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.
Special Commentary by Nicole Galloway: There is nothing more American than the right of citizens to petition their government.
A day to reflect on kindness and a final touch on the holiday season, that’s what the Martin Luther King Jr. Day is. We can remember struggles of the Civil Rights Movement, including the changes human endeavor wrought in Platte County.
It’s a new year and a new Congress. Last week, I was sworn in for another term as the Congressman for Missouri’s 6th District. It is an absolute honor to represent North Missouri and one that I don’t take lightly.
A new study soon to be released by the University of Missouri and agriculture industry partners including Missouri Farm Bureau finds that Missouri has the capability to grow the impact of its food and agriculture industry by over $25 billion in the next eight years.
I’ll take an early January with warm days and a Kansas City Chief’s football team with a fighting chance in the NFL playoffs. Let us enjoy this, at least for a week.
There are a few times I can go to a game and have a pretty good idea what the outcome will be. Obviously there are times where I am wrong, but, I guess after covering games for two decades now I rely on a gut feeling. And as I’ve gotten older and fatter, I have gotten better at it.
Things unforeseen can be so odd. Such as, it never occurred to me that I would be nostalgic for a Kmart store, but I find it so. Platte County’s old familiar Kmart store at 7100 N.W. Prairie View Road carried bravely on into the holidays. But as Christmas neared, near-naked shelves and store closing sale signs told a sad tale. An old reliable is to be no more.
I was probably like many other sports fans Friday night who are crazed enough to get notifications on their phones about any kind of news possible — my reasons are trades, injuries to my fantasy football or baseball teams or general news happening.
Prior to Thanksgiving, I was thinking about things to be thankful for, when one day I noticed a couple of tow trucks trying to help a driver stranded on Interstate 29, inside lane no less, in morning rush hour traffic in Kansas City North. There’s something positive, I thought. Those two truck operators were willing to work out in heavy, fast-moving traffic.
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