Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 07 May 2013 14:10With the graduation season upon us, we add a word of congratulations to the high school and college students who will be receiving their diplomas and are beginning the next stage of their life journey.
We have no sage advice or insight to offer that they won’t have heard, thought or read over these next few weeks. But most of us, whether we were there 10, 30 or 50 years ago, can recall that mix of excitement and dread as one very familiar stage ends and the next one looms before us with no...
Written by John Schlageck Tuesday, 07 May 2013 14:11The dream of many young farm boys and girls is to ride on a tractor. For a youngster, the mammoth tractor epitomizes raw power, responsibility and coming of age.
Nothing is more exciting to farm kids than the belch of diesel smoke, the roar of engines and rubber wheels on powerful tractors, combines or silage cutters. They draw children like a moth to a flame and, like fire, can be dangerous. Such equipment can cut, crush or trap children. It can harm the ones we want to protect the most—our children.
Soon children will be home from school and the chance of farm accidents will be greater.
During the summer months, never invite children to ride in the tractor, says Holly Higgins, Kansas Farm Bureau safety director.
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 07 May 2013 14:12We were invited to attend last week’s piano recital put on by the Tabor College preparatory school at the Wohlgemuth Center. I was very impressed with the talent on display.
What was amazing to me was that none of the students appeared to be nervous. If they were, it sure didn’t show.
The youngest players performed first and on up the line to the oldest. The talent escalated as they went.
I wish now I had stayed with the piano when I was a kid. My brother Mark, who plays in two bands in Tulsa, says the same thing. My sister, Elaine, did stick with it and is an accomplished pianist and organist today. She has given lessons in the Minneapolis, Minn., area for about 20 years.
I think it’s important for every kid to be good...
Written by Dale Suderman Wednesday, 19 March 2008 05:19So why am I in Vietnam for a three-week vacation? I was there two years ago and had a fantastic time. Forty years ago I was there and had an interesting time. But how do I justify or rationalize this third trip?
I can be cute and say that the American dollar still has some value in Vietnam. Many meals cost $2 and the hotel room is $15 for two persons per night. (And this includes breakfast.)
Vietnam is a safe country—the nearest things to terrorists are aggressive street vendors selling fruits, books and post cards. I thrive on the irony of being in a wildly capitalist country that flies the hammer and sickle over the industrial parks of Fortune 500 industrial parks.
On a practical level, it is warm and humid in Vietnam and cold and...
Written by Steve Britton Tuesday, 17 March 2009 13:56
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