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Gen. Giap not a ‘ragtag’ army

Dear Editor:My mom has been living in Sedalia for 12 years take or leave. During our Sunday phone chat she mentioned Walter Moodie’s editorial in the Democrat. Mom said she would send me the article.The quote from the editorial referring to Gen. Giap and his “ragtag army of guerrilla” being led to victory in Vietnam over first the French and then us.I was in Vietnam at the same time as Walter, only in a different zone. The I Corps for me, in ...

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Sedalia at social media crossroads

For years now, I have been discussing the problem of youth exodus right here in the State Fair City. It’s not just a Sedalia problem — the young and enthusiastic have always dreamed about the grass on the other side of the interstate.

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Col. Magoffin captured again

Col. Ebenezer Magoffin, a wealthy Pettis County plantation owner, was captured by Federal troops led by Lt. Col. Henry Day in Georgetown on Aug. 29, 1861, and charged with the murder of Sgt. Glasgow, who died in a skirmish there.That a charge of murder would be levied against a combatant during a declared war seems odd, but much about the Magoffin case defied military and legal comprehension. It seems likely the murder charge was the result of the intense emotions roused by the Civ...

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Council is no place for a ‘wallflower’

Dear Editor:Travis McMullen, this letter is directed to you. I hope you have the guts to print it as I have written, but I strongly doubt that your boss will allow it. My first question is this. Are you related to Doug Kneibert? You know, long lost son, second cousin. Why would I ask such a question? He worked for the paper at one time, blindsided me the same way you have done a few months ago. I was allowed to respond to his attack (he got off my back, as I think you had better). ...

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Relationships change over time

When my friend received an invitation to her aunt’s wedding anniversary, she was suddenly troubled. She couldn’t understand why all of her long anniversary invitations were from older people. It seemed that all of the friends her own age had been married less than 10 years.My friend is in her late 50s and she has been married for 30 years. The fact that her 70-year old aunt was celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary, she found disturbing. She couldn’t think of a...

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Advancements in cancer research continue

Words are powerful, and when spoken or written effectively and passionately by a person of prominence they can take on amplified meaning and become a beacon of awareness or a call to action.On Wednesday night, as part of ESPN’s annual ESPY awards, SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, named for basketball coach Jim Valvano, who died of cancer in 1993. Valvano’s greatest professional accomplishment was leading North Carolina State to t...

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Concentrating on the smaller things

I sat glued to the television Thursday morning, watching, horrified, as the story of the doomed Malaysian Air flight unfolded. As the details revealed themselves, including that it was not only possible but likely that the plane was shot down, my mood sank. And then, the television reporters told of Israel’s ground invasion into the Gaza Strip, only a day after Israeli airstrikes had killed at least four Palestinian children playing at the beach. The final blow was that some bombs explo...

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Code of Conduct to help prevent future problems

Larry Stevenson is a very unique member of the Sedalia City Council.Over the last few months he’s captured our attention as one of the most controversial members of the city administration — op-eds from both the radio and print sides of the Sedville media painted him as a highly non-traditional councilperson.And there are absolutely some valid concerns to be considered, but on the other hand I kind of admire Stevenson’s passion. He might have occasional...

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Noonday Optimist says thank you

Dear Editor:On behalf of the Sedalia Noonday Optimist Club, we want to thank all the teams that played in our 10th Annual Noonday Optimist Club Fundraiser Golf Tournament in June. Proceeds from this fundraiser along with our other fundraisers during the year is used to fund other youth programs and projects and scholarships here in our area.Ashlee Paxton,President of the Noonday Optimist ClubClub chartered in 1947

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The skirmish at Georgetown

Although vicious fighting had occurred along the Kansas-Missouri border during the 1850s, the Civil War did not begin until 1861.Following Abraham Lincoln’s election as president, seven southern states seceded from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America. In April 1861, Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter, a federal post in South Carolina. President Abraham Lincoln called for troops to retake the fort. His call for troops prompted four more states t...

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Proud to be a Missourian

When I was growing up, we were never allowed to play with fireworks. When I was a little girl, a group of grown boys in Kansas City threw a handful of flaming firecrackers on me and I suffered some painful burns on my legs. From that point on, I was through with fireworks, forever.When my son was young, his friend’s grandfather always took the boys out on a country road and shot fireworks for them. As far as my son was concerned, his outing with his friend’s grandfather...

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S-C graduate nabs Miss Pettis County crown

SMITHTON — Beverly Egner said her daughter grew up admiring the Missouri State Fair queens and long had hoped she would become one.Kandas Egner is one step closer to that dream.On Thursday night, Kandas captured the crown in the 2014 Miss Pettis County Queen pageant, held as part of the Smithton Town & Country Fair. The title is her ticket to compete in the Missouri State Fair Queen competition in August.

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Recapping July Fourth festivities in Wisconsin

Whitefish Bay, Wis., has three Fourth of July parades. One of them begins at 11:30 a.m., and it winds its way through the middle of Downtown USA with its small shops and storefronts, and ends at the city park, where games and carnival rides for kids abound. The second parade begins much earlier, when people begin walking, riding their bikes, and pulling wagons filled with young children toward the downtown parade route, anticipation visible on their faces.

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Legalizing drugs not answer to society’s problems

To the Editor:In response to the letter encouraging us to support legalizing/decriminalizing drugs, I’ll address the last point first—if the majority of prison inmates are incarcerated for drug offenses, it seems we are not losing the drug war.Next—yes, society and alcohol have come to an understanding—alcohol purchase and usage require laws to protect us from drunk drivers and underage drinkers. We spend millions of dollars to rehabilitate alcoho...

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‘Musty’ water invades Sedalia

“Not really sure what all you Sedalians are complaining about with all this tap water stuff,” Caleb Sell said. “Of course, 98 percent of my fluid intake while within city limits involves alcohol, but that is beside the point.”There are some things that we take for granted: the sun will rise, the trash will be picked up and the city’s water supply will be plentiful and palatable.But just a few days ago, those Sedalians discovered their once e...

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