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There’s something timeless and lasting about paper

Ten days ago, I went to my local polling place (which happens to be the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives) to cast my ballot in the general election. I won’t…

Apple Pay? CurrenC? No thanks—I’ll stick to what I know

To hear the tech people talk, it sounds as though the whole world is clamoring for an easier way to pay. On the streets, I’m not so sure. Apple Pay…

Brittany Maynard’s ‘day of dignity’ is drawing near

If you knew that your life would end in six months, but those months would be spent fighting a debilitating disease, would you choose to end your life early, painlessly?…

I need an education just to talk about education

Years ago, a friend of mine joined the U.S. Army. It’s something he had dreamed about for a long time, and he was proud to don the uniform and serve…

Don’t let fame obscure the real issues

I have a confession to make. Prior to the day that Ray Rice slugged his wife in an elevator and dragged her unconscious body from it a few moments later,…

Your 15 minutes of fame is not worth your health or life

Once upon a time, “going viral” likely meant that you were going to sick for several days. It meant you had picked up some nasty bug and were probably going…

Privacy is as privacy does

Just the other day, I received a phone call from a friend and realized I didn’t have his phone number. He obviously had mine, or he wouldn’t have been able…

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: I, on behalf of the Elks Lodge #1001, would like to thank the Boy Scouts of Troop 309 for the excellent service they gave on the Flag…

Freedom doesn’t mean free-for-all

Living in America, at one point, seemed to be something really special. Home of the brave… land of the free. But what does that mean exactly? It’s a fickle thing…

Dear criminals, please stay away from Excelsior Springs

In recent weeks Excelsior Springs has landed on television news channels more than I care to admit.  If the news coverage had been in a positive light, then perhaps I…

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