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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (05/29/2017) at 09:16 AM

Editorial: In Missouri, as everywhere else, Trump's budget is an exercise in selfishness

Editorial: War is messy. Honoring military sacrifice should never be so.

Editorial: Trump appointees twist facts, deny science

Columnists Blunt, colleagues should support STEM education Columnists Legislature protects campaign coffers, top donors like David Humphreys Columnists The immediate need for action on life

Legislature protects campaign coffers, top donors like David Humphreys

The immediate need for action on life

Judge's ruling puts 'Safe at Home' participants in jeopardy

Massive flooding spotlights need for flood insurance reform

Charles Krauthammer: Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia

David Ignatius: A path forward in Syria and Iraq, post-Islamic State

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Pouring water on concrete

E.J. Dionne: The wider Trump scandal

Kathleen Parker: An orb, a sword and a slap

David Ignatius: The midterms might become the 'impeachment election'

Michael Gerson: Trump's house of betrayal

Report predicts slowdown in St. Louis job growth

Technology group's leader resigns

St. Louis housing prices are flat in first quarter

Democrats say they'll target Republican Ann Wagner's congressional seat in 2018

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Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (05/29/2017) at 09:16 AM

Editorials Editorial: Process to expand Kansas City’s streetcar line is exhausting Requests for ballots were due last week for the proposed next phase of Kansas City's streetcar line. But meeting that deadline was just step one. For the uninitiated, casting a vote for or against streetcar expansion is an onerous undertaking that requires planning, patience and plenty of spare time.

Editorials Editorial: Long list of challenges awaits MU’s new chancellor As the new chancellor for the University of Missouri-Columbia, Alexander Cartwright must ensure MU is a place where all students are valued, convince legislators to restore funding, regain the support of alumni and prospective students and cement its stature as a respected research institution.

Editorials Editorial: Our KCI checklist — more details and alternative proposals needed The push for a new, privately financed KCI terminal continues to accelerate. But crucial questions remain unanswered.

Editorials Editorial: The lessons of lunch shaming at Harrisonville Elementary School A Harrisonville school is cracking down on the little scofflaws whose parents can't afford to pay for their lunch. Low-income children sent to the back of the line when they can't pay will grow up rich in the understanding of our priorities.

Editorials Editorial: Hastening Obamacare’s demise isn’t a solution Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City's decision to pull out of the Affordable Care Act exchange has left customers in Kansas and Missouri vulnerable. Our own elected officials seem mainly concerned with making sure it's Democrats who get the blame.

Editorials Editorial: What the police officer who stopped Toni Anderson saw If the North Kansas City police officer who pulled Toni Anderson over not long before she drove into the Missouri River had been wearing a body camera, maybe we'd understand why he let her drive away.

Editorials Editorial: Competitive process for a new terminal at KCI is a no-brainer The Kansas City Council should solicit “expressions of interest” to see if other engineering firms will compete for the single-terminal project at Kansas City International Airport.

Editorials Editorial: Concealed weapons likely are coming to a Kansas institution near you Last-ditch efforts to ward off a Kansas law that will allow concealed weapons in some major institutions, including state hospitals, psychiatric institutions and public universities, appear to be losing steam.

Editorials Editorial: Memo to Kansas lawmakers — go home Kansas legislators are still struggling to reach agreement on taxes, spending, and school finance. Here's an idea: Send non-essential legislators home until there's something to consider. Some states are trying that.

Editorials Editorial: Trump budget replicates disastrous Kansas approach. This won’t end well. The Trump budget calls for tax cuts and shreds the social safety net. Kansas has already tried that approach, with terrible results. America has been warned.

Editorials Editorial: What happened in Manchester could happen anywhere Proud, sports-crazy, solidly working-class Manchester, population 530,000, does have enough in common with Kansas City that it reminds us terror attacks don't happen only in world capitals like New York or Paris, or in major tourist towns like Nice.

Editorials Editorial: Trump’s highly educational tour of world religions Donald Trump has already traveled all the way from “Islam hates us” to calling it “one of the world's great faiths” during his first foreign trip as president. In Rome, too, we expect more of a bridge than a wall.

Editorials Editorial: Advice for the Missouri legislature’s special session — keep it short The Missouri General Assembly is meeting in a special session to consider electricity rate cuts for businesses in the Bootheel. We urge lawmakers to keep all Missourians in mind during the session. And keep it short.

Editorials Editorial: A dereliction of police duty in child sodomy case After Tyrell L. Staten was accused of sodomizing a girl, no one from the Police Department bothered to interview him for three years. The public deserves to know how it can be sure that this kind of dereliction can never happen again and that the detectives responsible have been disciplined.

Editorials Editorial: Needed reforms could help fix Missouri’s perverted prison system A Missouri House subcommittee has released a solid set of recommendations aimed at purging a system rife with misconduct. But state officials have a steep challenge in cleaning up prisons that one worker called her own personal hell.

Editorials Editorial: Kansas City needs a new airport terminal. The Burns & McDonnell plan isn’t the way to do it. The time has come to build a new terminal for Kansas City International Airport. But the proposal from Burns & McDonnell to privately finance the project isn't the only approach to solving problems at the airport.

Editorials Editorial: A toddler died at a carnival, so why is Kansas trying to delay new amusement park rules? The Kansas Legislature is considering delaying implementation of a new law tightening regulations for state amusement parks. Such a delay would be unacceptable and dangerous.

Editorials Editorial: Backing Medicaid expansion isn’t actually a crime The unnecessarily long and frustrating saga of the Medicaid 23 ended this week in a Cole County courtroom. Protesters, most of them clergy, never should have been arrested for using a public space to voice their support for Medicaid expansion.

Editorials Editorial: Roger Ailes created more than a network The former Fox News head's impact on American life — exploiting and expanding our cultural and political differences — made President Trump possible.

Editorials Editorial: Push for work requirement reveals misunderstanding of food stamp program Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue suggested changes will soon come to the nation's food stamp program, which many Republicans think costs too much. But the secretary's comments betray confusion about the program known as SNAP.


The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (05/29/2017) at 09:17 AM

Inadequate physical, mental care for prisoners erodes justice

Funerals, fiddling and the future

An outside perspective on Founding Fathers

Readers Veterans fought for common men and women Veterans fought for common men and women As we honor our veterans, we should also remember what they fought for — freedom and equal rights for all. Readers 1 day, 10 hours ago

Readers A grateful nation thanks its veterans A grateful nation thanks its veterans Woodlawn Cemetery on Long Island and Memorial Day will always be connected for me. About five years ago I traveled with my sister and brother-in-law John to visit the grave of my Dad, who was a veteran of World War II. Readers 1 day, 10 hours ago

Readers Superintendent shouldn't have to apologize for prayer Superintendent shouldn't have to apologize for prayer It would seem Christians are the ones not able to openly share their faith Readers 1 day, 10 hours ago

Readers Safe to trust majority of scientists Safe to trust majority of scientists A couple weeks ago I read an article by a local expert who denies man made climate change. I say "expert" because he has Ph.D. after his name, and sometimes half the alphabet. Readers 1 day, 10 hours ago

Contributors Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia "Whom the gods would destroy, they first tempt to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict." Contributors 1 day, 16 hours ago

Readers Thank you to Honor Flight Thank you to Honor Flight The recent Honor Flight of the Ozarks was wonderful. Veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam were aboard. Readers 1 day, 10 hours ago

Contributors Stop digging trenches and listen Stop digging trenches and listen Make America Great Again! Resist! They're the battle cries of people digging trenches on either side of an aisle. Contributors 1 day, 17 hours ago

Readers City ownership of landfill should be reviewed City ownership of landfill should be reviewed It is shameful that the most recent state analysis showed between 70-80 percent of the materials in our landfill could have been recycled. Readers 1 day, 17 hours ago

Editorials Accountability for officials slipping away Accountability for officials slipping away Gianforte's misleading statement was another step down a dangerous path in which officials have little regard for truth and accountability. Editorials 1 day, 17 hours ago

Contributors An orb, a sword and a slap An orb, a sword and a slap PALM BEACH, Fla. Contributors 2 days, 15 hours ago

Contributors A portentous election in the Peach State A portentous election in the Peach State ATLANTA — By the time Georgia's 6th District votes in the June 20 special congressional election, $40 million — perhaps more than $130 per ballot — will have been spent to pick one-435th of one-half of one of the three branches of one of America's go Contributors 2 days, 15 hours ago

Contributors How will Arlington cemetery look in 25 years? How will Arlington cemetery look in 25 years? Arlington, with its vaunted history dating to the Civil War, is rapidly filling up. Contributors 2 days, 18 hours ago

Contributors To achieve unity, we need equality To achieve unity, we need equality Over the last year or so I've given a lot of thought to the relationship, and tension, between unity and justice. Contributors 2 days, 18 hours ago

Readers No excuses for Willard superintendent No excuses for Willard superintendent No man or woman is above the law. Not the president, and not the Willard superintendent. Readers 4 days, 14 hours ago

Readers Live literately to enjoy fullness of life Live literately to enjoy fullness of life As a sophomore at Kickapoo High School, I was a short, bald, perfectionistic bundle of nerves and emotions with glasses much too big for my face. I registered for Mr. Nichols' English II Honors class with little idea what I was getting into. Readers 4 days, 14 hours ago

Editorials Our Voice: Bears in midst of special moment Our Voice: Bears in midst of special moment The Missouri State University baseball team has been good forever.  Editorials 4 days, 14 hours ago

Readers Letter writer wrong about conservatives and liberals Letter writer wrong about conservatives and liberals This letter is in response to Mr. Warren Christopherson's letter on 5-16-17. Readers 5 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 flamingo’s creator. .mgnl175{margin-left:175px;} .childCatAd{display:inline-block!important;width:650px;}


The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
As of (05/29/2017) at 09:17 AM

Opinion GUEST COMMENTARY: Want to avoid commencement speaker protests? Involve students first These days, college students have no trouble transforming into activists to address big inequities — including from their own commencement speakers.

GUEST COMMENTARY: National parks, monuments threatened by Trump administration Right now, Donald Trump is on track to throw away part of our national heritage.

KEN MIDKIFF: City needs to charge developers for street closures How much do developers pay the city for closing streets that have been built and maintained with public money? Nada. Nothing. Not a dime.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Want to avoid commencement speaker protests? Involve students first Kenneth Worles These days, college students have no trouble transforming into activists to address big inequities — including from their own commencement speakers.

GUEST COMMENTARY: National parks, monuments threatened by Trump administration Jill Richardson Right now, Donald Trump is on track to throw away part of our national heritage.

KEN MIDKIFF: City needs to charge developers for street closures Ken Midkiff How much do developers pay the city for closing streets that have been built and maintained with public money? Nada. Nothing. Not a dime.

EDITORIAL: What happened in Manchester could happen anywhere The Kansas City Star But in refusing to present Islamic State foot soldiers as larger-than-life monsters, we think President Donald Trump is on the right track.

EDITORIAL: Thank you for your military service. You"re being deported. St. Louis Post-Dispatch Those who volunteer for military service deserve a special immigration status. Vetting is important, but the threat of deportation is beyond cruel.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Iraq and Afghanistan — the unpaid $6 trillion bill for America"s longest war Linda J. Bilmes On Memorial Day, we pay respects to the fallen from past wars — but the nation's longest and most expensive war is the one that is still going on.

GEORGE KENNEDY: With new chancellor in place, a chance to be optimistic George Kennedy Like its iconic Columns, MU needs time, money and care to prepare it to stand for another 1,000 years.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Raising minimum wage would have been bad for St. Louis job seekers MICHAEL SALTSMAN AND JORDAN BRUNEAU Legislators voted to keep minimum wage at the state level, pre-empting the city's 43 percent municipal minimum wage increase to $11 at the start of 2018, keeping the Gateway to the West open for entry-level employment.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Tax incentives skew the marketplace, take advantage of taxpayers Steve Spellman The Broadway Hotel is applying for tax increment financing, which affects Columbia taxpayers.

DAVID ROSMAN: It"s never too early to challenge the incumbent David Rosman U.S. Rep. Vicki Hartzler has really done little to support Missouri"s 4th Congressional District.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Health care that values relationships can make a difference David Isaacks Perspective helps you focus on what really matters.

C.W. DAWSON JR.: Despite turmoil around us, we can find peace within C.W. DAWSON JR. Far too many people we know are angry, stressed, disenchanted and disconsolate. We all need a greater sense of contentment, but where can we find it?

KEN MIDKIFF: Even the Washington Post questions Aurora"s organic credentials Ken Midkiff While engaged in secret in enticing businesses to locate here, the Regional Economic Development Inc. has enjoyed some success, but when it comes to large firms, such as IBM or Aurora Organic Dairy, it has mostly been out-maneuvered.

GUEST COMMENTARY: De-funding housing for mentally ill will cost more in the long run Carol Caton While it may appear that paying for supportive housing is a drain on the federal budget, research has shown that ending homelessness for the severely mentally ill saves taxpayers money.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Farmers can find profits in fighting climate change Matthew Russell/The Conversation Farmers are in a unique position to tackle climate change. They have the political power, economic incentive and policy tools to do so. What they don't yet have is the political will.

EDITORIAL: Fraternity hazing needs to be treated as a crime St. Louis Post Dispatch Alcohol or physical abuses in college fraternity initiation rituals are finally getting the treatment they deserve from prosecutors around the country — as criminal cases.


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 (05/29/2017) at 09:18 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.

Insurer decision upends market

Standing for police matters

Autism registry works for St. Joe

Summer gains STEAM

OUR OPINION: Holiday honors heroes

Region wins with LifeLine

Trends point to older America

It's up to us to improve our schools

Pipe plan helps St. Joe

Older, alone: Abuse is risk


The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (05/29/2017) at 09:18 AM

Our View: Honoring those who died `What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.'

Anson Burlingame: Too much danger in single-party power America is seeking to find a way to govern itself with the equivalent of political parties, two of them, that represent the choices of either supporting the Hatfields or the McCoys.

Geoff Caldwell: War dead remembered for who they served Their number today stands at but 44. Yet, in all the thousands of years of human history, these few, these 44 are newcomers to the fold. They are modern-day footnotes on a timeline that carries such names as Leonidas, Alexander, Caesar and dozens upon dozens more.

Ken Midkiff: Fox News seems to have changed mottos “We report, you decide” that is or was the motto of Fox News along with “fair and balanced” (which no one believed, not even avid Fox News viewers).

Taylor Armerding: Common interests, but nothing alike President Donald Trump, in the first major speech of his trip to the Middle East, discarded the politically correct rhetorical barrier to calling Islamist extremists what they are — Islamist extremists.

Our View: Be part of the Circle Think for a moment about your circle of friends. We imagine you have someone who, on a moment's notice, would give you a ride to work if you had a flat tire.

Our view: Come out of the dark Without hesitation, The Globe's editorial board praised Gov. Eric Greitens on Jan. 10 when within an hour of being sworn in as the 56th governor of Missouri, he sent a powerful message to legislators.

Our View: Keep focus on student involvement Tonight, the Joplin Board of Education takes up a contested proposal to consolidate what may be the first of the middle school athletic programs.

Your View: Letters to the editor Special interests

Herb Van Fleet: Voting rights and wrongs It's nice to see that President Donald Trump has finally ordered a commission to look into voter fraud. No doubt it will find those 3 million to 5 million cheating voters with the same efficiency and thoroughness as Trump's minions did in finding President Barack Obama's Kenyan birth certificate.

Taylor Armerding: 'Selective' news troublesome in Trump coverage Amid the mostly self-inflicted chaos plaguing the Trump administration, I've seen plenty of mainstream pundits and media stars figuratively scratching their heads, wondering why President Donald Trump's loyalists are stupid enough to keep supporting him.

Geoff Caldwell: A step back to sanity In the dark days following Hillary Clinton's loss to President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, her sudden departure from the camera lens was spun as physical exhaustion and the emotional drain of the campaign.

Our View: Keep on learning, Class of 2017 “Make good art. … Do the stuff that only you can do.”

Our View: A walk of respect Joplin has chosen to remember those who died on May 22, 2011, in a number of ways — murals, city park installations and a memorial run. All of these are commendable and have been supported by the community.

Our View: Focus on local effort Even though we all saw it coming, the repeated failure — 12 times, if you are counting — of the Missouri Legislature to pass a prescription drug monitoring program is disappointing — even insulting — to doctors, pharmacists, lawmakers, first responders, parents and those in Missouri who stru…

Your View: Letters to the editor Wrong direction for transit funding in Missouri

Our View: Challenge still stands Before Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens took the oath of office and gave his inaugural address, many were already speculating about what he would say.

Our view: 2017 legislative session harsh for seniors It's easier to detect potential danger for our state's senior citizens with a simple word switch: change out “seniors” for “family members.”

Your views: Letters to the editor Signs of life

Phill Brooks: Bloated whales and discordant elephants As I watched over the final weeks of Missouri's legislative session, visions of two very large animals kept coming to mind — elephants and whales.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (05/29/2017) at 09:18 AM

Your Opinion: Moving forward by erasing the past: In many cases Confederate-era monuments have been targeted by left-leaning liberals because they are allegedly symbols of white privilege and...

Your Opinion: SNAP benefits should be reduced: The wailing and moaning have started over the SNAP benefit reductions in President Trump's proposed budget.

Our Opinion: Middleton a good choice for LU, but can he calm troubled waters?: We welcome Mike Middleton as the interim president of Lincoln University.

Perspective: Honor service of military this holiday: Memorial Day is a time when Americans come together to honor, celebrate and remember the men and women who have...

Your Opinion: Medicaid, food stamps abused: I am a compassionate person, and try not to judge. But when I hear complaints because Trump wants to cut...

Our Opinion: Promoting walking, cycling in the Capital City: Several Jefferson City entities are making a push to make our city more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists.

Our Opinion: Make Memorial Day memorable; celebrate safely: A common disclaimer in the stock market is "past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results."

Your Opinion: Armadillos: nature's warning system: Why did the armadillo cross the road? Well, mostly they don't make it. Armadillo road kill is increasingly evident around...

Our Opinion: Filling in-demand jobs in Mid-Missouri: In Sunday's News Tribune we detailed a nationwide problem that, according to a new study, is also affecting Missouri and...

Commentary: A portentous election in the Peach State: By the time Georgia's 6th District votes in the June 20 special congressional election, $40 million — perhaps more than...

Your Opinion: Let states, not fed, fund 'free stuff': Many will get their knickers in a twist over President Trump's proposed budget, mostly because of the proposed reductions of...

Your Opinion: For a better future, eliminate the past?: The year is 0001! We have now eliminated all information and objects of the past, since they no longer have...

Perspective: Special session 'big deal': A week after the close of the regular legislative session, both the House and the Senate are preparing to convene...

Your Opinion: Recognizing Equal Pay Day: In April, I wrote a letter calling attention to Equal Pay Day, the day on which the average woman's pay...

Your Opinion: Abortion and individual personal control: Just suppose police find some very old badly decomposed human remains and the only hope to ID the remains consists...

Your Opinion: Russia could do what we can't: destroy terrorism: When the Soviet Union went down, the world's power structure suffered a terrible blow.

Our Opinion: Special session: Is it worth it?: Whether Gov. Eric Greitens' special legislative session this week is warranted boils down to one question: Is it economically feasible...

Your Opinion: Reject St. Mary's TIF: The St. Mary's TIF needs to be rejected.

Your Opinion: 'Massage Parlor' rubs therapist the wrong way: I was extremely disappointed by the BizBeat announcement about the opening of Blue Lotus Asian Massage Therapy (or as the...

Your Opinion: 'Unfair" to expect payment for electricity?: The May 12 News Tribune carried an AP story (page B5) that is a prime example of why we can't,...


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (05/29/2017) at 09:19 AM

Memorial Day: A salute to fallen heroes (5/28/17) Editor's note: The following is our annual Memorial Day editorial. When the first ceremonies were held following the Civil War to honor those soldiers who had lost their lives in battle, communities sought to pay proper respect to fallen heroes. Over the years, those observances have been adopted nationwide as Memorial Day. Several special events are planned throughout this holiday weekend, which also traditionally marks the start of summertime activities...

Tunes at Twilight continues this evening (5/26/17) Every Friday night during the spring and into early summer, a little slice of Cape Girardeau culture unfolds on Lorimier Street. Moms and pops and kids and couples unfold their law chairs and lay down the blankets as music wafts over the shade of the courthouse park overlooking the Mississippi River and downtown below...

Mixed results from Missouri legislative session (5/25/17) In the last statewide election, the Republican Party took the governor's seat, along with every other statewide office. The voters spoke, and did so emphatically. And so the state government entered this legislative season with a GOP agenda, and the means to get a lot of things done, knowing it had strong majorities in the House and Senate and knowing the opposing party was not waiting in the governor's office with his veto pen at the ready...

Submit your nominations for 2017 Newsmakers (5/24/17) In the recent edition of Business Today, a regional business magazine for Southeast Missouri, a call was made for 2017 nominations for Newsmakers, presented by First Midwest Bank. Newsmakers are people who make a difference in our community. Some through business leadership and others through philanthropic. The definition of a "Newsmaker" is broad, but in short it's about individuals who contribute to their community...

Leadership Cape teams pitch diverse projects (5/23/17) Creativity may pave the way for Cape Girardeau enhancements as Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce offered teams an opportunity to present ideas as part of the Leadership Cape program. Five teams presented their ideas at the chamber's First Friday Coffee held at the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau Event Center...

Facility upgrades to improve education in Cape, region (5/22/17) Officials cut the ribbon on Cape Girardeau's expanded Career and Technology Center recently. They unveiled the $3.8 million, 25,000 square-foot facility, which was built behind the main building on the CTC campus on Silver Springs Road. According to reporting by Tyler Graef, the new facility adds eight classrooms, three computer labs, a health-care lab and a science lab. ...

Appreciating the floodwall, and leaders who built it (5/21/17) At the height of the recent Mississippi River flood in Cape Girardeau, which did not reach the predicted crest that would've been the second highest of all-time but still ranks as one of the highest in history, Southeast Missourian photo editor Laura Simon was able to capture an image from a helicopter looking back at downtown Cape Girardeau...

Wiles fills in as dean of business at Southeast (5/19/17) Southeast Missouri State University announced recently that Judy Wiles, who chairs the management and marketing department at Southeast Missouri State University, will be the interim dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business, beginning July 1...

Thanks to Salvation Army captains for contribution to Cape (5/18/17) The Salvation Army will have new leadership soon in Cape Girardeau. Captains Ronnie and Bridgette Amick, directors of the Salvation Army here, have been transferred to Nebraska. They will be departing in June. On Tuesday night, at the annual dinner hosted by the Salvation Army, Ronnie and his wife Bridgette shared their sentiments about the area...

Congratulations to the class of 2017 (5/17/17) We love this time of year, as students transition from high school into the next season of their lives. This, of course, unfolds with a fitting send off: commencement. Several such occasions are underway in our area, and we would be remiss not to acknowledge them and offer congratulations...

Alma Schrader earns national recognition for character (5/16/17) We are so proud of Alma Schrader School in Cape Girardeau. What an honor it is to be designated a 2017 national School of Character. We value learning concepts and excelling in academics; we know how important education is to our young people. Good character is no less important, and the more schools exemplify it, the better. After all, it's hard for students to concentrate on grades when they're dealing with the character flaws their peers too often display...

Congratulations to 18 new American citizens (5/15/17) When it comes to covering government and politics, the annual Naturalization ceremony is one of our favorite events of the year. This year, 18 people from 11 countries became U.S. citizens. Each person had "paid their dues", learned the culture, history and language of our country and pledged their allegiance, officially, to the United States. ...

Mother's Day laughs (5/14/17) Editor's note: The following is our annual editorial for Mother's Day. Every year, we dutifully and thankfully acknowledge our mothers. We buy gifts. We select greeting cards that say the nicest things. We become part of the crowd at our favorite restaurant...

Southeast confers degrees to more than 1,300 (5/12/17) More than 1,300 students will become graduates tomorrow. If you're in town to celebrate Saturday's graduation, we offer our welcome. If you're one of the graduates, we offer our congratulations. By now, whether you're a graduate or undergraduate, whether you're an English Major or History, today is the end of an educational marathon. You made it. You endured...

Southeast notches several accreditation accomplishments (5/10/17) Southeast Missouri State announced a couple of reaccreditations lately. An accreditation is basically a seal of approval in the higher education world, a sign that a program is top-notch and is preparing students for the workforce. Southeast was reaccredited in Mass Communications and Interior Design, and the Intensive English program received continued initial accreditation...

Congrats to Egypt Mills church for 150 years of history (5/9/17) A small Lutheran church in Egypt Mills just observed its 150-year anniversary. The congregants did so with a worship service on April 30 that included music, a meal, reminiscing and an "Our Help, Our Hope" theme. About 160 people filled the sanctuary for worship, and 206 enjoyed a dinner of "chicken and dumplings, ham, green beans, corn, German potato salad, desserts and drinks," as the Southeast Missourian's Marybeth Niederkorn reported the next day...

Reading program expansion builds on impressive data (5/8/17) For years, everyone from educators to community leaders and parents have voiced the need to get more books into the hands of more students. Reading awakens the imagination and provides entertainment, which is wonderful. Equally important, we have always been told that more reading improves students' grades. ...

Cities smartly embracing input from residents (5/7/17) Both the cities of Jackson and Cape Girardeau are actively seeking public input before they move ahead with strategic plans. We understand the pushback from certain corners of society about spending money on surveys. But it's better to take an analytical approach to what residents want rather than take input only from those who are quick to voice their displeasure about any and everything. ...

Peter Kinder recognized by area Boy Scouts (5/5/17) Peter Kinder, who has lived a life in the political arena, is known for many things. His staunch conservatism. His toughness and outspokenness. His public speaking. But what many people may not know about the former Lt. governor and state senator is his passion for the Boy Scouts...

Flooding a reminder to following safety guidelines (5/4/17) As everyone knows, we've had quite a bit of rain and flash floods recently. The rain continues to fall, with many areas -- especially to our south and west -- seeing unprecedented rain and flooding. Floods have taken two lives in Southeast Missouri already...


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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