Sedalia Democrat- RSS OPINION Feed http://sedaliademocrat.com/section/OPINION http://sedaliademocrat.com/section/OPINION Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:01:20 EST 1800 Tattoos should be seen as form of expression http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/153129573/Tattoos-should-be-seen-as-form-of-expression In today's society there is a ton of discrimination toward tattoos and piercings, which are now considered a form of personal expression. There are many views on this type of self-expression: some do not like it while others embrace it. Another... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:01:41 EST Comparing Royals then and now http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/153129331/Comparing-Royals-then-and-now I got my first taste of nasty Facebook comments last week. I was merely trying to weigh in on the number of Royals' players who have been hit by opposing pitchers (13 at the time), and posted that I believe it is dangerous for pitchers to try to... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:21:40 EST Working together to keep Sedalia clean http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/153055726/Working-together-to-keep-Sedalia-clean Today is Earth Day, which means this week has been “Earth Week.” Soon, we'll have “Earth Month” and “Earth Quarter.” But soon it will all be over and we can stop pretending we've given any consideration... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:16:41 EST Extensive damage in Katy Shops fire http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/153031166/Extensive-damage-in-Katy-Shops-fire The early morning fire that destroyed the two-story, brick Passenger Car Paint Shop building at the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas shops at 24th Street and Grand Avenue in Sedalia on Sept. 18, 1906, was described by the Sedalia Democrat as “the... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:01:41 EST Volunteers are the difference-makers http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/letters/152992331/Volunteers-are-the-difference-makers Dear Editor: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:01:41 EST Thankful for the treasure of family http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/152992000/Thankful-for-the-treasure-of-family I think the last vestiges from Easter are picked up and in one place now — on the dining room table — two weeks after the event. I love it when all my family comes to Sedalia for a couple of days to catch up and have fun, but I also have a... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:51:41 EST Glowing with opportunity http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/152991629/Glowing-with-opportunity Joanna Anderson found a way to take a good thing and make it better. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:36:41 EST Blaze breaks out at 1906 Katy Shops http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/152897929/Blaze-breaks-out-at-1906-Katy-Shops In 1896, the Sedalia Board of Trade, a forerunner of the Business Men's Club and the Chamber of Commerce, learned that the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad was searching for a site for a larger and more modern railroad shops where cars and... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:46:41 EST New chapter for hemophilia summer camp http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/152918330/New-chapter-for-hemophilia-summer-camp Normally I'd be excited to share the news that they've started to accept applications for Midwest Hemophilia Association's summer camp – I wait anxiously all year to resume being a camp counselor, and to help young people with... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:11:41 EST Taking time to brag a little http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/152865738/Taking-time-to-brag-a-little Today, I am going to brag. No, not about me – even though the St. Louis Post-Dispatch took up my cause of restricting lawyers from serving as municipal judges in one court and prosecutors in another and defense lawyers in still others... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:16:41 EST Time for more nutrition education http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/152862691/Time-for-more-nutrition-education Lots of people complain about government intrusion in their lives, in their businesses and in their bedrooms. A Missouri state representative now wants to put government into some residents' grocery carts. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:46:41 EST Businessmen’s Club promises factory to Sedalia http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/152780336/Businessmens-Club-promises-factory-to-Sedalia During the 1890s, Sedalians mounted a major campaign to increase Sedalia's population and prosperity. In 1896 and again in 1898, I. “Mac” DeMuth printed “A Feast of Cold Facts,” a pamphlet extolling the virtues of Sedalia... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 22:41:41 EST Sedalia Fire: the next reality show http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/152789877/Sedalia-Fire:-the-next-reality-show You probably read reporter Nicole Cooke's recent story in the pages of The Sedalia Democrat about the Sedalia City Council approving a new Sedalia Fire Department program that will offer local firefighting classes. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:36:41 EST Mexican heritage fills student’s heart http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/152721079/Mexican-heritage-fills-students-heart The world is made up of many faces and places. Many races, cultures, and languages. I am proud to say that in a big world like this, I am a Mexican teenager. I am part of the Hispanic portion of the world, and that is pretty amazing to me. I get the... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 18:36:41 EST Lessons to be learned from 2 suicides http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/152737020/Lessons-to-be-learned-from-2-suicides The world of Missouri politics is hurting, again.Just about a month after the suicide of state Auditor Tom Schweich, officials on Monday found the body of his spokesman, Spence Jackson, who also took his own life. Fri, 3 Apr 2015 15:21:41 EST Proposed court laws may be too much http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/152735870/Proposed-court-laws-may-be-too-much Until Thursday morning, I had planned to write this column either waxing sentimental about my family's annual Easter get-together, or about my latest cooking challenge. Instead, I read the article on the front page of the Democrat:... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 14:56:41 EST Athletic trainers make a difference http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/letters/152732175/Athletic-trainers-make-a-difference Dear Editor: Fri, 3 Apr 2015 13:56:41 EST Sedalia has plenty of robotics pride http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/152658753/Sedalia-has-plenty-of-robotics-pride It's hip to be robotic. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:36:42 EST Troubles of banker James Thompson http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/152666831/Troubles-of-banker-James-Thompson In 1894, in the midst of a nationwide economic depression, Sedalia's First National Bank was already experiencing some difficulty because of unwise investments in California orange groves. Then, in a move that shocked Sedalians, cashier James C. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:21:41 EST Education cuts go too far http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/152608423/Education-cuts-go-too-far My aunt called yesterday, somewhat distressed. Her championship speech and forensics team, the team she has coached for 16 years, will be kaput next year. Why? Budget cuts to education in Wisconsin. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:11:42 EST