Category: Opinion

A moment ‘outside the box,’ please

I?ve always enjoyed listening to former Marion County Commissioner Howard Collett because of his ability ?to think outside the box.?

For instance, I have heard Howard recommend planting the county?s dirt roads to buffalo grass to hold them in place from erosion and wear.

Such thinking requires a person to have the ability to leap from more commonly considered paths to those that usually are not thought of, but may end up having greater value.

But this article isn?t about dwelling on Howard?s merits, no matter how great they are. It?s about jumping out of the box to consider something new?and Howard?s buffalo-grass idea was an illustration.

This article is also not an opinion on whether the bond proposal based on a 1 percent sales tax to build a new county jail on the November ballot should pass or fail.

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You can learn a lot when you teach

?Not Your Average Diction?ary? defines the noun ?boy? as ?a noise with dirt on it.? Yet, somewhere inside that noise and underneath that dirt, there are plenty of lessons to be learned.

I had the opportunity to figure this out last week when I led a group of four going-into-third-grade boys around my church?s vacation Bible school.

Author Franklin P. Jones might have had a better definition for young boys when he said, ?You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.?

This point was soon made for me as I tried to corral my four guys into one location during song time, which is decent entertainment for anyone but a third-grade boy who would rather be wrestling with another third-grade boy.

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5 years ago (week of Aug. 6, 2008)

In the aftermath of the collision two weeks ago that killed two teenagers with local ties at the junction of U.S. highways 50 and 77 just north of Florence, some Marion County residents are circulating a petition demanding an overpass be built at the intersection. They contend the Kansas Department of Transportation plan to put stop signs at the interaction […]

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Eye on the prize

As China prepares to showcase its economic progress by hosting the Summer Olympics this week, let us never forget the reality behind the pageantry and polish: According to Amnesty International, an estimated 500,000 people are currently enduring punitive detention without charge or trial, and millions are unable to access the legal system to seek redress for their grievances. Harassment, surveillance, […]

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Letters (Week of 7-30-08)

Vote Hannaford for state representative   Having graduated from Marion High School and being a former Marion resident, it is my great honor and privilege to write this letter endorsing Roger Hannaford for state representative. As a lifelong resident of Marion County and a community business leader, Roger has demonstrated time and time again his commitment to the Republican principles […]

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If I were to be elected to something

With the Aug. 5 primary elections approaching quickly, I finally decided it was about time to toss my hat into the ring. I?m not running for anything in particular, but I would appreciate your vote. Just feel free to write my name in under any of the categories.

But I figured that as long as I?m running for something, I should probably explain my views on the issues. I have divided my thoughts into three categories: local, state and international.


n If elected to whatever, I would straighten out this county jail issue. The proposed Marion County Jail is a hot news item right now, and I?m sure that you?ll all agree with me when I say that a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund that dang thing would be a suicidal move for the commerce of our county in due (get it?) time.

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Busy days won’t end very soon

I wonder what it would be like to have nothing to do. Can?t imagine it would even be possible. It?s been a whirlwind around here for the past week and it doesn?t appear that will change anytime soon. Amy and George have come and gone already but left the boys behind to stay with us until next week.

We sat down Sunday night to make a list of what we are going to do for nine days. It?s quite extensive.


At the fair, George and the boys took a liking to the animals in the 4-H barns. He thought it would be neat to have a goat to mow their hilly backyard in Atlanta and eat the leftovers from the restaurant. The boys thought it would be cool to have some bunnies for pets. I?m betting neither will get their wish.

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Why good ones go is a tough issue

Family and friends recently bid farewell to Jonah Kliewer, professor emeritus of Tabor College. His passing, though anticipated by those closest to him, came too quickly for his family, numerous friends and acquaintances.

The memorial service, wonderfully prepared by family members, was a loving reflection of a life lived in service to God and others.

Sometime after the service ended, someone made an interesting comment. ?Why must all the good ones go??

The question remains appropriately unanswered, and yet, whenever I think about it, my response varies. At first, I quickly agree, ?Yes. Why??

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Knee holding up amid busy summer

Hey, kids. Thanks to everyone who has been asking me about the status of my recovering ACL. I really do appreciate your concern and stuff. However, I realize that not all of you see me every day at the pool or grocery store but are DYING to know how I?m doing?so I?ll just give you a wee little update.

Since I?ve been cleared to do ?whatever? as long as it doesn?t make my knee ?hurt or swell,? I?ve been trying to spend as much time as my body will allow getting back into the swing of things.

My doctor and coach have told me that could take as long as a year for me to trust my knee fully and play basketball ?normally,? but I want to play so badly that I?m willing to put in the time and work.

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Pork N Beings (Week of July 30, 2008)
Pork N Beings (Week of July 30, 2008)

Pork N Beings (Week of July 30, 2008)


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