Safety Net: Is groveling good exercise? Editor tries to fix story error
As I mentioned in the column published Wednesday, Oct. 29, I started this column in order to catch stories that have fallen through the cracks. Wednesday I tried to make amends with members of the local political parties for campaign events I attended but failed (bipartisanly!) to get in the paper...
Safety Net: Missing photo ops relocated
I started this column a couple of years ago with the idea that it would be an opportunity get stories told that, for one reason or another, had slipped through the cracks. They might be past their "newsworthy" date, but they still need to be told. I have not managed to write a Safety Net column for a good long while and so I have a largish pile of neglected-but-interesting stories. People who come into my office skirt warily around the pile, fearing its avalanchial possibilities...
Safety Net: 'Recollections,' a new place for old stories
Marvin Wilhite says when people start talking about the past, they start remembering more of it. The more they talk, the more they remember. He should know, after more than three decades doing genealogical and historical research. Not all that research involves peering at faded records or squinting at microfilm. ...
Safety Net: In the battle of the bat, bring a towel
On the back page of today's edition an Associated Press story about an eastern-Missouri teen recovering from a bat bite. She's going through the series of rabies shots, which are dreadful by reputation but not as dreadful as the alternative. As Howard Pue, public health veterinarian for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, puts it: "There's no room for error. You get rabies, you die."...
Safety Net: Honoring racing legend resurrects part of Marshall history
My education in local history continues this week. Now that Anita Wright's "Building the Vision" column has concluded, we turn our attention from aviation history to auto racing history. This weekend a local legend, Ken Taylor, will be honored at the LA Raceway in La Monte...
Safety Net: DAR, historical society help keep county history alive
Safety Net catch of the week: Members of the Patsy Gregg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Saturday, May 12, presented to the Saline County Historical Society a plaque they had rescued from the dustbins of history. I was there to witness and photograph the event, but seven weeks is a long time to get the event its proper recognition in the paper. ...
Safety Net: All history is local; let's not let it slip away
Anita Wright has put her "Building the Vision" column to bed after 43 weeks of resurrecting tales from Marshall's aviation history. I've heard rumors that some people think it's been too much, that we've devoted too much space on our editorial page to the dusty old clippings Wright, with help from Catherine Kennedy, dredged up...
Safety Net: Better dork than dead
I look like a dork. I know it. I've accepted it. I'm 48 and going bald, which is an almost inherently uncool combination. But I also bring it on myself. Every morning I shove a ridiculous-looking bicycle helmet on my head and peddle right out in public, providing free entertainment to anyone who happens to get a kick from such a sight...
Safety Net: Seeing school through immigrants' eyes helps teachers help students
Late last fall I attended a professional development session hosted by the Marshall Public School District. The session was led by Kansas State University education professor Tonnie Martinez and was designed to help teachers better understand and respond to the challenges that result when an increasing number of their students speak little or no English. The title of the session was "Help! They don't speak English." When I arrived, I walked up to an Hispanic-looking woman and introduced myself...
Safety Net: More, please! Democracy depends upon letters to editors
I owe a big thanks to Dennis Gessling and Whitney Kerr. They are two of the key players in the fascinating controversy springing from what appears at a quick glance to be a conflict over how to manage the co-existence of pig stink and historic towns...
Safety Net: Washington displayed integrity in face of power
My oldest daughter has suddenly renewed interest in several old favorites, the "Jurassic Park" books and movies, so for the past week we've been watching the movies in turn. Last night, Feb. 22, we were watching "Lost World," which is a very appropriate movie to watch on George Washington's birthday -- mainly because it reminds me of the book...
Safety Net: Lyceum has many links to the community
A promo for a musical on the top of the newspaper's front page? That was Thursday, Feb. 8. The Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock will get mention on three pages in The Marshall Democrat-News Friday, Feb. 9. In big city papers performing arts are usually relegated to an inside section or back pages. It's considered interesting stuff but not news, exactly. Possibly a few readers hereabouts are wondering: Are we making too much fuss over a little theater in a very very little town?...
Safety Net: For woman at BYS, children are everything
Editor's note: Occasionally stories we intend to publish get "temporarily" set aside for various reasons. The people and events are too important to let these stories slip through the cracks for good. This column will attempt to catch those stories before they do. The Safety Net will appear Friday on alternating weeks with Spectrum by Editor Chuck Mason...
ERIC CRUMP, Editor