Newspaper Editorials

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (04/17/2014) at 06:39 PM

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  • Time for tax credit profiteers to sober up

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  • E.J. Dionne: Jeb Bush's optimism school

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  • FAIR: TIF commission reform moves forward in Legislature

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  • FOUL: A polluter-protection law? Say it taint so

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  • FAIR: Missouri no longer meth capital, but don't celebrate too much


    Kansas City Star - Editorials
    As of (04/17/2014) at 06:39 PM

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  • Sexual assault victims on college campuses need more help We need a national effort by colleges to offer swift and effective help to the victims, and tough punishment for the criminals involved in the assaults.

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  • Yemen remains front line against terror The threat from al-Qaida in Yemen isn’t going away, nor should the resistance to it.

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  • Cheap GOP tactics to undermine voting in Missouri Republicans in the General Assembly are mounting a two-pronged effort to make voting more difficult for certain citizens, who are most likely to be elderly, low-income, students or minorities.

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  • Final KCI task force report is a needed step to help resolve airport’s future Plans for upgrading Kansas City International Airport will remain up in the air even after a citizens task force releases its final report in a few weeks. That’s not a bad outcome.

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  • KCK police must improve their chase policy to better protect the public Last week, a questionable police chase led to the death of an innocent young girl, making her the second person in two months to die in such incidents in Kansas City, Kan. The Police Department needs to place more restrictions on its chase policy to better protect the public.

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  • As terror lurks, the heart prevails Violent political extremism combined with naked hate becomes a potent kind of virus, the sort that disrupts the human brain in ways most civil people on this earth cannot even fathom.

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  • Boston Marathon battles back, and Kansas City runners join in In Boston, organizers hope this year’s marathon will shine a spotlight on how far the city and its residents have come in their recovery. It is a story of hope, the kind that is essential to remember when dark times visit.

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  • Senseless act of violence at two Jewish centers steals three lives in Overland Park No family or community should have to endure this sorrow. Yet we as a nation seem paralyzed on how to deal with it.

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  • Charles Koch’s public message represents rhetorical spin at its flimsiest Charles G. Koch and his brother, David, are subject to “almost daily” barrages of “character assassination.” What kind of treatment is that, Koch wonders, for people who are devoted to improving the lives of citizens?

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  • Kathleen Sebelius helped create a fairer health system Her role in getting the Affordable Care Act up and running was never easy, and it would become excruciating. But Sebelius, who resigned her post on Friday, contributed a great deal toward creating a better health care system for America.

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  • Veto the stingy Kansas school funding bill Sleep-deprived Kansas lawmakers left Topeka on Sunday night not certain what they had actually legislated. Only now is the impact of the massive education bill becoming clear. And the more that’s known, the worse it looks.

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  • Hope in Afghanistan builds after election Even more impressive was the female turnout — an unprecedented 35 percent of all voters were women, 300 women ran in provincial elections and three women ran for vice president.

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  • Help police stop the rash of area road shootings The last thing motorists should have to worry about is bullets fired at them from another vehicle. A reported rash of shootings in and around Kansas City is creating anxiety here and unwelcome attention nationwide. Quickly catching whoever is responsible is the best prescription for relief.

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  • Ferret out the source of cowardly mailings in school board elections Well-intentioned citizens who run for their local school boards shouldn’t be blindsided by false and anonymous smear campaigns. But that’s what happened to three candidates in the Hickman Mills School District and one in the Kansas City Public Schools.

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  • Support the Westport school plan Fortunately for the now vacant Westport High School and the community surrounding it, there are second chances. The Kansas City Public Schools board should reverse an earlier decision and sell the midtown building for a promising new development that would include a charter high school.

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  • Kansas City Public Library earns a deserved honor Like its fellow systems around the metro area and around the country, the Kansas City Public Library is undergoing a transformation in how it serves and reaches the public and how it will address and thrive in the future. A new national honor should tip off more residents to enjoy the library's offerings.

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  • Top election picks for Missouri voters Voters in Missouri today will decide whether to approve water and school bonds, as well as select school board members and a new mayor for Independence. Here are The Star’s recommendations in selected races.

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  • Missouri doesn’t need divisive ‘right-to-work’ law Right-to-work laws are divisive and unnecessary. If Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones and his out-of-state allies insist on a vote this week, lawmakers should make it a “no.”

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  • Kansas weekend theatrics can’t obscure state’s fiscal crisis Even before a weekend of late nights and frayed nerves, Kansas lawmakers were in the throes of agony. They needed to find $129 million to correct unconstitutional school funding inequities. But thanks to a self-inflicted budget crisis with no end in sight, the road to $129 million was paved only with brutal choices.

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  • Vote to improve the Kansas City water system and Northland schools The top issues Tuesday include whether to issue water revenue bonds in Kansas City, how to change the city charter, whether to approve levy increases for Northland school districts and who will take on the crucial tasks of leading several school boards.


    The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
    As of (03/24/2014) at 11:55 PM

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  • This 'gracious lady' took interest in all her students Mar. 23, 2014 Trouble. It was not my fault. My parents, high school teachers and counselors reviewed my grades and decided I was smart enough to finish high school in three years and get a jump on college.

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  • 10 rules to live by, hard to live with Mar. 23, 2014

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  • Krauthammer: Ukraine needs strength, not MREs Mar. 23, 2014 Early in the Ukraine crisis, when the Europeans were working on bringing Ukraine into the EU system and Vladimir Putin was countering with threats and bribes, one British analyst lamented that 'we went to a knife fight with a baguette.'

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  • To the point/Roses and thorns Mar. 23, 2014

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  • Today's Editorial Cartoon 10:46 AM

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  • Vote 'No' to renew tax Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Stoeffler: Check out our fresh digital designs Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Sometimes life takes a near miss Mar. 22, 2014

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  • We are doing students a disservice when we make education an easy 'A' Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Readers' letters Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Vote 'No' to renew tax Often, we have to pay for our mistakes.

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  • Let's end domestic abuse

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  • Let's let the 'Sunshine' in

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  • Kennally served us well

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  • Morris is wildlife leader

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  • Time to talk about future


    The Independence Examiner - Editorials
    As of (04/17/2014) at 06:39 PM

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  • Putin says he doesn’t want to take over Alaska Updated at 6:01 PM I can’t decide whether Sarah Palin should feel go […] --

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  • Royals put Cain on 15-day DL Updated at 5:19 PM The Kansas City Royals announced that they have placed outfielder Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.Left-handed pitcher Justin Marks has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha to take Cain’s place on the...

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  • CHECK THIS OUT: Girls soccer Updated at 3:51 PM Teams: William Chrisman vs. Fort OsageSport: High school girls soccerTime: 6:30 p.m. todayPlace: Fort Osage High SchoolWhat’s on the line: Fort Osage looks to stay unbeaten in the Suburban Middle Seven when it...

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  • Negativism among Rockford residents goes back many years Posted at 5:18 PM The Gallup organization is out with a survey showing th […]

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  • 4 Reasons Amazon Should Acquire Sears Posted at 3:31 PM

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  • A year after bombing, local athletes can't wait to run Boston Updated at 2:42 PM Gary Cattarin, of Marlborough, was in a suite on the 30th floor of the Marriott Hotel, partying with members of the Squannicook Running Club, when the first explosion went off at last year’s Boston Marathon just before 3 p.m.

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  • OBAMA: The Affordable Care Act Debate Is 'Over' Posted at 3:31 PM

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  • Ranking movies from best to worst Posted at 5:18 PM We geeks feel a compulsion to assign every movie to a ranking on a series of arbitrary lists. Why on earth does this matter? I don't know. But does it matter? Why, yes. Yes, it does.

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  • Three cheers (or 270 cheers) for the National Popular vote! Updated at 1:05 PM You may not have noticed, but momentum is building acro […]

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  • MAJOR LOSSES Posted at 12:30 PM Missouri Mavericks captain Sebastien Thinel lost much more than a first-round playoff series to the Arizona Sundogs this week.The team scoring leader and two-time CHL MVP lost his grandfather, Gaston Chartrand, who was 83.“He... Animals Best Friends: Three dogs needing homes - maybe yours Posted at 11:59 AM Spring is a good time to bring a new pet into the family. Taking a new dog for walk in the spring is more enjoyable than walking in the winter. A new cat can watch the birds feed their babies from their seat at the window. Spring is just a great...


    The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
    As of (04/17/2014) at 06:39 PM

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri Highway Patrol cross-trains to boost safety at Lake of the Ozarks By Jefferson City News-Tribune : Just as athletes enhance fitness and safety by training in multiple disciplines, state troopers will promote public safety at the Lake of the Ozarks by acquiring training both on highways and waterways.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: The tragedy in Rwanda may ultimately have a happy ending by Tampa Tribune : In Rwanda today, the genocide — while it will never be forgotten — has been put aside as the victims and the perpetrators join hands in a remarkable effort to build a better nation.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: E-cigarettes should be treated the same as tobacco products A Missouri Senate bill could exempt e-cigarettes from current tobacco laws despite limited research suggesting they could have equally adverse effects as traditional cigarettes.

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: Right to Work needs parity; MoDOT needs more money by David Rosman : Although certain pieces of legislation may be written by organizations with particular political leanings, they should not be summarily dismissed. The legislation can be co-opted across party lines to better serve the citizens of Missouri.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's roads need repairs, funding sources uncertain by ST. JOSEPH NEWS-PRESS : Improvements to Missouri"s roads are long overdue, but residents and lawmakers are divided on the best way to pay for these updates.

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  • ROSE NOLEN: One person, one vote — no matter the race, color or creed Voting is a basic right for all Americans, and there should not be any restrictions on when and how people can vote.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Green-Beckham cut good for Missouri football Missouri"s decision to remove Dorial Green-Beckham from the football team will give him the chance to get back on the right track.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: HB 1613 is an insult to women by Emma Bagnardi : HB1613 would triple the waiting period for a woman to access her legal right to an abortion. In addition to a required ultrasound, this bill would also force providers to tell women medically inaccurate information.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Why poverty across the world matters to Americans by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : In the United States, there is a tea-party fueled isolationism sweeping the domestic political culture. It has caused many Republicans to seek massive cuts to the foreign aid budget, which — after you strip out diplomacy and military aid to foreign governments — accounts for less than 1 percent of federal spending.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Right-to-work laws damage economy, weaken families by Tara L. McMahon : If right-to-work passes, the wage cuts that follow will leave families with less to spend, and that will devastate our communities and businesses alike.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Luxury living for seniors, at taxpayers' expense by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : A Missouri House bill would allow senior living centers to organize as not-for-profits and avoid many taxes.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Senseless act of violence takes three lives at K.C. Jewish center by The Kansas City Star : This kind of headline should not be the norm, and no family or community should have to endure this sorrow. Yet we as a nation seem paralyzed at the prospect of dealing with it.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: One genetically engineered crop doesn't change root causes of poverty by Jill Richardson : By focusing on the real, underlying problems instead of a narrowly defined nutrient deficiency, countless numbers of people could have enjoyed a higher standard of living.

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  • DEAR READER: Redesigned Vox features new cover, content, type by Heather Lamb : Vox magazine unveiled a new look this week, and the whole staff is abuzz. We kept our audience in mind as we worked to create the new Vox.

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  • GENE ROBERTSON: Strong values play a crucial role in our lives by William E. "Gene" Robertson : Educators and parents need to focus on the value of positive values early in a child"s life to avoid many of the troubles that follow us around today.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Medical use of drugs has value; recreational use does not by Jefferson City News Tribune : At least one bill gaining bipartisan support in the Legislature would permit the use of cannabinol oil for medical patients who suffer seizures.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fix tobacco loophole that costs Missouri lives, funding by Michelle Pfister : Two bills in the legislature would close a loophole that essentially allows our government to subsidize tobacco companies in Missouri, which is a terrible detriment to our state"s health and revenue stream.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: CIA interrogation practices must come to light by Los Angeles Times : It"s now up to President Barack Obama to ensure that the agency doesn"t mount a rear-guard attempt to censor or sanitize the Senate Intelligence Committee"s findings in the name of national security.

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  • GEORGE KENNEDY: Civic leaders play catch-up in wake of downtown infrastructure muddle by George Kennedy : An unintended consequence of the Great TIF Debacle of 2014 was that it united several interests in concern for the future of Columbia. This might turn out to be the most positive result of the ordeal.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tornado sirens may save your life — heed them by The Fulton Sun : It"s important to remember that while we receive more warnings than damage, that doesn"t mean we"re immune to mother nature"s destruction.


    Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
    As of (04/17/2014) at 06:42 PM

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  • Marijuana Now that an inexorable trend is underway toward legalizing the sale and use of marijuana, discussion will turn toward the effects of the drug.

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  • Diapers While we're considering curious aspects of public policy, how about welfare diapers for poor people?

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  • Marijuana Give Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe credit for launching a discussion that might move the tortuous discussion of marijuana legalization. Hers is a tiny little segment of the issue -- she would decriminalize cultivation of a few plants for medicinal...

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  • GOP primary These days a Republican primary election campaign is a sight to behold as every candidate seeks to occupy the far-right fringe. So it was at last week's annual Missouri Lincoln Day dinner, where several candidates advertised their goods.

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  • Player dismissals It's easy for us out here in the cheap seats to reach quick conclusions about what University of Missouri athletic officials should do with the likes of Dorial Green-Beckham and Zach Price, but in the middle of the action these...

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  • Out-county voting In small jurisdictions throughout Boone County, voters on Tuesday made a series of good decisions.

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  • Mixed messages As beleaguered leaders at Columbia's City Hall seek advice and help on how to proceed with downtown development, two official bodies are sending somewhat contradictory messages.

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  • Road tax Everybody agrees transportation infrastructure in Missouri is in desperate straits, but until now no consensus has developed about how to supply the needed financing.

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  • Nullification In a less commendable action, the Missouri House on April 3 overwhelmingly approved a bill nullifying federal gun control laws, a foolish unconstitutional bleat against Washington.

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  • Wolfe's order Usually we think of Title IX in the context of collegiate scholarship athletics. Now University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe issues an executive order invoking its mandates to fight sexual misconduct.

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  • The election In the local election Tuesday, only about 14 percent of eligible Boone County voters went to the polls. In Columbia, where most voters are concentrated, turnout was similarly sparse. County Clerk Wendy Noren had estimated 18 percent or 19 percent...

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  • SHS building Those of us on the Board of Trustees of the State Historical Society of Missouri are happy to see approval by the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee of $33 million to build a new building in Columbia.

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  • Scott Boulevard It wouldn't be a normal day if local residents were without something to complain about. Nothing against the disgruntled -- without such angst, our society would be showing signs of terminal disinterest.

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  • Dorothy Dunard Hardly any of you knew Dorothy Dunard, who died Saturday at age 96, but she meant a great deal to me, so a bit of indulgence, please.

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  • Chairman Beck Of late I have invoked the local political wisdom of former City Manager Ray Beck, now removed to rural Boone County, where he tends cattle.

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    St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
    As of (04/17/2014) at 06:44 PM

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  • Science education on track for upgrade Nearly overlooked in the swirl of recent events is the wonderful news that St. Joseph is within about a year of breaking ground on an ambitious project, the Advanced Science Research Center.

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  • Add this: consultant contracts A lot of things look different in the rearview mirror, such as these words from Dr. Fred Czerwonka in a News-Press guest column published last October:

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  • Levee reviews welcome Reassurances from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers don't exactly put our minds at ease.

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  • Make a big impact Role models make an impact. The Big Brothers and Big Sisters program has proven it.

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  • Road needs require statewide solution Missouri is finding there is no good alternative to growing the economy, adding new well-paying jobs and expanding the tax base.

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  • New sets of eyes see new possibilities Sometimes it takes an outsider to notice things the rest of us have looked at so long that we take for granted. Such revelations can solve problems, or offer possibilities for the future.

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  • Issues, not ages, matter Today's younger generation has much to offer on the issues of the day - if only the rest of us will listen and take them seriously.

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  • Suspicious fires threaten all of us The possibility an arsonist is at work in St. Joseph is supported by recent evidence of three fires that have erupted in vacant structures in one neighborhood.

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  • Respect voters' judgment One thing can be said about Tuesday's election in St. Joseph: Voters appear to have made conscious choices when passing a smoking ban and seating a total of four new members of the City Council and school board.

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  • Civic duty requires effort from voters Few voters will get all they want when ballots are counted this evening in St. Joseph. Still, only those who head to the polls will have a say in choosing:

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  • Connect, volunteer to thrive Our charities depend on donor dollars, but hardly financial gifts alone.

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  • Military report on target Missouri state officials deserve credit for realizing more needs to be done, and soon, to secure and hopefully expand our federal investments supporting the military.

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  • Trade sanctions worry us In case you missed it, the tides of the recession appear to be receding in the Midland Empire. Or so say the indicators.

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  • District audit welcome The reasons aside, it's good news that the St. Joseph School District is about to undergo a state audit.

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  • Restrain tax credit awards The notion that Missouri should eliminate all tax credits for historic preservation is not on the table, and for good reason.

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  • Arts Fund raises curtain The reality of raising money for the arts is sometimes it is hard.

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  • Career success starts here The first step is always the hardest.

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  • Nepotism belongs on agenda As supporters of the St. Joseph schools look on cautiously, our district's leaders are stumbling and trying to regain their footing. Let's hope they do, but let's also make plans for how things will work in the future.

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  • Industry, workers need this One service that follows such things reminds the hopeful that lots of good ideas surface in Congress but few ever become law.

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  • A young mind is to be celebrated We are taken by the notion that young people who are coming of age have more to offer - in more areas - than many adults seem to grasp.


    The Joplin Globe - Editorials
    As of (04/17/2014) at 06:44 PM

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  • Other Views: Funding for state's roads Missouri is finding there is no good alternative to growing the economy, adding new well-paying jobs and expanding the tax base. April 17, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Our View: Pledge must be priority Mike Seibert, after being elected Joplin’s mayor on Monday, immediately pledged that the city will be operating with transparency. April 16, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Your View: Free choice Joan Banks’ guest column (Globe, April 13) regarding right-to-work seems to assume that if workers are given the choice of joining a union, they won’t join. April 16, 2014

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  • Your View: Serious drawbacks Joan Banks’ guest column (Globe, April 13) lays out clearly and persuasively the serious drawbacks with so-called right-to-work legislation. April 16, 2014

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  • Your View: Step aside The people of Joplin made it clear they wanted change at City Hall with their decisive votes to replace two council members. April 16, 2014

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  • Geoff Caldwell, columnist: Government without apology or explanation Americans feel closest to their Uncle Sam at this time of year as he extends his hand for his “fair share” to fund his numerous endeavors. April 16, 2014

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  • Phill Brooks, columnist: Value of outside fiscal experts for government Missouri recently lost a man who had been one of the state’s tax leaders of decades past. April 15, 2014

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  • Our View: Hate hurts us all Investigators say Sunday’s shooting of three people — two at a Jewish community center and another at a retirement complex in Overland Park, Kan. — were hate crimes. April 15, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Other Views: State's theatrics Conservatives in the Kansas Legislature have taken advantage of a serious problem — inequities in public school funding — to attack teachers and create new problems. April 15, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Joan Banks, guest columnist: Right-to-work isn't what's right for Missouri Right-to-work legislation is up in the air right now in the Missouri Legislature.  Last week, the bill failed to get enough votes to advance to the Senate, but supporters are working to get those votes and move it forward. April 14, 2014


    The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
    As of (04/17/2014) at 06:44 PM

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  • Our Opinion: Improve, don't duplicate, farm-to-school program - Providing locally produced food to Missouri students is a good idea.

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  • Your Opinion: Hobby Lobby's double standard? - So Hobby Lobby doesn't want to pay for birth control stuff through the Affordable Health Care Act.

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  • Your Opinion: Jeb Bush's costly 'act of love' - Jeb Bush quoted in reference to illegal immigration: "Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love. It's an act of commitment to your family."

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  • Your Opinion: Students on spring break assist Habitat project - In the last full week of March, a group of 13 college students, and three chaperones, from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, quietly descended upon Jefferson City and spent the next seven days building critical retaining walls and working on various Habitat homes under construction in our community.

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  • Our Opinion: Patrol adopts cross-training for Lake area - Missouri law enforcement is adapting a concept from athletics.

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  • Your Opinion: Story criticized for generalities - On April 9 an article titled "PSC looks for answers to unusual cases," by Bob Watson, appeared in the News Tribune.

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  • Your Opinion: Promote adoption, not abortion - I recently read that Planned Parenthood's Columbia Center is no longer licensed to perform abortions.

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  • Our Opinion: Collecting military memorabilia, and stories - The Missouri Society for Military History is on a mission.

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  • Perspective: Needed, long-term salary study included in this year's budget - It is hard to believe there are only five weeks left in the legislative session this year, but the calendar does not lie.

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  • Our Opinion: Explore array of resources at the library - Are you neglecting a resource you're already paying to support?

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  • Your Opinion: Allow maximum public input before commission decision - With a decision looming on the fate of the old jail and sheriff's residence, we have asked the county commission to hold a night meeting including a public hearing ....

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  • Your Opinion: Pass bill to block false Medicaid claims - Imagine if we had legislators who did not understand the fundamental differences between going to the grocery store (something you do when you need to buy food), and going to the doctor (something you do when you're sick).

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  • Your Opinion: Accountability needed, not higher taxes - "Simply add another tax/surcharge" has become the mantra for every government both small and large.

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  • Your Opinion: Don't follow failed model - Here is an idea capturing the enthusiasm of our Legislature: Cut income taxes for Missouri citizens. Sounds good, doesn't it?

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  • Your Opinion: Where's the senator? - Where in the world is Mike Kehoe?


    The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
    As of (04/17/2014) at 06:44 PM

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  • Color Me Cape brings big crowd to area (04/17/14) You might say Cape Girardeau's downtown has color -- especially on Saturday when the Color Me Cape 5K made its way to the area. More than 2,000 people participated in the race, which was not about time but about the experience and raising money for good organizations...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 4/17/14 (04/17/14) Fred Horrell wowed the crowd at his sold-out-out show on April 12 at the casino with his harmonica playing. Off the charts. Go, Fred. Don't rush meal When I go to a restaurant for a meal, it is as much or more about the relaxation and socializing as it is about the food. ...

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  • Editorial Teen Challenge continues to help men overcome life of drugs (04/16/14) Drugs will rob a person of anything important in life. Family. Friends. Work. The list goes on. There is hope, however. On Saturday Teen Challenge International of Mid America, a faith-based organization, held its annual banquet in Cape Girardeau. The night included singing and testimonies. New this year, each man in the program sat at the table with supporters...

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  • Letter to the Editor Employment for individuals with autism (04/16/14) April is Autism Awareness month. Last month we lost Dr. David Crowe who was instrumental in bringing autism awareness to our community. One of Dr. Crowe's aims was to find meaningful employment for those with high-functioning autism through The Tailor Institute. ...

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  • Letter to the Editor E-cigarettes are tobacco products (04/16/14) Tobacco companies are selling E-cigarette LTEs, which resemble cigarettes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to regulate them as tobacco products. However, the tobacco industry is going to great lengths to ensure that e-cigarettes are called anything but tobacco products. Because doing so exempts these unregulated products from current tobacco control laws...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 4/16/14 (04/16/14) This is the most corrupt administration the United States has ever had. We better get out and vote this November and get some people in there who care about the Constitution and care about the future of the American people, because this administration is ruining our country...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 4/15/14 (04/15/14) Keeping the Capahas must become Cape's absolute top priority! Voter and economics The usually infallible Mike Jensen erred recently when he wrote in effects that voters (in effect) always vote their economic best interest. In fact, the reason red states are red is in large part because voters get cleverly distracted by social and cultural issues and do not vote for what would be in their economic best interest...

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  • Letter to the Editor Tax credits and education (04/15/14) Three cheers for Jay Nixon for standing up to those who want more public buildings at the expense of our children's education and welfare. For too long politicians of both stripes have talked about the importance of education, but then given tax credits for various "economic development" schemes and allocated money for new buildings that yield construction jobs but little public good. ...

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  • Letter to the Editor Junior high musical was wonderful (04/15/14) I would like the thank the cast and crew of "Once Upon a Mattress" for a most enjoyable evening on March 22. Mike Dumey has a reputation, a gift, for directing many plays at Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School. It is amazing how he can organize this many seventh- and eighth-graders and pull off a very professional production. This year's play, "Once Upon A Mattress," was no exception of the quality of talent that resides within the student body at Central Junior High School...

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  • Editorial Bone marrow registry can help save lives (04/15/14) Bone marrow donations play an important role in treating individuals with various illnesses. People with leukemia, lymphoma or sickle cell anemia, among other diseases, may need these donations as they seek healing and relevant treatment options. If you know a person who has battled similar ailments, you may know the struggle and how bone marrow donations can help...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 4/14/14 (04/14/14) It's not the large number of people who signed up under the Affordable Care Act that counts. It's the better access to health care, affordability and preventive measures it provides that make it such a breakthrough piece of legislation, as was well articulated in a recently column in the Southeast Missourian by Donna Brazile...

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  • Letter to the Editor Library taxes increased (04/14/14) I am writing in regard to the community center that was to be built in Jackson. I refer to an article that appeared in the Southeast Missourian on Thursday, April 13, 2006. It states both of the city's libraries would merge and be part of the community center. Also that a longtime Jackson couple, Shelby and Mildred Brown, who are now deceased, left their estate to provide funding to create and support the facility for historical purposes...

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  • Editorial Celebrating brainpower at Math Field Day (04/14/14) Nearly 700 students from 28 junior and senior high schools around the region, including Illinois, assembled last week for the Math Field Day at the Show Me Center. In its 37th year, the turnout was higher this year than the last couple of years. Educators hope the event provides a way for the students to have fun in a competitive environment and measure where their math programs stack up with others in the region...

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  • Opinion Column Guest column: Time to protect the right to farm in Missouri's constitution (04/13/14) Thomas Jefferson had it right two centuries ago when he wrote to his fellow founder, John Jay, that "cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens." Farmers, Jefferson explained, are "the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous" Americans. They are "tied to their country and wedded to its liberties and interests by the most lasting bonds."...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 4/13/14 (04/13/14) Thank you to the Jackson power company, Jackson Police Department and Jackson Fire Department, who weathered the bad storm on the evening of April 3 and assisted and repaired our electricity on August Street. We appreciate all of you and thank you for you for risking your lives for others...

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  • Editorial Do your part to help clean the city (04/13/14) Spring's warmth has finally arrived, bringing a welcome break from winter's harshness. With it comes walks and baseball games, window shopping and a long list of excuses to consume the fresh air. We'd like to offer a friendly reminder that the 70s also clamor for cleaning...

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  • Editorial Arrow, Southeast Missourian recognized with awards (04/11/14) Awards are not the reason we in the newspaper business do what we do. It's about sharing important information with readers, providing a forum for discussion and including perspective. It's about connecting readers with news. It's about advertisers having an opportunity to connect with customers. It's about playing a role in the communities in which we live...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 4/11/14 (04/11/14) I would like to thank the women of Alpha Xi Delta and Gamma Sigma Sigma for their efforts to help in these trying economic times. They were out on April 2, even as it started to rain, passing out free food to those who came by. As one who accepted their kindness, let me say "Thank you very much!"...

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  • Opinion Column Keep politics out of conservation (04/10/14) In 1936, through a constitutional amendment, the state of Missouri created its Department of Conservation. It was the first apolitical, science-based conservation department in the nation, and quickly became a model for other states. Since then, the department has become not only one of the best in the country, but in the world, consistently providing outstanding services to the citizens of our state for more than 75 years...

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  • Editorial Soles4Souls a worthy cause to support (04/10/14) Soles4Souls is a not-for-profit organization that provides shoes to orphanages and other places with individuals in need worldwide. Locally, Cheryl Reinagel, Rhonda Weller-Stillson and Robyn Jones have helped lead the charge for donations. Last year almost 3,000 pairs of shoes were donated from this area. As of Wednesday afternoon, 1,600 pairs of shoes were donated with more to be counted...


    Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
    As of (04/17/2014) at 06:45 PM

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  • Put the flags back in front of churches Dear Editor:Second letter, same subject. Again I must write to the editor in hopes this also makes the newspaper.Why have the American Flags not been placed back in the churches? What the hell is going on? I spoke with a Catholic priest this past week (retired now, lives in Jefferson City, was at one time assigned as a Military Chaplain.) He tells me that no order has came down from anywhere for the churches to remove the American Flag from in front of the church. He tel...

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  • Missouri losing out in Medicaid expansion debate Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is not perfect, but I’m happy that he is attempting to convince the fine politicians of the state of Missouri to opt in to the Medicaid expansion that is being offered by the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act. Nixon made a stop right here in the State Fair City, at Bothwell Regional Health Center to reiterate his position that Missouri should be a part of the Medicaid expansion.And he’s right.

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  • Steele’s influence felt locally, nationally As the Industrial Revolution chugged through the mid-to-late 19th century, people crowded into cities in search of factory jobs. Factory work was dangerous, hours were long, and pay was low. Muckraking journalists such as Ida Tarbell and Jacob Riis wrote articles exposing the conditions under which many factory workers lived.As middle-class Americans learned of living and working conditions in the cities, they began to form reform societies aimed at bettering their communities. The...

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  • A culture of sports obsession WARRENSBURG — When it comes to athletics, Chuck Ambrose believes “we’re a bit crazy as a culture.”He’s not alone. Many are critical of Americans’ obsession with sports — from the just-completed NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament to college football’s Bowl Championship Series — and how they are driving boatloads of cash into the athletic departments of big universities. But Ambrose, president of the University of C...

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  • April 12-13 Sedline “Less than 1,800 people got out to vote for the mayor? Pitiful.”•“Congratulations to the county and city police for all the drug busts that have been made. We as good citizens need to do our part — be observant and report to the TIPS hotline any suspicious behavior. Together we could make Sedalia drug free.”•“Now that the election is over, let’s see how long it takes people to go around and pick ...

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  • Mock accident a community effort On Wednesday, Smith-Cotton High School students viewed a stirring reminder of the drastic implications of impaired and distracted driving with the presentation of “Every 15 Minutes,” a fatal collision scenario. Sedalia School District 200 schedules this presentation the week of Prom every other year to ensure that safe driving practices are front-of-mind for our students on that special night.SCHS teachers Steve Schilb and Teri Turner coordinated this event with the hel...

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  • A time of renewal and new birth Every year that one day appears when, as I am driving down U.S. 50 Highway for whatever reason, the skeleton trees undulating in the wind show a slight, almost imperceptible tinge of green on their naked branches. The color is a little easier to see when I look out over a panoramic view, such as when as the road leads up to the intersection at state Route T.As soon as I get home from that drive, I scour the vinca bed in front of the garage, finding signs of the peonies pushing thei...

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  • Easter brings memories of dresses When I was growing up, Easter weekend used to begin our spring vacation. Bright and early the following week we would begin our closet cleaning. After school, we would pull out all the winter clothes, brush them good, hang them on paper shrouded hangers and put them in the winter closet.Naturally there would be a lot of throw aways. Clothes that were too small would be passed down to the person closest to your size. For a long time, I was the youngest sister, so my clothes would go...

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  • It’s time to pass the criminal code revision For the past eight years, Missouri’s prosecutors have been leaders in the effort to revise the Criminal Code. In recent years, we partnered with the Missouri Bar to tackle the revision of the Criminal Code because we know it is the right thing to do.The Criminal Code Revision that is currently being debated in the General Assembly modernizes antiquated statutes, harmonizes numerous duplicitous provisions, and gives us an important new tool in the form of a fifth felony class....

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  • Helen Gallie Steele and music in Sedalia During the late 19th and early 20th century, social reformers extolled the virtues of music as healthy family entertainment and uplifting community activity. Social historians Robert Bishop and Patricia Coblentz note that “no game or pastime… enjoyed the popularity of the musicale,” whether a small, at-home affair or a larger public entertainment. Music store newspaper advertisements showed families gathered around a piano or parlor organ, happily singing together....

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  • A look at the 2014 Missouri State Fair music acts The Missouri State Fair just announced the lineup for the Pepsi Grandstand and that means it is again time for me to hit up YouTube and familiarize myself with some of the artists and again prove that my knowledge of modern country and alternative rock is a little lacking.Country is, like always, the most represented genre and second place is the sweet music of the tractor pull. I think it reflects badly that three different nights at the Missouri State Fair’s biggest venue f...

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  • Different parties, same country Ultimately, I guess people of goodwill are going to have to speak up. Back in 1964, when the battle for civil rights was finally won, I thought the fight was over. I’m not one who likes to get involved in street fights. I prefer not to call people names. I believe in saying what needs to be said in a respectful manner. Obviously, I would rather disagree without becoming disagreeable.Many people have complaints about the Affordable Health Care Act. That’s the name of it ...

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  • Fathers play an important role I was first a little puzzled and then miffed at Boomer Esiason the other day, when I heard about his criticizing Daniel Murphy, a Mets player, for missing the first two games of the season in order to be present at the birth of his son. It turned out that Murphy’s wife gave birth by Cesarean section, so not only was their son being born, Murphy’s wife was undergoing major surgery. After I heard more about what Esiason and his work colleagues said on the air, I got, as they say in ...

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  • Hawkins ignores Sedalia’s progress I don’t know where Allen Hawkins has been living for the past 35 years, but it seems it’s not Sedalia.Hawkins was acting mayor from 1976 to 1978 before winning a four-year term in the office from 1978 to 1982. He is campaigning against current Ward 1 City Councilman Steve Galliher to return to the office in Tuesday’s election. One of the key talking points of Hawkins’ campaign is that as mayor he, in effect, single-handedly created Sedalia’s economic e...

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  • ‘No link’ for cancer, secondhand smoke Dear Editor:In the March 22-23 Democrat, JoAnn Martin played down the significance of an important new study on secondhand smoke, which I discussed in a column March 12. While I respect Martin’s nursing credentials, I wonder at her selective use of sources.While it’s true that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) did not conduct the study, it did finance it and report its conclusions. I quoted the NCI Journal of Dec. 13 that researchers found “no link be...


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