Category: Opinion

Sage advice usually inaccurate

The recent arrival of our twin grandchildren has started my thinking about what sage advice I can give them as they grow. I remember hearing plenty of interesting, though often inaccurate, maxims. Here are some of my favorites. Wait an hour after eating to go swimming. I was told I might get cramps as blood moves from my extremities to […]

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Choose to find positive things

“Change the scenery of your life. You don’t have to travel far. It’s an adventure. A chance to refresh. To learn. To compare. To meet new people. To make new friends. To view things anew. To grow.” —uptitude.it My kids and I went to a concert a while back which is bound, in some way, to lift spirits, whether they’re […]

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School funding bill brought to the floor

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The legislative session is getting interesting as we are winding down and nearing first adjournment. Many previously passed bills are now in conference, but the big issues remain unresolved. Those issues are school funding and the budget. Obviously, those issues must be resolved, but doing so may not be easy. To start […]

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Can’t stop thinking ‘gumbout’ N’Orleans dish

Sometimes I let my fridge do the talking when I’m trying to figure out what to make for dinner, so when I had several leftover stalks of celery, most of an onion and lots of diced bell peppers at my disposal, I took to the Internet for a solution. Much to Joey’s delight, I decided to try a recipe for […]

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Working on bills as regular session closes

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives It is hard to believe that next week will bring the regular session to a close. This week we spent the days on the floor hearing, debating and amending bills. Next week will be mostly conference committee reports, which means we spend a few minutes on the floor several times per day, […]

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‘Real ID’ star is a challenge

Back in Decem­ber or January, I don’t remember exactly when, I went to renew my driver’s license and found out I didn’t have everything I needed with me to get the Real ID star on my license. That’s the one that you’ll need to get into certain federal buildings across the country and board an airplane after Sept. 30, 2020. […]

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Growing stronger takes risk

Growing stronger takes risk

I like to think I’m learning to be brave. These last few months, I’ve branched out and done some things I normally wouldn’t do, like facilitating a small group and speaking to a classroom of middle school students. But I’m also learning something else about myself. I tend to only agree to try something if I have a fairly good […]

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Letters (April 4, 2018)

God ‘banned from schools’ is false I cannot let go unchallenged a comment by Larry Ensey in the March 28 Free Press (Letters). I will not comment on his gun views. But, to say “we kicked prayer out of school… Bible reading… Ten Command­ments… and Christianity.” This is a false statement, and I can prove it. The truth is, the […]

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Stranger things at county

Recent Marion Coun­ty Board of Commissioners meetings have been bitterly divisive at times, paralyzed with respect to meeting amicably on issues, and stalemated at almost every turn. Two weeks ago when Commissioner Kent Becker was absent, it seemed that Commissioner Randy Dallke set out to prove a point that he could make Chairwoman Dianne Novak ineffective by not seconding any […]

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You’ll love this from the bottom of your ‘tart’

There’s something intimidating about pastry. It’s hard to roll out perfect circles or to put it into pie pans without it cracking. Plus, there are too many people online who are true artists with dough, and that is extremely intimidating when I start hunting for new recipes. The recipe I tried this week, though, is meant to look a little […]

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