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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Excelsior Springs Standard.Dear editor,

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The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the view of The Excelsior Springs Standard.  

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Dads get a bad rap, portrayed as clueless, dismissed with onesies that have instructions printed on them. And while that is considered humor, sometimes we unintentionally give credence to that idea. I know I spent several years doing that—not with joke shirts or sharing viral videos of yet a…

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My dad didn’t “do” war stories. He might tell you about the monkey they found in the jungle and adopted, naming it Charlie (I was probably in my 20s before I got that particular joke) and giving it beer, or the time he went to Japan on R and R. He’d tell you about boxing, maybe, and how he o…

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My daughter was in the hospital for a few days this last week. It was a blur of tests and deep scares and high reliefs and bad coffee and an endless march of doctors and medical professionals.

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For my son, language is a slippery thing. He’s eight, and on the autism spectrum, and takes nearly everything very literally. Because of that, in our family, we’ve learned to tailor what we say. For example, we would never say, “Television rots your brain” because we know that would result i…

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On Wednesday, Feb. 14, 17 people were killed in yet another school shooting. On Thursday, Feb. 18, mothers all over the country sent their children to school. My oldest is among those kids who went the day after what marks the 12th school shooting in this year alone.

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I love the English language. Adore it. The subject, the verb, the occasional overwrought adjective to bring it all together and make it gleam. Language is the most efficient vehicle for expression, and nothing mars its clean lines quicker than a misspelling or grammatical error.

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February 2, 2018 – The Excelsior Springs Standard recently ran an op-ed, entitled There were no winners in President’s ‘Fake News’ Awards. As an opinion piece, it did not necessarily reflect the views of The Standard.

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January 26, 2018 — My son asked if I’d help him study. Parental Law 457: Children will only ask for help with school when the distance between preparing for an exam and taking the exam can be expressed in minutes. This is known as the “Oh Crap I Spent Too Much Time Playing ‘Call of Duty’” Un…

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Jack Hackley November 17, 2017 – Back in the 1930’s in Jackson County, Tom Pendergast’s Democratic faction was known as the “goats.” In Kansas City, he would give a pint of whiskey for a vote.  Got so no one would vote until they knew they were going to get their pint of whiskey for doing so.

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Jack HackleyNovember 3, 2017 – A recent book release written thirty years ago by Ruth Henning, wife of Paul Henning, creator of The Beverly Hillbillies, has put the Beverly Hillbillies and Paul Henning locally in the news.

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October 20, 2017 – Every year some small town winds up with a winning football or basketball team. My hometown of Oak Grove was no different.

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October 13, 2017 – Gary Reagin was one of my best friends. Lo and behold we got drafted the same day and stayed together for two years in the Army Infantry. I have written many articles about him over the years.

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Since 2012, we have continued to improve our communications but there is still much more to be accomplished. Although we have upgraded our communications center, we must improve the Clay County Tower with the necessary Motorola equipment to give us coverage throughout Clay County.