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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (07/29/2015) at 07:59 PM

August-to-March Madness: A GOP debate bracket proposal

Ending us-versus-them mentality key to improving St. Louis schools

Birth control, sex education prevent abortions better than gotcha videos

Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (07/29/2015) at 07:59 PM

Preservationists will survey buildings of 1945-1975 to determine how modern is Kansas City This spring the nonprofit Historic Kansas City Foundation placed the general category of modern architecture on its annual list of endangered places. And this week the foundation and Kansas City's Historic Preservation Office launched an effort to wrap their arms around the city's modern buildings.

Minimum wage debate is a fight worth having in Kansas City Evidence is mounting that the worthwhile battle to increase the minimum wage in Kansas City is going to be extremely messy. The stakes are high. The goal is to require businesses to more fairly reward employees in low-paying jobs.

Beware the fishing expeditions against Planned Parenthood Responses to a scandal involving the national Planned Parenthood organization are to be expected in states where politicians are anxious to burnish their anti-abortion credentials. But the hastily called investigations should not be allowed to morph into fishing expeditions or to violate patient privacy. Videos spark rally at Planned Parenthood office in Overland Park Charles Krauthammer: Numbing of humanity is The price of fetal parts Senate GOP leaders blast Cruz for calling McConnell a liar

Ignore Gov. Sam Brownback’s wrong ‘facts’ on Kansas teacher pay Kansas' teachers do earn a bit more in salary and supplemental pay than Missouri's. But the gap in compensation is far smaller than the one Gov. Sam Brownback displayed last week in an inaccurate chart.

Monday Poll results: Many show support for GMO labeling This week's survey followed U.S. House passage of a bill to prohibit states and localities from requiring labels on food products that contain genertically modified ingredients. Here are the results.

New Kansas City Council will need voters’ help in making crucial decisions While Kansas City's elected officials are eager to start deciding how to use the city's $1.4 billion annual budget, they won't be calling all the shots. Voters will have a huge say in determining whether the city can maintain the momentum it gained during Mayor Sly James' first term in office.

The Monday Poll: Should there be a law mandating foods with GMOs be labeled? A bill backed by Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas, passed by the U.S. House last week, would prohibit states and localities from requiring labels on food products containing genetically modified ingredients. We want to hear your thoughts on the issues.

Community Faces: One Direction concertgoers at Arrowhead Stadium To the delight of their many young fans, superstar boy band One Direction brought their “On the Road Again” world tour to Arrowhead Stadium on Tuesday night.

Johnson County should boost taxes for smart investments The future of Kansas, to a degree, hangs in the balance as the state's two largest counties go in distinctly different directions in spending public funds. Johnson County's political leaders appear ready to increase taxes and invest in smart plans to provide better parks, libraries and transit service. But in Sedgwick County, officials want to trim taxes and cut many programs.

Kansas must do more for teachers and schools Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature should treat reports of a teacher exodus as a wake-up call. Kansans value public education. They want schools staffed by talented, enthusiastic professionals.

Missouri Sen. Paul LeVota, damaged by interns’ revelations, had to resign Paul LeVota's resignation from the Missouri legislature should help his constituents in east Kansas City, Independence, Raytown and Sugar Creek get the representation they deserve, from a senator of better repute.

Washington still doesn’t get cybersecurity and must improve its computer systems The U.S. government should protect personal information about its employees and citizens as if it were gold. Sadly, cyberthieves are routinely carrying digital bullion out of federal computers these days. Fort Knox, this isn't.

Pick up the pace on the new Rock Island Trail When it gets built, the Rock Island Trail rolling through the middle part of Missouri will be a great addition to the existing Katy Trail. But challenges must be overcome to complete the new amenity.

Allegations against Sen. Paul LeVota bring more disgrace to Missouri government More reason to be revolted by freewheeling and inappropriate activities in the Missouri Capitol has emerged in a report centered on a college intern's complaints against Sen. Paul LeVota, a Democrat from Independence.

Kris Kobach should help count the votes accurately in Kansas Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach should work to help resolve how accurately some machines are recording votes in the state. His reluctance to strongly embrace openness and transparency makes him look too selective when it comes to concerns over voter fraud.

Move ahead on an affordable and convenient new KCI terminal Prospects for building a modern, convenient and affordable new terminal at Kansas City International Airport have brightened considerably. That's a huge step forward in the long-lasting debate over what to do with an aging airport that gives many visitors — and many residents who travel — a poor image of our bustling, progressive community.

Monday Poll results: When it’s hot, we like the AC more than the pool It was hot last week when we created the Monday Poll. So hot we decided to create a poll about being hot. But by the time Monday rolled around it wasn't so hot anymore, which perhaps affected the participation in and responses to our unscientific poll.

Reject this detail of Kansas City’s new downtown hotel An unassuming, understated detail in the proposal to build a taxpayer-supported, Kansas City convention hotel should be filed under the category of “unfortunate irritant” or perhaps “missed opportunity.”

Develop smartly along Kansas City’s boulevards, parkways Kansas City's Parks and Recreation Department should not kowtow to the threats of developers. Rather, it ought to promote rules that will provide Northland residents with high quality parkways and boulevards many decades into the future.

Lift the sequestration cap to save Army spending As President Obama said when he proposed his most recent budget, the arbitrary cap imposed by sequestration “doesn't differentiate between smart government spending and dumb government spending.” In Missouri, one of the impacts is the Army's plan to cut 774 positions from Fort Leonard Wood.

The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (07/29/2015) at 07:59 PM

Missouri lawmakers must address climate change

Guest Voice: KCI Airport fight continues

Long: Notorious `Dodd-Frank' Wall Street reform act turns 5

Editorials 'Tis a privilege: Ozarks artists and entertainers make a splash 'Tis a privilege: Ozarks artists and entertainers make a splash 'Tis a privilege: Ozarks artists and entertainers make a splash Editorials

Contributors Dixon: Knee-jerk regulations may not be the answer Dixon: Knee-jerk regulations may not be the answer Christopher Dixon's local opinion column appears twice a month in the News-Leader. Contributors

Contributors Campbell: Buying and selling good arguments Campbell: Buying and selling good arguments Larry Campbell, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Education at MSU, writes about education. Contributors

Opinion Our voice: Taxpayers shouldn't pay for AFC Our voice: Taxpayers shouldn't pay for AFC There could be an unanticipated hitch with the AFC Opinion

Contributors Krauthammer: The price of fetal parts and the U.S. abortion debate Krauthammer: The price of fetal parts and the U.S. abortion debate Charles Krauthammer is a national columnist for the Washington Post Contributors

Opinion Mayor: Nixa tax needed to improve old park facilities Mayor: Nixa tax needed to improve old park facilities Mayor of Nixa says kids playing on ball fields not improved in 50 years; tax is needed Opinion

Opinion To the Point: NRA and regulations To the Point: NRA and regulations Comments from readers who quickly make their point Opinion

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll Which of the Transportation Plan 2040's top six survey road projects would you do FIRST? Opinion

Opinion Roses and Thorns: A rose to Jim Payne Roses and Thorns: A rose to Jim Payne Reader spoke out about religion's positive influence Opinion

Editorials Our Voice: Outcry valid that lyric in tequila ad perpetuated `rape culture' Our Voice: Outcry valid that lyric in tequila ad perpetuated `rape culture' Our Voice: A lyric used for a local business's tequila ad was a poor choice; complaints it perpetuated `rape culture' were valid Editorials

Contributors Will: With Iran deal, Obama makes bad history Will: With Iran deal, Obama makes bad history George F. Will is a national columnist for the Washington Post. Contributors

Opinion To the Point: Want a businessman? Morris for president To the Point: Want a businessman? Morris for president Want a businessman? Morris for president Opinion

Contributors Opinion: Sarah Bland's fate sealed by bad police work Opinion: Sarah Bland's fate sealed by bad police work Opinion: Sarah Bland's fate sealed by bad police work Contributors

Opinion Roses & Thorns: Donald Trump Roses & Thorns: Donald Trump Roses to Donald Trump Opinion

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 (07/29/2015) at 08:00 PM

Opinion DAVID ROSMAN: Hiding the "Rock" would be hiding a piece of history The Confederate Rock in front of the courthouse reminds people of that troubling past, but what is wrong with that? If we do not understand what troubles us, how can we remedy the problems that plague us today?

DEAR READER: Weaving together lexicographical lessons for a summer day This lexicographical lesson wormed its way into my brain compliments of the novel “A Slender Thread” by Katherine Davis, a gift from a former college roommate and friend.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Thinking of battles, soldiers and the Civil War It also seems almost impossible to match the events of Sept. 27, 1864, with the inscription on the Confederate Rock.

DAVID ROSMAN: Hiding the "Rock" would be hiding a piece of history David Rosman The Confederate Rock in front of the courthouse reminds people of that troubling past, but what is wrong with that? If we do not understand what troubles us, how can we remedy the problems that plague us today?

EDITORIAL: Missouri and governor gain well-deserved recognition Jefferson City News Tribune United Cerebral Palsy ranked Missouri third in the nation for providing services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to their families.

EDITORIAL: Sentencing reform is fine; decriminalizing drugs would be better St. Louis Post-Dispatch Since President Richard Nixon declared the “War on Drugs” in 1971, the use and supply of illegal drugs has only grown. Demand drives supply, which drives the atrocities associated with Joaquin Guzman and the other drug lords. So why not take some of the profit out of it?

EDITORIAL: ADA anniversary: Much progress, but work remains Jefferson City News Tribune Today, the ADA helps an estimated 55 million Americans in five key categories: employment, state and local government facilities and services, public accommodations, telecommunications and transportation.

DONNA BRAZILE: Donald Trump always sinks to the occasion Donna Brazile Republicans seem to be drawn to candidates who have extreme views or made a name in a field other than politics. The biggest name at the moment is Donald Trump.

EDITORIAL: Uber is changing more than just transportation St. Louis Post-Dispatch As of last month, the app-based ride-sharing service was operating in 311 cities in 58 countries, providing upward of 1 million rides a day.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Competency Based Education could ease hassle, cost of student transfers By Michael Highsmith More than a third of the 3.6 million students who entered college in the fall of 2008 transferred to other colleges or universities over the six years that followed, according to a National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report.

EDITORIAL: Missouri Sen. Paul LeVota, damaged by interns' revelations, had to resign The Kansas City Star Paul LeVota had lost his credibility to continue in office after allegations of misconduct involving two college interns.

EDITORIAL: Arm trained soldiers against attacks Jefferson City News Tribune This issue has been revived following the back-to-back attacks by a lone gunman who killed five military members at the Naval Reserve facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

DEAR READER: Weaving together lexicographical lessons for a summer day Maggie Walter This lexicographical lesson wormed its way into my brain compliments of the novel “A Slender Thread” by Katherine Davis, a gift from a former college roommate and friend.

EDITORIAL: Nixon"s "no new tax burden" pledge on stadium rings hollow St. Louis Post-Dispatch In seeking $50 million in tax credits to help finance an NFL stadium, Gov. Jay Nixon has backed himself into a corner. You see, he can be for schools. Or he can be for stadiums. But he can"t be for both.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Thinking of battles, soldiers and the Civil War George Kennedy It also seems almost impossible to match the events of Sept. 27, 1864, with the inscription on the Confederate Rock.

GENE ROBERTSON: We can"t digitize our humanity Gene Robertson There is no electronic replacement for a touch, hold or hug.

EDITORIAL: Washington still doesn"t get cybersecurity and must improve its computer systems The Kansas City Star The number of security breaches at federal offices involving personal information hit 27,624 in fiscal year 2014.

EDITORIAL: Think tank says U.S. in ecological deficit American Press, Lake Charles, La. The United States is using more natural resources than can be regenerated within its borders, according to a new report by international think tank Global Footprint Network.

EDITORIAL: Future needed for pools St. Joseph News-Press To think that interest in public swimming pools has waned and never will return is to think a disturbing thought.

DAVID ROSMAN: Missouri"s citizens need expanded health coverage David Rosman Gov. Nixon has nothing to lose if he orders the expansion of MO HealthNet to those who fall between 85 percent and 133 percent of poverty (about $32,250 for a family of four or someone with an income just over $16 an hour) who currently do not qualify for Missouri"s Medicaid program or coverage under the health care law.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (07/29/2015) at 08:04 PM

Abortion Opponents struck a telling blow in the war against abortion when they infiltrated a Planned Parenthood installation posing as prospective buyers and engaged doctors in discussions about agency policies regarding sale of organs from aborted fetuses. The intruders made hours...

Paying athletes In January the so-called Power 5 NCAA conferences voted to include “full cost of attendance” in athletic scholarship payments, thus thrusting the issue of money in college sports into unpredictable territory.

LeVota ,Diehl, et al I hasten to say I have no firsthand knowledge, but from what I hear the recent peccadilloes of Jefferson City politicians is really nothing new, except for the quick and detailed publicity surrounding the incidents.

The cap tax Voters will have an unusually easy time concentrating attention as they contemplate the Aug. 4 city ballot. Only one issue will face them: A needed extension of the existing capital improvement sales tax.

Downtown parking What to do about downtown parking?

The Donald It may take a little while yet, but Donald Trump is running his course.

John Kasich The governor of Ohio has entered the Republican primary for president.

Détente In the most visible accommodation to date, Cuba and the United States have opened embassies in each other's capitals, a long time coming and a long time overdue.

Abortion With news Planned Parenthood will once again offer abortion services in Columbia, we have renewed stimulus for thinking about this controversial subject.

The rock The Boone County Commission had little trouble deciding to move the Confederate Rock from the courthouse lawn to the Friends of the Centralia Battlefield, from a public to a private venue.

Gov. Kinder Why would Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder enter his party's primary for governor?

Iran In the fractious days after conclusion of the nuclear control pact between Iran and the group of six -- led in negotiations by the United States -- the world needs a road to comfortable acceptance.

Trash As the Columbia Public Works Department contemplates changes in charges and methods for commercial and residential trash collection, it has the benefit -- or burden -- of lots of advice. After work sessions and public hearings in August and September,...

New hospital After a heated battle of words between Boone Hospital Center and Fulton Medical Center, the state Health Facilities Review Committee decided Monday not to issue a certificate of need for Fulton's planned $38 million, 10-bed hospital on Lenoir Street.

REDI The mayor of Columbia has a serious disagreement with the Third Ward councilman over the future of the Regional Economic Development Inc., the local public-private economic development organization formed in 1988.

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (07/29/2015) at 08:05 PM

Utilities' proposal worth a look It's a challenging thought: Allowing the water company to collect from customers a set amount in any given year, no matter how much water is used.

Twice the fun for sports fans With our baseball team in the hunt for a World Series ring, it naturally is time to turn our attention to football.

Mail boosters win one It will take an act of Congress to seal the deal, but supporters of rural mail have won an important concession in the long-running effort to reverse service cuts.

Airport fight not over "Convenience” might be hard to quantify, but it is a nearly tangible asset and matters greatly to thousands of area residents who fly in and out of Kansas City International Airport.

District makes headway Dr. Robert Newhart wants it understood the St. Joseph School District is in rehab and recovery mode - on the mend, and yet not fully healthy.

2 down, 4 to go for Nixon Gov. Jay Nixon has filled two positions on the Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents, and by all appearances he has made strong choices.

Enable military to repel attacks The debate over arming military recruiters and personnel at domestic military installations should turn on two points: the individual's qualifications to carry a weapon and the imperative for allowing service members to defend themselves.

Spending locally is best It's logical to think when a local business expands or modernizes facilities, the business' outlook must be on the upswing.

U.S. Military options remain `unchanged'? U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is occupied with reassuring the people of Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia about their security in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal.

Explore pathway to college Barriers to attaining a college degree include tuition costs and poor preparation in high school. The long-running dual credit program can impact both.

Future needed for pools To think that interest in public swimming pools has waned and never will return is to think a disturbing thought.

Plan will improve downtown park Adding a permanent concessions and restroom facility to support our busy Coleman Hawkins Park at Felix Street Square is a surprisingly good idea.

Fitness proposal flops At the end of the day, it always was highly questionable for the city of St. Joseph to consider making up for a budget shortfall by going into competition with private businesses in town.

Museum contract seals partnership The city of St. Joseph and the board of St. Joseph Museums Inc. recently renewed and extended for five years a working agreement that serves both parties' interests.

Port work is vital For many years, the gold standard in terms of civic service widely has been defined as those who contribute time and energies promoting highway improvements that likely will not be completed in their lifetimes.

Mixed-use plan holds promise It's early, but a proposal for a Downtown mixed-use retail and parking structure merits a long look from anyone who understands how important it is for that area to eventually approach self-sufficiency.

Algebra proposals add up A new report suggests Missouri may be on the verge of doing something revolutionary: clarifying that algebra is but one way to satisfy college math requirements.

Local arts groups deserved warning First, an attempt to see things the way the Missouri Arts Council apparently does:

150 years' service earns our respect A St. Joseph firefighters' memorial would be a fitting tribute to fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price in service to the community.

Give Patee House a lift Gary Chilcote never stops thinking of ways to improve on his life's work - the restored Patee House and the museum collections it houses.

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (07/29/2015) at 08:06 PM

Our View: Cherokee County Commission should stand firm Posted: July 29, 2015 The land and an entrepreneur may be available, but those aren't good enough reasons to apply for a landfill. Not by a long shot.

Our View: Thank Blunt for championing rural mail service Posted: July 28, 2015 Did you get your mail on time Monday?

Your View: Letters to the editor Posted: July 28, 2015 Better gun controls

Our View: Equal access and the ADA Posted: July 26, 2015 It's hailed as one of the most far-reaching and groundbreaking civil rights laws in American history. Given that it has changed the lives of people of every age, every race and every gender, the Americans with Disabilities Act should be observed as a great turning point in our recent history.

Herb Van Fleet: Gays entitled to same rights, privileges as others Posted: July 26, 2015 Rumor has it that right after the Supreme Count issued its ruling on gay marriage, Justice Antonin Scalia went outside the Supreme Court building and met with Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee to see if the four of them could burn down the building.

Donna Brazile: Trump always sinks to the occasion Posted: July 26, 2015 Right now, my Republican friends seem to be drawn to candidates who have extreme views or made a name in a field other than politics. And the biggest name at the moment is Donald Trump. Trump is leading in several polls, including the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, with a double-digit lead over Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. 

Geoff Caldwell: August recess is already programmed Posted: July 26, 2015 Congrebot (käNG-r-bot/): A member of the United States House of Representatives or Senate whose mind has been programmed to respond to special interest political donors over those of the voters that elected them to office. Slang; American. Combination of congressman/congresswoman and robot. Illustrative of an elected official's inability to think independently or stray from established party line.

Cynthia Allen: Making a moral argument for conservatism Posted: July 26, 2015 When debates over highly ideological issues like abortion erupt, one of the most common attacks on conservatives is that their support of pro-life policies is hypocritical.

Deborah Pearson: Tyson's generosity evident in community Posted: July 26, 2015 As a community member of McDonald County, I cannot be more proud that Tyson Food takes the time to support its community, its employees and its families.

Carol Stark: Former Globe reporter carries message back to Japan Posted: July 24, 2015 He was a young journalist working at the Pittsburg Morning Sun when he applied for a program that would provide travel expenses and support to travel to Japan to interview the hibakusha, literally “those who received the bomb.”

Our View: Jefferson City and the abuses of public office Posted: July 24, 2015 Missouri Southern State University is putting the brakes on its legislative internship program during the next session as it reviews all policies and procedures regarding the respected, longtime program.

Rachel Marsden: A simple solution to the Islamic State problem Posted: July 23, 2015 The fight against terrorism could literally go on forever if we let it. Just ask Ken Taylor, the former Canadian ambassador to Iran best known as the mastermind of the plot to exfiltrate American diplomats from Iran during the hostage crisis, as depicted in the movie “Argo.”

Our view: Norm Ridder: An opportunity to move forward Posted: July 22, 2015 The hiring of Norm Ridder, the new interim superintendent for the Joplin School District, presents the opportunity for the district to move forward just in time for the beginning of a new school year.

Our view: From the farm to the child Posted: July 21, 2015 Local county fairs are a great place for youngsters to learn more about how food gets from the farm and onto the dinner table. We've seen evidence of this the past two weeks during the youth fairs in Jasper and Newton counties.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: July 21, 2015 Accusatory phrasing

Our view: Can Tyson change its ways? Posted: July 19, 2015 The last time we wrote about Tyson Foods in an editorial, it was in no way complimentary. In fact, we have frequently taken it to task for the way the company treats the environment, particularly our rivers and streams. That treatment has resulted in fish kills and a long history of fines.

Your view: Letter to the editor Posted: July 19, 2015 Historic agreement

Geoff Caldwell: Founders would have been proud of this reporter Posted: July 19, 2015 Author's note: The majority of this column is intentionally not in my words. They are instead exchanges between CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett, President Barack Obama and Garrett's colleagues at CBS News. They are presented in detail for clarity and context of the type of reporting that has become far too rare among the Washington press corps.

Mike Deering: Right to farm will benefit Missourians Posted: July 19, 2015 The Missouri Farming Rights Amendment will benefit the entire state of Missouri. It will help ensure agriculture remains vibrant in this state, and it will give greater certainty to consumers that they have access to an abundant selection of affordable, healthy and safe food for their families. This is why the Missouri Cattlemen's Association commends the Missouri Supreme Court for upholding the Farming Rights Amendment — Amendment 1 — on June 30.

Michael Swan: Building connected communities one foot at a time Posted: July 19, 2015 The future of transportation lies in pedestrian-friendly connected communities.

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (07/29/2015) at 08:06 PM

Your Opinion: Correction - Two dates were incorrect in Larry Russell Johnson's letter titled “Confederate symbols, politics and Missouri history," published in Monday's News Tribune.

Your Opinion: Taxation reaches historic highs - For those who think the federal government needs more money.

Your Opinion: Other riverfront venues offer ideas - I have been to the Noren Access.

Your Opinion: ADA accessibility a trail consideration - I am writing regarding the disagreement about the proposed surface of the trail at the Noren Access area.

Our Opinion: Good intentions do not justify ending elections - If the Nonpartisan Court Plan becomes a reality for Cole County's judicial circuit, it may hereafter be known as the “Block the Influence of Big Money" plan.

Our Opinion: Pantry creates recipe for distribution - When it comes to feeding needy people, we appreciate efforts to improve on a proficient approach.

Your Opinion: Confederate symbols, politics and Missouri history - The Boone County commissioners during an interview on Channel 8 news on July 16 voted unanimously to move a Confederate memorial which stood since 1935 on the grounds of the Boone County Courthouse in Columbia to a private property south of Centralia at taxpayers' expense because a lone African-American male was offended and threatened to file a petition to remove the memorial.

Your Opinion: Response on displaying Confederate flag - On July 12 Larry Russell Johnson's letter was published on the Confederate flag flap. (Pun intended.)

Our Opinion: ADA anniversary: Much progress, but work remains - The theme of inclusion was sounded by champions of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on Sunday's 25th anniversary of the law.

Your Opinion: Can we do more than imagine? - Can you imagine? A lady in a grocery store in Jefferson City offered to let me in front of her in a check-out line. I refused, of course, being stubbornly independent and self-sufficient.

Your Opinion: Damaging allegations undermine justice - Innocent until proven guilty is a farce when the media, especially in the case of alleged sexual misconduct, establishes itself as the judge and jury and decides to destroy someone before the justice process even begins.

Your Opinion: GOP thwarts Obama's economic stimulus - t has been almost seven years since the president was elected when he took over from the Bush administration who served two terms.

Our Opinion: Arm trained soldiers against attacks News Tribune editorial - In the aftermath of attacks at a military recruiting center and a reserve center, both national and state officials are debating whether military members at those types of facilities should be armed.

Perspective: The end of Planned Parenthood? - Planned Parenthood's unmitigated implosion continues.

Perspective: New principal outlines priorities - As the new Jefferson City High School principal, Mr. Bob James has been on the job since July 1.

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (07/29/2015) at 08:06 PM

Planned Parenthood investigation necessary (07/29/15) 2 Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has opened an investigation into Planned Parenthood after the release of secretly recorded videos appearing to show the organization has engaged in selling body parts of unborn babies. Several other states are doing the same...

Opinion Column Obama presidency's failures (07/29/15) A gentleman approached me in a grocery store this week and asked if I could confirm a rumor he heard about the president. In hushed tones, he said the president was poised to ignore the Constitution and seek a third term. And should the populace resist that controversial move, the rumor opined that the president would impose marshal law to quell any discontent...

Opinion Column 'A Plan of Action' to build an Iranian bomb (07/28/15) The "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" between the U.S., European Union, France, Germany, UK, Russia, China and the Islamic Republic of Iran, with a stated purpose to "ensure that Iran's nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful" will provide Iran with the tools to enable it to transition rapidly to a nuclear weapons program at a time of its choosing...

Editorial Achieving citizenship requires much preparation, support (07/28/15) Becoming an official United States citizen is the dream of many an immigrant, but it's no small task. It requires demonstrating an understanding of the English language, knowledge of U.S. government and an interview with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer. Cape Girardeau Adult Education and Literacy program provides classes to help make the citizenship dream a reality for aspiring Americans...

Letter to the Editor Realtors support water issue (07/28/15) On Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at our monthly meeting, members of the Cape Girardeau County Board of REALTORS unanimously voted to support the 2015 Water Bond Issue that will be on the City of Jackson August ballot. REALTORS are here to protect and serve property owners. ...

Speak Out Speak out 7/27/2015 (07/27/15) The way it's going with his comments, it will eventually get to the point where Trump may have difficulty trumping Trump. Reports of shots fired keep Cape Girardeau cops busy overnight. All this bull about the NRA and Republican legislators saying more guns on the streets will make it safer. It is only costing the American citizens more as there are so many more shootings that the police have to investigate...

Editorial Community garden will bring produce, awareness to table (07/27/15) Today, Cape Girardeau will celebrate its newest community garden with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. One of four gardens supported by dedicated volunteer Robert Harris and the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department, the Shawnee Park Community Demonstration Garden and Urban Orchard receives its official welcome at 11 a.m...

Speak Out Speak out 7/26/15 (07/26/15) It's sad enough that we've allowed abortion to go on since 1973, and now to find out they're selling organs. They're taking these unborn babies' lives, snuffing them out, and then selling their organs and making a profit from them. How disgusting. How despicable...

Editorial Property acquisition good step for police station (07/26/15) The City of Cape Girardeau has cited the need for a new police station for more than a decade. The department has turned closets into offices, set up a trailer in a parking lot and found other countless workarounds for the lack of space in its building on Sprigg Street...

Speak Out Speak out for 7/24/15 (07/24/15) Earth's 2015 temperature looks like it may surpass 2014's as the hottest on record. Of course, that should in no way detract from our firm belief that global warming and/or climate change is a myth. Rush Limbaugh is advising Republicans not to be too rough on Donald Trump because they may have to support him in the future. I agree with Rush and would, in fact, urge the other Republican presidential contenders to drop out so as to present a united front while rallying around The Donald...

Editorial A gem on the river: the Red House (07/24/15) If you've ever wondered what an Old World whipping stocks might look or feel like, you'll soon be able to test your theory -- even have a friend snap your picture with neck and arms dangling awkwardly from its wooden scaffolding. Or, if you have a fascination with America's pioneer days, you might be equally engrossed by a replica of a dugout canoe or an oxcart...

Editorial Quilt guild offers soft touch to veterans (07/23/15) America's veterans deserve our greatest admiration and thanks. These individuals have been on the front lines of freedom and risked their lives to protect our homeland. When individuals or organizations find ways to honor these individuals, it's important to pause and say, "Thank you."...

Editorial Teachers learn tech to help students (07/22/15) On Tuesday, in somewhat of a role reversal, educators sat on the other side of the classroom. The goal was to learn to use technology to become more effective teachers. The Southeast Regional Professional Development Center conducted a free technology conference at the University Center to teach the teachers so they may teach their students using important technology tools...

Opinion Column The statistical analysis of race (07/22/15) Race has always been a part of the Obama administration. And there's nothing wrong with that. As the nation's first black president, it's understandable that the issue of race relations and racial justice should be a part of this administration's policy...

Speak Out Speak Out for 7/21/15 (07/21/15) Everyone should read Thomas Sowell's articles. They give a wonderful viewpoint of the Civil War and the black and white attitudes that can help us all. And he makes so much sense. It is really, really a good article. Let the competition begin as to who on the Opinion page of the Southeast Missourian can sound the most apocalyptic in condemning the nuclear deal with Iran. ...

Editorial The burning passion of running and running (07/21/15) Running is a grueling sport that takes stamina and perseverance. Non-runners say they just don't have the discipline to do it. Runners admit the sport burns like fire, but the thought of not running hurts even more, so -- they run. It's a healthy addiction. Cape Girardeau's Laura Sheridan runs almost every day, but this year, she took it to another level, running the Boston Marathon for the first time...

Speak Out Speak Out 7/20/15 (07/20/15) Sowell's stance Everyone should read Thomas Sowell's articles. They give a wonderful viewpoint of the Civil War and the black and white attitudes that can help us all. And he makes so much sense. It is really, really a good article. Red light There are so many people that run those red lights there on Broadway and Clark and also at Broadway and Caruthers. ...

Editorial 1st 50K contest draws international interest (07/20/15) Cape Girardeau's influence is being felt around the world. A business startup competition called 1ST50K has drawn entrants from 13 countries, each vying for grants of up to $50,000, as well as other awards that come with winning. Codefi, Traverse Ventures and local partners came together to create 1ST50K to open the door for entrepreneurial hopefuls to pitch their business ideas on what was coined Pitch Day. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 7/19/15 (07/19/15) I'm the one that put in the paper the first time about Gov. Walker and Gov. Nixon. I am retired from the state of Wisconsin. Gov. Walker cut all the unions so there is no more. He also spent more money. Walker went places and had a really good vacation on the taxpayers' money. ...

Editorial Anniversary event set for river wall murals (07/19/15) Has it really been 10 years since Cape's downtown floodwall was painted with murals? History moves on, and the Mississippi River murals themselves have become part of ours. If you've spent any time downtown, you've seen the popularity of the murals. There are 24 of them and each portrays a moment in the history of the river and our region...

Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
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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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