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Why don’t they just move? It’s a question I see after every major hurricane, including this week’s Category 4 Hurricane Laura, which battered the Louisiana coast. Why would you live in an … more
After more than a year living and traveling overseas, John Brady Cunningham is a changed man. He is more physically fit, having bicycled from Vietnam to India, and his eyes have been opened to the … more
With school on the horizon, there is a lot of anxiety in the air. The school administration is worried, “what will happen if or when one or more of the children come down with the coronavirus?” … more
In the years prior to the Civil War, slavery became a primary point of conflict between the states. Congress solved many of the issues concerning slavery by enacting legislation that governed the … more
I want to write about politics.I want to write about religion.I want to write about racial discrimination.The problem is that I don’t know where I would begin and where I would end. Every time I … more
Dear Editor:While it appears there are people who disagree with each other, the vast majority of individuals in the community ALL want to protect and preserve the health and economic prosperity of … more
Dear Editor: Sedalia School 200 Board of Education just put our kids, parents, teachers and extended families at risk by voting for five day school to start Sept 1. The Superintendent wanted it … more
Dear Editor: I am saddened by the refusal of so many people to wear masks during the pandemic. Everyone says they would like things to return to a more normal way of life, but they don't back up … more
At the open house, my daughter surveyed her new first-grade classroom with sparkling eyes. She wanted to know all about the class list, the room’s layout, the shelves full of books, the heavy stack … more
Last week, I ran into someone who recognized me under the mask and said she always reads my columns. “How do you find things to write about?” I answered honestly: I really don’t … more
Kick the Can has been on my mind a lot lately. The childhood game is centered on returning to home base. Players scatter through the neighborhood to hide, and once found must try to beat their … more
If there is one thing this pandemic has done, it has turned many people into highly opinionated and judgmental people. Many people seem to think they know the answer to every problem and think they … more
Columnist’s note: Today’s entry begins a series of columns about elections in central Missouri, particularly in Pettis County, from the earliest elections until the 1970s.Elections at which … more
This school year is going to be different than any we have experienced in the past due to COVID-19. To be honest, I’m glad that I am no longer in a position to have to make the decisions that go … more
Dear Editor:The mask mandate that the PCHB passed last night (Aug. 5) will be ineffective at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Let me state, that if masks were the one factor in stopping … more
When it comes to quilts, Rebecca Schnakenberg wants everyone to pick their words carefully.“A lot of people call quilts ‘blankets,’ and it makes my blood boil,” she said.Schnakenberg has been … more
Potpourri:Libby reminded me that Daddy’s best friend was Walter Lark and not Walter Lamb. Thayer had a Mr. and Mrs. Lamb and a Mr. and Mrs. Lark. I’m sorry I confused the last two letters of … more
Dear Editor:In today’s world, there are an increased number of individuals who have served our country in the military. We answered the call to duty, served honorably and continued with our lives. … more
Editor's note: This column has been updated to correct the vote of the U.S. Supreme Court.Joe Biden has been wearing his Catholicism on his sleeve for some time now, even cutting commercials about … more
Dear Editor:I want to congratulate the Pettis County Health Department Board of Trustees and JoAnn Martin, Administrator, for their courageous decision to pass the Emergency Order requiring the … more
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