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What Thanksgiving Means to Me

Dw.cdrYesterday I felt so selfish. Of all the blessings for which I should be thankful, I admit being most thankful when the electrician showed up.

Nearly 30 people spend all or part of their work life here at GPCink making all sorts of things happen on deadline. We’ve got various “Plan B” contingencies in place, even duplicate equipment. But yesterday the plate burner suddenly quit, and “Plan B” also failed

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A Confession: I’m Tired of BLTs

Dw.cdrI never thought I’d say this, but I’m tired of BLTs. I write this with some trepidation.

My wife never saw a tomato she didn’t like. She’s a Tomato-head… a tomatoholic. I can’t hold it against her. She’s her father’s daughter — I never met a man more partial to tomatoes (unless corn on the cob was in season).

There are millions of people who spend billions of dollars each

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Gallatin Gal Elected as Prosecuting Attorney

Dw.cdrI could reminisce here about Kristen Ellis, a Gallatin gal who must feel on top of the world today. I could mention her wearing the Red & Black while playing third base for the Bulldog softball team. I still can hear in memory’s ear her sweet voice filling the auditorium singing before the judges at state music contest before graduating from GHS in 1999. But I don’t want to embarrass

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A Bank Robbery and Bootleg Hooch

Dw.cdrThere’s more to the story about the building located at the 4-way stop, owned by Spence and Judy Elbert, now undergoing a facelift. Local historian David Stark reminded me of the bank robbery that occurred there during the Roarin’ Twenties.

On Nov. 23, 1922, six armed men robbed the First National Bank of Gallatin, then located on the south side of the square. It was a sensational incident involving a

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To Spank or Not to Spank?

Dw.cdrMy dad had a big hand in raising us kids.

Let me explain.

I grew up in the B.C. age (before computers). All things were much simpler then. Today we wonder what is child abuse and what is not. Back then there was no ambiguity on Dad’s part. Spanking was not his only means of discipline. But in my view of the world it was the ultimate.

Dad had no

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Progress Can Be More Than What You See

Dw.cdrProgress and change are evident in Gallatin.

After staring at fire-charred debris for six months, the now vacant lot on the east side of the square is (finally) cleaned up. Property owners ponied up thousands of dollars to improve the eyesore this past week and the word on the street is encouraging.

Julie Reynolds says her flower shop building will come down once cleared of all worthy interior items. On

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Reruns Marking Time

Dw.cdrTime moves on. We are given reminders, constantly.

The other night I stumbled onto one of those half-hour infomercials on late night television and found myself watching the whole thing. It hawked a complete set of “The Ed Sullivan Show” episodes, “yours for just five easy payments.” I wasn’t tempted. But I did get a kick out of seeing how many of the guest stars and performers I recognized. I

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Lookin’ for the Sizzle

Dw.cdrRemember that TV commercial now in distant past, where one of the two ol’ ladies standing in line at a hamburger joint looked down, holding mostly a bun, and blared: “Where’s the beef?”

Sometimes life’s like that. Sometimes you can spend a lot of time working on something you think you can sink your teeth into only to eventually realize what you wind up with is not quite what you

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Breaking the Daily Grind

Dw.cdrOn a personal level, what does Labor Day mean to you? Maybe the holiday just slipped past so fast you didn’t give it much thought.

Most of us just want a paying job that has a little wiggle room in order to make a little more money. Many throughout Northwest Missouri are underemployed, and the only options are to string together part-time jobs that help make the whole.

Same goes

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