Category: Opinion

Letters (Week of August 1, 2007)

Peabody a good host for baseball tourney I had the privilege as a Cal Ripken Baseball official of being a part of the just completed 9-year-old Cal Ripken Kansas State Tournament of Champions held in Peabody. The tournament featured district champions from the state who were vying for a berth in the eight-state 2007 Midwest Plains Regional at Derby. The […]

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Editorials

Welcome home, Pete We?re glad to hear that Pete Richert has made it back to Hillsboro following months of rehabilitation after he was severely wounded while serving in Iraq with his Kansas National Guard unit. Richert will be spending several days of well-earned leave time with family and the many friends he has in the Hillsboro area. Pete, you have […]

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Adventures in a mobile home

Last week when I wrote about the ?Ice Road Truckers? TV show I was going to segue into a little story about life in a mobile home in our early years of marriage. I didn?t have room, so it goes here.

When we lived in Lawrence in the late ?60s, early ?70s we didn?t feel we could afford to buy an $11,000 house so opted for a $5,300 mobile home, which many young couples did in those days.

Seemed like we always had problems with something. Plastic faucet handles would strip out, and then it took a pliers to open and close the faucets.

Ours had a kitchen in front and the bathroom and laundry were in the back. That made for a drain line from the kitchen sink that was about 50 feet long.

One weekend the kitchen sink plugged up and I thought I would take a garden hose and force out what was stopping it with water pressure. I unhooked the washer hose from the faucet in the back and ran the hose to the front and packed it in the drain with rags.

I then told Nancy to turn on the faucet full blast. The water was really coming fast for a while and then all of a sudden it sounded like it was raining.

Later I learned the drain was plugged because it was frozen solid. The only place the water could go was up through the drain vent and out on the roof.

 

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Organizing life isn’t always tidy

?The trouble with organizing a thing is that pretty soon folks get to paying more attention to the organization than to what they?re organized for.? ?Laura Ingalls Wilder?

Hot career trends come and go. In the same way that the television series ?CSI? has inspired people to get into forensics, shows like ?Trading Spaces? and ?While You Were Out? have sparked as much interest in organization. Or in the very least, sparked some guilt about being less than organized.

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Taking a break from the daily grind

In the business world, a 15-minute break from work at mid-morning and mid-afternoon is the norm. In agriculture, the work at hand determines the length and timing of the break.

A work break on my farm generally consists of stopping at the water hydrant for a refreshing drink when the need arises, or if on the tractor, a five-minute pause in the field to relax while checking machinery.

There are other, so-called work breaks in the farming world that may or may not be justified according to the work being done. They occur at the local coffee shop, if there is one, or nearest convenience store, like the Ampride convenience store on D Street.

One might find a gathering of like-minded folks in other locations as well. I happened upon two groups in the past month?at the dining area at Vogt?s Hometown Market (breakfast or noon mealtime) and the Lehigh elevator.

The purpose is mostly to socialize while taking that ?much needed? break from work.

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Pork N Beings (Week of July 25, 2007)
Pork N Beings (Week of July 25, 2007)

Pork N Beings (Week of July 25, 2007)

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Pork N Beings (Week of July 18, 2007)
Pork N Beings (Week of July 18, 2007)

Pork N Beings (Week of July 18, 2007)

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Letters to the Editor (Week of July 18, 2007)

Farm bill holds key to algae solution The death of three dogs after contact with Marion Reservoir water (July 11 issue) may be linked to an algae bloom after all of the evidence is examined. But the event once again reminds us the problem of water quality still exists with siltation and nitrogen/phosphorus loading. This season?s heavier than usual rainfall […]

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Points of light

Our front-page stories about two women renovating a garden in Peabody and a cadre of mostly senior citizens in Hillsboro selling used clothing in a thrift shop carry a theme worth noting: volunteers can and do make a difference. Karen Benbrook and Ann Slocombe, in an effort to thank other volunteers, brought a bit of beauty and flair to their […]

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Rural retirement raises pros and cons

“You are going to do what??

This is the shocked reaction of my friends when I tell them I plan to retire in Hillsboro in a little more than three years.

?You won’t last a year before you get bored with watching sunsets and come blubbering back to Chicago with your tail between your legs,? they say sarcastically.

I have lived more than half my life in big cities. My first urban experience was Saigon when it was a combat zone in the 1960s. (And after Saigon, no American city has seemed that menacing.)

But increasingly I miss the sunrises and sunsets in Kansas plus the slower?and less expensive?way of life. The idea of someday talking to a Hillsboro real-estate agent and asking to be shown some fixer-up houses costing less than a hundred grand and knowing they will not roll on the floor laughing has considerable appeal to me.

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