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Setting the facts straight on flags in church

Dear Editor:I write today to set the record straight. I ask you to keep an open mind and then form your opinion based upon the facts.Fact One: First United Methodist Church has two locations serving Pettis County: First Church Downtown and Celebration Center.Fact Two: At each location a flag is prominently displayed. Downtown it is in the sanctuary. At Celebration Center it is on a pole outdoors at the main entrance.Fact Three: The flags remain in t...

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Team SCREAM ready to compete

As a member of Smith-Cotton High School’s Team SCREAM, I am a geek and a nerd, a dweeb and a dork. But I am also a part of something that has absolutely changed my life.Team SCREAM (Smith-Cotton Robotics, Engineering And Mathematics) is a competitive robotics team at the high school level. As a second-year team, we’ll be competing at the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships today through Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, which will see more than ...

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Looking forward to ‘Fireball Run’

Mix equal parts 1981’s cult classic “The Cannonball Run” and CBS’ “The Amazing Race” and season liberally with advocacy for a great cause you get “Fireball Run,” a road race and the web series that documents it.“The Most Epic Adventurally in America” starts their latest season Sept. 26 in Frisco, Texas, and hits overnight stops in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri before careening towards the finish line in Independence. The...

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Local boy makes good in 1920s Sedalia

On Jan. 18, 1920, news on the front page of the Sedalia Democrat included information on the condition of W.A. Collins, a local attorney who had been the victim of an assault in Warrensburg, a brief article praising the financial condition of the Sedalia banks, comments on the attendance at the Missouri Farmer’s Association meeting in Columbia, and a national story on a continued investigation into a letter written to Rear Admiral Sims about the U.S. Navy’s role in World War I.

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We gather as members of Christ

Dear Editor:Mr. Stevenson seems to indicate he knows where the proper place American flags should be placed in churches. He ended his last letter by saying, “Put the flag back in its proper place, back in front of our church congregation.” (April 16, 2014) Of course, he gives no documentation, as if to say, because he believes this, it must be so.

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Old Glory deserves special place of honor

Dear Editor:On April 16 a letter to the editor from Larry Stevenson appeared regarding the American flag being removed from the altars of some our local churches. As Larry pointed out, it seems that taking the flag out of our sanctuaries is becoming an unfortunate trend.There is this idea of the “separation of church and state.” Old Glory represents freedom and not the separation of church and state. It has symbolized that ever since Betsy Ross presented her ...

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Easter services bring change, freedom to forefront

There is a story to be told this weekend, and local pastors are focused more on “share” than on “where.”

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Simpler times meant simpler answers

Most people believe that school children were much smarter yesterday than they are today. People don’t think schools are as good as they used to be. Nevertheless, some things seem to be harder to learn than they used to be.In the old days, you went to the unemployment office when you were looking for a job. Nowadays, you have to look all over the place for a job. If you want a job doing construction you have go you go to one place and if you want a job typing papers you have ...

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Finding the secrets to a lasting marriage

Next week, Max and I will have been married for 30 years. That’s about half my life! I have been thinking over the past few weeks about those 30 years and all the things that have gone with them. We have moved, welcomed new family members, lost family members through both death and divorce, worked on our house together, both had careers, raised a daughter, and the list goes on. Most of my thinking, though, has had to do with the idea of marriage, and why some marriages work and some don...

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Put the flags back in front of churches

Dear Editor:Second letter, same subject. Again I must write to the editor in hopes this also makes the newspaper.Why have the American Flags not been placed back in the churches? What the hell is going on? I spoke with a Catholic priest this past week (retired now, lives in Jefferson City, was at one time assigned as a Military Chaplain.) He tells me that no order has came down from anywhere for the churches to remove the American Flag from in front of the church. He tel...

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Missouri losing out in Medicaid expansion debate

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is not perfect, but I’m happy that he is attempting to convince the fine politicians of the state of Missouri to opt in to the Medicaid expansion that is being offered by the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act. Nixon made a stop right here in the State Fair City, at Bothwell Regional Health Center to reiterate his position that Missouri should be a part of the Medicaid expansion.And he’s right.

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Steele’s influence felt locally, nationally

As the Industrial Revolution chugged through the mid-to-late 19th century, people crowded into cities in search of factory jobs. Factory work was dangerous, hours were long, and pay was low. Muckraking journalists such as Ida Tarbell and Jacob Riis wrote articles exposing the conditions under which many factory workers lived.As middle-class Americans learned of living and working conditions in the cities, they began to form reform societies aimed at bettering their communities. The...

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A culture of sports obsession

WARRENSBURG — When it comes to athletics, Chuck Ambrose believes “we’re a bit crazy as a culture.”He’s not alone. Many are critical of Americans’ obsession with sports — from the just-completed NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament to college football’s Bowl Championship Series — and how they are driving boatloads of cash into the athletic departments of big universities. But Ambrose, president of the University of C...

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April 12-13 Sedline

“Less than 1,800 people got out to vote for the mayor? Pitiful.”•“Congratulations to the county and city police for all the drug busts that have been made. We as good citizens need to do our part — be observant and report to the TIPS hotline any suspicious behavior. Together we could make Sedalia drug free.”•“Now that the election is over, let’s see how long it takes people to go around and pick ...

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Mock accident a community effort

On Wednesday, Smith-Cotton High School students viewed a stirring reminder of the drastic implications of impaired and distracted driving with the presentation of “Every 15 Minutes,” a fatal collision scenario. Sedalia School District 200 schedules this presentation the week of Prom every other year to ensure that safe driving practices are front-of-mind for our students on that special night.SCHS teachers Steve Schilb and Teri Turner coordinated this event with the hel...

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