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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (01/24/2015) at 08:45 PM

#FergusonNext: Solutions from around the world

'I could have been Mike Brown'

Messenger: Welfare of the people should drive court reform

Civic community steps up in Ferguson. Heavy lifting remains.

Missouri Supreme Court wades into Ferguson. Excellent.

A wish for 2015: Choose common ground over division

The Year of Ferguson transitions to the Year of Change

Post-Ferguson, the people take back their courts

Ferguson Library is grateful for donations

Let the police serve and protect, instead of raising revenue

What we would like the country to say about us

Legislature, cities can change municipal courts; Missouri Supreme Court cannot

Black Rep's production challenges us to think about race

Subject of inheritance is hardly discussed

Rams players could have shown unity, togetherness

Pass bond issue to replace Ferguson businesses

Proud of students at Clayton High

Throwing tantrums is not the way to earn respect

McCulloch contorts grand jury process

Changes in police training could save lives

Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (01/24/2015) at 08:46 PM

Gov. Sam Brownback’s boast about Kansas job growth rings hollow Gov. Sam Brownback likes to tout the fact that Kansas created more than 59,000 new private sector jobs during his first four years in office. It’s a completely accurate statement. It’s also highly misleading. In reality, the state trails most of the rest of the nation in adding employment in that time.

Capitol Watch: Missouri and Kansas legislatures talk freedom and engage in follies The governors have delivered their State of the State speeches. Committees are in session. Intrigue is building and the Capitol Watch is back to spotlight some of the goings-on in Topeka and Jefferson City.

Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget proposal spells trouble for Missouri schools The budget that Gov. Jay Nixon has presented to the General Assembly unfairly places money for Missouri schools squarely in the middle of a power struggle between the governor and the legislature.

Sorry, Russ Welsh: Wooing new businesses is good for the Kansas City region Attracting new companies and employers to Kansas City is almost always a positive thing. Most business leaders ascribe to this mantra because they they want to see the region succeed. But in recent days, a few lawyers in town, including Russ Welsh, chairman and CEO of Polsinelli, have grown concerned that bringing in competitors could bleed them of employees and create higher payrolls.

Kansas City Power & Light’s right move on coal helps customers and the environment Burning less coal will create less harmful pollution. Using more renewables will create new jobs in that field. Not upgrading coal-fired plants will save money that can be passed along to customers.

In State of the Union speech, Obama vows to boost middle class, tackle global threats President Barack Obama’s far-reaching State of the Union speech Tuesday is best thought of as a framework for the political dialogue that he hopes will shape the remainder of his term, the campaign to succeed him and, indeed, his legacy.

Monday Poll results: How is the Kansas budget strategy playing? One way to look at the results of this week’s Monday Poll is to suggest that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is fooling no one. But that’s only one opinion and it’s based on more than 1,300 responses to our unscientific online survey.

Updated Jan. 20: Kansas City Crime Stoppers' Most Wanted Updated Jan. 20: This man is wanted for possession of dangerous drugs. If you have information about any of these fugitives, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (816-474-8477), go to, or text TIP452 plus message and send to 274637. All calls are anonymous.

U.S., Europe intelligence agencies must do more to act against Boko Haram Islamic militants in Nigeria The Western powers have stepped up efforts against terrorist threats in Belgium and to prevent slayings like those at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. But the effort to root out Islamic militants shouldn’t overlook Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria.

As Kansas City’s downtown grows, taxpayer subsidies can decline Downtown’s continued comeback is raising an intriguing question for elected officials. When should Kansas City pull back on or even deny local taxpayer incentives for developers who seek the public’s help in building offices, apartments or other projects? Stoking economic growth is always a priority in the urban core, but so are protecting taxpayers from excessive giveaways and using increased tax revenues to provide better public services.

The Monday Poll: What do you think of Sam Brownback’s budget plan in Kansas? In an attempt to close a $700 million budget gap, Brownback proposed slowing down his income tax cuts and speeding up the schedule for eliminating some deductions. And he drastically hiked taxes on cigarettes and alcoholic drinks. If approved, Kansas’ new “sin taxes” would make those products much more expensive than in Missouri. What do you think about these changes?

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. on his holiday, but work on economic and social justice Celebrations will take place Monday throughout the Kansas City area with speeches and music to commemorate the national holiday for slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. “Investing in Our Community for Economic Justice” is the right theme for this year’s program sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City.

Kansas City’s costly sewer projects take early steps toward success The Kansas City Water Services Department is well on its way to spending billions of dollars on wastewater projects around town. The excellent goals include fixing the sewers so they don’t back up in basements as much and to prevent massive overflows during heavy rains that pollute nearby waterways.

Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget leaves Kansas still staggering On paper, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed balanced budgets for the next two years, ending with a reserve fund of $252 million. But his proposals leave the state barely able to meet its statutory obligations, much less invest in its citizens and the future. Kansas will continue to stagger from the Brownback tax cuts.

Thirteen key points from the State of the Union President Barack Obama’s sixth State of the Union address recounted progress and the threats of today’s world. Here are 13 key points.

Find better ways to support education in rural counties Taxpayers in Kansas and Missouri have subsidized rural counties in other states for more than a decade. But that’s finally ending. Congress declined to renew funding for the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act in the budget bill approved in December. Now there’s an opportunity to develop a fairer system.

Milestones of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cut debacle in Kansas: A timeline While waiting for Gov. Sam Brownback to tell Kansans in his State of the State address how he plans to get the state out of a colossal financial mess, it is instructive to review how matters got to this point.

The Monday Poll results: Taking a measure of mixed moods after the Paris attacks We asked about your feelings about the aftermath of attacks by Islamic terrorists in Paris last week, in which 12 people were killed at the offices of a French satirical weekly and four at a kosher market. Here are the results.

Missouri should keep tolls in the mix as a way to improve and expand Interstate 70 Slapping tolls on Interstate 70 isn’t a popular possibility with many people in Missouri. But given the continued deterioration and congestion, Gov. Jay Nixon is correctly pushing for further study of the approach.

The Rev. Nelson ‘Fuzzy’ Thompson was a fearless advocate for civil rights The Rev. Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson for decades kept alive the voice and spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.

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The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (01/24/2015) at 08:46 PM

FBI: No bombs found on planes in Atlanta after threat Updated at 8:04 PM Law enforcement officials found no bombs on two planes at Atlanta's main airport after authorities received what they considered credible threats, FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said. --

Bill Belichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right' Updated at 6:52 PM Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating.

On the Set of Sleepy Hollow: How to Make a Monster (And John Cho's Neck Skin) Posted at 6:07 PM While many shows rely heavily on CGI to create the things that go bump in the night, Sleepy... .mgnl175{margin-left:175px;} .childCatAd{display:inline-block!important;width:650px;}

The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
As of (01/24/2015) at 08:46 PM

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri is not prepared for its aging population By Herb Kuhn : Missouri"s General Assembly should act sooner rather than later when it comes to preparing for the incoming "silver tsunami" of Medicare beneficiaries.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Let degregulation level the playing field for Uber, other taxi companies by Joseph Miller : Fewer limits on Kansas City"s taxicab industry could help it compete with encroaching ridesharing companies like Uber.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Skirmishes leading to open warfare in the state Capitol by GEORGE KENNEDY : "Rising tide of cynicism" regarding Missouri government may be deserved.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Recreational marijuana points in wrong direction by Jefferson City News Tribune : A comparison to alcohol is not a compelling reason to legalize another mood-altering substance, which experience has shown creates problems and is difficult, if not impossible, to repeal.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: When the death penalty hits close to home by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Lisha Gayle, a former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter, was robbed and murdered in 1998, and her killer is currently on Missouri"s death row.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Correct training deficiencies for state troopers by Jefferson City News Tribune : The merger between the Missouri Highway Patrol and Water Patrol has negatively affected training and documentation.

STEVE SPELLMAN: How the city's pattern of giving, then taking away, frustrates voters by Steve Spellman : People are tired of getting burned, and they don’t trust what public officials are telling us anymore. Who can blame them?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Legislators can smoke in public buildings, but others can't by The Joplin Globe : Republicans will allow smoking in offices as long as the window is open and after business hours. Democrats say they will ban their members from smoking, although we have heard they have been known to break those rules.

DAVID ROSMAN: Right to work is not right for Missouri by David Rosman : Placing limitations on the organization of labor unions will hurt the conduct of business and limit the number of qualified workers in Missouri.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should keep tolls on I-70 in the mix by The Kansas City Star : Tolls could make good sense on this limited amount of roadway and, perhaps in the future, on a few other interstates.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 2015 should be the year to 'Fight for $15' by Isaiah J. Poole : The national movement would turn low-wage jobs into “living wage” jobs that pay enough to lift workers out of poverty.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Give Republican voters a real choice this time by Savannah Morning News : For the GOP, the presidential choices so far could resemble a well-stocked smorgasbord, from moderate to far right to Libertarian.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ban on foie gras gets ignored in California by Orange County Register : A federal judge kicked off the new year by blocking enforcement of a ban that took effect two years ago on animal cruelty grounds. Will the case reach the Supreme Court?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: For 2015, a tax-cut idea that adds insult to injury by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : A Senate bill would increase last year"s tax cut to $1 billion or more, but there seems less appetite in the General Assembly to keep hurting the state.

GUEST COMMENTARY: About time chickens got better conditions — in a few places by JILL RICHARDSON : A 2008 ballot measure to improve conditions for laying hens finally went into effect in California, giving birds room to lie down and turn around.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Adopt a stray, get a tax credit? by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Adopting a stray pet is not a bad idea. But people might adopt a pet, claim the tax credit and then dump the pet by the side of the road — all for the $300 tax credit.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri Veterans Memorial to get needed update by Jefferson City News Tribune : The memorial is to be expanded and updated to honor veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Funding would come from private sources.

DEAR READER: The art of writing headlines, indeed by Maggie Walter : The more complex the topic and the more stakeholders involved in the issue, the more challenging it becomes to summarize an article in so few words.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Congress should improve, not undo, health care reform by Wisconsin State Journal : As a new Congress dawned this month, the House voted 412-0 to exempt veterans from the Affordable Care Act.

DEAR READER: Stories 'for the freezer' are some of the best by Tom Warhover : The reserve of stories to run any time over the holiday season have run out — just in time for restocking by the next group of reporters.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (01/24/2015) at 08:49 PM

State budget Judging from reaction to Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address, formulation of the next state budget will be anything but collaborative.

Republican contenders In a good piece reprinted in these pages Tuesday, columnist David Brooks of The New York Times listed his “Cream of the crop for 2016,” his favorite Republican candidates among those conducting early auditions for president.

Kansas Consumed by the mythical idea a state can perform the essential duties of statehood without public revenue, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback led his arch-conservative Republican colleagues down a primrose path, slashing taxes with the dream the economy would be stimulated...

Fairground For months the Boone County Commission tried to establish the moniker “Central Missouri Events Center,” then went about the business of closing it down.

State budget Republicans control both houses of the Missouri General Assembly with majorities not seen for years. One of the first things they intend to do with their newfound leverage is gain more control over the state budget process.

Same-sex Well, not quite yet. Let us say the political moment is on track and most likely will arrive in June when the U.S. Supreme Court finally will decide whether the right of same-sex marriage is the law of the land.

McCaskill This week U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill announced she will not run for governor in 2016, opting to stand instead for another term in the Senate.

No-show President Barack Obama was criticized for failing to march in the street during the so-called solidarity rally in Paris a week ago to protest massacres at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher Jewish grocery. But should Obama...

REDI After a good deal of frisky discussion among themselves, the members of the REDI board of directors made a wise decision Wednesday to avoid making endorsements on local ballot issues.

Common Core In the latest foray over the issue, the Missouri State Board of Education moved forward with plans to establish Common Core education standards even though the Missouri General Assembly passed legislation last year aimed at killing the program.

Happenings High time for Wally. Wally Pfeffer is a well-known agitator for the University of Missouri. In fact, he is probably the most prolific promoter of the flagship campus. Locals are well aware of Wally's prodding and reminding and announcing of...

CoMo rocks In its second year, CoMo Gives blew the socks off its first-year performance.

Trash Well, not quite yet. The city wants residents to learn to love the automated system. Officials broach the subject again but realize some education will be in order.

Charlie Darkow If you read Sunday's Tribune Opinion page, you were treated to two pieces about satire and humor as weapons of journalistic enterprise -- and freedom.

Keystone Approval for the Keystone XL pipeline will be the first bill passed by the newly empowered Republican majority in Congress. President Barack Obama has promised to veto the measure.

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (01/24/2015) at 08:50 PM

Parents put mall on spot It's not the mall's fault.

Colgan should resign to repair board trust Dan Colgan should resign from the St. Joseph School District's Board of Education - for precisely the reasons he gave when running for the board seat in spring 2010.

Balance energy portfolio Kansas City Power & Light Co. will cut back on its use of coal, and for that it is receiving a round of applause from those who call themselves environmentalists.

Fraud not welcome here The St. Joseph License Office is under new management. Here's hoping this goes better than the last time.

Foutch: future on us To hear St. Joseph's most active developer of historic properties tell it, the future is in our hands.

Audit report due respect There is a chance the Missouri state auditor will disappoint when his report on the St. Joseph School District finally is provided to the public - something that could occur any day now.

75 mph top speed? Go slow on idea Trying to keep up with the Joneses isn't always the best idea. Speeding to catch up can create new problems.

Make most of camp Knowing what we know now, we think most people in St. Joseph will welcome the return of the Kansas City Chiefs training camp.

Snyder a model worthy of Hall Odes to the genius of St. Joseph native Bill Snyder are a staple of sports reporting over the last 20 years, but the stories bear retelling - particularly now.

Cultivate culture of `best practices' A few years back, the News-Press polled business and civic leaders about their hopes for the community and their concerns. One concern stood out.

`Free' college pitch stretches credibility President Obama offers a tantalizing vision but so far no hint of a practical plan when he proposes to make community college a new entitlement program.

`Talks' enriches winter One of the treats of the winter season in St. Joseph returns Tuesday night to the Pony Express Museum.

No time to rest on laurels Consistently winning teams know the drill: Practice hard, bring your best in the game, celebrate victory, then return to work the next day.

Drug war produces notable local success The sterile words of court documents fall short of telling the whole story, but often they tell enough.

YMCA pursues vision The history of our St. Joseph Family YMCA is testimony to the organization's long commitment to improving lives of area residents - and especially the future for our youth.

Oppose extreme dietary agenda It's a screwy idea: Let's overhaul commonsense dietary advice from the government and adopt an agenda focused on something other than personal health decisions.

Ride new-car wave, take care with credit The surging U.S. car and truck market is a positive development on many fronts, but choose credit terms carefully or you could find yourself under water.

Don't ask to be a victim There is a thin line between presuming good intent and discovering you have had your pocket picked - or worse.

Take on winter 'blues' Mental illnesses - of any type - for too long have come with a stigma that prompts people either to not seek treatment or to conceal these medical issues from friends, family and associates.

Funding hard to identify Boosters of Northwest Missouri soon will be reminded that agreeing on legislative priorities is a lot easier than seeing these regional needs and wants actually funded.

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (01/24/2015) at 08:51 PM

'Sniper' criticism makes for amusing theater Posted: January 23, 2015 I've got to admit that it has been a barrel of fun watching the political left get its “Je suis Charlie” all tied up in knots over the movie “American Sniper.”

Our View: Eating for charity Posted: January 23, 2015 Trying to decide on a place to grab a bite to eat this weekend?

Our View: Gridlock ahead for America Posted: January 22, 2015 It was almost like President Barack Obama gave two speeches — one seeking Republican cooperation on initiatives proposed by the administration, another promising vetoes if he is sent bills that he opposes.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: January 22, 2015 A fine address 

Geoff Caldwell: SOTU: A circus like no other Posted: January 22, 2015 In ancient Rome, the political class kept the masses in check (and their own heads attached to their shoulders) by giving out free grain and putting on regular Circus Maximus extravaganzas to keep the people's attention distracted from the misery of their daily lives.

Our View: Chump change for Tyson Posted: January 21, 2015 Chump change. That's our opinion of the approximately $540,000 Tyson Foods agreed to pay the state of Missouri for a fish kill last spring that wiped out more than 100,000 fish in several miles of Clear Creek.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: January 21, 2015 Irony and religion

Our View: What are you doing? Posted: January 19, 2015 Martin Luther King Jr.'s quote on the right-hand side of this page asks a question that only you can answer. What are you doing for others?

Phill Brooks: The power of the state auditor Posted: January 19, 2015 In his inaugural address for a second term as Missouri state auditor this year, Tom Schweich remarked on the powers of the office.

Marilyn Beasley: America going down same path as Europe Posted: January 19, 2015 In the past few days, we've been made aware of the terrorist attacks in France. The more we learn about the conditions in France, the more we can see where the government of that nation has put not only its country in danger of losing its identity, but more importantly, it has put the citizens of that country in danger of losing their lives.

Our View: Live by the laws Posted: January 18, 2015 Is it any wonder that Missouri ranks as one of the worst states in the nation at funding tobacco prevention and cessation?

Jeanne Looper-Smith: Bridge a part of landscape of memories Posted: January 18, 2015 “Like a bridge over troubled waters, I will ease your mind.” 

Peggy Fuller: Bright Futures Joplin continues to grow Posted: January 18, 2015 Just the other day, at the beautiful new Joplin High School, I had the great good fortune to watch a dream come true. 

Your Views: Letters to the Editor Posted: January 18, 2015 Other subsidies

Our View: Why the hurry? Posted: January 16, 2015 Missouri legislators might want to consider putting the brakes on a bill that has been introduced to raise speed limits in our state.

Your views: Letters to the editor Posted: January 16, 2015 Liking Mike

Vet's death a textbook case of excessive force Posted: January 16, 2015 John Wrana, the 95-year-old World War II veteran killed by police, wasn't killed for selling illegal “loosie” cigarettes on the streets of New York.

Geoff Caldwell: Presidential optics and a fence worth climbing Posted: January 15, 2015 The time was July 2008. The place was Berlin, Germany. The man was Barack Obama, self-declared “citizen of the world.”

Our View: The other space Posted: January 14, 2015 While all City Council focus and discussion have been on the building of a new library at 20th Street and Connecticut Avenue, we are reminded that we aren't hearing any talk about what's going to happen to the current library building.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: January 14, 2015 Keep donations for animals local 

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (01/24/2015) at 08:51 PM

Perspective: Combating Obama's global warming agenda - Late last year, I wrote a bulletin on the amount of regulations the Obama Administration proposed for 2015. That number was an astounding 3,415 regulations.

Our Opinion: Promoting justice in words and actions News Tribune editorial - In response to Thursday's State of Judiciary address, one lawmaker characterized Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary R. Russell's remarks as “candid insights."

Our Opinion: A victory for Special Olympics and Jefferson City - Let's give credit where credit is due.

Your Opinion: Observations from pro-choice demonstration - Members of the Missouri Chapter of the National Organization for Women organized a demonstration at St. Peter church Sunday in celebration of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision affirming women's right to choose abortion.

Our Opinion: Recreational marijuana points in wrong direction - To supporters of recreational marijuana use, we pose this question: What is so unsatisfying or unfulfilling about your life that you feel a need to get high?

Your Opinion: Conservation changes have merit - I am perplexed why some of the proposed constitutional amendments and laws related to the Department of Conservation are being portrayed as a threat.

Your Opinion: Home-schooling story lacks quality - After reading the recent front-page story entitled “As home-school numbers rise, regulation falls" I was extremely disappointed to discover a shocking lack of quality throughout the article.

Opinion: Consequences of rising debt, deficit - Last month the national debt exceeded $18 trillion for the first time.

Your Opinion: Global warming fee and climate alarmists - A few days ago I read how California is adding global warming tax of 10 cents a gallon.

Our Opinion: Unconscionable diversion of tobacco funds - Here's an embarrassing fact; among the states, Missouri is dead last in spending for tobacco-prevention programs.

Our Opinion: Empowerment through service - The way to change hearts and minds is not by force, but by being a force.

Your Opinion: Home school story biased - I am writing to address the horribly written article regarding home schoolers that was recently published.

Your Opinion: Why use deceptive terms? - I'm writing to clarify for Mr. Laur why the terminology being used in his attempt to sell the climate change energy plan is unconscionably deceptive.

Your Opinion: Will Congress do what's right? - The best part of the election is that Harry Reid “The Do Nothing Congress" is no longer majority leader in the Senate.

Our Opinion: Correct training deficiencies for troopers News Tribune editorial - A merger designed to save money created an operational deficiency. Now it's time to correct it.

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (01/23/2015) at 11:09 PM

Opera comes to Cape Girardeau's River Campus (01/23/15) This weekend, opera comes to Cape Girardeau at the River Campus. The opera is two one-act shows from Gian Carlo Menotti. "Amahl and the Night Visitors" is a take on the three wise men's journey to Bethlehem. "Amelia Goes to the Ball" is about an Italian woman who wants to go to an evening ball. It's an Italian script, but for those interested in a translation, one will be provided...

Speak Out Speak Out 1/23/15 (01/23/15) ** Dog park; ** Emergency vehicles; ** Thank you; ** Driving Broadway; ** GED test; ** Economy issue; ** Mayor story; ** Bulletin board; ** Where is it made?

Letter to the Editor Paycheck bill is not helpful (01/23/15) After reading State Rep Holly Rehder's latest comments in the paper, I am disappointed. I shouldn't be. I should know by now how she is willing to overlook the interests of SEMO voters when it comes to labor issues. Rehder is misleading readers when she says, "Labor reform is still on the top of my list," and says she is "for employees' freedom." What she's really doing is pushing laws that would make us less free but reward the CEOs who demand tax breaks while shipping jobs out of Missouri...

Opinion Column Death and destruction (01/23/15) Yemen first came to the attention of most in the American public when the USS Cole was attacked in the port of Yemen on Oct. 12, 2000, killing 17 sailors and injuring another 39. A small boat packed with 400 to 700 pounds of explosives had come alongside the Cole and those aboard detonated the charge blowing a 40-by-60-foot hole in the side of the Cole. It was later determined that the attack was conducted by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)...

Letter to the Editor Arguing Obama's faith (01/22/15) This letter is in response to David Limbaugh's column entitled "Obama Handcuffs America in War on Terrorism," which appeared in the Jan. 15 Southeast Missourian. In the fourth paragraph of this column, Mr. Limbaugh, in speaking of President Obama, states that, "He professes to be a Christian, yet his behavior screams otherwise."...

Speak Out Speak Out 1/22/15 (01/22/15) ** Generosity thanks; ** Stadium, tax dollars; ** New county building

Editorial Awards given to Jackson leaders at chamber banquet (01/22/15) Local Chambers of Commerce make it a priority to help recognize leaders in the community. On Friday it was the Jackson Chamber that held its annual dinner and awards ceremony. Awards recipients included: n Terri Tomlin, Jackson School Board president, who received the R.A. Fulenwider Meritorious Community Service Award. The recognition goes to an individual who has made contributions to the community...

Opinion Column Moviegoers speak with wallets (01/21/15) It's clear that the left-leaning power structure in Hollywood goes to extraordinary lengths to push their liberal agenda on the American public. Quite frankly, that analysis is not in dispute. But increasingly, the American public votes with their pocketbook and rejects outright these unfair and inaccurate motion picture portrayals...

Editorial Southeast Hall of Fame inducts new members (01/21/15) A number of outstanding athletes have made their mark on Southeast Missouri State University. On Friday night, four individuals, one team and one family were recognized for their efforts during the university's Hall of Fame banquet. The new members of the honorary group include Derek Winans, Donald Metz, Mary Kate Farrington, Angel Rubio, the 2000 volleyball team and the Rust Family...

Opinion Column Prayer breakfast an inspiring event (01/20/15) The date was Thursday, Jan. 8. The time was 5 a.m. And the outside temperature was 4 degrees with a negative wind chill factor. These were not ideal conditions for even a mayor to want to rise and shine to attend an early morning prayer breakfast. However, I did make the effort to attend the event and arrived a few minutes after 6 a.m. ...

Editorial Kermit Meystedt remembered for generosity, leadership (01/20/15) Local businessman Kermit Meystedt is remembered for a number of things, including his success in athletics and in sports. But for many, it was his Christian faith and his generosity that will be most remembered. Meystedt, founder of Genesis Transportation, died Jan. 10 at the age of 69...

Letter to the Editor Barbaric actions and delusion (01/20/15) The three barbaric terrorists who murdered 12 staff of Charlie Hebdo and four Jews in cold blood deserved to die. People such as these have no place in civilized society. These Islamic radicals live in their own delusional world, and are beyond all reasoning and civility. It is clear that religious fervor has shrunk their brains and narrowed their minds. Unfortunately, the worst is yet to come, as recruiters of radical Islam have mastered the art of brainwashing naive young men and women...

Letter to the Editor A void in leadership (01/20/15) In the Wednesday edition of the Southeast Missourian, the Sikeston Standard Democrat publisher, Michael Jensen, commented on the lack of our U.S. president's leadership during these terrorist attacks across the world's stage. I don't know where Mr. Jensen has been over the past 10 or so years, but our country has not had any good leadership in a very long time. We have had and always will have terrorists living around and among us, and, unfortunately, many are our own U.S. citizens...

Opinion Column Bills filed at start of 2015 session (01/19/15) On Jan. 7, the 2015 legislative session officially convened at noon. The second week has come to a close, and progress has begun as we enter into what I hope will be an effective and productive session. The 2014 session was historical and set the stage for the First Session of the 98th General Assembly to be the same. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 1/19/15 (01/19/15) At the Thursday prayer breakfast, the pastor of Lynwood Baptist Church told a story about past Christian revivals in the United States. And he knew the dates and the times when these Christian revivals swept across our nation. Well, it's been 100 years now since that's happened. It's time for a new Christian revival, and we need somebody to lead. It's time...

Editorial Editorial: Honoring King's legacy with peace (01/19/15) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be honored across our nation today, a holiday reserved to celebrate his life, vision and leadership. King gave hundreds of speeches during his lifetime and in his role in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Of course, he is most known for his closing remarks in his famous and oft-quoted "I Have a Dream" speech...

Opinion Column Thank You, Cape Girardeau! (01/18/15) On behalf of our 2014 Tiger football team and of our greater learning community at Cape Central High School, I want to thank the greater community of Cape Girardeau for the immeasurable support we were offered during the historic success of our 2014 Tiger football team as it played in our first Missouri State Championship Game at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis...

Editorial Cape manages major improvement without fee or tax increase (01/18/15) It's not all that often that a local government pulls off a large capital project without needing to increase taxes or fees. But that is just what the city of Cape Girardeau is doing with its transfer station. An upgraded transfer station has for many years been on the city's improvement list. Along with the police station, the transfer station is a high priority...

Editorial Coach Tuke presented inspiring talk at prayer breakfast (01/16/15) More than 400 men attended the recent Men's Prayer Breakfast at the Ray's Plaza Banquet Center in Cape Girardeau. The event, held for the first time, marked a fellowship of prayer. An inspiring keynote message was given by Southeast Missouri State football coach Tom Matukewicz...

Editorial Messiah Choir to perform selections from timeless piece (01/16/15) There is perhaps no other piece of music better known or appreciated than the "Messiah," written by George Frideric Handel. The music was written in what is believed to be 24 days. The words, selected from Scripture, were compiled by Charles Jennens...

Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
As of (01/24/2015) at 08:52 PM

Honesty is the best policy When I was paid for the first piece I wrote, I knew I had chosen the wrong field of endeavor. Daughters Magazine sent me a check for $600 when they published my little 347-word article. I looked at that check for a long time, thinking, “How do I...

Prompting family discussions one game at a time If ever a product was properly named, the highly addictive Trivia Crack would be it.

Support proposed school district changes Dear Editor:

Fires test 1890s firefighters When most people used coal or wood stoves to heat their buildings, fires became a greater risk in the winter months. The first two weeks of January 1895 were bitterly cold, with nighttime temperatures hovering around zero degrees.

Paint, alcohol an interesting combo We're used to social security, social studies and social networks but now there's a hip new word to put after “social:” “social painting.”

A few trends that shouldn't stay Lisa Shoemaker still laughs when she remembers the day I walked into the English Department offices at State Fair Community College and stated emphatically, “I am so tired of looking at midriffs!” This was when crop tops and bare midriffs...

Considering other fuel options Dear Editor:

S-C students connect with singer If you have a voice and an open heart, you don't need instruments to captivate an audience. That voice and heart also can connect a performer with his followers beyond the music.

1884 cold wave hits Sedalia In early February 1895, Sedalia experienced a blizzard with “heavy drifting snow” and a wind chill temperature of 20 degrees below zero. The Sedalia Democrat reported on the extreme weather, and their reports prompted R. A. Stanley to...

Truth is the best defense Here in the Show-Me State we find ourselves at the forefront of improving relationships between law enforcement officials and the general population. It is encouraging that the Sedalia Police Department, with some assistance from a “generous...

Fond memories of the King Thursday was Elvis's 80th birthday. He's been dead for 38 years, but I still don't have to use his last name. You know who I mean.

A year's worth of sharing stories The best part of writing a column is getting to meet so many interesting people. Sharing their stories, and hopefully telling them well, is why I became a writer.

Strange acts land man in jail Reinhold G. A. Kirsten, a 34-year-old native of Germany, came to America in 1884. In 1889, he moved to Smithton, where he worked as a section hand for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. By January 1895, he had been out of work for several months and had...

College championship predictions Yes, there were only four teams that could possibly win the national championship this year — (Though that is a 100 percent improvement from only two.) but that didn't stop the people from watching anyhow. The ratings for both playoff...

Scott's contributions will live on Every day, journalists strive to inform, enlighten and entertain their audience. Very few have done that with the style of Stuart Scott.

Opposition for Stevenson in April Dear Editor:Why I have chosen to run against Mr. Stevenson:

PCAD made wrong decision on land purchase Dear Editor:

Skip the tolls, raise the taxes In theory, toll roads seem to make sense. Those who use a highway directly pay for its maintenance and, when needed, expansion. Toss in privatization of the venture and you have a libertarian's version of the Super Bowl and Ayn Rand's...

Sticking with American resiliance When we moved Emily into her first college dorm room, one she shared with Nora Granger, we were ill-prepared — no truck. Luckily, Nora's parents, David and Melanie, had rented a Ford SUV, because both their twin daughters were headed to...

Thankful for Pettis County ambulance Dear Editor:

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