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The Missouri Constitution of 1868 mandated that each school district provide education for all children. A district with 15 or more Black students was required to provide a separate elementary school … more
I cannot lie, in recent years I have become kind of annoyed by boycotts. It seems like every time I turn around one group or another is calling for a boycott for some trivial reason. Plus, it appears … more
Responsibility, leadership, independence and maturity are all things I learned much quicker than my peers. Growing up there was always a hole in my heart and I always had a desire for that gap to be … more
Though it is obviously time to confess New Year’s resolutions, my 2019 page will remain blank. I don’t have any this year – other than the ones I always have. I start the year with good … more
As I browsed the internet the other day I found a website for people who have been fired or are afraid they will be fired. The website is a place for those who believe they are victims to vent their … more
For many years I was on a quest. It wasn’t a quest for the meaning of life, but something a bit more mundane: a quest for the perfect cheeseburger.Many others appear to be on a similar quest, for … more
There are a lot of ways parents bond with their children. For some, it comes through faith, or family events or food. For others, it’s football.My Chicago-area roots are most visible in my sports … more
The Christian nativity story includes some unlikely heroes. I am speaking of the wise men who come from afar. These men of adventure and action have no formal connection to any religion and yet they … more
In July 1895, the Sedalia Democrat printed a series of articles about Otterville, a “flourishing little town” in Cooper County about 15 miles east of Sedalia. It was on the Pacific Railroad line, … more
As of this writing, the federal government is still shut down over a showdown in funding a wall on our southern U.S. border. Since the introduction of the idea to America, the wall has been a … more
Boy, time flies when you’re getting old.Yet another new year is upon us. There was a time when I would celebrate the coming of the new year with an elaborate party, surrounded by friends and … more
Well Sedalia, we’ve made it through another year together.It’s been quite the year, as Sedalia never lets us down in the Democrat newsroom. As I tell many people when they ask if I’m busy: … more
Writer’s note: Not long ago I was on the receiving end of a road rage incident. There is nothing pleasant about that experience, which many of us have had. When I arrived home after the incident I … more
The end of another year is closing in, and normal life will soon begin again. We’ll take down the Christmas decorations, I’ll resolve to adhere to my usual resolutions, and we’ll have … more
Churches in the liturgical tradition began the new Church year on the first Sunday of December as we entered the season called “Advent.” Now that we are a month into the new Church year we join … more
The World War I propaganda film “America’s Answer” played at the Lona Theater in Sedalia on Nov. 17 and 18, 1918, ironically at the time of the Armistice ending the fighting of World War I. The … more
In reality, there was only one true reason I agreed to writing this weekly column for the Sedalia Democrat. It wasn’t to share my opinions or highlight different news stories from around the globe. … more
Dear Editor:I read Jennifer Langdon's column (Dec. 12) and felt like putting my two cents in. In her column, she states that all Christmas music is terrible. We are all entitled to our own opinions … more
Dear Editor:I recently spent 12 days in Bothwell Regional Health Center with A fib and pneumonia. Dr Kenneth Azan was the crew captain. I had wonderful care from the food to the techs. The nurses … more
Dear Editor:As of December 16, 2018, Camp Sacajawea has closed. The Girl Scouts of Sedalia/Pettis County will no longer have access to the property for camping, meetings or events.The Girl Scouts … more
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