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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (02/18/2018) at 10:00 PM

Editorial Editorial: Midterms, Mizzou, Parkland. Russian trolls never sleep Editorial Editorial: Missouri's rural way of life threatened by more than wind power Editorial Editorial: Auditor suggests common-sense budgeting. What a concept. Editorial Editorial: St. Louis Treasurer should not get more discretionary spending authority

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Eugene Robinson: The issue is not mental health. It's guns.

David Ignatius: How the U.S. can 'get to yes' with Turkey

Marc A. Thiessen: Senators raise serious questions that should trouble all Americans

Dana Milbank: Sarah Huckabee Sanders is at a loss for words on Rob Porter. I am here for her.

Jonah Goldberg: The fallacy of `crumbling' American infrastructure

David Ignatius: America and its allies nearly destroyed Raqqa to rescue it

Eugene Robinson: Trump deceived those who believed his populist promises

Bipartisan energy legislation is good for Missouri electric customers

Privatization plan for Lambert is pie in the sky

Missouri Legislature should not repeal post-Ferguson reforms

Heritage preservation as economic development

Return community college to an institution that builds our city's future

Aviation assets: The view from 35,000 feet


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Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (02/18/2018) at 10:00 PM

Editorials No more swanky dinners or free booze? Missouri lawmakers should ban lobbyist gifts The Missouri state Senate is finally expressing a willingness to cap unlimited gift-giving to lawmakers. Action is long overdue.

Editorials Could the 2018 elections in Kansas and Missouri be hacked? New reports say the U.S. remains vulnerable to hacking of their elections. Kansas and Missouri have work to do, and Congress can help.

Editorials ‘This place is so insane’: After a bullet strikes a bus, how can KC kids get to school safely? Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell is rightly convinced that more must be done to ensure that kids can get to school safely each day. A recent incident that saw a bullet shatter a school bus window made the challenge all the more urgent.

Editorials Congress is still tied in knots over immigration. Are Kansas and Missouri senators willing to compromise? The failure to pass immigration reform is a symptom of a dysfunctional Congress unable to address serious national problems. What would it take for Kansas and Missouri Sens. Jerry Moran, Pat Roberts, Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill to compromise on this issue?

Editorials Where’s the Republican who will take on the NRA? Spoiler alert: Not in Kansas or Missouri How many school shootings will it take before Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt or Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts bucks the NRA and takes action to curb gun violence?

Editorials Was Twitter complicit in Russian efforts to spread misinformation about the KKK at Mizzou? Russian Twitter trolls masterminded a tweet that fueled erroneous reports during the 2015 student protests at the University of Missouri. It's time for Twitter to rein in the spread of misinformation.

Editorials A lesson from the Florida shooting: If we can’t control guns, should we fortify schools? Classroom doors may need to be wired to lock automatically in a crisis, from the inside. Safe rooms capable of holding children could be built in every class. Bullet-proof glass may become standard after the deadly massacre at a Florida high school.

Editorials Are you listening, police board? KC mayor was right about ‘banging on the city crap’ Kansas City police board president Leland Shurin says that the planned budget increase for patrol officers and dispatchers is just not enough. But Mayor Sly James is right to ask: How are those efficiencies coming?

Editorials Not exactly Blue Apron: the problem with replacing food stamps with ‘Harvest Box’ The White House budget would cut food stamps and save even more money by replacing the direct cash assistance that can only be used to buy food with boxes of powdered milk and canned goods.

Editorials The high price of the border war: Kansas is wasting tax dollars to entice HCA The latest job shift comes from HCA Midwest Health, which will get $3 million in help to move 7,040 yards down the road. It needs to stop.

Editorials Applebee’s admitted to racial profiling. Why won’t Independence police apologize? Two black women were falsely accused of leaving Applebee's in the Independence Center without paying their bill. The company did the right thing and apologized, but Independence police have been silent about an officer's role in the incident.

Editorials Kansas wrongfully convicted these men. The state owes them more than an apology Kansas lawmakers are considering legislation that would compensate the wrongfully convicted for the time they served in prison. Legislators should do the right thing for those who have been wronged by the state.

Editorials The Kansas Senate is right: What kids learn from porn isn’t healthy The Kansas Senate has been ridiculed for its recent resolution proclaiming porn a public health hazard. But lawmakers are right that porn perpetuates a sexually toxic environment and glorifies violence against women.

Editorials ‘The bridge to Kansas’: Why hasn’t Missouri learned from Brownback’s tax cut mistakes? Missouri is thinking about cutting taxes. Kansas remains a prime example of how tax cuts can go wrong, and Missouri should listen.

Editorials No more excuses: Why don’t these KC-area police departments have body cameras? Body cameras are an essential tool to protect the public and the police. Kansas City-area police departments are out of excuses for not requiring body cameras for their officers.

Editorials Could better bus service in Johnson County lay the groundwork for regional transit? A proposal would provide $300,000 for bus service along Interstate 35 in southern Johnson County. The route would attract job-seekers.

Editorials Four decades in office? Jackson County needs term limits for elected officials Recent problems with the Jackson County Legislature and the county executive point out the need to limit terms for elected officials at the courthouse.

Editorials Lessons learned? How Kansas City can avoid another mess like the KCI terminal battle The Kansas City Council picked Edgemoor to design and build a new KCI terminal. Even supporters said it was a chaotic process, in need of reform.

Editorials Youth suicide rates are rising in Kansas. A teen crisis center in Johnson County could help In a matter of weeks, Johnson County saw the highly-publicized death of a suicidal Blue Valley Northwest student who was shot by a police officer. Then, two teenagers at Shawnee Mission Northwest took their own lives. Three county officials are trying to open a crisis center for youth to help.

Editorials Edgemoor choice for KCI reflects faith in voters. It’s also the end of the beginning The Kansas City Council endorsed an agreement with Edgemoor Infrastructure to design, build, and finance a new terminal. It was the right thing to do.

The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (02/18/2018) at 06:59 AM

What will we say if a shooting happens here?

You might not believe what's happening in Jefferson City

Pleased City Council listened on trash haulers

Contributors Interrupting hate speech Interrupting hate speech The first time I heard the word ôgayö applied to a person I loved, I couldn't accept that it was true. Contributors 19┬áhours, 12┬áminutes ago

Readers Right to Work hurts families Right to Work hurts families We already have the right to work. No one is forced to join a union in Missouri. Readers 21 hours, 47 minutes ago

Readers Proposed EPA cuts would hurt Springfield Proposed EPA cuts would hurt Springfield I was appalled to learn that President Trump's proposed budget would cut funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by 25 percent. Readers 21 hours, 54 minutes ago

Readers More information on voter ID requirements More information on voter ID requirements There are, in fact, three options for voting in Missouri. Readers 21 hours, 57 minutes ago

Readers U.S. has to seize computing advantage U.S. has to seize computing advantage Using high tech is not the same as creating high tech. Readers 22 hours ago

Readers See the fruit of tax cuts See the fruit of tax cuts I would like to draw attention to the news about companies who have utilized the president's tax cut plan to increase pay for their employees. Readers 22 hours, 2 minutes ago

Readers Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, North Carolina Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, North Carolina The Missouri depicted in this nasty movie is not who we are or aspire to be. Readers 1 day, 10 hours ago

Contributors Focus on the flu, not the new Focus on the flu, not the new The flu, neither exotic nor rare, garners too little attention and too few resources. Contributors 1 day, 13 hours ago

Readers Why we need 'the right to try' Why we need 'the right to try' We have a real chance to eliminate cancer, reduce a lot of opioids and substantially reduce medical/insurance costs. Readers 3 days, 6 hours ago

Readers In support of a Trump Day In support of a Trump Day It reminds us the fact that we as Americans have a right to vote for who we choose. Readers 3 days, 17 hours ago

Opinion The tragedy that is human trafficking The tragedy that is human trafficking This heinous injustice happens across the globe and in the United States, and southwest Missouri is certainly not immune. Opinion 4 days, 11 hours ago

Contributors Protect, provide for the children Protect, provide for the children The number of young people in the Missouri foster care system now is about 13,000 and rising. Contributors 4 days, 11 hours ago

Readers Control over student reading is responsible Control over student reading is responsible Giving teachers the license to issue any book of their choosing is bad for the future of our country. Readers 5 days, 11 hours ago

Contributors Branding has taken over Branding has taken over What once took place only on Madison Avenue is now ongoing everywhere. Contributors 5 days, 11 hours ago

Contributors Olympic Games begin on planet's hottest spot Olympic Games begin on planet's hottest spot For the next several weeks, the revelry of youth and Olympian glories of the Pyeongchang Games will push aside prospects of a bloody war in Korea. Contributors 5 days, 14 hours ago

Contributors Tax cut is rocket fuel for small business re 1000 covery Tax cut is rocket fuel for small business recovery Just one month into the new year, the new federal tax cut is already off to a roaring start, and small business has a lot to do with that. Contributors 6 days, 14 hours ago

Contributors Teach children to prevent sex abuse Teach children to prevent sex abuse Research shows that 95% of child maltreatment is preventable through education. Contributors 6 days, 14 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...

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The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
As of (02/18/2018) at 09:40 PM

Opinion PHILL BROOKS: Fiscal Notes Matter Over the years, fiscal notes have had a significant impact on the legislative process sidelining bills or forcing sponsors to scale back the costs.

Courageous women paved the way for the #MeToo movement Women's protests have resulted in positive change in the past, and we seem to be witnessing a profound change in treatment of women now.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The Attorney General Thinks Aspirin Helps Severe Pain. He's Wrong Jeff Sessions, who opposes safe medical marijuana, says severe pain sufferers should "tough it out" instead.

PHILL BROOKS: Fiscal Notes Matter Phill Brooks Over the years, fiscal notes have had a significant impact on the legislative process sidelining bills or forcing sponsors to scale back the costs.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Get Ready for More Voter Suppression Jen Herrick This year, at least 20 states are considering laws that would make it harder to vote.

EDITORIAL: Missouri lawmakers take Gov. Eric Greitens to school St. Louis Post-Dispatch Greitens has shown he has many lessons to learn. Too bad he's being educated at the expense of Missouri's schoolchildren.

Courageous women paved the way for the #MeToo movement Sandy Davidson Women's protests have resulted in positive change in the past, and we seem to be witnessing a profound change in treatment of women now.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The Attorney General Thinks Aspirin Helps Severe Pain. He's Wrong Jill Richardson Jeff Sessions, who opposes safe medical marijuana, says severe pain sufferers should "tough it out" instead.

EDITORIAL: Due process is not a political football The Charlotte Observer The principle of due process must apply even outside of the courtroom, which means a full, fair hearing wherever disputes erupt.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Tips Are for Servers, Not CEOs Irene Tung and Te├│filo Reyes The Trump administration wants servers to hand over nearly $6 billion to their bosses.

DAVID ROSMAN: Valentine"s Day losing its origin, but it"s still lucrative David Rosman U.S. Valentine"s Day sales are expected to reach $19.6 billion in the U.S. alone. Candy, of course, is the most popular gift for the holiday.

DAVID WEBBER: Why don"t homeless people go to shelters? David Webber Viewing the homeless as lazy freeloaders prevents a deeper understanding of their decisions.

C.W. DAWSON: The Economic Imperative for the Future-Investing in Ourselves C.W. Dawson This Black History Month we must not only reflect on the past, we must also think about the future, especially our collective economic future.

EDITORIAL: Lawmakers make it easier for monopolies to raise electricity and gas rates St. Louis Post-Dispatch The PSC's power to regulate what are, after all, profitable monopolies has been broached. A relentless company may want another bite of the apple.

EDITORIAL: Why don't these KC-area police departments have body cameras? Kansas City Star Agencies cite the cost as a reason they have declined to equip officers with them. Yet that excuse seems empty when other departments have found ways.

KEN MIDKIFF: Our elected officials must stand up for the welfare of the public Ken Midkiff Elected representatives are acting in support of a deranged, delusional, and possibly dangerous president or, they are supporting him by their silence.

EDITORIAL: No disaster is so dire that it can"t be exploited for profit St. Louis Post-Dispatch FEMA's performance was troubling. It should have had better plans in place for sourcing something as crucial as MREs. Also for vetting its contractors.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Congress" budget dysfunction is more than 4 decades in the making Linda J. Bilmes Republicans have aspired to stand for smaller government. Now, they have pushed through one of the most out-of-control spending packages in history.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Consumers are biggest losers in Trump"s ongoing war on regulations Jeff Sovern For the next five months Ś or until the Senate confirms a permanent director Ś the CFPB is led by someone who once called it a ôsad, sickö joke .

EDITORIAL: Two shadows loom over the Olympics The Chicago Tribune This is a time to celebrate the exploits of these amazing athletes. But also to remember that in the shadows, predators can lurk. Not just in the gym.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (02/18/2018) at 10:01 PM

Beware of Senate Bill 612, a sneaky tax credit

Columbians must keep focus on the next renewable energy deadline

Earleywine's firing warrants answers

Don't tiptoe when talking about race

Allegations against Greitens follows pattern of deceptive behavior

Welcome back, Drew Lock

Greitens' actions drawing too much controversy for him to be effective

Without net neutrality, get ready for a bumpy road ahead

The Tribune's View: Gun exchange might not be a big success, but it's a start

Let's 'Live United' every day

City council should say no to Broadway Hotel TIF

On use tax, public officials failed themselves

St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (02/18/2018) at 10:01 PM

Is this why we developed Mitchell Woods? Consider this line, published in this newspaper, when Bayer HealthCare announced its intention to cease production operations in St. Joseph.

Utility rates due a reset

Low rates still define real estate

The engine plant that could

Sewers: fix what we must, pay later

District faces budget reality

Join the broadband push

Protect, provide for the children

Make colleges better, not fewer

Reasons for caring for your heart

Credit due activists

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (02/18/2018) at 10:02 PM

Our View: Grim forecast for tuition rates The proposed cuts in appropriations to Missouri's institutions of higher education would have a profound effect on tuition and, in our view, the ability of students to continue their quest for a college degree.

Carol Stark: Mighty spirit won't be forgotten "Though she be but little, she is fierce!"

Geoff Caldwell: Media becoming machine fueled on innuendo, division Again, the news was horrific. Again, another massacre. Again, innocents went to school in the morning, the morgue at night.

Dick Thompson: Gun control beats the massacres Let's start with a given: If there were no firearms in the United States, there would be no firearms-related deaths.

Your View: Letters to editor Enough with nonstop reports

Gina Barreca: Should I stay or should I leave? Guidelines governing dating and romance have become more complex than unsolved problems in mathematics.

Our View: There must be words ôThere are no words to express the sorrow that we are all feeling.ö Ś Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie after the Wednesday shooting of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Our view: Fix city pay problem The city of Joplin must address employee retention.

Who really cares if Iran dominates the Middle East? PARIS Ś With Bashar Assad still in power in Syria, supported by Russia, Syrian ally Iran is about to dominate the Middle East, and there's nothing that can be done about it. But is this really such a bad thing?

D.C.'s failure to cut debt goes back to Bill Clinton sex scandal Two months after passing a tax cut bill punching a $1.5 trillion hole in the federal budget, Congress passed a spending bill expanding that gap by another $320 billion, setting the stage for future rises in interest rates as government borrowing explodes. Given the continuing lack of fiscal …

Our View: Eager to see sign We're eager to see the historic neon sign for Wilder's Steakhouse glowing over Main Street once again.

Trump's tax cut is fueling stock buybacks, not wage increases Donald Trump's promise that corporations will use his giant new tax cut to make new investments and raise workers' wages is proving to be about as truthful as his promise to release his tax returns.

Infrastructure spending won't transform America ôTo get there you follow Highway 58, going northeast out of the city, and it is a good highway and new.ö

Eager to see restored historic sign glowing over Main Street We're eager to see the historic neon sign for Wilder's Steakhouse glowing over Main Street once again.

Our View: Don't gut service programs Later today a number of U.S. representatives and senators will be recognized for their contribution to national service.

Kevin Wilson: What's meaningful in life? Last week's column was titled ôIt's all about perspective.ö So a few days after I wrote that column I came across a comic strip that really emphasized that point.

Anson Burlingame: Insulting your way into the White House Perhaps one of the most prophetic phrases of the campaign for the 2016 presidency was in an early GOP debate. Donald Trump had, again, strongly criticized, insulted if you will, Jeb Bush. In a flustered reply Bush told Trump, ôYou cannot insult your way into the White House.ö

Tayor Armerding: Memo didn't threaten national security, but raises questions Now that we've all had a chance to read the memo, it seems like the most obvious question from both sides of the canyon divide in U.S. politics should be: What's the big deal?

Our view: Ashcroft's proposed fee doesn't fix initiative petition problem We'll take Missouri's Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft at his word about the tsunami of initiative petitions his office has to deal with. But we disagree with his solution to the problem.

Mun Choi: Universities deliver solutions to rural Missouri In December, The Chronicle of Higher Education published ôA Dying Town,ö a story about the challenges facing the Missouri Bootheel. It details the struggles too many Missourians face in staying healthy and prosperous, including the unflinching stories of several residents who, without a coll…

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (02/18/2018) at 10:02 PM

Your Opinion: Council won't give reasons for special tax for Farmer Bros.: I read in the Tribune that the Farmer Brothers are going to use the 1 percent secret sales tax in...

Your Opinion: Funding, our broadband 'entitlement': State government has discovered yet another "entitlement."

Your Opinion: Responding to McCaskill abortion stance: I appreciate the opportunity to reply to Sylvester Kesel's letter printed Feb. 15.

Opinion: A community surrounded by water on 3 sides: In two of my past articles on the history of Cole County, I mentioned the early roads in the 1820s...

Opinion: Understanding lobbying: This is how it works: There are three main lobbying areas on the House side, one just outside the side...

From the editor: When selecting news content, we prioritize local: The conversation inevitably leads to whether the reader is referring to the opinion pages — where columnists, cartoonists and letter...

Our Opinion: Don't play 'hide and seek' with public notices: Four attempts in the Missouri Legislature would let bankers or state government "post" public notices to online sites that the...

Commentary: Infrastructure spending won't transform America: Time was, infrastructure — roads, especially — was a preoccupation of populists, who were mostly rural and needed roads to...

Our Opinion: Volunteers fuel United Way's efforts: It's been stated before, and it's worth stating again: It's the volunteers who fuel the United Way of Central Missouri.

Your Opinion: Federal debt causes spending concern: Is anyone else concerned about the amount of money our federal government is spending and planning on increasing???

Your Opinion: Politicians beholden to money: Are our elected officials or those running for office prostitutes?

Your Opinion: The cost of government employees: Do you believe that corporations are benevolent institutions created to hand their profits over to the public, rather than their...

Your Opinion: How can McCaskill, a Catholic, support abortion?: For the last several months, I have been receiving emails from Claire McCaskill touting her moderate middle-of-the-road stance on everything...

Your Opinion: Princess Hillary's wondrous gown: Daniel Kottman's Feb. 7 LTE claimed that President Trump, Devin Nunes and the Republican Party are the swindlers selling the...

Your Opinion: Greitens makes treating chronic pain harder: I am writing to you because my wife has become an innocent victim of Gov. Eric Greitens' "War on Opioids."

Your Opinion: Set aside childish debates, work toward uplifting others: In the Feb. 11 newspaper, in the opinion page, a gentleman wrote that he was in his 70s and did...

Our Opinion: Bill would expand restorative justice in DWI cases: We support legislative efforts to require Missourians convicted of driving while intoxicated to complete victims' impact panels.

Your Opinion: Rebuttal makes valid point: No time limit on improprieties: On my Jan. 20 opinion, I wrote about "Does trash sell" and in that article I said, among other things,...

Your Opinion: Government-mandated income redistribution: Gov. Greitens recently said that increased health care costs are requiring budget cuts in other areas.

Our Opinion: Seeking solutions to state workforce problems: We're pleased to see Gov. Eric Greitens and other state officials are looking to implement solutions after a survey of...

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (02/18/2018) at 10:02 PM

University Foundation recognizes Talberts for dedication to university (2/17/18) Cape Girardeau cardiologist Clifford R. Talbert Jr. and his wife, Bettie, were honored with the 2018 Friends of the University award Friday by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. The Friends of the University is the highest honor bestowed by the foundation...

Newspaper's entertainment section full of fun events (2/16/18) Happy Friday everyone! We hope you noticed our revamped entertainment/event section in today's paper. We're recommitting our focus and resources to bringing you more information about our local culture, entertainment, food and events in the Southeast Missourian. ...

Mary Poppins musical promises to be fun experience (2/15/18) Southeast Missouri State University's theater and dance students will sing, dance and act next weekend in what's sure to be an uplifting and familiar performance of "Mary Poppins," a Disney classic. Nearly 200 performers will play roles in the musical that has been in the works for about a year...

Community comes out to support Jackson, Cape school fundraisers (2/13/18) Nearly a thousand people turned out the last two weekends to support local public schools, starting with Jackson's Red and Black Affair, followed by Cape Girardeau's Penguin Party. Both events were formal parties where adults showed up in some of their best attire, looking dapper and lovely. ...

55 fall sport athletes named finalists for Semoball Awards (2/10/18) Last week we were proud to announce the fall sport finalists for the 2018 Semoball Awards, presented by SoutheastHEALTH. In all, 55 were nominated as finalists for awards in their respective sports, which will be announced Saturday, July 14 at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus...

Pinhook is a story of perseverance, community (2/9/18) More than just neighbors, the folks who lived in the tiny black community of Pinhook, Missouri, were essentially family. The tiny village was destroyed in 2011 by the record-breaking Mississippi River flood. Pinhook resided in a flood plain that was protected by a levee but designed, along with some 130,000 acres, to act as an emergency spillway when the river reached historical levels...

Let the Games begin! Olympics should be fun (2/8/18) The 2018 Winter Olympics are officially underway, kicking off with the quirky sport of mixed doubles curling on Wednesday. Figure skating is slated tonight, and the official opening ceremony officially ignites the games Feb. 9; you might be able to catch some of it before work on Friday, as the ceremonies begin at 5 a.m. Central time...

Frigid fundraiser benefits Special Olympics Missouri (2/6/18) Many of us just don't understand the crazy souls who come out once a year to splash into the frigid waters of Lake Boutin, but Penny Williams, development coordinator for Special Olympics Missouri, summed it up pretty well: "We ask, as a fundraiser, to come out of your comfort zone," she said. "Come and do something good for somebody else, donate some money, and jump in a lake. So that's why we're here today."...

Several reasons not to watch the Super Bowl (2/3/18) If the Super Bowl is your thing, we get it. Sports are your go-to escape, your release, your passion, and the Super Bowl is the pinnacle of sports entertainment. Not only does the Big Game pit the best two teams of the professional football world, it brings out the best in advertisements, and the half-time show is always either insanely eye-popping theatrics or a big head-scratcher. There are many reasons to watch...

Children take the lead at First Friday art festivities (2/2/18) The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is setting aside the wine and cheese today in favor of milk and cookies. That's because today, as part of the First Friday art event, the arts council will display children's art work as part of the 18th annual Children's Art Festival, which will showcase 400-plus works of art by children...

Retiring Rich Payne contributed important role for education (2/1/18) Rich Payne, director of the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center, recently announced his retirement at the end of this school year. Payne has been an educator for 28 years in the Cape Girardeau School District, including 18 years as the CTC director. He also has coached football...

Cape Chamber honors business leaders at banquet (1/30/18) Two individuals and one small business were bestowed awards Friday night at the annual Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce banquet in the cozy confines of the Conference Center at Drury Plaza. Beginning in 2019, the Chamber will bestow the Drury Family Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award to recognize one or more worthy entrepreneurs with direct ties to this area. ...

Cape needs solution for city hall (1/27/18) It's time to do something about Cape Girardeau's city hall. The city has known for more than a decade that the current building on Independence, a former elementary school built in 1937, will not meet the city's needs for much longer. The building lacks an elevator and its heating and cooling system needs a very expensive upgrade. Adding the elevator and HVAC system would cost more than $1 million...

SEMO food pantry helps students with need (1/26/18) Most often, the road out of poverty travels through education. The best way to prepare for a successful adulthood is to learn, and for many that means getting a college education. And while there are programs and assistance to help pay for tuition and other things, life outside of the school setting can still be very difficult for those with little means...

SoutheastHEALTH Foundation raises money for cancer patients (1/25/18) Hundreds of people came together to have a little fun and raise about $175,000 for local cancer patients over the weekend. As reported by Matt Dollard for the Southeast Missourian, The SoutheastHEALTH Foundation's Journey Gala brought more than 400 people to Drury Plaza Conference Center to hear the inspiring words of former NFL running back Merril Hoge and raise money for its cancer-care fund...

Church steps up to meet needs of homeless during extreme cold weather (1/23/18) Monday marked eight days since St. James A.M.E. Church opened a pop-up homeless shelter when temperatures got dangerously cold. The church worked with area businesses, agencies and organizations to provide food and necessities for those who needed it...

Cape Vision 2040 workshop is example of accessible government (1/20/18) The city of Cape Girardeau is holding its third workshop next week to get your input on how to shape the city going forward. Labeled Cape Vision 2040, the planning concept, a sequel to Vision 2020, is to seek community input so the city's planners and leaders can have a sort of navigational chart as they steer the city for the next couple of decades...

Salvation Army can use your support to meet kettle fundraising goal (1/19/18) There is still time to help the Salvation Army of Cape Girardeau meet its Red Kettle fundraising goal. The official campaign ends July 31. So far, the local organization has raised roughly $255,000 of its $300,000 goal. Those interested in donating can go to to find out how to donate...

Congratulations Jackson Chamber award winners (1/18/18) Sometimes it's what's not said that makes a statement. After a long introduction that described his many contributions to Jackson's community, from volunteering at concession stands to his selfless activity with the Optimist Club, from his work at several Jackson business enterprises to his love for Jackson schools, Billy Joe Thompson stood in front of a packed house at the Jackson Civic Center, having just been named the R.A. ...

Hoarded Yorkies find loving homes (1/16/18) Earlier this month, a local dog rescue organization came to learn of a woman who was hoarding dogs near Malden, Missouri. Hoarders often start with good intention of raising or saving animals, but they don't know when to stop. This particular hoarder was found with 70 dogs in her possession, most of them Yorkies, and they were not in great shape. Seventy dogs are too much for one person to handle...

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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