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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (11/22/2017) at 04:12 AM

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Dana Milbank: There is something truly historic about Trump

E.J. Dionne: Giving thanks for, yes, journalism

Catherine Rampell: And the biggest loser in the GOP's tax plan is ... humans

Leonard Pitts Jr.: The diversionary tactics of a child president

Michael Gerson: Russia investigation includes spectacular level of lies

Jonah Goldberg: Helping America isn't part of Putin's plan

Horrigan: In life as in baseball, everyone needs an impact bat

Thinking, writing about racial justice is learning experience

Maybe community college needs adjunct administrators instead

Important to document disparity in minority contracts

'Sleep Out' so a homeless youth won't have to

Idea of 100 percent renewable energy isn't feasible

What local government really can do regarding energy

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Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (11/22/2017) at 04:13 AM

Editorials Gov. Eric Greitens loses big on foiled attempt to fire Missouri education commissioner Gov. Eric Greitens' attempt to force state Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven out of the job floundered Tuesday. Members of the Missouri Board of Education who stood up to the governor's strong-arm tactics should be commended.

Editorials While Sam Brownback waits for Washington to call, Kansas needs a full-time governor With Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's nomination as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom going nowhere, his state is in limbo, too. And with a vote still not scheduled, he'll soon need to choose.

Editorials The Senate’s partisan bickering over judicial nominees is a dangerous game Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are squabbling again over judicial nominations. It needs to stop.

Editorials Does tax reform threaten the KCI terminal project? No. Pay attention anyway The House tax bill makes interest earned on semi-private bonds taxable. That will cause some headaches, but won't derail the KCI project.

Editorials Partisans, listen to one another. Don’t blow it this Thanksgiving A recent Pew study found that a majority of both Democrats and Republicans have either only a few close friends in the other party, or none at all. One side, though, is far more likely to break off relationships over politics.

Editorials Susan Wagle is way off base when it comes to Kansas school funding The president of the state Senate isn't thinking constructively when it comes to school funding and other pressing priorities

Editorials Don’t like the stuff you see on TV? Change the channel, don’t blame the government Television stations are becoming more consolidated. In the digital age, that seems less worrisome than it once was.

Editorials Secret Kansas must yield to transparency, openness The Kansas City Star has provided evidence of excessive secrecy in Kansas. Here are steps to fix the problem.

Editorials Kansas needs more than a few good women — to run for statewide office Kansas will hold statewide elections in 2018. More women should sign up to run.

Editorials You can’t criticize dark money on the right and excuse it on the left Secret contributions have come to the committee trying to force a statewide vote on a higher minimum wage in Missouri. Dark money contributions are wrong, no matter what the issue.

Editorials On Kansas-style tax cuts, please don’t make us say we told you so, senators The Senate tax bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act individual mandate, but the rest of us would still pay for the health care of the uninsured.

Editorials Provisional schools accreditation is unacceptable for Kansas City students Two school districts, Kansas City and Hick man Mills, will remain provisionally accredited, a disappointing and unacceptable reality for the Kansas City area.

Editorials Jackson County needs a better jail, not another task force Jackson County Executive Frank White's newly appointed group seems to have been convened to make a case for building a new jail, but one with around the same number of beds. While we understand that thinking, we hope they haven't already ruled out expanding.

Editorials Don’t be fooled by Americans for Prosperity’s Kansas tax-cut fliers Kansas lawmakers singled out by Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity should be hailed for their courage standing up to Gov. Sam Brownback's tax cuts.

Editorials If Trump blows up NAFTA, Kansas and Missouri workers would feel the pain Trump's latest round of bellicose bleating about yanking the U.S. out of the agreement captures the rapt attention of local business leaders.

Editorials More strong-arm tactics from Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. This time, education is the target The governor is trying to ram through a plan to fire Missouri's Education Commissioner, Margie Vandeven. Missourians should resist the power play.

Editorials Trump-led tax reform won’t do much of anything for the middle class Republican tax proposals in Washington would mostly benefit the rich instead of the middle-class workers who need a boost after years of stagnant wages.

Editorials Why hide in the shadows, Kansas? State government is shrouded in secrecy The Kansas City Star, after a months-long investigation, has evidence that Kansas government too often hides in the shadows. More sunlight is urgently needed.

Editorials Lax ethics rules allow former Missouri lawmaker to spend campaign cash on booze and baseball tickets Former Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones has used leftover campaign cash to pay for golf outings, boozy dinners and baseball tickets. It's time for the Missouri legislature to add some teeth to campaign finance laws and empower the state's ethics commission.

Editorials Is CIA Director Mike Pompeo more faithful to the president than to the facts? CIA Director Mike Pompeo has spent a lot of time and effort positioning himself as a true friend of President Donald Trump. But the former Kansas congressman needs to do a lot more to inspire public confidence.

The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (11/22/2017) at 04:13 AM

Dark money is a problem on both political sides

Sheriff, have compassion for homeless

The importance of a conference committee

Contributors Foster: Still much to be thankful for Foster: Still much to be thankful for It has been a difficult and surprising year in so many ways. But in this part of the nation and in our city in particular I am still thankful. Contributors 14 hours, 18 minutes ago

Editorials Keep an open mind, heart about panhandling Keep an open mind, heart about panhandling The story of Dennis Heiskill is a good example of how complicated panhandling, and our response, can be. Editorials 1 day, 14 hours ago

Opinion Discovering great things in the dark Discovering great things in the dark It occurs to me now that some kinds of beauty are more visible in the dark versus the light. Opinion 1 day, 14 hours ago

Contributors Blowing up the debt is a threat to America Blowing up the debt is a threat to America There's no longer any pretense of trying to get deficits and debt under control. Contributors an

Opinion Thoughts and memories of church words Thoughts and memories of church words Church words of my youth pop around my head making me think I'm still sitting in one of those uncomfortable pews listening to sanctioned holy-speak. Opinion 2 days, 15 hours ago

Readers AG taking Missouri for a ride with Google probe AG taking Missouri for a ride with Google probe U.S. federal antitrust regulators have already looked into the issue. Readers 3 days, 11 hours ago

Readers Missouri, the dark money state Missouri, the dark money state To the point, Roses and Thorns for Nov. 19. Readers 4 days, 6 hours ago

Opinion What to my wondering ears did he say? What to my wondering ears did he say? Without nearly enough fanfare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made history this week with a scant four words: ôI believe the women.ö Opinion 4┬ádays, 10┬áhours ago

Opinion A looming battle over the bankrupting `blue model' A looming battle over the bankrupting `blue model' In 2018 Illinois will have the nation's most important, expensive and strange election. Opinion 4 days, 10 hours ago

Opinion Women are treated as something for use Women are treated as something for use We have a moment to consider what it means to be human, rather than hiding behind the constructs of politics or religion. Opinion 4 days, 11 hours ago

Contributors Trump's contempt for ethics costs Americans Trump's contempt for ethics costs Americans Leave it to President Trump to take influence peddling to a whole new level in Washington. Contributors 4 days, 13 hours ago

Readers 77 superintendents worried about governors actions 16_9" /

Readers U.S. remains strong ally for Korea U.S. remains strong ally for Korea Koreans should re-think the transferring of commandership from the U.S. at this time. Readers 4 days, 13 hours ago

Contributors Guest Voice: Don't kill the estate tax Guest Voice: Don't kill the estate tax Why Congress would want to concentrate so much savings on such an impossibly small sliver of people is hard to explain. Contributors 4 days, 14 hours ago

Readers VA cards should be good enough for voting VA cards should be good enough for voting There are probably many veterans who, for one reason or another, do not drive. Readers 4 days, 14 hours ago

Readers Don't forget value of U.S. citizens Don't forget value of U.S. citizens Great fanfare is made of the U.S. being a nation of immigrants. Conversely, citizens of this country are unrecognized for their contribution. Readers 4 days, 14 hours ago

Readers Missing the whole story on protests Missing the whole story on protests Article misses mark on how university affected by protests. Readers 4 days, 14 hours ago

The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (06/25/2015) at 11:54 AM

Teens, learn life-saving driving skills Posted at 11:00 AM The Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience, with its innovative and potentially life-saving instructional program, will visit our area on June 27 and 28 to help combat the ongoing problem of motor vehicle crashes among teens. Session...

Landgren cartoon: Farewell, pink flamingo creator Updated at 10:59 AM Don Landgren cartoon about the death of the pink flamingoĺs creator. .mgnl175{margin-left:175px;} .childCatAd{display:inline-block!important;width:650px;}

The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
As of (11/22/2017) at 04:33 AM

Opinion C.W. DAWSON JR.: Put complaints aside and find your reasons to be thankful We can choose to be mired in despair, or we can choose to be thankful and hopeful. What do you choose?

KEN MIDKIFF: City takes a page out of the "government waste" handbook Columbia spends more than $75,000 to print and mail a "Citizen"s Handbook" which is nothing more than a PR piece. No wonder people won"t support tax increases.

PHILL BROOKS: Without speed limit enforcement, I-70 more like an autobahn But Europe has embraced speed limit cameras, whereas Missourians have staunchly rejected such measures.

C.W. DAWSON JR.: Put complaints aside and find your reasons to be thankful C.W. Dawson Jr. We can choose to be mired in despair, or we can choose to be thankful and hopeful. What do you choose?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Washington's war on poor grad students Jill Richardson The Republican tax plan winding its way through Congress includes a special middle finger to the nation's graduate students.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Have I got a bridge for you! Steve and Cokie Roberts Putin lies. Trump believes. And the world laughs. On what planet does this Make America Great Again?

KEN MIDKIFF: City takes a page out of the "government waste" handbook Ken Midkiff Columbia spends more than $75,000 to print and mail a "Citizen"s Handbook" which is nothing more than a PR piece. No wonder people won"t support tax increases.

EDITORIAL: During protests, police must allow journalists to do their jobs The St. Louis Post Dispatch The St. Louis Police Department has taken a big step toward ensuring the public stays informed and journalists are not penalized simply for doing their jobs.

EDITORIAL: You can't criticize dark money on the right and excuse it on the left The Kansas City Star The way to end dark money in politics isn't to seek more dark money than your opponents Ś it's to insist on sunlight.

GUEST COMMENTARY: As J20 trials begin, press suppression hard to ignore John Amick Journalists rounded up in anti-riot police actions reveal the state"s power over media that are trying to cover the most divisive issues in politics.

PHILL BROOKS: Without speed limit enforcement, I-70 more like an autobahn Phill Brooks But Europe has embraced speed limit cameras, whereas Missourians have staunchly rejected such measures.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Steps have been taken after 2015 protests, but more must be done George Kennedy Conversations with campus leaders indicate that steps have been taken, but there is a stubborn resistance to owning the problem, the university has adopted a defensive posture and "we need to listen to each other's stories."

EDITORIAL: A lot of noise about opioid crisis in Missouri, but no action Kansas City Star If you are a Missourian struggling with an opioid addiction, the state's top officials have been doing a fine job of raising awareness about your plight.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Gun control shouldn"t be this hard Jill Richardson Before the gun lobby or its sycophants in Congress bring out their usual talking points for why we can't ever have common sense gun reform, I'd like to shoot one of them down. No pun intended.

EDITORIAL: Extra funding for Highway Patrol is diverting money to fix roads St. Joseph News-Press The patrol should have to justify its funding the way any other agency does, and be funded through the state"s general revenues.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Greek life scandals are nothing new Steve Spellman If the Greek community were serious about earning a reputation of responsible behavior, it would self-enforce an ethical code and purge bad actors.

GUEST COMMENTARY: There is a likely culprit to deteriorating teen mental health Jean Twenge The number of 13- to 18-year-olds who committed suicide jumped 31 percent from 2010 to 2015 Ś but what is causing it?

GUEST COMMENTARY: No corporate welfare for Amazon Jim Hightower The uber-rich company doesn"t need or deserve a handout from the 238 cities prostrating themselves before it.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Will Roy Moore lead us to a tipping point? Sandy Davidson Updated Questions are swirling about whether Roy Moore had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 Ś but maybe the acid question is whether it would matter if he did.

EDITORIAL: If Trump blows up NAFTA, Kansas and Missouri workers would feel the pain The Kansas City Star Business leaders aren't taking Trump's latest bellicose bleating about yanking the U.S. out of the North American Free Trade Agreement as an idle threat.

Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (11/22/2017) at 04:13 AM

On use tax, public officials failed themselves

AG Hawley's political maneuver should come as no surprise

Confederate leaders deserve a place in history, without honor

Tribune's View: New evidence should have us all question Williams' guilt

The Tribune's View: Yes on 1 ensures smooth driving

St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (11/22/2017) at 04:14 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.

Wing's future bright

Priorities cost money

District: Be careful what you propose

AgriLabs a credit to St. Joe

CVB: Reflect on failure

Prepare for best of holiday season

NAFTA: Access to markets critical

`Shop local' connects us

Diabetes care requires a plan

Remove barriers to women in business

The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (11/22/2017) at 04:14 AM

Our View: Thank you, Tim Sumners Joplin's Tim Sumners' courageous stand to do the right thing and follow his own convictions Ś rather than those of an elected official Ś should be applauded.

Kevin Wilson: Would you want a 'do over'? So a couple of weeks ago, I was watching Fox News, and at the end of the segment they posed a question. They asked the people on the panel, if they had a ôdo overö in life, what would they change. In other words, given the opportunity, what would they do differently in their life.

Our view: Putting a name on evil On Saturday, you could have asked anyone of a certain age who they thought was the most evil person alive, and many of them would have answered without hesitation: Charles Manson.

Joan Banks: State should meet with volunteers before making Wildcat Glades decision An open letter to the director of the Missouri Department of Conservation:

Southwest Missouri educators: Governor invited to visit schools As Southwest Missouri superintendents, we have one simple request for Gov. Eric Greitens: Please visit our school districts. We understand Gov. Greitens has a complex, difficult and time-consuming job, but believe he will find remarkable value in visiting our schools and classrooms. These vi…

Garrison Keillor: Be happy, it's Thanksgiving For evolution, the Constitution,

Our View: Putting a name on evil On Saturday, you could have asked anyone of a certain age who they thought was the most evil person alive, and many of them would have answered without hesitation: Charles Manson.

Ken Midkiff: How to make America hate again We should be looking to the future, not gazing with longing at the past.

Nick Kyle: The role of public schools For decades, politicians have declared war on our public schools and declared them a failure. They say our teacher quality has fallen short and other nations outpace us. Rather than trying to improve our schools, many states and districts have reacted by cutting educational budgets, teacher …

Your View: Letters to the editor Thankful for Wildcat

Phill Brooks: The 'Wild West' of Missouri highways Driving back home to Jefferson City from the St. Louis airport this fall, I was stunned by the number of cars speeding past me on Interstate 70.

Our view: Tax bill has a way to go America needs tax reform. The current tax code is 73,954 pages long. It needs to be simplified, but the revisions need to be carefully crafted.

Geoff Caldwell: Singer's story of character over career My first encounter with this young woman was over lunch with my stepdaughter in a deli outside Nashville. She was not yet 20 years old and checked off so many of the stereotypical boxes: She had won a talent contest in her teens, had some success on the radio circuit and was beaming with hope.

Our View: Get out of the way If you are driving on the highway and you aren't passing, get out of the left lane.

Anson Burlingame: Collusion and collison at sea What is more important to our nation, collusion within the Navy resulting in financial misdeeds or collisions of ships at sea?

Gina Barreca: Eight things to know about sexual harassment No. 1: Looking back, it feels like sexual harassment. As I remember it, many desks in the schools I attended had a picture of a penis drawn or carved into them. Maybe it was smudged because somebody tried to clean it off or paint it over, but it was there. It had been there for generations. …

David Shribman: Shaken and stirred: America after one year of Trump When President Donald J. Trump sent out a triumphal email to supporters a few days ago on the one-year anniversary of his astonishing victory, he put perhaps the only indisputable remark of his presidency in the subject line: "You shook the world."

Our View: State board's decisions should not be coerced Tim Sumners, of Joplin, recently appointed to the Missouri Board of Education by Gov. Eric Greitens, admitted early on that he has a lot to learn about his new role.

Garrison Keillor: Have phone, driver's license, will travel Slight panic in the airport out in Texas. Waiting to check a bag, pull out my billfold, no driver's license. Check pockets, briefcase. Credit cards, no license. The brain flutters. Hotel? Taxi? Pickpocket? A teen terrorist from Izvestistan perhaps, trying to persuade TSA he is 75 and from An…

Your view: Letters to the editor Birth control crucial to health

The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (11/22/2017) at 04:14 AM

Your Opinion: Is Luetkemeyer willing to do the right thing?: Republicans are resurrecting their effort to repeal Obamacare, and I have a question for Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer: Are you willing...

Your Opinion: Luetkemeyer shilling for Trump Taxscam: Taxpayers in Kansas are not excited about a Trump Taxscam.

Your Opinion: Tax cuts for who?: Watch out seniors and those who hope to be one someday.

Your Opinion: Museum of the Bible coverage: I get disgusted with what I read when it thrusts a new wave of thought upon us by some of...

Your Opinion: Sexual misconduct comparisons wrong: I am writing in regards to the controversy raging around the alleged sexual misconduct by Judge Roy Moore, Sen. Al...

Our Opinion: Share the Harvest program exemplifies Thanksgiving: Deer season might be winding down, but it's not too late for Missouri hunters to participate in a program that...

Commentary: Politicizing the State Board of Education: The Missouri State Teachers Association is deeply troubled by the politicization of the State Board of Education.

Your Opinion: Luther was latecomer to German Bible translations: Learning in Retirement session on the Reformation 500th anniversary (News Tribune, Nov. 1, page B1) included a group leader's statement...

From the Editor: An antidote for fake news: Nationally, the news industry is launching a new set of transparency standards designed to help readers more clearly assess the...

Your Opinion: Board of Education should keep education commissioner: I am a product of public education and so are my four children.

Your Opinion: Prescription costs questioned: The other day I went to get a prescription filled, a prescription that I have been using for several years.

Your Opinion: Gun violence based on politics, not evidence: I am aware that gun violence is a highly debatable issue and the talking points about gun violence don't square...

Your Opinion: Social and ethnic composition versus academic achievement: The News Tribune weighed in on recent ACT test results indicating Helias, Calvary Lutheran, and Blair Oaks high schools' test...

Perspective: Eastern Cole County steeped in history: As Cole County presiding commissioner, I have been going out for drives in the county to discover, and rediscover, our...

Our Opinion: Now's a good time to take that nostalgic Amtrak trip: With gas prices on the upswing and the holidays approaching, it may be a good time to consider taking an...

Perspective: Thankful for Missourians' generosity this season: With what seems was just a blink of the eye, November is in full swing, and families are setting their...

Your Opinion: Happy to pay school property taxes: I read with interest the letter on Thomas Ault on Nov. 15 concerning school taxes.

Your Opinion: Climate change is not political: Climate change is not political, but do not take my word for it.

Our Opinion: Outwitting lazy criminals: It's not hard: Thieves have been wreaking havoc on car owners over the past week, breaking into vehicles and stealing valuables.

Your Opinion: Who murdered Carl Debrodie?: Carl Debrodie was reported missing in mid-April of this year.

The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (11/22/2017) at 04:14 AM

Remember Toybox when buying gifts this year (11/22/17) As you're out and about this weekend buying toys for all the boys and girls on Santa's nice list, please consider picking up an item or two for the Toybox and/or Christmas for the Elderly program. The Toybox charity delivers toys to more than 350 families within the city limits of Cape Girardeau. ...

Zonta recognizes women who lead and inspire (11/21/17) Every year the Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau recognizes several women for the roles they play to make our community a better place to live, learn, play and work. This year it so happens that one of the women honored is a woman we're especially fond of, Wendy Kurka Rust, the matriarch of Rust Communications, the parent company of the Southeast Missourian. Wendy Rust is wife of company founder Gary Rust and mother of Rex and Jon K. Rust, co-presidents...

Cape-based Burger King franchise wins prestigious honor (11/20/17) Congratulations to the Drury Management team and all the employees who recently took home the prestigious awards for best Burger King Franchisee both globally and in North America. The group, based in Cape Girardeau, was competing against thousands of other franchisees across the globe. There are 13,000 Burger King restaurants in 89 countries. This is some accomplishment...

JROTC is great addition to Cape high school (11/19/17) Cape Girardeau Central High School soon will have an Air Force junior reserve officer training corps program, or JROTC, on campus. According to Marybeth Niederkorn's reporting, superintendent Neil Glass said the program is expected to have an enrollment of 100 students by next year...

Ivers Square to get upgrades after votes secure funding (11/17/17) You've got to hand it to the folks at Old Town Cape. They were able to rally Cape's troops and garner enough votes to land a $127,650 grant to restore parts of Ivers Square, previously known as the courthouse park along Lorimier Street. The Partners in Preservation grant was a national contest where the top 10 projects with the most votes were awarded the money. ...

Task force makes prudent recommendation on dyslexia ID (11/16/17) The estimated prevalence of people with some form of dyslexia is between 5 percent and 10 percent of the population, according to the National Institutes of Health. Other sources say the number could be as high as 20 percent. That's a significant number of people...

It's early, but not too early to think winter safety (11/15/17) Today is Missouri Winter Weather Awareness Day. Missourians know the type of weather that can bring our daily routines to a halt. For all the fun we have with #breadalerts and poking fun at our own frantic anticipation of every potential winter storm, there are some precautions we can think about well ahead of time...

Students, adults set the tone for 'kindness boxes' (11/14/17) Kids these days. They always have their noses pointed into their gadgets. They're narcissistic little hooligans, right? Well, maybe not. Several students who are part of the school's "Kindness Task Force" at Orchard Drive Elementary are always looking for ways to give back and help others...

Downtown plan: a vision, not a specific blueprint (11/13/17) Old Town Cape revealed its comprehensive plan for downtown development to the Cape Girardeau City Council last week. It's easy to be skeptical of such plans, because they can be almost absurdly optimistic at times. But it's important to remember a couple of things: 1.) The plan is only a vision of what is possible, and 2.) portions of absurdly optimistic downtown plans have already come to fruition...

Home Tour reaches its 30-year anniversary (11/12/17) The Lutheran Family & Children's Services annual holiday home tour is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. As Tyler Graef recently reported, the tour will return the first Saturday in December, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The houses include those of Jared Ritter on North Lorimier Street, Mark and Elizabeth Seesing on Good Hope Street, Ted and Jessica Westendorf on Kensington Lane, Tim and Melanie Gutwein on Flagstone Drive and Greg and Linda Illers on Blackberry Ridge Road...

Thank you to veterans both past and present (11/10/17) Not that most of you needed reminding, but Veterans Day falls on Saturday this year. Several services are planned, including a ceremony at Freedom Corner at 11 a.m. at Capaha Park, a Veterans Day Parade in uptown Jackson that starts at 4; and don't forget to take some time to drive through the Avenue of Flags at Cape Girardeau County Park or stop by the Veterans Memorial Wall at Brookside Park in Jackson...

Local photo event is special day for children, parents (11/9/17) The stories we write and publish in the Southeast Missourian arenĺt always those that are going to grab a lot of attention, even though perhaps they should. But we never get tired of sharing stories when our community lifts up those who struggle with disabilities. Time after time, we see our community rise to the occasion and accept, embrace and give to those with special needs...

Crowden poised for success as administrator for Scott City (11/8/17) Mike Crowden has some big work to do. Crowden was recently named the city administrator at Scott City. The town has been through a lot of turmoil in recent months within its municipal government ranks. Lawsuits. Firings. Sunshine Law complaints. Alleged misuse of funds. The list is long...

Kinder off to good start on Delta Regional Authority spending cuts (11/7/17) Former Missouri lieutenant governor Peter Kinder. a Cape Girardeau native, went to work a few months ago in his new role as alternate Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority. One of his first major moves was to examine operations and slash more than a half-million dollars in spending...

Celebrating the lives of three impressive individuals (11/6/17) The Southeast Missouri region lost three pioneers in recent weeks with the deaths of Mary Bolen, Cape Girardeauĺs unofficial Baseball Mom; Charles Blattner, a prominent civic leader; and Charles Richard Williams Sr., funeral home director and first black mayor of the city of Charleston, Missouri...

Positive developments between city and south-side residents (11/5/17) When community members become involved, when those who take the initiative to petition their government and voice their problems and potential solutions, when people demand representation and results from their tax dollars, the government has no choice but to listen. But it does have a choice whether to act...

Levi's Adventure Trail unveiled to public Sunday (11/3/17) After 5 1/2 years of dedication, Levi's Adventure Trail soon will become a reality. A grand opening is set for 1 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the Native-American themed, ADA-accessible playground facility at Cape Girardeau County Park South...

Four-star general remembered in wall of fame ceremony (11/2/17) The late Gen. Seth McKee's likeness has been added to the Missouri Wall of Fame at Cape Girardeau's riverfront. McKee was a highly decorated military leader, a four-star general described as "one of the fathers" of the U.S. Air Force. At the time of his death, he was the highest-ranking survivor of the D-Day invasion of France during World War II...

Congratulations to CIT Officer Award recipients (11/1/17) More and more local officers are being trained how to deal with intense situations, especially those involving citizens with a mental illness. The ability to slow down a crisis involving a mentally ill person, including one who may be suicidal, is critical. Police are learning techniques to de-escalate situations and are saving lives in the process...

Be safe: Tips to protect yourself and kids this evening (10/31/17) Tonight is Halloween, so we want to remind everyone to be safe tonight as you're driving around and escorting your children on their trick-or-treating ventures. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year, according to According to that website, here are some safety tips to think about tonight:...

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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