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It’s the day after our local elections, but I don’t know what happened yet. I have a deadline of Tuesday at noon for the Wednesday edition of the Democrat, so I won’t know the … more
In these times of rising prices, I fear that American wine producers will be hit very hard.  Their problem may lie in the competition from the often lower-priced foreign imports.  As … more
The current pandemic disrupted the patterns of worship, small groups, and traditional Christian formation groups. Maintaining the local faith culture and expanding the church family now challenges … more
In case you hadn’t noticed with all the candidate Q&A and ballot question articles we’ve published recently, there is an election just around the corner. The April 5 municipal … more
I don’t want to be affiliated with any particular political platform anymore and I believe there are many out there who feel exactly the same. The radicals on both sides are squeaking the … more
As the warmer temperatures approach, the choice of wine changes from the big husky red wines of winter to the softer, fruitier white wines of spring and summer; but don’t bet on … more
Truth is under attack.  The Marxist progressives working to destroy the foundation of America and replace its Biblical worldview know the only way to undermine truth is to deny its existence. … more
Two Friday nights ago, I witnessed the end of an era: the final edition of the Sedalia Democrat printed in the Sedalia pressroom.  Being the editor of a daily newspaper, I tend to work late, … more
There is an old joke among the Jewish people concerning how and why they celebrate certain ancient old testament holidays; “they attacked us, we beat them, let’s eat.”  That … more
Gardening season is finally here.  Daffodils are blooming, some have planted potatoes and cool-season crops are being started all across the Midwest.  As with many hobbies, it is easy … more
Gas prices are fast approaching $4 per gallon here. On the West Coast, the average gallon is climbing past $5.72. The prices of other goods, from groceries to gifts, will soon follow suit. So will … more
For centuries, sparkling wines have been the beverage associated with celebrations. From weddings to graduations to sports events, the inevitable bottle of sparkling wine is to be … more
I realize it’s a little ego-centric, but St. Patrick has always been a favorite of mine. Growing up in a family of Welsh-Irish descent, St. Patrick’s Day was a big holiday to us and the … more
Plastics. In many ways, they have been and are detrimental to the earth, yet we’ve seen the positive side of these materials even during the pandemic, with their use to distribute vaccines, … more
It appears that the climbing cost of goods has created a wide-open market for some foreign wines.  There are nations whose cost of living allows them to sell their wines at considerably lower … more
There are some familiar faces behind a new weekend radio talk show at KSIS. Ron Toellner and John Meehan began hosting “Let’s Talk” last year, talking with community leaders on … more
This last Wednesday, the Warrensburg Church of the Brethren recognized and celebrated Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season of 40 days. A period in Biblical literature documenting four … more
I’m an opinion columnist. I get paid to be witty and engaging, even mouthy. I’m meant to capture the pulse of the community and amplify it, taking important ideas and pruning them to … more
The last time Max and I went anywhere other than to see our daughter Emily in her home was March 2020. The day we left, the CDC recommended against senior citizens flying. We decided that we … more
This is the official, certified, guaranteed, no kidding — spring is officially now on its way.  How do I know? The boyds is choypin (pardon my Brooklynese but it’s my native … more
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