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It is said that all politics is local, and that stance also applies to many societal issues. The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin concluded Tuesday with guilty verdicts on … more
This spring has been an extraordinary one for those who seek the lost and pursue justice for the grieving.  This week, the Democrat reported Pettis County Coroner Robert “Skip” … more
I hate lawyer jokes designed to give people the worst impressions of lawyers as a whole, when such is not the case. I despise equally anything that might prejudice the listener against a group of … more
It’s been a while, but try as I might I can’t get President Biden’s press conference on March 25 out of my mind. Not all of it was a disaster, but enough of it was to cause deep … more
When I was in high school, I was blessed to have been given a car to drive. My parents bought me an incredibly beautiful, 20-year-old Camaro (1967 model). Everyone who saw my car was impressed by its … more
In 1920, according to the federal census, some 21,144 people called Sedalia home. The expansion of the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad shops in 1896 and the location of the division shops of the … more
Sometimes things simply don’t go as expected. Whether it is something we have planned for today, tomorrow, next week, next year or 10 years from now, we can find ourselves thrown off course … more
When the challenge is greater, the reward is sweeter. Nicole Cooke, editor of both the Sedalia Democrat and the Warrensburg Star-Journal, has faced complication after hurdle after heartbreak this … more
It has been a year since we spent the first night in our new home. I’d be lying if I relied on the old bromide: “Time has just flown by!” It has not. Especially when we were in the … more
As I recall, readers and viewers began complaining about the liberal bias of the major news media sometime around the late 1960s. Their complaints always were dismissed by the media as baseless. … more
A new year has again presented itself and another Easter has come and gone, and we continue to find ourselves marching forward with that passage of time not slowing down, not even for a major … more
Sedalia’s population figures continued to vary during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, depending on the source of the information. In November 1893, the Sedalia Democrat published an … more
A couple of weeks ago, my 3-year-old granddaughter decided to talk back to her mother. It took me by surprise and without missing a beat I said, “McKenna Mae! I have never heard you speak to … more
My mother said that bad things happened in threes. Somebody famous died? Watch out, because two more will soon follow. Lose something? Keep your things close, because two more items will disappear. … more
This week, President Biden announced a number of executive orders on gun control, which are viewable on the White House website. I will reprint them here:  ”The Justice Department, … more
Have you ever said, “I can’t wait!?” Most of us have. It is one of the ways we say that we are looking forward to something that is going to happen in the future. I can’t wait … more
If you are a person who enjoys a good glass of wine, it is hard to get away from Italian wines.  Italian wines have increased in popularity in recent years because they are well made, of … more
The phrase “lies, damned lies, and statistics” has been attributed to several men, including American humorist and social critic Mark Twain, to British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, … more
I recently received a letter from a reader who brought up the controversial issue of transgender people playing sports with the opposite birth gender. I have given this serious thought in the past, … more
I doubt there are many people who haven’t at some time wished they could just take off and drive wherever they wish to, with no destination in mind. I still dream of the open road myself, … more
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