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    Cynical about science

    A friend told me the other day that I was getting cynical. I had never thought about it, but I think my friend is right. So, am I getting cynical due to my advancing in years, or is it due to the constant stream of information poured upon me daily? Maybe it’s both.

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    House pays respect to Schweich

    This week many of my colleagues and I made the trip from Jefferson City to Clayton to pay our respects to State Auditor Tom Schweich, who tragically passed away recently. It was a somber and emotional moment as we remembered this man who had worked so hard for our state, and who had such a bright...

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    Passing the test: Inspections aim to keep school buses safe

    We see the flashing stop signals and the familiar stop arm. We recognize the big yellow motor vehicle. We know school buses have distinguishing characteristics recognized as being geared toward the safety of picking up, dropping off, and transporting children. But, do we know the measures taken ...

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    Judy Bowman: Finding joy in volunteering

    I am pleased to serve as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Harrisonville Police Department Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program. In that role, I was recently asked to provide an update to the City of Harrisonville Public Safety Committee.

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    Health on the mind

    Every day, we are bombarded with around 3,000 different messages from a variety of media sources. These sources tell us why we need the quadruple bacon burger or what products we need to “fulfill” our lives. In a time when companies spend millions of dollars telling you what to do, ...

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    Honoring FFA week

    It may seem strange that FFA, a group whose existence is built around agriculture, celebrates its week in the dead of winter. One would tend to think that planting or harvest time would be more fitting. The truth is that this is indeed a fitting week, as each year National FFA Week is celebrated...

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    Let’s stop Sandy Hook from happening again

    On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and shot and killed 26 innocent people. This was the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

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    Finding joy in volunteering

    I am pleased to serve as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Harrisonville Police Department Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program. In that role, I was recently asked to provide an update on our VIPS program to the City of Harrisonville Public Safety Committee.

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    There is always hope

    I had a difficult time determining the subject of this week’s column. It was narrowed down to three topics: love, lies and hope. Love, of course, is much discussed this time of year because of Valentine’s Day.

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    A golden anniversary

    The Harrisonville Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 50-year anniversary last week. Congratulations are in order to the chamber and the business community of Harrisonville in general.

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