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    Merry Christmas!

    Well, we’ve heard and sung the songs, watched the movies and TV specials, exchanged gifts, eaten and eaten and eaten some more. We’ve visited with friends and families and shared special stories of Christmas past.

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    Getting into the Christmas spirit (Part Two)

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere I go. Not really an original thought, is it? But it is true: the season is upon us and you can almost feel it in the air. I’ve had lots of opportunities this past week to wish good tidings upon others.

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    The gifting

    Christmas gifts can be large, flashy, expensive, coveted, impressive, or precious. Christmas gifts may also be simple, humble, lowly — and precious.

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    Bill Filer: Mistakes and bad decisions

    Three forks into my third helping of stuffing, it became apparent that my eyes were much larger than my stomach this Thanksgiving. My inside voice said leave it, but my motto is if it’s on the plate, it’s already too late. So, of course, I finished it off.

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    David Coffelt: Getting into the spirit

    The Christmas Spirit is not something that one wants to rush into, but I think I’m finally getting there.

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    Food inspections: What is happening in Cass County

    We all heard about the Kauffman Stadium food inspections that uncovered horrible food conditions for the fans who may have paid thousands of dollars to view a game. Here at home, the Cass County Health Department environmental inspectors are responsible for inspecting 356 businesses throughout the...

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    Dissent

    Thousands of words and hours of video have already been generated about the events on the east side of our great state. A multitude of opinions are readily available and you certainly don’t want my two cents worth added in.

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    A business incubator for Lee’s Summit?

    Name-power does little without willpower. Just ask any entrepreneur around Lee’s Summit.

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    Ghosts

    We have an old, drafty window on the house that I decided to cover with plastic. I bought the materials and installed the shrink-wrap window cover myself. Earlier this week I happened to walk by the window at just the right angle, in just the right light, and noticed three very distinct footprints...

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    Happy Thanksgiving

    I’ve done a little research on the origin of Thanksgiving in the United States, and have learned that it might not truly be an American holiday, as I’ve always supposed. Apparently many other nations and cultures have had times of giving thanks, particularly after a bountiful harvest...

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