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Updated Apr 24, 2015 at 10:18 PM

 How about some good news for a change?There is a seemingly endless stream of bad news, as our 24-hour news cycle moves from one crisis to the next: the latest shooting, airplane crash or government budget crisis. I would like to share thoughts this month on some homegrown “good news” for our Eastern Jackson County community.That good news is about the honorees that the board of your community foundation voted on last month to recognize at our 20th...

Updated Apr 24, 2015 at 7:07 PM

I’m a worrier. Not about monsters in the closet, global terrorism or the “Full House” reunion show (although I will admit that last one has me at least a little jittery).The thing that gets me wondering if I’ll...

Posted Apr 23, 2015 at 6:37 AM

You can actually feel for the guy.No one, least of all the CEO, gets up in the morning and says, “Today’s goal is to be a corporate drone.”But life shoves us into roles and situations in which we have to be more...

Updated Apr 17, 2015 at 5:43 PM

As we move into the final month of the legislative session, the State Senate will begin passing legislation and working on crafting the budget. The debates will get longer, nights will get later and bills will start hitting the governor’s...

Updated Apr 17, 2015 at 4:10 PM

As a person who uses language for a living …Wait, scratch that. Everyone uses the language in some form or another every day. (Not every day. I’ll get to that later.) The spoken word, written word, sign language, the Sicilian...

Updated Apr 17, 2015 at 9:35 AM

This week, Grammy Award winner John Legend announced an initiative, Free America, a movement to bring attention to the ills of mass incarceration. He has scheduled a series of performances at correctional facilities in various states, along with...

Updated Apr 16, 2015 at 9:29 AM

“You know, next time you’re going to have to do better, Mr. President.”

Updated Apr 16, 2015 at 9:24 AM

Two decades. Twenty years.

Updated Apr 15, 2015 at 9:42 PM

The world changes, and adaptations are slippery and full of missteps.The minute you think you’ve got it figured out, you’re probably in trouble, and nowhere is this more true than in parenting. As the old expression goes, I...

Updated Apr 10, 2015 at 7:26 PM

Born in Independence, left the area for several years but returned to my hometown. This town has so much to offer and is growing. With growth there are always going to be a few quirks. The one quirk that is becoming a bit of a problem is the...

Updated Apr 10, 2015 at 4:13 PM

As I’m writing this, my sister Jodie has been dead for only a few hours. She was 55.I could make this an anti-smoking rant, and considering smoking-induced lung cancer has claimed three women in my family – my grandmother, my...

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