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“Scan looks good.”  Each time I get the word, sitting in the tomb-like patient room, it feels like a resurrection.  I say this not to be sacrilegious, but to explain what … more
It is easy to be a pinot noir lover as there are very few poor examples of the variety in the marketplace.  This is probably because the pinot noir grape is very temperamental and can be very … more
In a study done by Lifeway last year, 59% of those in the 18-34 age bracket say they do not believe the biblical accounts of Jesus’ bodily resurrection. It leads us to ask, what are the facts … more
The years after the Great War, 1919 through the 1920s and 1930s, were marked by an awareness of great changes in the wider world outside central Missouri and the rest of the United States. The … more
“Fake it till you make it.” I love that saying because it is excellent advice! It’s what I do when I don’t know what else to do. When I was young, my father suggested … more
Dear Editor:  As I’m sure we are all aware our small hometown of Sedalia has a meth crisis. The fact is families are suffering. Their loved ones are in need of help and there's none … more
 Dear Editor: OATS Transit is closely watching proposed state legislation that, if passed, would allow concealed-carry permit holders to lawfully bring firearms on public transportation. It … more
The subtle wordplay is not lost on Pastor Jim Downing as he and his team prepare for the return of First United Methodist Church’s annual community Easter service. “I really love that … more
Most teachers believe reaching one student in a semester/year is an accomplishment. I conveyed that sentiment to T.J. Hopkins when I was honored, with a group of community members, to be a small part … more
Two weeks ago, I signed on to be a volunteer with Sedalia’s Mercy Rest Stop.   Democrat reporter Faith Bemiss wrote back in January that Mercy “is a facility [that] will provide … more
I’m writing this from just outside of Yellowstone National Park in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. I’ve been in Montana this week with four other ministers and we have been here scouting out … more
I believe that in another life I must have been Italian and a resident of Tuscany.  I say this because, although I try to be as impartial as possible, I love the wines of Tuscany.  I … more
The stock market crash of 1929 plunged many people into poverty. However, a look at America then shows that the crash did not affect all people equally. Those who were already poor seemed to have … more
On April 6, the patrons of Pettis County will be asked to vote for several Board of Director positions and issues that affect the way in which the county will operate. It is my opinion that all of … more
Dear Editor: This letter is about the picture on page 6A in Saturday’s March 20 paper.  Since when is requiring voter ID considered voter suppression. You need ID to cash a check, … more
As I was feeding the birds and squirrels this morning, I suddenly realized I have finally become what I always felt was a stereotypical old man. I used to see old men act in certain ways and chuckle … more
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. For a sports fan, there is nothing better than the first weekend of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. In traditional years, there are … more
As Cicero said, and as is etched on a shelf in the Boonslick Library itself: “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”  I firmly believe this is … more
My sister has been after me to write more. She says I need to take more time to record my thoughts and memories because, she says, I have stories to tell. I suppose she is right; this exercise is my … more
At one time, the nation’s workforce was conveniently divided into white collar/blue collar workers. The white collars worked in offices and stores, the blue collars in the various trades,  … more
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