here is a chance by the end of this weekend the Kansas City Royals will have 100 losses. That’s not a benchmark you want to reach by any means but many true Royals fans have witnessed it many times over the past few decades.
In the beginning, spectators flocked to bleacher seats or sat in chairs along sidelines and foul lines to watch athletes compete. Then electronics such as radio and television created the armchair spectator, while the tribal gladiators still competed upon the field or on the court. Now, athletes and spectators alike can settle into arm chairs. Welcome to the world of esports.
If you’re reading this column, you’re already a supporter of journalism, especially community journalism. I hope in these politically charged and fractured times, you will also be a defender. When family, friends and strangers converse about the topics of the day, including media, we need you.
It has been a few weeks since I posted random musings, so here goes.
In this week’s issue you will see a 28-page fall sports preview. Of the three sports seasons we cover, this is the biggest undertaking just due to the number of teams that the schools have. I had a lot of help along the way from friends writing stories and proofing the copy.
A quarter century ago, the murky, stained, stinking water from the Flood of ’93 began receding from Platte County farms, businesses, roads and homes. Memories have not receded for those who witnessed bluff-to-bluff water in the Missouri River bottom, a moving lake in the Platte River valley, and big water spreading out along Bee Creek and lower Line Creek.
This past week was a very fun, yet, trying one as a parent. My son, Carter, turned two on Saturday. Sometimes it is still a bit surreal to know I have a son. My daughter is 15 and I was so used to raising her and remember things she went through, I figured I’d be a little prepared for a second child.
Boy, I was wrong.
I was holding off writing a column about the Royals and Mike Moustakas until he was traded. I was thinking with Tuesday, July 31 being the deadline, he would for sure be a former Royal by then and my thinking was correct. He became a former Royal late last week when he was traded to Milwaukee.
Politicians and pollsters desperately want our votes and to know how we’re leaning on the issues. Two to three times a day, on some days, my telephone rings, I drop what I’m doing to answer, and someone on the other end of my land line asks if I’d like to participate in a scientific survey.
The cows are standing in the ponds to cool off, cars are clustered under trees for shade, if a driver is lucky enough to find a tree in the parking lot. Self driving cars perhaps will have computers noting what parking lots have shade.
I had an idea early this week for my column and I did a lot of research on the subject to make sure I sounded somewhat informed. The topic at the time was still kind of a hot topic — the immigration rules and how things have changed in recent weeks with the separation of children and the parents and then President Trump making it stop.
The Platte Land Trust is celebrating 20 years of volunteer work to keep scenic open spaces in Platte County’s future. Dedication in large measure is needed for a volunteer group to carry forward for two decades. The Land Trust has earned our trust that they are indeed dedicated.
For most of my daughter’s life, I’ve been a part-time dad.
My first half year of covering high school sports here came to an conclusion Saturday evening when Park Hill claimed the first state championship in the program’s history.
Such a lush green covers Platte County for the upcoming Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, thanks to rains and unusual warmth. This following a long, cold winter that lingered into spring with snows falling on April weekends. My, how the seasons do turn so sharply sometimes, nature transforms the landscape so drastically when conditions are right.
A few weeks ago, I was riding in a golf cart covering a Class 4 sectional competition when something from one of my podcasts I was listening to got me thinking.
I was hoping Platte County would not be part of some recent national news. But I was wrong. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice recently opened in Montgomery, Ala. The memorial marks the injustice of slavery and the horror of the terror lynching. A search of the memorial’s online map shows one lynching in Platte County, two in Clay County, 60 in Missouri.
After a one week break, it’s time to pen another column. Well keyboard, but you knew what I meant.
St. Joseph resident Harry Roberts is running for the Missouri State Senate seat in the 34th District, which would represent Platte and Buchanan counties.
As much as I am a fan of college basketball, picking games in the NCAA Tournament is a weakness of mine.
Well, three games into the season things sure looked rocky for the Royals.
Go kids go. Many of us are greatly heartened by your interest and push for change to society’s views and laws that can prevent horrific heartbreak from school shootings and gun violence. But I urge you to do more than walk out and Stand for Change.
A week after the NCAA Tournament started my bracket, like many others, is pretty much toast.
I‘ve long thought that public school teachers are under appreciated and underpaid. They must keep order in classrooms
I’m still getting used to the idea of writing a column for a few reasons. One, there are enough people out there spouting off their thoughts and ideas on social media many times a day. Why should I pile on?
I‘ve touched the rock and slid it across the ice into the house, almost right on the button, my Olympic moment. You can, too. But beware, the sport of curling is far more challenging in person for a beginner than it looks on television. Chess on ice they call curling, but it truly is athletic, and played on a slick surface.
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.
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