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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…

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…

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