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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (06/30/2015) at 02:00 PM

Beware of brutal banking procedures that gouge consumers

Kathleen Parker: The mourning after

Eugene Robinson: In Charleston, 'the power of God's grace'


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (06/30/2015) at 02:01 PM

U.S. Supreme Court hands Kris Kobach a defeat on voting; delivers harsh opinion on execution protocol The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal Monday to hear an appeal by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach leaves the state with an unwieldy and confusing voter registration process. But it could be worse. A different decision by the justices could have opened the door for an even more restrictive registration.

The Monday Poll: Weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court’s big week The last week was one for the history books, as the U.S. Supreme Court handed down momentous decisions. We'd like to get our readers' take on some of the high-profile opinions.

Obama’s fuel-efficiency goals prove elusive, but reboot should help When you set big goals, sometimes you set yourself up for big failure. President Barack Obama's lofty plans to put more fuel-efficient vehicles on the roads crashed headlong into the realities of the marketplace. Even so, there is value in striving to attain a noble end, especially a difficult one.

Johnson and Wyandotte counties must lead the way for a better Kansas As dark as things look for cash-strapped Kansas right now, the situation is brighter in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. In fact, the future of the Sunflower State is riding — more than it ever has — on how much success those two counties will have in attracting residents and businesses.

With marriage equality ruling, U.S. Supreme Court places America on the right side of history Look around, Americans. Your nation just became bigger and better. In a giant stride forward for civil rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that gay men and lesbian women are equal under the Constitution and entitled to marriage and all of its benefits. What a day.

Kansas judges not fooled by Legislature’s school funding trickery A school funding ruling announced Friday is potentially good news for Kansas school children, especially those who are less advantaged. But it also sets the stage for what could be an epic clash among Gov. Sam Brownback, the Kansas Legislature and the Kansas courts.

Key passages from Supreme Court justices on gay marriage and the law Here are some key passages from the Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality and the complete text of the ruling.

Community Faces: Crawfish Festival at City Market The City Market's Crawfish Festival brought fans of Cajun food and music downtown on Friday night.

U.S. Supreme Court ruling means Obamacare is here to stay With a 6-3 decision announced today by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act stands intact. That is great news for the nation and especially for the 6.4 million or more Americans who would have seen the costs of their insurance policies soar if the latest challenge by opponents have succeeded.

A few Kansas City voters chose a strong City Council In all the legitimate angst over the pitiful voter turnout for Kansas City's elections, don't lose sight of an important fact. The few voters who did bother to decide who's going to serve as mayor and City Council members generally selected a solid group of leaders.

Kansas Legislature courts more embarrassment with complaint against Rep. Valdenia Winn A special committee has said it will meet Friday to consider a complaint brought by nine Republicans against Democratic Rep. Valdenia Winn of Kansas City, Kan., for using “inflammatory language.” Republicans should drop this matter. The only likely outcome is more negative publicity for Kansas and more bad blood among lawmakers.

Kids Cafes from Harvesters provide summer meals to children Food insecurity remains a problem in the Kansas City area, leaving thousands of children who aren't in summer school wondering where they'll get their next meal.

Kansas Legislature must reverse course on unfair property tax lid Kansas Rep. Jacob LaTurner had a bad idea during the recent legislative session: Impose a property tax lid on city and county governments. Unfortunately, no public hearings were held, so city and county officials had no chance to point out the costs of such an action and the blatant silliness of requiring elections for basic decisions that voters elect local officials to make.

Civic duty calls: Here are The Star’s recommendations in Kansas City’s elections Thousands of Kansas City voters will do their civic duty Tuesday and choose the people who will guide the metropolitan area's largest government for the next four years. Here are The Star's recommendations.

Here are two bills that Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri should veto Gov. Jay Nixon has until July 14 to decide the fate of dozens of bills passed by the Missouri General Assembly this year. Two of those bills would be particularly harmful to the Kansas City area and should be vetoed.

The Monday Poll: Are you flying high about Tuesday’s elections? Here's a special edition of The Monday Poll because you can tell we're pretty excited about Kansas City's elections on Tuesday. Hope you are, too. But let's find out.

Readers react to American hypocrisy, Hillary Clinton, freedom June 26, 2015: I find it curious that the United States, which seems to be trying desperately to prevent immigration from the south — often these immigrants are fleeing political persecution — has the temerity to admonish countries like Thailand and Malaysia for trying desperately to prevent immigration from the south of people who are fleeing persecution from Myanmar (Burma) and nations in Africa.

What they said on Affordable Care Act: Excerpts from Justices’ opinions in King v. Burwell Excerpts from the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling Thurday in King v. Burwell, upholding a key provision of the Affordable Care Act.

Gift bag, anyone? Give us your guess on Election Day turnout in Kansas City It might take more than just words to get Kansas Citians interested in Tuesday's elections. How about ... a Kansas City Star gift bag?

Reject apathy by electing a solid Kansas City Council Kansas City voters on Tuesday need to rally themselves to send the best-qualified candidates to City Hall. The elections will be crucial to forging a better future for Kansas City, no matter the voter turnout.


The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (06/30/2015) at 02:01 PM

'Tis a privilege to recognize city cop, rappelling do-gooders

SOGI ordinance was not adequate for city

Our view: Marriage equality good for Missourians

Contributors Campbell: When `performance' doesn't match `ability' Campbell: When `performance' doesn't match `ability' Larry Campbell, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Education at MSU, writes about education Contributors

Opinion To the Point: Unfair questioning; Confederate flag To the Point: Unfair questioning; Confederate flag Unfair questioning; Confederate flag Opinion

Contributors Krauthammer: On lowering the flag as a gesture of reconciliation Krauthammer: On lowering the flag as a gesture of reconciliation Charles Krauthammer is a national columnist for the Washington Post Contributors

Contributors Fulnecky: Vote to table motto discussion disappointing Fulnecky: Vote to table motto discussion disappointing City councilwoman disappointed that motto was not discussed Contributors

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll Where do you plan on watching fireworks this weekend? Opinion

Contributors Charleston shooting: Christians forgive unspeakable sins Charleston shooting: Christians forgive unspeakable sins Charleston shooting: Christians forgive unspeakable sins Contributors

Opinion To the Point: Confederate flags To the Point: Confederate flags Confederate flags Opinion

Opinion To the Point: Economy, ecology, Social Security need attention To the Point: Economy, ecology, Social Security need attention Comments from readers who quickly make their point Opinion

Readers Response to Answer Man column: For some, walking around signs not a safe option Response to Answer Man column: For some, walking around signs not a safe option Response to Answer Man column: For some, walking around signs not a safe option Readers

Editorials Guest Voice: No doubt Dylann Roof guilty of 'hate crime' Guest Voice: No doubt Dylann Roof guilty of 'hate crime' Columbia Daily Tribune writes about Dylann Roof and his guilt in a 'hate crime' Editorials

Contributors Foster: After Charleston - where do we go from here? Foster: After Charleston - where do we go from here? Lyle Foster shares his thoughts about the shooting in Charleston and what is next for our country and community. Contributors

Opinion To the Point: The flag debate continues To the Point: The flag debate continues The flag debate continues Opinion

Contributors Parker: Right call by Haley to remove the Confederate flag Parker: Right call by Haley to remove the Confederate flag Kathleen Parker is a national columnist for the Washington Post. Contributors

Contributors Will: Some questions for candidate Clinton Will: Some questions for candidate Clinton George F. Will is a national columnist for the Washington Post. Contributors


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 (06/25/2015) at 02:08 PM

Opinion GENE ROBERTSON: A perspective of black community development in the U.S. Desegregation was not intended to result in abdication of our responsibility to ourselves and our brothers and sisters. Many of us presumed with civil rights legislation immediate racial attitude changes would occur. We cited any positive occurrence as evidence of an end of racism. We were ignorant of how deep seated racial attitudes were embedded in the U.S.

DAVID ROSMAN: Defining responsible gun laws is very tricky Gun violence is a much more complicated problem than simply restricting the types of firearms and size of magazines permitted or establishing mandatory waiting periods or training.

STEVE SPELLMAN: How to put evil in its rightful place Like the impromptu national revival that took place shortly after 9/11, there are times when people need not even be theologically inclined to recognize evil.

GENE ROBERTSON: A perspective of black community development in the U.S. Gene Robertson Desegregation was not intended to result in abdication of our responsibility to ourselves and our brothers and sisters. Many of us presumed with civil rights legislation immediate racial attitude changes would occur. We cited any positive occurrence as evidence of an end of racism. We were ignorant of how deep seated racial attitudes were embedded in the U.S.

EDITORIAL: A waterlogged nation fails to learn from its repeated floods St. Louis Post-Dispatch For the most part, doing nothing — except for the wrong thing — is the norm, even after the biggest flood in the region's modern history: the Great Flood of 1993.

DAVID ROSMAN: Defining responsible gun laws is very tricky David Rosman Gun violence is a much more complicated problem than simply restricting the types of firearms and size of magazines permitted or establishing mandatory waiting periods or training.

STEVE SPELLMAN: How to put evil in its rightful place Steve Spellman Like the impromptu national revival that took place shortly after 9/11, there are times when people need not even be theologically inclined to recognize evil.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Veto the school transfer bill, Gov. Nixon Kip Kendrick House Bill 42 does not solve the public education problem it was intended to solve.

EDITORIAL: Action is needed to meet a burgeoning refugee crisis The Kansas City Star Almost 60 million persons, half of them children, were living as refugees in 2014. The number of people displaced in 2014 alone, 14 million, quadrupled over the previous year.

CARL KENNEY: My father"s strength and wisdom were needed Sunday Carl W. Kenney II I miss my daddy, and nothing has been able to fight the ache of not seeing his face. I miss his stories, and I need him to help me process the stuff that happened last week. Sunday was my first Father"s Day without him.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Listen, learn and live the faith after Charleston Timothy R. LeCroy The Rev. Timothy R. LeCroy wants to issue a call for all the churches of Jesus Christ in this city to begin to come together in fresh and new ways to pray with and for each other.

JILL RICHARDSON: McDonald"s isn"t making its food any better, but it sure wants you to think it is Jill Richardson McDonald"s has hired former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs as head of communications and another corporate superstar, Silvia Lagnado, as its head of marketing. Clearly, McDonald"s thinks it"s grappling with a marketing problem.

EDITORIAL: Lessons from Charleston: Hate and guns are lethal combination St. Louis Post-Dispatch Dealing with guns, and race, and mental illness — all three of which likely played a role in the Charleston shootings — are difficult because we have to look inside. We have to address our own demons, our failures, our inability as a people to tackle difficult issues any more.

EDITORIAL: Here are two bills that Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri should veto The Kansas City Star One bill Gov. Jay Nixon should veto is House Bill 722. It's not the state's role to stop local governments from discussing and possibly adopting policies that benefit their communities.

CARL KENNEY: Now, the church is gone as a place of safety CARL W. KENNEY II The black church has been that one place that offers rest. What happens on this coming Sunday when black people across America head to the church to pray?

DEAR READER: Apply to be a member of the Missourian"s 2015-2016 Readers Board Tom Warhover Want to share input on the Missourian and journalism? Applications to join the Missourian Readers Board are now open.

EDITORIAL: There is no greater coward than the shooter who opened fire in a Charleston church The Kansas City Star Hate movements have always harbored losers, and nothing illustrates that with more clarity than the contrast between the alleged shooter and the African-American pastor he reportedly asked for by name.

EDITORIAL: Hacking the Astros. This, too, shall pass. St. Louis Post-Dispatch This is not an ongoing criminal conspiracy. It appears to have involved low-level employees. The Astros have a fine data analysis system, but at most it is marginally better than those operated by other teams.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The truth pays off Donna Brazile The Volcker Alliance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization to restore fiscal trust at all levels of government, recently concluded that the public cannot make informed budget decisions about either priorities or fairness until invisible costs are dealt with up front.

GENE ROBERTSON: Dissonance rises around racial identity Gene Robertson Can people just be any part of race they choose to be?


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (06/30/2015) at 02:04 PM

The Tribune's View I won't say the anti-Obamacare horse is dead. The old nag has several furlongs left in her. Jockeys keep whipping her along, but she is ailing and those betting on her face longer odds.

Harold Reisch Shall we call him the Rev. Harold Reisch? Or Rep. Harold Reisch? He was those and more.

Doing what's right Immediately after the Supreme Court decision establishing same-sex marriage as a right guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution that must be recognized in every state, the Boone County Commission issued a terse statement:

'Juneteenth' A week ago volunteers, including representatives of city government, staged their annual Juneteenth celebration at Douglass Park, but hardly anyone came.

Elson On the facing page we have accumulated tributes to Elson Floyd, president of Washington State University and former president of the University of Missouri System.

Trade authority Congressional approval of fast-track trade authority is a victory for President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an odd couple to be sure.

Health care Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has put the final legal prop under the Affordable Care Act, the time has come to get busy developing the best national health care plan we can muster.

Re-enactors Almost everyone, it seems, is ready to ban displays of the Confederate battle flag in public places, but what about private ceremonies where similar regalia is part of authenticity?

Perfect storm As the nation reels after the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., Nikki Haley and Chuck Basye are caught in the moment.

Title IX The University of Missouri staged a big meeting on campus Saturday to discuss Title IX enforcement. More than 200 people attended, yet the university saw fit to exclude reporters, as if there was some reason to limit public awareness of...

Hate crime As a general proposition, “hate crimes” are hard to prosecute. The intent of the law touches our sensibilities, but when it comes to proving hate in a court of law, “beyond a reasonable doubt” is hard. Put another way, one...

Abortion in decline. Why? The incidence of abortion performed in the United States has declined substantially since 2010. Anti-abortion laws proliferated during that period, yet the stats seem unrelated. States with the biggest decreases did not pass new restrictions, and the opposite is true...

C'mon Jay: Urging a veto You don't have to be in favor of a city ban on plastic bags at grocery stores or a higher minimum wage or “ban the box” to agree with Columbia city officials who last week sent word asking Gov. Jay...

City report On Tuesday City Manager Mike Matthes issued his annual city economic health report. Fiscal numbers were generally improved but not enough to keep up with population and inflation, and Columbia's black population is falling farther behind.

Scott Walker As Republican presidential candidates break from the gate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stands out from the rest.

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (06/30/2015) at 02:04 PM

Audit offers lessons Missouri Western State University operates with an annual budget of more than $50 million a year. An oversight here and there in financial accounting may be unavoidable, but tolerance for errors must be kept to a minimum.

Housing credits improved State policies, particularly when it comes to awarding tax credits, should work to accomplish things that are in the public's interest.

Health subsidies, same-sex unions now law of land Many people of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri wanted something different from the Supreme Court last week, but they are neither uncaring nor bigoted.

A child needs a family Whether a home is a "forever place” or something short of that, every child needs a place where he or she can enjoy the benefits of family.

renewable fuels deserve support Making renewable fuels more widely available ultimately will spur creation of a bigger renewable-fuels consumer market.

Family services needed The continued provision of family planning services in St. Joseph and the surrounding region is not something to be taken lightly.

A flag should unite For some, ending official sanction of a divisive symbol from the past changes little - except to affirm a government of, by and for all citizens will not condone symbols to the contrary.

`Click It' for road safety A weekend accident in Columbia, Mo., caught the attention of many for good reasons: It was serious, and it involved two people recognizable as student athletes for the University of Missouri.

`Big BAM' arrives Boosters of communities across Northwest Missouri wake up this morning with smiles on their faces and optimism about what the next few days will bring. And for good reason.

When all else fails, ask for new ideas Is it an act of desperation? Perhaps.

Exchange building must be rescued History will not be kind to those who might have a chance to save the Livestock Exchange building but instead fail in this important endeavor.

Fairness, criteria at play in grants Regarding the flap over allocating Save Our Heritage Grants, which the St. Joseph City Council will vote on Monday:

Power project flickers The debate over the Grain Belt Express overhead transmission line is trending the way it is because the two sides disagree about what is important, and the opposing side is gaining traction for its arguments.

Measure mail service Passionate supporters of rural mail service admit to a bias: They do not want to lose something that meets their needs.

Make `bucket list' of must-see sites Summer is a time to get out and explore.

Listen to ideas on vets Despite the efforts of many, recent military veterans remain much more likely to be unemployed and to suffer from disabilities than those who came before them.

Funds preserve region's assets Northwest Missouri takes pride in many things. The state universities in Maryville and St. Joseph justifiably rank near the top. Also, in a region where military support is widespread, many value the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron.

Plug $50,000 hole in MWSU budget The pool at Missouri Western State University carries an annual operating cost of $140,000 and serves, on average, about 100 students each month. Nearly 9 of every 10 visits to the pool are by someone other than an enrolled student.

Sights, sounds mark vibrant city This time of year, venturing outside for a planned activity requires resolve.

Science trumps fears Farmers have had a rough go of it this spring in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas, and the anti-GMO movement is not helping.


The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (06/30/2015) at 02:06 PM

Our View: Jo Mueller and the art of leadership Posted: June 30, 2015 Many hands and resources were needed after the 2011 tornado that hit Joplin and Duquesne.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: June 30, 2015 Thanks, Pro Musica    If you did not attend the Joplin Pops, featuring the Fountain City Brass Band, then you missed a wonderful concert Friday.

Other Views: Car tags and speech Posted: June 29, 2015 A new U.S. Supreme Court ruling declares specialized license plates are a form of government speech.

Our View: Butler Hollow restoration worthwhile Posted: June 28, 2015 While we sympathize with residents who aren't eager to see possible dramatic change come to Butler Hollow in the Cassville district of the Mark Twain National Forest, we think the proposed restoration is worth pursuing.

Carol Stark: Eli Yokley begins new job on Capitol Hill Posted: June 28, 2015 The call from the high school student asking for advice wasn't that unusual. I get calls like that from young journalists about their school newspaper projects.

Geoff Caldwell: Pondering the perspectives of the past Posted: June 28, 2015 Every year around this time, my wife's job requires that she pay homage to the insurance gods and attend one of those hotel banquet room conferences on what new and wonderful changes are coming in the next year. And every year around this time, I get left to my own devices for a few days.

Andra Stefanoni: Kansas City's Sea Life takes visitors to ocean's abyss Posted: June 28, 2015 For the past month, my Facebook news feed has been filling up with photos from friends who are visiting beaches and lake shores from Florida to Michigan, making me long to snorkel through reefs filled with color and motion, or cast about for bass from a canoe.

Elliott Denniston: The clock keeps ticking on climate control Posted: June 28, 2015 First comes the tantalizing headline: “Eisenhower warned us; when will we listen?”

Your views: Letters to the editor Posted: June 28, 2015 Which picture will you choose to carry?

Marilyn Beasley: Supreme Court decision reads like judicial activism Posted: June 27, 2015 I have questions regarding the decision made by the Supreme Court in regards to the Affordable Care Act. But the opinion column (Globe, June 25), “Court Saves Obamacare from sloppy drafting” by Noah Feldman made me question the decision even more.

Our View: Missouri can still do more Posted: June 26, 2015 Sheryl Block, a 50-year-old woman from Neosho who was one of nearly 200,000 Missourians who had enrolled in a health care plan using tax credits made available through the federal health care exchange on healthcare.gov , talked with the Globe a few weeks ago. 

Other Views: Driven by hate Posted: June 25, 2015 As a general proposition, “hate crimes” are hard to prosecute.

Our View: The play's the thing Posted: June 24, 2015 "Watch out he's winding the watch of his wit, by and by it will strike.”

Our View: Lost in 'trees of school politics' Posted: June 23, 2015 While going to court seeking opinions on matters pertaining to government bodies can be costly to the taxpayer — it's you who foots the bill — it sometimes is the most efficient way to resolve public differences.

Heather Goff Collier: Art Feeds matters in your community Posted: June 23, 2015 I am sometimes asked, “Why does a community need Art Feeds? Don't we already have art class and counselors in school?”

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: June 22, 2015 Had enough

Eugene Patterson: A flower for the graves Posted: June 21, 2015 Editor's note: This column by Eugene Patterson, then editor of the Atlanta Constitution, was originally published in that paper on Sept. 16, 1963, the day after the church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, which killed four black girls, all younger than 15. Patterson died Jan. 12, 2013, at the age of 89.

'Let love win': Local community sends words of comfort to Charleston congregation Posted: June 21, 2015 Nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the nation's most important African-American sanctuaries, were gunned down Wednesday during a Bible study session.

Mark Hague: America's heartland depends on clean water Posted: June 21, 2015 Protecting the heartland's streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act, passed in 1972, helps our communities and is vital to our economy, health, safety and quality of life. During the past 43 years, the Environmental Protection Agency, the states and local partners have worked tirelessly to clean up once polluted rivers and streams.

Gene Lyons: Democrats underestimate Scott Walker at their own peril Posted: June 21, 2015 Economically speaking, all 237 GOP presidential candidates are selling the same Magic Beans.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (06/30/2015) at 02:06 PM

Your Opinion: Cartoon steers readers from actual motivation - In his cartoon published in the June 25 edition of the News Tribune, Jim Dyke tries to steer readers away from the racial motivation of Dylann Roof's murders in the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C.

Your Opinion: Grieving death of godly marriage - I woke up this morning with that heart sick feeling that I've experienced too many times in the past.

Your Opinion: Man makes mockery of God's word - When did man decide to question God's plan for mankind?

Our Opinion: Don't spoil a time of celebration - The extended Independence Day weekend is intended to be a time of celebration.

Our Opinion: Observe law, safety tips for fireworks - We don't mean to dampen anyone's idea of fun, but discharging fireworks is illegal in Jefferson City and dangerous everywhere.

Your Opinion: Democratic leader's remarks called 'disingenuous' - I found the letter in your June 24 issue by Susan Cook, president of the Jefferson Democratic Club of Cole County, to be disingenuous.

Your Opinion: Response to Smith on Social Security - Mr. Smith, I am glad to see that you have abandoned your argument that you own your Social Security money.

Your Opinion: Federal weatherization program boondoggle - There now appears to be proof that the federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) appears to be yet another vote buying boondoggle foisted on us by the big spenders in D.C.

Your Opinion: Changing credit and debit card transactions - Missouri consumers and retailers should be aware of major changes that will occur this fall as tens of millions of credit and debit cards will be replaced in a national endeavor to provide more secure transactions.

Our Opinion: Leadership, stewardship of the courts News Tribune editorial - As Mary R. Russell's term as Missouri Supreme Court chief justice comes to a close, she deserves recognition not only for her role as the state's top jurist, but also for her stewardship of the courts.

Perspective: Nixon pulls a Lucy on education - On Friday, Gov. Nixon vetoed House Bill 42, an education reform bill sponsored by Rep. David Wood, R-Versailles. In the process, he pulled a Lucy.

Perspective: Use of technology becomes more widespread in schools - You may have heard about how the Jefferson City Public School District is going to great lengths to make sure students have access to electronic devices and the Internet as a way of enhancing their learning.

Our Opinion: Wise veto of student transfer law News Tribune editorial - We applaud Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the “school transfer law."

Perspective: Celebrating the Fourth of July - As families across the 3rd District prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July with food, fireworks and fun, we should also take the opportunity to reflect on the many rights and freedoms that we enjoy in our great nation.

Our Opinion: Law reflects fair solution on tip taxes - A state law signed Monday represents a victory for small business, particularly restaurateurs, and for fairness.


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (06/30/2015) at 02:06 PM

Homeless Connect to help those who need it most (06/30/15) Sometimes, it is difficult to get people involved and to volunteer their time. People are increasingly busy with their own lives, so if they are going to commit to something else, they want to know that what they're doing truly makes a difference. Project Homeless Connect, in its fourth year, is one event that focuses on effectively reaching out to help others who need it...

Speak Out Speak Out 6/30/15 (06/30/15) ** Hate crimes; ** Supreme frustration; ** Double standards; ** Tournaments

Editorial Park upgrades coming soon to Cape (06/29/15) Cape Girardeau's parks department is upgrading in a significant way, with expansions coming very soon to the public. The department is currently focusing on Capaha Park, a speed slide at Cape Splash and the Red House Interpretive Center. Capaha Park will receive a new playground and pavilion that holds 100, from which the playground is easily visible. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 6/29/15 (06/29/15) Economic adviser; Gave girl a gun; Domestic extremists; Bootheel thinking; Where apples fall; Weedy road; Obamacare popularity; Biased reaction

Editorial 'Major' flood brings annoyance, not disaster (06/28/15) Last week, the Mighty Mississippi crested at 43 feet. That is considered "major stage" flooding. But it doesn't feel that way much anymore. Thanks to many flood control and abatement steps, a flood event that in the past would have crippled Cape Girardeau now offers inconveniences rather than disaster...

Letter to the Editor Soccer community mourns (06/28/15) It was a year ago today that the Southeast Missouri Soccer Community lost a dear friend with the passing of Joe David Frank. Like myself, Joe did not play soccer growing up, but learned the sport while coaching his children in youth soccer. From there, Joe became a fixture at games as a referee at high school and youth soccer games. ...

Letter to the Editor Congrats to Saxony girls (06/28/15) As team hosts for Missouri State High School Girls Soccer Championships in Blue Springs, Missouri, we had the opportunity to spend time with the soccer players, coaches, and fans from Jackson, Missouri. These people were distinguished representatives of their community, and you should be proud of the excellent impression they made in Blue Springs...

Letter to the Editor Before more troops, a plan (06/26/15) President Obama recently assigned an additional 450 troops to Iraq. In one of its recent issues, The Economist magazine opined that the United States should continue to be involved in the Middle East to counter the presence of the Islamic State, provide stability in the oil market and counter nuclear proliferation. In one of his most recent op-ed pieces, Charles Krauthammer said that we should begin providing large amounts of military supplies to the Iraqi Kurds...

Editorial It's nearing July; time for heat check (06/26/15) For the past several days, our region not only has watched river levels rise to inconvenient and sometimes dangerous heights, but the mercury has been spiking as well, with temperatures ranging from the upper 80s to the mid-90s and the heat index hitting triple digits...

Opinion Column Raiders and others (06/25/15) I recently read an article about the creation of a new Marine Special Operations group to be officially known as Marine Raiders. This is meant to be a Marine equivalent of Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy Seals and Air Force Special Operations. All of these units are assembled as part of the U.S. Special Operations Command...

Editorial Rock 'n' Roll Church reaches different crowd (06/25/15) Ministry takes many forms, from traditional church services to contemporary style to formats like that of the Rock 'n' Roll Church. A recent story in the Southeast Missourian about the church pointed to the many ways it is "reaching those on crack, full of cracks and in the cracks!" That's how Pastor Billy Garner described the church, which has a biker image mixed with classic rock...

Speak Out Speak Out 6/24/15 (06/24/15) Amazed by Charleston; Gun gift; Unemployment; Pope props

Editorial Nursing history exhibit on display at SEMO (06/24/15) Southeast Missouri State University's Rosemary Berkel Crisp Hall of Nursing now houses an exhibit that chronicles the history of the university's nursing program. Katelyn Brotherton, a recent Southeast graduate with a degree in historic preservation, created the display to highlight the program, which spans more than a half-century...

Opinion Column Trying on liberal clothes (06/24/15) As impossible as it is, let me try to be a liberal. Given the number of gun-related deaths, let's repeal the Second Amendment and implement the strongest gun controls imaginable. By taking this drastic step toward gun violence, as a liberal I am convinced that all of the illegal and stolen guns would be turned into law enforcement...

Speak Out Speak Out 6/23/15 (06/23/15) ** Don't blame parents

Editorial Women's exercise group eliminates excuses (06/23/15) Who hasn't offered a million excuses for not adopting an exercise regime? We all have -- and most of them are good excuses, too: "I'm too busy." "I can't afford it." "What am I going to do with the kids?" Mothers, in particular, have a plethora of responsibilities, as they often fulfill the role of nurturer in the home, as well as working outside the home. ...

Letter to the Editor Changing debit card security (06/22/15) Missouri consumers and retailers should be aware of major changes that will occur this fall as tens of millions of credit and debit cards will be replaced in a national endeavor to provide more secure transactions. Banks that issue credit cards will replace the old cards that have a magnetic strip with cards that have embedded computer chips that store account data and provide additional security for consumer transactions...

Editorial Operation Payback about to expand, improve (06/22/15) Operation Payback, a program under the umbrella of Cape Girardeau County's Juvenile Department, has been a staple of the community for more than 30 years, and in its new location, it will expand its positive impact. A program designed to make juvenile offenders take responsibility for transgressing the law, it also serves to teach them valuable skills and the benefits of hard work. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 6/21/15 (06/21/15) Pope Francis, you rock! When it comes to the issue of man-made climate change, some of my Catholic friends are having trouble reconciling the views of Pope Francis with those of Rush Limbaugh. Watching the news today and seeing how sad it is with the shooting victims of the church, I do see where President Obama's getting ready to speak. ...

Opinion Column A teenage cowboy, my brother and some bullies (06/21/15) In my eyes, he was the toughest kid in the school. And some 20 years later he feels even bigger in my mind and heart. Let me tell you a story about a strapping young cowboy who loved my brother. His name was Jessie Brown. He went to my church, and was about two years younger than I. He was an imposing young man, who stood over 6 feet tall, with strapping shoulders and a strong back he no doubt sculpted by doing work that country boys who wear cowboy boots tend to do...


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 (Niche.com) 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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