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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (06/28/2017) at 08:12 PM

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Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (06/28/2017) at 08:13 PM

Editorials Editorial: Gov. Eric Greitens’ snub of UMKC arts campus is a lesson and an opportunity for Kansas City Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens left UMKC in the lurch Wednesday when he vetoed legislation providing funding for a downtown arts campus. It's now clear that the governor has no interest in partnering with the state's urban communities.

Editorials Editorial: Kansas City Council right to explore public borrowing for KCI project Kansas City Councilwoman Katheryn Shields has proposed traditional public borrowing for a new terminal project at Kansas City International Airport. It's a good option to consider and may make it easier for voters to support the proposal in November.

Editorials Editorial: How did Bahati the chimp die? The Kansas City Zoo should share its findings A 31-year-old chimpanzee died last week after being attacked by other chimpanzees at the Kansas City Zoo. But unless the zoo is forthcoming, the public could be left wondering how, exactly, the chimp died. The Department of Agriculture has limited access to animal inspection reports that were readily accessible in the past.

Editorials Editorial: Toying with inmates and hiring family members — much work remains to reform the Missouri prison system Refurbishing the image of the Department of Corrections has bogged down over families running prisons and a silly word game that led to a parole board member's resignation. Anne Precythe, the department's director, faces a daunting challenge in cleaning up a toxic atmosphere.

Editorials Editorial: Supreme Court makes right decision in Missouri playground case, but church-state separation issues remain unsettled The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Missouri church Monday, allowing Trinity Lutheran Church's day care to take part in a secular program for playground safety. The narrow ruling makes sense but should not be expanded into a broader assault on the separation of church and state.

Editorials Editorial: Allegations of bribing guards and smuggling drugs — are inmates running the Jackson County jail? Federal charges that were unsealed on Monday allege that two guards, an inmate and a fixer on the outside smuggled drugs, cellphones and cigarettes into the Jackson County jail. The disturbing revelations are just the latest in a long list of the facility's failings. Jackson County's jail is in disarray.

Editorials Editorial: Gov. Eric Greitens seems to want a full-time General Assembly — even if Missouri doesn’t The Missouri governor's continuing calls to bring lawmakers back to Jefferson City for special sessions are changing the nature of what has been a part-time job. Eric Greitens doesn't seem to realize that no one in Missouri but the governor is interested in never-ending legislating.

Editorials Editorial: Don’t let Fourth of July fireworks at Longview Lake fizzle out Jackson County will not put on its annual Fourth of July fireworks at Longview Lake this year, citing budget constraints. But the county should begin work now to bring back the popular display in 2018.

Editorials Editorial: Could coming out be a career-ender in the NFL? Ex-Chiefs tackle Ryan O’Callaghan’s story offers hope Being honest with friends and family about being gay can be difficult enough. Could it cut an NFL player's career short? Ex-Chiefs tackle Ryan O'Callaghan's experience suggests that everyone should be so lucky as to have a boss like Scott Pioli.

Editorials Editorial: It’s time to think about replacing Osawatomie State Hospital Osawatomie State Hospital continues to lose $1 million a month in federal payments because of problems with patient care and safety. Kansas officials need to think about the treatment of the mentally ill in the state and consider construction of a new facility for acute psychiatric care.

Editorials Editorial: What part of GOP event theme ‘Olathe Lives Matter!’ was supposed to be funny? If Republicans really wanted to do better with African-American and other minority voters, they'd stop doing things like promoting the Faith and Freedom Picnic in Johnson County on Saturday with the slogan, “Olathe Lives Matter!”

Editorials Editorial: Nancy Pelosi is beside the point Republican Karen Handel's win in a suburban Atlanta district President Donald Trump carried by only 1.5 points shows the muscle-building incline Democrats still face in attempting to flip the House of Representatives.

Editorials Editorial: Big Slick is a big boon to Kansas City Kansas City's marquee names are shining their spotlights on a cause we can all get behind this week. Rob Riggle, Jason Sudeikis, Paul Rudd and others from the area have been generously lending their time and attention to the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend for years, proving that it's personal.

Editorials Editorial: Medicaid cuts would be a devastating blow for rural America The Senate bill repealing and replacing Obamacare slashes spending for Medicaid, just like the House version of the legislation. That's bad news for all Americans, but a particular problem for rural residents, who face a health care crisis.

Editorials Editorial: Federal help welcome in combating Kansas City’s violent crime problem Kansas City is among the first 12 cities named by the U.S. Department of Justice for the new effort to stem violent crime. With the murder rating spiking, any assistance is welcome.

Editorials Editorial: New lawsuit is an important tool in Missouri’s fight against opioid abuse Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is suing three drug companies, alleging a scheme to promote the use of pain-killing opioid medicines. While the outcome of the case may not be known for years, the lawsuit is a good step in unraveling the causes of the opioid crisis and finding the money to stop it.

Editorials Editorial: MLB and Negro Leagues Museum are natural partners On Wednesday, Major League Baseball will make a lasting commitment to Kansas City's Negro Leagues Museum. A contribution and a pledge to a “substantial partnership” will provide a shot of adrenaline to the museum and help forge a new relationship between the present-day MLB and the protector of an essential part of the sport's history.

Editorials Editorial: What’s in the Senate’s secret health care bill? The Senate is set to consider a health care overhaul without hearings or public input. The White House continues to limit access and conduct meaningless briefings. The public, whose business must be conducted in the open, deserves better.

Editorials Editorial: Is the ghost of anti-abortion cruortion crusader Phill Kline going to haunt Missouri? Legislation the Missouri General Assembly is debating this week would give the state attorney general new authority to pursue abortion cases.

Editorials Editorial: Voting hacks are a clear and present danger Recent reports suggest Russian hackers may have tried to interfere with voter registration in 39 states in 2016. Even if that number is off, the threat of hacking election systems by any malevolent actor should worry every American. Congress needs to act now.

The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (06/28/2017) at 08:13 PM

Focus needed on feeding students in summer

Legislators – don't take my insurance

Importance of investing in water delivery systems

Editorials Room for Missouri to improve in safety ranking Room for Missouri to improve in safety ranking Missourians care deeply about freedom. However, recent data from the National Safety Council may cause us to adjust some of our priorities. Editorials 4 hours, 16 minutes ago

Readers When will school board address facility issues? When will school board address facility issues? SPS and the board seem to have forgotten they were elected and hired to provide equitable education across the entire district. Readers 4 hours, 11 minutes ago

Contributors Please donate your kidney for the sake of the rich Please donate your kidney for the sake of the rich Beyond all partisan hysterics we must now face some hard and heartbreaking facts about our government. Contributors 6 hours, 43 minutes ago

Contributors Words can have consequences Words can have consequences If the recent shootings involving Congressman Steve Scalise and others have taught us anything, it's that words matter. Contributors 2 days, 5 hours ago

Readers Greitens right to call for special session Greitens right to call for special session I believe the need for a special session on abortion is necessary. Readers 2 days, 5 hours ago

Editorials SPS wisely takes chance to expand tutoring SPS wisely takes chance to expand tutoring Taking an opportunity to increase services without stretching the budget is an easy decision. Editorials 2 days, 5 hours ago

Contributors Flying, learning and teaching Flying, learning and teaching I've always had a love/hate relationship with flying. Contributors 3 days, 2 hours ago

Contributors Gerrymandering case turns judges into pundits Gerrymandering case turns judges into pundits A case accepted by the Supreme Court on Monday, could be a boon for another of America's most overpopulated professions: political prognosticators. Contributors 3 days, 2 hours ago

Readers Fear should never control free speech Fear should never control free speech This past week at the urging of my family, I reluctantly and with a sad heart removed the Donald Trump bumper stickers from the back bumper of my car. Readers 3 days, 6 hours ago

Opinion Roses to Willard superintendent Roses to Willard superintendent Roses to Kent Medlin and his family Opinion 3 days, 23 hours ago

Readers Prayer should be personal Prayer should be personal Does God require you to pray out loud? Readers 3 days, 23 hours ago

Opinion The swamp hasn't improved The swamp hasn't improved So much for Trump's campaign promises Opinion 4 days, 1 hour ago

Opinion Kudos to Cpl. Estrada Kudos to Cpl. Estrada He showed bravery by standing up the City Hall and winning in court Opinion 4 days, 1 hour ago

Opinion Can you share some info, Rep. Long? Can you share some info, Rep. Long? Constituents would like to know what's in Senate health care bill Opinion 4 days, 1 hour ago

Opinion A thorn to Judge Holden A thorn to Judge Holden Can't believe his verdict in fatal crash Opinion 4 days, 1 hour ago

Opinion Roses to parking lot helpers Roses to parking lot helpers Elderly couple appreciated assistance Opinion 4 days, 1 hour ago

Opinion Sad for bobcat kitten death Sad for bobcat kitten death We need them to keep other creatures in balance Opinion 4 days, 1 hour 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 (06/28/2017) at 08:14 PM

Opinion STEVE SPELLMAN: When a university goes into the hotel business MU is acting swiftly to repurpose empty dorms as part-time hotel rooms to non-student travelers. But there are trade-offs in the local economy.

C.W. DAWSON JR: Sexism needs to be purged from church The notion that women are inferior to men and, therefore, incapable of leadership in the Church and society defies reason and scripture.

KEN MIDKIFF: A draft could make for a better military The Army is composed entirely of people who choose to be there and who will blindly follow whatever order is given.

EDITORIAL: Hawley lawsuit welcome blow against opioid crisis St. Louis Post-Dispatch Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley"s lawsuit against three top U.S. opioid manufacturers is a welcome counterpunch against this national public health crisis.

STEVE SPELLMAN: When a university goes into the hotel business Steve Spellman MU is acting swiftly to repurpose empty dorms as part-time hotel rooms to non-student travelers. But there are trade-offs in the local economy.

C.W. DAWSON JR: Sexism needs to be purged from church C.W. DAWSON JR. The notion that women are inferior to men and, therefore, incapable of leadership in the Church and society defies reason and scripture.

EDITORIAL: A bill that fixes nothing, hurts many and benefits few The St. Louis Post-Dispatch If 23 million people lose health insurance because of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, as is expected, premature deaths could rise by 27,000 a year.

EDITORIAL: Nancy Pelosi is beside the point The Kansas City Star Democrats have been oblivious to the social conservatism of red-state and red-district culture — and it"s costing them.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Farmers counting on simple tax code that works for ag business Kalena Bruce Rancher and certified public accountant Kalena Bruce believes agricultural tax reform begins with giving farmers more options to control their costs.

EDITORIAL: Greitens seems to want a full-time General Assembly — even if Missouri doesn't The Kansas City Star Greitens is giving every indication that he wants a year-round affair with full-time, better-paid professional lawmakers, full-time assistants and full-time secretaries.

KEN MIDKIFF: A draft could make for a better military Ken Midkiff The Army is composed entirely of people who choose to be there and who will blindly follow whatever order is given.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Government action isn't enough for climate change Michael Vandenbergh and Jonathan M. Gilligan What is needed is a concerted effort to mobilize private action to help narrow the gap that remains after the Paris Agreement.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why creationism lingers in public schools John E. Taylor Who gets to decide what knowledge will be transmitted to the next generation — parents? Elected officials? Academic experts? What role should the courts play in policing such decisions?

GUEST COMMENTARY: A tale of two brothers on a small island Georgie Anne Geyer The rule of the Castros in Cuba is running up against the rules of Donald Trump.

EDITORIAL: Gerrymandering case could set healthy precedent Joplin Globe If the Supreme Court upholds a federal order to redraw Wisconsin's districts for the 2018 elections, every American could win, no matter what party they favor.

EDITORIAL: Megyn Kelly"s shock interview with Alex Jones was calculated move St. Louis Post-Dispatch Here's how dangerous Jones is: He goes on his website spouting half-cocked theories about serious news events. His followers then react by threatening or attacking the subjects of the bogus reports.

STEVE SPELLMAN: When music sets a path of physical and emotional destruction Steve Spellman Our popular culture is indeed out of control, and pop music has continually pushed the envelope of depravity.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why students get poor grades Jill Richardson In my experience, most bad grades aren't the result of laziness or poor intelligence. Often it's something else.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Special session disregards constitutional guidelines on lawmaking Ron Calzone Two clauses in the Missouri Constitution are designed to make the legislative process fair, transparent and deliberative.

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 (06/28/2017) at 08:15 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.

Locks for guns can help

Drug suit seeks answers

Join hunger fight

Library earns suport

Farmers can say: `We built that'

Thinking small can lift economy

Put yourself in artist's place

Sewer mandate puts city in bind

Lock it, take the key

Workplace no place for drugs

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (06/28/2017) at 08:15 PM

Our View: Don't gut our future School districts were right to be wary of a promise by Missouri lawmakers that they will be fully funded for the first time since the current funding formula was introduced years ago.

Cookie Estrada: Honoring the legacy of the Downtown YMCA On June 30, the grand old building on the corner of Fifth Street and Wall Avenue, known to most as the Downtown YMCA, will officially close its doors. This end of an era comes nearly 96 years to the date of the building's official opening to the Joplin community on June 16, 1921.

Our view: Get on right road with Cuba The United States' journey to increased trade, travel and diplomatic relations with Cuba was well-begun. President Donald Trump rolled a stumbling block into the road with his recent action rolling back expanded engagement with the island nation about 90 nautical miles off the coast of south…

Your view: Letters to the editor Independent U.S. farmer still forgotten

Our View: Breathe easier The kickoff Thursday of an educational campaign should yield environmental benefits for the entire Joplin community.

Our View: Give and take Funny how your tax dollars are spent. Sometimes they are presented almost as if they are a Christmas present, and sometimes the “gifts” are returned when pockets are empty.

Your View: Letters to the editor Neosho cross should remain

Our view: Gerrymandering case could lead to better politicians In today's political environment, where people cheer for political parties like they were sports teams, it would be easy to dismiss a gerrymandering case out of Wisconsin as just another partisan issue.

Our view: Kids should not go hungry No child should go hungry.

Geoff Caldwell: 'Grand Ol' Flag' being ripped to shreds You're a grand old flag,

Gary Shaw: Honor fathers who serve as examples for their families Dad was a hard worker. I don't ever remember him missing a day of work until I was 16 years old. Then it wasn't because he was sick or goofing off; it was because I got a traffic ticket and he had to go to court with me. It was many years after that event before I no longer had to deal with …

Herb Van Fleet: The problems with demanding equality It seems like almost every person in our society these days is seeking equality — economic equality, racial equality, gender equality, legal and social equality, health care equality, educational equality, opportunity equality, and on and on. Those who plead for equality are obviously seekin…

Your view: Letters to the editor Emergency responders should be recognized

Sessions' useless testimony Attorney General Jeff Sessions huffed his way through three hours of testimony before the Senate on Tuesday, turning in a bravura performance of the Trump administration's preferred tactic of pretending to answer questions that no one was asking and dodging the ones that are crucial to our d…

Our View: Wrong-headed stunt Taking a video of yourself cutting off the head of a live chicken, disemboweling it then posting it to your Facebook page in a quest to make a political point seems like a pretty sick stunt.

Patrick Tuttle: Class of 1947 still writing chapters of life One of the services offered by the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau is assistance to groups planning reunions. These include school, military and even family/friend gatherings. It never ceases to amaze us that when classmates, brothers in arms and even longtime friends get together thei…

Our View: Improving dental care A two-day free dental clinic held Friday and Saturday in Joplin drew huge numbers with people standing in line — some overnight — to have a tooth pulled, a crown replaced or even just to have their teeth cleaned.

Taylor Armerding: 'Fake winning' takes toll on society Are we sick of winning yet?

Our view: Finding common ground America needs an “ah-ha” moment.

Your views: Letters to the editor Honoring sacrifice made 73 years ago

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (06/28/2017) at 08:15 PM

Our Opinion: New patrol grads take on high calling: We salute the 27 members of the Missouri Highway Patrol's most recent graduating class.

Your Opinion: Where were presidential critics when Dems were running U.S. into ground?: I read, with interest, Mr. Garber's letter to the Editor. I do not know if the president knew Steve Bannon...

Poll: Younger Republicans more liberal on immigration: Young Republicans hold significantly more liberal views of immigrants and immigration than their older counterparts, reflecting a difference consistent with...

Your Opinion: 'Free stuff' from the feds: Is there any irresponsible behavior that government won't soon force responsible people to subsidize the negative impact thereof?

Our Opinion: Families could benefit from new autism resource: We welcome a new resource offering knowledge and mentorship for area doctors who deal with complex cases involving autism patients.

Perspective: Missouri bill aims to protect women's safety: On Tuesday, the House debated, amended and passed Senate Bill 5 back to the Senate with stronger protections for women's...

Perspective: Reforming the tax code a priority in US House: There has been a lot of talk in Washington about our nation's tax code, and I want you to know...

Our Opinion: Missourians to tackle pollinator problem: A multifaceted group of Missourians is addressing what is becoming a growing threat to our environment: the loss of pollinators.

Our Opinion: Rein in tax credits: A new audit lends credibility to Gov. Eric Greitens' cynicism of tax credits.

Your Opinion: Trump's repeated lies: Does it matter that President Trump repeatedly lies and uses what one of his aides, Kellyanne Conway, brushes off as...

Commentary: Let's plunge toward our fast-unfolding future: In 1859, when Manhattan still had many farms, near the Battery on the island's southern tip The Great American Tea...

Your Opinion: Brutal challenge of First Amendment: The First Amendment to our Constitution is the most hated contrivance yet produced by mankind.

Our Opinion: A well-deserved honor for Danforth: We were delighted to see former U.S. Sen. John Danforth honored with the Winston Churchill Leadership Medal from the National...

Your Opinion: Response to Gibson: I feel it necessary to respond to Sue Gibson's letter.

Your Opinion: LU-UM MOU a win-win: I enjoyed reading about the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Lincoln University and the University of Missouri.

Your Opinion: States should fund firefighter training: A recent Our Opinion noted that Mid-Missourians are pitching in to provide relief for victims of wildfires in surrounding states,...

Your Opinion: How ironic can it get?: The last few days an uproar has been taking place over the Kathy Griffin video holding the Donald Trump bleeding...

Our Opinion: Sunshine Law violations unacceptable: On two consecutive days last week, a Cole County judge ruled one agency must comply with Missouri's Sunshine Law and...

Perspective: Special session legislation supports Missouri's first amendment rights: The events of this week once again reminded me of the dangerous world we live in.

Your Opinion: Free speech and Kathy Griffin: In Mr. Cal Winter's article about free speech and Kathy Griffin I might have agreed with him if he would...

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (06/28/2017) at 08:15 PM

Mural at Jackson library a great addition (6/28/17) The building used to be a Wal-Mart building. For the past several years it's been a library. Now the folks at Jackson's Riverside Regional Library are trying to give the building a look that more represents the building's use. Recent Southeast Missouri State University graduate Terry Davis is painting a mural on the building...

Opportunity to serve Ward 6 in Cape Girardeau (6/27/17) With Ward 6 Cape Girardeau City Councilman Wayne Bowen taking a new job in Florida, the council at large is now met with the responsibility of appointing a new member to the city council. As reporter Mark Bliss reported last week, the city council will hear from applicants for the vacancy in July, and will make an appointment at the Aug. 7 meeting. The term will expire in April 2018. Bowen is expected to remain on the council through July...

Balloon experiment a great opportunity to learn (6/26/17) Southeast Missouri State University launched a couple of test weather balloons last week in collaboration with Space Center Houston-Manned Space Flight Education Foundation. The test mission was to prepare for the launch of two such balloons in August before the solar eclipse event at Southeast. The launch of the balloons in August will be at noon on Aug. 21, the day of the eclipse, at Houck Field...

Jackson survey returns with good reviews (6/25/17) More than 90 percent of 700 Jackson residents who responded to a survey said the city is a "good" or "excellent" place to raise children. That's according to a presentation Monday night of a community survey at the board of aldermen meeting. According to journalist Tyler Graef, who attended the meeting, the numbers showed positive trends in many areas. About 75 percent said the city was moving in the right direction...

Levi's Adventure Trail a labor of love (6/23/17) Construction is proceeding in earnest of a new, exciting playground at Cape Girardeau County Park South in Cape Girardeau. Levi's Adventure Trail is being built with a private-public partnership, and will honor Levi Collom, who died unexpectedly in March 2012. Levi's Adventure Trail should be open in September or October, and should add a wonderful complement to Melaina’s Magical Playland, an all-inclusive playground in the north park on the other side of Highway 61...

Volunteers collect supplies for children in Africa (6/22/17) Local volunteers are collecting diapers and other baby and child necessities for poverty-ravaged children in Africa. Teresa Birk is coordinating the efforts, and donations will be accepted through June 29 at Roy's Tire and Auto at 408 E. Jackson Blvd. in Jackson and Realty Executives at 2511 Independence St. in Cape Girardeau...

Welker brought stability to Cape superintendent office (6/21/17) When Dr. James Welker retires at the end of next month it will be the first time in nearly 10 years the Cape Girardeau School District has had a new superintendent. That in itself is quite an accomplishment. Though there was a certain amount of controversy on Welker's watch, from the school's new dress code policy to the elimination of a school period at the high school, he provided a sense of stability that the district desperately needed...

Jackson church celebrates 140 of service (6/20/17) Add St. John's United Church of Christ in Jackson to churches enjoying longevity. Yes, 140 years after opening its doors, St. John's remains a pillar in the community. "Cherishing Our Past and Embracing Our Future" was the theme for this anniversary celebration, which took place on Sunday, June 11...

Safe House marks 25 years of service (6/19/17) It was a joy to see hundreds come to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Safe House for Women at the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau Event Center on June 9. The luncheon highlighted the good work the organization has done throughout the years and focused on the work ahead...

Celebrating our dads on Father's Day (6/18/17) Editor's note: The following is our annual Father's Day editorial. The best fathers are the best teachers. They teach us how to throw a fastball, set a hook, tie our shoes, ride a bike. They teach us right from wrong, good from bad. They teach us humor and humility, discipline and decency...

Summer Arts Festival offers variety of fun activities (6/16/17) Cape Girardeau is gearing up for a very artsy weekend. The annual Summer Arts Festival is officially Saturday, though there were three comedy shows leading up to the festival earlier this week. The festival is expected to draw thousands of people with a strong lineup of shows, art, booths and food...

Finalists announced for Semoball Awards (6/15/17) We are just a few weeks away from the annual Semoball Awards, coming July 8., a regional sports website for high school, college and community sports, recently announced the spring sports finalists for standouts in track, baseball, softball, girls soccer, golf, tennis and other awards. For a complete list, please go to

County joins the back-to-school sales tax holiday (6/14/17) The Cape Girardeau County Commission recently voted to participate in the statewide sales tax holiday from Aug. 4-6. The state of Missouri has set aside that particular before-school-starts weekend to offer parents and teachers a break on sales tax to help consumers buy school supplies...

Local teams compete at state, conference championships (6/13/17) Excellence in sports is a tough task to begin with, so imagine our awe that a handful of teams in the area have managed to accomplish great things this season, making high school baseball and soccer and college track and field exciting to follow. Consider the Bell City baseball team, which captured its third consecutive Class 1 championship. ...

Bethany Baptist VBS ministers to children with special needs (6/12/17) A church in Cape Girardeau is doing something special. Bethany Baptist is holding a vacation Bible school. What's so special about that? Many churches do it; VBS, as it's universally called, is a regular summer event. Yes, but churches do not usually have one specifically for children with special needs. Bethany Baptist does now, and it begins on June 19...

Tailor Institute dealing with challenge of losing state funds (6/11/17) The leaders and employees of the Tailor Institute were shocked. Out of nowhere, with no warning or discussion, Missouri state government pulled their state funding. And everyone involved in the process, at least local lawmakers, a lobbyist and those in former such roles, say it never should have happened. ...

Remembering 'One Shot Frony' a hall of fame photojournalist (6/9/17) The Southeast Missourian has a special interest in local history. As the first version of history, newspaper journalists go out a to gather the news and images of the day, and tell a community's story over time. We enjoy sharing this local history on an ongoing basis. We don't just cover the news of today, but we share the news and images of the past to remind us how far we've come and sometimes how far we still need to go...

Local man helps youth through cultural trips (6/8/17) Our community is blessed to have so many people with warm and generous hearts. Fred Pennington belongs high up on the list of those people in Cape Girardeau. As features writer Jeff Breer recently reported, Pennington, 62, has for several years been organizing trips for disadvantaged youth in our area and taking them on trips to experience culture and history that they would not otherwise get to experience...

Area honors local military heroes (6/7/17) The Cape Girardeau region is a place where its people love the stars and stripes. Another way of recognizing veterans was unveiled on Memorial Day, when a new painted "Freedom Rock" was introduced to the public. Freedom Rock is a 32-ton limestone boulder in Veterans Plaza at Cape County Park that features a patriotic tableau honoring local military servicemen, according to a recent story by Ben Matthews. ...

Financial audit of Humane Society is prudent (6/6/17) The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri may have to limit the number of animals it accepts in Cape Girardeau, board president Charlotte Craig said. While this is concerning, it demonstrates the prudence we expect from the city. The Southeast Missourian's Mark Bliss reported on May 25 that the Humane Society requested "the city pay $82,500 in fiscal 2017, about $23,000 more than it currently is providing to the animal shelter." Prices have gone up, Craig explained. ...

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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