PARTLY NON-SENSE

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JOEL KLAASSEN

  • The end of the year is always a great time for me. It’s a chance to look back and see how blessed we have been and to measure all that has been accomplished. And it is tremendously exciting to look ahead to all of the opportunities that are out there waiting to be tried.

    Now, it’s just a matter of putting all of the energy that comes with new ideas in a harness and making something positive happen.

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    I’m proud to be in the baby-boomer class that will be turning 60 next year-along with Candice Bergen, Dolly Parton, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and all of my classmates at Hillsboro High.

    And I can save money on groceries on Wednesdays.

  • It was a mild surprise to me that the casino issue was turned down in Marion County after seeing the results of the KWCH Channel 12 poll. They got it right in Harvey and Sumner counties but missed it here.

    I’m trying to figure out why the percentage of eligible voters participating was so high. It was higher than recent elections. Could it be that the ballots could be mailed, which is much easier than going to the polls; or did the subject matter hit a hot button?

    Maybe we have a little stronger work ethic in these parts where the only gambling that makes sense takes place in opening and running a business or farming.

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    There was a farmer who decided not to plant wheat for the next crop year. In fact he decided against corn, milo and beans, too. He said he wasn’t going to take chances anymore.

  • I wouldn’t mind paying more for food if the extra money went to the producer.

  • Lately, I’ve been waking up early in the morning and my mind is flooded with ideas. The latest light bulb to go on brightly was the idea that if everyone who lives in Marion County bought all of their groceries from their local grocer just one week a month, what a big difference that would make for the local economy.

  • I never really looked closely at the toilet paper packaging before but I just noticed it’s called bath tissue.

  • We can be glad we don’t live in New York City, at least this past week wouldn’t have been much fun with the mass-transit strike.

    The strike is over now, but maybe we should have struck while the iron was hot and invited New Yorkers to move to Kansas, where transportation strikes are non-existent.

    I’ll bet the returning transit workers will be sneered at for quite a while. Does anyone remember the UPS strike?

  • Name the largest city in the United States without a NCAA Division I college football team. Answer: New York City.

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