Sedalia Democrat- RSS OPINION Feed Mon, 25 May 2015 07:35:11 EST 1800 Marking 60 years with 60 Fair entries Linda Everhart loves a challenge. And if you like to cook, can or knit, she's calling you out. Fri, 22 May 2015 19:36:41 EST Piano playing with Bubba When I was three years old, I made my grandmother very happy. “Bubba,” I asked, “will you teach me to play the piano?” Bubba was a gifted pianist, beginning her professional career at age 13, when she was already a good enough... Fri, 22 May 2015 19:21:41 EST Chamber of Commerce invites Sedalia to a luncheon During the late 19th century, Sedalia businessmen organized a Board of Trade whose purpose was to attract new businesses to Sedalia, thus increasing the number of jobs available and enhancing the city's tax base. Fri, 22 May 2015 19:21:43 EST Gearing up for State Fair’s entertainment The Pepsi Grandstand schedule for the Missouri State Fair is complete and that means that it's time for me to familiarize myself with some of the artists that are coming to Sedalia's biggest event. Fri, 22 May 2015 19:21:42 EST Sedalia court working as it should Author's note regarding an earlier column: I read the editorial in the Democrat's Wednesday paper referencing new legislation regarding municipal courts fines, which was reprinted from the May 11 edition of the Jefferson City's News... Fri, 15 May 2015 15:51:42 EST Learning where you come from Michael Pemberton and Ronnie Alexander might have met, might have talked, might have just passed each other on the midway at the Missouri State Fair or at a Methodist Youth Foundation gathering. Michael will never know if any of those things happened,... Fri, 15 May 2015 15:31:43 EST Listening to a concerned citizen “I have two complaints maybe you could address,” wrote Earlene Knight, a concerned citizen and lifelong resident of Sedalia. Tue, 12 May 2015 16:06:46 EST A real Sedalia war hero During and immediately after World War I, some tried to take advantage of the war and unsuspecting citizens by pretending to be decorated veterans. Some used their ruse to gain employment or pad a resume; others, such as Lt. John Ward, use a con for... Tue, 12 May 2015 16:06:44 EST Thanks for helping NAACP Dear Editor:The Sedalia/Pettis County NAACP would like to thank everyone who made our 2015 Freedom Fund Banquet a success. As a result of your participation, the NAACP is able to continue its work in the coming year. Fri, 8 May 2015 20:11:41 EST Paying tribute to loved ones Emily was a sophomore when a young man drove her to work on the Homecoming float. I was wary of her riding in a car with a 16-year-old — a cad in Max's book. That evening, she looked at her phone and said, “He's here.”... Fri, 8 May 2015 16:26:41 EST Pettis teachers ‘worthy of celebration’ Shame on me, but it took becoming a teacher to have a greater appreciation for Teacher Appreciation Week. Fri, 8 May 2015 15:36:41 EST Who was Lt. James P. Ward? When Lt. James P. Ward, a handsome, soft-spoken, four-times wounded war hero with a southern drawl, came to Sedalia in April 1919, he charmed the young ladies and impressed local businessmen as just the sort of man to recruit potential soldiers. What... Tue, 5 May 2015 13:36:41 EST Evaluating the prison system You've probably heard the story by now. It's in the Washington Post, People Magazine and even in the UK tabloid The Daily Mail. The Sedalia Democrat's Nicole Cooke broke the story about a strange 911 call on the evening of Thursday,... Tue, 5 May 2015 13:31:41 EST Arts camp to offer experiments in education There's more to art than line, shape, form, color and texture – there's also chemistry and physics. Fri, 1 May 2015 16:01:43 EST Nostalgia for Thursdays in Afghanistan Every now and then, I remember that I spent six months in a country that might as well have been another planet. I get sudden jolts of memory of something I saw or experienced, something I discovered, someone I met who changed my... Fri, 1 May 2015 14:46:41 EST Learning the ropes of chuck wagon racing First things first: the Starline Brass Trail's End Plaza looks great – Starline Brass, the Trail's End Committee and other private donors, volunteers and organizations have brought Sedalia a great new attraction. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:11:41 EST 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 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 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 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