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Author’s note: The promised column about the June 1922 school bond issue fell victim to a research glitch and so will appear in a later column.  The 1882 History of Pettis County notes … more
On Tuesday I had one of those “I don’t want to do this/I’m glad I did this” kind of days. I have been summoned for the current circuit court jury pool, and Tuesday was my … more
Maybe it’s the weather, or that we have returned from sunshine and 80-degree days. Maybe it’s that I am at my Continuing Legal Education seminar on line because I’m not comfortable … more
Dear Editor: My longtime daycare provider's retiring. She gave four months' notice, and I've spent that time calling and interviewing potential providers. I'm down to a month and I'm at a … more
My grandfather is responsible for my love of the dead.  One sunny, humid Memorial Day weekend, he piled us into the car and drove us to a valley,  where up on a high hill, hundreds of … more
Memorial Day is fast approaching and our society needs to remember what it means. Throughout our history in America, men and women have placed their lives on the line to pay for our freedom and … more
The National Education Association was formed in 1857 to “advance the dignity, respectability, and usefulness” of the teaching profession. Over the years, the association promoted the … more
I was putting my groceries in my trunk at the big box store last week when I heard someone say, “Hi! Have a nice day!” I turned to see if the person was talking to me and to my … more
Dear Editor: It is disappointing that the Pettis County Commission has not themselves done the research necessary to protect county residents from a proposed dump from being built on the west side … more
Short takes and random thoughts: • People love history, they just don’t want to pay for it. The Sedalia City Council has awarded a contract for the demolition of the building at 321 E. … more
If you have been attending church for any time at all then you have met and gotten to know a certain group within the church. Every church has them. People who talk the talk of Christianity but fail … more
As I was driving around Sedalia the other day, I began to think about that simple activity, and how big of a deal it was when I was a kid. Cars were not nearly as plentiful in those days, and when I … more
Remember our neighbor, Ruby? She distressed my mother by hollering, “Joe Dan Johnson, get in here right now, or I’m gonna whip your butt!”  Mother thought “butt” … more
I’ve got a message for you about this year’s State Fair music lineup (If my editor lets me print it): Quit your bitchin.’ I know it’s a time-honored tradition, … more
Stress. We all have it to different extents. Good managers know how to work their best under the stress of deadlines and troubleshooting. They are clear-minded and precise with their actions, … more
The Great War raged in Europe in July 1918. American troops had been in Europe since 1917. The Sedalia Democrat was filled with news from the front and reports from “Our Boys in the … more
Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada Is ordinarily a mild-mannered guy. But the “For the People Act” has got him pretty peeved. He has good reason. Here’s a summary of the bill … more
There is a well-worn adage that those who don’t know their past are doomed to repeat it. The fact that it is relevant so often is beyond disappointing. The Venn diagram of the nitwits … more
CBS’s new comedy, “The United States of Al,” traces the adventures – and misadventures – of a U.S. marine, Riley, who has returned home from Afghanistan with Al, his … more
When we told our daughter that face masks were becoming optional at her school, she let out a joyous, high-pitched “SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!” and then deadpanned: “I am never wearing a … more
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