member of the family who has.

Geoff Caldwell: Like it or not, time for compromise has passed Arriving in my inbox Monday morning was a most gracious email from a reader of this column. The subject was my Oct. 8 column on the Las Vegas horror and the Second Amendment.

Dr. Richard Kenney: There is more to do As Joplin prepares to host on Tuesday one of Missouri's nine opioid summits, we can be encouraged by efforts being made to curb the opioid crisis. However, as a physician and a parent, I also know there is more to do. We are dealing with a disease of addiction that is endemic. It is not just…

Trump's attacks on media 'frankly disgusting' “It's frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write. And people should look into it.”

Searching my memory takes longer now “Try to remember that time in September,” goes one of my favorite songs from the classic musical “The Fantasticks.” But I've forgotten the rest of the words.

Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood's dance of the fools When Hollywood types walk the red carpet, gathering to pay tribute to their virtue — while lecturing the rest of us about our moral and political sins — an image comes to mind.

Your View: Letter to the editor Short memories

Our View: The breast cancer fight Working together, we have made progress against breast cancer in the United States.

Our View: Art Boyt right choice for Crowder Hall of Fame Crowder College's national fame as a forerunner in the use of solar energy in both cars and homes can be directly attributed to one man who cares about protecting natural resources for future generations.

Garrison Keillor: Nobel prize winner takes us into the abyss I am off lingonberries for the time being — and Volvos and flat white furniture from Ikea. No meatballs, thank you.

Your View: Letters to the editor Honored to work in Joplin

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (10/17/2017) at 02:48 PM

Our Opinion: Safe driving could lead to lifetime habits: Government can sometimes lead us to water, but can't make us drink.

Your Opinion: More offenses require more discipline: I applaud the St. Nicholas Academy for their efforts in providing a boarding school for underprivileged children.

Your Opinion: It is disrespecting the flag: I'll give Jason Strickland's young age as the reason for his ill-conceived thoughts as stated in his commentary that those...

Your Opinion: US needs to keep up with clean energy revolution: We are entering a period of rapid change regarding energy.

Our Opinion: A renewed call for transparency: Missourians, whether they support or oppose Gov. Eric Greitens' agenda, deserve transparency and openness from their top elected official.

Perspective: Progress made on tax reform, consumer protection: This week was packed with meetings with constituents, continued discussions on the House's tax reform proposal, committee work and votes...

Our Opinion: ACT not all it's cracked up to be: A cursory glance at composite ACT test scores from last year might suggest Calvary Lutheran (23.9) and Helias (23.9) high...

Your Opinion: Jefferson City quality of life deteriorates: The vote by the City Council to approve the St. Mary's TIF is a vivid demonstration of the deterioration of...

Commentary: Reorganized county EMS responds to more than 10K calls a year: Chances are sometime during the day you're going to hear and see an ambulance responding to a call.

Commentary: Trump is turning and turning in a widening gyre: With eyes wide open, Mike Pence eagerly auditioned for the role as Donald Trump's poodle.

Our Opinion: Taking time to drill could save your life when it's real: At 10:19 a.m. on Oct. 19, more than 440,000 Missourians will react to an earthquake. They'll drop, cover and hold...

Your Opinion: Area colleges need to study cost-benefit ratio: The following are comments on articles about Lincoln University and State Tech, in the Oct. 8 edition of the News...

Your Opinion: Dems: Step up your game: To the many democratic candidates who constantly badger me for donations: When you actually get someone running the DNC that...

Commentary: Lessons from predators and enablers from the Weinstein scandal: Bending metal, slapping on chrome and marketing an empowering product and status marker that mesmerized 20th-century America, the automobile industry...

Our Opinion: Competing for students: A tale of two schools: Lincoln University needs to attract "every student we can get." State Technical College of Missouri needs 250 more students to...

Your Opinion: Market-driven alternatives versus War on Coal: As citizens concerned for our children and grandchildren's future, we need to be inquisitive about the truth and falsehoods of...

Your Opinion: Students display giving spirit: I am writing in praise of all our young citizens who have recently participated in local Parochial School Drives for...

Our Opinion: Heard any good ones lately? MoDOT has: Everyone's a comedian these days. Even the Missouri Department of Transportation is trying to tickle our funny bone.

Your Opinion: Last hope for America: It seems like no one can figure out what the motive was behind the Las Vegas mass shooting.

Our Opinion: Fire prevention planning boosts survival chances: It breaks our heart to hear about tragedies in our community, especially ones involving children.

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (10/17/2017) at 02:49 PM

Public input process important for parks, stormwater tax (10/17/17) There is still a long way to go before the Cape Girardeau City Council comes to the public with a parks and stormwater sales tax. The city is in the midst of its public input stage, seeking comments from residents about what they think the city's needs are. We've always been a big proponent of the public input process. Ultimately, whatever the city decides to put on a ballot will come to a vote, and the public will decide if it's the best course for the city...

Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17) Yet another local talent has captured a larger audience. Anna Catherine DeHart has joined Neal Boyd (“America’s Got Talent”) and Brothers Walker (“The Voice”) as Southeast Missouri musicians to be featured on a nationally televised talent show. DeHart impressed country star Blake Shelton and pop star Adam Levine enough that they both wanted DeHart to be on their teams in “The Voice” competition. ...

Area sports on a good run lately (10/15/17) Our area has seen some noteworthy athletic accomplishments and recognitions in recent weeks. For example, the Notre Dame girls golf team repeated as state champions, including the individual title for Sarah Bell, who eagled a shot from 93 yards out as her final stroke of her high-school golfing career. ...

SEMO Homecoming, Chaffee's German Days this weekend (10/13/17) We’d like to remind you it’s Homecoming weekend at Southeast Missouri State University. There will be all sorts of events around campus to take part in, but the parade, tailgating and football game are the can’t-miss anchor points for anyone looking to have some fun this weekend...

Six SEMO grads, one faculty to be honored (10/12/17) Every year the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association honors individuals who have brought distinction to themselves and the university, and these merit awards are given during Homecoming weekend. The honors will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Copper Dome Society/Merit Recognition Dinner...

October perfect time to go outdoors, hit trails (10/11/17) It's that time of year when the weather is cooling off and the trees are beginning to show their splendor. It's a perfect time to, as they say, "Hit the trail." And there no shortage of them in Cape Girardeau County, which recently was mentioned in the September issue of Trail Runner Magazine, a national publication. ...

Southeast Missourian wins 47 awards in state contest (10/10/17) "I would feel as if I got my money's (and) brain's worth each day with this daily," the judge wrote. "It is diverse, well-written and reported (with a) clean, organized layout which really helps break up the gray inside. Nice, engaging photos. ..." Those words came from the 2017 Missouri Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest, specifically in the category of general excellence, of which the Southeast Missourian took home first place. ...

Bustling weekend did not happen by accident (10/9/17) Some weekends are better than others. Cape Girardeau merchants will attest to that claim when the perfect storm materialized over two sunny days on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. It was a festive weekend in town with the Nina and Pinta replicas docked on the riverfront and myriad activities going on, including Southeast Missouri State University’s Parents’ Weekend. The local businesses were among those to enjoy the bounty...

Serving at the city level defines public service (10/8/17) Joe Uzoaru and Danny Essner have served their community, and each recently announced they will not run to keep their seats on the Cape Girardeau City Council. Uzoaru is the councilman for Ward 1, elected to the position in 2014. Essner recently was appointed the councilman for Ward 6. In addition to their leaving, Ward 5 councilman Bob Fox announced plans to run for mayor, hoping to be the successor to Mayor Harry Rediger, who is term-limited...

Discover local arts scene and Food Truck Friday (10/6/17) October is a busy time of year for events in Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri. We'd like to remind you about the First Friday with the Arts event. This in an opportunity every month to visit places where art is on display and see what downtown has to offer...

Public displays its support for Notre Dame (10/5/17) School spirit past and present was on display last week at Notre Dame Regional High School, and it was an impressive show. During the school's annual Activity Week, fun and sometimes comical competitions were waged, including one assembly where freshmen dressed up like babies, pajamas, rattles and all; sophomores played the role of moms; juniors the dads; and seniors as senior citizens. It was one big, happy family, so to speak...

Breast cancer month puts spotlight on stories of hope (10/4/17) The diagnosis of cancer can be among the loneliest feelings a person can encounter in this world. It's the personal whisper or scream of one's mortality. Karen Drury heard it at age 52 when she was diagnosed with Stage 0 breast cancer, and Jamie Crowell received her diagnosis call of Stage II before a business meeting...

Vote Ivers Square to win grant for renovation (10/3/17) We're all getting used to the new name of Ivers Square in Cape Girardeau. For those not familiar with this parcel of ground, it formerly went by Common Pleas Courthouse Park, but the name was changed in June to honor James Ivers, a former slave who served as a Union soldier in the Civil War, and his wife, Harriet...

Perryville Chamber director gets off to good start in new role (10/2/17) Nobody can say Emily Steele did not come prepared. The new executive director for the Perryville Chamber of Commerce, a Cape Girardeau native, took the position with three college degrees in hand and several years of experience with the Perryville Parks and Recreation Department, where she planned events...

Strawberry's story gives hope to struggling addicts (10/1/17) For anyone struggling through the throes of addiction, recovery can seem impossible. Hope can be hard to find. Solutions can feel so far away. It's always important for the public to hear from addicts who have turned their lives around and remained clean...

Nina, Pinta headline heritage weekend (9/29/17) Downtown Cape Girardeau will try its best this weekend to turn back the clock. Plenty of activities have been planned to remember and celebrate history. The most visible among them will be tours of the replica ships, the Pinta and Nina. The ships, patterned after the original ships led by Christopher Columbus, will be docked today and will give access for tours at Riverfront Park through Oct. 8. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students...

Cancer gala at airport soars once again (9/28/17) A splendid gala took place Saturday night at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport for a great cause. Sharp dressers, sharp cars and planes all with their compasses pointed in the same direction, "Destination Cure." It was the 31st annual gala for the American Cancer Society, and it helped further the journey toward a cure for a disease which has touched so many lives. ...

Former football players give back via young men's organization (9/27/17) Cantrell Andrews, Wyky Jean and Kweku Arkorful have more in common than having been teammates on the Southeast Missouri State football team. They share the same outlook on intervening at a critical time in young lives, at the point before it's too late...

'An America Hero' to debut this week at River Campus (9/26/17) The production of a musical is a creative, demanding process. It involves costumes design, makeup, lighting, casting, hours of plodding practices, instruction, advice, music coordination, choreography and the list goes on and on. And that's with a script and score already in hand...

Library event bonds fathers with daughters (9/25/17) "It's a girl." Many a men have been presented with that line in the hospital or possibly beforehand in a doctor's office. The news of a healthy newborn is exciting to any man, but adept at activities like hunting and fishing or watching football and baseball, he may initially be confronted with some anxiety: "A girl? Gulp. What do I do with a little girl?"...

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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