It Takes a Community

August 31, 2021 2:35 pm

For most of my career, I have been engaged in addressing challenges in communities I call home. Some challenges tend to be straight forward as there is wide-spread agreement for what the outcomes should be, like improving streets or attracting...

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St. Joseph Needs a Community College

March 22, 2021 1:08 pm

Recently, legislation was filed by State Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer that would change the community college district for St. Joseph and Buchanan County from Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City (MCC) to North Central Missouri College. The outcome of this legislation...

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Talent Competition

July 2, 2019 9:19 am

Forgive me if I sound like a broken record, but St. Joseph must be better. Our ability as a community to be successful depends on St. Joseph being the kind of place people want to work and live. As I...

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Game Changers

May 8, 2019 10:42 am

Over the last month or two there have been several decisions made that will impact St. Joseph for many years to come. While things happen every day that impact us individually, and our community collectively, it behooves us to take...

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That Feeling

April 9, 2019 4:00 pm

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been enjoying that feeling you get when spring has begun. After this past winter, I am enjoying it even more. Spring comes with a sense of renewal, the excitement of something new...

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March 18, 2019 3:32 pm

You have probably heard the old saying, “What is it called when you do the same thing over and over expecting different results? Insanity!” I believe this perfectly describes the community’s approach to addressing the condition of residential properties in...

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A New Day

January 2, 2019 8:31 am

As it relates to those of us in St. Joseph and Buchanan County, January will mark a new day in Jefferson City. That will be the day that a completely new legislative delegation from our area takes office. This is...

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Interesting Times

September 4, 2018 3:11 pm

There is a phrase that has been spoken in the past that owes its origin to a Chinese proverb, “may you live in interesting times.” For better or worse, we live in interesting times in St. Joseph. There is much...

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Our Future

March 12, 2018 10:59 am

  This year St. Joseph will celebrate its 175th anniversary. This is a remarkable feat for a community with a remarkable history. While I enjoy learning about and celebrating our local history, I am much more interested in our future....

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