Monthly Archives: May 2021

It’s not the sale, it’s their sacrifice

May 29, 2021
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The task seemed simple enough.  Take to the internet in search of a new patio rug. I started with one of the more popular online sites and before I even had a chance to browse the selections, there it was, in all its disgrace, a banner ad blaring out: “memorial day blowout – 70%...

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Through strength and perseverance, a pride well earned.

May 22, 2021
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When Joplin was ripped apart on that afternoon of Sunday, May 22, 2011 I was safe at home recovering from outpatient surgery.  It would take an agonizing four more days before I could do anything of value in town so I did the only thing I could at the time.  I scribbled together some...

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A celebration fit for a Queen

May 15, 2021
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From whatever direction, you see it from miles out as you make your approach.  A great white sentinel jutting out of the flatness.  A marvel of engineering holding within its over fifty bins over 2.2 million bushels of the seeds that feed a world. If the life blood of a city is its office...

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A trillion here, a trillion there. For what?

May 8, 2021
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The second Iraq War and the twenty-year effort in Afghanistan have cost the U.S. treasury approximately $3 trillion dollars.  And that doesn’t account for the incalculable price of over 7,000 dead. Considering the state of affairs in those countries today, a cost/benefit analysis points strongly to the “not worth the cost” column. Domestically, a...

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A night of two Americas

May 1, 2021
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“I will not impose any tax increase on people making less than $400,000.  But it’s time for corporate America and the wealthiest one percent of Americans to just begin to pay their fair share.” Those words are from President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress last Wednesday evening. And they are...

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