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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (07/01/2016) at 04:12 AM

Editorial: Pine Lawn, poster child for municipal consolidation

Editorial: Zika becomes a Congress-borne disease

Editorial: No national interest served by keeping Benghazi controversy alive

Two wrongs don't give police a right

Where's the common sense when it comes to guns and abortion?

Nixon should immediately veto dangerous bill on guns

Silence about guns is the enemy of progress

Charles Krauthammer Charles Krauthammer: Brexit: Sovereign kingdom or little England?

Dana Miilbank Dana Milbank: Anthony Kennedy restores a liberal Supreme Court

Michael Gerson Michael Gerson: For the GOP, a time for resistance

Dana Miilbank Dana Milbank: Democrats should not be too cocky about defeating Trump

E.J. Dionne E.J. Dionne: Learning from Britain's unnecessary crisis

Nearby residents oppose wedding venue planned near St. Peters

St. Louis unemployment is lowest since 2001

Sparo gets FDA clearance for asthma-related device

Missouri's technology fund invests in 6 St. Louis firms

Grandview Plaza has new owner

Regulations make it harder to donate blood ( … ) I have been a regular, consistent blood donor at Mercy Hospital St. Louis for over a decade. I am there at least once if not twice a month. I recognize the staff workers and they recognize me. I derive no benefit for taking time out of my busy life to perform this life-extending service. It … Read more

Public doesn't need the firepower of assault weapons ( … )

'Immigrant' and 'illegal immigrant' aren't interchangeable ( … )

Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (07/01/2016) at 04:13 AM

Editorials A slightly faster Kansas City streetcar is a better streetcar The popular streetcars could move more quickly up and down Main Street, pleasing many passengers But officials have to take into account the smooth movement of cars, trucks and pedestrians, too

Editorials Tragedies of lead-polluted water go well beyond Flint The drinking water calamity in Flint, Mich., has drifted off the radar screen for many people. But the Flint mess — a massive failure of responsible government — is far from being permanently fixed. And its lessons go well beyond Michigan.

Editorials Terrorists send a chilling message to the world with Istanbul attack Three suicide bombers killed dozens of people on Tuesday at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, and Turkish authorities claimed it was the work of the Islamic State, or ISIS. Following the Brussels airport bombings in March, this week's horrific attack was yet another reminder to people around the globe of who bears the brunt of the never-ending battle against terrorism: innocent victims.

Editorials Brexit roils Europe — and affects America, too The United Kingdom's chaotic decision to leave the European Union so far is looking like a huge step toward making the kingdom weaker, not greater. And in America, the shock waves hit the stock market and the world of politics. Brexit is also important for the United States because of the trade, currency and politics.

Editorials Monday Poll results: We love summer (or not) The Monday Poll took a week off from all that heavy political stuff and asked readers to take on an even “hotter” subject: How do they handle Kansas City's summers? Some clear favorites emerged when it came to summertime activities. However, the 240 or so poll respondents were evenly split on whether they love this region's hottest times of the year.

Editorials Abortion ruling rightly lifts ‘undue burden’ The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday, striking down key parts of a Texas abortion law, could fortunately kill restrictions imposed in other states like Missouri and Kansas that unconstitutionally limit women's right to an abortion.

Editorials How to sustain Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of dangerous Missouri gun bill Here's how many Missouri lawmakers need to be persuaded to do the right thing on guns: just a handful of members of the House or the Senate. Gov. Jay Nixon should be front and center in trying to convince legislators — including some in his own Democratic Party — to uphold his brave veto Monday of a dangerous firearms measure.

Editorials The Monday Poll: Ah, glorious summertime, right? We'll admit it. After weeks of asking about Brownback, Trump, Clinton and Sanders, the Monday Poll is a little tired of politics. So for this week let's move on to something a little lighter. We'd like to get your feedback on the following statements about Kansas City's glorious summer months.

Editorials ISIS causes chaos and delusional fears The Islamic State group also known as ISIS has become part of the 2016 presidential election campaign of fear in the United States. But not everyone understands the group's background or what it's doing in the Middle East.

Editorials Winners and losers in the crucial Kansas school funding decision Over a span of less than 24 hours, Kansas public schools and the nearly 500,000 children they serve went from being losers to winners in Topeka. The story of how that happened involved plenty of behind-the-scenes negotiations. Here's a little bit of how a good bill eventually passed and who made it possible.

Editorials Major decisions on internet’s future should come from Congress, not courts Inaction by a perpetually polarized Congress once again has left the courts to iron out a major consumer issue. Fortunately, a court decision on net neutrality this month is a win for consumers. Net neutrality aims to prevent that by putting everyone on equal footing. Data would be data. Customers pay to access whatever they like. Yet to hear the critics speak, any government oversight or regulation is bad news.

Editorials Wake up, Johnson County voters, because crucial GOP primaries loom Some of the most important battles to oust extremist Republican lawmakers in Kansas will be fought over the next five weeks in Johnson County. That fact became more evident than ever on Friday when four ex-Kansas governors released an extraordinary, bipartisan letter that blasted Gov. Sam Brownback's policies as “destructive” and “dangerous.”

Editorials After Brexit, welcome to the jungle The United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union is a disheartening victory for isolationists, nationalists and populist conservatives around the world. Britons' decision will have a huge effect on the global economy and world politics. This week was not a great one for freedom. Instead, it was an example of how chaotic the world of politics has become.

Editorials Clueless Sam Brownback, angry lawmakers a toxic mix during Kansas’ fiscal crisis As Kansans saw again this week, the toxic mix of a clueless Gov. Sam Brownback and defiant extremist Republican lawmakers is dangerous to the state's future. The Aug. 2 primaries to oust some of the GOP legislators can't come soon enough.

Editorials Stop the whining and keep Kansas schools open The time for bellyaching is over in Kansas. Now it's time for the Legislature to solve the latest school funding crisis. Most Kansans expect lawmakers to find a way to follow a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that called on them to constitutionally support K-12 education, or risk forcing a school closure by July 1.

Editorials Here’s what shameful GOP wanted you to know about Democrats’ sit-in over gun control On Wednesday, House Republican leaders shamefully made sure cameras in the House and microphones were turned off during the sudden sit-in to try to prevent Americans from seeing what was going on there. Enter the modern world of social media: Resourceful representatives began using Periscope to livestream what was happening in the chamber. Next up: Pass good gun control bills.

Joco 913 Johnson County’s enemies The budget crisis in Topeka is affecting the services that Johnson County government can provide its citizens. This is happening because Gov. Sam Brownback and the GOP-controlled Legislature slashed income taxes four years ago. Voila: About $650 million a year in revenue vanished.

Editorials Lobby hard for public funds to build crucial downtown UMKC arts campus Armed with $48 million in private funds, supporters of the University of Missouri-Kansas City will need to aggressively lobby for matching public funds to build the new Downtown Campus for the Arts. Kansas City's civic and public officials have to be part of the team that tries to persuade the Missouri legislature in 2017 to help build the campus just south of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Editorials Pandering politicians fail again on gun control The gun control debate on Monday went as expected. The U.S. Senate did zilch to try to prevent future bloodshed in America, caused by people who shouldn't have firearms. The National Rifle Association is partly to blame. So is the profit-loving-at-all-costs gun industry. But the biggest problems remains pandering politicians who won't approve needed restrictions on Second Amendment “rights.”

Editorials Monday Poll results: Keep Kansas Supreme Court justices, oust GOP lawmakers Readers of the Monday Poll didn't find a lot of middle ground to support as they looked at elections that loom later this year. Here are the full results based on more than 1,800 responses.

The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (07/01/2016) at 04:13 AM

Benghazi report sheds little light

A holiday reflection: Fears steal freedom

The real results of Obama

Opinion Roses: To WWII veteran Roses: To WWII veteran Roses: To WWII veteran Opinion 7 hours, 20 minutes ago

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll Do you think Uber drivers should be fingerprinted as part of background checks? Opinion 12 hours, 6 minutes ago

Readers Death penalty will be abolished Death penalty will be abolished Here are the facts about capital punishment Readers 8 hours, 11 minutes ago

Readers The psychology of hate The psychology of hate Almost all mass murderers were disruptive in class and most came from dysfunctional home environments Readers 8 hours, 12 minutes ago

Contributors Double trouble for Trump? Double trouble for Trump? Warren could be a great asset on the ticket with Hillary Clinton Contributors 9 hours, 4 minutes ago

Opinion Roses: To Dogwood neighborhood at Quail Creek Roses: To Dogwood neighborhood at Quail Creek Roses: To Dogwood neighborhood at Quail Creek Opinion 1 day, 4 hours ago

Opinion Thanks to Nixon for gun veto Thanks to Nixon for gun veto Thanks to Nixon for gun veto Opinion 1 day, 4 hours ago

Contributors Getting to know Jim and Genie Getting to know Jim and Genie She was a nurse. He is a teacher and coach. They are the parents of Craig Wood. Contributors 1 day, 5 hours ago

Contributors The hinge of the Great War The hinge of the Great War The Somme offensive was begun in part to demonstrate that Britain was bearing its share of the war's burden Contributors 1 day, 9 hours ago

Editorials Our Voice: Ozarks sports benefit from Pat Summitt Our Voice: Ozarks sports benefit from Pat Summitt After the death this week of legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt, the tales of her on-court achievements at Tennessee quickly gave way to the stories of how her determination and success had changed the world for so many women. Editorials 1 day, 9 hours ago

Readers Trump's logic on Brexit is frightening Trump's logic on Brexit is frightening Trump praises the Brexit vote and then blames it on President Obama. His twisted logic is scary. More frightening are the millions of Americans who think he would be a good president. Readers 2 days, 9 hours ago

Readers Future of the country at stake in November Future of the country at stake in November What's it going to be, folks? The most qualified person or the most unqualified person to be president of the United States? This should be a no-brainer! The future of our country is at stake. Readers 2 days, 9 hours ago

Editorials Our Voice: Combat sex trafficking; protect victims Our Voice: Combat sex trafficking; protect victims Gov. Jay Nixon's signature “dotted the i and crossed the t” on legislation to ramp up the fight against sex trafficking and enhance protections for victims. Editorials 2 days, 9 hours ago

Opinion Guns safe in good people's hands Guns safe in good people's hands As the House sponsor of SB 656, I believe that law-abiding citizens have the right to defend themselves both in their homes and while in public. Unfortunately, the police simply cannot always be there at the moment a violent attack occurs. Opinion 2 days, 9 hours ago

Opinion Stopping the Zika virus outbreak Stopping the Zika virus outbreak The recent influx of media reports covering the Zika virus and rush to learn more about it have a lot of Americans concerned. Opinion 2 days, 9 hours ago

Readers Nixa schools built for success Nixa schools built for success Baseball has been called America's favorite pastime. Growing up in the Ozarks, I have spent many hours on the baseball field as a player and a spectator. Readers 3 days, 9 hours ago

Readers Britain will pay for Brexit Britain will pay for Brexit "Brexit" is a nationalistic miscalculation that will send the UK and Europe into economic and perhaps social chaos and will weaken the UK to the extent of probable breakup. Readers 3 days, 9 hours ago

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 (07/01/2016) at 04:14 AM

Opinion GEORGE KENNEDY: It"s time to get comfortable with roundabouts All studies show that roundabouts are both safer and more efficient than the traditional stop signs or lights.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Economic insecurity at heart of Brexit vote, Trump surge Britain and the U.S. are remarkably similar in the increasing poverty of the working and middle classes, compared to the unprecedented wealth of the upper class.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Let"s cheer for Britain"s independence day The Brexit influence is refreshing and inspiring to other disgruntled nations who have realized that the European project is not what was originally sold.

GEORGE KENNEDY: It"s time to get comfortable with roundabouts George Kennedy All studies show that roundabouts are both safer and more efficient than the traditional stop signs or lights.

EDITORIAL: Combat sex trafficking, protect victims Jefferson City News Tribune National Human Trafficking Resource Center data shows that since 2007, more than 1,500 calls have been made from Missouri to the center"s hotline.

EDITORIAL: Veto of dangerous gun measure must stand Kansas City Star Listen to the experts — such as Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté and Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker — who opposed making it even easier to carry concealed weapons in the state.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Economic insecurity at heart of Brexit vote, Trump surge Georgie Ann Geyer Britain and the U.S. are remarkably similar in the increasing poverty of the working and middle classes, compared to the unprecedented wealth of the upper class.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Let"s cheer for Britain"s independence day Steve Spellman The Brexit influence is refreshing and inspiring to other disgruntled nations who have realized that the European project is not what was originally sold.

DAVID ROSMAN: Hunter Park"s lenient sentence is unacceptable David Rosman A message needs to be sent to all who seek to injure, maim or kill others or threaten grievous harm to property that this is not acceptable and harsh punishments will be doled out.

EDITORIAL: Brexit could be disaster for U.S., Europe Kansas City Star The United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union is a disheartening victory for isolationists, nationalists and populist conservatives around the world.

CARL KENNEY: Coming to terms with my old-school ways Carl Kenney Conservative ways helped facilitate the type of character we found in our mothers and fathers, and they taught me that character isn't determined by how you win, but how you act within the perception of defeat.

EDITORIAL: Solar roads could be the smart travel of tomorrow in Mo. Jefferson City News Tribune MoDOT embarks on a pilot project to create a solar sidewalk at an Interstate 44 rest area in Webster County.

GUEST COMMENTARY: How voters are being driven away from the polls Steve and Cokie Roberts Instead of trying to win over minority voters, the Republicans have been driving them away.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Welcome to Yosemite, sponsored by Nike? Jill Richardson Instead of funding our parks, the government will now auction off naming rights to the highest corporate bidders.

EDITORIAL: Cleveland gears up for a test we cannot fail St. Louis Post-Dispatch The Republican National Convention, scheduled there for July 18-21, promises a volatile mix of politics, protest, xenophobia, guns and resentment.

DEAR READER: This news is hot enough to buckle a road Tom Warhover Tired of the news about Brexit? Had enough of Hillary and The Donald? There"s always the weather.

EDITORIAL: The social costs of children damaged by toxic stress St. Louis Post-Dispatch Young people raised in environments where crime and death are common, but nourishing food is not, have bodies and minds shaped by stress. Doctors are starting to pay attention and intervene.

EDITORIAL: Save a life, then prevent another potential tragedy Jefferson City News Tribune Increased availability of naloxone should not magnify the false impression that any overdose can be reversed in a safe and timely manner.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Freedom of information gets a boost from Congress George Kennedy Under a new federal law, the keepers of government information must decide "whether they could reasonably foresee an actual harm" from disclosure before they decide to close the door.

EDITORIAL: It killed Prince. Don"t let fentanyl get a foothold in Mo. St. Louis Post-Dispatch Fentanyl is 40 times more potent than heroin, and the Drug Enforcement Administration predicts that death tolls are going to rise across the country. .

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (07/01/2016) at 04:15 AM

Slowdown: P&Z on zoning changes The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission has sent word to the city council it would like more time to consider changes to the zoning code suggested by the city's consultant.

Abortion: Effect on Missouri law On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed restrictions in a Texas law on abortion almost identical to those contained in a Missouri law that has closed most abortion-providing clinics in our state.

Gutter I use the word “Gutter” to title this column because I know it will mean nothing in itself and is a provocative word that might get attention.

Religion itself Sunday on these pages our occasional columnist Craig Van Matre developed a subject I've long harbored but held back from expressing in the explicit terms he used: that organized religion provides a foundation for most of the world's political problems.

Guns and politics: A new-era stalemate After the Orlando massacre, the politics of gun proliferation took another turn. Public opinion surveys increasingly favor more control, but reality keeps serious reform at bay.

`Brexit': Long wait, into night Around the world we waited all night Thursday on pins and needles as the citizens of the United Kingdom cast ballots on their abiding question, “Shall we remain part of the European Union?”

City report In his recent State of the City report, City Manager Mike Matthes did a rather good job of giving a general overview of basic circumstances in the community.

Middleton Earlier this week interim University of Missouri President Mike Middleton spoke to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., in yet another attempt to explain to the world “what in the hell is going on at the University of Missouri?”

MU budget After turmoil at the University of Missouri's flagship campus and an acrimonious discussion of campus management, state lawmakers finally cut the university budget less severely than some anticipated.

Republicans for governor As their shooting war erupts, I'm not alone in wondering what happened to the four Republicans who would be governor. What we all knew was a difficult primary election trap is demonstrated in spades as they try to outmuscle each...

Click, redux Amid a world full of controversial happenings, shall we take one more look at the Melissa Click affair? Well, yes, with the censure by the American Association of University Professors, issued Saturday at the organization's national meeting.

C-2? Since 2013 Clarion and Associates has been concocting proposed changes in the city zoning code. Most attention focuses on implications for downtown development. Critics say overly permissive C-2 rules encouraged massive student housing construction, and they were able to persuade...

Terrorism Prediction: The next president will be more of a military hawk than Barack Obama. And it might be time for a thoughtful slither in that direction.

Armed guards: More guns, not fewer? The shooter at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando killed 49 people and wounded many others in a methodical, uninterrupted barrage that lasted for many minutes until a SWAT team from outside finally broke in. Nobody inside was able to defend...

Building spree After strong voter approval of funding requests, Columbia Public Schools is wasting no time getting on with promised projects. On Monday the board approved multimillion-dollar construction contracts for a new elementary school and stadium renovations at Rock Bridge High School.

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (07/01/2016) at 04:16 AM

Target drinking, driving About 40 percent of fatal traffic accidents this long holiday weekend are expected to involve a drunken driver. Over the 2014 holiday, drinking and driving led to 164 deaths nationwide. Target drinking, driving

Some good comes of mileage mess

Angus reflects on big decision

Support higher ed goals

Need to feed hungry persists

Voters confront global concerns

Share the road or risk tragedy

Spend to improve use of tax dollars

100,000 reasons to read the paper

End-of-life wishes no use locked away

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (06/29/2016) at 06:25 AM

Our View: Gabby Street deserving recognition Langston Hughes, Dennis Weaver, Annie Baxter, August Junge and Bill Markwardt.

Your view: Letters to the editor More, not less, of the liberal arts

Our View: Joplin residents left to guess Joplin resident Dianne Slater, in her letter published on our June 24 Opinion page, hit the nail on the head, saying what a lot of others are thinking”

Phill Brooks: Missouri Capitol security missteps This summer, Statehouse discussions have resumed plans to enhance security at the state Capitol. One idea would use the nearby Transportation Department building as a screening site for visitors to enter the Statehouse through a tunnel.

Geoff Caldwell: If the Brits can chart a new course, why can't we? On Nov. 8, 1994, the United States of America had a mid-term election with results that literally shook the world.

Anson Burlingame: America needs a divine intervention Recently, Donald Trump said “God help us” if Hillary Clinton is elected to be our next president.

Herb Van Fleet: Beware of narcissistic presidential candidates In the American Psychiatric Association's “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” narcissism is defined as a personality disorder.

Our View: Law would protect good Samaritans We doubt that anyone would worry about being sued over breaking a car window to rescue a child trapped inside. Especially during the kind of sweltering heat we are having now.

Your View: Letters to the editor Wondering about the truth

Our View: Law would protect good Samaritans We doubt that anyone would worry about being sued over breaking a car window to rescue a child trapped inside. Especially during the kind of sweltering heat we are having now.

Our View: Shake it up; try Shakespeare Using the playwright's own words, we might suggest that maybe, just maybe, you are a Shakespeare fan, but have never had an opportunity to discover what you might be.

Other Views: Greater student safety It took too long, but Missouri lawmakers and Gov. Jay Nixon have strengthened the protections afforded to students threatened by bullying.

Tobey Huff: Senator's office no help in records search So Claire McCaskill is for the veterans. The case for benefits for Arla Harrell has been in the news, and I would like to suggest that this is a publicity stunt on the part of McCaskill to get the votes of veterans. Harrell is the last known Missourian who was used in mustard gas tests in Wo…

Our View: Teaching life skills High school students looking to pick up their diplomas in 2018 and thereafter will have to take 30 minutes worth of CPR training before they can graduate.

Your view: Letters to the editor Dueling columns

Konrad Heid: This election matters more than most The election this year has a lot riding on the outcome. Among those are new Supreme Court justice appointments, Islamic State group elimination, stopping the creep of socialism and rearranging federal health care.

Other Views: Schools proactive about bullying A state law to help schools identify bullying and signs of potential suicide is a proactive policy already practiced by a number of districts.

Our view: The lessons of Joplin If we were given three wishes in the aftermath of the Joplin tornado, they might be these:

Geoff Caldwell: Obama needs to turn his venom on America's enemies, not his critics If there has been one constant of the Barack Obama presidency, it is his preference for rhetorical venom against — instead of reasoned discussion with — critics of his policies.

Ronald Mosbaugh: PTSD can haunt veterans their entire lives In August 1967, I returned home after a 13-month tour in Vietnam as an 8404 field corpsman with Second Battalion, First Marines, Hotel Company.

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (07/01/2016) at 04:16 AM

Our Opinion: Unique event accentuates annual Salute to America: comments Credit the organizers of the Salute to America with adding a unique attraction to an annual event.

Your Opinion: How can we control the sun?: comments I call your attention to a June 25 article by Marc Morano: 'The sun goes blank again during the weakest...

Your Opinion: U.K.'s self-injury: comments Voting officers of the United Kingdom have committed the greatest act of national self-injury in modern history.

Your Opinion: School board member speaks out on TIF: comments It was with dismay that I read comments from Vivek Puri in the paper last Thursday where he suggests the...

Our Opinion: No excuses; impaired drivers face arrest: comments During the upcoming July 4 holiday weekend, the Missouri Highway Patrol encourages motorists to "celebrate your independence by keeping it."

Our Opinion: Be circumspect when adding mandates to education: comments The parts of a multi-faceted education bill signed last week by Gov. Jay Nixon each have merit.

Your Opinion: Improve quality of long-term care: comments The number of Missourians who are over 60 years of age is growing, and thus, the need for long-term care...

Your Opinion: Alarming trends on immigration: comments Friday morning the UK left the EU even after Obama's threats on trade and warnings from their own leaders. The...

Your Opinion: Society must rebuild 'fences': comments Adults should have the freedom to live their lives in any manner they so choose, right up to the point...

Your Opinion: Subsidies abound: comments Yes, the poor get Medicare, food stamps and housing assistance. They get government subsidies. But so do the rich.

Your Opinion: Higher speed limit opposed: comments The county commissioners have made a big mistake by increasing the speed limit of 45 miles per hour to 55...

Your Opinion: Bridge work commended: comments I'd like to thank MoDOT for the smooth transition of traffic due to the closing of the Missouri River Bridge...

Your Opinion: Federal law and the flag: comments It is embarrassing that Cole County was in the national news because Commissioner Hoelscher was offended by a presidential proclamation...

Your Opinion: Consider facts before tax vote: comments We will be asked to renew the Jefferson City Capital Improvements Sales Tax (CIST) in August. Here are some facts...

Our Opinion: Is the 'Road to Tomorrow' paved with solar panels?: comments Could a roadway paved with solar panels generate enough revenue to pay for itself, and more?

Our Opinion: Sky concert offers a safe way to enjoy fireworks: comments Jefferson City again will host a spectacular show. The annual Salute to America culminates with its sky concert, a fireworks...

Perspective: 'A Better Way' on national security: comments Following on last week's discussion of poverty, this week's focus is all about national security a topic which is...

Your Opinion: A diverse community: comments I read Sue Gibson's letter to the editor with utter bewilderment. I was shocked at her narrow-minded view of Jefferson...

Your Opinion: Poison oak misinformation: comments The June 19 Home and Garden section included an article, "Tips for a rash-free homestead."

Your Opinion: Far left missing the big picture: comments Political correctness is often equated with tidy dictionary words to a belief that language and practices which could offend sensibilities...

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (07/01/2016) at 04:16 AM

Plenty of fun available for Fourth of July (07/01/16) 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. ...

Kudos to city for implementing street-paving standards (06/30/16) We've all experienced it: a bumpy ride on some Cape Girardeau streets. Why don't they do something to fix it, you might find yourself asking. The reality is that the city does repair potholes, and has for years. But the source of the recurring issue lies below the surface: Many of Cape's streets were built on a dirt, rather than gravel, base, according to a recent story by Southeast Missourian reporter Mark Bliss...

Bicycle donation great gift to Missouri Veterans Home (06/29/16) Recently we heard about the good deed of a Cape Girardeau police officer and Wal-Mart teaming up to get a new bicycle for a boy whose old bike didn't have brakes. But that's not the only bicycle good deed done lately. Thanks to the American Legion Riders, Chapter 158, of Jackson, the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau received a new tandem bicycle for its residents. The bike is built so wheelchair-bound residents can ride while a driver pedals...

New changes to drone restrictions mostly positive (06/28/16) Drones are a much-discussed topic lately, with all its positives and negatives -- its benefits and concerns. When first introduced, drones seemed like something out of a science-fiction novel or a "Jetsons" cartoon, but they quickly became the newest example of how technology has advanced...

Fire department upgrades will help keep Cape safe (06/27/16) The Cape Girardeau Fire Department has the responsibility of keeping Cape residents safe. Already a trusted and efficient agency, the upcoming upgrades will lead to an even higher level of productivity. The fire department meets both local and national standards for responding to emergency medical service calls. ...

Time is right to upgrade Jackson parks (06/26/16) Cities and towns, like so many other societal entities, have to make priorities. Streets and sewers, water and electric, stormwater and flood control, police and fire protection all make up the backbone of any city, and those areas must be strong. When it comes to parks, you'll find more disagreement along the political spectrum. ...

Courthouse steps now safer thanks to commission's action (06/24/16) Those venturing downtown don't need to tread as lightly on the Common Pleas Courthouse steps anymore. Upon hearing that runners had complained about the condition of the century-old steps on the courthouse terraces, the Cape Girardeau County Commission and city officials said they had no plans to fix or replace the steps...

Acts of kindness worth celebrating in our area (06/23/16) With all the negativity in the news lately, we thought we'd take a few minutes to highlight some of the acts of kindness that have taken place in our community recently. Cape Girardeau police officer Matthew Peters made Shont-tez Bell's day earlier this month when he worked with Wal-Mart to get the 7-year-old a new bike. ...

Step-therapy law a middle ground for patients, insurance companies (06/22/16) Many Missourians deal with step therapy through their insurance companies. Step therapy isn't going away, but a bill signed into law last week by Gov. Jay Nixon will hopefully make the process less cumbersome. Step therapy requires patients to demonstrate lower-cost drugs are ineffective before their insurance company will authorize coverage for the higher-cost options. While the new law will allow this practice to continue, it trims the process and should be a good thing for consumers...

Ranken Technical College to help fill labor gap in region (06/21/16) At its Coffee and Connections networking event, the Perryville Area Chamber of Commerce announced a new vocational-education facility, which is soon to come to Perryville. Ranken Technical College is opening a satellite campus, and with it should come skilled instructors who produce skilled workers...

Stop Bullying program a step toward resolving problem (06/20/16) In April 2015, the Cape Girardeau School District applied a proactive approach to bullying, something with which students are all too familiar. With an anonymous, online program created by Central Junior High School counselors Ed Draper and Julie Janzow, the mask was taken off bullying, as students were given tools to expose such mistreatment. ...

Victims deserve effort to eliminate mass shootings (06/19/16) Our hearts still ache. Forty-nine people were killed in the Orlando, Florida, mass shooting last week. Dozens more were injured, and many still remain in hospital care. We mourn for the families who lost sons, brothers, daughters, sister, aunts and uncles. Dinner tables will have empty chairs, families left hollow. Orlando, a place associated with happiness, is tending to a fresh wound that will scar the city for a long, long time...

Summer arts festival offers free fun for all this Saturday (06/17/16) Though most college students have left campus for the summer, Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus will be buzzing with activity Saturday during the Community Summer Arts Festival. The annual event, which starts at 10 a.m., will have activities and entertainment for all ages. ...

Teacher relays lessons while on the road in Vietnam (06/16/16) Brad Haertling is making good on his motto to "make learning an adventure." The Jackson middle-school teacher is cycling through Vietnam this summer, all the while posting lessons for his students on the web. Haertling told the Southeast Missourian he and his friend, Danny Rees, had been wanting to make the trip for years. He welcomed the opportunity to be able to incorporate education into his travels...

Heat safety should be priority during hot summer months (06/15/16) Summer is just beginning, but the area is already in the middle of its first big heat wave. The National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, advises that temperatures will be in the mid-90s for most of the week. A few thunderstorms could pop up, as well, according to Kelly Hooper with the National Weather Service...

Farm-to-table event to spotlight local agriculture (06/14/16) Leadership Cape, an annual program offered by the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, has seen many proposed projects become reality. Cape Splash, the dog park in Kiwanis Park and Discovery Playhouse all were its own ideas. Add to that now a farm-to-table event, the brainchild of Leadership Cape's class of 2016...

Congratulations to area high school valedictorians (06/13/16) Senior proms have come and gone, final exams have been aced and graduation caps and gowns have been stored -- wherever it is people store them. Each summer, the Southeast Missourian presents the area's valedictorians on its Thursday neXt page. We honor those who went a little further than most, dug a little deeper, studied a little harder and were rewarded with a lifetime of bragging rights for earning the elusive valedictorian distinction...

Congratulations to area high school valedictorians (06/13/16) Senior proms have come and gone, final exams have been aced and graduation caps and gowns have been stored -- wherever it is people store them. Each summer, the Southeast Missourian presents the area's valedictorians on its Thursday neXt page. We honor those who went a little further than most, dug a little deeper, studied a little harder and were rewarded with a lifetime of bragging rights for earning the elusive valedictorian distinction...

Barke will try to deliver SEMO athletics to sustained success (06/12/16) Over the past 11 months, then-interim athletic director Brady Barke has been asked time and again whether Southeast Missouri State University can have success at the Division I level. As a Division II institution decades ago, Southeast had much success. Since the conversion to Division I, there have been more downs than ups. Consistent winning has not followed splashes of success, at least in men's basketball and football...

A fond farewell to one of Cape's boosters (06/10/16) As Tim Arbeiter prepares to leave Cape Girardeau behind, Cape Girardeau is preparing to lose one of its longtime champions. The vice president of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce has accepted a position as president of the Lee's Summit, Missouri, Chamber of Commerce...

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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