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A year ago this week, the world descended into the throes of the COVID-19 crisis. It’s fitting that our year of darkness appears to be ending as Sunshine Week 2021 gets underway. This annual … more
Something I never knew I wanted is now something I need, somewhat. Before living in Arizona, I never had eaten a fish taco. Honestly, growing up in Indiana and working there and in Illinois, I … more
Dear Editor: My faith has led me to believe that more good than evil exists. Following the publication of the article “Fighting for Equality,” (Feb. 6) I have had many calls, cards, … more
Dear Editor: Whether it was to go see the KC Royals at Kauffman Stadium to watch the likes of Frank White, Dan Quisenberry and Salvador Perez or going to Arrowhead Stadium to cheer on the KC … more
Wilma had the sharpest needles. That’s what my dad said about Dr. Walker’s trusty nurse and office sidekick. Wilma exuded competence. She wore her white nurse’s dress, white … more
Last week I used this column to caution against letting politicians control our fears. “Fear is the mind-killer,” I quoted.  But what if your heart is full of fear … more
For the year 2021, my word or phrase of the year is “comeback.” Now I’m not really sure if that is one word or two and it doesn’t really matter to me. In my heart as a local … more
My thoughts this week have revolved around kindness, integrity and character. I believe that the majority of us hold these virtues; it is to what degree that I question, even about myself. I … more
Dear Editor: On Feb. 12, 2021, I paid American Inn $50.90 for a room. 1217 S. Limit Ave. We couldn't stay there as we had no heat, room was very dirty, and even the smoke detector was covered with … more
Dear Editor: MoDOT is about to begin construction that will widen Cedar Drive from Gentry Road to the intersection of Reine Road and Griessen Road. The county’s ultimate goal is to establish … more
Dear Editor: I enjoyed the interviews with prospective board members to Sedalia 200.  It seemed that one candidate was more concerned with rules concerning mask use than any other issue. … more
It is both fascinating and frustrating to experience some people’s opinions regarding matters where they have limited knowledge and seemingly don’t care to further educate … more
You’ve probably guessed that I was a precocious and avaricious reader. I attribute this to my mother, who read books incessantly and didn’t stop because of the inconvenience of having a … more
It has now been one year since COVID-19 really began to break upon the shores of the United States, prompting business closures, civil lockdowns and economic panic. In that year, 496,690 Americans … more
President Joe Biden’s push for $1.9 trillion in additional stimulus spending is now in the hands of the Senate, where the vote could go either way due to the even partisan split. The theory … more
Prosecco is an affordable dry Italian sparkling wine that can fit the bill whenever and wherever a sparkling wine is called for; but when is that?  Usually, sparkling wines have been reserved … more
I was reading the Bible recently in the book of Titus, and a phrase caught my attention. Titus was a convert of the Apostle Paul, who trained him for leadership in the early Church, and it was Paul … more
The July 1933 Sedalia Democrat article about the Black cemetery at Washington Avenue and Clay Street notes a school located diagonally across the street on the southwest corner. Questions remain … more
Where to begin? Every once in a while, something really gets my goat. Well, if you talk to my family and close friends they’ll probably call that an understatement, but you get my … more
What we remember and when we recall it can be baffling at times. Earlier this week, I saw a garbage can and mumbled to myself, “I want traaaash bags.” I caught myself midstep and … more
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