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Christmas is over, but the season of giving never ends

It’s midway through January, and the weather is colder and harsher than it ever was before the end of the year. But while people tend to be in a giving…

Second verse, same as the first

A few weekends ago, my family and I spent all of a Saturday in Trenton for the band festival associated with that community’s Missouri Day event. And when I say…

Government works better when you’re involved

Last Monday night, going to the school board meeting, I encountered a couple outside the door before the meeting started. It was a good 15 minutes before the board’s annual…

What’s in a number?

I can tell you the telephone numbers of virtually all the friends I had when I was 12 years old. But over the weekend, I was asked to come up…

Time to take a new look at farcical fireworks ban

It’s that time of year again. Independence Day is looming, and over the weekend I heard plenty of pops, whizzes and whistles—and they didn’t all come from the big fireworks…

Floodwaters bring devastation, danger

I wish I could say that there was a better reason for the influx of people in downtown Excelsior Springs Wednesday, but curiosity and fear were the factors behind hundreds…

Mongols visit: Maximum concern, minimum hassle

Now that the dust has settled, the gasoline fumes have dispersed and everyone looks back and wonders what all the fuss was over, I thought I’d weigh in on the…

Memorial Day

On Monday morning, May 25, I was joined by my wife and younger son (the older son was in Washington, D.C., on a trip with his eighth grade classmates) at…

Autism awareness is vital for proper treatment

Late last month, I got a call from a very nice reader who wanted to bend my ear regarding Autism Awareness Month. In case you didn’t know, that month is…

Remembering Joan Patton, my first ‘boss’ and a treasured coworker

Early Saturday morning, a friend popped up in a Facebook message to give me some unwelcome but inevitable news. My longtime coworker and friend, Joan Patton, had passed away at…

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