The word “Black” has always seemed problematic for some people. Many Black people in the past accustomed to hearing “negro” or “colored” had problems being called “Black” in the 1960s. My mother still prefers to use “negro” to identify people of African descent.

A friend and I went to his first Kansas City Chiefs football game on the Sunday before the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Every once in a while I take a drive down to Lake Contrary. I like to see the seasons change there and the migrating birds. It’s a relaxing drive that also brings back memories of my youth.

We need to congratulate and pat ourselves on the back, St. Joseph. By passing the parks sales tax, we voted to help keep our city greener and healthier.