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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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Letter to a Little One

Dear Little Emmy,

Welcome to the world! Your arrival Friday came earlier than the doctors predicted. I like that. Perhaps you already know not to depend on the “experts” for such things, especially those things that are really just between you and God. We’re experts at making noise here. Never allow anything here on this earth to get between you and your Maker.

Despite the birth of your big brother

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Pondering the ‘Poor Doors’

Dw.cdrI choose not to worry about getting rich personally. That’s not going to happen and, thus, is such a waste of time. But sometimes I’ll read something that makes me realize how some of this world is so very much different from realities found here.

Have you heard about “The Poor Door?”

Evidently, officials in New York City signed off on a building plan that allows a new luxury high-rise

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A Nice Ring to Anvil Shooting

Dw.cdrTroy Lesan is a person you should know. Troy regularly contributes articles for publication in the monthly editions of the Lake Viking News. In the latest issue, Troy writes about neighbor Jeff Hower who has an unusual hobby: shooting anvils.

This is an old timey art form. Back in the day many events closed with “ringing the anvil,” referring to the sound a blacksmith anvil makes when shot into the

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The Writing on the Wall

Dw.cdrIt bothers me that so many of our public schools no longer teach cursive writing. I guess that’s because I relate back to the times of “B.C.” …before computers.

It’s true few of us handwrite very much of anything anymore; I know I don’t. I wouldn’t want to write this weekly column without the speed and convenience of a computer. And if you were forced to decipher my thoughts from

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Hobby Lobby: Much to Ponder

Dw.cdrThe nearest Hobby Lobby is at St. Joseph, almost 50 miles away. There are 11 stores within a 100 miles of Gallatin. But that distance melted away when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Obama administration’s mandate to require private companies to provide contraceptives to employees.

Have you paid attention to the Hobby Lobby controversy and recent Supreme Court decision? How close to home does the Supreme Court ruling

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