PARTLY NONSENSE- Population rate needs context

Last week I wrote about our declining county population and that we have only about 14 people per square mile. That is a fact, but it doesn’t mean much unless compared with other counties in the state.

For example, Johnson County has 945.7 people per square mile, Chase County has 3.9 per square mile and Sedgwick has 453.3.

Makes one think that consolidating smaller counties might be something to investigate. Being close to the courthouse isn’t such a big deal anymore with the Internet-plus we now have cars instead of horses.

Churches could think about pooling resources and getting together to make the money and people go farther.

These are scary things to say, but thought I’d throw it out there. In my view, though, none of this is likely to happen.

Have you ever thought about all of the town names that end in “on”? Herington, Newton, Hesston, McPherson, Canton, Hutchinson, Wilson, Arlington, Marion, Burlington, Washington and Johnson to name a few.

Daylight Saving Time seems to be a bit controversial now that it has been extended for a longer stretch of time. It starts this Sunday and ends on the first Sunday in November.

I have heard people comment that they are not sure what it really saves. In case you didn’t know, Ben Franklin was the one who thought of it in the first place.

According to a Web site I found with pages and pages of information about the subject, Daylight Saving Time actually saves energy and reduces the severity of auto accidents because drive times are in better light. Also, people stay outside longer and aren’t inside using appliances and lights.

It also told of a mistake some terrorists made on the West Bank in the late 1990s. They got mixed up on the time and their detonators went off an hour early, blowing themselves up instead of their intended targets.

Extending DST later into the fall will now include Halloween, which has been the No. 1 day for accidents involving children. Maybe more daylight will help prevent some kids from getting hurt on that day.

If you wish to check the Web site, go to http://webexhibits. org/daylightsaving.

Daylight Saving Time might save energy but water-saving toilets waste lots of water, if you know what I mean.

I don’t know what they put in instant chocolate pudding, but maybe I don’t want to know.

We had some recently and everything we put in the dishwasher that was touched by the pudding didn’t come clean. For all I know the stuff is still coating my stomach.

Congratulations to the Hillsboro High School girls and the Goessel High School boys for winning their respective sub-state basketball tournaments.

As my colleague Don has been known to say, “Gas up the Fairlane, we’re going to state!”

P.B. Willems was the general manager of Farmer’s Equity Union on Ash Street before it became Cooperative Grain & Supply. I learned to know him in the late ’60s as a fledgling ad salesman for the newspaper.

P.B. was a big, jovial man and I will never forget how friendly and helpful he was to me. When I left his office I always felt better than I did when I went in.

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