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    Accept the responsibility challenge

    I am a fan of Facebook and baseball, but I fouled out the other night when I commented on one of my nephew’s posts. As the target of some disrespect and basic name calling, I’m feeling a bit bruised. However, this incident as teachers like to say, is a teachable moment and I’...

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    Walk our children to school day

    The Partnership for a Walkable America sponsored the first National Walk Our Children to School Day in Chicago in 1997, and it has grown into an international event. Lee’s Summit participated in this year’s exercise on Oct. 8.

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    Firefighter for a day

    I should have known that I was in for a tough day when paramedics took our vital signs during the 8:30 a.m. orientation breakfast. Little did I know what was in store for me and the other 19 people who had been invited to participate in the Lee’s Summit Fire Department’s Fire Ops...

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    Your community, your newspaper, your life

    As newspaper executives struggle over whether the news should be digital first, tablet first, SMS first or print first, readers know exactly what they want their local newspaper to be — community first.

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    New committee to review effectiveness of Missouri Water Patrol

    It was in 2011 when the Missouri State Water Patrol was made a division within the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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    Kids and feelings

    We often read and hear about children of all ages being scapegoated or bullied by other kids. Some teasing is a part of growing up and learning to deal with these situations that all of us have experienced.

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    Hollie Couch: Never Underestimate the Power of Public Art

    As a child I stood in awe of the shiny, saffron-colored nylon fabric stretching along the walkway as far as my little eyes could see. It was 1978 and my parents had taken me to the Jacob Loose Memorial Park to see the two-week public art display that artist Christo and his wife had installed. About...

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    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...

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    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.

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    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.

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