This job so far has been a learning experience for me on a lot of levels. I am still getting to know people on a daily basis and I want to thank all of those that have been receptive of me and have introduced themselves.
We’re long past December, but somehow a line from a Merle Haggard song seems so apt. “It’s the coldest time of winter.” It’s been snowy and sub-zero at times this week, yet also, the recent Harley-Davidson announcement that it plans to close its motorcycle plant in Platte County is a chilling morale cruncher. “Got laid off down at the factory, and their timing’s not the greatest in the world,” Merle sang.
For as long as I can remember, the week of Valentine’s Day has been one of the my most favorite times of the year.
A familiar voice called out my name, which startled me since I was walking in the early morning hours through the cavernous lobby of Union Station, once Kansas City’s crossroads to the world.
If I’m being honest, I’ve written this column in my head dozens of times. I still don’t know exactly what to say now that the moment has arrived.
There’s never been any way to predict the news in Platte County. Believe me. I’ve often tried.
Too often we become caught up in questioning elected officials on what they didn’t do. Occasionally, we need to stop and recognize what they do.
When I didn’t receive the response I anticipated from the Village of Ferrelview, I made sure to take note
Must we have a designated day for everything? Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day were once enough, but now we have Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday to worry about, too.
Bill Utz called Saturday’s Class 4 semifinal a chance for Platte County to measure up with one of the state’s elite. The Pirates showed they belong.
After the year we’ve had, uncertainties and upheavals, we can use some Thanksgiving. Welcome turkey, smell the sage in the dressing, the voices of loved ones sound so lovely.
Bill Graham, who lives in the Platte City area, may be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
Snow flurries came down on the afternoon of Halloween, and many were quick to wonder if the minor weather inconvenience might ruin the holiday.
The bids came in to the Platte County Commission — at least a little to my surprise.
What’s in a rock? Tick tock, time …
I’ll go ahead and blame my self-imposed busy schedule for not getting the job done first, but I couldn’t have been happier to see some local students receive a bit of publicity — even if they never ask for it.
Autumn weather didn’t mess around this year. When the temperatures cooled, they did so in a hurry.
I encountered something new to me in Platte County on Monday. Perhaps it’s not new to you, but it startled me.
The calendar hit October, and so it wouldn’t be too early to start thinking about the upcoming November election.
Many have remarked — correctly — that you don’t see many high school football games end the way hundreds witnessed Friday night at Pirate Stadium in Platte City.
Sometimes a government agency deserves thanks for a job well done.
Sometimes we need a refreshing change, and musical gatherings often provide that.
Boy, did the Ferrelview Board of Trustees meeting go off the rails again.
I miss the eclipse and the once-in-a-lifetime experience while standing on Platte County soil, but I also yearn for the feeling of shared pleasant anticipation. For a day, a lot of people shared a community feeling, a rarity in these times.
Ross Martin is publisher of The Citizen. He may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @Citizen_Ross.
Call me old fashioned, but I remember a time when the Platte County Fair served as a gentle reminder of summer’s fleeting days.
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