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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (07/28/2017) at 11:41 AM

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Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (07/28/2017) at 11:42 AM

Editorials Editorial: Secrecy at City Hall is jeopardizing new KCI terminal Kansas City accepted proposals Thursday for a new terminal at the airport. But it is trying to keep most of the selection process secret — an outrageous move that threatens the success of the KCI project at the polls.

Editorials Editorial: The unforgettable Sam Brownback Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is poised to leave before the end of his second term to become President Donald Trump's ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. He will depart as one of the most unpopular governors in America and in Kansas history. It didn't have to be this way.

Editorials Editorial: Why were the Royals and Jackson County talking about a downtown baseball stadium? Sources tell The Star that downtown interests — led by the Downtown Council, a business group — and a county official met with the Royals within the past 90 days to talk about a new baseball stadium downtown. The last thing Jackson County needs to think about right now is asking voters to build a new ballpark.

Editorials Editorial: Why Michael Vick doesn’t belong on the Chiefs coaching staff Unless the Kansas City Chiefs want to contribute to the notion that the NFL is lousy with abusers, hiring Michael Vick is not the coup that coach Andy Reid thinks it is.

Editorials Editorial: Don’t give up on restoring in-home and nursing care in Missouri Kudos to those Democratic Missouri lawmakers who are still fighting to stop Gov. Eric Greitens from single-handedly taking in-home and nursing care away from 8,300 seniors and disabled people. Restoring funding is not just compassionate, but smart.

Editorials Editorial: You want to be Kansas City’s next police chief? We’ve got questions Kansas Citians will get a chance Thursday to visit with the two remaining candidates for chief of police: Maj. Rick Smith of Kansas City and Chief Keith Humphrey of Norman, Okla. Questions must be in writing. We have a few.

Editorials Editorial: Missouri voters, get your photo IDs ready What documents do you need to comply with Missouri's voter ID law and ensure that your vote will be counted come election day? The man to ask, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, will be visiting the Kansas City area on Tuesday.

Editorials Editorial: Frank White plays petty politics with Jackson County sheriff while jail is in crisis Jackson County Executive Frank White's political spat with Sheriff Mike Sharp over the troubled jail serves no good purpose. Both sides should move now to defuse this pointless squabble. Public apologies would be a good place to start.

Editorials Editorial: Scrutiny of Overland Park pain doctor highlights challenge of fighting opioid addiction Steven Simon, an Overland Park doctor, is in the crosshairs of an expanding investigation into the business practices that are fueling American's addiction to opioids. The inquiry highlights the tangle of challenges in what sometimes feels like a losing fight against these addictive drugs.

Editorials Editorial: The consequences of CEOs making 271 times the average worker New statistics on CEO salaries raise questions about the economic and employment future we all have to look forward to.

Editorials Editorial: Is Burns & McDonnell playing fair in KCI terminal competition? Burns & McDonnell, which is waging a public campaign for the contract to build a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport, is asking some subcontractors to sign exclusive agreements during the bid process. The idea seems to be to corner the market on minority and women-owned businesses, hurting competitors in the process. It's the wrong thing to do.

Editorials Editorial: Kansas City government can’t keep bailing out American Jazz Museum The American Jazz Museum faces the prospect of devastating cutbacks as a result of its underperforming May jazz festival. Officials should meet a deadline to raise the money, or new leadership should step in.

Editorials Editorial: Kansas should press pause in battle over school funding The Kansas Supreme Court has heard yet another argument over school finance in the state. After a new formula passed the Legislature — and almost $500 million was added to school spending over two years — it may be time for the judges to pause and see if the schools are adequately funded.

Editorials Editorial: Finalists for Kansas City police chief appear qualified. But are they transformative leaders? The Board of Police Commissioners in Kansas City has selected two finalists to be the next chief of police. Both appear qualified, although there's a nagging fear neither would be the transformative chief many think the city needs.

Editorials Editorial: Privatizing streets isn’t the solution to Westport crime problem A spate of shootings in Westport has resulted in more than a dozen injuries and escalating fears about public safety. One proposed solution — privatizing the streets so people can be checked for weapons — is an extreme remedy rife with the potential for stoking racial tensions.

Editorials Editorial: Kris Kobach begins work on Trump election panel in search of mythical voter fraud President Donald Trump's Commission on Election Integrity already faces criticism for data requests and openness. The group, which includes Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, has important work it could do, but early signs are not encouraging.

Editorials Editorial: Republicans should move on from Obamacare repeal Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas helped kill the GOP health care bill Mond bill Monday. But the fight against Obamacare isn't going away, and supporters of the Affordable Care Act will need to remain vigilant if they want to save it.

Editorials Editorial: Who should be Kansas’ next governor? Here are some ideas A promising group of Democrats and Republicans are weighing races for governor next year. As Kansas digs out from the Sam Brownback years, the state will need its strongest potential candidates to step forward.

Editorials Editorial: Kansas City Council has no room for error in KCI debate Kansas City's elected leadership is nearing several decisions on the airport terminal project. The City Council should heed John Wooden's famous basketball advice: Be quick, but don't hurry.

Editorials Editorial: Gov. Eric Greitens orders needed drug monitoring program but stumbles on the details Gov. Eric Greitens issued an executive order Monday that will finally end Missouri's embarrassing status as the only state without a monitoring program to curb prescription drug abuse. But the governor's go-it-alone approach falls short on several fronts.


The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (07/28/2017) at 10:39 AM

On Russia sanctions, applaud Congress

Washington should expand investment in housing

Can parties fix health care together?

Readers Proud to have served with transgender patriots Proud to have served with transgender patriots Under Trump military traditions are in a state of xenophobia, marginalizing citizens by having to provide a litmus test for one's patriotism. Readers 1 day, 17 hours ago

Contributors Confronting cybersecurity challenges head-on Confronting cybersecurity challenges head-on In a world where security is not simply a matter of physical safety, but also virtual safety, cyber security continues to be a topic of discussion. Contributors 2 days, 18 hours ago

Contributors Guest Voice: Speedy internet a lifeline Guest Voice: Speedy internet a lifeline What the tech world calls broadband service is taken for granted in urban areas, but it's much less common in rural areas across the state. Contributors 2 days, 18 hours ago

Readers White evangelicals must speak out against racism White evangelicals must speak out against racism Racism is contradictory to the Gospel. White evangelicals must make this clear. Readers 2 days, 19 hours ago

Readers `Right-to-work' only seeks to bring down wages `Right-to-work' only seeks to bring down wages Low wages in America have never brought prosperity to our workers. Readers 3 days, 18 hours ago

Editorials More help needed on front end of domestic violence More help needed on front end of domestic violence It's clear our efforts can't be focused only on the results of domestic violence. Editorials 3 days, 18 hours ago

Contributors Accept that pit bulls are vicious dogs Accept that pit bulls are vicious dogs Last week, two very young children in Springfield were attacked by two pit bulls in their own back yard while they were playing. Contributors 3 days, 19 hours ago

Readers GOP health plan hurts low-income people GOP health plan hurts low-income people As a concerned Christian, I am moved to feel that the Better Reconciliation will jeopardize the welfare of our low income population. Readers 4 days, 13 hours ago

Contributors Call junk science by its rightful name: Fake news Call junk science by its rightful name: Fake news Our health depends on us being properly inferly informed about science. Contributors 4 days, 19 hours ago

Editorials Greitens' order only part of opioid defense Greitens' order only part of opioid defense As we review what this order will and won't do – and we should continue that analysis – we should accept what it can be. Editorials 5 days, 16 hours ago

Readers The only health care question we should be asking The only health care question we should be asking The biggest lie of all is the garbage Republicans say about "universal healthcare." Readers 5 days, 18 hours ago

Readers McCaskill flips on Waters of U.S. rule McCaskill flips on Waters of U.S. rule Senator Claire McCaskill has broken out the flip-flops just in time for summer. Readers 5 days, 18 hours ago

Readers A few problems with electric cars A few problems with electric cars Electric cars are in the news again. But there are still problems. Readers 5 days, 18 hours ago

Contributors No easy fixes for jail challenges No easy fixes for jail challenges Public safety and the current jail situation weigh heavily on the Sheriff, myself and my fellow Commissioners. Contributors 5 days, 20 hours ago

Contributors What to do for little Charlie Gard What to do for little Charlie Gard One cannot imagine a more wrenching moral dilemma than the case of little Charlie Gard. Contributors 5 days, 19 hours ago

Readers Living in a post-constitutional America Living in a post-constitutional America The original separation of powers no longer exists, with power increasingly being concentrated in the executive branch. Readers 5 days, 18 hours ago

Readers Privacy comes at a cost Privacy comes at a cost Our state legislators are really looking out for our privacy. We have three proofs. Readers 5 days, 18 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 (07/28/2017) at 10:39 AM

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

DAVID ROSMAN: What recent Pew Research reveals about public trust With the fiasco happening in Washington concerning the health care bill and Russian interference in our elections, how can one support either party whole heartedly?

STEVE SPELLMAN: Old mid-Missouri highways show how much has changed Old highways are like artifacts of a different age; let"s keep exploring them.

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.

DAVID ROSMAN: What recent Pew Research reveals about public trust David Rosman With the fiasco happening in Washington concerning the health care bill and Russian interference in our elections, how can one support either party whole heartedly?

STEVE SPELLMAN: Old mid-Missouri highways show how much has changed Steve Spellman Old highways are like artifacts of a different age; let"s keep exploring them.

C.W. DAWSON JR.: Community policing discussion should be driven by grassroots approach C.W. Dawson Jr. Although the idea of a community-oriented initiative is a good thing for Columbia, the proposal possessed several flaws.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Reflecting on 30 years of "Closing of the American Mind" Alexander Riley Despite a few blind spots, in all the most important ways, Allan Bloom"s book has scarcely aged at all.

KEN MIDKIFF: Commission should pay fees for voter data Ken Midkiff While several thousand people have asked that their voter information not be shared with the Trump Administration, I have nothing to hide.

EDITORIAL: Foster-care providers confounded by Greitens" mixed message The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Greitens says he's a zealous children's advocate, but his cut to foster care providers reduced the prospects of a stable family life for 13,000 Missouri children.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Can Trump use the presidential pardon to thwart the Russia investigations? Austin Sarat A pardon by Trump would deliver another serious blow to America's increasingly precarious hold on democracy and the rule of law.

EDITORIAL: There"s no turning back for backpage.com St. Louis Post Dispatch The website widely used to promote human-trafficking and child prostitution has just seen its last line of defense destroyed.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why the U.S. doesn't understand Chinese thought — and must Bryan W. Van Norden It"s more important than ever that the U.S. understands China. So why don"t our universities teach Chinese thought?

EDITORIAL: Greitens" drug monitoring plan falls short of the model The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Greitens" plan can help the fight against opioid abuse — but more should be done.

GUEST COMMENTARY: How Medicaid expansion turned into a runaway locomotive Andrew B. Wilson Failure to reform the misnamed Affordable Care Act in a meaningful way could be catastrophic. Too much "free money" is a one-way ticket to financial ruin.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Roads less taken are closest thing to time travel Steve Spellman In mid-Missouri we have a wealth of old highways, so let"s explore these overlooked routes.


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?

Transportation Development Districts


St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (07/28/2017) at 10:40 AM

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.

Enjoy, support Chiefs

Business, labor views to be tested

Protect young drivers

Poor need boost most

Speedy internet a lifeline

Missouri runs from Illinois model

Buttons make fest better

Justice requires suspects to appear

Uptown's 18 lots more viable now

Parks safer when closed


The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (07/28/2017) at 10:40 AM

Our View: Let's rock the Rock Island line! “You've heard the term `one-horse town'? We're pretty much there,” Richard Huse, who lives in Belle, Missouri, recently told KCUR, a Kansas City public radio station.

Your View: Letters to the editor Getting country back on track

Our View: Joplin's past still alive thanks to Belk A tip of the hat to Brad Belk who recently announced his retirement after 30 years as the director of the Joplin Museum Complex.

Other Views: Speedy internet a lifeline Once it is understood agriculture underpins the regional economy, it's not hard to advocate for those things that make farmers and our rural communities successful.

Our View: Keep the camp, serve the scouts A number of local Girl Scouts just completed a week of summer camp at Camp Mintahama south of Joplin.

Taylor Armerding: Let the commission settle the matter of voter fraud As has been declared thousands of times since President Donald Trump claimed (yes, in a tweet) last November that he'd actually won the popular vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” he has presented “zero evidence” to back up his claim.

Our View: Stop America's breakup The United States has become two nations in one land, and it seems to be poised for a breakup.

Geoff Caldwell: A cowardly Congress for an entitled America In the winter of 1777, disease and exposure from lack of sufficient congressional funding for proper food and clothing accounted for more than half of the 2,000 deaths at Valley Forge. Between the first shot fired on Fort McHenry and Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, more than 60…

Your View: Letters to the editor Take responsibility

Herb Van Fleet: The sad state of education in America Here we are with 2017 more than half over and we've got a lot on our plate to deal with — our political system, our environmental problems, our federal and state debt, our infrastructure, our civil unrest, our dealings with domestic and international terrorism, our health care problems, and …

Our View: Greitens' order complicates PDMP path Gov. Eric Greitens said all the right things on Monday when he signed an executive order to set up a statewide prescription drug monitoring program, ending Missouri's status as the final state in the nation without such a database.

Your View: Letters to the editor Give Trump a chance

Our View: Mike Pence challenges us to resume role as space-faring nation In a little more than 15 years, the United States went from launching its first satellites (Explorer 1 and Vanguard 1 in 1958) to putting men in space, then on the moon, then to landing a spacecraft safely on Mars (Viking in 1976).

Your View: Letters to the editor Trump falls short in Truman comparison

Our View: Cigarette tax increase needed in Missouri Damage keeps piling up. Last month, when Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens withheld $250 million in spending, he also vetoed legislation that was aimed at preventing cuts to in-home and nursing home care. Impact: 8,000 disabled and elderly Missourians.

George Washington vs. Donald Trump Americans are fond of rankings. We even rank our presidents. An internet search reveals dozens of presidential rankings by historians and news organizations. The details vary, but in general they confirm what we probably expect: great presidents such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and…

The terrorist threat posed by Islamic State isn't going away The Islamic State group's self-proclaimed caliphate, the brutal “state” the extremist group ruled for three years in Syria and Iraq, is rapidly collapsing.

Our view: We need nurses Missouri needs more nurses.

Paul Wagner: Nothing partisan about value of higher education There have been several recent news stories over the past week about a study from the Pew Research Center that found a partisan divide regarding opinions on the perceived value of colleges and universities.

Geoff Caldwell: Take a breath, America My relationship with American politics started in the summer of 1973 and the Watergate hearings.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (07/28/2017) at 10:40 AM

Your Opinion: U.S. lacks meaningful health-care coverage: America is the only modern country that does not have healthcare for all its citizens. When Thomas Jefferson wrote the...

Our Opinion: As summer heats up, so does 2018 U.S. Senate race: It's more than a year away, but political observers already are watching what looks to be a riveting U.S. Senate...

Our Opinion: Your money, your choice: Quick, name the one thing the city does that has the biggest impact on the spending of taxpayer dollars each...

Your Opinion: Missouri one of few states to use animal gas chambers: Regarding the recent article on the family whose dog was euthanized after escaping due to fireworks, the vet covering at...

Commentary: The slovenly institution that is Congress: In January 1988, in Ronald Reagan's final State of the Union address, he noisily dropped on a table next to...

Our Opinion: No winners in latest Bustamante legal wranglings: According to a civil court settlement, convicted killer Alyssa Bustamante owes $5 million to her victim's mother.

Our Opinion: Summer marred by twin set of tragedies: It's the time of the year in Jefferson City when the thermometer quickly rises and the city slows down. School...

Your Opinion: Morality lost: The first paragraph in the July 22 article about "laughing teens" says it all.

Your Opinion: Voters oppose single-payer unless it's put on federal tab: More on how some other states are addressing single-payer health care.

Our Opinion: Drug monitoring plan moves the needle forward: We commend Gov. Eric Greitens for starting a prescriptions drug monitoring plan through executive order.

Your Opinion: 'Made in America Week' with out-of-this-country shoes: Along with Donald Trump, I am celebrating and applauding the past week as "Made in America Week." As Donald famously...

Your Opinion: Missouri should determine its own health care: Legislators and/or voters in Nevada, California, Washington, Vermont, New York & Colorado are proactively addressing single-payer health care systems.

Your Opinion: GOP has good talk, but doesn't walk the walk: What is it with our elected politicians? My representative, Vicky Hartzler, submitted an amendment to the defense appropriation bill that...

Commentary: The wild blue yonder ain't what it used to be: America's security challenges change much faster — think of the Soviet Union's demise and the Islamic State's rise — than...

Our Opinion: Year-round ice skating in the Capital City: Dogged determination, tenacity and a lot of time are what's needed if you want to land a triple lutz on...

Perspective: Emphasizing the strength of the manufacturing industry: The Trump administration has put a meaningful emphasis on manufacturing, job creation and a strong economy.

Our Opinion: 'Obey the sign or pay a fine': Law enforcement agencies statewide, including in Jefferson City, will launch a "blitz against speeding" on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Your Opinion: City lacks concern for parking problems: The City of Jefferson sure does have a strange way of enticing people to do business downtown.

Your Opinion: The problem with Muslim immigrants? Their descendants: The plan is to thoroughly vet prospective immigrants from several Middle Eastern Muslim countries. If our investigators can satisfy themselves...

Our Opinion: Heartbreaking sacrifice: We join the Mid-Missouri community in honoring a fallen soldier.


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (07/28/2017) at 10:40 AM

Jackson Homecomers continues through Saturday (7/28/17) The 110th annual Jackson Homecomers is in full swing, and if you've missed out there's still a couple of days left to enjoy the festivities. The Jackson festival, which takes place in uptown Jackson near the courthouse, begins each night at 6, and ends at 10 p.m. Saturday, and it looks like the temperature will cool down to make the experience much more enjoyable...

Sounds for Hounds to benefit Cape police K9 (7/27/17) Dogs have a way of bringing out the best in us. That's been apparent with the K-9 division of the Cape Girardeau Police Department. The public has gotten behind the drive to expand the division to four dogs, which will provide around-the-clock support for the department in the effort to keep the streets safe. ...

Ron Nall celebrates 25 years as muny band director (7/26/17) There's nothing quite like the sounds of summer: Crickets, frogs, birds, locusts and the Cape Girardeau Municipal Band. As July reaches its twilight days, it presents a final chance to take in the local music as Ron Nall leads the band tonight at Capaha Park...

TechWeek is exciting time for entrepreneurship (7/25/17) This week the Marquette Building is displaying its illustrious past and high-tech present and future as the hub of TechWeek, which is currently in full swing and will reach a crescendo with Techfest on Thursday. The second edition of the TechWeek, hosted by the Marquette Tech District, carries an air of optimism, excitement and vision, attributes which helped spark the renovation of the Marquette Hotel, originally opened in 1928 but stood as a condemned building at the start of the millennium...

City of Cape responding to utility bill errors (7/24/17) An unfortunate part of life is watching money go down the drain. For some Cape Girardeau city utility customers, the activity became a little more intense when the new billing system incorrectly transferred sewer-usage data. The computer software glitch undoubtedly had some people doing double takes earlier this month, when up to 1,400 customers citywide could have received inflated utility bills for water, sewer and trash services...

A major shift possible for Cape airport travel (7/23/17) The Cape Girardeau Airport Advisory Board is hoping the city airport soon will be able to offer flights to and from Chicago. It’s only a first step, and there are several more hurdles to jump before this becomes a reality. The concept of a Chicago flight appeals to those needing connection flights. There are many more opportunities to fly directly to destinations from Chicago than St. Louis...

Congratulations to historians Eddleman, Nickell (7/21/17) A couple of prominent local historians have taken on different roles in the community. As reported by Marybeth Niederkorn, local historian William Eddleman soon will replace Frank Nickell as associate director at the Cape Girardeau research center for the State Historical Society of Missouri. Nickell took on a new role at the Kellerman Foundation, a local historic preservation organization...

New Cape superintendent speaks about student hunger, poverty (7/20/17) Caring, competent teachers backed by top-notch facilities are key factors in the education of students. However, a grumbling stomach can trump all in the quest to expand minds. Hunger can stunt growth in more ways than one. It's the sort of matter Cape Girardeau public schools superintendent Neil Glass has prioritized since assuming his position July 1. ...

FCA camp offers opportunity to enjoy sports, glorify God (7/19/17) The skill sets involved in various sports can be as different as the balls involved. However, there are common elements that play out on all fields -- conditioning, training and sportsmanship. All three will be covered at the "Power Camp" presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes that will be held July 25 to 27 at Cape Girardeau Central High School...

Renovation to begin for St. Mary's of the Barren (7/18/17) A thoughtful, purposeful path can lead to fulfillment. The restoration project and building campaign at St. Mary's of the Barren in Perryville, Missouri, appears to have that at its core as the historic grounds receive a renovation in anticipation of the 100-year anniversary celebration of the Vincentian priests founding of the Association of the Miraculous Medal in 1918. ...

Cape organizations stepping up for back-to-school items (7/17/17) This time of year, many think of educational expenses in terms of college tuition and room and board. To be sure, those are the ultimate, big-ticket items in an education. However, a fact of reality is expenses are part of the equation from the first day of prekindergarten...

State needs to keep close eye on dicamba (7/16/17) There's quite a dramatic story slowly developing in the agriculture world. It involves a herbicide called dicamba, a multinational ag chemical and biotech corporation named Monsanto and farmers across the Midwest. The controversy surrounding dicamba has pitted neighboring farmers against one another even to the point of homicide...

Pavers approved; park projects likely to draw more people (7/14/17) A lot of work is underway in the Cape Girardeau County Parks. Levi's Adventure Trail, a special playground, is under construction at County Park South. At County Park North, Freedom Rock has been painted, and now the pavers are going in. At a recent county commission meeting, park superintendent Bryan Sander said the existing sidewalk would soon be replaced with donated pavers, according to a story by Marybeth Niederkorn...

Downtown Cape 'trolley' starts operation today (7/13/17) There's a new set of wheels trolling around downtown. A new trolley -- really just a shuttle bus dressed up as a trolley -- will provide free rides throughout downtown Cape Girardeau beginning today. The trolley will run from 4 to 11 p.m. on Thursdays and from noon to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays...

Vargas contract set right tone for Southeast Missouri State (7/12/17) Carlos Vargas Aburto was given a new, three-year rolling contract to continue as president of Southeast Missouri State University. The decision came last month by the university's board of regents. Vargas is in the midst of managing and leading the university through troubled fiscal waters, as state funding has been rolled back. Vargas and his team are making cuts, which include no raises for university employees for the time being...

Eckstein gives inspiring Q/A at Semoball Awards (7/11/17) Saturday evening's Semoball Awards was everything it promised to be: suspenseful, celebratory, inspirational. It was all that and more, as some of the finest high school athletes in the area received due recognition for their talent and hard work. To top it off, David Eckstein, the former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop, was in the Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus to help honor them...

McKee's is another face on Cape's impressive wall (7/10/17) This area is steeped with so much culture and history that it is easy to forget to take time to appreciate it all. In fact, Cape Girardeau's Missouri Wall of Fame is one place that highlights some of Missouri's own and their accomplishments. The newest addition to the wall, the late Gen. Seth McKee, is almost complete...

City eyes new approach to blight with RFPs (7/9/17) The City of Cape Girardeau is hoping a new approach to developing blighted property might turn around a couple of eyesores on Good Hope Street. As reported by Mark Bliss, the buildings at 631 and 633 Good Hope Streets are in disrepair. A third building collapsed in 2014, and the city levied a $51,684 tax lien against the property to recover the cost of clean-up...

Salon helps special needs children with 'Special Sunday' events (7/7/17) Not long ago, we wrote a story about a church that was holding a special Vacation Bible School for those with special needs. Last week, we had the pleasure of publishing a story about a local hairstylist, Chrissie Shay, who provides free haircuts to special-needs children...

Pete Poe a deserving recipient of newspaper's Spirit of America Award (7/6/17) J.K. Rowling, the famous author of the Harry Potter books, wrote near the climax of her fantasy series, just after the protagonist had made the ultimate sacrifice, "It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well."...


Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
As of (06/29/2015) at 11:56 AM

B&G Club launches drive for new wheels Leah Landon understands the necessity for reliable transportation.

Sedalia has many fine attributes Niche (Niche.com) used to be a site that just ranked schools around the country, both K-12 and college by combining student reviews, professional opinions and piles of raw data. They recently started applying the Niche system to rank cities around the...

Sedalia Brick was once a cornerstone city's industry In the 1880s, Sedalia was still experiencing the burst of growth that followed the Civil War. Business was thriving, the city's population was growing, and new buildings were being erected. Sedalia's builders were using approximately 3.5...

Rain's impact seeping into all areas The wet weather that has nearly drowned west central Missouri over the past six weeks is much more than an annoyance. Gov. Jay Nixon's declaration of a state of emergency makes that point clear, but the impact of all of that rain is being felt...

Plan B works in a pinch My sister Libby, mother and I have been talking about bucket lists. I haven't developed a bucket list, as my family genes give me a good chance of staying on this planet for a long time. But our lives have changed over the past year, and so we...

Bottling companies have Sedalia history In the 18th century, British chemist Joseph Priestly developed a way to infuse water with carbon dioxide to produce carbonated water. The bubbly water became popular particularly in tonics, mixtures of herbs, roots, and flavorings suspended in...

Dolezal's race claims 'unfortunate' By now you've probably heard the story of Rachel Dolezal, the head of the Spokane, Wash., NAACP who has been accused of misrepresenting her race.

Surprising love for a 'common man' We all have guilty pleasures — those things we love that others either don't understand or think are too kitschy, low-brow or just plain dumb to embrace. For some, it's romance novels or collections of “Star Wars” toys.

To vacuum or not to vacuum The vacuum cleaner has been sitting in our living room for the past week, beckoning to me, its siren song tantalizing me to come to it, plug it in, use it. But I just haven't found the time, energy, or willingness to heed its call. If I leave it...

Of pranks and paranoia I just got back from my fourth year as a counselor at Gateway Hemophilia Association's Camp Notaclotamongus at Living Well Village in Imperial and I've got to say that it went pretty well.

Beloved teacher, principal dies in 1903 In 1882, Sedalia boasted four public schools — Broadway School, Lincoln School, Washington School and Franklin School. According to the 1882 History of Pettis County, Franklin School was built in 1870 on an elevated site at the corner of...

A Stark truth: Ragtimers show fun side Martin Spitznagel knows what many people say about the music he loves.

Exploring sights, sounds of Southern California I am not a Los Angeles fan; the city is too big, too sprawling, too car-infested for me. I much prefer northern California. Regardless of the traffic, that area offers much more for me in the way of entertainment and relaxation: the Muir Woods,...

Not all bugs are the enemy Technically, summer doesn't begin in a strictly scientific sense until the Summer Solstice on June 21, but for practical purposes the signs are all around us: the number of garage sales is going up, our kids are starting to leave for camp and...

Sedalians attempt to drill Artesian well, get rich quick During the late 19th century, Sedalia mounted several schemes to use mineral resources to make large amounts of money.


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