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I’m not sure we will know who the President is when this essay goes to print. I’m not sure if we’ll know by December. more
The election is over. The virus is still with us, though conspiracy theorists said it would disappear after Nov. 3. more
I found Willie Ross’s guest column in the Oct. 21 edition of the Democrat, about growing up Jewish in Sedalia, very interesting. more
What is there to say? As I sat down with a fountain pen and paper in hand to sketch out a few ideas, words were slow at arriving. more
On July 1, 1915, the Sedalia Weekly Democrat reported that Damon Porter, vice-president of Porter Real Estate at 112 W. Fourth St., was walking from his business to his home at 420 S. Osage Ave. at about 10 a.m. on Thursday to bring his wife Edith the morning St. Louis newspaper when he was shot in the back. more
I’m writing this on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. At this time, I have no idea who will win the Presidential election. more
I learned about Daylight Saving Time from my cousin Steve – who eventually became the chair and executive director of the national Libertarian party – from St. Louis. more
The year 2020 is not going to be one that I will write fondly about, and I doubt I am alone in saying I hope it ends better than it started. more
James Bryant landed a regular gig on national TV on “a wing and prayer, and some luck.” Bryant, a Smithton native who lived in the Lake of the Ozarks area for two decades before … more
What is a Christian to think or do when it comes to an election like we are facing in America? If you are anything like me you will be glad when it is finally over and the results are in. I’ve already voted and feel confident about my choices. How about you? Will you get out and vote thereby letting your conviction count? It is our distinct privilege in America to vote our conscience and conviction. more
During the 19th century, much of society was guided by the idea that those who had been blessed with intelligence, skills, or social status were obligated to use their skills and position to better … more
Because this is my last opportunity to write before the general election, I would like to share with you something that happened to me this week that might make more sense to those who are still on … more
If everything seems heavier, if you have grown weary, distant and disillusioned, know that you are not alone. more
Once upon a time, there was a woman with a garden. more
My mother told the story of an election night gathering in the 1950s. My parents were the only two people there who had voted for Eisenhower, and Mother said they tried unsuccessfully to become invisible as the night wore on.  more
As we all know, Joe Biden has said some amazing things. But on Oct. 9, at a rally in Las Vegas, he said something truly shocking, and this crusty old editor isn’t easily shocked. more
In Sedalia’s early years, the office of mayor was held by many men who served the one-year term. Most then retired from public office and returned to life as private citizens. more
It is difficult to explain a situation, good or bad, to a person who has never actually experienced it. more
I was born in Sedalia in 1937. There were about 100 Jews. Many were extended family, cousins of my mother; they all arrived from Russia in 1904 and ended up in Sedalia — my Mother was 6 years old at the time. more
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