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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (01/31/2015) at 12:12 AM

#FergusonNext: Solutions from around the world

'I could have been Mike Brown'

Messenger: Welfare of the people should drive court reform

Civic community steps up in Ferguson. Heavy lifting remains.

Missouri Supreme Court wades into Ferguson. Excellent.

A wish for 2015: Choose common ground over division

The Year of Ferguson transitions to the Year of Change

Post-Ferguson, the people take back their courts

Ferguson Library is grateful for donations

Let the police serve and protect, instead of raising revenue

What we would like the country to say about us

Legislature, cities can change municipal courts; Missouri Supreme Court cannot

Black Rep's production challenges us to think about race

Subject of inheritance is hardly discussed

Rams players could have shown unity, togetherness

Pass bond issue to replace Ferguson businesses

Proud of students at Clayton High

Throwing tantrums is not the way to earn respect

McCulloch contorts grand jury process

Changes in police training could save lives

Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (01/31/2015) at 12:12 AM

Capitol Watch: An appetite for trouble in the Missouri and Kansas legislatures This week in the Missouri and Kansas legislatures provided a lot to, well, chew on, including a delectable, lobbyist-provided meal at the Jefferson City Country Club.

Missouri should manage its aircraft fleet more efficiently The state of Missouri owns eight utility planes, five helicopters and six passenger planes. A new report by state auditor Tom Schweich makes a strong case for saving money by paring down the fleet and consolidating operations.

Look for a record flood of cash in the 2016 elections The Koch brothers have set a disturbing pace for what promises to be a record flow of money, influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential and congressional elections. Billionaires Charles and David Koch have recruited about 300 other donors with plans to dump close to $900 million into the elections, backing conservative candidates and causes.

Fast-tracking Kansas bill poses a new threat to schools and property owners Coming on the heels of Gov. Sam Brownback’s suggestion that school districts — instead of the state — begin paying for increases in teacher pensions, this latest bill indicates a willingness to plug holes in the distressed Kansas budget by taking money from elementary and secondary education.

Clear up fracking’s link to a rise in Kansas earthquakes While a top Kansas geologist says fracking isn’t directly causing a huge spike in earthquakes, state officials should spend the money needed to improve seismic monitoring stations to better evaluate this problem.

Keep high standards for Kansas City’s boulevards and attract high-quality development Kansas Citians take great pride in their extensive system of boulevards and parkways, often rightly so. At two public hearings, Parks and Recreation Department officials properly want to know what residents would like to see in the future when it comes to development along the roadways.

Monday Poll results: Many want to increase taxes on the rich We asked for your reaction to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Speech and you replied. Here are the results of our unscientific survey, based on more than 650 responses.

Gov. Sam Brownback embarks on unpromising Kansas tour about jobs and tax cuts Gov. Sam Brownback is getting ready to go on tour to tout his pledge that Kansas can create 100,000 new private-sector jobs during his next four years in office. The governor also recently reiterated his promise to continue the state’s “march to zero” for its income tax rate. However, that goal appears unrealistic, based upon The Star’s review of job growth in Kansas and the rest of the country.

Gov. Sam Brownback’s boast about Kansas job growth rings hollow Gov. Sam Brownback likes to tout the fact that Kansas created more than 59,000 new private sector jobs during his first four years in office. It’s a completely accurate statement. It’s also highly misleading. In reality, the state trails most of the rest of the nation in adding employment in that time.

Capitol Watch: Missouri and Kansas legislatures talk freedom and engage in follies The governors have delivered their State of the State speeches. Committees are in session. Intrigue is building and the Capitol Watch is back to spotlight some of the goings-on in Topeka and Jefferson City.

Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget proposal spells trouble for Missouri schools The budget that Gov. Jay Nixon has presented to the General Assembly unfairly places money for Missouri schools squarely in the middle of a power struggle between the governor and the legislature.

Sorry, Russ Welsh: Wooing new businesses is good for the Kansas City region Attracting new companies and employers to Kansas City is almost always a positive thing. Most business leaders ascribe to this mantra because they they want to see the region succeed. But in recent days, a few lawyers in town, including Russ Welsh, chairman and CEO of Polsinelli, have grown concerned that bringing in competitors could bleed them of employees and create higher payrolls.

Kansas City Power & Light’s right move on coal helps customers and the environment Burning less coal will create less harmful pollution. Using more renewables will create new jobs in that field. Not upgrading coal-fired plants will save money that can be passed along to customers.

In State of the Union speech, Obama vows to boost middle class, tackle global threats President Barack Obama’s far-reaching State of the Union speech Tuesday is best thought of as a framework for the political dialogue that he hopes will shape the remainder of his term, the campaign to succeed him and, indeed, his legacy.

Monday Poll results: How is the Kansas budget strategy playing? One way to look at the results of this week’s Monday Poll is to suggest that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is fooling no one. But that’s only one opinion and it’s based on more than 1,300 responses to our unscientific online survey.

The Monday Poll: Evaluating President Obama’s State of the Union speech President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech contained plenty of challenges to the Republican-controlled Congress.Obama mapped out a variety of proposals he said he wanted to work on with the House and Senate. We’d like to hear what you think of what Obama’s said last week, regarding his plans for the future and other issues.

Thirteen key points from the State of the Union President Barack Obama’s sixth State of the Union address recounted progress and the threats of today’s world. Here are 13 key points.

For Scott Tucker, payday lender, reckoning is overdue A groundbreaking settlement with the Federal Trade Commission is only the latest step in a government crackdown on online lenders who gained fast personal fortunes through outrageous schemes to drain the banking accounts of mostly low-income customers. In part because of Overland Park businessman Scott Tucker’s ostentatious success, the Kansas City area became an early hub for the predatory industry.

U.S., Europe intelligence agencies must do more to act against Boko Haram Islamic militants in Nigeria The Western powers have stepped up efforts against terrorist threats in Belgium and to prevent slayings like those at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. But the effort to root out Islamic militants shouldn’t overlook Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. on his holiday, but work on economic and social justice Celebrations will take place Monday throughout the Kansas City area with speeches and music to commemorate the national holiday for slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. “Investing in Our Community for Economic Justice” is the right theme for this year’s program sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City.

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The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (01/31/2015) at 12:13 AM

Get an Exclusive Sneak Peek of the Crazy Apocalypse Comedy The Last Man on Earth Posted at 7:05 PM One is the loneliest number, as Will Forte will soon find out in his new Fox comedy The Last Man on Earth.Premiering on Sunday, March 1 at 9/8c on Fox, Forte plays Phil Miller, a man who discovers... --

'Gadd'-zooks! 5 cool facts about guy who climbed the ice of Niagara Falls Posted at 6:00 PM Will Gadd, a native of Alberta, Canada, became the first person to ascend the Niagara Falls.

This New Game of Thrones Trailer Is the Perfect Way to Start the Weekend Posted at 8:05 PM Lucky theatergoers who attended IMAX screenings of the Game of Thrones Season 4 finale on Thursday... .mgnl175{margin-left:175px;} .childCatAd{display:inline-block!important;width:650px;}

The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
As of (01/31/2015) at 12:13 AM

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ethics reform gets silent treatment in Mo. Legislature By St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Some people want to do something about Missouri’s weakest-in-the-nation ethics laws, but not many.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cheating for advantage in sports has become the rule Is there any length to which certain players, coaches, and administrators won’t go to gain an unfair advantage?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Crowded candidate field bodes well for Republicans by Orange County Register : Today, the GOP is stuffed to the gills with varying ideas and varying kinds of talent. Republicans have a chance to let a crowded field winnow itself down to a few clear and coherent choices.

DAVID ROSMAN: Time to provide relief for crushing student debt by David Rosman : Today, student loans are nearly impossible to discharge in a bankruptcy proceeding, but many students have such high loan amounts they believe they will have problems paying off those loans.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time to overcome state laws that ban gay marriage by Corpus Christi Caller-Times : If opponents of gay marriage stopped and listened to themselves — really listened — the moral decency that they cite as their motive would compel them to stop.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: President and his family must be kept secure by New York Daily News : That Monday"s drone crash was a mishap, and not an attack, was a blessing. But it was not a sign of competent policy.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wiping out an Ozarks stream deserves more than a wrist slap by The Joplin Globe : After repeated environmental offenses in Missouri, Tyson still gets off relatively easy after killing more than 100,000 fish

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Take public school funding out of a power struggle by Kansas City Star : Nixon has proposed "record funding for K-12 education," with a $129 million increase to the funding formula. That claim is deceptive because all but $50 million of the increase hinges on the legislature expanding Medicaid eligibility limits.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: What the wealth gap means to every American by Rutland Herald : In voting for our political leaders, we can select candidates who show us they understand the implications of this widening wealth gap and are prepared to do something about it.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Hard workers deserve a living wage by LeeAnn Hall : The minimum wage is a poverty wage. While 20 states have raised their minimum wages this month, those increases will not be enough to reach realistic living wages.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Marijuana reform works elsewhere, can work in Missouri by Dan Viets : Just as many who did not use alcohol saw the shortcomings of alcohol prohibition, many who will never use marijuana can see that our present policy is foolish, counterproductive and doomed to fail.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The state of the state of Missouri? Losing ground by ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH : Missouri finds itself near the bottom of rankings by states in numerous measures: funding for education, highways and mass transit, social services and medical assistance. Only corporate welfare seems to thrive.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cancer may be 'bad luck,' but we also make choices by Jill Richardson : Is a lifetime of eating organic food, getting plenty of exercise and doing every other good thing you’re supposed to not enough to protect you?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri is not prepared for its aging population by Herb Kuhn : Missouri"s General Assembly should act sooner rather than later when it comes to preparing for the incoming "silver tsunami" of Medicare beneficiaries.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Let degregulation level the playing field for Uber, other taxi companies by Joseph Miller : Fewer limits on Kansas City"s taxicab industry could help it compete with encroaching ridesharing companies like Uber.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Skirmishes leading to open warfare in the state Capitol by GEORGE KENNEDY : "Rising tide of cynicism" regarding Missouri government may be deserved.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Recreational marijuana points in wrong direction by Jefferson City News Tribune : A comparison to alcohol is not a compelling reason to legalize another mood-altering substance, which experience has shown creates problems and is difficult, if not impossible, to repeal.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: When the death penalty hits close to home by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Lisha Gayle, a former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter, was robbed and murdered in 1998, and her killer is currently on Missouri"s death row.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Correct training deficiencies for state troopers by Jefferson City News Tribune : The merger between the Missouri Highway Patrol and Water Patrol has negatively affected training and documentation.

STEVE SPELLMAN: How the city's pattern of giving, then taking away, frustrates voters by Steve Spellman : People are tired of getting burned, and they don’t trust what public officials are telling us anymore. Who can blame them?

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (01/31/2015) at 12:16 AM

Mike Alden Everybody except his wife, his chancellor and his university system president seemingly was surprised when University of Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden suddenly announced his retirement. He did the deed Thursday afternoon without prior public hint of the impending decision....

REDI At the last meeting of the Columbia City Council, Mayor Bob McDavid and Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala got into an argument over how much control the city should have over Regional Economic Development Inc., the local public-private economic development...

Rob Sanders Officer Rob Sanders was fired from the Columbia Police Department in a process that ended in November 2013 when City Manager Mike Matthes upheld the decision by Police Chief Ken Burton. Sanders appealed, and on Friday the Cole County Circuit...

Middle class Most people these days understand the decline of the middle class is a big problem.

Ballot issues Last week the Columbia City Council voted to seek voter approval for fee increases to expand the city's electricity and stormwater utilities.

Sports National Collegiate Athletic Association members have decided overwhelmingly to allow athletic programs in the “Power 5” conferences to up the ante for scholarship players. MU Athletic Director Mike Alden says it has been a long time coming.

Deflate-gate The New England Patriots professional football team is accused of providing underinflated balls to its players in their blowout AFC championship win over Indianapolis. It was a cold and wet day. A softer ball would allow better control for ball...

Income distribution It has become abundantly clear the economic plight of the middle to lower class is a serious problem. Even as the economy improves, too many Americans lag behind. The nation's economic and social health will not fully recover until this...

State budget Judging from reaction to Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address, formulation of the next state budget will be anything but collaborative.

Republican contenders In a good piece reprinted in these pages Tuesday, columnist David Brooks of The New York Times listed his “Cream of the crop for 2016,” his favorite Republican candidates among those conducting early auditions for president.

Kansas Consumed by the mythical idea a state can perform the essential duties of statehood without public revenue, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback led his arch-conservative Republican colleagues down a primrose path, slashing taxes with the dream the economy would be stimulated...

Fairground For months the Boone County Commission tried to establish the moniker “Central Missouri Events Center,” then went about the business of closing it down.

State budget Republicans control both houses of the Missouri General Assembly with majorities not seen for years. One of the first things they intend to do with their newfound leverage is gain more control over the state budget process.

Same-sex Well, not quite yet. Let us say the political moment is on track and most likely will arrive in June when the U.S. Supreme Court finally will decide whether the right of same-sex marriage is the law of the land.

McCaskill This week U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill announced she will not run for governor in 2016, opting to stand instead for another term in the Senate.

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (01/31/2015) at 12:17 AM

Revisit road funds in a calmer time New! This week's dustup at the Buchanan County Commission was not typical, and likely will not become a trend, but it is worth noting.

Chiefs camp worth it It's important to remember the Kansas City Chiefs' training camp never would have come to St. Joseph in the first place without financial help from the city and Buchanan County.

Focus on crime stats rises with spending It's one thing to have cops ready to respond immediately in the event of a reported crime.

Rezoning boosts Uptown All politics is local - and none more local than planning and zoning.

Women's issues impact all of state's residents Missouri's women - in particular the very young and very old - face some considerable obstacles in achieving economic success.

Deaths warrant review Defenders of gun rights and parents of young children should be able to find common ground when it comes to preventing child gun deaths.

Repel threats to conservation Missourians deserve better than a misguided debate over how to take money and authority from our nationally acclaimed Department of Conservation.

Parents put mall on spot It's not the mall's fault.

Opinion: Colgan should resign to repair board trust Dan Colgan should resign from the St. Joseph School District's Board of Education - for precisely the reasons he gave when running for the board seat in spring 2010.

Balance energy portfolio Kansas City Power & Light Co. will cut back on its use of coal, and for that it is receiving a round of applause from those who call themselves environmentalists.

Fraud not welcome here The St. Joseph License Office is under new management. Here's hoping this goes better than the last time.

Foutch: future on us To hear St. Joseph's most active developer of historic properties tell it, the future is in our hands.

Audit report due respect There is a chance the Missouri state auditor will disappoint when his report on the St. Joseph School District finally is provided to the public - something that could occur any day now.

75 mph top speed? Go slow on idea Trying to keep up with the Joneses isn't always the best idea. Speeding to catch up can create new problems.

Make most of camp Knowing what we know now, we think most people in St. Joseph will welcome the return of the Kansas City Chiefs training camp.

Snyder a model worthy of Hall Odes to the genius of St. Joseph native Bill Snyder are a staple of sports reporting over the last 20 years, but the stories bear retelling - particularly now.

Cultivate culture of `best practices' A few years back, the News-Press polled business and civic leaders about their hopes for the community and their concerns. One concern stood out.

`Free' college pitch stretches credibility President Obama offers a tantalizing vision but so far no hint of a practical plan when he proposes to make community college a new entitlement program.

`Talks' enriches winter One of the treats of the winter season in St. Joseph returns Tuesday night to the Pony Express Museum.

No time to rest on laurels Consistently winning teams know the drill: Practice hard, bring your best in the game, celebrate victory, then return to work the next day.

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (01/31/2015) at 12:18 AM

Your view: Joplin audit could be a campaign catalyst Posted: January 30, 2015 I have never been more proud of Joplin than how everyone responded after we were affected by one of the worst natural disasters a small community had faced in our nation's history. 

Our View: Can we still save Alaska's wilderness? Posted: January 30, 2015 “We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” 

Your view: We need to advocate for students Posted: January 30, 2015 Advocate for students

Other Views: Missouri is losing economic ground Posted: January 29, 2015 During last week's annual State of the State speech, Gov. Jay Nixon once again made the economic case for expanding Medicaid to about 300,000 working Missourians who make too little to afford health insurance but too much to get it for free.

Geoff Caldwell: Ignoring history makes for dangerous future Posted: January 29, 2015 Two days ago, dignitaries and leaders from around the world gathered in southern Poland to remember when 70 years ago — Jan. 27, 1945 — the Soviet Red Army liberated the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. 

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: January 29, 2015 Reflections on a landfill

Our View: Pushing Joplin's reset button Posted: January 28, 2015 There are many questions that need to be answered in the coming days in the wake of Joplin's master developer defaulting on an agreement it had with the city.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: January 28, 2015 Second chance

Our View: KDHE waited for the right question Posted: January 27, 2015 State legislators had to go knocking on the door of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to put just the right question to the state department.

Elliott Denniston: Check facts for Obama's record Posted: January 26, 2015 Geoff Caldwell in his column (Globe, Jan. 22) mocks President Barack Obama for alluding to his own policies as “wise” and “smart.” Well, what would we think of a president who didn't think his policies were wise? And doesn't Mr. Caldwell think that his own views are “smart”?

Phill Brooks: Agreement on problems, but not solutions Posted: January 26, 2015 In the opening weeks of Missouri's legislative session, I've been surprised by the degree of agreement about the major problems facing this state.

Our View: Kansas should have 'Right to Try' Posted: January 26, 2015 A trio of Republican legislators has introduced a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to seek treatments that have not been approved by various agencies that regulate the medical field, including the federal Food and Drug Administration.

Your View: Letters to the editor Posted: January 26, 2015 Helmets, common sense

Top trails Posted: January 25, 2015 Trees are bare and the skies occasionally gray, but winter provides some of the best hiking in the Four-State Area.

Field guide Posted: January 25, 2015 Walk on the Wild Side: Long-Distance Backpackingfor Beginners

Hunting season ends prematurely with theft Posted: January 25, 2015 A few days after his birthday, my husband trekked across a frozen eight-acre wetland he'd built for conservation and hunting, slid back the roof of his duck blind and got the surprise of his life.

Our View: Promising merger Posted: January 25, 2015 Forgive John Sondag a little bit of exasperation. The president of AT&T Missouri, a region of the nationwide communications company based out of Dallas, points out that the pending merger with DirecTV is not the same issue as a national debate over net neutrality.

Gene Lyons: Love questionnaire is more humor than science Posted: January 25, 2015 For a guy who watches maybe 250 ballgames a year, I've always taken an interest in what was once called the “women's page.” After studying the sports section every morning, it's the next thing I turn to.

Caroline Little: Newspaper media provides compelling stories Posted: January 25, 2015 We live in a world of instant gratification. 

Bob Steere: Revisiting the income gap Posted: January 25, 2015 School board members and boards of directors, when hiring a new chief executive officer, buy into the saying apparently advocated by consulting firms: “Quality is like buying oats: If you want nice, clean, fresh oats, you must pay a fair price. However, if you can be satisfied with oats that have already been through the horse, that comes a little cheaper.” 

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (01/31/2015) at 12:18 AM

Your Opinion: Deflate-gate possibilities - If it can be determined who let the air out of the Patriots' footballs, that person should be immediately apprehended and taken to Washington, D.C., to let some of the hot air out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Your Opinion: Citizenship and Catholic schools - How important is citizenship education?

Our Opinion: Education strategies - Characterizing education as complex would be an understatement.

Your Opinion: Blunt urged to help fund fight against cancer - I want to congratulate U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, who was recently chosen to serve as chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Service, Education, and Related Agencies for the 114th Congress.

Your Opinion: Obligated to speak to protect the unborn - In response to Sue Gibson's letter in support of abortion I want to protect those who have no way to protect themselves.

Your Opinion: Response to editorial on marijuana legalization - The News Tribune published a remarkably simple-minded, condescending editorial about marijuana law reform on Jan. 23.

Our Opinion: Expand Safe at Home, protect victims - Victimization is sustained by fear.

Your Opinion: Move forward, together, on Rock Island Trail - I recently attended the Rock Island corridor meeting, which Representative Tom Hurst hosted at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Westphalia.

Your Opinion: Prosperous community does not need grants - I am submitting this letter to an issue which I feel is very pertinent in part to the financial woes and rapidly growing debt waste problems that this country is due to and how it continues to pile up.

Your Opinion: Abortion indicates loss of moral compass - I have read Sue Gibson's very lengthy letter in the Jan. 22 Opinion page. So “two brave feminists demonstrated on Sunday" at St. Peter's Church “in celebration of Roe v. Wade."

Our Opinion: Time to ground excessive state flights News Tribune editorial - When verbal barbs are flying, keeping your head down is advisable.

Our Opinion: Pass legislation requiring students to pass civics test News Tribune editorial - Do Missouri high school students need another mandatory test?

Our Opinion: Celebrating a continuum of progress News Tribune editorial - Any gala become more celebratory when there is more to celebrate.

Perspective: Governor encouraged to work with lawmakers - On Wednesday the governor delivered his State of the State address. As has been the case throughout his entire term, the governor offered many platitudes, but very few solutions.

Our Opinion: State of state workers remains stagnant News Tribune editorial - Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address on Wednesday offered something for everyone, with the possible exception of Missouri's state employees.

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (01/30/2015) at 11:12 PM

Seakhawks, Patriots meet for Super Bowl XLIX (01/30/15) On Sunday, millions will spend four or more hours, possibly with friends or at a party, and watch one of the biggest sporting events: the Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLIX will be a matchup between the Seattle Seahawks, the defending champions, and the New England Patriots...

Speak Out Speak Out 1/30/15 (01/30/15) ** Nice person; ** Pope opinion; ** Movie awards; ** Obama's view

Letter to the Editor 'Gone Girl' should be X-rated (01/30/15) We must begin by saying we were caught up into the hype of the movie "Gone Girl." We did not see it at the local theater but waited to purchase the DVD. Our interest was not in the hype about the book everyone raved about, and were told it contained copious amounts of vulgar language, etc.; our interests were in seeing the scenes shot in Cape Girardeau and the hopes to recognize local residents who were picked to be in the movie. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 1/29/15 (01/29/15) I have seen Speak Out comments asking why Obama has not been given his credit due for the gas prices dropping. Well, back when gas topped $4 a gallon, Republicans chanted "drill, baby, drill" at rallies across the country -- arguing more domestic drilling would increase supplies, reduce dependence on foreign oil and boost the U.S. ...

Editorial Seyer recognized with annual Dingeldein Award (01/29/15) Cape Girardeau has become more of an art hub over the years. Between music events, to sculptures, paintings, photos and other displays, there's plenty to appreciate. This is possible because of many people, and each year the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri recognizes one individual for his or her efforts with the Otto F. Dingeldein Award and another individual or group with the Friend of the Arts Award...

Opinion Column Children need two parents and equal time (01/29/15) In the revised statutes of the state of Missouri, Domestic Relations 452.375, it states there should be no preference to awarding custody because of age or sex of child and no preference because of parent's age, sex or financial status. This same statute also declares that frequent, continuing and meaningful contact with both parents is in the best interest of the child...

Letter to the Editor Youth sports banquet a big hit (01/29/15) This past Friday, I had the wonderful experience of attending the Celebration of Youth Sports Award Banquet at the Osage Centre. This event is in its second year of existence and had nearly 700 people in attendance. As you know, this event is developed and coordinated by the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department and the Parks Foundation Board. ...

Opinion Column Irrational positions (01/28/15) It would appear we've gone stark-raving mad. Despite attempts to make some sense of this carnival of the absurd, there is just no other logical conclusion. For example, Albert Gore and his fellow eco-travelers want to spend $90 trillion to eliminate all passenger vehicles in urban centers in favor of mass transit...

Editorial Area legislators named to committee leadership (01/28/15) The 2015 session for the Missouri General Assembly has begun, and a few local lawmakers have been tapped for committee leadership positions. House Speaker John Diehl (R-Town and Country) named 55 chairmen in the House to committees. New this session is a different committee structure, something Diehl believes will strengthen the drafting of bills and better connect representatives with their areas of expertise...

Speak Out Speak Out 1/27/15 (01/27/15) I would like for someone to explain, since the price of oil per barrel has gone down so much, the price of gasoline has gone down so much, how come the oil for motor engines hasn't gone down? I don't see any sign of that in the advertisements that they have lowered the price of oil for engines at all. But the price of gas has gone down. And again, the price of the raw product has gone down about half price...

Opinion Column The tenure of Saudi Arabia's king (01/27/15) When then-Crown Prince Abdullah became king of Saudi Arabia in 2005, after the death of King Fahd, observers predicted his would be a short reign. At the age of 81, few expected Abdullah to endure more than a handful of years. Indeed, I shared in that expectation, citing the king's "advanced age" as a challenge for the state in my book, "The History of Saudi Arabia," first published in 2008...

Editorial New history center to open in March (01/27/15) This area is rich with history, and local individuals and groups have made efforts to highlight different historical themes. Another one to add to the list is the Cape Girardeau County History Center. A recent story in the Southeast Missourian highlighted the forthcoming facility, which will be located at 102 S. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 1/26/15 (01/26/15) Last week when I so carelessly left my wallet in a cart on Schnucks parking lot, some very honest person found it and turned it in. Thanks so much and God bless. Let the Rams go. We built them a great stadium, we updated it to make them happy and they are again threatening to leave. They haven't had a winning season in a decade. Good stadiums are for good teams. The Rams, on the other hand, should be playing on a local high school field. Goodbye to bad rubbish...

Editorial Young professionals connect during networking events (01/26/15) The Cape Girardeau area is building a reputation for having a thriving communicative atmosphere for young business professionals. As established in a story written by Savanna Maue last week, networking opportunities have formed over the years to help business professionals connect and pick the brains of other businessmen and businesswomen in the area...

Speak Out Speak Out 1/25/15 (01/25/15) I want to give thanks for the Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau. This is the best organization I have ever seen. I am in the health-care field and they have helped me help my clients over the years with food, shoes, eye glasses, bread, coats, etc. You can go there for a holiday or regular dinner. ...

Letter to the Editor To save a nation (01/25/15) The character of our nation is being challenged and changed. An emergency "CPAC" is a must for the survival of our nation in this crisis time. n We must be concerned citizens committed to right the wrongs and concentrate on the consequences of bad law and actions...

Editorial New competition aims to spur entrepreneurship (01/25/15) Local business leaders and economic development partners are putting their minds and resources together in an attempt to spur more innovation and entrepreneurship in Cape Girardeau. These partners have begun a new competition, called the 1st50K. According to a recent story written by Erin Ragan, the competition will take applications yearround. Cash grants will be up to $50,000 and will be coupled with pro-bono business services and access to successful entrepreneurs...

Editorial Opera comes to Cape Girardeau's River Campus (01/23/15) This weekend, opera comes to Cape Girardeau at the River Campus. The opera is two one-act shows from Gian Carlo Menotti. "Amahl and the Night Visitors" is a take on the three wise men's journey to Bethlehem. "Amelia Goes to the Ball" is about an Italian woman who wants to go to an evening ball. It's an Italian script, but for those interested in a translation, one will be provided...

Speak Out Speak Out 1/23/15 (01/23/15) ** Dog park; ** Emergency vehicles; ** Thank you; ** Driving Broadway; ** GED test; ** Economy issue; ** Mayor story; ** Bulletin board; ** Where is it made?

Letter to the Editor Paycheck bill is not helpful (01/23/15) After reading State Rep Holly Rehder's latest comments in the paper, I am disappointed. I shouldn't be. I should know by now how she is willing to overlook the interests of SEMO voters when it comes to labor issues. Rehder is misleading readers when she says, "Labor reform is still on the top of my list," and says she is "for employees' freedom." What she's really doing is pushing laws that would make us less free but reward the CEOs who demand tax breaks while shipping jobs out of Missouri...

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(No heading) Amanda Balke didn't want to put her experience to use so soon, and certainly not for this purpose.

Learning from history's mistakes Max and I went to see “Selma” last week. It is a powerful film and gives some perspective about our country's history. It does, however, recall some history inaccurately, adding drama but putting President Lyndon B. Johnson in a...

Tesla continues the electric battle Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is probably riding a new wave of recognition after his guest appearance on last Sunday's new episode of “The Simpsons,” but while his celebrity increases, one of his companies is still under attack from...

Fire and ice in Jan. 1895 During the late 19th century, downtown buildings were often built with shared side walls. This pattern of building was cheaper and allowed for more buildings per block. However, shared wall construction also meant that if a building developed...

Honesty is the best policy When I was paid for the first piece I wrote, I knew I had chosen the wrong field of endeavor. Daughters Magazine sent me a check for $600 when they published my little 347-word article. I looked at that check for a long time, thinking, “How do I...

Prompting family discussions one game at a time If ever a product was properly named, the highly addictive Trivia Crack would be it.

Support proposed school district changes Dear Editor:

Fires test 1890s firefighters When most people used coal or wood stoves to heat their buildings, fires became a greater risk in the winter months. The first two weeks of January 1895 were bitterly cold, with nighttime temperatures hovering around zero degrees.

Paint, alcohol an interesting combo We're used to social security, social studies and social networks but now there's a hip new word to put after “social:” “social painting.”

A few trends that shouldn't stay Lisa Shoemaker still laughs when she remembers the day I walked into the English Department offices at State Fair Community College and stated emphatically, “I am so tired of looking at midriffs!” This was when crop tops and bare midriffs...

Considering other fuel options Dear Editor:

S-C students connect with singer If you have a voice and an open heart, you don't need instruments to captivate an audience. That voice and heart also can connect a performer with his followers beyond the music.

1884 cold wave hits Sedalia In early February 1895, Sedalia experienced a blizzard with “heavy drifting snow” and a wind chill temperature of 20 degrees below zero. The Sedalia Democrat reported on the extreme weather, and their reports prompted R. A. Stanley to...

Truth is the best defense Here in the Show-Me State we find ourselves at the forefront of improving relationships between law enforcement officials and the general population. It is encouraging that the Sedalia Police Department, with some assistance from a “generous...

Fond memories of the King Thursday was Elvis's 80th birthday. He's been dead for 38 years, but I still don't have to use his last name. You know who I mean.

A year's worth of sharing stories The best part of writing a column is getting to meet so many interesting people. Sharing their stories, and hopefully telling them well, is why I became a writer.

Strange acts land man in jail Reinhold G. A. Kirsten, a 34-year-old native of Germany, came to America in 1884. In 1889, he moved to Smithton, where he worked as a section hand for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. By January 1895, he had been out of work for several months and had...

College championship predictions Yes, there were only four teams that could possibly win the national championship this year — (Though that is a 100 percent improvement from only two.) but that didn't stop the people from watching anyhow. The ratings for both playoff...

Scott's contributions will live on Every day, journalists strive to inform, enlighten and entertain their audience. Very few have done that with the style of Stuart Scott.

Opposition for Stevenson in April Dear Editor:Why I have chosen to run against Mr. Stevenson:

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