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America’s Pastime

Dw.cdrThe classic line uttered by Tom Hanks in the 1992 movie, A League of Their Own, is “There’s no crying in baseball…” But playing the game will break your heart. Perhaps more than any other, baseball is a game about failure. Even the very best batters in the history of the sport failed to get a safe hit six out of 10 tries.

Like in real life, failure to

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Turning Dick Tracy’s Head

Dw.cdrThe comic strip “Dick Tracy” (written and distributed from 1931 through 1977) was never my most favorite in the funny pages. But I read it regularly, and often pondered its proclamation that magnetism would someday rule the world. The 2-way wrist radio the police detective hero used to battle the bad guys seemed so futuristic to us kids growing up in the 1960s – and so quaint today. But then,

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‘Lost Cause’ a Worth Account

Dw.cdrAs book reviews go, the following may be biased. Whenever a 200-page book focuses most significantly on an important chapter of Daviess County history, you might expect the local press to be friendly. “The Lost Cause — The Trials of Frank and Jesse James” written by James P. Muehlberger, however, stands on its own merit.

This book is well-researched. Thus, it contrasts from many entertaining yet erroneous accounts of various

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Censorship and Student Newspapers

Dw.cdrAnother school year is on the horizon. The registration information for Gallatin R-5 featured in last week’s edition is proof that another summer vacation will soon end.

You might be surprised to learn we print several school newspapers for districts that dot the map throughout Northwest Missouri. We have, in fact, printed “early bird” editions for a couple of schools already. These are usually 8-page publications presented by aspiring student

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Pass the Gravy, Please

Dw.cdrBoy, can my mom make good gravy!

Every evening I’d come in from the chores and into the kitchen with a bucket of fresh milk. She’d be standing over the stove or over that 3-legged electric skillet (worked too good to throw away) browning the last piece of meat. When I heard flour sizzling in the meat drippings, I knew I had just enough time to wash up and take

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Union Wage Scale No Longer Prevails (and Other Tidbits)

Dw.cdrWe’re used to picking on the people we elect to Jefferson City or Washington, D.C. But we also should remember to give them a pat on the back whenever it is deserved. Now is one of those times.

State Rep. Casey Guernsey helped accomplish something that will truly benefit rural Missouri. He led an effort to reform the prevailing wage law. As reported last week, the new law in its

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Horse Sense About Horse Slaughter

Dw.cdrTo the casual observer, who could possibly be against something called the Humane Society?

On the other hand, the Missouri Farm Bureau is not a casual observer.

On the November 2014 ballot (or a special election if called by the governor) we will be voting on something obvious. Missouri farmers and ranchers are asking for a common-sense protection to defend their right to produce the food, fiber and fuel we

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What Do You Know About Muslims?

Dw.cdrWhere would you say the largest concentration of Muslims would be in the world today?

Saudi Arabia? Or some other place in the Middle East? Pakistan, maybe?

Try Indonesia.

For the past several months we’ve been treated during church services here at the Gallatin Baptist Church with Biblical instruction provided by interim pastor Dr. Thor Madsen of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. That’s about to change with the arrival of Bro.

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What’s Your Favorite July 4th Memory?

Dw.cdrFirecrackers dominate this discussion, naturally. Despite the abundance of fireworks and the regularity of professional pyrotechnic displays like “Fireworks Fridays” at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and at amusement parks everywhere, there’s something about backyard fireworks that still brings out the giggle in me.

Of course, fireworks are just a part of the celebration. One favorite memory yet vivid in mind’s eye puts me back on the farm where I

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