What do you do for something 150 years old?
This has been on the back burner for some time now, knowing this week was coming. The Gallatin North Missourian will embark on its 150th year after printing this week’s edition. And before you’re finished reading this column, we’ll float a balloon about an idea on
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It took seven years, but now the opening prayer that precedes the aldermen’s board meetings at city hall are politically correct. Here’s what I mean.
On May 5 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Greece, NY, which had been sued for opening local government meetings with prayer by a single faith (Christian). The
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Hamburgers hot off the grill scream for fresh tomatoes and onions. I didn’t always think so. I don’t exactly remember when I started really liking onions but now I consider a sweet onion one of life’s little pleasures. And few onions come sweeter than those from Vidalia, GA.
Since 1990 the official state vegetable of
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I’ve had time to gather some thoughts about Joe Snyder. There’s so much to remember. Whatever I want to write hovers just out of grasp, inadequate, incomplete. But as always, the deadline approaches. If anybody understands deadlines and the inadequacy of words, it would be the ol’ master wordsmith, Joe, and his beloved wife, Kathy.
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The country’s smartest man has to live someplace in America. But would you believe in Mercer County here in North Missouri?
The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has launched a new TV series this week called The One Show. In its first edition, presenter Michael Mosley asks whether it is possible to raise your
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Many words have been written these past weeks, proving that the complexities in financing city services defy brief explanation. Another letter to the editor in this last print edition before next Tuesday’s election offers more evidence.
I feel compelled to clarify what I hope is obvious. Space provided for views we do not endorse is
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It takes money to make money. Do you believe this adage?
On Tuesday, April 8, Gallatin voters will decide whether to actually put money to that truth. The vote will be on a half-cent sales tax. If it passes, a list of much needed improvements can be attempted, each of which promises to save us
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You are what you eat. Or, as Debbie Sweatman and other champions of the upcoming family Literacy Night at Searcy R-5 Elementary would say, you are what you read.
Cold winter nights make nibbling on junk food all too comforting — novels, several delicious mysteries, a reread of nearly all of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic
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Last Wednesday Liz and I thought we’d grab a sandwich uptown, to celebrate another print edition of this community newspaper we’d just put to bed. Little did we know we would witness a major tragedy – almost from its origin – and an even a greater display of competent professionalism from the men and women
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“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.”
That famous line from a 1976 satirical movie called “Network” comes to mind, and not because of the four Oscar awards it won that year or because of the latest Oscar awards televised just this past weekend. No, that line comes to mind
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We go to the doctor when we’re sick. So, when the doctor’s sick, where does he go?
Thanks to the Affordable Health Care Act, the future for traditional, general practice family physicians is sick. Realistically for these independent hometown health care providers, there is no future. There’s no longer any long term future for this
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I’m going to tweet you now, and it’s not about the Internet. Today starts a new focus for me. Today I’m officially starting to Baby-Bird Watch.
Baseball fans of the world champion St. Louis Cardinals know what I’m talking about. Today Cardinal pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter, FL, to conduct their first spring training
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Valentine’s Day approaches. So, it’s time to reconsider the pucker power of a kiss.
Kisses are sweet things when they come spontaneously from the heart. Or, yes, those sweet things wrapped in silver tin foil by Hershey’s®. But 20 years ago (January 1994) I wrote the headline and article on this newspaper’s sports pages that
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Indecision is human nature. Many of us are miserable, mired in habits of indecision with no relief from the endless decision-making we call life. Even no decision is a decision …agreed?
Perhaps baseball’s zany Casey Stengel said it best, as quoted in the Ken Burns television series Baseball – “I’ve made up my mind both
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The dust has (finally) settled from a personal episode I hope to never repeat.
A couple of weeks ago my wife, Liz, turned 60 and I am soon to follow later in this year. For some unexplained reason, I felt compelled to mark her milestone with plans I hoped would pleasantly surprise. But like most
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Now, after Christmas amid the snow and cold here, ‘tis the season to be …bored.
Double digit wind chill readings mean confinement indoors for the intelligent. And yet, intelligence has little to do with cabin fever. It’s an equal opportunity emotion.
Boredom is a part of life. We aren’t made to be totally anything, especially
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“Home Alone” wasn’t just a movie this Christmas past. It was reality for one family member suffering so much neck pain that traveling to the family dinner just wasn’t an option.
Sickness, of course, is a common topic during holiday conversation lulls (as well as any other time of the year). No doubt you can
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By the time you read this, Christmas Day may be a memory. So, what was your favorite Christmas scene this year? I’ve been blessed with so many choices I can’t quite decide.
A pair of hands. Music is such a big part of Christmas. We expect the caroling to crescendo as the days get closer
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It started with “stage right.” No, actually it started long before that.
We couldn’t figure out how to lace the baby’s car seat securely in our vehicle. So, we rethought, retraced, and reloaded into the other car. Then we left– safe and snug as four adults and a baby can be in a compact SUV.
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Sometimes writing a column doesn’t come easily.
The first newspaper publisher I worked with made a point I’ve never forgotten. We had just put our first edition produced together to bed. Before I could say “Good night” he planted me in a chair next to his desk. Then he pulled out a blank layout sheet.
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Youngsters’ whispers are best.
This weekend’s Christmas Around the Square event set to unfold here in my favorite hometown is good kindling for warm holiday spirits. This is the time of year when we begin prodding the little ones we love about what they’re dreaming about for Christmas. We’re scheduled to have grandkids over for
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The young father saw it coming. So he acted quickly to lean down and hand his young son a paper tissue only to watch the boy take a long (and momentarily successful) swipe of his runny nose against his shirt sleeve. Then, and only then, did the youngster reach up to take the tissue …bewildered
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Christmas seems to be coming early this year as Gallatin businesses announce plans that promise a better Yuletide spirit here. On the other hand, Christmas is already late for me.
Liz and I broke away from all ties that bind and (finally) enjoyed a weekend away at the destination community of Hermann, located on the
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I’m not going to gripe about the post office.
We depend on the postal service. We remind our advertisers how they can verify the delivery of our shoppers into every home, every week in the 3-county area. We will provide you the proof by giving you copies of postage bills any time.
We appreciate the
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Do you get the feeling we dodged another bullet?
Just a few weeks ago while Congress was grid-locked (again), we had a Secretary of the Treasury predicting that within three weeks this country would default on its debt for the first time in history. What really worried him was the public reaction to the self-imposed
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