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“Idle hands are the devil’s playground.”This saying holds much deeper meaning now than it did when I was a child. Most youngsters today use their hands (fingers mainly) to focus on the latest … more
As I sat down to write today, I thought about all the subjects that I could write about. I could write about politics, but that would make me sad or angry, or both. I could write about the weather … more
Mick Moore’s journey was detoured by COVID-19, but the new road he’s on is providing plenty of memorable experiences and life lessons.Moore, who graduated from Smith-Cotton High School in 2014, … more
It’s possible to vote for President Trump, as I will on Nov. 3, for various reasons.One reason is my innate sympathy for the underdog, which Trump definitely is, considering the armies of enemies … more
Do you feel as if you are in a time warp? I woke up a couple of days ago and it was October.Though I have lived each and every one of the last 180 days, today feels like it should be April 20 or so. … more
I spent part of last weekend on my grandparents’ farm in Central Illinois. My kids and I were spoiled rotten with home-cooked meals and treats. They marveled at the old toys my grandmother hauls … more
Over the next month or so, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church members will complete their time, talent and treasure forms. That means, to us, we know God has given us talents and abilities and when … more
City elections in 1892 provided interesting forum for the local press. Republican Z.F. Bailey ran against the current mayor Ed Stevens in a race significant for the accusations against each … more
I would like you to think about the word “Boogaloo” for a moment. This word once defined a Latin genre of music that included facets of American rhythm and blues. However, the term now represents … more
Dear Editor:When I graduated from high school in 1964, an 18 year old male that wasn’t going to college would have a good chance of being drafted into the military. An estimated 47,434 soldiers … more
Dear Editor:I read the article in the paper about people not wearing masks. I don’t understand their reasoning for not wearing them.I was born in 1931. The war in England started before the states … more
It can be hard to value an experience when you are caught in the middle of it. The benefits of time and maturity allow for the distillation of those moments, making them worth savoring as we grow … more
I voted on Wednesday. I won’t be available to cast my vote in person on Nov. 3, so since I was downtown, I decided to pop in and get it done. The lobby on the second floor of the Courthouse is … more
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. We lose almost 50,000 Americans per year to self-harm. It is the third leading cause of death among teens and young adults. It is the second among … more
I have written about the necessity of having a good porch on a house before, and when my wife and I were house-hunting last year, I knew that was a must feature for any home we would eventually … more
From the way I see it and view both the church and the New Testament, there are at least four types of people in every church. There are probably more types but in this column, I want to focus on … more
Ed Stevens, who was running for mayor for another term in 1892, was the victim of a vicious political cartoon printed by the Sedalia Gazette, a Republican-party newspaper, that depicted Sedalia as … more
One day last week, a reader said they enjoyed reading my thoughts on relationships. This is one of my favorite topics because it is the one I have struggled with the most. When I tell people that, … more
Dear Editor:I would like Representative Hartzler to respond publicly to all veterans in her district to President Trump’s outrageous statement about veterans being losers and suckers. My wife and … more
Dear Editor:Thank you Ms. Oster for so clearly pointing out the craziness with COVID and how other, major illnesses do far more damage. Mandated masks are just adding to people’s fears. And some … more
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