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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (08/31/2015) at 05:41 PM

Police and the use of (political) force

Dana Milbank: Jeb Bush's foot-in-mouth problem

Help needed to keep St. Louis' cultural institutions great


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (08/31/2015) at 05:42 PM

Downward drag of student transience Students need stability to do well in school. But hundreds of young people in and around Kansas City switch schools annually, or even multiple times in a school year.

Obama’s timely Alaskan trip highlights real climate change woes President Barack Obama's trip this week to Alaska highlighs facts somewhat at odds with each other. Climate change is having negative effects on the environment. And the United States is still dependent on oil as a major contributor to its economy.

The Monday Poll: Is it time for action on guns? The killings of two TV journalists while they were on the air has prompted yet another vociferous chapter in the long-running American debate over guns. We'd like you to weigh in on the topic.

Birthright citizenship distracts us from the real issues The focus on birthright citizenship overshadows the economic consequences of illegal immigration, including depressed wages and the failures of systems in place to screen out undocumented workers, not to mention all the other substantive issues drowned out by the noise.

Move forward wisely with plans to improve KCI Plans to pursue a badly needed upgrade to Kansas City International Airport — most likely construction of a single new terminal — are not yet on a glide path to success at City Hall. But with a bond election not contemplated until 2016 or 2017, City Hall still has time to craft a strong deal to build a better KCI.

Regional public transit is rolling smartly ahead The dream of a regionally funded, seamlessly connected public transit system hasn't come true yet for tens of thousands of people who use buses — and soon streetcars — in the Kansas City area. But major transit operators are taking positive steps toward a more effective way of moving passengers around, even across the state line.

Take a tough look at guard abuse charges in the Jackson County jail The recent physical abuse allegations levied against a handful of guards at the Jackson County jail deserve the just-announced thorough investigation by the FBI. Inhumane treatment by public employees of people locked behind bars cannot be tolerated.

Community Faces: Wipeout Run Hundreds of participants took on obstacles spread over an untimed 5K course Stirdau at Kansas Speedway in an event inspired by the TV show "Wipeout."

View all newsletters Editorials New Kansas City charter school holds promise, but many questions remain After heated discussion, the Kansas City school board voted 5 to 3 for the Kansas City Neighborhood Academy. The charter elementary school would be part of Kansas City's Urban Neighborhood Initiative.

Keep healthy lunches on school menus Obama administration officials and even the first lady have tried, but they can't seem to get Congress to endorse fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other healthier food options for school cafeteria breakfasts and lunches for kids.

Appalling shootings on live TV should lead to stricter gun laws On Wednesday, television reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward were shot to death during a live morning interview in Virginia. In a just world, the shootings would lead to passage of more responsible gun laws in America. The appalling reality is that they likely and sadly won't.

Gov. Sam Brownback’s battle with educators damages Kansas schools again With their continued negligent approach to K-12 education, Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican leaders stiffed Kansas kids again this week. Among the biggest losers were the Kansas City, Kan., Olathe and Bonner Springs school districts.

Monday Poll results: Survey shows strong support for police This week, the Monday Poll took your pulse on issues related to police shootings. Here are the results of the unscientific survey, based on more than 800 responses.

A better redevelopment plan needs to emerge for Metcalf South site In a heartening move toward better suburban planning, a questionable $324 million proposal to redevelop the Metcalf South Shopping Center and the former Kmart center is now in limbo in Overland Park.

Positive news on hunger in America: Fewer families struggle to buy food The falling U.S. stock market has grabbed people's attention. But a different sign of the economy's resilience can be seen in the declining number of families struggling to buy food. A positive recent report reveals that fewer U.S. families say they are struggling to buy food.

The Monday Poll: What’s going on with police shootings? Questions about police shootings continue to dominate news headlines and draw citizens into the streets to protest what they see as abusive tactics. We'd like to get your thoughts on this subject.

Law enforcement group calls for big changes to cut down on police shootings As tensions rise around the nation over police shootings and overly aggressive law enforcement tactics, a police research and policy group has issued a blunt and essential call for change.

Swope Park shines brighter thanks to public and private support Swope Park — the largest park in Kansas City at just over 1,800 acres — is enjoying a renaissance because significant public and private efforts successfully rebuilt cherished amenities (such as the zoo and Starlight Theatre) while new ones were added, including an off-leash dog park, community center, and miles of hiking and biking trails.

Don’t let ‘knuckleheads’ deter Kansas City from offering good summer youth programs Mayor Sly James says he's not going to let a few “knuckleheads” undo the good accomplished by Kansas City's summer programs for young people. That's the right attitude, though the city also needs to work on plans to avoid future problems with the activities.

Kansas City has a stake in the future of St. Louis stadium Frenzied efforts are under way to build a new $1 billion stadium in St. Louis as the beleaguered city tries to hang on to its professional football team. Kansas City area taxpayers are affected by what happens on the other side of the state.


The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (08/31/2015) at 05:42 PM

Pulley: Replacement for good reason can still leave a scar

Krauthammer: What six years of `reset' have wrought

Editorials 'Tis a privilege to recognize accomplished Ozarkers earning awards, setting records 'Tis a privilege to recognize accomplished Ozarkers earning awards, setting records `Tis a privilege to share good news from around the Ozarks Editorials

Opinion To the Point: Lawmakers should pass and enforce ethics laws To the Point: Lawmakers should pass and enforce ethics laws Lawmakers should pass and enforce ethics laws Opinion

Opinion Roses & Thorns: Friendly firefighter Roses & Thorns: Friendly firefighter Friendly firefighter Opinion

Contributors Baker: Kids in poor families don't benefit by participating in `pay to play' sports, activities Baker: Kids in poor families don't benefit by participating in `pay to play' sports, activities Jennifer Baker's local opinion column appears twice a month in the News-Leader. Contributors

Opinion Roses & Thorns: Springfield school board, Right to Life rally Roses & Thorns: Springfield school board, Right to Life rally Springfield school board, Right to Life rally Opinion

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll First Night Springfield, a community New Year's event, has been discontinued. Will you miss it? Opinion

Opinion To The Point: Downtown not easy for mobile disabilities To The Point: Downtown not easy for mobile disabilities USA Today on July 30 wrote a story entitled: “CDC: 1 in 5 American adults living with a disability.” In that story it talks about 13 percent have a mobile impairment. Opinion

Opinion Roses & Thorns: Patriot Guard Roses & Thorns: Patriot Guard A ROSE: A big bushel of roses to the Patriot Guard who participated in the Funeral Service for Dale E. Irvine on August 12. The honor that you gave to Dale was extremely impressive. Opinion

Opinion Gannett columnist: Mississippi is Katrina's other victim Gannett columnist: Mississippi is Katrina's other victim Gannett columnist: Mississippi is Katrina's other victim Opinion

Opinion Our Voice: Lawmakers must finally adopt ethics laws and limits Our Voice: Lawmakers must finally adopt ethics laws and limits Our Voice: Missouri has no limits on campaign contributions, on accepting lobbyist gifts and on how fast elected officials can go from legislating to more lucrative jobs in lobbying. That must change. Opinion

Contributors Gannett columnist: About to die? Do something! `Let's go!' echoes 9/11 courage Gannett columnist: About to die? Do something! `Let's go!' echoes 9/11 courage Gannett columnist: About to die? Do something! `Let's go!' echoes 9/11 courage Contributors

Contributors Foster: The hard truth about affordable living Foster: The hard truth about affordable living Lyle Foster's local opinion column appears twice a month in the News-Leader. Contributors

Contributors Guest Voice: Seat belts make the difference Guest Voice: Seat belts make the difference Guest Voice: Seat belts make the difference Contributors

Editorials Our Voice: We must adopt legislation to feed more kids in summer Our Voice: We must adopt legislation to feed more kids in summer Our Voice: Proposed U.S. legislation would fill the gap of child nutrition programs and help feed more kids in summer Editorials

Opinion To the Point: IRS budget, Planned Parenthood To the Point: IRS budget, Planned Parenthood The IRS budget, Planned Parenthood Opinion

Contributors Kinder: Why I was the only no vote on original taxpayer-funded stadium in St. Louis Kinder: Why I was the only no vote on original taxpayer-funded stadium in St. Louis Kinder: Extending bonds and going into more public debt will only fuel taxpayer cynicism Contributors

Contributors Will: The havoc that Trump wreaks and its appeal Will: The havoc that Trump wreaks and its appeal George F. Will is a national columnist for the Washington Post. Contributors

Opinion To the Point: American heroes in France make us proud To the Point: American heroes in France make us proud American heroes in France make us proud Opinion


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 (08/31/2015) at 05:43 PM

Opinion DAVID ROSMAN: Business Loop district an example of gerrymandering It can"t be ignored that the Community Improvement District for Business Loop 70 made a substantial error when gerrymandering the district to specifically exclude the residences.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Unbowed and unbroken: The good times roll on Even 10 years later, although we"ve moved on and done so much, the aches and scars from Katrina are still present.Our recovery and rebuilding will continue because we are a city of resilience and resolve.

DEAR READER: Responding to a big story in your backyard The newspaper can throw lots of staff at a big story like MU"s whoops in taking away, then giving back, graduate student health insurance. But the paper"s staff has grad students. Where does the conflict lie?

DAVID ROSMAN: Business Loop district an example of gerrymandering David Rosman It can"t be ignored that the Community Improvement District for Business Loop 70 made a substantial error when gerrymandering the district to specifically exclude the residences.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Unbowed and unbroken: The good times roll on Donna Brazile Even 10 years later, although we"ve moved on and done so much, the aches and scars from Katrina are still present.Our recovery and rebuilding will continue because we are a city of resilience and resolve.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Halting the heroin scourge Steve and Cokie Roberts Steve was guest-hosting "The Diane Rehm Show" on NPR recently, and the topic was the nationwide upsurge in heroin addiction. The first caller was Stacy from New Albany, Indiana.

DEAR READER: Responding to a big story in your backyard Tom Warhover The newspaper can throw lots of staff at a big story like MU"s whoops in taking away, then giving back, graduate student health insurance. But the paper"s staff has grad students. Where does the conflict lie?

EDITORIAL: Seatbelts make all the difference Neosho Daily News We can shout at the top of our lungs about wearing a seat belt, but it will take personal responsibility from every driver and passenger to succeed.As a result of lacking seat belt use and other reasons, road fatalities are on the rise across the state and nationally.

EDITORIAL: Scott County sheriff fighting "modern-day slavery" Southeast Missourian "Nobody thinks about human trafficking as slavery," Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said. But St. Louis is listed as one of the top 20 trafficking locations in the nation.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Graduate insurance debacle sheds some light on Loftin as university leader George Kennedy The graduate student insurance debacle is the latest in a series of blows suffered by the same students the chancellor purports to hold in high regard.

GUEST COMMENTARY: European Union unfairly uses leverage Dorothy Skamenca Being befuddled and wet behind the ears is a stage all must traverse on the way to greater sophistication. America might want to be careful touting our muscle, given the current circumstances.

EDITORIAL: Law enforcement group calls for big changes to cut down on police shootings Kansas City Star While training in tactical disengagement is good, Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté and his commanders must work to make it the prevailing value on the force.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Bernie Sanders, a man on fire David M. Shribman Sanders, while lacking the record and experience of his rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, seems to possess more audacity and authenticity.

DAVID ROSMAN: Blame the interns isn"t correct response for Missouri House members David Rosman The problem of addressing the intern dress code in the House of Representatives is one of power and control.

CARL KENNEY: Adjunct professors have fewer options than grad students Carl Kenney Adjunct professors have few options: They lack a union and other forms of leverage to demand more than the outlandish compensation they receive to assure profitability.

EDITORIAL: America broke its promise to Jamyla Bolden St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jamyla's death defines tragic. No 9-year-old should get shot to death while she does homework on her mother's bed. A Missouri legislature that sits idly by as St. Louisans kill themselves with stolen guns and makes it harder for police to do their job by protecting the most basic of civil rights has Jamyla's blood on its hands.

JILL RICHARDSON: Bear this in mind Jill Richardson If park visitors want to see bears in the wild, we have to take responsibility for living with them.

EDITORIAL: Missouri office seekers use abortion for political gain St. Louis Post-Dispatch Updated Those who really want to reduce the number of abortions, rather than fight about it, should know that Planned Parenthood says only 3 percent of its work involves abortions.

GENE ROBERTSON: Donald Trump"s campaign could use "flow" Gene Robertson Flow is defined as a state of performance that is almost euphoric in its ability to achieve a positive outcome.Tiger Woods would love to borrow some of Trump"s "flow."

GUEST COMMENTARY: Just worry about the kids in New Orleans Cokie and Steve Roberts There"s not much argument about how miserably the schools failed their students pre-Katrina.Even with failing schools shut down, too many students still spend their days in C- and D-rated classrooms and then go home to high-poverty, high-crime neighborhoods.Today the issue is one of local control.


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (08/31/2015) at 05:47 PM

Mike Middleton On Friday afternoon friends of University of Missouri Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton met to celebrate his career. After a time on the MU campus more valuable than most of us knew, Mike is retiring.

Clean air Construction of coal-fired power plants is finished in the United States. Even in Missouri and West Virginia, where coal is king, protectionists fight to preserve what's left. It will be a long time before coal no longer powers much of...

The chancellor: Getting to know Loftin Already in his relatively short tenure, University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin has made quite an impression. We have learned he is a strong leader willing, even eager, to operate under the spotlight. This is a great strategy so...

Officer Wilson Columbia Police Officers' Association leader Dale Roberts is not the only apologist who says the grand jury found Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson “did nothing wrong.” This has become the mantra of his defenders, and it's technically wrong.

Grad students Graduate students on the University of Missouri campus are protesting the loss of health insurance funding and other benefits, particularly on such short notice. As the argument proceeds, we are reminded of the serious role grad students play on campus....

Loop 70 I have lived in this town almost as long as the courthouse columns and have never seen the like. Gerrymandering has produced exactly the opposite outcome envisioned by the cartographers.

UM emails Sen. Kurt Schaefer thinks the University of Missouri gave Josh Hawley a sweet deal to allow the law school prof to run against Schaefer for Missouri attorney general. To prove his point, Schaefer and others are seeking disclosure of relevant...

ISIS The Islamic State, or ISIS, is setting up shop in border areas of Syria and Iraq, intent on forming a “caliphate,” or new nation of their own. Civilized nations provide marginal military help but mainly urge immediately affected nations to...

Red-light cameras The Missouri Supreme Court found red-light camera ordinances in three cities legally wanting because they target owners instead of drivers of vehicles. Officials in cities including Columbia ponder what to do next.

Jimmy Carter Our beloved former president announced the other day he has what might be terminal cancer. His public handling of the situation is a valuable example of Carter's spirit and a lesson for us all.

Rams stadium: Billion-dollar bonanza or boondoggle? Casual sports fans from across the state can't help but notice the pushing and pulling over the proposed St. Louis riverfront stadium. The billion-dollar deal requires financial collaboration among the state of Missouri, the National Football League, the football team...

Iran deal Nobody can guarantee the disputed deal will forever keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons. It seems clear enforcing the deal signed by the United States, the European Union and five other nations, including China and Russia, puts more restraint on...

CPOA In recent days an old rankle between the Columbia Police Officers' Association and City Hall erupted when CPOA Executive Director Dale Roberts posted on the union's Facebook page an honorarium to Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on the first anniversary...

`Ladylike' I stood in line Monday with other buyers of Sen. Claire McCaskill's book, “Plenty Ladylike.” She was at Barnes & Noble bookstore signing copies for a large crowd of friends who stood in line waiting to see the senator. She...

Highway funding Years ago my wife and I embarked on an extensive driving trip through France and Spain. We noticed what every European visitor sees: Gasoline prices are higher and highways are better over there.

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (08/31/2015) at 05:47 PM

Private street serves public Restraint always is in order when a government is considering using its powers of eminent domain to take private property for a public purpose.

Justice served in EPA ruling The federal Environmental Protection Agency oversteps its authority when it pursues a revised clean water rule that would trample on the rights of farmers and other private landowners.

Health savings is big It's remarkable, and worth applauding, that Missouri Western State University was able to hold its annual health insurance cost increase to just 0.87 percent, or $17,400.

Submit stadium deal to Assembly The word out of Jefferson City is state bond funding for a proposed new St. Louis football stadium is in doubt. This is a positive development.

Vaccines boost odds for seniors August is a month when parents and schools are focused on getting kids' immunizations up to date. This is all for the good, but not good enough.

Kovac's leaves legacy of service The end will come soon, but not tomorrow. Kovac's grocery stores in St. Joseph will pass into the hands of new owners in a little more than five weeks, on Oct. 3.

Market takes a dive For investors taking a beating in the stock market, it lifts our spirits not a bit to hear analysts tell us we should have seen this coming.

How to help a child One in 890,000.

Brace for fallout from wet year The unusually wet year in Northwest Missouri - shared by much of the state and region - needs to be understood better by the many among us who rely on the farm economy.

Errors impact safety Natural gas explosions, like fires, are well understood to be potentially devastating events that occur unexpectedly but usually not without reason.

Festival suits summer's end The 23rd annual Trails West! festival arrives at the perfect time on our summer calendar.

Promote outdoors access As much as hunting and fishing enthusiasts enjoy the solitude of nature, they need more people to come join them in the great outdoors.

Prison can go, but not to Kansas The U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay detention facility may yet close on President Obama's watch, but the final 115 or so prisoners need not, and should not, be transplanted to Fort Leavenworth.

Sidewalks: A balancing act Three months ago, St. Joseph City Council approved a construction project that now has the city at odds with some residents of the Museum Hill Historic District.

Love of reading best taught early As a new school year begins, it's smart to think about the teaching and learning that goes on outside of the classroom.

Teen drivers at risk Teens' fascination with text messages and phone apps now comes with a socio-psychological explanation for the behavior: "Fear of Missing Out,” or FOMO.

Welcome return to classroom "All the rest of it is just a sideshow.”

Buying has its benefits Like mom and apple pie, home ownership is revered for its beyond-criticism benefits.

Health costs loom as threat With health care costs climbing far more quickly than the economy, it's time to task policymakers and politicians with explaining what we can possibly do about it.

Blood need is constant Blood drives persist in a changing world because there is no viable substitute for asking people to help others in this way - by giving blood.


The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (08/31/2015) at 05:49 PM

Patricia Brigman: Parole hearings 'hell' revisited Posted: August 31, 2015 Thank you for the Globe's coverage of the eighth parole hearing held at South Central Correctional Center in Licking, Missouri, on Aug. 25, of John S. Martin, who twice admitted and was twice convicted of first-degree murder in two separate robberies. His first known offense was my brother, Leroy Spencer, of Rolla, and Melvin Craft; his second was James Stemmons, of Carthage.

Kevin Wilson: Remembering Gary Roark Posted: August 30, 2015 As everyone knows, I have some pretty definitive opinions, and I'm usually not shy about sharing them. That makes writing some columns a pretty quick task. Today is not one of those times because I want to spend a few minutes talking about my good friend Gary Roark, who died Monday.

Carol Stark: Change in state law would improve audit process Posted: August 30, 2015 When Tom Schweich talked about the Missouri Sunshine Law, he could speak the language of a journalist.

Straight talk on climate Posted: August 30, 2015 I recently spent a week in the Smoky Mountains — not the old Cherokee homeland but the mountains of Montana, smoky from the forest fires in Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Geoff Caldwell: Jorge Ramos is Donald Trump's new best friend Posted: August 29, 2015 Tuesday morning opened with the news that Donald Trump had again taken to Twitter trashing Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

Mark Rohr: Story behind the failure Posted: August 29, 2015 I have had several people send me accounts of recent events in Joplin and after reading them I was concerned that the real story behind the failure of the master developer projects not moving forward is being missed. 

Our View: Moment of silence Posted: August 28, 2015 We join news agencies across the nation to acknowledge and remember the work of television reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, in Roanoke, Virginia. The two were gunned down while live on the air on WDBJ. For these journalists, we offer up a moment of silence.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: August 27, 2015 Point of contention

Our view: Gary Roark led area past disaster Posted: August 26, 2015 He watched the weather radar, issued burn bans and kept an eye on rising floodwaters.

Caroline Little: Consumers' appetite for news driving industry changes Posted: August 26, 2015 Four years ago, most of us wouldn't have predicted award-winning TV series would debut via online streaming on websites such as Netflix and Hulu and would never be aired on cable or network television. Just four years ago, it seemed unlikely that people would prefer online music streaming and radio apps over CDs and iPods, let alone be willing to pay for it. And four years ago, most of us wouldn't have imagined we would get our news updates on our watches.

Our View: Dress code? How about a real ethics code Posted: August 25, 2015 Missouri House legislators making suggestions about an intern policy need to keep the focus on their own actions.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: August 24, 2015 Still waiting

Geoff Caldwell: Hillary Clinton's career comes full circle Posted: August 23, 2015 It was 2 a.m. in a London apartment when I first saw the signs of the 1994 Republican wave that was to sweep across U.S. Congressionals.

Allen Merriam: Cultural creativity good reason for MSSU to celebrate Spain Posted: August 23, 2015 Missouri Southern State University has chosen Spain as its fall 2015 themed semester country of emphasis. 

Our View: Hearing or not, Wallace Bajalli owes community answers Posted: August 23, 2015 “The city has tried over and over again to demonize my client and blame all the mistakes that were made in the recovery efforts on my client,” attorney Bill Fleischaker told the Globe on Wednesday after a Jasper County judge heard a request for a new trial on a civil judgment awarded to the city of Joplin against former master development principal Costa Bajjali.

Anson Burlingame: State audit should be challenged Posted: August 23, 2015 I was recently asked on camera by a reporter for KODE my assessment of the state audit of Joplin and the reasons for such private assessment. 

Our View: Just a normal first day of school Posted: August 21, 2015 There were no celebrity sightings. No ribbon-cuttings. No temporary classrooms nor any brand-new schools.

Our View: City of Joplin's 'blurred lines' systemic Posted: August 20, 2015 When city government willingly, even deliberately, hands off its responsibilities to private and quasi-private organizations, public record and the public be damned.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: August 20, 2015 No accountability

Our View: All the way, Webb City Little League Posted: August 19, 2015 A hearty congratulations to the members of the Webb City Little League team as this talented group of 12-year-olds prepares for Williamsport, Pennsylvania, home of the big show — the Little League World Series.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (08/31/2015) at 05:49 PM

Our Opinion: City Council dilutes seat belt proposal News Tribune editorial - A public safety proposal presented at Thursday's Jefferson City Public Safety Committee meeting was derailed by discussion of other issues.

Perspective: Listening to constituents - As I prepare to head back to Washington after a few uninterrupted weeks of visiting with folks throughout Missouri's 3rd District, I find myself reflecting on the issues that were discussed and what is on your minds.

Perspective: Concerns remain about Planned Parenthood, tax-funded stadium - Tuesday's meeting of the Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life did nothing to assuage concerns about Planned Parenthood and has raised critical questions about the leadership and management of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as well as the University of Missouri.

Our Opinion: Tax amnesty: time to pay up - Have you received a notice of taxes due?

Your Opinion: Consumers urged to oppose bill - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created by Congress and is the crowning achievement of Wall Street Reform.

Your Opinion: Major morality change in U.S. - I would like to submit additional information about two subjects to go along with my letters posted on Aug. 9 and 16.

Our Opinion: Fellowship, fun and a boost for cancer patients - Cancer patients deserve a boost.

Your Opinion: People deserve more timely court ruling - It's been over a year since Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon pleaded guilty to harassment of a co-worker.

Your Opinion: Learn from example of Paducah, Ky. - Thank you, Susan Stark. Your July 29 letter to the editor recommending the Chamber check out Paducah, Ky., was absolutely correct.

Your Opinion: Abortion protest deserves attention - Disappointing that your voluminous Sunday edition of Aug. 23 did not find space to mention the protest at Planned Parenthood [PP, their logo] in Columbia - part of a nationwide effort at more than 300 U.S. cities.

Our Opinion: Evaluating changes in health care priorities - A change in priorities is perhaps the most significant finding of a 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment, when compared to a previous assessment in 2012.

Our Opinion: 'Flakka': A new addictive, lethal drug - Add 'flakka' to the list of highly addictive, potentially lethal synthetic drugs.

Our Opinion: Speak now on possible GRUT tax increase News Tribune editorial - The Jefferson City Council is considering an increase in its gross receipts utilities tax (GRUT) to finance capital projects.

Your Opinion: 'Unplanned Parenthood' would be more accurate name - As for the dilemma of what to do about funding Planned Parenthood, I think we should first look at the contradiction in the name of their organization.

Your Opinion: Hubris infuses white perspectives of blacks - I think we “white folks" really have no idea how things work day-to-day for people who happen to be African-American and I believe it's hubris to think we do.


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (08/31/2015) at 05:49 PM

Men thwart mass shooting, demonstrate courage (08/31/15) Three Americans and a British businessman received France's top honor after displaying courage in subduing a terrorist on a high-speed train headed to France from Amsterdam. French President Francois Hollande awarded them the Legion d'Honneur -- the French Legion of Honor -- at the Elysee Palace in Paris...

Speak Out Speak Out 8/31/15 (08/31/15) What matters All lives matter. Abortion kills. Let's kill abortion. Left lane I know there's probably some kind of law against these slow people over in the left lane. They start in Jackson and they drive all the way to Cape side by side, doing the same speed limit. ...

Opinion Column Reflecting on Jimmy Carter (08/30/15) I met Jimmy Carter in the summer of 1975, when I was president of a small college in Muscatine, Iowa. Our county and the entire state of Iowa were Republican territory. Then, just as it is today, anyone who aspires to become president must begin in Iowa. More than a year before the election, I received a phone call from the Muscatine Country Democratic chairman asking me if they could use the small auditorium at our college for a speech by a presidential hopeful from Georgia...

Speak Out Speak Out 8/30/2015 (08/30/15) Trump has declared bankruptcy four times and cost the banks and people lots of money, and you want him as your president. You have got to be kidding. We want to say "thank you" to the very nice young lady who paid for our meal at the Texas Roadhouse on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 19...

Editorial Mayors working to improve lines of communication (08/30/15) More than a decade ago, former mayors Jay Knudtson of Cape Girardeau and Jackson's Paul Sander made a concentrated effort to break down parochial walls and work together. Jackson and Cape Girardeau, whose borders meet at Interstate 55 where East Jackson Boulevard meets Kingshighway, are sibling towns. And like siblings, each town has its own personality. But in the end, each wants the other to succeed...

Speak Out Speak Out 8/28/15 (08/28/15) Virtually anyone can run for president. The trick is to raise enough money to get your name on the ballot in all 50 states with $1 billion or so left to conduct a vigorous campaign. It's hard for me to wrap my head around why so many on the right are supporting Donald Trump, particularly since he was a Democrat longer than he has been a Republican, supported partial birth abortion and universal health care. ...

Editorial Welcome, students; enjoy Cape, study hard, be safe (08/28/15) Monday was the first day of classes at Southeast Missouri State University for more than 11,000 students. The city takes on a different feel as the first semester gets underway. Streets and parks are busier. Stores and shops are fuller. Student life is very much a part of our city's vibrancy...

Opinion Column Do something (08/27/15) During training, a few fellow trainees bestowed the nickname "Captain America" on Airman First Class Spencer Stone. As fate would have it, Stone showed the nickname was more accurate than most would realize. Stone is one of the three Americans who recently were traveling from Amsterdam to Paris and leapt into action, stopping a suspected terrorist aboard a high-speed train in France...

Speak Out Speak Out 8/27/15 (08/27/15) This great country was founded on Godly principles. Until people start standing up and start letting people know of our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ, our country will continue to slide downhill. Thank God the sheriff has a backbone and is willing to stand up for God and not wimp out. We have bowed down to those trying to dilute and silence Christianity for way too long. The silent majority needs to be less silent and the new stickers is a welcome start!...

Editorial Southeast students learn how tech, soil can mix (08/27/15) It's a new generation of farming at Southeast Missouri State University. With new technology and more on the horizon, the university is training today's students to be tomorrow's farmers. A recent story in the Southeast Missourian explained a new technology that allows a farmer to gauge soil moisture...

Speak Out Speak Out 8/26/15 (08/26/15) The property on Lacey Street in Jackson is a disgrace. While showing the new elementary school to people purchasing a home here, we drove by this duplex. The entire corner is grown up in weeds reaching the deck and windows of the duplex. Surely the city can enforce the ordinances for maintaining property. The people living in these duplexes need to withhold rent money until the landlord cleans up this entire corner...

Editorial Marchi retires after 30 years at Cape store (08/26/15) Dennis Marchi, the newly retired manager of Cape Girardeau's Schnucks, has received high praise from his colleagues and community as he concludes a career that has spanned 30 years in Cape Girardeau and 45 years with the St. Louis-based company. Mind you, he was not at familiar with Cape before he came, expecting to remain for three years, and over the years he turned down several promotions offered by Schnucks that would have moved him back to St. ...

Opinion Column Trump's blares drown out serious GOP contenders (08/26/15) With Hillary Clinton in free fall and Joe Biden poised to gum up the works in the Democratic primary for president, you would think the GOP would be awash in glee over the prospects. Unfortunately for the Republicans -- and I count myself in the conservative wing of the GOP -- it's all Trump, all the time...

Speak Out Speak Out 8/25/15 (08/25/15) Perhaps not surprisingly, the U.S. is the only major country in the world not providing paid maternity leave for new mothers. Initially, immigration was probably a winning issue for Republican presidential aspirants. Donald Trump has turned it into a nightmare beyond that on Elm Street...

Opinion Column Progress happening all over town (08/25/15) I have a number of items that I would like to comment on this month, so this column will be split into several segments. First I would like to thank the citizens and voters of Cape Girardeau for the positive vote on our Transportation Trust Fund 5 plan for the years 2016-2020. This positive vote will continue our street improvements through the year 2020. Citizens will see major street repairs, particularly in subdivisions and neighborhoods over the next year...

Editorial Bike lock inventors win 50K prize, headed to Cape (08/25/15) Recently, the Southeast Missourian applauded Cape Girardeau's Codefi business incubator, Traverse Ventures and local partners, who collaborated to create 1ST50K, an opportunity for potential entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas and win awards, including as much as $50,000 and professional advice and mentorship. The inaugural competition drew interest from 13 countries and 23 U.S. states in industries ranging from health care to technology and agriculture, to name a few...

Letter to the Editor In God some trust (08/24/15) I'm sure the Sheriff of Cape Girardeau County is a smart man. Dummies seldom get elected to high office. Therefore, he knows there are a few agnostics who live in the county, also a few Buddhists, probably some Hindus, a few atheists, definitely several Muslims, etc. ...

Editorial Celebrating Business Today and our 'Newsmakers' (08/24/15) Business Today, the monthly publication reporting notable news about business and business owners in Southeast Missouri, is celebrating 25 years. On this silver anniversary, the Southeast Missourian reflects on a statement we made all those years ago, in 1990, when we reported that the paper "grew out of a series of interviews with area businesspeople."...

Speak Out Speak Out 8/23/15 (08/23/15) I think the reason I'm opposed to Donald Trump goes back to my childhood. My mom used to host a bridge club on occasion. Although I didn't know what it meant and still don't, there must have been hundreds or thousands of times when I would hear one of the ladies practically scream, "No Trump!"...

Editorial Athletic success built long before lights go on (08/23/15) Even if you are not a sports fan, we hope you took a moment to glance at our fall high school football preview section that published on Thursday. More than just an Xs and Os overview and roster roundup, the section looked at the offseason work that goes into being an athlete in 2015...


Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
As of (06/29/2015) at 11:56 AM

B&G Club launches drive for new wheels Leah Landon understands the necessity for reliable transportation.

Sedalia has many fine attributes Niche (Niche.com) used to be a site that just ranked schools around the country, both K-12 and college by combining student reviews, professional opinions and piles of raw data. They recently started applying the Niche system to rank cities around the...

Sedalia Brick was once a cornerstone city's industry In the 1880s, Sedalia was still experiencing the burst of growth that followed the Civil War. Business was thriving, the city's population was growing, and new buildings were being erected. Sedalia's builders were using approximately 3.5...

Rain's impact seeping into all areas The wet weather that has nearly drowned west central Missouri over the past six weeks is much more than an annoyance. Gov. Jay Nixon's declaration of a state of emergency makes that point clear, but the impact of all of that rain is being felt...

Plan B works in a pinch My sister Libby, mother and I have been talking about bucket lists. I haven't developed a bucket list, as my family genes give me a good chance of staying on this planet for a long time. But our lives have changed over the past year, and so we...

Bottling companies have Sedalia history In the 18th century, British chemist Joseph Priestly developed a way to infuse water with carbon dioxide to produce carbonated water. The bubbly water became popular particularly in tonics, mixtures of herbs, roots, and flavorings suspended in...

Dolezal's race claims 'unfortunate' By now you've probably heard the story of Rachel Dolezal, the head of the Spokane, Wash., NAACP who has been accused of misrepresenting her race.

Surprising love for a 'common man' We all have guilty pleasures — those things we love that others either don't understand or think are too kitschy, low-brow or just plain dumb to embrace. For some, it's romance novels or collections of “Star Wars” toys.

To vacuum or not to vacuum The vacuum cleaner has been sitting in our living room for the past week, beckoning to me, its siren song tantalizing me to come to it, plug it in, use it. But I just haven't found the time, energy, or willingness to heed its call. If I leave it...

Of pranks and paranoia I just got back from my fourth year as a counselor at Gateway Hemophilia Association's Camp Notaclotamongus at Living Well Village in Imperial and I've got to say that it went pretty well.

Beloved teacher, principal dies in 1903 In 1882, Sedalia boasted four public schools — Broadway School, Lincoln School, Washington School and Franklin School. According to the 1882 History of Pettis County, Franklin School was built in 1870 on an elevated site at the corner of...

A Stark truth: Ragtimers show fun side Martin Spitznagel knows what many people say about the music he loves.

Exploring sights, sounds of Southern California I am not a Los Angeles fan; the city is too big, too sprawling, too car-infested for me. I much prefer northern California. Regardless of the traffic, that area offers much more for me in the way of entertainment and relaxation: the Muir Woods,...

Not all bugs are the enemy Technically, summer doesn't begin in a strictly scientific sense until the Summer Solstice on June 21, but for practical purposes the signs are all around us: the number of garage sales is going up, our kids are starting to leave for camp and...

Sedalians attempt to drill Artesian well, get rich quick During the late 19th century, Sedalia mounted several schemes to use mineral resources to make large amounts of money.


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