Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 09 December 2008 14:12It seems to me there aren’t many people who are as fed up with Washington as I am—especially when it comes to the recent bailout fever. Where will this end?
The bailout isn’t really about helping Main Street. It is about helping executives who are in bed with many of our congressional leaders from both parties under the guise of helping Main Street.
The fact that pork spending was added to the first bailout package to get it to pass is unconscionable.
Where is the outrage?
Those who agree with me seem to think there is nothing we can do about it. Given the entrenchment of our politicians in Congress there really isn’t much hope for any meaningful change. Incumbents have a war chest before the elections ever begin so a...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 02 December 2008 14:24For many years I have resisted getting a flu shot, but an article in the newspaper—pointed out to me by my better half—led me to get one this time around. It didn’t hurt and it didn’t make me sick either.
What I should have gotten, though, was a cold shot. I’ve had two colds already and don’t know what I did to deserve either one of them. Cold shot don’t really exist, but I think the way to avoid colds is to stay away from other people and sleep about 10 hours a day—neither of which I am able to do.
I’ve mentioned a miracle drug for stopping the dry hack during the night. It is called Tussionex and, amazingly, makes it possible to sleep all night even if one hacks a little.
I didn’t know how I was going to make...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 25 November 2008 13:58Bill Snyder is back to coach K-State football? I’m sure he has his reasons but I don’t get it.
Seems to me like things are never the same the second time around, but all power cat to him.
Since football is on my brain today I am still trying to figure out how Texas Tech melted down like they did in Norman. The Sooners just dominated the Red Raiders. But as they say, on any given day anything can happen.
And that’s the draw for college sports. Anything can happen.
When I wrote about the Lawrence/Florence thing last week I didn’t remember the craziest part of the conversation.
I said maybe I could go along and watch a KU basketball game.
I think everyone knows by now—at least everyone who has a television...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 18 November 2008 14:48Customer service seems to be a thing of the past in a lot of places these days, although pockets of it still exist.
Last week Thursday and Friday I was out of town for 30 hours on a quick trip to Dubuque, Iowa, to deliver a load of paperback books that I, had I not had good customer service, wouldn’t have been able to deliver on time. I needed really good customer service from one printer because of bad customer service from another.
It was a chain reaction, of sorts. But the bad service was compounded by bad service from a delivery company that triggered the bad service from one of the printers.
Because of my trip, I wasn’t able to attend the opening night at the new Wendy’s in Hillsboro. In honor of the event I stopped...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 11 November 2008 14:11I spent an interesting evening at the courthouse Tuesday night as I followed the election returns and uploaded the info to our Free Press Web site.
When I arrived about 9 p.m. only three of the 12 polling places had been counted and posted. I found a bench with an outlet nearby and plugged in my wireless router and my laptop and hooked up to the Internet.
We had made a template for our breaking news story for the election results ahead of time so all I needed to do was fill in the numbers and update the article from the back end of our Web site.
County Clerk Carol Maggard and her support staff had things well organized. They posted the results to the county Web site, which was projected onto the south wall of the main floor of the...
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