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This has been a tumultuous week. I find myself at the end of it sitting in my chair, shaking my head. Unfortunately, we have all gotten used to waking up some random morning to find that some … more
Like many of us, I’ve become desensitized to the frequent news alerts on my phone reporting the latest mass shooting or other acts of violence. I’m no longer shocked when I hear of such … more
The United States entered the Great War, now called World War I, in 1917. While many opposed the U.S. becoming involved in what was considered a foreign war, patriotic fervor marked the time in … more
A week and a half ago, I had major back surgery. It has left me alone with my television, as the medication skews my ability to read. I needed a break from the news and documentaries, so I … more
That’s the last time I’ll complain about damp, cool weather in May.   I read yesterday that the Jan. 6 committee has issued subpoenas to five members of Congress who appear to … more
Smith-Cotton High School's Baccalaureate Service for the class of 2022 will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at the Heckart Performing Arts Center at SCHS. I am a member of the Pettis County Minister's … more
Whenever I’m not pecking on my keyboard, I’m pacing back and forth searching for something to write about in my column. On rare occasions a topic, nicely wrapped with a ribbon, is … more
Mental health is something that we have neglected as a society for many years. I have seen more resources in our community as of late, but it’s not enough. Without insurance that will … more
In 1864-65, according to the 1882 History of Pettis County and the Centennial Edition of the Sedalia Democrat published in 1960, 16 physicians practiced in Pettis County. Some had offices in Sedalia, … more
When I first decided to take over Bob Satnan’s column space on this page last year, I figured it was a good idea. For several years since I became the Democrat’s editor, I had a goal of … more
It has been many years since I stood on the deck of a ship in the morning, with a cup of hot coffee in my hand, staring out across an ocean, but the memory of doing so is still strong in my mind. … more
I’d like to write today about the Supreme Court opinion leak, but I will reserve most of my judgment until I can read the final opinion. I’ll complain, however, about two parts of this … more
“I opened my eyes And looked up at the rain, And it dripped in my head And flowed into my brain, And all that I hear as I lie in my bed Is the slishity-slosh of the … more
It is purported that John Wesley would begin his small group meetings with the question, “How is it with your soul?” In today’s times, this seems especially deeper than our usual, … more
Between 1875 and 1883, the Rev. Edwin Brown platted three additions to Sedalia far to the east of the city center, where the original plat and other early subdivisions were located. The additions, … more
I never thought that I would live to see a “Ministry of Truth” department within the United States Government. In fact, the thought never crossed my mind until I read about it last week. … more
I’m officially the ninth and final editor to lead a Democrat newsroom at 700 S. Massachusetts Ave. By the time you read this, we will no longer be operating on Massachusetts Avenue. If … more
Happy May Day! May Day is an ancient European festival celebrating the coming of the summer. Across the pond, it’s still observed today, and in some countries, it’s one of the … more
As I read the news last week, I was transported back to Watergate – when Richard Nixon was assuring us that he wasn’t a crook, although Bernstein and Woodward were telling us every … more
Although it’s old news by now, I want to go back to U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s suspension from Twitter, for it has a lot to tell us about how Big Tech operates. What terrible offense … more
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