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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…

Time is running out for a choice in leadership

The clock is ticking. As I’m writing this on Wednesday, we’re within a week of the deadline to file for the April election. At last count, only the incumbents—Sonya Morgan…

Brand new year, but same old hunger

Christmas is over, and even if all the decorations aren’t stashed away yet, it’s almost certain that the gifts have been opened and the wrappings are discarded. New Year’s Day…

Making the holidays a little greener, a little more reverent

It’s funny how, in this business, things just seem to drop into your lap at exactly the right time. Puzzling over a final piece for last Tuesday’s front page, I…

Praise for ‘Guys and Dolls’

To the editor: Every time I visit my daughter and son-in-law in the Kansas City area, we find one or more live theatre productions to attend.  This Thanksgiving’s trip was…

New downtown mural

To the editor: Thank you for including Mrs. Beatrice Elliott Smith (Bea or Babe) in the proposed Excelsior Springs Panorama Mural of Historic People and Places. Bebe Elliott was an…

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of safety

A few weeks ago, I read an article on a blog about the current trend in school safety. We reported some time ago on ALICE, the new program that trains…

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