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Who knew that my column from a mere seven days ago would ring true again so quickly? I feel like I could copy and paste the majority of it here and it would still apply. Different day, different … more
Now, years later, I still feel my heart stop, my stomach lurch. Emily – whispering into the phone: “We’re under a desk. Lights are off. We got a text. A live shooter is wandering … more
“The United States is a bad place to be a baby right now. It’s a bad place to be a mom or a dad or a kid. Since 1973, we have all of us, pro-life or pro-choice, run wild with the … more
Like many people, I have searched for the magic diet that would give me back the 29-inch waist I enjoyed as a boy. I have not found it yet, but I am still looking.  I have tried nearly all of … more
Most of us know the history of Memorial Day. After the civil war ended, remembrances began in various areas for all of those who died in the war.  On May 5, 1868, Gen. John A. Logan, leader … more
I remember when my children first began to tell little lies. They would take something right in front of me and when I would ask if they had it, they would look up at me with big eyes, hide it behind … more
There are a lot of careless and reckless drivers in Sedalia (not all of them Sedalians, of course). Hardly a week goes by that I don’t see drivers running stop signs, red lights and exceeding … more
Author’s note: Last week, I received an inquiry about who did the concrete work on the Liberty Park Lagoon and Bridge. The answering machine ate the message, so I couldn’t return the … more
In the past few weeks, it has become increasingly clear that the 1973 Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision will be overturned, ending almost half a century of legal standing for a woman’s … more
This has been a tumultuous week. I find myself at the end of it sitting in my chair, shaking my head. Unfortunately, we have all gotten used to waking up some random morning to find that some … more
Like many of us, I’ve become desensitized to the frequent news alerts on my phone reporting the latest mass shooting or other acts of violence. I’m no longer shocked when I hear of such … more
The United States entered the Great War, now called World War I, in 1917. While many opposed the U.S. becoming involved in what was considered a foreign war, patriotic fervor marked the time in … more
A week and a half ago, I had major back surgery. It has left me alone with my television, as the medication skews my ability to read. I needed a break from the news and documentaries, so I … more
That’s the last time I’ll complain about damp, cool weather in May.  I read yesterday that the Jan. 6 committee has issued subpoenas to five members of Congress who appear to have … more
Smith-Cotton High School's Baccalaureate Service for the class of 2022 will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at the Heckart Performing Arts Center at SCHS. I am a member of the Pettis County Minister's … more
Whenever I’m not pecking on my keyboard, I’m pacing back and forth searching for something to write about in my column. On rare occasions a topic, nicely wrapped with a ribbon, is … more
Mental health is something that we have neglected as a society for many years. I have seen more resources in our community as of late, but it’s not enough. Without insurance that will … more
In 1864-65, according to the 1882 History of Pettis County and the Centennial Edition of the Sedalia Democrat published in 1960, 16 physicians practiced in Pettis County. Some had offices in Sedalia, … more
When I first decided to take over Bob Satnan’s column space on this page last year, I figured it was a good idea. For several years since I became the Democrat’s editor, I had a goal of … more
It has been many years since I stood on the deck of a ship in the morning, with a cup of hot coffee in my hand, staring out across an ocean, but the memory of doing so is still strong in my … more
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