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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (07/25/2016) at 08:34 PM

Editorial: Carl for circuit attorney. Other 'county' office elections should disappear

Editorial: Just what the roiled Democrats needed: a bear attack

Editorial: In governor's primaries, Catherine Hanaway and Chris Koster

David Hart: Trump offers an extreme, unbalanced plan to revive manufacturing

Demand equal accountability for every American's rights

Zoos lead the fight against animals' extinction

Restricting trade competition can only hurt the economy

Eugene Robinson Eugene Robinson: The carnival in Cleveland

Dana Miilbank Dana Milbank: Morning in America it wasn't Dana Miilbank Dana Milbank: Division in the GOP: Kill Hillary Clinton or jail her?

Charles Krauthammer Charles Krauthammer: Notes from Cleveland: The two-part rebellion

E.J. Dionne The long capitulation to Trumpism

Are we dining out more? Hospitality sector leads St. Louis job gains

Study finds income and racial disparities in St. Louis mortgage market

Cultivation Capital leads $1.2 million investment in ag-data firm S4

Bill lets colleges, universities sell alcohol at public events ( … ) Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill to allow the board of trustees of public universities and community colleges to decide whether to allow the sale of alcohol at public events. Did politicians and university officials consider the high costs of alcohol? The economic cost of alcohol is $807 per … Read more

Time for Trump to release tax returns ( … )

Why hate when we can forgive? ( … )

Support agency that protects consumers ( … )

Republican candidates need to show they have a plan ( … )

Mixed-up justice in the world of sports ( … )

Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (07/25/2016) at 08:35 PM

Editorials The Star’s recommendations for governor — Catherine Hanaway, Chris Koster — and for other Missouri statewide offices For governor, Catherine Hanaway is the choice for the GOP primary and Chris Koster for Democrats For attorney general, Josh Hawley is the choice for Republicans and Teresa Hensley for Democrats

Editorials The Star’s recommendation: Approve bond issue that would benefit North Kansas City schools To keep up with the continuing growth in the North Kansas City School District, voters should approve a $114 million, no-tax-increase bond issue on Aug. 2.

Editorials The Star recommends Jessica Podhola for Missouri’s 11th District Senate seat The 11th District State Senate seat has been vacant since August 2015 when Paul LeVota resigned amid sexual harassment allegations involving statehouse interns. The Star recommends Jessica Podhola in the Aug. 2 Democratic primary in her race against three other candidates, led by John Rizzo.

Editorials The Star’s recommendations in Missouri House primaries Here are The Star's recommendations in selected, contested races for the Missouri House in Republican and Democratic primaries on Aug. 2.

Editorials The Monday Poll: Could Rio Olympics and the Royals surprise us? The wonderful world of sports gets all the attention in this week's Monday Poll. We'd like to get your responses to the following statements about the Kansas City Royals, the Chiefs, the Big 12 and the Rio Olympics.

Editorials Hillary Clinton has a lot of persuading to do at the Democratic convention Democrats gather in Philadelphia starting Monday to nominate Hillary Clinton for president. After the GOP convention drew so much attention for demonizing her, Clinton and her party have an opportunity to reframe the race by articulating a positive message and vision for the nation. While Clinton has been the target of conservative groups and politicians for years, she certainly hasn't helped her cause recently.

Editorials The Star’s recommendations for Johnson County sheriff, Lee’s Summit parks tax and Jackson County car tax A wide variety of candidates and issues will be on the ballots in the Kansas City area in the Aug. 2 elections. Here are The Star's recommendations in selected races in Johnson, Jackson and Wyandotte counties.

Editorials Donald Trump’s big chance to seize momentum arrives Thursday night Donald Trump has been called a lot of nasty names in recent months by his many critics across America. He's certainly earned some of that enmity with his own insults aimed at others. But here's one more thing you can call Trump: The Republican candidate for the president of the United States.

Editorials A community in need of healing People mourn deaths from gun violence, but the shared sorrow feels greater and more widespread when a police officer is slain in the line of duty. Kansas City, Kan., is feeling that larger loss now over the shooting death Tuesday of Capt. Robert David Melton.

Editorials Monday Poll results: Discouraged about terrorism around the world Terrorism attacks in France and elsewhere around the world have many people on edge. And this week's Monday Poll shows they are discouraged by the continued violence.

Editorials Failed Turkish coup imperils fight against ISIS Turkey, once President Barack Obama's model country for the Muslim world because of its secular and democratic system, is in turmoil after a failed coup attempt last weekend. This chaos could have negative effects on Turkish-U.S. relations and imperil the fight against ISIS.

Editorials Another head-shaking loss for the arts in Kansas It's disappointing but sadly not shocking that Kansas could fail to receive $800,000 in arts funding in the coming year. The administration of Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature have consciously decided not to consistently and adequately support the arts in the Sunflower State.

Editorials Americans are in this crucial battle together to reduce senseless violence The senseless killings Sunday of three Baton Rouge, La., law enforcement officers only add to the police-black community bloodshed of the last two weeks. Americans are seeing disturbing cases of police-state responses that likely will only harden battle lines and work against the free, open, democratic society that the government should convey to Americans and the rest of the world.

Editorials The Star’s recommendations for local Kansas Senate races Two of the most vigorously contested Republican primaries for the Kansas Senate are in Johnson County. In both cases, the bright and outgoing challengers possess financially sound viewpoints required to get the beleaguered Sunflower State budget back on stronger footing.

Editorials The Monday Poll: Responding to terrorist attacks The deaths of more than 80 people and injuries to many others by a truck driver running over crowds Thursday night in Nice, France, during Bastille Day celebrations adds to the growing fear of terrorist attacks, occurring throughout the globe and in the United States.

Editorials The Star’s recommendations for GOP Kansas House races in Johnson County Incumbents and challengers are knocking on doors, sending out fliers and appearing at forums to woo voters in hotly contested Republican Kansas House primaries in Johnson County. For the most part, the choices in these races are crystal clear: The Star recommends that voters send plenty of fresh faces to Topeka.

Editorials The GOP convention starring Donald Trump will not be boring According to Donald Trump, the Republican National Convention that kicks off on Monday in Cleveland is going to be “monumentally magnificent,” “brilliantly staged” and, most of all, anything but boring. On that last promise, there's little doubt the presumptive Republican nominee and his party will deliver.

Editorials Keep core values in fight against terrorism French authorities are trying to determine whether a Tunisian acted alone Thursday by driving a truck into Bastille Day crowds, killing at least 84 people and injuring many others in Nice, France. Meanwhile, U.S. and other world leaders need to regroup to devise a better strategy to protect the public.

Editorials Despite a year of turmoil, University of Missouri is making progress Adversity can compel people and institutions to accomplish great things. That apparently has been the case at the University of Missouri. Despite a year of racial tension, campus unrest, the resignation of top officials and threats from the Missouri legislature, MU raised a record $171 million in fiscal year 2016 through June 30.

Editorials Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s reckless remarks could affect Kansas races U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was wrong to issue a stinging public criticism this week of Donald Trump — and right to essentially apologize on Thursday. Unfortunately, her original remarks could affect some races involving Kansas Supreme Court justices this fall

The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (07/25/2016) at 08:35 PM

A discussion about learning

Notes from Cleveland: The two-part GOP rebellion

What really happened to the BOE

Contributors Fear is the real problem Fear is the real problem Law enforcement, black communities are both in peril Contributors 4 days ago

Editorials Our Voice: Facts needed in police shooting debate Our Voice: Facts needed in police shooting debate Facts matter when people are looking for solutions to any problem, and there is no shortage of facts demonstrating that too many black men die unnecessarily at the hands of police. Editorials 5 minutes ago

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll Two republicans face off in the Greene County Commissioner primary. Who would you vote for? Opinion 4 hours, 42 minutes ago

Opinion This election, casting a vote for Big Bird This election, casting a vote for Big Bird As mentioned a couple of weeks back, I no longer claim affiliation with either political party. Big Bird is looking like a better candidate all the time. Opinion 16 minutes ago

Opinion Here's what happened this week in history in the Ozarks Here's what happened this week in history in the Ozarks More nurses were asked to come to the polio center to help with the increase in cases in Springfield. Opinion 1 day, 3 hours ago

Readers Debates important to Christian County Debates important to Christian County I recently attended the Christian County Republican Federated Woman's debate this week in Ozark and heard from a lot of good folks running for Eastern and Western commissioner. Readers 2 days ago

Readers Of pandering, ponies or priorities Of pandering, ponies or priorities As a former Republican legislator I have been tracking the Republican candidates for governor. There is strong voter anti-incumbent sentiment, especially towards D.C. Readers 2 days ago

Readers Conservatives on wrong side of history again Conservatives on wrong side of history again The election season is in full swing now, and candidates here in our red state's reddest section of southwest Missouri are falling all over themselves to tell voters how conservative they are, especially in those incessant TV ads. Readers 2 days ago

Readers How far back does `plagiarism' go? How far back does `plagiarism' go? RE: "The recent plagiarism-gate" being "blown up" by our many media sources. Readers 2 days ago

Opinion Our Voice: Keep an open mind about potential tax Our Voice: Keep an open mind about potential tax Greene County Commissioners are likely to put the issue on an upcoming ballot. Opinion 2 days, 3 hours ago

Opinion Volunteers are everywhere, more needed Volunteers are everywhere, more needed Over Independence Day week, my wife and I took a vacation to the Ft. Myers area in Florida. We had been in our hotel for maybe 45 minutes when a young man in his 30s saw us in the elevator and asked me if I was the mayor of Springfield, MO. Opinion 2 days, 3 hours ago

Opinion Don't despair: Trump, Clinton too old for two terms Don't despair: Trump, Clinton too old for two terms Many Americans feel desperately dissatisfied with their choices in this presidential campaign, but they may take some comfort in the thought that age prevents either from serving a second term. Opinion 2 days, 3 hours ago

Readers Why I will vote for Judy Dollarhite for Christian County Western District commissioner Why I will vote for Judy Dollarhite for Christian County Western District commissioner Letter to the editor Readers 3 days, 21 hours ago

Readers Constitution Party should endorse Turilli Constitution Party should endorse Turilli Letter to the editor Readers 3 days, 21 hours ago

Readers Fulnecky should never have been on ballot Fulnecky should never have been on ballot Letter to the editor Readers 3 days, 21 hours ago

Opinion Democrats will have the last laugh Democrats will have the last laugh Democrats will have the last laugh Opinion 3 days, 22 hours ago

Opinion `Outsiders' want to be insiders `Outsiders' want to be insiders `Osiders"

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 (07/25/2016) at 08:35 PM

Opinion GUEST COMMENTARY: Loving America includes finding fault with it To be both patriotic and critical has meant fighting for the abolition of slavery and extending the right to vote to all citizens, ending Jim Crow, passing civil rights and environmental legislation, and to legalizing birth control use.

GUEST COMMENTARY: More women in charge can only be a good thing So many leading positions are being held by women. Is this the promise of things to come, a world in which women leaders would be more humane and un-warlike?

DEAR READER: At home and abroad, games yield interesting stories From a digital one-stop shop for Olympics coverage to local reports from the Show-Me State Games, sporting events rarely fail to yield good stories.

EDITORIAL: Presidential candidates must give voters honest reasons to make a choice Kansas City Star If more than half of Americans don't like you, it's easier to try to drive down the popularity of your opponent than to make a case for yourself.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Loving America includes finding fault with it Jill Richardson To be both patriotic and critical has meant fighting for the abolition of slavery and extending the right to vote to all citizens, ending Jim Crow, passing civil rights and environmental legislation, and to legalizing birth control use.

EDITORIAL: An excellent start for the new prime minister, Theresa May The Telegraph (UK) It is clear that the Conservative Party made a wise choice not just in elevating Theresa May to No. 10 Downing Street, but also in avoiding a damaging two-month leadership campaign.

EDITORIAL: All Russian athletes should be banned from Olympic Games Los Angeles Times Cheating is so rampant within the Russian athletic system — 580 positive tests covered up across 30 different sports — that a presumption of innocence for any Russian athlete may be misplaced.

EDITORIAL: Sealing criminal records affords a second chance at life Jefferson City News Tribune Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation that gives criminal offenders a second chance to turn their lives around by sealing criminal records for those who complete their sentences and avoid future convictions.

GUEST COMMENTARY: More women in charge can only be a good thing Georgie Anne Geyer So many leading positions are being held by women. Is this the promise of things to come, a world in which women leaders would be more humane and un-warlike?

DEAR READER: At home and abroad, games yield interesting stories Tom Warhover From a digital one-stop shop for Olympics coverage to local reports from the Show-Me State Games, sporting events rarely fail to yield good stories.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Why Columbia"s police chief is under fire and taking cover George Kennedy At issue is how best to staff and lead a department whose officers are sworn to protect and serve a diverse and dissatisfied community.

EDITORIAL: Millionaire lottery winners set a powerful example St. Joseph News-Press In their Missouri hometowns, they built a ball field, helped the school district, bought land for a sewage treatment plant and funded a fire station.

EDITORIAL: Failed Turkish coup imperils fight against ISIS Kansas City Star Americans have good reasons to care about the stability of Turkey as an ally and military power.

EDITORIAL: Can"t fix crazy. Can"t fix social ills. Could, but won"t, fix guns St. Louis Post-Dispatch Some problems are clearly intractable, but why don"t lawmakers at a minimum address gun laws at a time of uncertainty and deadly violence?

DAVID ROSMAN: With Pence pick, Trump turns back on moderate Republicans David Rosman Donald Trump is looking for that edge to cozy up to the religious far right while losing the backing of those with a more moderate leaning. But, Mike Pence might not be the person to help him win the presidency.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Nature offers a refuge from strife in the news these days Steve Spellman When politics and watching the news only seem to trigger more anxiety, it"s a sign that you should turn it off and talk a walk in the woods.

CARL KENNEY: Black people are fighting back. We pray it is peaceful Carl Kenney A call for black solidarity, economic empowerment and self-determination is resonating across the nation, but it is not a plea for violence or an attack on police. It is a demand for accountability.

EDITORIAL: After year of turmoil, MU is making good progress Kansas City Star Even with all the strife on campus, university officials were right to turn to loyal donors for more support of MU's goal to continue its role as a first-class institution of higher education.

EDITORIAL: Eric Greitens, you"re much better than this St. Louis Post-Dispatch We firmly believe there's more to Eric Greitens than the Rambo character his handlers are presenting to Republican voters.

EDITORIAL: Grumpy old codgers can"t help but be skeptical THE JOPLIN GLOBE When it comes to video games and virtual reality, your position may depend on your generational perspective.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (07/25/2016) at 08:37 PM

The Perot factor On Sunday on these pages our occasional columnist Craig Van Matre made a persuasive case for Hillary Clinton's guilt in the use of her private email system for handling classified defense information. He also denounced Donald Trump for his unacceptable...

Donald J. Trump As he entered his race for president, Ronald Reagan proclaimed “Morning in America,” heralding an excursion he sought to lead into a prosperous and happy future. In his acceptance speech Thursday night, Donald Trump described midnight in America, the threat...

Burton Columbia police Chief Ken Burton remains under pressure from several constituencies.

46th District Democrats If Democratic voters in the 46th District of the Missouri House of Representatives want to continue the representation they have had by incumbent Stephen Webber, they will choose Martha Stevens in their primary election Aug. 2.

Sales tax Voters at city and county polling places should vote “yes” to continue collecting sales taxes on out-of-state purchases of vehicles, boats, trailers and outboard motors.

GOP convention This column does not appear in real time, so I can't give an up-to-date play-by-play of the Republican National Convention, but already in its early innings we can see some trends and truths.

Profiling The other day I heard Mayor Brian Treece trying to explain on KFRU radio how he supports both sides on the issue of alleged black profiling by police. Treece smoothed his way through, but it was a painful stretch.

Review panel The politically spawned University of Missouri Review Commission held its first meeting last week. Despite first fears to the contrary, it shows signs of ignoring its suspect genesis.

Schaefer vs. Hawley The race in the Republican primary for Missouri attorney general increasingly turns on allegations having little to do with the office they seek.

Clinton/Sanders The big national political news last week was the anticipated announcement by Sen. Bernie Sanders that he is endorsing primary election rival Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

Rhoades: On to the next chapter In our sports section Thursday, Joe Walljasper and Blake Toppmeyer did an excellent job describing and analyzing the short term of departing Athletic Director Mack Rhoades, leaving me with the impression we have wrapped up his short career at MU...

Ginsburg's error Just because a public figure has been on the scene a long time does not mean she is immune from error, but U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should have known better than to comment on the merits of...

MU money In the wake of turmoil on the University of Missouri campus, doomsayers predicted all sorts of negativism, not least a damaging dip in private financial contributions.

Black anger Not many days after white police officers shot and killed black suspects in Baton Rouge, La., and a St. Paul, Minn., suburb, Rep. Brandon Ellington, D-Kansas City, wrote an opinion piece published in these pages Tuesday denouncing “executions live on...

Hospital: A tale of two hearings Usually health care certificate of need hearings lead to approval of proposed capital projects, but recent examinations of proposed Columbia psychiatric hospitals produced a distinct preference for one over the other.

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (07/25/2016) at 08:37 PM

Support offered for heart health The St. Joseph community is fortunate this week to welcome a new program offering the promise of improved health for the many people who are living with uncontrolled high blood pressure. Support offered for heart health

Levee plan answers all the big questions

Swim season requires a pool

Text 911 adds to public safety

The case for buying a robot

Still time for questions

Drug-abuse bill lays foundation

Winners, no lottery needed

Celebrate libraries working together

Usually, it's no accident

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (07/25/2016) at 08:38 PM

Other Views: Reckless and wrong A nonendorsement speech dominated the news from the third night of the Republican National Convention, obscuring a much more important development in Donald Trump's campaign for the White House.

Carol Stark: Family finds 'treasure trove' of letters Robert Noel's name has popped up in my email on a regular basis for as long as I've been the editor here. And I'm sure I'm not the first to sit in this chair to receive his letters.

Jeanne Looper Smith: 1961 rape anniversary reminder much needs to be done I've never forgotten her or what happened on a late July afternoon in Joplin that shattered her life, her skull and the safe world that I and other girls and women inhabited in that sultry, sleepy Midwestern town.

Geoff Caldwell: Doc flies while society sinks lower It was a Sunday summer morn as perfect as I remembered them. A fire-orange sun rising above the low ground haze on its way to join the cloud dotted blue skies that only Kansas in July can produce.

Our view: Move forward with merger Both the staff of the Missouri Public Service Commission and the Office of Public Counsel have a tough job ahead: determining whether the proposed merger between the Empire District Electric Co. and Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. is, or can be with assurances, in the public interest.

Our View: Staying plugged in We were surprised to learn the number of charging stations available in our area to owners of electric cars.

Your view: Letters to the editor Adding to the problem

Our View: State should fix bottleneck We have to wonder how much listening is actually done during public comment sessions held by state agencies.

Herb Van Fleet: The conversation about race In the wake of the Dallas shootings on July 7 and the Baton Rouge shootings on July 17, police, politicians and pundits have urged the nation to have a conversation about race.

Your View: Letters to the editor Country needs reminding

Edwin Meese and Michael Mukasey: Schaefer misleads Missouri voters The recent tragic attack in Orlando is a stark reminder that our homeland and our way of life remain targets for terrorists.

Carol Stark: Your help needed to compile 120 years of news Telling other people's stories is always an honor, and this past week, with the help of some keen memories, I reported on a day 50 years ago when explosions at Hercules Powder Co. threatened lives, homes and a lot of jobs.

Rylee Hartwell: Looking at Mexico in a different light Mexico. What do you think when the country is mentioned? Often times, thoughts of drugs, warlords and danger may come to mind. These descriptions are accurate.

Our View: No on Prop A There's nothing simple about the ballot language of Proposition A, a proposal that will come before Joplin voters in the Aug. 2 election.

Charles Buchanan: Listen to Trump supporters but not to Trump It is easy to see the presidential race as a political circus with carnival barkers and sideshow con men. We can dismiss it as reality entertainment, meaningless chaos, signifying nothing except that our political discourse has deteriorated to that of a Third World country.

Geoff Caldwell: Trying times once again “These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

Taylor Armerding: Clinton's squishy philosophy unstable, not credible Who is more politically and philosophically unstable, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?

Uniting country will mean 'all lives matter' Across our nation we are seeing protests organized by a group that calls itself “Black Lives Matter.”

Our View: Voter ID not the fix Gov. Jay Nixon recently vetoed a photo ID requirement that Republican legislators, including those representing Southwest Missouri, have been pushing for years.

Your view: Letters to the editor Eyesore

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (07/25/2016) at 08:38 PM

Your Opinion: Approve sales tax extension: comments My husband and I moved to Jefferson City 26 years ago and we have seen much growth and change since...

Your Opinion: Repulsive exploitation: comments The amount of time the Republicans spent the first two nights attacking Hillary Clinton as secretary of state for disproven...

Your Opinion: Eager to vote on amendment: comments Missouri faces a crisis in our education system, and it starts at the very beginning of our kids's lives.

Your Opinion: Denying health care does not promote life: comments While Medicaid still has not been expanded to the 300,000 Missourians who are employed without health care, at least we...

Your Opinion: Obama seeks more federal control: comments "Obama says some local police departments need more resources," July 20 article. This is code for more income redistribution and...

Our Opinion: Support shows commitment to 'social contract': comments Public outpourings to local law enforcement agencies are more than signs of appreciation; they are affirmations of "social contract" theory...

Our Opinion: Fair days approaching in Cole County: comments Can a decades-old, agriculture-based tradition remain relevant at a time when digital devices dominate recreation?

Perspective: Better Way to reform tax code: comments Not only does our nation's tax code need to be simpler and fairer but we must also ensure that it...

Your Opinion: Support capital improvement tax: comments On Aug. 2 the citizens of Jefferson City will go to the polls and vote on Proposition 1 to renew...

Our Opinion: Economy also a victim of opioid abuse: comments You may be wondering, like we did, why the federal official visiting Missouri to speak out against prescription drug abuse...

Our Opinion: Excessive heat also a danger for pets: comments Missourians are advised to take precautions during this heat advisory, but high temperatures also are a danger for pets.

Your Opinion: Response to 'deceptions': comments This is a response to the July 10 letter, "How many deceptions?"

Your Opinion: Support city sales tax extension: comments In earlier years I was not sure the city and county were "playing in the same sandbox" when it came...

Our Opinion: Second chances: Signed and delivered: comments A second chance often marks the turning point in a success story.

Our Opinion: Health agency traces origins to local club: comments A tax-supported health agency is celebrating 100 years since its origin by a group of compassionate, committed local women.

Our Opinion: Sam B. Cook personified passion for Jefferson City: comments Peers in the banking industry eulogized Sam B. Cook as a "visionary," a term that also describes his approach to...

Perspective: Developer responds on TIF proposal: comments This is in response to the opinion letter published July 8 containing false allegations leveled against us by the author...

Your Opinion: Proposal called misuse of TIF process: comments The recent discussions concerning a TIF for the reconstruction of the old Ramada Inn complex is a major misuse of...

Your Opinion: Urge City Council to reject TIF proposal: comments On June 23 the Cole County-Jefferson City TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Commission chose to vote against passage and recommend to...

Your Opinion: Extend city sales tax for capital improvements: comments When I was on the City Council and later as mayor, I saw the progress made possible by the voters...

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (07/25/2016) at 08:38 PM

The Pokemon phenomenon: (7/25/16) Who can argue against being active and enjoying life? Seriousness and sadness abound in our present world. And sedentary lifestyles are responsible for a host of other problems, like obesity and boredom. Nintendo came out with Pokemon Go earlier this month, however, and it has proved to be somewhat of a remedy, but it does not come without concerns...

Cape PD building trust while also solving crimes (7/24/16) We are lucky here in Cape Girardeau to have a police force that is going about things the right way. Ever since the city of Cape Girardeau brought Wes Blair to town to lead the department, a community policing style has been a priority. We've written numerous stories about the department's efforts to be more visible in neighborhoods and throughout town, so that people could see the men with badges in non-conflict situations. ...

Buy #Auntalma, meet Adrienne Ross (7/22/16) Adrienne Ross, a member of the Southeast Missourian editorial board as well as motivational speaker, online radio show host, copy editor and former teacher and coach now has a new title to her name: author. Ross will have a book signing from 5 to 8 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, to celebrate the publishing of her first book, "#AuntAlma: Raisin a Little Hell Heaven on Earth."...

One of the coolest pickup games (7/21/16) It's a fun way to tackle a societal issue. As sports writer Erin Unerstall reported last week, Tom Matukewicz, the Southeast Missouri State University football coach, reached out to his team's leaders, asking for thoughts on what the team could do in the wake of the deaths of five Dallas police officers...

Cape TechWeek should draw (7/20/16) It's time for Cape Girardeau to get its Geek on. And that's a good thing. TechWeek is coming July 22, with an array of activities for the technology-inclined among us. As business reporter Bridget Brown recently reported, TechWeek will offer networking opportunities for entrepreneurs, educational opportunities for children and give developers, designers, artists and researchers a chance to compete for a prize...

Local businesswomen share their stories, triumphs with chamber (7/19/16) What appears to be impossible becomes attainable when we realize that others have done it. Hearing someone else's story of success helps us write our own. The Women's Leadership Panel, held at July's First Friday Coffee, provided an opportunity for three women to share their success and inspire others...

SB 921 will increase safety and accountability (7/18/16) Safety is a top priority for law enforcement and major concern for citizens. Sexual misconduct is among those concerns, particularly as it pertains to college campuses. Parents worry about their children, and students worry about being protected from danger and exploitation. A new law, Senate Bill 921, is a step toward greater security for all involved...

Library aims to meet hunger needs during summer (7/17/16) Last week, the Riverside Regional Library branches began serving free meals to children as they stopped by for summer reading program activities. According to a story written by Lindsay Jones, the library system used a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant last year to help provide lunches. The concept was meant to fill a need for children who live in poverty to have a lunch option during the summer, while also partaking in the opportunity to learn...

High-school athletics make for well-rounded individuals (7/15/16) While some high-schoolers may spend the summer relaxing and enjoying some time away from school, most athletes are hard at work preparing for the upcoming season. But before school is back in session, we have a few more people to honor as last season's standouts. Four more 2016 All-Missourian teams have been chosen: baseball, softball, girls soccer and track and field...

Arts council now has expanded space for the arts (7/14/16) The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri finally has a little more room to spread out. The arts council recently held a soft opening for its new space at 16 N. Spanish St. The new location has 1,000 square feet more than the previous one, which means more room for artwork, classes and workshops...

Semoball Awards an inspiring night for student-athletes (7/13/16) Another Semoball Awards is in the books, and this year's program was just as insipiring as the last two. Student-athletes from 57 high schools in the region were recognized for their achievements, not only in their individual sports, but also in academics, sportsmanship and physical comeback...

New child-custody law will be good for families (7/12/16) "We know spending time with both parents is invaluable to a child's growth and security," State Rep. Kathy Swan said. "This law is about the child." Swan's comment comes on the heels of a bill she crafted pertaining to child-custody court cases. Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law July 1...

Welcoming new citizens to the United States (7/11/16) We agree with the many Americans who love this country and esteem it the greatest place on Earth to call home. We are reminded of this every year as candidates seek to become United States citizens. In a standing-room-only ceremony held indoors because of expected inclement weather, 14 candidates became American citizens July 4 at the Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau. U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt commented, "Legal immigration is one of the things that made our country as great as it is."...

A cycle of madness (7/10/16) Our nation is on edge. Our collective nerves are shot. Our police are afraid. People in all walks of life are afraid and angry. Each inappropriate and ill-advised action begets a more dangerous reaction. The actions of last week have set our stomachs on edge. ...

Dyslexia screenings will help students succeed (7/8/16) Thanks to a new law, some Missouri students will get a little extra help. Gov. Jay Nixon recently signed a bill, sponsored by State Rep. Kathy Swan, that requires every Missouri public-school student to be screened for dyslexia. The screenings for the learning disorder will begin in the 2018-2019 school year. Dyslexia is characterized by difficulty with language, reading and spelling...

Best of luck to Jackson on new spec building (7/7/16) Southeast Missouri has a thriving business community, and local leaders are constantly looking for ways to attract even more businesses to the area. To that end, the Jackson Industrial Development Co. recently unveiled its new speculative building on Industrial Lane in Jackson. The 50,000-square-foot building has public water, sewer and electricity, 44 planned parking spaces and a 39-foot-tall ceiling in the center...

Recognizing this year's Spirit of America nominees (7/6/16) Jim Bollinger accepted this year's Spirit of America Award at the Cape Girardeau Fourth of July celebration. In the last 45 years, he has been assistant fire chief, fire chief, Bollinger County emergency management director, deputy coroner, reserve sheriff's officer and member of the Firefighters Association of Missouri, National Aviation Museum Foundation and Navy Tailhook Association, just to name some of his involvement, all of it unpaid. ...

Cape Parks and Rec Day a fun time for everyone (7/5/16) Another summer in Cape Girardeau brings another annual Parks and Rec Day, with all its accompanying fun and food, and it's all free. The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department will hold this fan-favorite event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Osage Centre...

Mark Schlereth to give keynote at Semoball Awards (7/3/16) If you're a sports fan and listen to any sports talk shows on the radio or if you watch NFL shows on ESPN, you're probably already familiar with Mark Schlereth. He's a big, burly man. A former offensive lineman. A Super Bowl Champ. A former Pro Bowler. He's even played a role as a detective on a soap opera and created his own line of chili. He's a man's man, a tough guy...

Plenty of fun available for Fourth of July (7/1/16) Summer is speeding by. But this weekend we get another chance to slow down a bit and enjoy some summer fun over the Fourth of July. Local towns are planning celebrations of American life, and there will be plenty of activities to choose from. Cape Girardeau’s festivities include a naturalization ceremony and fireworks. ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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