Sedalia Democrat- RSS OPINION Feed http://sedaliademocrat.com/section/OPINION http://sedaliademocrat.com/section/OPINION Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:12:22 EST 1800 Honesty is the best policy http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/151471615/Honesty-is-the-best-policy When I was paid for the first piece I wrote, I knew I had chosen the wrong field of endeavor. Daughters Magazine sent me a check for $600 when they published my little 347-word article. I looked at that check for a long time, thinking, “How do I... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:06:42 EST Prompting family discussions one game at a time http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/151471504/Prompting-family-discussions-one-game-at-a-time If ever a product was properly named, the highly addictive Trivia Crack would be it. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:01:41 EST Support proposed school district changes http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/letters/151470465/Support-proposed-school-district-changes Dear Editor: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:26:42 EST Fires test 1890s firefighters http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/151406384/Fires-test-1890s-firefighters When most people used coal or wood stoves to heat their buildings, fires became a greater risk in the winter months. The first two weeks of January 1895 were bitterly cold, with nighttime temperatures hovering around zero degrees. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:31:41 EST Paint, alcohol an interesting combo http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/151406271/Paint-alcohol-an-interesting-combo We're used to social security, social studies and social networks but now there's a hip new word to put after “social:” “social painting.” Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:26:41 EST A few trends that shouldn’t stay http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/151348606/A-few-trends-that-shouldnt-stay Lisa Shoemaker still laughs when she remembers the day I walked into the English Department offices at State Fair Community College and stated emphatically, “I am so tired of looking at midriffs!” This was when crop tops and bare midriffs... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:31:41 EST Considering other fuel options http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/letters/151347849/Considering-other-fuel-options Dear Editor: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:51:42 EST S-C students connect with singer http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/151346839/S-C-students-connect-with-singer If you have a voice and an open heart, you don't need instruments to captivate an audience. That voice and heart also can connect a performer with his followers beyond the music. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:16:41 EST 1884 cold wave hits Sedalia http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/51022306/1884-cold-wave-hits-Sedalia In early February 1895, Sedalia experienced a blizzard with “heavy drifting snow” and a wind chill temperature of 20 degrees below zero. The Sedalia Democrat reported on the extreme weather, and their reports prompted R. A. Stanley to... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:16:41 EST Truth is the best defense http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/51030062/Truth-is-the-best-defense Here in the Show-Me State we find ourselves at the forefront of improving relationships between law enforcement officials and the general population. It is encouraging that the Sedalia Police Department, with some assistance from a “generous... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:11:42 EST Fond memories of the King http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/51008542/Fond-memories-of-the-King Thursday was Elvis's 80th birthday. He's been dead for 38 years, but I still don't have to use his last name. You know who I mean. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 12:57:10 EST A year’s worth of sharing stories http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/51008493/A-years-worth-of-sharing-stories The best part of writing a column is getting to meet so many interesting people. Sharing their stories, and hopefully telling them well, is why I became a writer. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 12:53:09 EST Strange acts land man in jail http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/50984548/Strange-acts-land-man-in-jail Reinhold G. A. Kirsten, a 34-year-old native of Germany, came to America in 1884. In 1889, he moved to Smithton, where he worked as a section hand for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. By January 1895, he had been out of work for several months and had... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:57:09 EST College championship predictions http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/50987113/College-championship-predictions Yes, there were only four teams that could possibly win the national championship this year — (Though that is a 100 percent improvement from only two.) but that didn't stop the people from watching anyhow. The ratings for both playoff... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 13:47:08 EST Scott’s contributions will live on http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinon-otheropinion-sports/50977974/Scotts-contributions-will-live-on Every day, journalists strive to inform, enlighten and entertain their audience. Very few have done that with the style of Stuart Scott. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 19:38:08 EST Opposition for Stevenson in April http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/letters/50967177/Opposition-for-Stevenson-in-April Dear Editor:Why I have chosen to run against Mr. Stevenson: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 19:42:14 EST PCAD made wrong decision on land purchase http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/letters/50967062/PCAD-made-wrong-decision-on-land-purchase Dear Editor: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 19:42:12 EST Skip the tolls, raise the taxes http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/50968732/Skip-the-tolls-raise-the-taxes In theory, toll roads seem to make sense. Those who use a highway directly pay for its maintenance and, when needed, expansion. Toss in privatization of the venture and you have a libertarian's version of the Super Bowl and Ayn Rand's... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 15:13:09 EST Sticking with American resiliance http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/opinion_columns/50968300/Sticking-with-American-resiliance When we moved Emily into her first college dorm room, one she shared with Nora Granger, we were ill-prepared — no truck. Luckily, Nora's parents, David and Melanie, had rented a Ford SUV, because both their twin daughters were headed to... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 14:34:13 EST Thankful for Pettis County ambulance http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/letters/50951529/Thankful-for-Pettis-County-ambulance Dear Editor: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:10:06 EST