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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…

Targeted education is not the same as tunnel-vision education

Twenty-six years ago, I walked away from Excelsior Springs High School with a diploma and an education that has served me quite well. I may not have become a fabulously…

Maybe the youth aren’t lost after all

As I dropped my 13-year-old off at the middle school dance on Friday—while my 10-year-old watched a movie with friends at his own school—I realized that maybe I was wrong.…

Column like you see ’em

In a little over a month, I will have been in the managing editor’s chair here at The Standard for 17 years. And coming to that understanding makes me realize…

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