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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Opinion
As of (05/25/2019) at 01:06 AM

Editorial In the cartoons: Memorial Day; Pardons; Abortion

Editorial Editorial: Short takes on 'consensual rape' and submarine subterfuge

Editorial In the cartoons: Transparency; Infrastructure; Trade war

Editorial Editorial: One party is pushing for gender pay equity. The other doesn't want to discuss it.

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E.J. Dionne: Trump goes on strike

Jonah Goldberg: Abortion debate is leaving no room between extremes

E.J. Dionne: Alabama's unexpected lesson on abortion

Eugene Robinson: Bullies like Trump cannot be appeased. They must be confronted.

Kathleen Parker: Bats in the belfry

Dana Milbank: After two faulty Boeing jets crash, the Trump administration blames foreign pilots

E.J. Dionne: The NRA in disarray

Strode and Reed: Seek accountability for domestic violence instead of scapegoating

Willard and Szczuka: It's time to reengage with China

Gustafson: Scientist and former climate-change skeptic explains the global-warming reality

Illinois legislators: Legalizing cannabis offers opportunities to Illinois' economy

Cherwitz: Extremist laws aren't 'pro-life' — they are anti-women

Jaffe: Trump and Netanyahu do not speak for all Jews on Middle East issues


Kansas City Star - Opinion
As of (05/25/2019) at 01:06 AM

Toriano Porter After Kansas Buffalo Wild Wings sued for discrimination, a lesson on tipping while black May 24, 2019 02:32 PM

Syndicated Columnists America's cities are increasingly unlivable. Blame wealthy liberals May 24, 2019 08:35 PM

Editorials The Navy doesn't need Eric Greitens. Former governor's return sends `disturbing message' May 24, 2019 11:54 AM

Editorials Black students (and others) in Lee's Summit asked to sing `Pick a Bale of Cotton.' What? May 23, 2019 06:19 PM

Editorials War criminal freed from Leavenworth shouldn't get Trump pardon on Memorial Day — or ever May 23, 2019 03:23 PM

Editorials KU fumbled David Beaty's dismissal. It's time to pay fired coach's $3 million buyout May 23, 2019 05:00 AM

Letters to the Editor Letters: Readers discuss suspicious of women's timing on rape stories and `Black Like Me' May 24, 2019 08:31 PM

Violent tornado hits Jefferson City: `A lot of devastation,' mayor says May 23, 2019 12:14 AM

Republican mega-donor demands Missouri Gov. Parson veto eight-week abortion ban May 23, 2019 03:57 PM

Silvio De Sousa is eligible, will play for KU this season after winning NCAA appeal May 24, 2019 12:29 PM

Eric Greitens to return to military service — but not as an elite SEAL, Navy confirms May 23, 2019 09:25 PM

Could mystery of Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill be rooted in his complicated past? May 23, 2019 05:00 AM

Editorials The Navy doesn't need Eric Greitens. Former governor's return sends `disturbing message' May 24, 2019 11:54 AM

Black students (and others) in Lee's Summit asked to sing `Pick a Bale of Cotton.' What? May 23, 2019 06:19 PM

War criminal freed from Leavenworth shouldn't get Trump pardon on Memorial Day — or ever May 23, 2019 03:23 PM

KU fumbled David Beaty's dismissal. It's time to pay fired coach's $3 million buyout May 23, 2019 05:00 AM

More in Editorials Guest Commentary KC's economic development study parroted exactly what the city wanted May 23, 2019 08:32 PM

Editorials KU takes a needed step to protect student athletes. Will other schools follow suit? May 22, 2019 04:32 PM

Syndicated Columnists Europe's far right is a collection of factions, not a unified front May 23, 2019 08:20 PM

Syndicated Columnists In the end, `Game of Thrones' was a conservative epic after all May 23, 2019 08:28 PM


The Springfield News Leader - Opinion
As of (05/25/2019) at 01:07 AM

Springfield Council should curb payday lending

Don’t get burned by thoughtless choices

An introspective look at lying and smoking

Springfield Public Schools will fight against racism and bigotry

Letters for May 19: Marijuana, religion and more

About charter schools — and Betsy DeVos

Letters for May 12: Library, religion, Trump and more

Letters for May 11: Police, Trump and more

Legislation needed to stop excessive robocalls

Springfield Public Schools will fight against racism and bigotry We stand with our community partners to evaluate our current efforts and expand our outreach to better serve and protect students of all backgrounds. by John Jungmann and Tim Rosenbury 6 days ago

View All Photos May political cartoons from the USA TODAY network by USA TODAY 4 hours ago

Letters for May 19: Marijuana, religion and more See what readers are talking about this week. by Letters to the Editor 6 days ago

Legislation needed to stop excessive robocalls The number of robocalls are well past the point of absurd.

“ Grow with Google” helps improve digital skills "Grow with Google" helps individuals and businesses keep pace with a world changed by the web.

About charter schools — and Betsy DeVos As a nation, we've put up with similar nonsense from this secretary for over two years now.

Letters for May 12: Library, religion, Trump and more See what readers are talking about this week.

View All Photos Editorial cartoons on politics

The Millie Project: A lesson for all! Thanks, Ms. Chappell and students of Willard for a lesson well taught and for shining some light for us all.

Truman’s birthday recalls moments with president "Harry Truman was someone nearly every Missourian could relate to. We could use more of his kind today.

Letters for May 11: Police, Trump and more See what readers are talking about this week.


The Independence Examiner - Opinion
As of (05/25/2019) at 01:07 AM

Granlund cartoon: War criminal pardons

Matthew T. Mangino: America's bail system in crisis

Matthew T. Mangino: The NRA's greatest fraud

Granlund cartoon: Empty boots

Weatherford cartoon: Separate ways

Weatherford cartoon: Do not be afraid

Granlund cartoon: Many never return

Granlund cartoon: UFO research

Weatherford cartoon: Hide and seek

Weatherford cartoon: Still waiting

Weatherford cartoon: Out all night

Beeler cartoon: Transparent president

Weatherford cartoon: Out all night

Weatherford cartoon: Still waiting

Beeler cartoon: Transparent president

Beeler cartoon: Transparent president

Weatherford cartoon: Still waiting

Weatherford cartoon: Out all night

Beeler cartoon: Mouse traps

Weatherford cartoon: Still waiting


The Columbia Missourian - Opinion
As of (05/25/2019) at 01:07 AM

Opinion DAVID WEBBER: Let"s bring the abortion issue to a close Public policy in a democracy should be guided as closely by public opinion as is possible. At the state level, let's have referenda to move the abortion issue to closure.

SANDY DAVIDSON: It"s smarter to attack a viewpoint, not the one who said it Attempts to politicize the judiciary are irksome but will probably increase by politicians and pundits on both sides of the widening political divide. Such ad hominem attacks should have no place in our discourse.

DARKOW: Consensual rape Editorial cartoon by John Darkow

EDITORIAL: Navy should say no thanks to Greitens" offer to serve St. Louis Post-Dispatch The Navy doesn't need this man in uniform representing military values. The public should question the motives behind this move.

DAVID WEBBER: Let"s bring the abortion issue to a close David Webber Public policy in a democracy should be guided as closely by public opinion as is possible. At the state level, let's have referenda to move the abortion issue to closure.

SANDY DAVIDSON: It"s smarter to attack a viewpoint, not the one who said it Sandy Davidson Attempts to politicize the judiciary are irksome but will probably increase by politicians and pundits on both sides of the widening political divide. Such ad hominem attacks should have no place in our discourse.

EDITORIAL: Abortion bill aside, Missouri dodged big bullets this session St. Louis Post-Dispatch But a cynical effort to undermine the new Clean Missouri political reform law failed, as did a premature bid to rewrite the way universities handle sexual assault cases and a slew of other bad ideas.

DARKOW: Consensual rape John Darkow Editorial cartoon by John Darkow

DAVID ROSMAN: Noise from wind turbines — harmful or not? David Rosman Harrisburg residents and the Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission want to know all the details before committing to a 30,000-acre wind farm.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Rethinking the meaning of the POW/MIA flag Kevin Basl Instead of nursing resentments over wars past, let"s take care of our veterans today.

C.W. DAWSON: Invest in black college students for America"s future C.W. Dawson One of the ways the economic disparity that exists in this country between black and white Americans can be overcome is through the education of African American students.

EDITORIAL: More funding for higher education is welcome news Joplin Globe Missouri lawmakers made the right decision this year when putting together the state budget for fiscal year 2020.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Trump"s scorched-earth campaign against immigrants Steve and Cokie Roberts The administration has quietly and unofficially made it significantly harder for people to legally immigrate to the United States, according to numerous immigration lawyers.

EDITORIAL: Hawley takes on Candy Crush, but he"s out of line Jefferson City News Tribune Some "in-app" purchases are reasonable, while others do essentially prey on children. But the best monitor isn"t government. It"s good parenting.

EDITORIAL: Missouri helps pay for K.C. stadiums. Where"s Kansas? Kansas City Star When the bill comes due for the upkeep of Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums, only Missourians are chipping in, even though plenty of people from Kansas support the Chiefs and the Royals.

KEN MIDKIFF: Lawmakers follow the money, not their constituents Ken Midkiff While most legislators won"t admit it, citizens are not swayed, as legislators are, by monied interests.

EDITORIAL: Missouri's extreme abortion bill rivals Alabama in harm and cruelty Kansas City Star Missouri is now in the competition to challenge the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision before the anti-abortion Supreme Court that Donald Trump promised and has delivered.

EDITORIAL: Governor gets it wrong with happy talk about tariffs Kansas City Star The average American family of four will lose $770 a year if the tariffs stay as they are now, and $2,300 a year if Trump imposes a 25 percent tariff on all Chinese goods.

STEVE SPELLMAN: It makes good sense to get around on your own power Steve Spellman Many people who might otherwise consider biking, walking, mass transit or carpooling likely do not feel the need to do so because driving a car is so convenient and relatively cheap.

EDITORIAL: Extreme abortion laws become the new normal New York Times There will also be more and more political debate over abortion pills in this country, and it"s important to be educated about this discussion.


Columbia Daily Tribune - Opinion
As of (05/25/2019) at 01:07 AM

Are CAFOs an answer to the rural/urban prosperity gap?

Why the disparity in traffic stops?

Notes From Boomerang Creek: What's cooking at Boomerang Creek?

Hank's View: Hammerschmidt — an unholy blend of tax credits

Editorial: Bad move rising

CAFO debate divides rural ideals

The real life 'Hunger Game'

Tribune's View: With a week to go, the Missouri Senate paralyzed itself

Restarting housing tax credit program is still a bad idea

Hank's View: The Mueller report: What does it say about misbehavior by Trump and Barr?

Political theatre and the rule of law

Farm and Food File: Stand up or step aside

Rude Awakenings: Unwelcome mat remains out for Dreamers

Hank's View: Sunshine: Galloway v. Parson

Missouri needs policy reforms for better prosperity

Capitol Perspectives: The passage of a Missouri legislative era

Letters to the Editor

Hank's View: Gene Hamilton was a benefit to us all

Politicians should stay in their lanes, away from women's reproductive health

A bittersweet Mother's Day


St. Joseph News-Press - Opinion
As of (05/25/2019) at 01:07 AM

Farmers are in the voodoo with this trade impasse

The invasion of America is not fake

It's time for Congress to act on fooding

Remembering MLB's fallen WWII heroes

Wind, not government, in your hair

Don't get too distracted by glitz

Forget microchips, give us food

Session was about more than abortion

What exactly is the value of your diploma?

Narrow focus on parks serves city well


The Joplin Globe - Opinion
As of (05/25/2019) at 01:08 AM

Our view: On the wrong road Where are we headed? Sometimes, Missouri lawmakers leave us scratching our heads, and that is certainly the case in the recent decision to rescind the requirement that adult motorcyclists wear helmets to ride on public roadways.

Gene Lyons: Trump's spying complaint will come to ... nothing Two or three news cycles back, the Prevaricator in Chief made a shocking allegation — or, that is to say, a charge that would be astonishing and unsettling coming from any president but him.

Byron York: Mueller changed everything From now on, the Trump-Russia affair — the investigation that dominated the first years of Donald Trump's presidency — will be divided into two parts: before and after the release of Robert Mueller's report. Before the special counsel's findings were made public last month, the president's a…

Our view: Get out of this game Lest anyone misunderstand us, we'll state up front that we are Chiefs fans.

James Whitford: How the Equality Act would hurt the poor Equality has always been important. In 1776, the Declaration affirmed all men are created equal with unalienable rights. In 1868, the 14th Amendment provided for equal protection under the law, and in 1964, equality of employment opportunity was established by the Civil Rights Act.

George Will: For the Democratic candidates, winnowing is already at work WASHINGTON — "We're cutting out some of this ear hair that you get when you get older," said the 46-year-old man-child who is auditioning to be Skateboarder-in-Chief. Livestreaming his visit to an El Paso barbershop, Beto O'Rourke continued: "It grows out of your ears, and if you don't get i…

Gary Smith: Habitat loss also a local concern The United Nations reports that plant and animal species are disappearing from the earth at an alarming rate. The plight of prairie chickens in Southwest Missouri confirms the findings.

Our View: A safer place Eight years ago today we found out just how vulnerable our area was as we hid in bathtubs, under mattresses or in closets.

Ann McFeatters: Welcome to the consequences of politics WASHINGTON — Anyone who thinks politics is something arcane that happens in Washington or the state capital and has nothing to do with real life got a jolt in recent days.

Billie Skelley: Amazing opportunity to learn about police I recently completed the 14-week Citizens Police Academy sponsored by the Joplin Police Department. Thanks to the efforts of officer Lacey Baxter, Sgt. Brian Henderson, who lead the academy, and several members of the JPD, who teach specific classes, area residents have an amazing opportunit…

John Crisp: Who gets to decide about war with Iran? It doesn't happen often, but when I agree with President Donald Trump I acknowledge it. Last week a reporter shouted a question at the president: Are we going to war with Iran? The president replied, "I hope not." So should we all.

Our View: Fund then close plan It is time for the city to fund then phase out the chronically underfunded Joplin Police and Firemen's Pension Fund, moving new recruits into the statewide Local Area Government Employee Retirement System.

Christine Flowers: New abortion legislaton signals America is on right track There is no middle ground on abortion.

Herb Van Fleet: Speaker of House Nancy Pelosi's dilemma In an interview with The Washington Post on March 11, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this about impeaching President Donald Trump: “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that pat…

Carol Stark: Globe to feature Carthage man's cartoons Dan Trogdon has no art background. In fact the retired Carthage resident says he's never even been a doodler.

George Will: Blaine paid a steep price for his bigotry, but children shouldn't WASHINGTON — Republican James G. Blaine (1830-1893) was a House speaker, senator and two-time secretary of state, but he is remembered, if at all, for this doggerel: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine / the continental liar from the state of Maine.” His lasting legacy, however, is even more di…

Geoff Caldwell: It's past time we held China accountable Eleven days and 74 years ago, the European Theater of Operations in World War II went from war to peace. The carnage started by Adolf Hitler almost six years earlier, the tens of millions of lives lost, centuries-old cities in rubble and the horrors of the Holocaust were at last finally over.

Your View: Letters to the editor Medical marijuana could be effective tool

Our View: Prioritize education funding Missouri lawmakers made the right decision this year when putting together the state budget for fiscal year 2020.

Brad Belk: Teachers powerful influencers both then and now Well, another school tour season has passed. There is a perception today that kids are just not what they used to be. A few believe the sky is falling and we are doomed with the impending next generation.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Opinion
As of (05/25/2019) at 01:08 AM

Perspective: Memorial Day a time to be gracious: Memorial Day weekend is synonymous with firing up the grill and hitting the water, serving as the unofficial start of...

Your Opinion: Abortion bill merely window dressing: Linda WenzlickJefferson CityDear Editor:Well the legislature has gone and done it. The long-awaited law to ban abortions in Missouri has...

Your Opinion: Protecting our children's future: Theresa SullivanJefferson CityDear Editor:Last Saturday in St. Louis I watched my youngest grandchild graduate from Metro High School.

Your Opinion: Response to Dirschell: Eleanor KleinJefferson CityDear Editor:I agree with the letter 5/17/19 from reader Dirschell. “Is it the plan of politicians to continue...

Your Opinion: The lies of 'Medicare for all': Charlotte SchniedersJefferson CityDear Editor:Responding to LTE May 18 when analytically comparing healthcare of the U.

Your Opinion: Extreme abortion legislation: Tony SmithJefferson CityDear Editor:I witnessed a sickening and disgusting performance by Missouri House GOP members Friday (5/17/2019) as they moved...

Our Opinion: Prepare for flooding: With spring storms, tornadoes might well be a cause for concern.After all, recent media reports said tornadoes and severe weather...

Congress needs to do its job: Charles SchroederWestphaliaDear Editor:I have written a number of letters concerning the Washington Establishment.

Not all poverty factors are beyond control: Tom AultJefferson CityDear Editor:I have read with great interest the Sunday News Tribune article regarding poverty.

Honest car maintenance analysis: Larry Russell JohnsonJefferson CityDear Editor:Car maintenance is an essential part of vehicle ownership, so it's important to hire a reputable...

Abortion questions for Dems: Steve SampsonJefferson CityDear Editor:Got a question for all of the very virtuous Democrats in the audience: How come there were...

Shame on our Legislature: Charles ChamberlinHolts SummitDear Editor:I'm stunned that even the most conservative of legislatures would ignore rape or incest as just cause...

Your Opinion: Hedonism replaces caring, sharing: Dear Editor: I have sent many opinions, but I have reached a point of concern this time.

Your Opinion: With climate change, trust the experts: Dear Editor: I take a statin drug for cholesterol and a high blood pressure pill.

Our Opinion: JCPS on track with cellphone policy: We support Jefferson City Public Schools in developing a cellphone policy intended to prevent disruptions in classrooms.

Our Opinion: Slow down this summer: This summer, for your child's sake, slow down. We're not talking about your driving, although that's a good idea too.

Your Opinion: Response to Williams: Dear Editor: I'm writing this letter in response to Mr. Ed William's letter "Dyke's cartoon doesn't reflect reality" published May...

Your Opinion: Response to Haslag: Dear Editor: The Cole County Democratic mouthpiece Robert Haslag lectured Ms. Roam about racism in his editorial April 30. One...

Your Opinion: Trump won't bring back golden age: Dear Editor: I graduated from high school in a "golden age" for us privileged white males.

Commentary: Blaine paid a steep price for his bigotry, but children shouldn't have to: WASHINGTON — Republican James G. Blaine (1830-93) was a House speaker, senator and two-time secretary of state, but he is...


The Southeast Missourian - Opinion
As of (05/25/2019) at 01:09 AM

Take time to reflect on Memorial Day This weekend is Memorial Day weekend, and as we think about plans and events, first things first: Set aside some time to remember all those who lost their life defending our country. There are plenty of ways to honor our troops, and places where you can pay your respects...

Newspaper seeks nominations for Spirit of America Award Lucas Presson Last summer as Raymond Buhs prepared to accept the Southeast Missourian's Spirit of America Award, he told reporter Joshua Hartwig about serving in World War II fresh out of high school and again at age 26 in the Korean War. As a working professional, Buhs made contributions to the community through business leadership and civic involvement. He said that "everybody owes something to the community, just like you owe something to your church."...

Another year has passed, way too fast (5/22/19) 2 Jon K. Rust There is a cuteness about watching kids walk into their school. From the disproportionate size of backpacks to creative hair styles -- in my girls' cases, different braids -- they take a bit of a parent's heart with them as they slip away through the school door. ...

Feedback from protest (5/20/19) I just finished standing on Freedom Corner in Cape Girardeau in a rally suggesting that President Trump is not so good for our nation. I was one of the people holding the large IMPEACH sign. We got a lot of positive feedback and some negative, probably more positive than negative...

The lies from Dems continue (5/20/19) How many people like being lied to for over two years? The Mueller report proved this is what mainstream media and the Democrat leaders have done. Now they do not apologize to the American people. It is very sad that there are people who still watch the mainstream media and believe their biased reporting. ...

Speak Out 5/24/19 It appears our representatives are placing more term limits on government positions. After the utter failure of placing term limits on state representative, why would anyone think it is a good idea to extend the limits. We now have a body of representatives that are largely inexperienced and rely heavily on lobbyist. ...

Speak Out: Speak Out 5/23/19 (5/23/19) Please explain how I am better off with Trump's tariffs. I pay more for stuff because the tariff is rolled into the cost. China doesn't pay. Then the government pays farmers compensation with my taxes. Seems the only one getting tariffs is us! It seems the most sensible solution addressing the future of Cape Girardeau City Hall is to build on to the back of the present building (old Lorimier School) and update the interior to meet the city's growing needs. ...

Editorial: Program tonight will honor fallen law enforcement officers (5/23/19) Every year, an organization called S.A.L.T., short for Seniors and Lawmen Together, holds a ceremony to honor the 49 local or regional law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. These ofThese officers are from 13 counties in Southeast Missouri...

Speak Out: Speak Out 5/22/19 (5/22/19) To all bicycle riders. Just because you can ride on the highways doesn't mean you should. Especially now since a new sand company is coming to Oak Ridge on Route E. Four trucks an hour, 24/7. On Route E we have a concrete company, a black top company, a lumberyard company that has 18-wheelers carrying logs. It's not safe to ride your bicycle on that highway. Please don't. Thank You...

Column: Can Democrats get back to the middle by 2020? (5/22/19) 5 Mike Jensen Just for argument's sake, let's say a year from now, the Deep State culprits who sought to undermine the will of the people have been fully exposed. And the illegal attempt to engineer a Deep State coup has led to the doorsteps of some very high-ranking government officials -- current and former...

Column: Tlaib comments, though inartful, taken out of context (5/21/19) 2 Adrienne Ross I'm not her fan, and I'm not a Democrat, but I don't take stands based on fandom or political parties. I take stands based on what is right, and I'm not afraid to oppose wrong, like the attack on Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib's Holocaust comments. Republicans are slamming her for her "antisemitic" remarks. This is the kind of stuff that turns me off from politics. We could roll out a plethora of crazy things Tlaib has said, but let's stay in the moment...

Column: The Right to Exist (5/21/19) Jason Smith The United States of America has always stood as a safe haven from religious persecution. As Americans, we value the freedom to practice religion without punishment, and we stand in support of religious people around the globe. Perhaps no people throughout history have been persecuted more than the Jewish people, and as attacks on people of Jewish faith rise around the globe, it's never been more important to support our greatest ally in the Middle East, Israel...

Editorial: 5 Jefferson students selected for international conference (5/21/19) Five Jefferson Elementary students have been selected to attend and present ideas at an international conference on science and technology. The five will attend the International Society for Technology in Education on June 26 in Philadelphia. This opportunity is a spinoff of the school's Emerging Engineers program, one of the ways the school is trying to implement science and technology into its culture as a STREAM school...

Editorial: Winter sports finalists announced for Semoball Awards (5/20/19) The Semoball Awards Show is just a couple of months away, and we’re gearing up for another awesome event. The finalists for the winter sports were recently announced ...

Column: Chick-Fil-A operator talks customer service, with a side of 'My pleasure' (5/18/19) Lucas Presson Mid-day Tuesday Chick-fil-A owner and operator Brian House gets everyone's attention at his Cape Girardeau store. "Today we want to recognize our officers who put their lives on the line for us," House said. On this day law enforcement officers get a free meal and a portion of sales to benefit Curt Fox, a local highway patrol officer battling cancer...

Editorial: Many activities in store this weekend in area (5/17/19) This weekend is shaping up to be one of the more active weekends in some time, with the highlight and showcase event being the air show with the Blue Angels. There are a couple of other notable events happening as well. Today the "Over the Edge" fund raiser where local "celebrities" will rappel down 147 feet at Towers South on the Southeast Missouri State University campus to raise money for the United Way. ...

Speak Out: Speak Out 5/16/19 (5/16/19) For the organizers of the gay pride festival to say they hosted a "family friendly" event is a joke. You had people in drag sucking dollar bills out of other people's mouths in front of children. There's a reason that the inclusiveness you seek is elusive, and it's because of your public displays of immorality...

Editorial: Know difference maker; Nominate them for B Magazine's Newsmakers edition (5/16/19) B Magazine is gearing up for its annual Newsmakers edition and event, and is looking for nominations. If you know of someone who is doing exciting things, making a big difference in the community, a nomination is a good way to show support for that individual...

Speak Out: Speak Out 5/15/19 (5/15/19) I am a veteran and 88 years old. This week at a local grocery store, a young lady helped me load my groceries into my truck even though I was physically able to do this chore. She was very helpful and gave me a hug also -- and thanked me for my service. ...

Editorial: Redhawks softball wins OVC, heads to regionals (5/15/19) The last time Southeast Missouri State University won the OVC Championship in softball, several of the current Redhawks players hadn't been born. But the softball team took the crown last week, with back-to-back wins over powerhouse Jacksonville State to cement the team's legacy, proving to themselves the results they had seen coming for quite some time...


Sedalia Democrat - Opinion
As of (05/25/2019) at 01:09 AM

Pastor's Pulpit: Memorial Day: the price of freedom By Pastor Billy Foster Bethel Family Church, Downtown Sedalia 23 hrs ago According to Wikipedia, the history of Memorial Day is a little controversial. Some mention it beginning in 1817 as a time to “Decorate Patriots Graves,” but others say it began after the Civil War. It is said that “Memorial Day speeches became an occasion for veterans, politicians, and mini…

Corruption in Nebraska tied to Pettis County By Rhonda Chalfant Contributing Columnist rhonda.chalfant@sedaliademocrat.com May 22, 2019 During the late 19th century, decisions about the location and management of state facilities were sometimes made behind closed doors and on the basis of friendships, payoffs, or bribes. Those who orchestrated these decisions were sometimes referred to as a “ring.”

A few questions for Missouri lawmakers By Jennifer Langdon Contributing Columnist jenniferl@sedaliademocrat.com May 22, 2019 Last week Missouri joined the trend of passing legislation aimed at restricting women's ability to get an abortion.Â

Spending time reminiscing at `home' By Deborah Mitchell Contributing Columnist deborah.mitchell@sedaliademocrat.com May 18, 2019 Right after I wrote the last word last week about missing Papa Joe, I jumped in the car and drove to Springfield, picked up Joe's daughter, my BFF Susan, and we drove another two hours to our stomping grounds – to home. To Thayer.

What does our treatment of prisoners say about us? By Liz Schleicher Contributing Columnist liz.schleicher@sedaliademocrat.com May 18, 2019 In March of 2019, the Washington State Department of Corrections furtively banned its inmates from receiving free books in the mail from nonprofit organizations, citing concerns about contraband. The ban was overturned after public outcry. A few weeks earlier, the state of Texas ended its pr…

Thoughts on popular stories and concert offerings, etiquette By Bob Satnan Contributing Columnist May 18, 2019 Short takes and random thoughts:

Look for opportunities to love others By Rev. Dennis Harper Pastor, Wesley United Methodist Church May 17, 2019 “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11.

A few days in the life of criminal court By Rhonda Chalfant Contributing Columnist rhonda.chalfant@sedaliademocrat.com May 15, 2019 On Tuesday, April 12, 1887, the Sedalia Weekly Bazoo reported Judge Ryland arrived in Sedalia to begin the regular spring sitting of the Criminal Court. The first order of business was to convene a Grand Jury. Those chosen for Grand Jury duty included Foreman W.W. Herald, George Spears, A.B.…

Excited for alternative rock at the State Fair By Jennifer Langdon Contributing Columnist jenniferl@sedaliademocrat.com May 15, 2019 I was working Monday morning, minding my own business when I got an email from the Missouri State Fair with the final concert announcements for this year's fair. I idly clicked on it, expecting to be once again be disappointed that there were no acts I was excited for.Â

After Mueller's report, time for Part II By Doug Kneibert Contributing Columnist doug.kneibert@sedaliademocrat.com May 14, 2019 With the Mueller investigation finding no evidence that President Trump colluded with Russia to swing the 2016 election his way nor that he had obstructed justice, you'd think we all might welcome a return to political normalcy, which has been in short supply these past two years.

The crunchy girl who got cancer By Liz Schleicher Contributing Columnist liz.schleicher@sedaliademocrat.com May 14, 2019 This is a story about a girl who used to be crunchy. Natural. Pure. She was pro-herbs and teas and tinctures and whole foods. She was also anti-medical science. She was skeptical of doctors and Big Pharma and vaccines. She thought most of it was toxic and harmful, and if people would just “b…

Learning of love, devotion from my village By Deborah Mitchell Contributing Columnist deborah.mitchell@sedaliademocrat.com May 14, 2019 In 1996, Hillary Clinton published a children's book: “It Takes A Village.” The idea was that we all work together to give children a footing with which to build their lives. I was bewildered when people raised a hue and cry about it. “What do you mean, it takes a village? I raised my kids m…

Strong, passionate arts culture found in Sedalia By Bob Satnan Contributing Columnist bob.satnan@sedaliademocrat.com May 11, 2019 Sedalia's arts community reached soaring highs and saddening lows over the past week, but its enduring strength and influence will ensure that it remains one of the strongest positive traits this area possesses.

Con artist Ryan finally jailed By Rhonda Chalfant Contributing Columnist rhonda.chalfant@sedaliademocrat.com May 7, 2019 In 1881, Volney Ryan, the insurance con artist, was in jail in Jacksonville, Tennessee. Pettis County Sheriff Connor traveled to Jacksonville, hoping to bring Ryan to Sedalia to stand trial on charges of insurance fraud in Missouri. He was unable to do so, as the court in Jacksonville had al…

Taking time to relax and unplug By Jennifer Langdon Contributing Columnist jenniferl@sedaliademocrat.com May 7, 2019 FOMO, or the “Fear of Missing Out,” is a term that quickly gained popularity in society in recent years. Merriam Webster defines FOMO as “anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.” The curiosity …

Letter: Questions remain about Clarendon Road May 4, 2019 Dear Editor:

The hidden meaning of morel mushrooms By Liz Schleicher Contributing Columnist liz.schleicher@sedaliademocrat.com May 4, 2019 Of a cool, wet, spring, just when the mayapples spread their umbrella leaves and lilac blossoms get heavy on the bushes in town, it's time to put on your heavy boots and take a stomp out in the woods. Here and there in the underbrush, where the sunshine hits the ground now and then, you just…

Plenty of positives to celebrate in Sedalia By Bob Satnan Contributing Columnist bob.satnan@sedaliademocrat.com May 4, 2019 A lot of interesting stuff happens in Sedalia and this week was no exception. One story really jumped out and grabbed everyone's attention, though, and dominated a lot of online and real-life conversations. As far as generating community buzz, this story was far and away the winner.

A weekend full of inspiring music By Deborah Mitchell Contributing Columnist deborah.mitchell@sedaliademocrat.com May 4, 2019 If you are a music lover, this weekend in Sedalia will delight you. On Friday and Saturday, you can be treated to exceptional talent, and all you need to do is get up from your chair and head out the door.Â

A fraudster chased across states By Rhonda Chalfant Contributing Columnist rhonda.chalfant@sedaliademocrat.com Apr 30, 2019 J. Volney Ryan, who perpetrated an insurance fraud on several Sedalia businessmen, had escaped the Pettis County Jail and began a trip through St. Louis, Tennessee, and Louisiana, defrauding people along the way. On Sept. 20, 1881, he was ensconced in the jail in Shreveport, Louisiana, being…


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