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    A difficult decision led Harrisonville man into an unlikely career

    David Coffelt shares how he landed in the titling business despite growing up a farm boy.

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    How will we reduce gun violence?

    With yet another deadly shooting in San Bernardino, many responded by sharing familiar arguments online. Many debates often devolve into vitriol, but we need compromise.

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    Cass County lawmakers miss mark with calls to suspend refugee admission

    Rep. Jack Bondon deemed Syrian refugee resettlement foolish. Rep. Rick Brattin called it disgraceful. Both invoke perceived differences when understanding is needed.

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    Burnt District Festival offers 5K obstacle course for first time

    Harrisonville’s Burnt District Festival included a 5K obstacle course for the first time this year. Twenty-seven participants, including Democrat reporter Max Londberg, participated in the race that began on the square and weaved through City Park trails.

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    How about more character?

    The next presidential election in this country is about 14 months away. I don’t know how all of you feel about it, but I’m already becoming weary of all the news coverage. Maybe it has something to do with my ever-decreasing interest span, but do we really need up-to-the-minute coverage...

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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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