Democrat columnist Rose Nolen never lets me down. Each Friday, she manages to produce a column of unbridled negativity and gloom. If one did not read the date on the paperís masthead, you would think it is 1960 again and the dogs and fire hoses were in play on Ohio Street. Or, as in another recent column, that the streets are full of Sedalians selling apples and pencils and asking if you can spare a dime.
While the times we live in have yet to reach Utopian levels, life in the Sedalia area is not that bad. In spite of Nolanís view of our local economy, we still make things in Sedalia and employ a lot of people in doing it. In fact, the diversified economy of Sedalia is the envy of many medium-sized cities nationally and our economic development people are among the most talented in Missouri. Just this year alone, we have opened a Menardís, Tractor Supply Company and a new food outlet is coming into the old Goodyís location ó and the New Year will see more new business development for Sedalia.
Our factories are still humming along in spite of the recession. With Sierra Bullets, Waterloo, ProEnergy Services, Duke Manufacturing, ADCO, Hayes Lemmerz, Pittsburgh Corning, WireCo, Tyson Foods and a host of others, all providing good jobs for anyone qualified to fill them.
Educational opportunities abound with State Fair Community College providing the liftoff point for any academic or professional career one wants to pursue, and our local health and service industries are the best in West Central Missouri. Nothing stands in the way of anyone who wants to participate in the good lifestyle that Sedalia offers.
I donít know what Nolenís viewpoint of all the above is, but perhaps we should all chip in and buy her multiple pairs of rose-colored glasses she could wear when preparing her weekly columns.
Kenneth L. Bird