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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (05/31/2016) at 10:02 AM

Editorial: Political parties wisely consider overhauling primary system

Editorial: Congress considers taking food out of the mouths of poor kids

Editorial: At Brown-plus-62, de-facto school segregation is alive and well.

Local columns

Honor the Spirit of St. Louis with air traffic control reform

Columnists

Automatic voter registration: A commonsense, bipartisan way to improve democracy

Columnists

Why the Army Corps should drop the New Madrid Levee

Portrait of a St. Louis veteran

Bullets have pierced the Wash U 'bubble'

Fighting the growing epidemic of overdoses

Do more on the local level to help people suffering from asthma

Dana Milbank: What tax tricks doesn't Trump want us to see?

Dana Miilbank

Dana Milbank: Trump bets on mass amnesia

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker: Election disaffection

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson: Sanders is playing with fire


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (05/31/2016) at 10:03 AM

Editorials Three storylines will dominate 2016 elections and Kansas’ future Johnson County will be a key for moderate Republicans seeking more power in Topeka But Gov. Sam Brownback and his allies will fight back Voters can improve the state’s future by booting out ultra-conservative lawmakers

Editorials Ongoing U.S. military fighting adds to the Memorial Day remembrance For too many Americans, Memorial Day is just another three-day weekend. But some people still remember the true reason for Memorial Day. Families who have lost loved ones in conflicts a world away, students and adults who paid attention in civics class — all will take time to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice that so many American military personnel have made to protect the freedoms we all enjoy.

Government & Politics A stronger united Europe is good for America — and the world The United Kingdom is going to vote to leave or stay in the European Union on June 23. It is not merely a British matter. The referendum might have a huge effect on the economies of the United States and the entire world — if the Brexit (Britain exit plan) occurs. We hope that doesn't happen. A stronger united Europe is good for America and the world.

Editorials Keeping Kansas schools open is job No. 1 for Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature On Friday the Kansas Supreme Court found that the Legislature did not constitutionally fund K-12 education during its 2016 session. The court gave the Legislature until June 30 to solve the funding problem or schools would have to close. The best course of action involves Gov. Sam Brownback calling a special session for early June to deal with the issue.

Editorials The Islamic State has become everyone’s foe The Islamic State group also known as ISIS has become part of the presidential election campaign of fear in the United States. But not everyone understands the group's background or what it's doing in the Middle East.

Editorials Bang: Gov. Jay Nixon should veto two dangerous Missouri gun bills Gov. Jay Nixon should veto both of the dangerous proposals. The first establishes a “stand your ground” law in the Show-Me State, essentially making it easier for someone to shoot another person for questionable reasons and get away with a crime. The second would allow people to carry a concealed weapon — with no training and no permit.

Editorials Clinton stumbles! Trump surges! Sanders still alive? God bless America Americans are watching in horror as the increasingly putrid and pernicious race for president of the United States stumbles along. The two highly unlikable candidates who appear destined for the November ballot — Democrat Hillary Clinton with email server problems and Republican Donald Trump with his insult-of-the-day troubles — are finding new ways to alarm supporters and anger opponents.

Editorials Kansas should not engage in the bigoted bathroom war They have been tremendous failures as leaders in the Kansas Legislature. So it's no surprise that House Speaker Ray Merrick and Senate President Susan Wagle want to discriminate against transgender Kansans when it comes to the simple task of going to the bathroom.

Editorials Lessons learned from a fatal fire should save lives in the future Two Kansas City firefighters died last year as they tried to protect a pumper truck. That's one of the chilling facts established in a valuable Kansas City Fire Department report released Tuesday. Its purpose “is to lessen the likelihood” of future deaths among firefighting crews. But for that to happen, firefighters and their commanders have to take seriously the conclusions reached and the recommendations made.

Editorials United Way refocuses how it serves KC The United Way of Greater Kansas City has wisely worked to revamp how it provides funds to area nonprofits to better meet this community's needs.

Editorials Climate change worries heat up in America and around the world Another month, another heat record broken. That's not good for the planet or much of the life on it.

Editorials Monday Poll results: Gov. Sam Brownback’s actions get bashed, and hard Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and his policies did not get a lot of love in the latest Monday Poll.

Editorials Lee’s Summit School District must regain the community’s trust Getting back to a quiet, noncontroversial normal may take the entire summer in the Lee's Summit School District after Superintendent David McGehee was placed on paid administrative leave and Terri Harmon stepped down as the board's president.

Editorials Move ahead with transit-oriented development plan in Kansas City Calm down, folks. The Kansas City Council is not working on a plan to force people to stop driving cars into downtown. Or to require them to take the streetcar. Or to ride bikes to work.

Editorials Many closed Kansas City schools get new life serving the urban core No one can accuse Kansas City Public Schools of acting hastily to unload the more than two dozen schools it closed in 2010 because of a steep enrollment decline and need to severely cut costs.

Editorials Should Kansas City expand the streetcar line? It depends Kansas City's streetcar line is a two-week success story. More passengers than predicted have piled into the sleek vehicles since they began rolling along downtown streets on May 6. Here comes the $200-million-plus question: Should the system be expanded?

Editorials The Monday Poll: How about that Kansas budget and Gov. Sam Brownback’s recent moves? Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback took several steps on Wednesday to balance the state's budget, partly by cutting $97 million from various agencies. Were those the right decisions? What are their consequences?

Editorials Methodists live in a house divided over same-sex issues Rev. Adam Hamilton — founding pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, the largest United Methodist Church in the U.S. — has been working in a quiet but determined way to move the church toward a more open stance on human sexuality issues. But he has been unable to get the majority of Methodists to follow his lead.

Editorials Bernie Sanders’ attacks on Hillary Clinton are helping Donald Trump Bernie Sanders is on the verge of becoming Donald Trug Donald Trump's best ally in 2016. Sanders is not close to being on track to collect enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination for president. Hillary Clinton is.

Editorials GOP senators should stop dithering on hearing for Merrick Garland as Supreme Court justice Senate Republicans should be kicking themselves for taking such a hard line on filling the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. That position is a lot less attractive, with Donald Trump the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side.


The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (05/31/2016) at 10:03 AM

What will summer bring to America?

The making of `soft target' airports

Christian tenets should not be modified

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll Will you try out the giant water slide coming to Springfield in July? Opinion 4 days, 1 hour ago

Opinion The arrow of history The arrow of history WASHINGTON — How do you distinguish a foreign policy "idealist" from a "realist," an optimist from a pessimist? Ask one question: Do you believe in the arrow of history? Or to put it another way, do you think history is cyclical or directional? Are w Opinion 1 day, 16 hours ago

Contributors Fighting the stigma of homelessness Fighting the stigma of homelessness Considering what homeless children face, it's easy to understand why they may feel unloved, hardened and hopeless. Contributors 1 day, 16 hours ago

Contributors Trust, Respect and Empowerment Cycles Trust, Respect and Empowerment Cycles It's an irony that has struck me for decades now, having seen and experienced it so often. Contributors 1 day, 16 hours ago

Hank-Billings Tales of two Lindberghs Tales of two Lindberghs My first dog was a collie. I named him Lindbergh, after Charles Lindbergh who flew a single-engine plane nonstop from New York to Paris in 1927, the year after I was born. Hank-Billings 1 day, 16 hours ago

Contributors Fears over bathroom laws are misguided Fears over bathroom laws are misguided On May 22, 2016, the Springfield News-Leader published an opinion piece from Swayne Loftis, who promotes bathroom laws to prevent transgender students from using the bathroom correlating with the sex that he or she identifies. Mr. Contributors 2 days, 12 hours ago

Editorials Our Voice: Time to regulate payday loans Our Voice: Time to regulate payday loans Missourians have been fighting far too long to rein in the payday loan industry. Editorials 2 days, 12 hours ago

Readers Bathroom issues differ from culture to culture Bathroom issues differ from culture to culture There seems to be a big culture war going on about bathrooms lately. I haven't traveled much, but I do know that in France there are large public bathrooms for men and women together where only the stalls provide privacy. Readers 2 days, 12 hours ago

Readers Liberals not thinking about effects of bathroom law Liberals not thinking about effects of bathroom law I would like to reply to the letter by Tom Gist (Transgender people do exist, like it or not. 5/20/16) Transgender people do exist, but in his letter and several articles I have read the example that is given is a “woman” using a man's bathroom.  Readers 2 days, 12 hours ago

Readers Truth not a concern for Trump Truth not a concern for Trump Does truth matter? Apparently not or Donald Trump would not be the Republican nominee for president! But then again, maybe that's exactly what the Republican Party wants: a candidate that not only lies, but has no regrets or apologies for it! Readers 2 days, 12 hours ago

Readers Bathroom issues differ from culture to culture Bathroom issues differ from culture to culture There seems to be a big culture war going on about bathrooms lately. I haven't traveled much, but I do know that in France there are large public bathrooms for men and women together where only the stalls provide privacy. Readers 2 days, 12 hours ago

Opinion Veterans need more than your thanks all year round Veterans need more than your thanks all year round As a kid, I'd sneak into my dad's closet to look at his Mameluke sword and Ka-Bar knife. Opinion 2 days, 12 hours ago

Opinion Roses: For person who paid for Chinese food Roses: For person who paid for Chinese food Roses: For person who paid for Chinese food Opinion 4 days, 13 hours ago

Opinion To the Point: What is Krauthammer smoking? To the Point: What is Krauthammer smoking? To the Point: What is Krauthammer smoking? Opinion 4 days, 13 hours ago

Contributors The liberal media problem The liberal media problem A Top 10 list of observations Contributors 4 days, 13 hours ago

Editorials The corporate tax mess The corporate tax mess Five top tech companies park nearly half a trillion in cash overseas Editorials 4 days, 14 hours ago

Contributors Predatory lending may be legal, but it's not right Predatory lending may be legal, but it's not right Scriptures from numerous faith traditions condemn lending money with interest to those who are vulnerable Contributors 4 days, 14 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 (05/31/2016) at 10:04 AM

Opinion CARL KENNEY: It"s time to stop financial predators from gouging the vulnerable Payday lenders wreak havoc on families who make the decision to pay high interest rates because they have no other options.

DEAR READER: Can you connect me with Columbia? As the Missourian"s new director of community outreach, Matt Dulin has challenged himself to meet 100 Columbians in 100 days.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Know-it-all government undermines growth and jobs New overtime rules may sound good, but they reflect a fundamental lack of understanding of what leads to wage and job growth and upward mobility for workers.

CARL KENNEY: It"s time to stop financial predators from gouging the vulnerable Carl Kenney Payday lenders wreak havoc on families who make the decision to pay high interest rates because they have no other options.

EDITORIAL: Small business board does "sub-par" work Jefferson City News Tribune Empower the Missouri Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board to do its job or abolish it.

EDITORIAL: Two hours in security to board a plane? Ask Congress why St. Louis Post-Dispatch There's no good reason for these ridiculous passenger inconveniences and delays. The traveling public pays an extra fee on every airline ticket for the privilege of being scanned, prodded, patted and poked.

EDITORIAL: Wildfires, drought are critical signs of climate change Kansas City Star Last year was the most expensive fire season in the Forest Service's history, costing more than $2.6 billion on fire suppression alone.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Shared parenting is common-sense solution Linda Reutzel Thank you, state lawmakers, for reacting to these pleas for change, and with Gov. Jay Nixon's signature on HB 1550, we can start to give our children what they deserve.

GUEST COMMENTARY: What Memorial Day means to me Gary Hulen Our gratitude to those who have fought and died for our freedom should know no bounds.

DEAR READER: Can you connect me with Columbia? Matt Dulin As the Missourian"s new director of community outreach, Matt Dulin has challenged himself to meet 100 Columbians in 100 days.

EDITORIAL: Rewards exceed responsibilities of foster parents Jefferson City News Tribune More than 13,500 Missouri children are awaiting foster parents willing to make personal sacrifice, share their homes and offer comfort, security and love.

EDITORIAL: Once again, roads and bridges lose in the Mo. legislature St. Joseph News-Press Fiscal conservatives do everyone a favor by asking government to justify expenses, but lawmakers also have a responsible to fund responsible solutions to problems.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Know-it-all government undermines growth and jobs Andrew Wilson New overtime rules may sound good, but they reflect a fundamental lack of understanding of what leads to wage and job growth and upward mobility for workers.

GEORGE KENNEDY: What happens when bullies control the state legislature George Kennedy All in all, the best thing to be said about the 2016 General Assembly is that it's over.

EDITORIAL: Consumers should know what"s in their food St. Louis Post-Dispatch Transparent labeling should be encouraged as the nation continues to fight obstinate health problems such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

EDITORIAL: New overtime rules don't match workplace reality St. Louis Post-Dispatch Instead of receiving a financial windfall from higher overtime pay, many salaried employees could wind up making less as they go on the time clock.

EDITORIAL: Bernie"s handing ammunition to Trump Kansas City Star Sanders appears to be too full of himself, too ready to whip his followers into a frenzy over a lost cause and increasingly capable of harming Clinton's ability to win in November.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Downtown development restrictions: Too little, too late? Steve Spellman Aggressive land restrictions at this point could make things worse, at perhaps precisely the wrong time.

CARL KENNEY: Missing my father and the lessons from his wisdom Carl Kenney Nothing in my life has impacted me more than my father's death. The past year has left me pondering the veiled meanings of the messages he gave me before he said goodbye.


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (05/31/2016) at 10:08 AM

Addressing diversity: MU is a `leader' So says Stephanie Shonekan, chairwoman of the Black Studies Department at MU. She was advising curators how to advertise the university to applicants seeking to become the next UM System president.

UM System: Defining the university As part of the selection process for a new University of Missouri System president, curators and selection committee members went about the state asking constituents to list important qualities the new person should display.

Boone and MU: Hospital collaborators? Time has come for Boone Hospital Center trustees to reconsider their lease agreement with BJC HealthCare of St. Louis. They have indicated their desire to do a thorough review of options by inviting some 20 other systems to submit proposals...

UnitedHealth: A threat to Obamacare? Opponents of the Affordable Care Act chortled recently when the nation's largest private health insurer announced it is quitting the plan. They thought it might signal a death spiral for the president's signature achievement, but actually it might have the...

Being fair to Schaefer Many constituents in this neighborhood are criticizing Sen. Kurt Schaefer for a political lurch to the right in his campaign for state attorney general. I have joined in these comments, but with restraint.

GOP primaries In Missouri as elsewhere this year, Republican primary elections are a joke. Not because they are inconsequential but because they occupy such a small spectrum of political philosophy.

Nominations We learn from recent polling that most people think the political party nominations are “rigged.” They think the system needs reforming, but vaguely they seem to think that means a more democratic process in which voters can elect the candidates...

Trump: Going with the flow What? The very idea Donald Trump goes with the flow. His image is the opposite -- that of a full-out disturber without grace who would break the mold of conventionality. Even his fellow partisans fear where he is headed. Some...

Too much oil? Who'da thunk? A generation ago when the world was worrying about running out of oil, well-known financial adviser Louis Rukeyser famously debunked the idea. “Oil is like garbage,” he said. “It's everywhere.” Those were vaguely comforting words, but we had to take...

Nuclear: Essential to reaching goals Without an increase in nuclear power generation, “it will be impossible to reduce emissions to safe and acceptable levels.” So says William Miller, professor emeritus of nuclear engineering with the MU Research Reactor.

Cameras When the city first contemplated placing surveillance cameras in public locations downtown, I favored the experiment. Now, after more than a decade, I'm OK with the decision to take them down.

Israel Seldom do heads of state consult me about international problems, particularly on the eternally nettlesome dispute between Jews and Palestinians in the Holy Land. Indeed, no such call has come this time, but if I await an invitation I will...

UM/MU I liked the comment by University of Missouri interim Chancellor Hank Foley in response to updated news about the anticipated enrollment decline at his campus: “We don't want to pivot too soon, but it's not all bad. We got really...

Planned Parenthood Federal Judge Nanette Laughrey issued a permanent injunction against action by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services canceling the license of Planned Parenthood to conduct legal abortion services at its Columbia clinic.

Socialism: Part of modern life Democrat Bernie Sanders runs for president as an avowed socialist, outraging and frightening many citizens of more traditional economic bent. Young people tell pollsters they favor socialism over capitalism. Should we worry a revolution is afoot?

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (11/18/2015) at 08:55 AM

Board works for us, not paid attorneys Occasionally, the average citizen records a victory in our court system without realizing it. When word does reach us, we should celebrate.

District should be efficient If Chris Danford forever will be remembered for exposing the unapproved stipends, then perhaps Eric Bruder will leave his mark in pressing the St. Joseph School District to pursue efficiencies in its use of facilities.

Jails no place for sick Advances in the public's understanding of mental illness have been slow in coming, but can we at least agree some people are sick with something other than a physical illness?

`We weep but never fear' Americans, like everyone else, are prone to view world events through the lens of personal experience.

Connect to our natural wonder Up and down the 2,341 miles of the longest river in North America, preservationists and environmentalists seek to enlist support for a cause that is both complex and simple.

Driving classes fill need Twice in coming days, our community will muster the resources to provide valuable, low-cost instruction to drivers who most stand to benefit.

Put end to district suspense From May 2014 to November - a period of 18 months - the St. Joseph School District has received six subpoenas, or one every three months.

Veterans share history in stories History gets its best treatment when it can depend on primary sources; that is, those who lived the experience and can describe, for posterity, what happened in a given moment. This stands at the core of the Missouri Veterans History Project. The state endeavor, part of a larger national effort, seeks to record the personal accounts of those who have served in the nation's wars, and the project this month marked an interview with its 1,000th Missouri veteran. We applaud this work and hope the roster of participating veterans continues to grow.

Leadership change is welcomed Sometimes it's possible to do the right thing for the wrong reason.

Regulations impractical for some hospitals A large and diverse nation can answer to a single set of laws at their fundamental level. But some measure of good sense needs to be applied in the consideration of differences between big cities and rural communities. The congresswoman from Northeast Kansas made a case for this last week, and the remedy she suggested deserves the consideration of lawmakers in Washington.

Western shines a light on local history A historic city, St. Joseph has seldom been shy about reveling in its past. This amounts not to boasting but a rightful acknowledgment of where we've been as a community, of people who shaped the city and been shaped by it. The addition in recent years of the Walter Cronkite Memorial has only added to that civic perspective, and its development has now taken another step forward.

Be skeptical, but don't be stubborn, on Downtown plan When it comes to the next-big-thing to revitalize Downtown, it's easy to feel skeptical.

Ethics ideas in play A vulnerable Missouri General Assembly will be pressed to adopt some version of ethics reform in the coming legislative session.

Be sure about deer coverage The annual warnings about deer on the region's roadways come with a special caution this year: make sure of your insurance coverage.

Business, jobs: we need both Recent state and federal reports make clear that when it comes to Missouri's economy, we need an "all of the above” approach.

Act now to keep heat on Regulated utilities in Missouri and Kansas must abide by the long-standing Cold Weather Rule, a fact that requires reinforcement this time of year.

Salary review on track Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but harsh criticisms of the St. Joseph School District's salary review process are off the mark at this point.

Sentencing reform deserves long look Letting drug offenders out of prison quicker hardly qualifies as a conservative position - that is, until you hear someone like U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas make the case for sentencing reform.

Know the real dangers The secret to an enjoyable Halloween involves two important things: making sure the kids are safe, and knowing the difference between a real threat and make-believe.

Biogas offers big step forward A $120 million project taking shape in Gentry County, Missouri, is more than an engineering marvel. It's a necessary next step for corporate agriculture in our region.


The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (05/24/2016) at 01:40 PM

Our View: Hats off to 2016 graduates 6 hrs ago Their caps told the story.A young mother wrote the words “I did it all for you,” next to her 8-month-old son's picture.

Paula Baker: Future made brighter because of health care providers May 22, 2016 As we commemorate the fifth anniversary of the May 22, 2011, tornado that devastated Joplin and Duquesne, I would like to shine a light on the caregivers at Freeman Health System and Ozark Center who selflessly worked through the night to save the dying and heal the wounded.

Geoff Caldwell: Joplin's strength will live forever Updated May 23, 2016 Growing up in southern Kansas, tornadoes were a part of life. I had seen them dust up the fields, watched in person as McConnell Air Force Base took a direct hit in 1991, thanked God for sparing my parents when one went over the farm house years later and again for protecting friends in the …

Garrison Keillor: Here's the question: What will Bill be wearing? May 20, 2016 It's good to hear that Bill Clinton will be put in charge of revitalizing the economy in a Hillary administration and be sent to troubled areas such as Appalachian coal country and inner-city Detroit, and not just promote literacy or physical fitness, the usual first lady things. But I hope …

Marilyn Beasley: A few questions from a concerned citizen May 20, 2016 A lot of questions come to mind as I look at the things that have transpired in our country. I'm sure I'm not the only one who looks at our government, our judicial system and the way elections are held, and asks, “What in the world is going on?”

Our View: Growing Joplin May 20, 2016 The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday released new numbers showing more Missouri towns lost population than gained. 

Our View: The reason we remember Updated May 20, 2016 José O. Alvarez

Our View: Keep the pledge May 19, 2016 We aren't surprised that 100 people showed up Monday night at the Joplin City Council meeting to support continued funding of the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center.

Other Views: Voter ID objections crumble Updated May 18, 2016 “Racist” and “discriminatory” — if these are not fighting words, at the minimum they set a tone that is sure to make well-intentioned people defensive.

Our View: There's always next year May 17, 2016 Missouri's Republican House speaker Todd Richardson is disappointed that a proposal to ban lobbyist gifts to lawmakers died along the way in the legislative session, which ended on Friday.

Phill Brooks: Public policy and what makes government reporters tick May 16, 2016 For my last column as director of the University of Missouri's state government reporting program, I want to describe some of what I've sought to teach my students about public policy journalism during the last four decades.

Your view: Letters to the editor May 16, 2016 Open letter to Joplin School Board

Dottie Elbert: Show me support: Close the coverage gap May 15, 2016 Does everyone in Southwest Missouri own a chainsaw in working order and readily at hand? You've got to love the backbone in our community. 

Geoff Caldwell: Subsidizing our own divide May 15, 2016 Whether you are on the left, right or living the Life of Riley in that magical, mystical “middle” of the political spectrum, I think there is one thing that we can all agree on: America is more divided today than at any time since at least the late 1960s and possibly even the prelude years o…

Hospital discharge: It's one of the most dangerous periods for patients Tribune News Service May 15, 2016 Within two weeks of Joyce Oyler's discharge from the hospital, sores developed in her mouth and throat, and blood began seeping from her nose and bowels.

Our View: Good neighbors May 15, 2016 Joplin is a town made up of diverse neighborhoods. More than 70 are designated, although one would be hard-pressed to actually name them all.

Carol Stark: Voices behind the stories five years later Carol Stark May 15, 2016 Josh Marsh looked out the window and as he watched the sideways rain that was mixed with hail, he was almost sure that he would die that day.

Our View: Missouri loses again May 13, 2016 Chances for Missouri to have a prescription drug monitoring program appear to be dead again, stalled Thursday afternoon as the Senate took up the bill.

Our View: Put the doctor back in charge May 12, 2016 “While we are all concerned about the high cost of medical care, especially in these intense times of health care reform, one aspect does not change: Doctors must decide what medications and therapies are best for their patients.

Conservatives must get out of post-Buckley rut May 11, 2016 When it's not Trumpism that threatens to overwhelm whatever's left of the Republican Party and American conservatism in general, it's just plain old-fashioned doom and gloom.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (05/09/2016) at 02:50 PM

Your Opinion: Stories ignored by liberal media - This letter is meant to do what our liberal drive-by media won't do; report any news that sheds any negative light on any behavior that the Christian Bible would consider sinful unless it does not fit within the liberal Democrat playbook parameters of diversity, tolerance and political correctness.

Your Opinion: Students honor senior citizens - Students often get a bad rap for their behavior. Not all students exhibit bad behavior. When they don't they deserve to be honored.

Our Opinion: Graduation plans begin with safety - Graduates will be receiving much attention this month.

Our Opinion: F.A.S.T. stroke prevention and treatment - Although Francis Bacon wasn't referring specifically to stroke when he observed, “knowledge is power," the phrase is applicable.

Your Opinion: JCHS students praised for hosting Senior Citizen Prom - Thank you to the Jefferson City High School Student Council for providing Senior Citizen Prom night.

Your Opinion: Human contribution to climate change - In his April 27 commentary George Will dismissed global warming concerns with his old argument that climate has always been changing.

Your Opinion: SSM Health commended for environmental effort - I was pleased to read, “SSM Health green effort for environment, climate change," in the April 29 News Tribune.

Our Opinion: Gardeners help community flourish - A Rule of (Green) Thumb - pun courtesy of the Master Gardeners of Mercer County, New Jersey - is do not plant annuals until after Mother's Day.

Your Opinion: Democrat, liberal belief system - “Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict. The cure for this, both in politics and social life, is the same, hardihood. Give them raw truth." John Jay Chapman

Our Opinion: An invitation to observe a Day of Prayer - Prayer may take a variety of forms - from silent to aloud, private to public, solitary to combined, personal to intercessory.

Your Opinion: Climate change hoax continues - My my, just when I thought everyone had given up and accepted the well-known exposure of the manipulation of computer model data to promote the climate change hoax, another letter surfaces.

Perspective: Tort reform bills advance - With only two weeks left of the 2016 legislative session, the Senate continues work on many pieces of important legislation. One area of focus this session has been tort reform.

Our Opinion: Ways to ease bridge work inconvenience News Tribune editorial - Within the next few days, the planned closure of the westbound U.S. 54/63 Missouri River Bridge will affect travel in much of Central Missouri for approximately four months.

Your Opinion: Signing off over restroom issue - Wow. Men wanting to use the little girls' room is a real issue. Well I am out.

Your Opinion: Congressman misunderstands federal fiscal policy - It is embarrassing that all of us in the 3rd Congressional District are represented by Blaine Luetkemeyer.


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (05/31/2016) at 10:09 AM

Saxony soccer player inspires teammates, others (05/31/16) While people with physical challenges may be justified in focusing on those challenges, some are inspired to excel in spite of what they face. In so doing, they unwittingly inspire others. Saxony Lutheran High School senior Heather Wills is one such person...

What might have been ... A day to remember the fallen (05/29/16) Do you remember Sgt. Robert Davis? Bob was 23 when he died in Afghanistan back on Aug. 23, 2005. A roadside bomb exploded underneath the Humvee he was riding in. He left behind his wife, his high school sweetheart, Mandy. And a baby who was just a few months old. He had just bought a home in Jackson and had planned to go to college...

Nominate movers and shakers for Newsmakers 2016 (05/27/16) Every year, our business magazine, Business Today, honors local movers, shakers and other people of interest. Some are local businesspeople. Some are city officials. Some are even retirees still actively involved in the community. Previous Newsmakers have included Stacy Busch-Heisserer, Jay Knudtson, Bob Clubbs and Molly Hood, among others...

Local mission attacks African poverty at the root (05/26/16) From the time she was a child, Michelle Outman has been serving others. From helping neighbors to youth-group service projects to adopting twins from Ethiopia, she has looked for ways to improve people's lives. As the founder and executive director of h.o.w? Ministry, she has continued to be of service, raising funds as well as awareness of obstacles facing Africans. ...

Inaction on highway funding bill disappointing (05/25/16) Its last day of the session, the Missouri Legislature passed a sweeping expansion of gun rights as well as a bill bringing the state's law on deadly force by police into compliance with a 30-year-old U.S. Supreme Court ruling. A number of education measures were approved over the course of the session, including the establishment of a system to identify at-risk high-school students and requiring high-schoolers to pass a civics exam as a graduation requirement. ...

Help local children through volunteer opportunity (05/24/16) Foster care is a lifesaver for many children. It provides the familial environment and emotional stability they need. Voices for Children/CASA is seeking volunteers for its Fostering Futures program, designed to provide support for children who are aging out of the system...

Weather lends a hand to Cape Girardeau Air Show (05/23/16) The 2016 Cape Girardeau Air Show flew into the area May 11 and left spectators excited and entertained. Individuals and families were able to enjoy the activities under friendly skies, as bad weather took some time off to allow a clear shot of the show...

Weather lends a hand to Cape Girardeau Air Show (05/23/16) The 2016 Cape Girardeau Air Show flew into the area May 11 and left spectators excited and entertained. Individuals and families were able to enjoy the activities under friendly skies, as bad weather took some time off to allow a clear shot of the show...

Kudos to city on transfer station, wastewater plant (05/22/16) Every organization takes a misstep every now and then; no entity is perfect, and neither are the people who run it. While the city of Cape Girardeau has taken some criticism lately on spending decisions and processes, our city leaders overwhelmingly do much more right than wrong...

Nominate someone who has the Spirit of America (05/20/16) Diverse. Principled. Hardworking. Helpful. Patriotic. The description of a "true American" can be tough to pin down. But when you meet someone who has the American spirit, you just know. Many in our local communities embody what it is to be an American. ...

Summertime safety tips for enjoying the outdoors (05/19/16) Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy the sunshine that's been hiding all winter. Picnics, ballgames, days at the pool and other opportunities to gather with friends and family make for great memories. Taking a little extra time for some simple safety precautions will help free your mind of worry so you can enjoy your activity...

Marble Hill student heads to Carnegie Hall performance (05/18/16) For many students, music class or choir is a fun break in the day, an elective to fill their fine arts requirement. But for others, it is much, much more. Such is the case with Brookelynn Shell of Woodland Middle School. The 12-year-old has been singing since she was a toddler, and next month will make a trip to New York City to perform onstage at Carnegie Hall...

Roundabout will benefit Jackson in the long run (05/17/16) Roundabouts have been a source of intense discussion, with some favoring them and others with reservations. That discussion has been ongoing in Jackson, where construction of an uptown roundabout began May 10. Adjusting to changes in traffic patterns is a challenge. ...

Leadership Cape projects range from fun to functional (05/16/16) Cape Girardeau is always open to improvement, even while it is committed to preserving its history. This is one of the town's best qualities. Leadership Cape is a part of the plan to enhance Cape and expand what it has to offer. The Leadership Cape class of 2016 presented its ideas on how to benefit the Cape area at May's First Friday Coffee at the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau Event Center. ...

What's next, graduates? 7 tips for making the grade in the workplace (05/15/16) Thousands of our boys and girls effectively became adults in recent days and weeks as they graduated from high school. On Saturday, 1,327 graduated with various degrees from Southeast Missouri State University. For all of these young men and women, life is about to change, and dramatically so...

Tunes at Twilight returns to downtown Cape (05/13/16) Music will be in the air tonight in downtown Cape Girardeau as the Tunes at Twilight concert series returns to the Common Pleas Courthouse gazebo. Tunes at Twilight has two series each year: one in spring and one in late summer. During the hottest part of the year -- the end of June through the beginning of August -- the event takes a break...

Closure of records not in the public interest (05/12/16) As the Missouri Legislature begins to wrap up its session May 13, it is apparent several bills won't win passage in time. This is normal, as there are so many pieces of legislation on the docket for consideration. One such bill that likely will not see passage this term is House Bill 2473, which would prohibit law enforcement from releasing records "containing personally identifable health information, unless such information is redacted or a court orders disclosure." Reports of suicide or attempted suicide would be closed records.. ...

New storm siren protocol a great safety measure (05/11/16) We live in an area of the country where severe storms are part and parcel of spring and summer weather. Luckily, available technology helps us stay safer via watches and warnings. But all the technology in the world is useless if there's no way to get news of those weather alerts to the public...

Cape Air Show will be high-flying fun this week (05/10/16) Have you made plans to attend Wednesday's Cape Girardeau Air Show? It's an event the whole family can enjoy. Furthermore, it's free -- and you can't beat that! The Cape Girardeau Regional Airport is the place to be to see the skies lit up with performances that are sure to entertain and amaze. The opening ceremonies begin at 5:30 p.m...

Congratulations to All-Missourian basketball teams (05/09/16) "Basketball is a team sport," "There's no 'i' in team" and "I couldn't have done it without my teammates" are expressions everyone has heard. Basketball requires five teammates on the floor competing against another five. But every good team has at least one player without whom it would not be successful. The high-school season ended with various star players receiving credit for their talents, some being named to the high school All-Missourian basketball teams, and two named player of the year...


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 (Niche.com) 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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