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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (05/06/2016) at 01:11 AM

Editorial: Softening the hard line on criminals who have paid their debt to society

Editorial: This is not Let's Make a Deal for drunk drivers

Editorial: Mistakes, mainly by Cruz, paved the way to Trump's victory

Local columns

'Check the box' mentality is obstacle to rural health care

Raising minimum age for tobacco would only benefit Illinois' neighbors

Finding middle ground on religious liberty

Conventions spur economic development

Defenseless animals need your support: Speak out

Postcards from Mound City

Earth Day and our national parks call for GOP climate action

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer: The earthquake and the aftermath

Dana Miilbank

Dana Milbank: 'It could get a lot worse for Muslims in America'

Dana Miilbank

Dana Milbank: Cruz-Fiorina: A musical comedy

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker: In his own words

Dana Miilbank

Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (05/06/2016) at 01:12 AM

Editorials Religious freedom is real problem — mostly in other parts of the world Religious freedom bills are not needed in the United States Instead, as a new report shows, religion is under attack in many other parts of the world

Editorials GOP lawmakers hold back Kansas and Missouri in fight against hunger In bills passed the last few years, callous Kansas and Missouri lawmakers have shown little regard for increased struggles of low-income families to get enough to eat.

Editorials Gov. Sam Brownback’s shameful attack on Planned Parenthood Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback carried out his threat to cut off Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, which immediately and properly filed a lawsuit to challenge that decision.

Editorials It’s going to be a vile and vicious next six months, America America for the next six looong months will see this vile, repugnant and revolting kind of presidential campaigning on social media sites, in ads that pollute their mailboxes and — heaven help us now — in what likely will be utterly contemptible television spots.

Joco 913 Editorial: Good risk in Prairie Village It's especially positive that a public park will be a featured amenity on the former Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club property in Prairie Village. It will serve residents and visitors for decades to come. A park in northeast Johnson County is a wise public investment.

Editorials KCI delay is disappointing but better not be fatal Mayor Sly James tried to put the best face possible on disappointing news Tuesday. He said voters would not be asked this year to approve funding for a single terminal to replace the current setup at Kansas City International Airport. Now it needs to be considered in 2017.

Editorials Missouri muscles up, Kansas goes weak on crucial financial issues Here's an important point where Missouri continues to shine: It is on firmer fiscal footing than many other U.S. states. That's good news for taxpayers who want strong public services and lower borrowing costs.

Editorials Monday Poll results: Streetcar is a big winner People are really in a positive mood about this Friday's opening of Kansas City's new streetcar line.

Editorials The award for ‘Most Irresponsible Budget’ goes to Kansas lawmakers When Gov. Sam Brownback essentially tells GOP lawmakers to “Pass an irresponsible state budget that harms public services for Kansans,” too many have offered a ready-made feeble response the last four years. Sure enough. Got it. Right away. It happened again under the cover of darkness Monday, as the House and Senate narrowly approved an unbalanced budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Editorials Wealthy donors, corrupt politicians threaten our democracy With no caps on campaign contributions, no limits on gifts to lawmakers and no waiting period for lawmakers to return to the Capitol as professional lobbyists after leaving office, Missouri has seen far more than its share of legal corruption and ethics scandals.

Editorials Missouri needs a total ban on dangerous texting while driving More drivers adhered to the rules in states with anti-texting laws than in states without them. That's bad news for motorists in Missouri, because it's one of four states – along with Arizona, Montana and Texas – without comprehensive bans on texting.

Editorials The Monday Poll: Calling fans and critics of the Kansas City streetcar The new, $100 million Kansas City streetcar system soon will be carrying passengers around downtown. The project has garnered plenty of attention in recent months. We would like to get your views on the following statements.

Editorials Kansas City’s streetcar system could be a big triumph — or big failure Kansas City's downtown streetcar system has the potential to be yet another big victory in downtown's lumbering comeback. And yet.... Some pretty high expectations are being placed on what is, after all, only a $100 million, 2.2-mile starter streetcar line.

Editorials President Obama’s overseas tour didn’t make friends or solve problems President Barack Obama's recent trip to Saudi Arabia and Europe was like a sad goodbye. Perhaps the only charming meeting he had during the tour was with Prince George. It's true: The 2-year-old prince and his white bathrobe were adorable. Other than that, the president's tour was far less than enjoyable.

Editorials Clock is ticking on when voters will decide fate of a new KCI terminal Mayor Sly James and the City Council have two major decisions to make as they weigh the future of Kansas City International Airport. Do the elected officials support letting voters make the call on whether to build a new, single terminal? If so, when would that election occur — this August or November?

Editorials Three brave Missouri GOP lawmakers help block bogus ‘religious freedom’ bill With the help of three courageous Republicans, the Missouri General Assembly has rejected a bogus “religious freedom” amendment that could have enshrined discrimination against gay people in the state Constitution.

Editorials A timeline for saving the future of Kansas from reckless Gov. Sam Brownback Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's last scheds last scheduled day in office is Jan. 14, 2019. Right now, he appears hellbent on causing as much damage to the state's future as he can before his final term ends. Fortunately, lawmakers and voters have the power to stop him.

Editorials Monday Poll results: Support for a new KCI terminal The possibility of building a new, single terminal at Kansas City International Airport appears to intrigue many people. Here are the results of the latest Monday Poll on elements of that issue, based on just over 1,000 responses:

Editorials KC area has healthy places to live, but too many others aren’t on list Some parts of the Kansas City area stand out as great, healthy places to live, but others don't.

Editorials MU nabs notorious awards for stifling freedom of expression The Thomas Jefferson Center every year hands out its Jefferson Muzzle awards, recognizing the worst affronts to free speech. We doubt many winners display them on the mantle or in the trophy case with pride. The University of Missouri got one of the “honors” for 2016.

The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (05/06/2016) at 01:13 AM

After Indiana, defining choices loom

Prevalence of autism requires awareness, education

I agree with Al Sharpton!

Opinion To the Point To the Point To the Point Opinion 1 hour, 21 minutes ago

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll City leaders took three big issues to D.C. lawmakers. Which do you think is most important? Opinion 3 hours, 6 minutes ago

Opinion Roses: To those who helped man after fall Roses: To those who helped man after fall Roses: To those who helped man after fall Opinion 1 hour, 22 minutes ago

Readers Billions spent on presidential campaigning while needs go unmet Billions spent on presidential campaigning while needs go unmet Billions spent on presidential campaigning while needs go unmet Readers 1 hour, 26 minutes ago

Readers Politicians earn the distrust of the governed Politicians earn the distrust of the governed Politicians earn the distrust of the governed Readers 1 hour, 27 minutes ago

Readers Letter writer forgot some things about Obama Letter writer forgot some things about Obama Writer forgot some things about Obama Readers 1 hour, 27 minutes ago

Contributors Ted Cruz's fall from grace Ted Cruz's fall from grace One second, you're a candidate; the next, you're a cad Contributors 4 hours, 42 minutes ago

Opinion To the Point: Never thought I'd see a campaign like this one To the Point: Never thought I'd see a campaign like this one To the Point: Never thought I'd see a campaign like this one Opinion 1 day, 4 hours ago

Opinion To the Point: Lawmakers can't be bothered to respond To the Point: Lawmakers can't be bothered to respond To the Point: Lawmakers can't be bothered to respond Opinion 1 day, 4 hours ago

Contributors The misadventures of Fannie and Freddie The misadventures of Fannie and Freddie This maddeningly complex story illustrates the toll the administrative state takes on the rule of law Contributors 1 day, 4 hours ago

Contributors Legalizing medical marijuana is the right thing to do Legalizing medical marijuana is the right thing to do Prosecutors' arguments against legalization don't hold up to scrutiny Contributors 1 day, 4 hours ago

Editorials Thanks for giving, Ozarks Thanks for giving, Ozarks Dollars donated will help organizations continue their great work in the community Editorials 1 day, 4 hours ago

Columnists Trump fills a vacuum left by the GOP Trump fills a vacuum left by the GOP WASHINGTON — The Donald Trump rampage — still hard to believe, after nearly a year — is a symptom of something deeper and more profound: the Republican Party's slide into complete incoherence. Columnists 2 days, 1 hour ago

Readers Roses and Thorns: What happened to Central Street Recycling Center? Roses and Thorns: What happened to Central Street Recycling Center? A DUMPSTER FULL OF THORNS: To the City of Springfield for closing the Central Street Recycling Center on weekends. It takes a certain level of genius to close a facility during the most convenient times for people to use it. Readers 2 days, 1 hour ago

Readers To the Point: Vote Republican to turn the nation around To the Point: Vote Republican to turn the nation around Again Len Eagleburger is blaming the Republicans for “Oblabla's” failures. He is unable to accept that “Oblabla” has not done what he professed he would do if elected. Readers 2 days, 1 hour ago

Readers To the Point: Thanks to readers calling out Republicans To the Point: Thanks to readers calling out Republicans Kudos to the editorial page from 4/27/16, which included two spot-on contributors; thanks to Bill Fuenfhauser calling out pretentious Republicans on unethical behavior. Readers 2 days, 1 hour ago

Contributors Safeguarding sensitive taxpayer data from online predators Safeguarding sensitive taxpayer data from online predators After an online hacker breached the Food and Drug Administration's internal network in October 2013, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which I sit on, began an investigation into the vulnerability of federal agency networks. Contributors 2 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 (05/06/2016) at 01:14 AM

Opinion GEORGE KENNEDY: A second set of qualifications for UM System president Practical skills in politics, management and diplomacy might keep a president here longer than five years.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Student athletes are certainly employees in practice If football players and other athletes want to organize a labor union, it seems they might have a fair case.

DAVID ROSMAN: Putting untrained gun owners on the street won"t make us safer HB 1468 actually does away with certain safety measures for carrying a concealed weapon, a firearm or knife, in the state of Missouri.

GEORGE KENNEDY: A second set of qualifications for UM System president George Kennedy Practical skills in politics, management and diplomacy might keep a president here longer than five years.

EDITORIAL: Part II of Trump"s campaign — watch for it Boston Globe Will the name-calling and the hate-mongering, if continued over the course of the next six months, will grow wearying?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Tobacco 21 — inadequately understood and enforced David Uhr The purpose of the Tobacco 21 policy isn't to limit smoking among young adults who can already smoke legally, but instead to reduce tobacco initiation among never-smokers under the age of 18.

EDITORIAL: KCI airport fight may be over St. Joseph News-Press A single-terminal airport proposal is on course to be decided by Kansas City voters, likely in either in August or November.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Student athletes are certainly employees in practice Steve Spellman If football players and other athletes want to organize a labor union, it seems they might have a fair case.

DAVID ROSMAN: Putting untrained gun owners on the street won"t make us safer David Rosman HB 1468 actually does away with certain safety measures for carrying a concealed weapon, a firearm or knife, in the state of Missouri.

CARL KENNEY: Chuck Henson and his thankless position Carl Kenney It hurts when you're attacked by black people who make demands while failing to consider the hardships faced by a person in the interim chancellor"s position.

EDITORIAL: Easing the inconvenience of bridge work this summer Jefferson City News Tribune From now through August, travelers to and from Jefferson City and points north are likely to experience traffic delays. Here is a list of ways to cope.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The death gap — rich Americans now live a decade longer than the poor Sam Pizzigati That poor Americans have 10 or 15 fewer years of life, notes a recent study, “really demonstrates the level of inequality we've had in the United States.”

JILL RICHARDSON: How science improved and abused the lives of chickens Jill Richardson Extreme confinement has hurt their plight, but fewer diseases and better nutrition has made them healthier — the point is to apply science with good judgment.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why Donald Trump is a successful salesman Steve and Cokie Roberts With Trump as performer, as entertainer, only one goal matters: Keep "em amused. Keep "em awake. Keep "em wanting more.

EDITORIAL: Voter ID bill could sink legislature this year St. Louis Post-Dispatch Senate Republican leaders must decide if they want to shut down debate to pass an unnecessary, punitive and highly partisan law.

DEAR READER: Finding a Missouri legislator in the Capitol isn"t simple Ellen Cagle Sometimes it takes a whole day to pin down a single legislator for an interview. At least we work in the same building. Here"s 10 easy (frustrating, maddening) steps to finding our public officials.

EDITORIAL: The hero who stepped up to stop Missouri"s anti-gay legislation St. Louis Post-Dispatch State Rep. Jim Hansen: "I feel that I'm free in this country to worship the way I want, and I don't need a law to tell me how to worship.”

GEORGE KENNEDY: Parking surfaces as tipping point for development George Kennedy At least two schools of thought have emerged around new downtown complexes — is it better for students to be within walking distance to campus or do the high-rises squeeze out parking for the rest of us?

EDITORIAL: Turn Paisley Park into a Prince memorial Minneapolis Star-Tribune Much like Graceland is to Elvis, this Minneapolis complex could become a memorial to career of a musician who proved to the music world that you didn"t have to leave home to make it big.

EDITORIAL: Embrace wind farms as a way to curtail fossil fuels St. Joseph News-Press Energy policy — both state and federal — is tilting away from traditional energy sources.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (05/06/2016) at 01:17 AM

Nauser The group seeking to recall Fifth Ward Columbia City Council member Laura Nauser has ended its petition drive, a wise move by the group and good news for the city.

Downtown pause: Putting student housing on hold At its meeting Monday, the Columbia City Council heard a first reading of an ordinance that would preclude additional student housing development permits in the downtown area while city officials ostensibly study whether municipal utility infrastructure has the capacity to...

Tad's tender trap Tad Bartimus has a way of getting you tangled up in her universe. You say “yes” to some little request, and next thing you know you are helping to save the world.

Doug Crews: Retiring, surrounded in love On Friday afternoon friends of Doug Crews gathered at the Columbia Country Club to celebrate his service as president of the Missouri Press Association. We filled the room, all expressing palpable affection for the outgoing leader.

Crime: Is Columbia a dangerous place? Statistics show crime rates in Columbia are not increasing and even have decreased in certain areas, but many people have a different impression. Coincidentally, in recent days I have heard anecdotal reports about people from other communities asking, “Is Columbia...

Religious objections: House committee gets it right Benefiting from arriving relatively late in the game, on Wednesday a Missouri House of Representatives committee stymied a bill that would have allowed sellers to refuse services for same-sex weddings. Three Republicans, including our own Caleb Rowden, joined the three...

Early childhood education When the organization Raise Your Hands for Kids proposed a hefty increase in state tobacco taxes, the focus was entirely on generating money for early childhood education, a cause with a lot of support. But upon further examination, the initiative...

Mel George On May 16, 2003, Mel George, president emeritus of the University of Missouri, made a speech to Phi Beta Kappa initiates titled “How Much Do We Really Know?

A solid front, almost Missouri has become only the second state, after Texas, to refuse all federal Medicaid funding in an effort to deny money for Planned Parenthood. Instead, the budget recently passed by the Missouri General Assembly substitutes $8.3 million in state funds,...

CVS Contrary to what many might think, the election of a new mayor might present a new opportunity for progress in the ongoing struggle between CVS Pharmacy and the city of Columbia.

Goodbye to Gary The 13th Judicial Circuit has been home to very good judges. Gary Oxenhandler, who retires this year at the mandatory age of 70, fulfills that legacy.

Local poverty Columbia and Boone County residents include many of wealth and high accomplishment who assume our particular location is uniquely blessed. However, if we look beyond our own comfort zone, reality rushes in.

The new him: Trump and the Republicans Republican Party regulars are frantic over the prospect one of their primary front-runners will become their presidential nominee. It's hard to know whether they think Donald Trump or Ted Cruz is worse. They openly speculate either would be crushed by...

Sexual freedom For the middle-aged and above, new arguments over sexual freedom make us think anew. When we grew up, arguments over legal rights for homosexual and transgender people were unknown.

Oops I hereby take discredit for errors made in recent columns.

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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 (05/06/2016) at 01:19 AM

Our View: A mother's cause 18 hrs ago Stacey Stevens' son won't be with her on Mother's Day.

Your view: Letters to the editor May 4, 2016 Recognizing professionals

Our view: A sensible plan May 3, 2016 By the age of 45, more than half of all American women will have experienced an unintended pregnancy, and three in 10 will have had an abortion.

Mark Hughes: Webster: Less is more in Legislature May 1, 2016 Sen. Richard M. Webster, R-Carthage, was a noteworthy lawmaker in many ways.

Our view: Global lessons May 1, 2016 The Carthage School District's foray into a bilingual education program for its students has met with great success in its first year.

Geoff Caldwell: Permanent removal for predators one and all May 1, 2016 If I had to write a summary regarding those who sexually molest a child it would be this: The betrayal of the innocence of a child is beyond crime. It is an atrocity, an act that requires a punishment beyond the norm — a permanent removal of the perpetrator from the society upon which he pre…

Our view: Experts should be experts Apr 29, 2016 There are facts, and then there are interpretations of facts. In a court of law, we'd prefer our expert witnesses to be, well, experts.

Your view: Letters to the editor Apr 29, 2016 I'm concerned about Sean Hannity. He's been making sense now for months.

Other Views: Don't sell off future Apr 28, 2016 The Kansas Legislature is faced with the harrowing task of balancing a state budget that has been ravaged by the irresponsible direction and leadership of Gov. Sam Brownback and the lawmakers who unquestioningly follow him.

Our view: Stop standing in the way of monitoring program Apr 27, 2016 These are the organizations that say it's time that Missouri join the ranks of the other 49 states and institute a prescription drug monitoring program:

Our view: Maiden Lane's open, more roadwork to come Apr 26, 2016 There's something missing on Joplin's Maiden Lane.

Your view: Letters to the editor Apr 26, 2016 Mercy is kindness

Phill Brooks: Governors who left lasting legacies for Missouri Apr 25, 2016 During the New Year's break, a state official asked me which Missouri governor, of those I had covered, was the best.

Herb Van Fleet: Capitalism, socialism and globalization Apr 24, 2016 Because we have a capitalist and a socialist running to became the most powerful person in the world, maybe it's time to consider an old Polish proverb: “Under capitalism, man exploits man; under socialism, the reverse is true.”

Our view: Public investment needed for highways, bridges Apr 24, 2016 “A consistent research finding is that public capital offers a higher rate of return than most forms of private capital.”

Your views: Letters to the editor Apr 24, 2016 Stop punishing women

Geoff Caldwell: Correct isn't always political Apr 24, 2016 The beauty of our modern calendar is not so much in the static dates we use to plan our lives and count down the days but in what lies behind them: an endless river of memories and recollections, within its banks the ebb and flow of humanity itself, each date a cache of historical treasure f…

Our View: Move past religious objections measure Apr 22, 2016 A Missouri bill that will allow businesses to opt out of providing services for same-sex weddings is doing more harm than good for the state.

Why isn't everyone in favor of taxing financial speculation? Apr 22, 2016 Why is there so little discussion about one of Bernie Sanders' most important proposals — to tax financial speculation?

Russia, U.S. should unite on Saudi Arabia Apr 22, 2016 PARIS — If the Central Intelligence Agency's role is to discreetly promote the economic and political interests of the United States, then there's one country that ought to be awfully disappointing to the agency right now: Saudi Arabia. In fact, if there's an issue on which America and Russi…

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (05/06/2016) at 01:19 AM

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.

Your Opinion: On climate change, time to act is now - Do you drive through Kansas and Colorado thinking, “This was once a great inland sea about 100 million years ago?"

Your Opinion: Blatant coverage criticized - he big, bold, glaring headline on the front page of the April 21 edition was intriguing to say the least “Michael Sam slams religious objections bill." Is Sam due such blatant news coverage?

Your Opinion: Election is about jobs - In my opinion the most important thing in this next election is jobs. Whoever can secure jobs for Americans should win.

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (05/06/2016) at 01:19 AM

Spring brings shoppers to farmers markets (05/06/16) As warmer weather makes its triumphant return to the area, so does another area spring staple: farmers markets. The Cape Girardeau farmers market opened for the season April 21. Jackson's farmers market opened Tuesday, and the Cape Riverfront Market returns Saturday...

Soap Box Derby returns Saturday morning (05/06/16) Don't forget: Saturday brings the annual Rotary soap box derby to Cape Girardeau. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., children age 7 to 17 will race their cars down the hill on North Sprigg Street near Blanchard Elementary School. They compete for a spot at the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio...

University welcomes new president at inauguration (05/05/16) Southeast Missouri State University will hold the inauguration of its 18th president, Dr. Carlos Vargas, tonight at the Show Me Center. Vargas officially began his duties July 1. Since then, he has gained a reputation for being approachable, student-centered and collaborative...

Education leader right to seek well-rounded curriculum (05/03/16) In a recent speech, reported in this newspaper, United States Education Secretary John B. King Jr. advocated returning schools to a well-rounded approach, rather than simply focusing, in a lopsided manner, on English language arts, mathematics and testing of the two. His encouragement to do so bespeaks concerns many have voiced for years.

Local school musicians compete in Chicago, New York City (05/02/16) Education is more than the reading, writing and arithmetic that take place within the four walls of a classroom. Quality education opens doors to other forms of learning -- academics, art, sports, music. All of it helps shape young minds and hearts. Recently, Cape Girardeau Central High School and Jackson High School band students had the honor of sharing their musical talents in New York and Chicago, respectively, while simultaneously being enriched by the experience...

Tubman worthy of picture on the $20 bill (05/01/16) Harriet Tubman is one of the toughest and boldest figures in American history. Tubman was born a slave, forced to work as a field hand and endured brutal beatings. She escaped that life, but she did so much more than escape. A woman of action, she returned to the south at least 19 times to help her family and hundreds of other slaves escape their masters. ...

Congratulations, seniors! Celebrate safely (04/29/16) As students complete their high-school career, there is much to celebrate -- the friends they have made, the things they have learned, a sense of accomplishment and anticipation of things to come. Two school-sanctioned spring events embody that celebration: prom and graduation...

Messy morning is good, clean fun for kids (04/28/16) Sometimes it's fun to make a mess. And once a year, area children are treated to a sanctioned mess-making party without fear of getting in trouble with their parents. The United Way's 11th Messy Morning is coming up Saturday. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau...

Meth remains an issue despite prescription laws (04/27/16) In an effort to curb the growth of methamphetamine labs, many Missouri cities and counties have enacted laws to make one of meth's ingredients less accessible. Since December 2010, pseudoephedrine has been available by prescription only in Cape Girardeau. ...

Scouting award winner serves many organizations (04/26/16) Congratulations to John M. Thompson, recipient of the Dr. James A. Kinder Good Scout Award. At the community dinner attended by about 110 people Thursday, Thompson was honored for his many years of service. Thompson's record speaks for itself. Not only did he earn his Eagle Scout Award almost 50 years ago, after starting out as a Cub Scout, but he was also awarded the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth just four years ago. ...

Improvments make parks a destination in Cape (04/25/16) Cape Girardeau is becoming a burgeoning area for recreation. The number of places for children to play is growing, and safety improving. From the newly improved Cape Splash to the buzzing Osage Centre, Cape guarantees great fun. And now, nature-inspired playground equipment will be installed at Cape Girardeau County Park South and the popular Melaina's Magical Playland at Cape County North has reopened to complement those places and enhance our area's family-friendly appeal...

Improvements make parks a destination in Cape (04/25/16) Cape Girardeau is becoming a burgeoning area for recreation. The number of places for children to play is growing, and safety improving. From the newly improved Cape Splash to the buzzing Osage Centre, Cape guarantees great fun. And now, nature-inspired playground equipment will be installed at Cape Girardeau County Park South and the popular Melaina's Magical Playland at Cape County North has reopened to complement those places and enhance our area's family-friendly appeal...

Ethics reform should be priority for Missouri (04/24/16) Ethics reform has been one of the primary focuses of this legislative session in Jefferson City. In one way, it's a bit unfortunate that such attention is being placed on this topic. The state has many needs and priorities -- the state's crumbling transportation infrastructure among them. ...

Be a Friend of the Parks this Saturday (04/22/16) Springtime means people are spending more of the day outside, walking trails, biking or spending time in one of Cape Girardeau’s many parks. On Saturday, you have an opportunity to thank the parks and other outdoor spots for all the good times you’ve had there by participating in Cape’s 31st annual Friends of the Parks Day and the Great Cape Clean-Up.

Banquet highlights help Teen Challenge gives (04/21/16) The annual Teen Challenge banquet is an opportunity for donors to hear from those the program has helped and other speakers and performers. At this year's banquet, held Saturday night, many people offered testimony on how God changed their lives through the program...

Slow progress being made on violent crime in Cape (04/20/16) Each year the Cape Girardeau Police Department releases an annual report to outline the amount and types of crimes happening in the city, as well as how things are going at the department. This year's report reflected mixed news for the city. First, the bad news: The number of thefts and vehicle thefts, rapes, detective cases and total calls for service increased from 2014 to 2015. ...

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month (04/19/16) Like all months, April has its share of observances. From the warm-and-fuzzy National Pet Day to the lyrical National Poetry Month to the onerous Tax Day, April has something for everyone. Certainly more serious is National Child Abuse Prevention Month...

Arrow staff wins several journalism awards (04/18/16) Congratulations to the Arrow, the Southeast Missouri State University student newspaper, for winning 17 Missouri College Media Association Awards, held April 8 and 9. Creating a quality news outlet is no small accomplishment. To do so in such a way as to win a plethora of awards is an honor indeed...

Arrow staff wins several journalism awards (04/18/16) Congratulations to the Arrow, the Southeast Missouri State University student newspaper, for winning 17 Missouri College Media Association Awards, held April 8 and 9. Creating a quality news outlet is no small accomplishment. To do so in such a way as to win a plethora of awards is an honor indeed...

Marquette project could give Cape major boost (04/17/16) Local developers announced last week a downtown project that could add another huge boost to the downtown Cape Girardeau area. Jeffrey Maurer of Mayson Capital Partners announced a $20 million development that intends to make use of 145,000 square feet, most of which is currently unoccupied. The plan calls for the development of two large, significant and historic buildings, the Marquette Tower and the H-H Building...

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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