Newspaper Editorials

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (03/05/2015) at 11:08 PM

Messenger: A GOP stalwart calls for soul-searching in wake of Schweich death

Missouri's sad dog in new Obamacare case won't hunt

FAIR: McCaskill and Nixon right to support Cuba

FAIR: Macro v. Micro: A peace offering in the beer wars?

FOUL: Paper or plastic? Yet another issue to argue about


How to write a letter to the editor

Homelessness should be a priority for the entire region, not just the city

Quit the whisper campaigns and negative ads

Family's loss is Missouri's, too

Smear campaigns keep reputable people out of politics

Schweich's death leaves no good GOP candidates remaining

Danforth shows courage at funeral

Danforth's remarks are shameful

Danforth forgets role in trashing of Anita Hill

Rumors are weapons in all aspects of life

Preparing Missourians to succeed: A blueprint for higher education

Danforth's eulogy for Tom Schweich: 'Words do hurt. Words can kill.'

NLEC dispute underscores structural racism's reality

Troubling results of Missouri's gun amendment

Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (03/05/2015) at 11:08 PM

Reckless gun measures threaten public safety in Missouri and Kansas Missouri and Kansas have spent the last two years passing laws that recklessly expand access to firearms without regard to public safety. For Missouri, the alarming consequences of that overreach are becoming clear. Kansas, which is considering another radical gun bill this session, should take heed.

Corrective action must follow Justice Department’s report on Ferguson, Mo. The Justice Department’s civil rights investigation of the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department showed a disturbing practice of police and city officials viewing African-Americans “less as constituents to be protected than as potential offenders and sources of revenue.” It shows an oppressive abuse of power. Justice Department won't prosecute police officer in Ferguson case Specific incidents from Justice Department's Ferguson report In Ferguson, scathing U.S. report brings pressure for change

Key Points and Outrageous Finds in the Justice Department’s Ferguson Report In more than 100 pages, the Justice Department’s report on the justice system in Ferguson, Mo., is a scathing and cautionary documents. Here are some excerpts.

Supreme Court must reject flawed argument to health care law Only in America’s troubled political climate could four words in a 906-page law cause such apprehension. But troubled we are, and so the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments in King v. Burwell, the latest attempt by conservatives to irreparably damage the Affordable Care Act.

Make Kansas City’s buildings more energy efficient Kansas City officials are discussing plans that would require owners of city and private buildings to report how efficiently they use electricity. The laudable goal faces a few roadblocks.

Monday Poll results: Hopes are high for this year’s Royals On Monday, we asked about your outlook for this year’s edition of the Kansas City Royals. Readers seem decidedly optimistic, at least according to these results, based on more than 400 responses.

Tom Schweich’s death casts harsh light on bullying within Missouri GOP Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich’s suicide last Thursday has prompted an outpouring of grief and remorse. But if the Missouri Republican Party sincerely wants to honor Schweich’s memory, beginning with his funeral on Tuesday, it will take a hard look at the way it conducts its business.

The Monday Poll: How will the Royals do in 2015? After the Royals’ magical run in 2014, there’s even more reason for rising expectations. Now that camp is under way and the team prepares to play its first game of spring on Wednesday, we want to learn your expectations.

Tax break program damages Kansas and the Kansas City area A Kansas website contains the latest figures on how tax breaks are draining badly needed funds from the state’s coffers while also stoking the destructive economic border war in the Kansas City area. Meet the Promoting Employment Across Kansas program, better known among businesses and their development attorneys as PEAK.

Capitol Watch: Here’s a serving of harmony and eggs from the Kansas and Missouri capitols If the Kansas Legislature seemed especially frenetic this week, it was. Missouri, in contrast, is moving legislation at a glacial pace. But considering some of the bills introduced, that’s probably a good thing.

Tom Schweich’s death is a loss for Missouri Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich was a dedicated public servant and a person of honor and integrity. His death on Thursday, reportedly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, is a tragedy for his family and the state.

Ignore Wei-Hock Soon, a paid denier of climate change When it comes to climate change, the outnumbered but well-funded “skeptics” in the fossil fuel industry get what they pay for, and it often involves Wei-Hock Soon.

Congress must end the national theater of silliness and fund Homeland Security Unless the problem is solved, the mammoth, post-9/11 department will shut down, idling about 30,000 of its 230,000 employees. As during the last GOP-forced government shutdown that lasted 16 days in October 2013, essential employees would continue working but without regular paychecks.

Full investigation of Liberty School District bullying incident is needed Liberty Middle School has an anti-bullying policy. But something went badly wrong last week when 12-year-old Blake Kitchen ended up in the hospital after being beaten unconscious by an older, much larger boy.

Support Mayor Mark Holland’s progressive leadership with good election choices in Wyandotte County Making its recommendations for next Tuesday's primary election in Wyandotte County, The Star's editorial board writes that support for Mayor Mark Holland on the Unified Government Board of Commissioners is precarious, so it is essential that voters choose carefully.

Monday Poll results: Should Missouri legalize marijuana? This week we asked for your thoughts about legalizing marijuana in Missouri. And you answered, though it’s apparent that some of you got your friends to answer, too. Here are the results of the unscientific survey, based on more than 7,000 responses.

Indictment of KC police officer is a step, not a verdict The best way to regard a grand jury’s indictment of a Kansas City police officer in connection with a non-fatal shooting is to consider it a step in a process.

Sam Brownback’s tax cuts create a new problem: risky pension bonds for taxpayers Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and other state officials are reviewing a financially risky measure that they contend could help protect pensions for tens of thousands of teachers plus city, county and state employees. However, the Legislature should not quickly sign off on a scheme with such long-term consequences for taxpayers.

Stop unhealthy cuts to Kansas City’s indigent care providers Truman Medical Center and other agencies that provide health care to the less fortunate are reeling because of recent moves to slash their public funding. The decreases for the safety net agencies are unreasonable, especially after what happened just two years ago.

Conservation Commission expansion is reasonable, but major fixes aren’t needed in a Missouri success story Lawmakers and others are right to question whether the Conservation Department, whose annual expenditures amount to less than 1 percent of the Missouri budget, uses its tax money wisely. But pulling the plug on one of Missouri’s exemplary successes is absolutely the wrong way to go about it.

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The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (03/05/2015) at 11:08 PM

Grey's Anatomy: Was Dr. Herman's Operation a Success? Posted at 9:05 PM So, did it work?When we left off with Grey's Anatomy last week, Amelia ( --

Mega Buzz: What Kind of Havoc Will Mellie's Sister Wreak on Scandal? Posted at 9:05 PM Remember when we said that you'd learn more about Mellie's background on

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The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
As of (03/05/2015) at 11:08 PM

EDITORIAL: Felons can own weapons under gun rights amendment By St. Louis Post-Dispatch : A Circuit Court judge in St. Louis last week ruled that because of the passage of Amendment 5 last November, Missouri law banning felons from owning guns is now unconstitutional.

EDITORIAL: Keystone veto will hurt Obama and won't stop the project by Monroe (Louisiana) News-Star : Completed, the pipeline would have given the U.S. more ready access to oil from Canada, an ally, and perhaps less need for oil from the likes of Venezuela, whose leadership disdains this country and whose currency is in tatters.

EDITORIAL: Hillary Clinton should not have official channels with emails by Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle : She"s not the first government official to be caught conducting the public"s business through private channels, but she may well be the most willful violator.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri Republicans must change their tactics by The Kansas City Star : Missouri Republicans are ideally positioned to devour their own. The state has no contribution limits, and it has a wealthy individual, Rex Sinquefield, who will spare no expense to elect candidates to support his causes.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Republican leaders wake up to need for taxes by Donna Brazile : Sadly, GOP governors seem wedded to trickle-down economics that relieves the wealthy of income taxes and burdens the middle and working classes with higher sales taxes and less disposable income.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Lack of compromise hinders international trade by Steve and Cokie Roberts : You would think that an issue so obviously beneficial to the American economy would command wide bipartisan support. But you would be wrong.

EDITORIAL: Medical use of drugs is for relief, not recreation by Jefferson City News Tribune : Legislators now are considering a proposal by Rep. Dave Hinson, R-St. Clair, to allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

DAVID ROSMAN: Tom Schweich's death must be a wake-up call by David Rosman : Something must be done about the lack of mental health professionals to handle an increasing number of successful and attempted suicides in the state.

GUEST COMMENTARY: New federal food guidelines are a bold move by Jill Richardson : “A healthy dietary pattern,” a draft from the Department of Health and Human Services says flat out , is “lower in red and processed meat” and “low in sugar-sweetened foods and drinks and refined grains.”

EDITORIAL: Remembering Tom Schweich, 1960-2015 by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : He believed in honesty, integrity and good government. He may not have looked like a giant, but he might have become one.

DEAR READER: Linguistic malfeasance in the shortest month by Maggie Walter : Although a mere 28 days, the month of February was filled with lessons about linguistics.

EDITORIAL: Missouri women shouldn't let mixed signals take away from real problems by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Wage discrepancies, a dearth of child care centers, higher poverty rates and a lack of adequate health insurance are all issues that affect Missouri women.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Executing mentally incompetent killer is pointless by William E. "Gene" Robertson : Mr. Clayton may not realize what he is facing or what he is experiencing at the time of his execution, but we will and we are not mentally or morally incompetent.

GEORGE KENNEDY: City still struggling to address strain on basic services by George Kennedy : Currently there"s a dispute over whether to create a "blue ribbon commission" to take another look at our future needs for such basics of modern civilization as adequate sewers, potable water, electricity to power our computers and reasonably smooth roads.

EDITORIAL: Popular Conservation Department in legislative cross-hairs by Joplin Globe : We"re not sure why Missouri lawmakers would want to intrude upon one of the most successful operations in our state. In fact, the model used for the Missouri Department of Conservation is considered one of the best in the nation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Fuel taxes back on the table in Missouri legislature by Joseph Miller : A fuel tax, unlike sales taxes, is a fair and economically sound way of funding roads.

EDITORIAL: High price of America's policy against ransom payments to terrorists by Arizona Republic : Kayla Mueller"s family has a hard time accepting the policy, but paying ransom money to terrorists will only serve to make it exponentially more dangerous for everyone.

EDITORIAL: If facts mattered, Medicaid would be a slam dunk in Missouri by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : A report prepared by Deloitte Consulting found that everything promised by Medicaid expansion proponents in Kentucky has come true. The same thing has happened in most of the 28 states that, unlike Missouri, have expanded Medicaid.

EDITORIAL: 'Impoverished' Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder seeks a per diem by Jefferson City News Tribune : Kinder has asked lawmakers to give him a daily expense allowance to offset his “gradual impoverishment.” He makes $86,000 a year and maintains two homes.

DAVID ROSMAN: Missouri is ready to put a cap on payday loans by David Rosman : HB 820 would cap the interest rate on payday loans at 36 percent annually.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (03/05/2015) at 11:12 PM

Iran The Obama administration insists on continuing negotiation to resolve Iran's nuclear future. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu grows impatient, highlighting his disagreement with a speech to Congress hosted by Republican leaders rather than the president. U.S. Ambassador to the United...

Pre-emption Around the country, state governments are usurping the power of locals.

Trail plans The most vocal opponents of proposed trail expansion in southeast Columbia live near a pristine 35-acre tract containing a lovely stretch of the Hinkson Creek bottom. Of the several routes under consideration, they favor Option 4, a minimalist version that...

Net neutrality After years of political struggle, the Federal Communications Commission finally voted to regulate the Internet as a utility, giving the agency more power to oversee cable and telecom operators. As it so often is in recent years, the issue broke...

Trade-off On Monday night the Columbia City Council almost certainly will shelve a proposed ban on single-use plastic bags in favor of continuing attention to roll carts.

Tom Schweich What lurks in the mind of a person like state Auditor Tom Schweich who, defying all odds, commits suicide?

School suspensions Recent reports indicate the state of Missouri does not stack up well in the number of public school suspensions, particularly for black students. A couple of years ago, Columbia Public Schools was typical.

We won! So spoke University of Missouri men's basketball Coach Kim Anderson after his team beat Florida 64-52 Tuesday evening at Mizzou Arena.

GOP blame How come Republicans get most blame for the impasse over homeland security funding?

Thinclads Most fans of University of Missouri sports are preoccupied with football and basketball. Sometimes we are distracted by softball or baseball or volleyball or gymnastics or other smaller sports, but until recently we thought little of wrestling.

Plastic bags If the Columbia City Council follows the advice of staff, it will remove the ban on plastic single-use bags from its agenda Monday, at least for the time being.

Homeland security Moving on to an issue full of important-sounding implication but full of political foolishness, let us ponder briefly whether Congress shall fund the Department of Homeland Security.

Schaefer on Uber Other than his current plan for keeping himself squarely in the public eye now that he's running for statewide office, why would state Sen. Kurt Schaefer want the state to usurp local plans for regulating ride-booking services?

Traveling to Cuba In a vital aspect of the good life, the tiny impoverished island of Cuba is indisputably ahead of the United States. Cuba has an excellent basic health care system, affordable and available to everyone.

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (03/05/2015) at 11:13 PM

Cleanup brightens North End outlook A cleanup is a good place to start - but it has the potential to be just the opening act for a revival in St. Joseph's North End.

Teachable moment on and off the court Understandably, officials with a local high school hosting a district basketball championship game would like to talk about anything other than alleged misconduct of their students.

Windfall requires caution The school districts in DeKalb County are trying to figure out the best uses for millions of dollars in newfound fortune. Caution is in order.

Region rallies for good causes The St. Joseph region entered the weekend with an ominous weather forecast and nervousness about the outcome of two important charitable events.

Worst offense: inept oversight How dysfunctional did our school district become when one of the best assurances we can offer is this? … Despite the conclusions some are drawing, we are pretty sure no one stole $25 million to $40 million that should have gone to our children's education.

Keep videos open A push to make police body-camera video permanently off limits to the public is as misguided as one that would remove all police dashboard-camera video from public view.

Auditor leaves a legacy Recent events brought the community of St. Joseph and State Auditor Tom Schweich into a closer relationship than that experienced by the city and any other statewide officeholder in recent memory.

Into harm's way War may not define us as people, but it does tend to define our times.

Wal-mart reacts to labor market Cynics will point out it was in Wal-Mart's best interest to award raises to nearly 40 percent of its 1.4 million U.S. workers in the next six months.

Health starts at home Most advice these days on healthier eating and weight control makes sense, even if it is not always easy to follow:

Pools' future in doubt The future of St. Joseph's neighborhood pools looks bleak.

Door opens to Cuba Political leaders in both Missouri and Kansas increasingly are striking an encouraging tone when it comes to restoring trade with Cuba.

Public favors restraint President Obama is not unlike other presidents in wanting to leave a legacy, but his controversial health insurance requirement will overshadow anything new he proposed in last month's State of the Union address.

Cut the losses for taxpayers It's been a tough week for the St. Joseph School District, but the decisions immediately ahead actually seem quite easy.

Remove district HR chief The St. Joseph School District needs first aid, and we can think of no better place to start the provision of healing care than in the administration of human resources functions.

Is school board ready to lead? Breathtaking in scope and deeply disturbing in its findings, the state audit of the St. Joseph School District is a stinging indictment of district leaders spanning more than a decade.

Exploit new ag markets The definition of agriculture varies widely in places like Texas, Maine and Missouri and is influenced greatly by things outside the control of farmers.

Stiffen limits on fines We learned several things this past week about the push to impose new restrictions on Missouri's municipal courts:

Mosaic responds, must now reform Consider Mosaic Life Care's response to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley an interim report, both necessary and far from satisfactory for the thousands of people who want to understand how the health system intends to reform its debt-collection practices.

Feds' role prompts questions Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and federal prosecutors no doubt believe they have a high calling.

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (03/05/2015) at 11:14 PM

Guest column not written by legislator Posted: March 05, 2015 A guest column which appeared in The Joplin Globe's print and electronic editions of the newspaper was represented as if it had been written by Rep. Bryan Spencer, R-Wentzville.

Our View: Danforth's message — Restore decency in politics Posted: March 04, 2015 Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth not only delivered the eulogy on Tuesday at State Auditor Tom Schweich's funeral, he also sent a stern message to politicians everywhere.

Your View: Letters to the editor Posted: March 04, 2015 Praise for the VA The Veterans Affairs health care system takes care of over 8 million veterans.

Our View: Kansas legislators miss big picture on education Posted: March 03, 2015 Last time we checked, Republicans were the party advocating limited government and local control.

Our View: Schweich worked hard for Missouri Posted: March 01, 2015 Without a notecard, without a script and without a pause, Tom Schweich spent 30 minutes listing the work he and his staff had been doing since he was elected auditor and quickly made a case as to why he wanted to be the next governor of Missouri.

Herb Van Fleet: The tragedy of self-interest Posted: March 01, 2015 Back in 1968, an ecologist named Garret Hardin wrote a piece for the journal Science called “The Tragedy of the Commons.”

Carol Stark: Writing contest inspires talent, inspiration Posted: March 01, 2015 Elizabeth Sanders, a Crowder College business student, seemed an unlikely choice to speak to a group of area high school students who were being honored for their creative writing achievements.

Ann McFeatters: GOP dense when it comes to climate Posted: March 01, 2015 Don't read this if you are among the few who have not been affected by this winter's wild and wicked weather. You wouldn't understand.

Jeanne Looper Smith: Time to refocus the lens Posted: March 01, 2015 “The more often we see the things around us — even the beautiful and wonderful things — the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds — even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.”

Geoff Caldwell: 'Double Think' and the big lie Posted: February 28, 2015 “To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies,” said George Orwell in defining the practice of Double Think in his classic novel “1984.”

Our view: By endorsing net neutrality, FCC makes good business decision Posted: February 27, 2015 Forget, for a moment, about the philosophical or political implications of net neutrality, and let's cut to the heart of our opinion: Net neutrality is good for business.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: February 27, 2015 Essence of leadership

Keith Costley: MDC should run without legislative interference Posted: February 25, 2015 I could not agree more with the Globe's editorial on Sunday concerning the funding of the Missouri Department of Conservation. I very much appreciate the Globe's editorial staff for giving the subscribers a heads-up on what legislators want to do.

Our view: Let educators set curriculum Posted: February 25, 2015 Oklahoma Rep. Dan Fisher may very well be a fan of history. But that doesn't mean he should be rewriting it.

Elliott Denniston: Medicaid expansion: An economic benefit Posted: February 24, 2015 Our Republican state Legislature is sending our tax dollars, taxes we have already paid, to support Medicaid expansion in other states. It's unbelievable but true. This is one fact about Medicaid expansion that few people seem to know, and that may have helped allow the Legislature to ignore the program. 

Our View: Murphysburg's past important to Joplin's future Posted: February 24, 2015 A unanimous vote taken Friday in Jefferson City puts the Murphysburg Residential District in Joplin just 90 days away from possible placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

Phill Brooks: Expanding the Legislature's footprint Posted: February 23, 2015 A Senate-passed plan to spend $75 million of borrowed money for the Capitol complex has caused me to think about the history of legislative expansion in Missouri's Statehouse.

Our View: MDC in the crosshairs Posted: February 23, 2015 Name one tax-supported agency that still has the overwhelming support of those who are footing the bill.

Emily Snyder: Oklahoma lawmakers wrong to try to control history Posted: February 23, 2015 On Feb. 16, the Oklahoma House Common Education Committee  voted on a bill that would bar the use of state funds for Advanced Placement American history courses, in effect banning their use in the public schools of the state.

Marilyn Beasley: Country in desperate need of a leader Posted: February 23, 2015 On Feb 3, a video was released by the Islamic State showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive. Needless to say, Jordanians were incensed by the horrific killing.

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (03/05/2015) at 11:14 PM

Your Opinion: Science or politics? - There is an old circus saying there is no money in playing a town you played last night.

Your Opinion: Candidates talk Chamber - None of the mayoral candidates in the March 1 edition could give any reason the Chamber of Commerce should receive any tax money.

Your Opinion: Unfair comparison - Talking heads and media pundits are fond of using comparisons to explain an event.

Your Opinion: Bullying by campaigns - Regarding the tragic death of Tom Schweich, I want to express my disgust with those “leaders" and so-called “writers" who fail miserably in respecting and observing the Golden Rule: “Treat others as you would like to be treated."

Our Opinion: Virtues of Scouting for Food - The Boy Scout oath asks its members to pledge, among other actions, “to help other people at all times."

Your Opinion: Response to Horstmann on gasoline prices - Recently Harold Horstmamn, being the super conservative Republican that he is, gave a rebuttal to one of my letters.

Your Opinion: Throwing snowballs at scientific data - Should public servants pay a price for cartoonish behavior?

Our Opinion: Voters have the power to end attack ads - We, the voters, have the power to stop campaign ads that stoop to personal attacks.

Your Opinion: Auditor praised for inspiring youth - Missouri State Auditor, Tom Schweich, was a tremendous inspiration for many sophomores throughout the state of Missouri.

Your Opinion: Negative ads hurt people, our nation - We have just witnessed politics at it's worst!

Our Opinion: Canada - trusted neighbor, trade partner - A Canadian consul general brought a positive message to Missouri last week.

Perspective: State auditor remembered; Senate acts on bills - Last week in the Missouri Legislature will be remembered only by the events of Thursday and the tragic death of Auditor Tom Schweich.

Opinion: How to interest and educate Generation Z - The point of learning about the past is that it helps put the present into context.

Your Opinion: Farm Bureau's attack on Conservation - I am infuriated by the Farm Bureau's reckless use of good ink. The Missouri Department Conservation was constitutionally created as a politically independent organization.

Your Opinion: Facts, faith and evolution - Just because you take a poll about evolution and over 70 percent of the respondents believe that God was involved in the creation of this present world doesn't cut it with some naysayers.

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (03/05/2015) at 11:14 PM

Jennie Finch to speak at Semoball Awards (03/05/15) The road to the Semoball Awards continued Wednesday as the keynote speaker for the 2nd annual show was announced at HealthPoint Fitness in Cape Girardeau. Olympic softball player Jennie Finch will speak in Cape Girardeau on July 11 at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus as the Semoball Awards recognizes many of the best high school athletes from the area...

Opinion Column Whose boots on the ground? (03/05/15) Who's boots on the ground? Successful warfare is a team effort with the team consisting of air and naval forces in support of ground operations. In World War II heavy destruction by bombing did not end the fighting. In Europe it took multiple invasions and heavy fighting across Europe to defeat Germany. ...

Opinion Column University makes right choice in next president (03/05/15) On Wednesday Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto was announced by the Board of Regents to succeed Dr. Ken Dobbins as president of Southeast Missouri State University. Vargas is acting president of Kutztown University, a regional university (like Southeast) of around 9,500 students located in rural Pennsylvania. He has a distinguished record in higher education, both as an educator and as an administrator...

Opinion Column GOP should lead on immigration (03/04/15) Like many of you, I am sorely disappointed with the leadership in Washington, D.C., that has plunged this great nation into a fiscal and international mess of historic proportions. But the lack of leadership that disappoints me the most is the miserable failure and continued incompetence of the Republican leadership -- and I use that term loosely...

Speak Out Speak Out 3/4/15 (03/04/15) ** Obama, employment; ** Presidential rank; ** Trivia team; ** Congratulations; ** Big Dance?; ** Scott City schools; ** Schweich death; ** SEMO logo; ** Leadership; ** Bag ban?

Editorial Cowan leaves legacy of joy, school milestones (03/04/15) Being an educator or administrator is a tough job, and you can tell when a teacher or principal loves education. If smiles and friendliness are any indications, it's clear that Dr. Mike Cowan enjoys being principal at Cape Girardeau Central High School. The affable Cowan, who has be at Central High School for 14 years as principal and in Missouri public schools for 40 years, is set to retire at the end of the school year...

Opinion Column The anti-civilization: The Islamic State and history (03/03/15) Years from now, when historians write about the defeat of the Islamic State, and its welcome disappearance from the world, they will have much to say. After describing their surprise rise in Iraq and Syria, they will narrate the horrors perpetuated by this group: massacres of civilians, conscription of child soldiers, brutal enslavement of women and girls, and destruction of entire religious communities...

Speak Out Speak Out 3/3/15 (03/03/15) ** Thank you; ** Obama's patriotism; ** Global warming; ** Road repair; ** Obama, Clinton, Bush; ** Crader's critique; ** Veteran support; ** Train tracks; ** Generosity thanks

Editorial 'Cape Cash' is innovative way to talk TTF 5 (03/03/15) Road maintenance and new construction are not cheap, and officials face the vital task of allocating dollars and determining the best and most cost-efficient plan. Good roads are a priority in Cape Girardeau, and voters have consistently approved a half-cent and pay-as-you-go Transportation Trust Fund to maintain roadways. TTF 5 will appear on the August ballot...

Editorial Editorial: Obama's Keystone veto a head scratcher (03/02/15) The overarching sentiment from those not politically charged over the Keystone Pipeline veto is that it was another overly-dramatized political battle. Indeed, that seems to be the case. For a president who has rarely used his veto power, we're left scratching our heads as to why Obama would use it here...

Editorial Editorial: Evaluating safety, crime in Cape and beyond (03/01/15) Cape Girardeau had a violent month last summer. You might remember it. There were headlines of homicide; four people had died within just a couple of weeks of each other. It was a scary time in Cape Girardeau, and many wondered what spurred the violence and if the city was coming unglued...

Opinion Column Guest commentary: Why I support a use tax in Cape Girardeau County (02/27/15) A tax is a tax is a tax. There, I have said it. I cannot deny it. I have had the unique opportunity for the past year to be a member of a Citizens Advisory Committee charged by the county commission to do a needs assessment for county buildings. Our mission was to do a determination on consolidation of county office facilities and to relocate all court functions to the county seat. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 2/27/15 (02/27/15) For those people who are objecting to a voter ID for voting, please do not allow them to buy beer or cigarettes or many other things in our society. And when a cop pulls them over, ask them what they show: A photo ID. It's accepted everywhere under the sun. This notion that it impedes some people's opportunity to vote is bogus...

Editorial Editorial: The Craders and Dobbinses are 'Friends of the University' (02/27/15) Stan and Debbie Crader of Jackson and Ken and Jeanine Dobbins will receive the Friends of the University Award today. Stan Crader is president of Crader Distributing Co., and Debbie Crader is a registered nurse. Ken Dobbins is president of Southeast Missouri State University; Jeanine, the university's first lady, worked in the area of literacy, and much more...

Speak Out Speak Out 2/26/15 (02/26/15) The American Political Science Association has ranked the greatest presidents of all time. Lincoln and Washington are one and two. I think the one who came in 8th deserves to be higher but that's just been my opinion. Where do you think the APSA should have ranked in Bill Clinton?...

Editorial Southeast theater and dance department's 'The King & I' (02/26/15) Performances of a classic musical began Wednesday night at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus. "The King and I," by Rogers & Hammerstein, is being presented by the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Theatre and Dance...

Letter to the Editor Obama on Islamic radicalism (02/25/15) In 2010, President Obama had the words "Islamic Radicalism" removed from U.S. government documents, including the central document outlining national security strategy. The former Bush Doctrine of preventive war stated, "The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century."...

Speak Out Speak Out 2/25/15 (02/25/15) ** Tickets; ** Enjoy snow; ** Snow plow

Opinion Column President Obama's view of America (02/25/15) Former New York Mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani created a firestorm recently when he opined that the President did not love his country. Giuliani pointed to President Obama's upbringing and long-documented ties with radicals in making his shocking statement...

Editorial Six men recognized for valor (02/25/15) If you're looking for a dose of heroism, you'll find plenty of examples in the U.S. military. The men and women who serve this country, putting their lives on the line and spending countless days away from family, deserve our utmost respect. Recently six men were recognized for their efforts as the new inductees on the Wall of Valor at John J. Pershing VA Medical Center...

Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
As of (03/05/2015) at 11:15 PM

Equal Internet access for all You've probably heard a lot about “Net Neutrality” and as the resident guy who occasionally writes about the Internet and stuff, it's a topic of great interest to me.

Buffalo Bill's show visits Sedalia William F. Cody, better known as “Buffalo Bill” because of his ability to shoot bison, started his Wild West Show in 1883 in Omaha, Neb. The frontier had passed the East and much of the Midwest, and people were interested in seeing...

Too many Tigers in town It won't be a popular stand, but I have to put this out there: Missouri simply has too many Tigers.

Time to bring civility back to politics For some reason, as a youngster I was a political junkie. My piano teacher and her civics teacher husband debated if I would major in music or political science in college.Yes. I am a political junkie.

A special birthday celebration It's hard to believe that February is over! It seems just days ago that I moved the calendar to “2015,” but this Sunday is March 1, and spring but three weeks away. Much of the past two months, we've spent evenings in front of...

Investing in young Sedalians You might have read a recent story right here in the Sedalia Democrat by reporter Hope Lecchi entitled “Maxion develops student employees.”

Rebuilding 1900s Methodist church Sedalia's Methodist Episcopal Church, South began meeting in the 1860s in rooms on the second floor of a Main Street store building. According to the 1882 History of Pettis County, the congregation built its first building in Sedalia at the...

Weather — whether we like it or not As another winter storm headed toward mid-Missouri this weekend, folks were scrambling to make plans on how to deal with our latest round of Mother Nature's winter games.

Believe in science, not celebrities Annamarie Hoffman brought a special gift to JoAnn Martin's birthday party back when the girls were kindergartners.Measles.

Trying to focus on one day I have been reading about how more than one-third of Americans are overweight, and I have decided one of the reasons for that is that Americans love celebrations – and the food that goes along with them. I have ranted about how we begin...

Remembering soldiers of Iwo Jima Dear editor:

Saluting those who do good things People come together for a common cause. It is a familiar refrain in the heartland of America, and a familiar occurrence throughout Sedalia and mid-Missouri. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are not the only ones who follow a path to “do...

Balloon Man known for spreading smiles I was diagnosed with severe hemophilia a few months after my birth. When I was 6 years old, The Dream Factory of Sedalia granted my wish to go to Walt Disney World in Orlando. This is such a common wish that there's an entire storybook style...

Real reason for the trades' pageant Last week's column contained a grievous error; the actual date of the Trades' Pageant was Sept. 22, 1886. That evening, according to the Sedalia Democrat, 20,000 people gathered to watch a parade of the Sedalia businesses. Most of...

Making a difference in Sedalia Dear Editor:

Issues demand deliberate thought, action There is a sense of pride, and even wonder, when visiting the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. Pride in our state – its history, accomplishments, the people and the energy of the spirit of “Show Me.”

Sharing ties with lifelong friends Somewhere in my digital photo archives – what we used to call “photo albums” – is a snapshot of two little girls splashing in a little blow-up wading pool. One of the little girls, about 15 months old, is taller and, even at...

Getting past the tax hurdle One word, three letters, one big hurdle.

Dress codes repress personality Every school has students who express themselves in different ways. Clothing is a major window for showing off one's personality and stylistic views. School dress codes, though, take away this opportunity for individualism.

Giving credit to the janitors You probably read the recent story by Democrat reporter Hope Lecchi about “Mr. Richard's Day,” a day in which Skyline Elementary School students and staff showed their appreciation for their favorite member of the building...

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