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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (04/25/2015) at 10:46 AM

Horrigan: A temporary, but scary, milestone in animal personhood

Police review board is a chance to come together

Beer that makes you beautiful? How Precious

Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (04/25/2015) at 10:47 AM

Capitol Watch: Making and dismantling laws and fixing a ‘stupid’ name Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback desperately needs friends, and he could do worse than to court the legions of Uber drivers and passengers. But Brownback's veto this week of a package of regulations put him on a collision course with the Legislature.

The Monday Poll: What’s the right penalty in the Boston Marathon bombing case? The Monday Poll would like to know where you stand on punishing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted on 30 counts in the fatal bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013 and the subsequent killing of a campus security officer.

Editorial: Ever-deepening Kansas budget hole offers few ways out The first rule of holes is this: Stop digging. Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature are running out of time to heed that advice. Another dire budget forecast this week shows that expenses for the budget year beginning July 1 exceed expected revenues by $400 million.

No errors, please, in serving ballpark food at Kauffman Stadium When it comes to food safety at Kauffman Stadium, Royals fans should be able to assume that what they are eating has been correctly prepared and won't leave them with something worse than a case of indigestion.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to auditors: Follow the rules? Who, me? Based on the findings of a new audit, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon hasn't even tried to clean up accounting problems in his office. His behavior helps explain why the Democratic governor is so at odds with his Republican legislature. He thinks he can do whatever he wants.

Bishop Finn finally pays the price for misusing power and placing church secrecy ahead of the safety of area children Outright removal of Bishop Robert W. Finn by Pope Francis would have sent an unmistakable message. Still, it is rare for a bishop to step aside, and the reasons for Finn's resignation should not be obscured. This is a man who held great power and used it to cover up a crime and protect a calcified inner circle. He needed to go. Others in the church should heed his fate.

Monday Poll results: Readers offer their thoughts on the safety net We asked for your opinion about efforts in Missouri and Kansas to tighten eligibility requirements for aid programs for those in need. Here are the results of the unscientific survey, based on more than 600 responses.

Domestic terrorism: Hatred extinguished their lives Since 9/11, more than 50 people have been killed and dozens injured in attacks by domestic extremists, including white nationalists, militias and sovereign citizens. Some of the victims were chosen at random; others were targeted. Many were law enforcement officers.

Jay Nixon must free man serving 80-year sentence for burglary An 80-year sentence for a burglary conviction doesn't even make a pretense at fairness. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon should commute Alvis J. Williams' sentence to the 20 years he has already served. Enough is enough.

Americans need to see the details of the Trans-Pacific trade deal The Obama administration is negotiating a huge international trade deal in secret. This is neither tea party fantasy nor conspiracy theory. It is the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Before the nation signs on, the public needs to see what is in it.

The Monday Poll: Are tougher welfare laws fair? Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a law tightening requirements for welfare recipients last week, and the Missouri General Assembly sent its own version of limitations in a bill to Gov. Jay Nixon. We'd like to know what readers think about the packages.

Pass a small fuel tax to invest in Missouri’s roads and bridges A big part of Stephen Miller's job these days is trying to persuade the Missouri General Assembly to spend enough money to maintain and repair the state's extensive system of crumbling roads and bridges. But Miller, the Kansas City-based chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, is running into roadblocks erected by anti-tax state legislators.

Capitol Watch: Behind the Kansas welfare-to-work success story In its quest to enact harsher restrictions on people seeking assistance, the Brownback administration has made good use this session of Kansas City, Kan., resident Valerie Cahill, who speaks eloquently of her own journey from public assistance to self-reliance. But Cahill's experience probably isn't typical of a welfare recipient getting into the workforce.

Area is rolling along toward becoming a more bicycle-friendly community Overland Park has set a high bar that other cities should try to meet or exceed in expanding bicycle networks metrowide. The leaders of the progressive suburb this week approved an ambitious but achievable plan to add more than 260 miles of bike-friendly lanes over the next few decades.

Better pay for low-wage workers would benefit everyone Fast-food servers, custodians, hotel attendants and underpaid adjunct college professors all converged on midtown in what may have been the largest show of solidarity since organized calls for fair and livable wages began a couple of years ago. It's time for policymakers to get on board. This is an issue that ought to inspire bipartisan support.

Stowers Foundation incentive should restart talks between Academie Lafayette, Kansas City Public Schools The pledge of $2 million from the Stowers Foundation is a powerful incentive for Academie Lafayette and Kansas City Public Schools to resume talks over starting a new International Baccalaureate high school at the Southwest Early College Campus.

A great welcome back for the Nichols memorial, Kansas City’s most famous of fountains Sunshine, civic leaders and school musical groups greeted the return of the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain, Kansas City's most iconic public place of water-spouted art. The beautifully restored bronze grouping of heroic figures on horseback and dolphin-riding children had spent recent months with conservators, and the city's Parks and Recreation Department chose the annual Fountain Day to celebrate the preservation and turn the water back on.

Monday Poll results: Many approve of police body cameras Respondents to our Monday Poll appear to be much in favor of police use of body cameras. Here are the results of the unscientific survey, based on more than 250 responses.

Missouri Senate budget plan a crisis in the making for the poor Once again, politicians in Jefferson City are trying to score political points by targeting the poor. Ignoring an optimistic revenue picture, the Missouri Senate last week passed a budget that singles out social services for dangerous and unnecessary cuts.

The Monday Poll: Are you ready for police body cameras in Kansas City? On Monday, the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners is scheduled to receive a “body camera overview” from the command staff. Police Chief Darryl Forté has said his agency welcomes the use of the devices but wants to do that carefully and properly. Weigh in on our Monday Poll about the devices.

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The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (04/25/2015) at 10:47 AM

Lynn Youngblood: It’s the Midwest’s favorite hunting season Posted at 8:27 AM The month of April brings only one thing to mind for many people in the Midwest – morels!The morel mushroom is an unlikely delectable with its odd brain or sponge-like shape. This creamy vanilla-colored fungi grows among leaf litter on the forest floor in mid-April after a few rains and like all fungus, when outdoor temperatures have warmed.In 1990, the Missouri Department of Conservation conducted, The Seven City Survey, polling residents in the seven largest cities in... --

Meet the eccentric president of Liberland, the world's newest micronation Posted at 9:02 AM

Adopt a pet Posted at 7:56 AM These orphans are available for adoption through the Regional Animal Shelter, 21001 E. Missouri 78, Independence; 816-621-7722. .mgnl175{margin-left:175px;} .childCatAd{display:inline-block!important;width:650px;}

The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
As of (04/25/2015) at 10:47 AM

DEAR READER: Vague alerts almost as bad as no alert at all By Tom Warhover : MU has taken a beating over its recent use of its alert system. The police are experts at policing. Communicating the news? Not so much.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The mysterious death of Thomas Schweich by EDDIE ADELSTEIN : The puzzling death of former Missouri Auditor Thomas "Tom" Schweich continues to spawn questions: about his health, about his motive, about how he committed suicide and about the death of his former spokesman Spence Jackson.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Talking about trash can be contentious, but it helps resolve waste issues by GEORGE KENNEDY : Columbia"s contentious recycling record is rightly under fire, but changes to the current waste collection system might be on the horizon.

DAVID ROSMAN: Making an argument for raising the minimum wage by David Rosman : There is a truism in raising the minimum wage — unemployment goes down. Wages should increase when the economic times are good, and now is the time to increase wages.

EDITORIAL: Washington U. decides to study guns and public health by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Gun violence is leading to tremendous tragedy in this city, and this country, on a daily basis.

CARL KENNEY: Campus deserves answers after shooting at Hitt Street Garage by Carl W. Kenney : Carl Kenney raises questions on the slow response to a shooting in Hitt Street Garage on Wednesday night from MU Alert.

EDITORIAL: We will not accept discrimination by Springfield News Leader : While the vote to repeal the nondiscrimination ordinance, expanded last October to include sexual orientation and gender identity, is a win for some, it"s a loss not only for our friends and neighbors, but for our city as a whole.

EDITORIAL: Education vouchers involve more than transferring dollars by Express-News, San Antonio, Texas : Offering parents of children in failing public schools vouchers to use for private school enrollment sounds like a great idea — until you take a look at private school tuition and how much the state is willing to fork over.

EDITORIAL: Pass a small fuel tax to invest in Missouri's roads and bridges by The Kansas City Star : Approving a 2-cent increase in the state’s gasoline tax, which at 17 cents a gallon is one of the nation’s lowest, is the much-needed Band-Aid approach to maintaining Missouri"s roads and bridges.

JILL RICHARDSON: Life in Anxietyland by JILL RICHARDSON : The best thing you can do for someone suffering from anxiety is to listen without judging.

EDITORIAL: Removing Cuba from terror list is bowing to reality by Miami Herald : Crossing Cuba off the list should not be deemed a reward but an acknowledgment of the change in behavior.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vulnerable Missourians need better protection by Allison Pierce : One particularly devastating cut being made by the Senate Appropriations Committee is $12.5 million from Services and Care for Abused and Neglected Children.

EDITORIAL: Hillary Clinton speaks message of everyday Americans, at least in her ad by Orange County Register : The former secretary of state enunciated her views through the everyday Americans she featured in her online announcement — people of all ages, races, genders and sexual orientations looking hopefully toward the near future.

EDITORIAL: Obama's gamble on nuclear deal with Iran by Khaleej Times, Dubai : Barack Obama"s latest challenge is to convince Congress to support the Iranian nuclear framework agreement.

EDITORIAL: Better pay for low-wage workers would benefit everyone by The Kansas City Star : Workers rallied in midtown Kansas City on Wednesday for a higher minimum wage in the city, even though state legislation makes it illegal for a city"s minimum wage to be higher than the state wage.

DEAR READER: Neighbors heard, not saw, police shoot a suspect at an MU parking garage by Tom Warhover : Good deeds aren"t done in the dark. A bill in the legislature would ban police video from public view.

WEATHER FROM PLANET BOONE: Morels, turkey hunting and the weekend forecast by Missourian staff : City editor John Schneller delivers the weekend weather, talks morels and sings about turkey hunting.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Campaign spending tells another story about citywide election by GEORGE KENNEDY : All Columbia residents could benefit from more transparency and better explanation of city finances and procedures.

EDITORIAL: From World Series tickets to Ferguson: a case for police accountability by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Four times now, a judge or panel of judges have ordered the release of documents relating to the investigation of city of St. Louis police officers who in 2006 seized World Series tickets from scalpers and then handed them over to friends and family. But a group of police officers has continued to block release of the full investigative report, citing privacy concerns.

EDITORIAL: Making children safer in storms by The Joplin Globe : Our area is far safer than it was almost four years ago. At that time, about 80 percent of the homes hit on May 22, 2011, were without basements or shelters.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (04/25/2015) at 10:50 AM

Loop CID For generations, denizens of Business Loop 70 have yearned for an upgrade. The rest of the town has looked upon such a prospect with favor but considered the street beyond serious improvement. Several trial beginnings were staged by a few...

Old buildings At the end of the Columbia City Council's meeting Monday, Ian Thomas of the Fourth Ward begged for more clarity surrounding historic preservation.

Moratorium On Monday the Columbia City Council voted 5-2 to defeat a proposal put forth by former Sixth Ward member Barbara Hoppe to impose a moratorium on demolition of structures on the National Register of Historic Places. The move was most...

Course syllabi When the National Council on Teacher Quality sued the University of Missouri System, an appellate court ruled faculty outlines describing course content are intellectual property and cannot be distributed without the author's permission but are open records reviewable on request.

Growth I was interested in the report Wednesday of development progress at Discovery Park.

Moratorium Investors want to demolish the Shakespeare's pizza building at the corner of Ninth and Elm streets then build a new larger structure with Shakespeare's as the primary ground-floor tenant. At first glance, one would think this is perfectly acceptable, but...

Progress? A few recent snippets of hope.

Auditor Gov. Jay Nixon has named Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway to succeed Tom Schweich as Missouri state auditor. She will fulfill Schweich's term and says she will run for election to another term that begins in January 2019.

New council members During their campaigns and again as they were sworn into office, newly elected Columbia City Council members said they wanted to hear from constituents, as if they will be able to successfully represent this sort of input.

Unfunding education On Tuesday I heard Columbia Board of Education member Jonathan Sessions tell David Lile on KFRU the Missouri General Assembly uses public education funding as a political weapon. Conservatives often argue if some other funding idea is approved, “no money...

Iran At a moment when negotiations between the Obama administration and the leaders of Iran are at a tentative stage, Iran's supreme leader throws a bomb. Aiming directly at the most fragile point in the putative agreement, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announces...

Charles McClain Candy Young, a professor at Truman State University, was hired by President Charles McClain in 1980 when the school was named Northeast Missouri State University. She still remembers her mentor's extraordinary talents as an innovator in higher education and manager...

On death The death of Charles McClain prompts these comments on the inevitable.

CVS Most of us have seen CVS pharmacy stores elsewhere in the country, but not so many of us have seen central-city locations like the one under discussion here. Usually the buildings are in suburban settings, and herein is a substantial...

Fire service For years the Columbia Fire Department and its rural counterpart, the Boone County Fire Protection District, have collaborated under a working agreement ceding certain areas on the city periphery to one or the other district regardless of official city limit...

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (04/25/2015) at 10:51 AM

Voting could be easier Missouri could run an efficient "no excuses” absentee balloting program if it chose to. But it does not.

A hint: save early, often Financial literacy is in the news this month, and multiple news items get our attention.

Cronkite exhibit adds to region's treasures Designating U.S. Highway 36 with the title "The Way of American Genius” draws visitors to northern Missouri to discover the impressive achievements of area residents. It also should remind those of us who live here of what we otherwise might take for granted.

Cleaner choice for cars One of the best ways to win over consumers and small businesses is to give them a choice. As we mark Earth Day 2015, our region is about to have more choices - 1,000 more.

Embrace `hug, don't hurt' A few times a year, residents of the Midland Empire must grapple with the sad reality that some of the worst things possible can happen to a child right here in our midst.

Welcome to land of ideas Perhaps it is due to the popularity of television shows such as "Shark Tank” where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to investors. Or maybe it's because business start-ups recently have been recognized for the value they can create.

Fight disservice of dependency Add "empathy for the poor” to the presumed dividing lines in America, right along with gender, race, sexual orientation and politics of choice.

Get up, get out, get fit A new format awaits participants in this year's St. Joe FIT program, thanks to the willingness of city recreation and health officials to tweak this initiative to boost participation.

School district: sell the sizzle The St. Joseph School District has openings - or soon will - for superintendent, deputy superintendent, chief operating officer, human resources director and food services director.

Salute the many who volunteer Together, Missouri and Kansas count more than 50,000 nonprofit organizations, including more than 30,000 public charities. Nearly 1 out of 10 employees works in the nonprofit sector.

How to save lives Considering that a stroke is a sudden-onset catastrophic ailment affecting nearly 800,000 people in the United States each year, it's reasonable to ask: What more can we do to help?

Blunt's right about Iran He won't win this argument, but Sen. Roy Blunt is right when he contends any U.S.-Iran agreement on nuclear weapons should be subjected to congressional approval.

T.A.K.E charge of safety Roger and Kathy Kemp do not want their daughter's story to be repeated in another family.

Competing ideas in service to state The past few days should be remembered in Jefferson City and across Missouri as a time when competing ideas brought clarity to the choices government must make.

Maximize tax collections If you pay your bills in full and on time, it's tough to get your brain wrapped around "tax amnesty.”

Donors to arts matter Few groups exhibit greater resilience or perseverance than backers of the Arts Fund.

Board needs dose of business sense It has been suggested no single skill or characteristic best defines what is needed in the next member chosen for the St. Joseph Board of Education.

Use tax promotes equity By saying "yes” to a use tax, St. Joseph voters on Tuesday not only provided a new funding source for street improvements but also leveled the playing field for local merchants.

`A job' is just a start A recent News-Press item bubbled with hopefulness: Last year, St. Joseph recorded its lowest average annual unemployment rate since 2008.

Use tax advances a strategy In recent citizen surveys and in the last City Council election, taxpayers in St. Joseph made clear they want the city to do more to improve the condition of the streets.

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (04/25/2015) at 10:52 AM

Our view: Joplin School Board's inaction an insult Posted: April 24, 2015 In a Thursday Joplin Globe report, four school board members acknowledged a divide on the Joplin School Board. Jeff Koch, Randy Steele, Jennifer Martucci and Mike Landis all said that in some shape or form, camps have been formed. Martucci's comment, “This three against three thing must benefit somebody, but it doesn't benefit the district,” echoes that sentiment.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: April 24, 2015 Huge waste of money Being proud of our homes and yards and working to maintain them is a mark of my neighborhood in southeast Joplin.

Other Views: Invest in roads and bridges Posted: April 23, 2015 A big part of Stephen Miller's job these days is trying to persuade the Missouri General Assembly to spend enough money to maintain the state's extensive system of roads and bridges.

Our view: Downtown location for museum makes sense Posted: April 22, 2015 Clair Goodwin makes a great case (Globe, April 20) with his common sense appeal to the Joplin City Council to either use the downtown Joplin Library as a home for the Joplin Museum Complex or find a suitable, centrally located place for the city museum.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: April 22, 2015 Legislative mischiefin Missouri, Kansas

Our View: Turner's honor a home run Posted: April 21, 2015 The decision to name the new $3 million baseball field at Missouri Southern State University after former coach Warren Turner was a home run.

Our View: With rights come responsibilities Posted: April 20, 2015 For all their collective wisdom, it might have been better if our Founding Fathers had written as much about “responsibilities” as “rights,” particularly when they added the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution.

Clair Goodwin: Library would make great new home for Joplin museum Posted: April 20, 2015 The Joplin City Council has a perfect opportunity to deal with a problem that has been festering for years: Finding a new home for the Joplin Museum Complex.

Jeff Caldwell: April's charms overshadowed by growing tax burden Posted: April 19, 2015 Another year, another bill.Ah, April. One of Mother Nature's best. With every shower the meadows get greener, the streams run faster and each passing day gets us ever closer to those oh so glorious flowers in May.

Roger Allison: Gov. Nixon sells out Missouri cattle farmers by signing senate bill Posted: April 19, 2015 On Friday, April 10, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 12, a controversial pro-corporate agriculture bill that allows for the implementation of a new beef check-off tax on cattle producers and creates a huge loophole for foreign corporations to buy and control more Missouri farmland while bypassing state laws that limit foreign corporate ownership of Missouri farmland.

New LEGOland exhibit a fan's dream Posted: April 19, 2015 It's a Star Wars fan's dream.It's also a Lego fan's dream.If you happen to be both, like me and the other three members of my family, you will have reached paradise at Legoland Discovery Center's newly opened Lego Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope Miniland Exhibit.

America can't afford another 'domestic' president Posted: April 17, 2015 As U.S. political focus turns to declarations of presidential candidacies, there needs to be a deliberate effort to avoid a repeat of the “Obama adventure.”

Fear is big again — on both sides Posted: April 17, 2015 “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Our View: Red wolf restoration should continue Posted: April 16, 2015 Few animals in North America are as close to extinction as the red wolf. After one of the most aggressive conservation efforts of the past 50 years, perhaps only 100 red wolves survive in the wilds of eastern North Carolina and another 200 in captive breeding programs.

Our view: Protect the right to know Posted: April 16, 2015 Sample election ballots, unclaimed property lists and foreclosure sales are all examples of notices that most state legislatures, by law, say must be printed in the local newspaper.

Our view: No sense in repeal attempt Posted: April 16, 2015 The latest attempt to repeal Missouri's motorcycle helmet law — a law that has been on the books for nearly 50 years — is a brain buster.

A defining moment Posted: April 16, 2015 It's a paradox.

America is under threat from reactive foreign policy Posted: April 15, 2015 We're witnessing arguably the most unfocused and undisciplined U.S. foreign policy in history under President Barack Obama. If I'm seeing it and you're seeing it, then it's a safe bet that America's opponents are seeing it — and attempting to exploit it for long-term gain.

Your views: Letters to the editor Posted: April 13, 2015 Restricting choice

Our View: School board must lead by example Posted: April 12, 2015 A new Joplin School Board is expected be seated on April 21. Possibly sooner.

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (04/25/2015) at 10:53 AM

Perspective: 100 days of latest Congress - We have now been in America's new Congress for over 100 days.

Our Opinion: Audit reveals poor practice continues - Gov. Jay Nixon continues to set a deplorable example when it comes to state spending by his office.

Your Opinion: Women deserve equal pay for equal work - It will have taken the average woman in the United States from Jan. 1, 2014, to April 14, 2015, to have earned what the average white man earned from Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014.

Your Opinion: Selection, not election, of circuit judges opposed - I have just become aware of a strange, unbelievable proposition being talked up by several people in Cole County.

Our Opinion: Helias project expands opportunities - We join with supporters of Helias Catholic High School in welcoming plans for a major expansion at the school.

Your Opinion: Non-discrimination favored - Thursday's article, “LGBT Protections Divide Business Interests in Missouri," outlined the support and opposition by various business leaders in the state for a proposed workplace non-discrimination law.

Your Opinion: Response to Missouri First - I would like to comment on the April 16 article by Daniela Sirtori, News Tribune, concerning the House Committee Hearing for HB407, (Protection of LBGT Rights in the State of Missouri).

Your Opinion: Go slow in U.S. 50 work zone - As the weather heats up outside, so does the annual road construction season.

Our Opinion: E-cigarettes and the 'cobra effect' - Are e-cigarettes an example of the “cobra effect?"

Your Opinion: Response on climate change - I'm writing in response to Tony Smith's letter published April 12, “Dangers of denial on climate change."

Your Opinion: Selfish demands will kill jobs - This is in response to a story that appeared in your publication April 16 on page A5.

Our Opinion: Police train to respond to mental health crises - Another building block has been added to our community's response to mental health issues.

Perspective: Nixon's veto didn't change the need for unemployment insurance changes - With only four weeks remaining in the legislative session, both the pace and the volume of legislation being heard is increasing.

Your Opinion: Scripture defines what marriage is - Our country today is literally ablaze with the emotionally charged debate not only about whether to legalize so called “same-sex marriage" but whether to redefine marriage essentially as to what it is.

Your Opinion: Protect God-given rights from anti-Christians - I'm writing to comment on the April 11 News Tribune Our Opinion piece “Does question of rights require an either/or answer?" I disagree with the conclusion “a reasonable answer is both."

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (04/24/2015) at 11:07 PM

Clean up the parks in Cape, Jackson (04/24/15) Right about now is a great time to clear out that messy garage or wipe down those dusty baseboards. But it's also an ideal time for spring cleaning on a grander scale. On Saturday, Cape Girardeau and Jackson are set to hold their annual Park Cleanup Day events. That means volunteers are needed to do everything from planting flowers to picking up stray candy wrappers...

Speak Out Speak Out 4/24/15 (04/24/15) It seems like the city of Cape Girardeau has a new tax increase for the voters to approve on almost every ballot. And now that gasoline is finally affordable, politicians, including some in the Missouri State Legislature, have proposed raising the fuel tax. ...

Editorial Southeast selects new basketball coaches (04/23/15) Watching Southeast Missouri State University basketball over the years has frustrated many. This is a Division I program with great -- and soon to be even more impressive -- facilities. We're between St. Louis and Memphis. And Southeast Missouri is no slouch with local talent...

Speak Out Speak Out 4/22/15 (04/22/15) I don't understand why U.S. Senate Republicans are holding up the vote for a new U.S. Attorney General. I thought they would want to confirm Loretta Lynch ASAP because of their dislike of Eric Holder. Yes, do you want a female to be president that talks to the dead? Remember when Hillary and Bill Clinton were in the White House, she said she talked to Eleanor Roosevelt for three hours. Eleanor Roosevelt has been dead for years...

Opinion Column Obama's unconstitutional EPA mandates (04/22/15) President Obama spent a lot of time talking this past year about his "climate change agenda." Turns out, he couldn't get it through Congress, even before the Republicans' epic gains last November. But as with immigration, health care, and too much else, the inability to get democratic approval hasn't stopped the president. Now he and the EPA have announced a comprehensive climate change plan, not in the form of democratically adopted law, but in the guise of executive regulations...

Opinion Column USPS increasingly profitable (04/22/15) There's a lot of misleading "conventional wisdom" about U.S. Postal Service finances. Unfortunately, some of it was included in your otherwise excellent story about the proposed ending of mail processing at the USPS facility in Cape Girardeau. The story attributed Postal Service financial challenges to an infrastructure "deemed too large" (without attribution) and declining letter volume...

Opinion Column Environmentalists' shower power (04/22/15) The Environmental Protection Agency strikes fear in the hearts of most Americans because of the substantial regulatory power it wields. The current administration has used the EPA as a tool to make an end run around Congress and implement much of the liberal utopian dream of a green society regardless of the cost or impact of those regulations...

Editorial Comic Con shatters attendance record (04/22/15) What on earth -- or any other planet, for that matter -- could be more fun than dressing up as a favorite superhero? Or ogling those carefully constructed alter egos while celebrating superhuman strength? Not much, if attendance at last weekend's 10th Annual Cape Comic Con is any indication. The event, attended by extraterrestrials and mere mortals alike, was held at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau and attracted 2,700 visitors, said Ken Murphy, who founded the annual event in 2005...

Editorial Special Olympics events just never get old (04/21/15) Unless you've been around the Special Olympics, or around someone who participates, you can't really understand the wonderful effect that competition and participation play in the lives of those with special needs or disabilities. On April 11, about 350 athletes participated in the annual spring games in Cape Girardeau...

Speak Out Speak Out 4/21/15 (04/21/15) ** Government salaries; ** Turnover rate; ** Cellphonegate; ** Stop means stop; ** Coaching record; ** Burgers, lingerie

Editorial Police appreciation day (04/21/15) Today is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Cape Girardeau. A special event, organized by the Cape Girardeau Friends of Public Safety, will take place at 6 p.m. today at the Cape Girardeau conservation center to honor and celebrate our law enforcement officers...

Speak Out Speak Out 4/20/15 (04/20/15) ** Roundabout; ** Mehan's screed; ** Attention span; ** Millions wasted; ** Coach pick; ** Qualified; ** Union, cost; ** 2 percent; ** Women's coach; ** Hillary lunch

Editorial Southeast journalism students take home big state honor (04/20/15) Journalism is a labor of love. Even more so when you're a student trying to put out a newspaper around your studies. The Arrow, Southeast Missouri State University's student newspaper, recently was awarded the Missouri College Media Association's top honor, receiving the Best in the State award for 2014...

Speak Out Speak Out 4/19/15 (04/19/15) I understand that the post office doesn't care about us customers anymore, but the least they could do is put an answering machine on that will tell us the hours of these post offices that they've cut the hours so drastically in. It says to call for the hours. I call. Nobody answers the phone. I guess they're not open. I'll have to call again later. At least put an answering machine on with the hours. That's all I ask...

Editorial Expanding parks system sets Cape apart (04/19/15) The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department is growing. Not just in programs offered. but people served. Consider the attendance at the Osage Centre as just one example. In the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the Osage Centre welcomed 35,218 people. In 2013-2014, the number jumped to 82,973...

Opinion Column Missouri: The Hide Me State (04/19/15) Public institutions in Missouri are making a mockery of transparency. Before I present evidence backing that claim, I'd like to tease you with a few questions. Answers will be revealed later in the column. 1.) How much do you think a public entity ought to be able to charge for someone to transcribe audio recordings?...

Speak Out Speak Out 4/17/15 (04/17/15) Major kudos to the SEMO Sundancers. They are ranked eighth nationally and will take part in the finals for the first time since 2007. History will show that the SEMO Sundancers led the way in the revival and eventual domination of all SEMO sports. To ward off another nasty east side-west side split similar to the dispute over the location of the Show Me Center, I propose half be built in downtown Cape and the other half near the West Park Mall. ...

Editorial Special donation helps vets transition to student life (04/17/15) People have many reasons for joining the military. To some, the U.S. Armed Forces offer an opportunity to pursue action and adventure while traveling the world. To others, becoming servicemen or -women is a family tradition, while some crave the camaraderie. For most, it's an opportunity to participate in a larger calling, to protect freedom and country...

Opinion Column April a big month in U.S. history (04/16/15) The month of April is notable for events important in the history of our country, and this is only a partial list of those. April 12, 1770: The Townshend Act is repealed by Parliament, removing taxes on goods such as glass and paper, but allowing the tax on tea to stand. This further angered the colonists and led to the Boston Tea Party...

Opinion Column Nixon made zero calls from public cellphone in '14 (04/16/15) I was wrong. In a recent column I hinted that the state of Missouri was evading my Sunshine Law request by not providing records of calls and texts made from the governor's cellphone. I thought the state was using lawyer tricks, trying to give me some information, hoping I wouldn't get all the information. I thought the state was playing games...

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Tattoos should be seen as form of expression In today's society there is a ton of discrimination toward tattoos and piercings, which are now considered a form of personal expression. There are many views on this type of self-expression: some do not like it while others embrace it. Another...

Comparing Royals then and now I got my first taste of nasty Facebook comments last week. I was merely trying to weigh in on the number of Royals' players who have been hit by opposing pitchers (13 at the time), and posted that I believe it is dangerous for pitchers to try to...

Working together to keep Sedalia clean Today is Earth Day, which means this week has been “Earth Week.” Soon, we'll have “Earth Month” and “Earth Quarter.” But soon it will all be over and we can stop pretending we've given any consideration...

Extensive damage in Katy Shops fire The early morning fire that destroyed the two-story, brick Passenger Car Paint Shop building at the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas shops at 24th Street and Grand Avenue in Sedalia on Sept. 18, 1906, was described by the Sedalia Democrat as “the...

Volunteers are the difference-makers Dear Editor:

Thankful for the treasure of family I think the last vestiges from Easter are picked up and in one place now — on the dining room table — two weeks after the event. I love it when all my family comes to Sedalia for a couple of days to catch up and have fun, but I also have a...

Glowing with opportunity Joanna Anderson found a way to take a good thing and make it better.

Blaze breaks out at 1906 Katy Shops In 1896, the Sedalia Board of Trade, a forerunner of the Business Men's Club and the Chamber of Commerce, learned that the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad was searching for a site for a larger and more modern railroad shops where cars and...

New chapter for hemophilia summer camp Normally I'd be excited to share the news that they've started to accept applications for Midwest Hemophilia Association's summer camp – I wait anxiously all year to resume being a camp counselor, and to help young people with...

Taking time to brag a little Today, I am going to brag. No, not about me – even though the St. Louis Post-Dispatch took up my cause of restricting lawyers from serving as municipal judges in one court and prosecutors in another and defense lawyers in still others...

Time for more nutrition education Lots of people complain about government intrusion in their lives, in their businesses and in their bedrooms. A Missouri state representative now wants to put government into some residents' grocery carts.

Businessmen's Club promises factory to Sedalia During the 1890s, Sedalians mounted a major campaign to increase Sedalia's population and prosperity. In 1896 and again in 1898, I. “Mac” DeMuth printed “A Feast of Cold Facts,” a pamphlet extolling the virtues of Sedalia...

Sedalia Fire: the next reality show You probably read reporter Nicole Cooke's recent story in the pages of The Sedalia Democrat about the Sedalia City Council approving a new Sedalia Fire Department program that will offer local firefighting classes.

Mexican heritage fills student's heart The world is made up of many faces and places. Many races, cultures, and languages. I am proud to say that in a big world like this, I am a Mexican teenager. I am part of the Hispanic portion of the world, and that is pretty amazing to me. I get the...

Lessons to be learned from 2 suicides The world of Missouri politics is hurting, again.Just about a month after the suicide of state Auditor Tom Schweich, officials on Monday found the body of his spokesman, Spence Jackson, who also took his own life.

Proposed court laws may be too much Until Thursday morning, I had planned to write this column either waxing sentimental about my family's annual Easter get-together, or about my latest cooking challenge. Instead, I read the article on the front page of the Democrat:...

Athletic trainers make a difference Dear Editor:

Sedalia has plenty of robotics pride It's hip to be robotic.

Troubles of banker James Thompson In 1894, in the midst of a nationwide economic depression, Sedalia's First National Bank was already experiencing some difficulty because of unwise investments in California orange groves. Then, in a move that shocked Sedalians, cashier James C.

Education cuts go too far My aunt called yesterday, somewhat distressed. Her championship speech and forensics team, the team she has coached for 16 years, will be kaput next year. Why? Budget cuts to education in Wisconsin.

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