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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
It feels like the world is on fire these days. No one can agree or find a compromise. Not only is common ground becoming harder and harder to find, but it seems that most people have lost interest in … more
We have been on the road this past week, traveling to Florida for my nephew’s wedding, and coincidentally, a happy reunion of sorts. It’s been a momentous trip!  First, … more
“How can you expect to pass this class if you don’t do the reading?” Do you remember a high school teacher or college professor yelling that at you? Holding up a book and shaking … more
The United States of America will be 245 years old this Fourth of July. Many men and women have sacrificed much including their lives just to give us the freedoms we enjoy today. In 1776, the … more
What a whirlwind of a week surrounding the Supreme Court! As of this writing, we have seen the SCOTUS overturn Roe v. Wade and rule in favor of Joseph Kennedy in Kennedy v. Bremerton School … more
On Friday, the Supreme Court made it official — Roe v. Wade has been overturned, there’s no constitutional right to abortion. Actually, there never was, for Roe was based on one of the … more
Last week’s column identified the National Register of Historic Places as a list of historic buildings, structures, sites, and objects that have significance in national, state, or local … more
As I work through my final days as superintendent of Sedalia School District 200, I have been focused on what is ahead and how our community can help forge a positive path for our students, staff and … more
My paternal grandmother would have been 92 this week.  She was a beautiful old woman with curly white hair, piercing blue eyes, and a sly, puckering smile that she passed on to her sons and … more
What a week. I’m still watching the January 6 hearings, and I am still sad – and angry – about what I am hearing, and not just because the insurrection happened.  I am sad … more
Is there a more important question in life than how to live purposefully? Everyone wants their life to matter, but how can we know that we’ve lived purposefully? What makes a life well … more
On Wednesday the 8th of June, my wife and I, along with her sister and our brother-in-law, made what had always been an annual visit to her hometown of Willow Springs, Missouri.  The trip was … more
I’m not perfect. In fact, I’m far from it. Last week I posted this to my Facebook page: “I thought that I was a good person, but the way that I react when people drive slowly in … more
The terms “landmark” and “historic site” and “listed on the National Register” are often used without a clear understanding of what each of these terms means and … more
In October, I wrote a column titled “Feeling the burnout, big time.” It’s not uncommon for me to get feedback about some of the columns I write, but by far, that one received the … more
“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”  I grew up hearing that cliché. It was a staple of the platitudes told to children in the … more
The Watergate hearings in the 1970s were intriguing, but the Jan. 6 Committee hearings are mesmerizing. Behind-the-scene intrigue, cat fights in the Oval Office, texts designed as subterfuge, … more
For reasons I won’t go into, I’m coming late to the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting, which sometimes happens in the column-writing business. The horrible murder of 21 people — 19 … more
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