“I thought it was against the law to throw your grass clippings in the streets. Take a trip down 16th Street by the fairgrounds and the sidewalks are covered in grass and it is four or five feet into the street. It really looks bad,” insisted one caller in the most recent edition of the Sedline.
I’ve had the opportunity over the last few weeks to have some honest and profitable conversations with readers and community members regarding the future of the Democrat.
I’m probably going to wind up like King Lear roaring into the wind, but I’ve just got to speak my piece about secondhand smoke. After three decades of being constantly bombarded with propaganda detailing how horrible secondhand smoke is, it may be hard to look at another side. But look I did and I was surprised at what I found.
Despite the clanging of the critics, it is way past time for Sedalia to have an across-the-board indoor smoking ban. And when you look at those critics’ arguments, when you peel away all the puffery about individual rights and government intrusion and communism/socialism/fillintheblankism, what you are left with is selfishness.
Sometimes, I get calls from people who want to help me out. They mean well, so I want to explain.
It always feels a little strange when ending a chapter in your life. That’s the way I feel now as this will be my last weekly column in the Sedalia Democrat.
In the years after the Civil War, the Radical Republicans, a group of extremists who wished to punish the South for seceding from the Union during the war, dominated the U. S. Congress. They overrode attempts to reincorporate the South into the Union in the gentle manner advocated by former President Lincoln and ultimately stationed federal troops in the states that had seceded in order to enforce new laws concerning the newly freed slaves.
You’d swear by this week’s edition of the Sedline that the potential public smoking ban is the most important topic of contention in the collected history of the Queen City of the Prairies. In the history books they will talk about the great cigarette war — the first shots could be fired right here in our backyard.
Reading is one of the most basic things we teach our children, yet it is the single most important attribute they will ever possess.