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In 1911, Sedalia built three school buildings. Lincoln Elementary school for African American students replaced a dilapidated frame building. The other two schools were for white children and were … more
As my family and friends know, I am a hot mess. If I don’t pay close attention to my purpose and perspective, I can quickly slip down a rabbit hole. Physically, I have junk DNA that has … more
In case your mailbox being stuffed full of campaign mailers wasn’t any indication, there’s an important election on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Of course, all elections are important. I really … more
Our contracts professor told us that sometimes, judges decide an answer to a case, and then they just find a way to get there in an opinion that sounds plausible. He called that “bad … more
My 5-year-old wants me to write a story about “fruits and vegetables,” and so I shall.   I come from a long line of fabulous gardeners. My paternal grandmother fed 10 kids … more
I received a gift the other day that I was not sure what to do with. It was three large zucchinis in a plastic bag. Zucchini is one of those vegetables that I did not grow up eating. Give me … more
In addition to recognizing individual historic properties, the National Register of Historic Places also identifies districts that have a concentration of historic properties. The first step in … more
As someone who deals in nostalgia in most of my writings, I believe there are two categories of memories; at least there are for me.   There are my regular memories, and then, there are … more
In the last few weeks, I’ve gotten several questions about our Opinion page. How do I contact columnists about a recent column? Can so-and-so write about this particular topic next week? Why … more
After I returned from Afghanistan, many civic groups, including a veteran’s group in Warrensburg, invited me to share my experiences in a war zone. Members of the Warrensburg group were vets … more
The year is 2028. The Midwest is deep in drought, crippling farmers and those who do business with them. Inflation is out of control. Prices are skyrocketing. Reminiscent of Weimar Germany, people … more
In talking with people, they have given a number of reasons they choose not to pray. Yet when everything is on the line, when someone is sick, when they want that new job, or when tragedy strikes, … more
The National Register of Historic Places recognizes places “that are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history.” Since the … more
A major consideration in the dispute over the proposed landfill in western Pettis County is, how much life is left for the one we’ve got now? There are various answers to that question. … more
If you have been out and about recently, you may have noticed campaign signs that say “Bill Taylor for Presiding Commissioner.” I have had a few friends ask me who Bill is and I can … more
Like many of my friends, I love old cars and believe the ones of my youth were the best.  A lot of my Facebook friends, like Vince Murray and Shane Ulmer, must agree with me because they … more
COVID and Monkeypox, by virtue of their highly visible physical symptoms, have received nearly all the attention of the scientific community and the public over the past two years.  But … more
I read last week that one of the Supreme Court Justices, one who concurred with Dobbs, saying  that abortion is not a Constitutional right because, among other things, the word … more
Is it easier to be cynical than it used to be? Many people are unhappy with the state of affairs in the world. There are many things to be concerned about, so I empathize with people’s … more
I love to watch people who come into The Sedalia Public Library for the first time. They are the ones who walk in, stop with wide eyes and an open mouth, just taking it all in. They walk slowly, … more
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