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The Smartest Man in the Country

Dw.cdrThe country’s smartest man has to live someplace in America. But would you believe in Mercer County here in North Missouri?

Some do.

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 IQ, and discovers schemes that can apparently increase a person’s intelligence. In America, he visits

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Ready or Not, Here Comes Tuesday

Dw.cdrMany 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 the standard policy of this newspaper. The newspaper business is all about competition, including the

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City of Gallatin’s Public Meeting

Dw.cdrIt 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 significant money whenever completed. If the vote  fails, then not much on the list will

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Off the Editor’s Spike

Dw.cdrYou 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 Sherlock Holmes tales, and a variety of books about my favorite subject, the Civil War.

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A Job Very Well Done

Dw.cdrLast 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 who can proudly claim the title of Gallatin Volunteer Fire Fighter.

The skill exhibited by

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Who Should Pay for the Audit?

Dw.cdr“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 every time I think about a petition recently circulated in Gallatin, protesting municipal utility rates.

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The Death of a Dream

Dw.cdrWe 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 way of health care. Someday this “sickness” will be terminal.

Many experts and politicians are

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Birdwatching

Dw.cdrI’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 workouts slated for tomorrow. The full squad reports next Monday. Usually spring training is noteworthy

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A Kiss is Just a Kiss

Dw.cdrValentine’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 read: “Kiss …ick!

It’s a story worth repeating.

The Dragons of Tina-Avalon held a

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