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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 … 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 are … 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
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
All kids love summer vacation. Parents, on the other hand, often struggle to keep up with them and it presents a number of challenges. If a parent doesn’t have a grandparent or someone to … more
Last week, my boyfriend and I made our annual trek to Michigan for the Fourth of July weekend. Each summer, the entirety of his dad’s side of the family (we’re talking dozens of people) … more
The question keeps reverberating in my mind: what was he thinking? I’m not talking about Donald Trump or Joe Biden, but Eric Greitens, who wants to be Missouri’s next senator. The … more
Writing about Supreme Court decisions is tantamount to condensing an 800-page textbook into 700 words. It’s nigh onto impossible. But because the Court recently announced it would hear a … more
I’m so thankful to live in America and proud to be an American. I have traveled to other countries, Kenya, Haiti, Scotland, England, India, Canada, and Islands in the Caribbean. While … more
It’s important to know how to recognize a poison ivy rash. It’s not bumpy like measles or spotty like chicken pox but it’s just as miserable.  Poison ivy or poison oak … more
Our editor, Nicole Cooke, took us into the 4th of July weekend with a very insightful and heartfelt column. She pointed out that most of us have developed such a one-tracked mindset that we have … more
Since the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) was established in 1966 as a listing of significant buildings, structures, sites, and objects, twenty-three Pettis County properties have been … more
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