The moon looks a little closer this month. Have you gazed at it lately? You can Google it, peer at it through a telescope and note the phases, but you can’t drive there. There are no Airbnb getaways available cheap, at least not yet, but you can look up at it and remember, people from Earth walked there.
I’ve always been fascinated by history. My grandmother — who was born and raised in Plattsburg — was an avid genealogist and member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I grew up hearing her stories of both our ancestors from the U.K. and the general history of the United States, Europe and ancient Egypt.
We never expected churches and schools to become places of danger, but it’s come to that.
The upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend is the unofficial start of the summer vacation season. This year, it also feels like the start of the monsoon season. It’s raining as I write this. More is forecast through the holiday weekend.
The first step to beginning the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela is obtaining a passport or credential from the Cathedral of Seville. The pilgrim’s credential or accreditation was the document given to pilgrims in the Middle Ages as a safeguard for safe passage.
My fascination with the Camino began when I was 17 and on my third trip, traveling through Europe. I was in the south of France and met some college students who were talking about walking the Camino de Santiago on a the pilgrimage.
I wonder if recent efforts by Riverside city officials to oppose expansion of legalized gambling in the state via sports betting and video lottery terminals amounts to placing sandbags on a levee that will eventually be overtopped?
For as long as man has been measuring the Missouri River, the stretch flowing through northwest Missouri has never been this high. The third week of March, farmers watched helplessly as their homes, land, buildings and stored crops went under water. With very little warning, the river went from normal levels to breaking all-time records.
It’s startling to hear Platte County locations mentioned in the national news by familiar journalistic voices. As the Missouri River flood crest moved downstream last week, the news desk anchors on National Public Radio mentioned Parkville several times as they gave Midwestern flooding updates. National media covered this weather-triggered event more thoroughly than we’re accustomed to in the heartland.
A proposed change in Missouri’s Sunshine Law, part of House Bill No. 445, is dreadful. It could shut off the ability of journalists, who are performing a “watchdog function,” or of any other interested person to see what information our lawmakers are using when doing their deliberating.
Platte County is merely a team player in the politics governing the city of Kansas City. But we’re an important player today and for the future. Looming like a slow moving storm cloud on a distant horizon is the Kansas City mayoral race.
Prescription drugs are costly in the United States. In an effort to lower the prices Americans pay at the pharmacy, President Trump pledged to end “the global freeloading that forces American consumers to subsidize lower prices in foreign countries.”
This fall, the Trump administration rolled back an Obama-era rule that regulates methane emissions from oil and natural gas production on federal lands.
Last week, personally, was one that I would rather forget.
But, when I retold a story about me stealing a truck from the Thoroughbred Ford dealership in Platte City to a few people, it got a few laughs and a few 'what in the heck' responses.
The snow gets plowed off the highways we drive on to get to work, thanks to state employees. Water keeps flowing from the taps, thanks to public utilities and water supplied primarily by the city of Kansas City. Our teachers are still on the job in Platte County’s four school districts, thanks in large part to dedication to the mission.
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