Category: Opinion

Make an impact

Americans often wonder whether their vote really makes a difference. Whether it has the impact we?d like isn?t as important as fulfilling our duty to participate in the democratic process. If you don?t vote for public officials, you haven?t earned the right to criticize them either. Having said that, in no other arena will a vote make more impact than […]

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All-school reunion is coming fast

The Hillsboro High School All School Reunion is two months away. We?re hoping all of you who received the mailing titled ?The Oracle? will respond favorably and also check with classmates to see if they received their copy.

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This tree will live on for some time

?At least there is hope for a tree. If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.? ?Job 14:7

 

Stripped and stained, handed down or fixed up. These kinds of refinished or recycled things are what bring a little cozy into a home and give it a layered feeling?a sense of a history that you can?t quite pinpoint, but know it?s there, buried in the wood and baseboards.

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Catastrophes beyond the public eye

?Perception is reality? is an often-quoted marketing concept. Unfortunately, this statement reflects how most people and the media view the world these days, whether the topic is politics, world peace or anything in between.

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Osage orange trees deserve respect

When I was a kid, Saturdays revolved around hedge trees—more properly called, “Osage orange trees.” There was trimming hedge, burning piles of bulldozed hedge trees, cutting out hedge posts and later nailing barbed wire to them for fences.

I even have a few memories of bringing in hedge wood when we had a wood-burning stove. In those days Kansas had 96,000 miles of hedgerows.

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Weather or not

Spring storms bring the potential for deliverance from drought but also the prospect of devastation.

As we write this, weather forecasters are promising us the probability of rain for almost every day this week, with some severe storms possible. Folks with any grasp of our local agricultural conditions will be praying that the prospect of significant rain comes to fruition. Our producers need it desperately. Though surface moisture has improved from a few of months ago, subsoil moisture is still seriously lagging.

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Why did DST mess my computer?

I can?t decide whether it should be comforting or stressful. I?m talking about the little clock on the bottom right side of my computer monitor, which has been serving me?informing me of the time without hesitation?for several years.

However, less than two weeks ago, it suddenly fell an hour behind. It now reads 10:42 p.m., instead of the correct, and preferable, 11:42 p.m. that it is.

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Volunteer firefighters deserve to be compensated with our gratitude

?Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.?

?Elizabeth Andrew



The Tostitos chips marketing experts explained it all. Did you catch their Super Bowl commercial showing four colleagues ?working? together, but in reality, only one of them actually put out any effort?

That?s pretty typical for assigned groups and committees. Too many queens, not enough workers, too many alpha-males, not enough pack members, etc., etc. I?ll stop there before I offend some dangerous breed of animal or overly sensitive gender.

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Pork N Beings – 3/22/07
Pork N Beings – 3/22/07

Pork N Beings – 3/22/07

pork_dirkfirehydrant910.gif   They allow Dirk to stay on the squad due to his renowned ability to always being able to locate the fire hydrant.

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KU tourney games are stressful

If time (and money) were no object, I would have been in Chicago this past weekend to watch my Jay?hawks. It?s hard to explain, but these tournament games always have me tied up in knots.

One has to wonder, though, how so many people are able to pony up $100 to $500 per ticket, not to mention the travel expense, to attend these events.

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