Sedalia Democrat- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:39:32 EST 1800 Remembering Sedalia’s very own Ox Douglas A. “Ox” Baker was a professional wrestler and an occasional actor, best known for his role in the 1981 cult classic “Escape from New York” as Snake Plissken's gladiatorial opponent “Slag.” He was one... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:07:10 EST ‘Revolutionary’ new home economics ideas Following passage of the Hatch Act in 1887, each state designated a college to serve as its agricultural experiment station, promoting the most scientific methods of raising crops and caring for livestock. In 1914, the Smith Lever Act expanded the... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:04:09 EST Panic its own deadly virus Our nation is caught in the grips of a brewing hysteria regarding the threat posed by the Ebola virus. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:51:18 EST Learning vacations helped a lot I started my school career in a one-room schoolhouse. I was only there for three years, so I don't know how it would have worked out in the end. But I loved school and so I never tried to figure it out. I just know that when my family moved to... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:41:13 EST Thanks for veterans’ court Dear Editor: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:27:14 EST Satnan: ‘No’ on Amendment 3 Most readers are aware that I am the communications director for Sedalia School District 200, as well as a teacher of journalism and personal finance at Smith-Cotton High School. That makes me keenly aware of Amendment 3, the education reform measure... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:41:08 EST Fear of ISIL, Ebola needs perspective “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” — President... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:40:09 EST Rumors, innuendo, and suspected secret marriage In January 1916, some aspects of local law came together in a confusing situation involving property transfers, a teacher's contract, and rumors of a secret marriage. The Sedalia Democrat covered the incident, but fails to provide answers to the... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:35:05 EST Siragusa’s legacy lives on Dear Editor:Papa Jake Siragusa has bid Sedalia farewell after a long life. While his civic contributions were varied, I want to touch on one: his role in the very first Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in 1974. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:28:10 EST SCOTUS marriage move felt locally Next week, Amber Clifford-Napoleone will celebrate her one-year marriage anniversary, in Missouri, legally. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:27:12 EST Downtown was a place of dreams I'm glad Downtown Sedalia was the wonderful place that it was when I was growing up. I loved the long walks I used to make on Sunday afternoons, window shopping. I suppose young people have found something to replace that these... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:55:12 EST Civics test isn’t the solution It's not easy to immigrate to The United States of America — there are a lot of hoops to jump through, a lot of red tape to unravel and a lot of forms to fill out. Hopeful citizens should expect to invest a whole lot of time and money and... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 19:48:16 EST 1910s train wreck near Franklin Junction When railroads and trains were first developed in the early 19th century, many feared their power. Anti-train agitators printed posters showing trains charging off the rails and running down helpless women and children in the streets. Their alarmist... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 19:48:14 EST Coming to the defense yet again Dear Editor: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 16:12:25 EST No excuse for unsafe housing Dear Editor: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 15:24:25 EST Patent reform needed to stop new threat Dear Editor: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 13:19:19 EST Thinking back to basket dinners In the neighborhood where I grew up, Miss Thelma was the favorite cook. She reigned at every community event as the celebrity in charge. At every occasion, she sat at the head table with all of her assistants around her. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 13:12:17 EST Sometimes change can be good As time and technology erase the remnants of cursive writing, my only response is to text “ROFL” and move on. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 13:05:12 EST Irish-American life in 1900s Sedalia Geographer Russell Gerlach identifies the majority of Pettis County residents in the late 19th century as descendants of Old Stock English settlers from Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee, or as descendants of German or Irish... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:22:14 EST Kansas City has ‘sportsball fever’ Have you caught the sportsball fever? Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:11:09 EST