Category: Free Falling

Help! Teachers are under attack

We teachers are under attack, and we need your help. State legislators in Topeka are gunning for us as never before. If you have a friend or a relative who is a Kansas educator, or if you have a soft spot in your heart for someone who flipped on your academic switch, now is the time to speak up. There […]

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I love to run ? let me tell you why

Why do I love running? That?s a question I sometimes get asked by people who witness my jogs through town and the surrounding countryside. I often reply that I don?t exactly love to run. I do, however, enjoy the benefits. People seem to believe I hit the streets and county roads every day. Though I might wish that were true, […]

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Poetic justice for bowl schedule

?Twas the week after Christmas, when across this great nation, All the football fans waited with anticipation. The TV remote was garnered with care, In hopes that the bowl games soon would be aired. The sports nuts were settled down in their recliners Listlessly watching St. Louis vs. 49ers. Uncle Joe in his jersey, and Bev in her cap, Had […]

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Mysteries still linger as year ends

As we approach the end of another year, I suppose I should be just that much smarter. But, I find there are still quite a few things I don?t understand. Here are just a few examples. I still don?t get jazz. I mean, just play it the same way every time. I know it?s an art form, and I can?t […]

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Takeaways from the 2012 election

The election of 2012 mercifully has come to an end. Now we can go back to the business of getting ready for the after-Thanksgiving sales. But, what, if anything, can we take away from this year?s balloting? First, we learned that super PACs are here to stay, and they are major players. More than $1.3 billion was spent by conservative […]

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Time to flunk the Electoral College

So, it looks like I will be throwing my vote away again in a few weeks. Thanks to the insistence of our Congress to hang on to the archaic institution of the Electoral College, if a Kansas voter does not cast a ballot for the Republican candidate for president this November, he or she is likely ?spitting in the wind.? […]

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Updating a few past column topics

I figured this might be a good month for some updates concerning several events I have chronicled in columns past. A year ago in September, I wrote about the plague of starlings that invaded my backyard trees by the hundreds. I vowed that I would not let them return in 2012. And, I was true to my word. They tried […]

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More adventures in the Big Apple

Our trip to New York City seems like a lifetime ago, but the Smithsonian Student Travel excursion to the Big Apple my wife Kathy and I sponsored actually took place in June. I reported on the first couple of days in last month?s column. What follows is an account of the final two days. We departed on the ferry from […]

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Group takes a bite of the Big Apple

For those of us who ventured in June from the plains of Kansas to the streets of New York City, the four-day trip seemed to place us in an entirely different world. For me, the Big Apple was nearly as foreign as other major world population centers I have visited. The traffic signs, advertisements and at least some of the […]

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Headed down the path to oblivion

In the June issue of the AARP Bulletin (yes, I am old enough to get this magazine), writer Betsy Towner presents a list of fixtures of everyday life that will ?go the way of the gramophone, labeled ?quaint? and relegated to museums?if not the trash? in the next 50 years. Some I would be prone to agree with. Others, I […]

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