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.
Who dun it? The Platte City Friends of the Arts did. I had the opportunity to attend the Friends of the Arts fund raiser ‘Til Death Do Us Part held Saturday, Nov. 10 at The Fields at 1890.
It feels like we’d had a double whammy this week. A painful election has quivered to an end, at least I hope it has unless the vote counting is dragging on in close contests. Plus daylight savings time has ended. The week with shorter days also started with cloudy, rainy gloom. Working folks found themselves driving home in unfamiliar darkness. This early November has its challenges.
Many times I’ve stepped into a park and felt, this a good place, I feel good to be here. It’s always nice to have affirmation, and lately I’ve been getting that from reading about the health benefits about contact with nature. Parks are happy places.
I’m on the final stage of my walk on the Camino Portugues. I keep in mind that my journey’s end has to be on or before Sept. 26, 2018 at Santiago, Spain. Santiago has become one of the great centers of the Christian pilgrimage. I’ve been fortunate and blessed to have been able to have walked where many heroes of Spain, legends, and Saints have stood and walked. This includes El Cid, kings and queens of Spain, and where Caesar and Charlemagne have walked.
On Sept. 14 I started out on my second Camino pilgrimage, the Camino Portugues.
After an overnight train from Madrid I finally arrived in Porto, the capital of the north and Portugal’s second city. I had hiked in the Swiss and French Alps for two weeks prior to starting my Camino journey and accumulated a few things while in Madrid.
“Our life is a journey, and when we stop moving, things go wrong,” Pope Francis said recently to a few fellow cardinals.
I first completed the Camino Frances on Sept. 26, 2015. This marked one year after open heart surgery. Shortly after heart surgery I began to see things differently and set out to achieve a dream and a goal to honor my heritage and my dear departed Mother and Father.
The tires screamed and smoked as his brakes squealed, and in a last-ditch desperate move he swung the truck’s right front bumper against a concrete highway barrier bordering the exit ramp. Inches from my back bumper, the semi-trailer truck lurched to a stop. Another foot or two, he would have kicked my car out into heavy traffic moving at 65 mph. Traffic had stalled and the truck waiting too long to begin slowing his rig.
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.
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