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    City leaders debate financing for home repair program

    A compromise between the City Council and Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity will let that agency run the city’s minor home repair program, but with safeguards for the poorest of Lee’s Summit residents.


    A community for all ages

    A sense of community is a very personal concept. It’s kind of like the adage of “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” If we asked 20 people to define community we might have 20 different answers. However, at the core of everyone’s definition of community would be found...


    Standing tall in the face of tragedy

    Sunday (Sept. 28) will mark the fifth-year anniversary of the death of my first-born son, who was 16 when he was shot and killed in my hometown of St. Louis.


    The right spice

    My grandma Belen makes salsa so hot I used to only dip the teeny corner of my chip into it. Then zing, like a firecracker in my mouth, my tongue would sizzle.


    Who benefits from weed candy marketing? Part 2

    A simple scan of the ingredients on a candy package should indicate if there is THC present. THC is the ingredient in marijuana that makes someone feel high. But do kids read labels?


    Corporal punishment is not the answer to effective parenting

    A nearly six-inch scar on the lower part of my back is a constant reminder of the punishment my mother dished out to me as an 8-year-old child with an affinity for lighting matches.


    Weight bearing exercise critical to maintain muscle

    Our health club recently participated in a Community Health Fair and offered body fat analysis to persons who stopped by our booth. The majority of persons stopping by to take advantage of the free service were women between the ages of 50 to 80. Many of these women fell within the appropriate weight...


    Marathon veto session produces positive results for Missourians

    The annual Veto Session began Sept.10 at 11 a.m. and didn’t finish until Sept. 11 just before 3 a.m. While it was a challenging 16 straight hours of floor debate and discussion, the results produced by this time spent on the House floor made the lack of sleep well worth it. We entered the...


    Who benefits from weed candy marketing? Part 1

    Suckers, brownies, candy of all shapes, sizes and flavors. No, this isn’t a pre-Halloween candy advertisement. It’s the new norm in marijuana consumption. And parents and communities across the Kansas City Metro area, Missouri and the United States should take note of the targeted ...


    Walk and bike to school day is coming soon

    Do you ever get tired of the drop off line at school? Well, here is an excuse to try something different. Wednesday, Oct. 8 is Walk and Bike to School Day. Since Wednesday is a late-start day in the Lee’s Summit School District, you may choose to participate on the day before or after the...

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