Sedalia Democrat- RSS OPINION Feed Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:49:59 EST 1800 Time to bring civility back to politics For some reason, as a youngster I was a political junkie. My piano teacher and her civics teacher husband debated if I would major in music or political science in college.Yes. I am a political junkie. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:56:41 EST A special birthday celebration It's hard to believe that February is over! It seems just days ago that I moved the calendar to “2015,” but this Sunday is March 1, and spring but three weeks away. Much of the past two months, we've spent evenings in front of... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:26:42 EST Too many Tigers in town It won't be a popular stand, but I have to put this out there: Missouri simply has too many Tigers. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:01:42 EST Investing in young Sedalians You might have read a recent story right here in the Sedalia Democrat by reporter Hope Lecchi entitled “Maxion develops student employees.” Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:06:41 EST Rebuilding 1900s Methodist church Sedalia's Methodist Episcopal Church, South began meeting in the 1860s in rooms on the second floor of a Main Street store building. According to the 1882 History of Pettis County, the congregation built its first building in Sedalia at the... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:16:41 EST Weather — whether we like it or not As another winter storm headed toward mid-Missouri this weekend, folks were scrambling to make plans on how to deal with our latest round of Mother Nature's winter games. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:31:41 EST Believe in science, not celebrities Annamarie Hoffman brought a special gift to JoAnn Martin's birthday party back when the girls were kindergartners.Measles. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:36:42 EST Trying to focus on one day I have been reading about how more than one-third of Americans are overweight, and I have decided one of the reasons for that is that Americans love celebrations – and the food that goes along with them. I have ranted about how we begin... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:16:42 EST Remembering soldiers of Iwo Jima Dear editor: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:21:41 EST Saluting those who do good things People come together for a common cause. It is a familiar refrain in the heartland of America, and a familiar occurrence throughout Sedalia and mid-Missouri. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are not the only ones who follow a path to “do... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:16:41 EST Balloon Man known for spreading smiles I was diagnosed with severe hemophilia a few months after my birth. When I was 6 years old, The Dream Factory of Sedalia granted my wish to go to Walt Disney World in Orlando. This is such a common wish that there's an entire storybook style... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:26:41 EST Real reason for the trades’ pageant Last week's column contained a grievous error; the actual date of the Trades' Pageant was Sept. 22, 1886. That evening, according to the Sedalia Democrat, 20,000 people gathered to watch a parade of the Sedalia businesses. Most of... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:51:43 EST Making a difference in Sedalia Dear Editor: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:21:41 EST Issues demand deliberate thought, action There is a sense of pride, and even wonder, when visiting the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. Pride in our state – its history, accomplishments, the people and the energy of the spirit of “Show Me.” Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:41:41 EST Sharing ties with lifelong friends Somewhere in my digital photo archives – what we used to call “photo albums” – is a snapshot of two little girls splashing in a little blow-up wading pool. One of the little girls, about 15 months old, is taller and, even at... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:46:41 EST Getting past the tax hurdle One word, three letters, one big hurdle. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:31:41 EST Dress codes repress personality Every school has students who express themselves in different ways. Clothing is a major window for showing off one's personality and stylistic views. School dress codes, though, take away this opportunity for individualism. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 18:36:41 EST Giving credit to the janitors You probably read the recent story by Democrat reporter Hope Lecchi about “Mr. Richard's Day,” a day in which Skyline Elementary School students and staff showed their appreciation for their favorite member of the building... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:46:43 EST The trades procession amazes The Sedalia Fire Department put on a real show at the Trades Procession hosted the evening of Sept. 22, 2015. The decorated fire engines and hose carts drew attention but what really impressed the crowds who lined the route through Sedalia was the... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:41:41 EST Common sense returns to Capitol I'm not sure who slipped into the State Capitol in Jefferson City and spiked the water coolers with common sense serum, but all I can say is “thank goodness.” Fri, 6 Feb 2015 18:06:46 EST