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“Thanksgiving” is my favorite compound word. It covers everything we are supposed to do and be in one word. Let’s begin by breaking down the word “thanks.” 1 … more
Crime continued in Sedalia throughout 1884, 1885, and 1886. Violent crime threatened the peace and security of residents, while the continuation of civil crimes such as prostitution and fraud … more
Hello, dear readers: I am ill (again) with something that is not COVID but is very unpleasant. It began with a sniffle and slight stuffy nose but has since progressed to a low fever, wheezing, … more
Though I know it must be boring by now, I simply cannot avoid talking about Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, has always meant family and food, and this year is no exception. I have … more
As was expected, Missouri voters approved Amendment 3 on Nov. 8, legalizing recreational marijuana. Pettis County voters had the good sense to reject the amendment. My Sept. 24 column dealt with … more
Just under 50% of Pettis County voters participated in Tuesday’s election. That is nothing short of pitiful, and it’s certainly disappointing. For the life of me, I will never understand … more
As a reporter and editor, part of my job is telling people’s stories. We often cover breaking news or government meetings, but we also publish feature stories about community members. Through … more
Our personalities are all a little different. We have grown up with different family dynamics and have been formed by our individual environments. We take on beliefs, attitudes, thought patterns and … more
The years of 1884 through 1886 in Pettis County were marked by what seemed to be an increase in crime. Minor crimes such as prostitution and petty theft continued to appear regularly in the court … more
I love running into friends when I go to stores or other places. I like it even more if the person I run into is an old friend who I have not seen for a while.  I find this type of meeting … more
I have started this week’s column no less than 10 times. My thoughts have raced with ideas and I was struggling to decide which of them would make the greatest impact as the Nov. 8 … more
In addition to reporting on an umbrella-whacking fight between two courtesans and a lengthy argument between four lawyers, in the spring of 1885, the Sedalia Weekly Bazoo reported on two other … more
Elon Musk owns Twitter now. Be afraid of big business and censorship. The Mississippi River is at a historic low because of the ongoing drought. Be afraid of climate change. The economy is awful. Be … more
Remember the “WIN” buttons? “Whip Inflation Now!” It pains me to recognize that I’m old enough to remember when inflation was a real problem – a 14% problem. … more
Today’s edition of the Democrat includes our fourth annual 20 Under 40 special section, and I’m excited for the community to see it. This section takes quite a bit of work, from … more
As the midterm election approaches, I find myself digging deeper into who each candidate really is. Sometimes it becomes difficult to discern because we hear things from both sides about the … more
The Sedalia City Charter, adopted by the city fathers in January 1864 and approved by the State General Assembly in February 1864, gave the city the right to, among other things, “restrain and … more
There is an old adage that states, “God gave us two ears — to listen more and to talk less.”   Most of us claim to hear others when they speak, yet are often afflicted with a … more
Sedalia, which had first been platted on the proposed route of the Pacific Railroad in 1857, rapidly became a railroad center at the intersection of the Missouri Pacific (MoPac) and the M.K.& T. … more
Political indoctrination is a tool of tyrants, such as communists, fascists, Nazis, etc. So what’s it doing in America? One definition of indoctrination is “to impose ideas or … more
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