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More Than Just a Conversation Piece

It was a dirty ol’ thing. No telling how long it was left neglected in the wooden granary, which had become the family’s depository for all sorts of unused relics.

Odd …how mud-dauber wasps found the white plastic hand grips to their liking. I twisted those dirt chunks off and yanked up hard on the handlebars to knock off a thick layer of dust. When the dust finally cleared, some

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Character Counts

The two women and one man stood just outside the entrance, oblivious to the rest of us. They were engrossed in conversation on current politics. And they kept getting louder and louder.

I soon found myself alone, still trying to hear what was being presented as a typical day while Gerald Ford was in the Oval Office of the White House. Everyone else had given up. The conversation raging between

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Packin’ a Roll of Quarters

I don’t go to the mall much. It hasn’t always been this way.

I grew up as a tag-along to a mother whose Holy Grail was in quest of the best bargain. At first I thought whatever my hometown could offer was the outer limits of her search. But life’s perceptions certainly changed with the development of shopping malls.

Dw.cdrMy boyhood hometown transformed from farming community to bedroom community right

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‘Captain Shipers’ Sounds So Good

One of the great pleasures in spending years and years living in the same place is in sharing the joys and sorrows of those around you. This is one of those times. Folks throughout Gallatin stand proud as one of our own, Scott Shipers, advances into an even greater leadership role within the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Promotions like this just don’t happen very often. They are earned.

Dw.cdrPerhaps you’re

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Time to Start Doing Homework

Dw.cdrAnnouncements by candidates for president captured the news cycle in major media last week, as you know. Wouldn’t it be something if we voters ignored the drama of the upcoming horse race and all the hype for ruling by dynasty (there are candidates with names other than Clinton and Bush, you know) and, instead, use positions on issues as the measure?

I don’t know about you, but I want to

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Daviess County Connection More than Trivial

Do you like trivia?

My latest smart phone addiction is something called Trivia Crack. The app is aptly named; six categories of short questions tease and taunt me to try just one more time whenever I miss my guess. Thus, I can waste time while under the guise of learning tidbits about all sorts of stuff that essentially don’t matter.

But trivia gets you thinking. Sometimes takes you to unexpected

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Are We Dumber Than Rocks?

Dw.cdrA couple of decades ago (has it been 20 years already, really?) we were talking about the Information Highway. Our efforts to initiate websites promoting real estate and auctions kicked off in 1996. Back then, who’d have thought we’d have smart phones with Google maps and all sorts of apps for virtually anything at our fingertips.

Back then I never thought I’d spend so much time behind a keyboard. Or

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Just Too Good to be True

This news about Gallatin’s water treatment plant is a bitter pill to swallow. It seems incredulous that the “professional” engineers who planned the project missed cost projections so badly that the improvement project might be scrapped.

Not many businesses I know can miss a price by 30% and keep in business. But then, that’s the racket that engineering firms play in the way of public work projects. They get paid

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The Thing About Boundaries

There’s something to be said about setting boundaries. Usually, as soon as they’re set, they’re broken. Drive the speed limit at 70 mph on the interstate and count the vehicles that pass you. Sometimes you get away with speeding; sometimes there are fatal consequences.

Once upon a time student councils in many high schools were pestering administrators to allow vending machines in the hallways and commons areas. Eventually, after that

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