Articles By: Bob Woelk

Hockey providing reason to watch

This spring, I am much more interested in the National Hockey League playoffs than those of the National Basketball Association. I’m not completely sure why, but I have some ideas why I currently prefer action on the ice to the hardwood. The puck pushers seem less spoiled and somewhat more humble than the ball bouncers. Maybe it’s the fact that […]

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Columnist perplexed by certain questions

Questions I feel must be asked: Why do ants come into my bathroom in the fall and spring? There is nothing for them to eat in the bathtub, but they seem to find their way there. I also have yet to figure out from where they are originating and how they are getting in. While the National Football League seems […]

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Things are starting to slip as age comes

So, I’m about to turn 60 years old. And, it’s kind of blowing my mind. My sister recently came across some old family vacation pictures and posted them. My reaction was simply to marvel at all the time that has passed since those days of childhood and young adulthood. So many memories. I was 21 years old when my best […]

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Some alternative truths for the public

These days, if someone doesn’t like the facts as presented, he or she can simply declare that there are alternative truths. Mind you, they are not lies. Allow me to offer some ATs that if true, would rock the world. Dale Earnhardt was gay. Were this true, NASCAR lovers all over America would be trying to scour away their tattoos. […]

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The copy editor never shuts off

Some random thoughts as we say farewell to 2018 and wonder what 2019 will hold. I saw this sign in Wichita recently: We are ugly house buyers. There is no photo, so I can’t be sure what these realtor wannabes look like, but I am guessing a clearer statement would be: We buy ugly houses. But, I don’t know. Perhaps […]

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More to dig into when it comes to ‘JAP’ tags

I’m sure more than one set of eyes rolled when the news broke that the state of Kansas recalled some 731 license plates with the letters “JAP” on them. Apparently, one of the vehicle tags was spotted in California, and a gentleman there wrote our governor, the Kansas Department of Revenue and the U.S. Department of Transportation to express that […]

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America is trending toward being more violent

No matter which way you lean politically, one thing should be clear to everyone: America is facing a crisis of killing, and guns are the weapons of choice. As I write this late Thursday, the country is reeling again from another mass shooting, this time at a country music bar in California. For the record, this is the 307th time […]

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Explaining the thought process on a vote

Because words matter; sometimes actions speak louder than words, and sometimes they don’t. Because men (and women) are of God, and borders are of man. Because people are people, no matter what they look like or where they are from. Because being louder doesn’t make one righter. Because, historically, 25 percent of Kansas are responsible for making decisions that affect […]

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Vacation brought Woelk plenty of sights

I typically become unhappy when parents take students out of school for family vacations. Why can’t they travel during the summer or Christmas break or spring break? I have been heard to ask. Well, last week, I basically did the same thing. My wife and I packed up the camper and headed for the hills. Technically, it was the mountains, […]

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Second-hand store provides gem

A person never knows what can be found at a second-hand store. I was perusing the bookshelves at a local charity shop recently and came across an interesting paperback, “The Band Name Book.” Its pages contained just what one would expect in a volume with that title, a list of thousands of rock music group names. The original retail price […]

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