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I’ve got a message for you about this year’s State Fair music lineup (If my editor lets me print it): Quit your bitchin.’ I know it’s a time-honored tradition, … more
Stress. We all have it to different extents. Good managers know how to work their best under the stress of deadlines and troubleshooting. They are clear-minded and precise with their actions, … more
The Great War raged in Europe in July 1918. American troops had been in Europe since 1917. The Sedalia Democrat was filled with news from the front and reports from “Our Boys in the … more
Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada Is ordinarily a mild-mannered guy. But the “For the People Act” has got him pretty peeved. He has good reason. Here’s a summary of the bill … more
There is a well-worn adage that those who don’t know their past are doomed to repeat it. The fact that it is relevant so often is beyond disappointing. The Venn diagram of the nitwits … more
CBS’s new comedy, “The United States of Al,” traces the adventures – and misadventures – of a U.S. marine, Riley, who has returned home from Afghanistan with Al, his … more
When we told our daughter that face masks were becoming optional at her school, she let out a joyous, high-pitched “SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!” and then deadpanned: “I am never wearing a … more
Here we are in the month of May,  a month especially known for Mother’s Day and graduation.  We just celebrated Mother’s Day last Sunday. I pray all of you mothers reading … more
The United States’ troops were actively involved in the Great War in July 1918, and the Missouri State Fair responded accordingly. The Fair planned a special Council of Defense Day at which the … more
I have held onto this opinion and the story behind it for a long time because it hurts to discuss. However, in light of recent events on social media within our community, I believe my experience is … more
There is something about the word “yesterday” that has always appealed to me, and I guess that is why I love those two completely different songs by the Beatles and Roy Clark titled … more
Editor’s note: Life swallowed Bob’s writing time this week, so he is offering this column from December 2016 for some reflection – most of the themes still hold … more
The teenage babysitter gets a call on the landline phone: a sinister voice. “Have you checked the kids?”  The man calls over and over.  Finally the babysitter contacts the … more
I got up this morning and went into the living room to find Christmas wrapping paper, ribbons, and boxes strewn about. What a mess! And yet, it is a very happy mess. We finally were able to celebrate … more
Hearing rumors of how local industrial plants are hard up for workers, I recently talked with Jessica Craig, who heads economic development for Sedalia and Pettis County, to get the straight … more
As we approach this weekend of celebration for the mothers of the world, let us first give thanks to God for the gift of motherhood. There is a special bond between mother and child that develops … more
One of the difficulties of studying history is separating accurate information from inaccurate information. This is especially difficult if the inaccurate information has been stated, restated, and … more
“Sarah Palins new weight loss solution is changing lives and Biden is trying to stop it.” “Cheryl, this to your night routine to eliminate 38lbs within 15 Praised by shark-tank … more
Things I never would have imagined 20 years ago: • That outside of their primary media market, I could watch two of my favorite teams lose at the same time. This week, as I watched my Chicago … more
When Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote “Song of a Second April,” she must have been outside our door: “There rings a hammering all day, And shingles lie about the doors” (although … more
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