Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 30 November 2010 16:39Babies are hand-held electrical appliances ready for imprinting. Am I right?
Well, if you want to dispute with me, please have some patience about reading clear through this argument. Will you? You see, when we decide to argue, we should define in great clarity what it is we are arguing about.
In Kansas, and in the rest of America, we are great champions at attaching unsolvable emotional issues to our arguments, or in muddying what we are arguing about.
We usually choose lesser clarity for the sake of underlying objectives and beliefs, or to overwhelm those who argue against us.
Sometimes we are afraid at a level that can be deeply subliminal, that if we seek truth and honesty, these values would threaten our well-being or the basis...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 02 November 2010 14:49November is probably my favorite month of the year. Situated between fall and winter, November’s windy weather is the best time to play in the leaves, which have all nearly fallen from the trees.
For football fans, there’s nothing better then sitting in the bleachers wrapped up in a warm blanket, drinking hot cocoa and rooting for one’s alma mater.
For farmers, the majority of crops have been harvested and that’s a good thing.
I also pray it was a successful year for them, too.
Tuesday was election day and I feel so proud to live in a country where I am free to vote for the person of my choice without fear of retaliation by rebel groups.
Speaking of freedom, in less than a week, we will all have an opportunity to thank those...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 05 October 2010 15:28I’m planning my retirement. I want what I earned—and even what I didn’t earn.
You see, I could get us a long way toward saving Social Security for all of us if our congressmen would listen to me.
Speaking of our representatives, that’s the other side of my retirement plot—following their lead in getting money out of the rest of you before you impose that ghastly proposal of term limits on them.
That could half ruin them and me both.
Now, we all know the most basic problem of Social Security. The young people of my own and the current generation didn’t have enough children to pay the withholding tax to support old duffers like me. They goofed, and usually don’t know it.
Like it or not, persons who want to limit...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 31 August 2010 16:29My husband, Randy, is a fixer-upper kind of guy. When he gets started on a project, it might take him awhile to finish, but once it’s done, it looks fantastic.
Most of his inside work is done or developed during the winter months when it’s too cold to work outside. But by spring, he is ready to go outside and get started.
For many years, I didn’t see the fixer-upper part of his personality.
Like most parents, when our three children were at home, we spent a lot of time helping them with their studies or enjoyed sharing in their extracurricular activities. We took an active role and looked forward to seeing them grow and change into the young adults they are today.
Weekends in the summer were reserved for swim meets or other...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 03 August 2010 17:17I met Joe while we were each drinking a senior coffee under the golden arches in Liberal. We were both headed south, toward the main thrust of what has come to be called the “immigration problem” on the Mexican border.
I was traveling to Harlingen, Texas, right by South Padre Island on the Gulf Coast, to see my son, and I had already been driving for a couple hundred miles.
Joe was just leaving his home in Liberal, where he had worked in meat packing more than 30 years, for his home in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, the place he had been raised.
Joe was happy with his personal accomplishments, owning a home in both Liberal and in Chihuahua, all part of the personal success of a poor Mexican boy who had started with few...
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