Category: Opinion

What we need is a ‘cold shot’

For many years I have resisted getting a flu shot, but an article in the newspaper?pointed out to me by my better half?led me to get one this time around. It didn?t hurt and it didn?t make me sick either.

What I should have gotten, though, was a cold shot. I?ve had two colds already and don?t know what I did to deserve either one of them. Cold shot don?t really exist, but I think the way to avoid colds is to stay away from other people and sleep about 10 hours a day?neither of which I am able to do.

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Is there money for a tutu bailout?

I lost my box.

But there?s nothing too lost about thinking outside a box when you can sit on a rock on the lot behind the Free Press office dreaming of daffodils. Sometimes losing something is good, and sometimes it?s bad.

It keeps Todd Jost wondering about what you might do next, and the fear of being put in another one of my columns led Andy Kraus to consider leaving town to build a bridge in Greenwood County.

So, nothing is too lost except for poor Lost Springs. A community building advisory team came through from Kansas State University a couple of weeks ago. They recommended tearing down half the buildings in Lost Springs as eyesores, and severely dressing up of those that are left. That would make it the nearly lost Lost Springs?at least until the Santa Fe Trail tourist trade booms just a little more.

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Driver IQ memo: ‘E’ means empty

My driver?s test never had any questions to discern whether I am smart enough to figure out when it is time to refill my tank.

And it?s a good thing it didn?t, because I would have failed.

It?s usually suggested that when the needle on the meter dips below the bottom fourth, it?s time for the driver to begin considering stopping by a gas station to fill the tank.

In fact, most new models even have a little warning tone, which conveys this message: ?DING DING DING.? This is an annoying tone that could mean any number of things is wrong with your car.

?DING DING DING. Check the warning lights on your dash, you idiot.

?DING DING DING. I?m going to continue dining until you swerve this car off the road in a fit of rage.

?DING DING DING. Isn?t this obnoxious?

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Pork N Beings (Dec. 3, 2008)
Pork N Beings (Dec. 3, 2008)

Pork N Beings (Dec. 3, 2008)

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5 years ago (Week of Dec. 3, 2008)

n The Christmas season officially began in Hillsboro with two familiar events: the annual Schaeffler House Open House and the Sund With Santa photo opportunity sponsored by Ameri?can Legion Auxiliary. The rooms in the Schaeffler House were decorated in varying themes and the 100 or so people who came by were asked to vote for their favorite. The front two […]

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If Obama were Muslim

We see a sad irony in the fear-mongering of some so-called Christian leaders over the religious orientation of our president-elect, Barack Obama. Over the many months of the campaign, they vigorously circulated the claim that Obama was a closet Muslim, or at the very least, not a ?real? Christian as he has publicly professed to be. The more viable Obama?s […]

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‘Fill the Bus’ an important success

Main Street Ministries has received a huge outpouring of generosity from the Hillsboro community. The ?Fill the Bus? food drive was a great success and the timing was perfect. Use of the Main Street Ministries food bank has doubled in the past 24 months. Families who come to the food bank are given one box of food?enough to feed a […]

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‘Little brother’ comes home sooner than anyone planned
‘Little brother’ comes home sooner than anyone planned

‘Little brother’ comes home sooner than anyone planned

Editor?s note: Dale Suderman, a Marion County native who made his home in Chicago, wrote a popular column called View From Afar in the Free Press from 2001 until April 2008, when he suffered a severe stroke. With our encouragement, Dale?s sister wrote this essay on the seasons of their close relationship.

 

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Snyder’s return is… interesting

Bill Snyder is back to coach K-State football? I?m sure he has his reasons but I don?t get it.

Seems to me like things are never the same the second time around, but all power cat to him.

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Since football is on my brain today I am still trying to figure out how Texas Tech melted down like they did in Norman. The Sooners just dominated the Red Raiders. But as they say, on any given day anything can happen.

And that?s the draw for college sports. Anything can happen.

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When I wrote about the Lawrence/Florence thing last week I didn?t remember the craziest part of the conversation.

I said maybe I could go along and watch a KU basketball game.

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Its difficult to focus on distractions

Every day, I face distractions that try to keep me from what I want to accomplish. Can you relate to that?

Imagine rushing through morning chores to make an important meeting in another city, and receiving an unexpected phone call informing you that the shipment you ordered will be arriving within the hour and must be unloaded immediately. I would classify that as a major distraction.

According to the meaning provided by Wikipedia, a distraction is ?the diversion of attention of an individual or group from the chosen object of attention onto the source of distraction.

?Distraction is caused by one of the following: lack of ability to pay attention; lack of interest in the object of attention; greater interest in something other than the object of attention; or the great intensity, novelty or attractiveness of something other than the object of attention.

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