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I never thought that I would live to see a “Ministry of Truth” department within the United States Government. In fact, the thought never crossed my mind until I read about it last week. … more
I’m officially the ninth and final editor to lead a Democrat newsroom at 700 S. Massachusetts Ave. By the time you read this, we will no longer be operating on Massachusetts Avenue. If … more
Happy May Day! May Day is an ancient European festival celebrating the coming of the summer. Across the pond, it’s still observed today, and in some countries, it’s one of the … more
As I read the news last week, I was transported back to Watergate – when Richard Nixon was assuring us that he wasn’t a crook, although Bernstein and Woodward were telling us every … more
Although it’s old news by now, I want to go back to U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s suspension from Twitter, for it has a lot to tell us about how Big Tech operates. What terrible offense … more
It’s baseball season. My son is back to going to practice with his rec league team. Every practice, the coaches are helping the boys improve on the fundamentals of the game. Throwing and … more
I have found myself pleading with time to slow down, but it doesn’t seem to be working. Just yesterday, I was a teenager patiently waiting to turn 16 so that I could drive myself wherever … more
A search for the “average working man’s house” in the turn of the 19th into the 20th century Sedalia is difficult. Some information about the cost of houses is available in a … more
When I accepted my job at the Democrat in July 2013, I barely knew anything about my new city. At the time, I was still living in Warrensburg with some college roommates. I’d spent the last … more
“Every day you get older. Now that’s a law.” — Butch Cassidy By the time you read this, Max and I will have celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary. I find this … more
This weekend I’m headed home to rural Illinois to go mushroom hunting with my father. I’m hoping to return with a pound of yellow morels. Maybe even two. But even if I don’t, there … more
We’re not done yet! The church celebrates Easter for eight days (The Octave of Easter where each day is Easter Celebration). We are invited to review what happened in the days leading up to … more
For the last several weeks, columns have concentrated on the lavish homes of wealthy Sedalians during the mid-to-late 19th century. Today’s column will discuss why it is difficult to find … more
When our children approached school age, Darren and I began having serious discussions about where we would send them. We went back and forth in our minds about public school because we were … more
As I sit down to write each day, I try to make it something light that will hopefully remind people of our better days. I usually write about my memories of childhood, and while I have always tried … more
A chapter is closing, but there is more story left to tell. Last weekend, Editor Nicole Cooke invited current and past Sedalia Democrat employees to stop by the paper’s home base on South … more
There appears to be a healthy wave of bipartisan support within the Legislature to boost the pay of public school teachers, and Missourians should do everything in their power to encourage lawmakers … more
Back when my wife and I kept a sailboat on the Lake of the Ozarks, wind (up to a point) was a good thing, for without it we were becalmed. But the wind velocity we’ve been seeing in Sedalia … more
With floppy longish brown hair and a gentle face, Doug Linder was unremarkable to look at – except if you consider that he was 6’10” and weighed about 150 pounds. When I first saw … more
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