Articles By: Bob Woelk

Reason eludes Trump’s base

If I’m not mistaken, I have put my disdain for Donald Trump in words only a couple of times since the 2016 election. The last time I attacked the POTUS was in June. I admit I have made a few disparaging comments about his style of governing and perhaps even his hair from time to time, but I have tried […]

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Infants represent a best future

Infants represent a best future

Rosaline Evelia and Dylan Jordan, brand-new twin grandbabies, born Dec. 6. As we study William Shake­speare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet,” I often ask my English I students if they believe in love at first sight. The responses are mixed. Some point out it takes a while for people to get to know each other before they can fall head over […]

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Give thanks, make a difference

Ah, Thanksgiving is upon us once again. The anticipation and joy that comes with the fall season is motivation enough to get into the mood. The aroma of pumpkin pies baking in the oven, of turkey and stuffing, along with sweet potatoes and all the fixings—it is a delightful adventure for the senses. The autumn air, the crisp crunching of […]

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Super PAC spreads fake ‘truth’

The fact that I am no fan of the conservative political agenda could be the worst kept secret in Marion County. But, I want to come to the defense of our Republican state Rep. Don Schroeder. I received a piece of propaganda in the mail the other day from Americans for Prosperity. Apparently, there is a branch of the super […]

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Nothing like being ‘a finalist’

So, I should be presenting some hard-hitting analysis of the events that have taken place in the past 30 days. We had a mass shooting for the history books. Hurricanes have been lining up and pummeling our ocean-front properties in rapid succession. That North Korean guy has been shooting off his mouth and his missiles. Our president is firing back […]

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The fall of scattered thoughts

Some random thoughts as summer turns to fall: Suddenly, women have broken into the field of meteorology. Have you noticed that every local channel now has a “weatherwoman”? Though the males still appear to be clearly in charge of the staff, the women have stormed the set, so to speak. Though hurricanes are definitely nothing to smile about, you have […]

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Vacation via camping trailer

While we tested our new-to-us camping trailer for a long weekend back in March, we pulled her out west for a two-week challenge in July. And, I must say, she passed with flying colors. And, most importantly, my wife Kathy and I were still speaking to each other following the trip, and our marriage is still intact. Which is not […]

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Short cuts we should rethink

As Americans, we love taking short cuts, doing things the easy way when possible. Our collective motto might be, “Work smarter, not harder.” Lately I have been considering some possible historical mistakes that we have made in our haste to “git ’er done.” People often resist having giant wind turbines placed on their property, claiming they ruin the scenery, interrupt […]

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Trump doesn’t speak for all

An open letter to Europe and the rest of the “free world….” We are not Donald Trump. He does not speak for all of us Americans. In fact, more than 50 percent of us did not vote for him. So, please do not judge us by his actions. Yes, we know the current president has walked the United States away […]

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Civility in America is suffering

A recent event at Wichita State University marking the transition of power from this year’s student body president to the incoming 2017-18 leader nearly resulted in a brawl. When the outgoing prez included some remarks in his speech to the effect that he did not like his replacement, but he would support her, the parents of the president-elect took exception. […]

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