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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (09/19/2017) at 08:03 PM

Editorial Editorial: Last-ditch Graham-Cassidy health care bill is the worst one yet Editorial Editorial: The protests are about police abuse. The response must not be more abuse. Editorial Editorial: Mayhem is not a plan. Protesters need to outline their goals. Editorial Editorial: Privatizing Lambert? Airport proposal is intriguing, provided lots of questions get answers

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Dana Milbank: Trump lawyer caught gabbing about Russia racks up the errors

Leonard Pitts Jr.: What did Jemele Hill get wrong?

Kathleen Parker: How Democrats won the presidency

Horrigan: Lots of reasons for lots of homicides, none of them good

Robberson: Vietnam War healing still isn't complete, as new Ken Burns documentary underscores

E.J. Dionne: Kris Kobach and the struggles of column-writing

David Ignatius: Bring back the ombudsman

Post-Stockley: There's an elephant in the room

Catherine Rampell: A chilling study shows how hostile college students are toward free speech

Our region's future could take flight at our airport

Playing a role in addressing inequities and injustice in society

Catherine Rampell: Sanderscare is all cheap politics and magic math

We don't need Amazon; St. Louis can invest in itself


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Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (09/19/2017) at 08:04 PM

Editorials KCI terminal selection process spoiled by secrecy and chaos Airport selection committee officials released documents Tuesday outlining proposals for a new terminal at KCI. They shed little light on the reasons for picking Edgemoor — yet another problem in a deeply flawed process.

Editorials St. Louis police crossed the line with ‘Whose streets? Our streets’ chant When St. Louis police in riot gear chant “Whose streets? Our streets,” it's meant to menace, to exclude. And not implausibly, to exult in the acquittal of Jason Stockley, the white former cop who shot and killed a 24-year-old black motorist, Anthony Lamar Smith.

Editorials Tyson poultry plant would bring jobs to Tonganoxie, but at what cost? Kansas' search for more jobs shouldn't take a back seat to safety, clean air, and clean water in the state — which makes the Tyson chicken factory proposal worrisome.

Editorials Randy Potter’s body sat at KCI for eight months. Why didn’t Lenexa police check airport parking lots? How can it be that eight months after Randy Potter's family reported his disappearance to the Lenexa Police and to authorities at Kansas City International Airport, his decomposed body was found right there in his truck in an airport parking lot?

Editorials Should struggling suburbs go out of business and merge with Kansas City? Dozens of small towns and villages surround Kansas City and dot other parts of the metropolitan area. A new report suggests mergers might be a good strategy, and it's an idea worth considering.

Editorials How Kansas City can improve its fire department Kansas City will soon pick a new fire chief. He or she must address personnel issues and the department's aggressive culture.

Editorials Don’t start over on the KCI selection process. Here’s what the City Council should do next The City Council should approve Edgemoor Infrastructure as its terminal builder, but only if the selection committee explains why it picked the company to build the project.

Editorials Is your doctor struggling with addiction? Missouri should do more to answer that question Gov. Eric Greitens should act quickly to fill vacancies on the state board that has the power to decide if doctors are fit to practice medicine.

Editorials Here’s one player the Royals really need to keep for next season Lorenzo Cain is often overlooked in conversations about which of the Royals' free agents should be re-signed to long-term deals.

Editorials What Amazon wants that Kansas City doesn’t have Amazon isn't the only company whose employees require close proximity to a major international airport. Yet here we are, the largest American city without direct air service to Europe, which is both a metaphor and a big turn-off in itself.

Editorials How Mizzou’s struggles could be an opportunity for UMKC The University of Missouri at Columbia campus is no longer the top choice of the state's college-bound seniors. UMKC should seize on this shift.

Editorials Why Kansas and Missouri aren’t equipped to handle an aging population There is growing evidence that seniors are too often an afterthought and that our institutions simply aren't equipped to meet their growing needs. In both Missouri and Kansas, lawmakers must step up efforts to plan for an graying population.

Editorials Have you paid a traffic ticket in Missouri? The state could end up owing you money Kansas City Municipal Court is required to collect a $3 fee from every speeder and parking violator. Why? To pay for the retirement of sheriffs in Missouri. A class-action lawsuit may change the picture.

Editorials More minority-owned businesses must be part of the equation for KCI terminal project A consortium of civil rights groups plans to call for increased efforts to hire minority workers and companies for the KCI terminal project. The city must use every tool available to make this a transformative oppportunity for the area.

Editorials Trump and Congress should slow down and do tax reform right Reforming the massive tax code is not something that can be done in a rush. Unless, of course, President Donald Trump's objective isn't to overhaul the tax code, only to cut taxes.

Editorials Kobach-led commission considers background checks for voters. Are ballots scarier than bullets? The voting commission for which Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach serves as vice chair is considering a proposal that would subject voters to the same background checks as gun owners.

Editorials Shame on Kansas and Missouri Republicans for voting against Harvey relief bill Victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma need our help. But nine Republicans in Congress decided last week to make a meaningless political point and oppose disaster aid.

Editorials Don’t blame Medicaid expansion for the opioid epidemic Does the fact that many of the states that expanded Medicaid coverage do have higher overdose death rates really mean it's fueling the opioid epidemic? Many conservatives seem to think so.

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Editorials Why Amazon should build its second headquarters in Kansas City Kansas City's entrepreneurial spirit convinced Google this was the place to launch its broadband fiber network. Can we convince Amazon locate here as well?

The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (09/19/2017) at 08:04 PM

Greitens must answer on education board moves

Success expected from football prioritization

Smith doesn't understand real wasteful spending

Opinion New citizens lead the way New citizens lead the way New citizens lead the way Opinion 2 hours, 3 minutes ago

Opinion It's time to reauthorize the FCC It's time to reauthorize the FCC Long's Short Report – It's time to reauthorize the FCC Opinion 3 hours, 25 minutes ago

Contributors Paid a ticket in Missouri? State could owe you Paid a ticket in Missouri? State could owe you Missourians who've paid a speeding or parking ticket in the last few years will want to pay close attention to a class-action lawsuit. Contributors 4 hours, 38 minutes ago

Contributors Searching for right answers Searching for right answers Perhaps our searches for the "right answers" to educational dilemmas should be replaced with broader searches for win/win solutions. Contributors 2 days, 2 hours ago

Readers Americans deserve tax reform Americans deserve tax reform Our tax code should incentivize, not punish, companies that want to increase hiring here in Missouri. Readers 2 days, 2 hours ago

Contributors Parties need to work together for children Parties need to work together for children Congress, it's time to set aside your weapons in this case and honor that traditional common ground that has been so utterly elusive recently. Contributors 2 days, 2 hours ago

Readers Aquarium will raise Springfield's tourism status Aquarium will raise Springfield's tourism status Johnny Morris has built a monument to conservation; we should all be proud he calls Springfield home Readers 2 days, 23 hours ago

Readers Journalism is key to democracy Journalism is key to democracy Our Constitution, and in particular the First Amendment, has made the United States of America a beacon to the rest of the world. Readers 2 days, 23 hours ago

Editorials Wonders of Wildlife to be a world-class attraction Wonders of Wildlife to be a world-class attraction This museum and aquarium, which is estimated to have cost about $290 million, is Morris taking a big swing at doing something great. Editorials 1 day, 9 hours ago

Readers Get the full story before you criticize officers Get the full story before you criticize officers To expect an apology, assault charges, employment termination, and policy revisions is unrealistic until all the facts are gathered. Readers 3 days ago

Contributors How Democrats won the presidency How Democrats won the presidency Rarely, if ever, have so many presidential winners and losers been so incessantly chatty. Contributors 3 days ago

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Readers Bits and Pieces for Sept. 17 Bits and Pieces for Sept. 17 To the Point, Roses and Thorns. Readers 3 days ago

Readers We should help, not block, Mexican neighbors We should help, not block, Mexican neighbors If we build  a 10 foot wall, these desperate people will build an 11 foot ladder. Readers 2 days, 23 hours ago

Readers Trump tax plan will help Missouri Trump tax plan will help Missouri Current tax rates hold back job growth. Readers 3 days ago

Readers When political bias becomes an illness When political bias becomes an illness It takes a sick individual indeed to openly delight in his own twisted perception of what is taking place with our North Korean nuclear crisis. Readers 3 days, 5 hours ago

Contributors Ending DACA harms people who benefit America Ending DACA harms people who benefit America As people of faith, we must take serious consideration of what scripture says when we determine what we do as communities. Contributors 3 days, 21 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 (08/03/2017) at 11:40 AM

Opinion STEVE SPELLMAN: A case for renewing the Boone County road tax Can we all agree that one thing we need government to do is make sure the roads are in good shape?

DAVID ROSMAN: An appeal to vote on August 8 Many of us are simply burnt out on the election process since the two year-long presidential campaign of 2016.

C.W. DAWSON JR.: Rediscovering the joy of friendship Hold fast to your real friends, for they will bring forth some of the greatest joys in life.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Reviving the war on drugs will further harm police-community relations Dean A. Dabney Jeff Sessions wants to return to a “law and order” approach — but this would undo recent gains and further strain tense police-community relations.

EDITORIAL: Greitens sends wrong message with funding cuts for free ACT testing The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Missouri is letting down prospective businesses and students by eliminating free access to the college admissions exam.

STEVE SPELLMAN: A case for renewing the Boone County road tax Steve Spellman Can we all agree that one thing we need government to do is make sure the roads are in good shape?

DAVID ROSMAN: An appeal to vote on August 8 David Rosman Many of us are simply burnt out on the election process since the two year-long presidential campaign of 2016.

C.W. DAWSON JR.: Rediscovering the joy of friendship C.W. Dawson Jr. Hold fast to your real friends, for they will bring forth some of the greatest joys in life.

GUEST COMMENTARY: A moment of reckoning for President Trump and DACA kids Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts Rescinding DACA, which protects 1.4 million immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, would send a devastating message to the rest of the world: America does not keep its promises.

EDITORIAL: History will not be kind to Sam Brownback The Sam Brownback era in Kansas government is coming to an end.

EDITORIAL: Gov. Eric Greitens sets up expensive legal showdown over new abortion law Asserting the absurd claim of protecting women's health and safety, Gov. Eric Greitens approved a law last week tightening abortion regulations. An expensive legal showdown is almost certain to follow, all so the governor can burnish his political credentials at taxpayers' expense.

KEN MIDKIFF: Trump plays to his base with transgender tweet A bit more than 50 years ago, I reluctantly served in the U.S. Army. At my permanent duty station, out in the desert of Arizona, I was made company clerk, mostly because I could read, write and type. As I related in another column, I was also just about every kind of clerk in Company C, 360t…

GUEST COMMENTARY: Death of a homeless man focuses assessment on local effort David Webber The homeless are a prism for evaluating the performance of American society, reflecting everything from education to religious institutions.

EDITORIAL: Trump issued his transgender military orders in the most offensive way possible The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Our transgender military members are patriots serving their country, and they deserve better than this.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Rural America needs free market healthcare reform David Williams The current healthcare model is unsustainable and things will only get worse — especially for rural Americans.

EDITORIAL: Speedy internet access is a lifeline for rural areas The St. Joseph News-Press The service is an expectation for companies considering where to make investments and a way to make farming communties successful.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Bigotry baked into welfare cuts Sanford Schram Trump is using coded disparagement to justify slashing aid to people facing extreme economic hardship.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (04/20/2017) at 07:28 AM

Federal taxes

The governor on church and state

Judge Frank Conley an exemplar and friend

I have prostate cancer. Do you?

Transportation Development Districts Transportation Development Districts, known as TDDs, are notorious for poor accountability. …

Implications of the Gorsuch confirmation The placement of Neil Gorsuch on the U.S. Supreme Court caused expressions of joy and gloom …

City survey shows effects of growth The annual survey of citizen attitudes about basic city services produces several unsurprisi…

Time for passage of HB 433 A bill in the Missouri House of Representatives would bring state law into compliance with c…

Mayor Treece: Conflict of interest? Last week, Columbia Mayor Brian Treece testified against a bill under consideration in the s…

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Republicans leaders should support school choice

Kudos to local legislators for charter school opposition

Busy intersection is tragedy waiting to happen

Don't punish patients for having emergencies

Legislators willing to fleece low-income seniors

Federal taxes

The governor on church and state

Judge Frank Conley an exemplar and friend

I have prostate cancer. Do you?

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (09/19/2017) at 08:05 PM

America remains a target Keeping the grass mowed, staying on schedule for all of the kids' ballgames, planning our vacations - this is springtime in America's heartland.

Libraries give hope to many

Choose college for right reasons

Chamber earning broad support

Value faith's big role in relief

Fest calls us to South Side

Pension crisis at hand

Clean Line's limited options

Prioritize elderly, disabled

Sept. 11: stand united today

`Dreamers' pose test for Congress

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (09/19/2017) at 08:05 PM

Our View: Trump right on debt ceiling It is time to tear down the debt ceiling. Why? Nobody likes debt. It's something many of us feel our government has way too much of and is piling up more all the time. A debt ceiling sounds like a good thing.

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Our View: Legislator's questions on point Now that Missouri legislators are working frantically to find money in the budget to restore $35 million in cuts to in-home and nursing services for seniors and people with disabilities, they are asking a few more questions of Gov. Eric Greitens.

Taylor Armerding: Religious views have place in public square A few ironic notes from the selective — very selective — separation of church and state brigade:

Geoff Caldwell: Future found in the past Twelve years after the “shot heard round the world” that sparked the American Revolution and independence from England, delegates from 12 states of the newly formed United States of America convened in Philadelphia to address the mounting growing pains of the young nation (Rhode Island was skeptical of the convention and refused to send delegates).

Kevin Wilson: Technology fixation becoming nightmare No matter how I write this column, I'm going to be accused of being an old curmudgeon. So I'll just admit it and beat someone to the punch. In the space I have I'm going to let off some steam on technology. For the record, I don't hate all technology — just some.

Gina Barreca: Trips, adventure? No thanks, I prefer home Aren't there some trips you just don't want to take?

Our View: End loan limbo The U.S. Department of Education needs to promptly process claims for student loan forgiveness against for-profit colleges.

Our View: With the great come the despised For two weekends in a row, the images on our televisions, computers and phones were those of fellow Americans facing the wrath of Mother Nature. Just as Houston was assessing the effects of Harvey, Irma had obliterated islands and was bearing down on practically the entire state of Florida.

Our View: Honor a pioneer There are far too few opportunities to honor our past and preserve a life lesson for future generations.

Our View: What more can Missouri do? When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its latest information on opioid deaths, the numbers set yet another record.

Your View: Letters to the editor Early childhood center naming

Sherry Buchanan: Invest in job creators Teacher salaries among the lowest in the nation. Teachers take second jobs just to make ends meet. Teachers are forced to buy classroom supplies out of their own pockets. Overcrowded classrooms. Districts are cutting back to four-day weeks. After-school programs are curtailed. Expansion in S…

Our View: Bring a plan to restore cuts When Missouri's legislators head to a Wednesday veto override session in Jefferson City this week, they need to plan on staying long enough to vote themselves into a special session.

Phill Brooks: The end to an unusual summer This summer was one of Missouri government's most unusual for a time when state government usually slows down.

Geoff Caldwell: DACA drama belongs in Congress From the moment Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped up to the podium Tuesday to announce that the Trump administration was ending President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order, the reaction on the left and from a majority of the major media was going to b…

Our View: Rebuild the right way The federal government will spend billions to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Billions more may be needed to recover from Irma.

Gina Barreca: It's not sadness: Why women cry at work Crying at work might not mean what you think it does. A woman weeping in front of her colleagues, her clients or her boss is probably not a woman expressing sadness. She's not displaying weakness. Instead she's a person expressing such a fierce sense of frustration, defiance and rage that yo…

Our View: Vision continues at Wildcat The prelude-to-fall weather of the week has provided the perfect temperature for a long walk, jog or run. If you count the number of people using the trail at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, then that location appears to be the perfect place.

Your View: Letters to the editor Too many stops

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (09/19/2017) at 08:05 PM

Our Opinion: Heed head lice warnings as children head back to school: School is back in session, which means packing lunches, setting out clothes and fitting in dinners between extracurricular activities and...

Your Opinion: Lawmakers abandoned honor, integrity: Once again, the Legislature shows a total absence of common-sense, much less any sense of honor or integrity.

Your Opinion: Don't allow erosion of our freedoms: The systematic and methodical eroding of our freedoms and Constitution is happening and we are allowing it.

Perspective: Censure not the end: On Wednesday, the legislature convened for its annual veto session as required by the constitution. Unlike the previous few years,...

Commentary: New Vietnam documentary series provides a timely booster shot: WASHINGTON — Many Americans' moral vanity is expressed nowadays in their rage to disparage. They are incapable of measured judgments...

Your Opinion: A 'friend' in need is not a friend indeed: My mail carrier delivers to my door a steady stream of requests for money from charitable organizations, politicians and political...

Your Opinion: Who could have known? Climate scientists: Who could have known that one horrendous weather event after another would strike America and cause so much human tragedy...

Your Opinion: Who should tell you how to live?: I enjoy listening to my local Catholic radio station and hearing about the Catholic take on our universe.

Perspective: Bill protects conservative values: This week, the House of Representatives passed 12 individual appropriation bills that addressed opioid abuse, reduces regulatory burdens, protects the...

Our Opinion: Seeking unity at (and with) LU: At last week's Lincoln University Opening Convocation, Interim President Mike Middleton stressed "unity" as an important goal within the university.

Your Opinion: The United States of Planet Earth: I am very happy about a recent Associated Press article published by the News Tribune, "Mexico offers teaching jobs to...

Your Opinion: Underage drinking at football games: Why are officers of the law allowing 18-21-year-old children to get so drunk they fall into the curbs and streets...

Your Opinion: Far left works to discredit democracy: The media are so badly slanting the battle over Confederate symbols they have become the communications division of the anti-Confederate...

Your Opinion: Medicaid cuts devastating to vulnerable Missourians: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has dealt a devastating blow to thousands of elderly, disabled, and veterans in Missouri when he...

Your Opinion: Destruction, rioting quelled as real disasters hit: Isn't it interesting that the destruction and rioting has kind of quelled since real disasters have been hitting our country...

Our Opinion: Understanding foundations of government: Can you name the three branches of government spelled out in the U.S. Constitution?

Your Opinion: Storm sewer dilemma: During the last year or so, our City Council has decided that we needed to spend more money on the...

Your Opinion: DeBrodie probe gone quiet: Who murdered Carl DeBrodie?

Our Opinion: Promoting proper installation of child safety seats: The Missouri Highway Patrol is touting a frightening statistic: 70 percent of child safety seats are not installed correctly.

Your Opinion: Tax 'reform' scam will poach other parts of budget: My own hopes for tax reform would involve closing loopholes that currently enable corporations and the obscenely wealthy to pay...

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (09/19/2017) at 08:06 PM

Grant symposium should be worthwhile presentation on former president (9/19/17) Cape Girardeau is full of history, and if you look around you can find volumes. One convenient, informative place to look is Heritage Hall, which houses the Kellerman Foundation for Historic Preservation. It's there that Dr. Frank Nickell, an area historian and president of the Kellerman Foundation, has been recently mining some informative nuggets of local history, including how former President Ulysses S. ...

TBY Expo: a free event for fun, friends, health (9/18/17) One of the perks of aging is some of the discounts that come with the process. Sometimes the deals are good, sometimes really good. That's the case with The Best Years' second annual Active Living Expo on Wednesday at the Isle Casino in Cape Girardeau. ...

Security camera database latest innovation for PD (9/17/17) The Cape Girardeau Police Department continues adding innovation to its crime-fighting toolbox. On the heels of hiring a crime data analyst, the department more recently announced it is partnering with businesses and homeowners to create a security camera database...

A busy weekend ahead with fun for all ages (9/15/17) Could Cape Girardeau possibly be a more bustling place this weekend? First, there's football. Southeast Missouri State University will host its first home football game, against rival Southern Illinois University. Fans are encouraged to wear their black fan gear. There will be lots of tailgating, which means lots of good food and good times. Game starts at 6...

How the story of one dog is helping others (9/14/17) Mac, you're one inspiring dog. He won over the heart of Rochelle Steffen, a lot of others at Mac's Mission and people around the country. The animal-rescue organization in Jackson recently was awarded the $30,000 grand prize in the vote-based "Support the Shelters" sweepstakes hosted by the BISSELLL Pet Foundation...

SEMO retention rate is a positive sign for students, school (9/13/17) Going to college is one thing. Getting a degree is another. Southeast Missouri State University reported numbers last week that support a positive development in its students' pursuit of degrees. While Southeast has experienced a 4.6 percent drop in its overall enrollment from a year ago, it has reported a record retention rate among its student body. According to the early numbers, more than 75 percent of students enrolled last year have returned...

Venus Williams an impressive pick for speaker series (9/12/17) At 37 years of age, it's not surprising Venus Williams is on the speaking circuit. After all, most professional athletes look for a productive use of their suddenly open schedule when they reach that ripe age, which usually means retirement, especially for tennis players...

Remembering September 11, 2001 (9/11/17) It was 16 years ago today when things changed. The events of Sept. 11, 2011 are seared into the memory of many but now studied in U.S. history classes in high school and college. In the days leading up, Missouri, centrally located in the United States, a world superpower, seemed like the most secure place on Earth...

Volunteer, donor response to hurricane disaster inspiring (9/10/17) Sometimes disasters bring out the best in us. We've seen that countless times over the years, whether it be in the aftermath of 9/11, the Joplin, Missouri, tornado, Hurricane Katrina or other such tragic events. And we've seen it again in Houston. Hurricane Harvey brought unprecedented rain to Houston and southern Texas, rainfall amounts never before seen in recorded history of our country. ...

River, boats offer history, nostalgia to downtown Cape (9/8/17) Cape Girardeau's existence and the Mississippi River are inseparable. So much of Cape's history is based on the trade and commerce made possible by the river. Today, Cape is known as much as a regional hub as it is a river town, so for many it can be easy to forget or take the river for granted...

Drury development to hold ribbon cutting today (9/7/17) This morning, a ribbon cutting will be held for the newly constructed Drury Plaza Hotel and Conference Center. The development adds the latest jewel to the area. The Drury organization has made major financial commitments to dramatically enhancing the location, which formerly was the location of the Drury Lodge. ...

SEMO District Fair offers plenty of fun for all ages (9/7/17) In addition to football, there's one surefire way to know fall is in the air in Southeast Missouri -- the arrival of the SEMO District Fair. In fact, it can be argued the fair is an even better indicator since it predates the NFL, and football for that matter. The event spans generations, with this the 162nd year of the fair. It's a long-standing tradition of the region coming together for music, food, camaraderie and friendly competition...

AT&T jobs, SkyWest flights are positives for economy (9/6/17) Some exciting business developments are taking place on the local scene, which are a boost to the economy. AT&T announced last week it is opening a call center in Cape Girardeau that will hire 150 full-time employees; half of the personnel the company plans to hire in Missouri...

Vinson, Jackson receive accolades (9/5/17) It's safe to say the local chambers of commerce are held in high esteem at the state level. Two big honors were recently bestowed upon the local business scene by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which lists 134 local chamber members on its website...

Labor Day is a time to celebrate the American worker (9/3/17) Editor's note: The following editorial originally appeared on Sept. 2, 2012 in the Southeast Missourian. When it comes to the reasons for Monday's Labor Day holiday, the U.S. Department of Labor offers a good historical review. The first Labor Day celebration was in New York City in 1882 and was organized by the Central Labor Union. ...

SEMO football kicks off its season at Kansas (9/1/17) Southeast Missouri State University kicks off its college football season Saturday in Lawrence, Kansas, to face the Kansas Jayhawks. Southeast nearly pulled off an upset in this matchup in 2014, falling 34-28, scoring 28 second-half points against the Big 12 Conference school...

Teenage lifeguards' life-saving actions a reminder of CPR value (8/31/17) July 11, 2017, could have been remembered for all the wrong reasons. It could have gone down as a dark day where a young girl lost her life in a public swimming facility in Cape Girardeau, followed by all the dark aftermath that accompany such tragedies -- heartbreaking headlines, a procession of tears, ceaseless guilt and finger pointing...

Newsmakers do more than make news; they make a difference (8/30/17) Topography and weather are what characterize regions. It's the people who truly define it, shaping the past, present and future. No two of us are exactly alike, and in this land of freedom we are able to pursue the path of our dreams and follow the inspirations that touch us individually...

Fund-raising campaign for United Way kicks off (8/29/17) The United Way of Southeast Missouri kicked off its annual fundraising campaign last week, and the organization appears poised to try some new initiatives, namely online fund-raising, following the crowdfunding trends such as gofundme. At the kickoff luncheon, the nearly 200 attendees were asked to text their pledges to a real-time counter...

Notre Dame earns national recognition (8/28/17) Schools are usually associated with being the ones to hand out grades and awards. However, like the rest of society, they also are subject to performance evaluations. Recently, Notre Dame Regional High School received special recognition for its overall performance, named a Catholic Education Honor Roll School, a national honor bestowed by the Cardinal Newman Society. ...

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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