Category: Opinion

Here’s an easy potato recipe you’ll really dig

While spending summer days alone at home, between bouts of trying to kill each other, my sister and I would often spend time creating stupid videos that our parents tactfully refused to watch when they came home (good move), playing with the farm cats outdoors and pretending to be world famous chefs as we prepared the few lunches we knew […]

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A new session begins

The 2018 Kansas legislative session is underway. Being the second year of this biennium, much of the preliminary process has already been done last year. Normally that means a quicker start since this year simply adds to the information from last year. Commit­tees are cranking up quickly and everything should be rolling pretty well by next week. Gov. Brownback gave […]

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Letters to the Editor (1-17-18)

Thank city crews for their service We owe our city crews a huge debt of gratitude. Over the holidays, while we were sitting in our cozy warm homes, overeating and watching Christmas shows of football, city crews were out in brutally cold weather, fixing waterline breaks. I worked for the city years ago, and even in good weather, fixing a […]

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Coloring wonder for 2018

As you may have perceived from other columns I have written over the last several years, I am fascinated by the brain. My fascination began as I worked with a professional therapist in relation to my own trauma and depression. As my understanding broadened, I became more and more convinced that brain health is not optional. One particular realization I […]

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Ways to stay warm this winter

As you get older, you find that your parents were usually right. Money does not, in fact, grow on trees. They were indeed not born yesterday. There were definitely starving children around the world that would have been happy to eat my cooked spinach, liver and onions, or Impossible Cheeseburger Pie. (That one still makes me shudder, by the way. […]

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Call first to renew license

If you are planning to renew your driver’s license in Marion at the courthouse, call before you go since they only now do that Tuesday through Friday. I was planning to go on a Monday recently, which would have been a wasted trip. I think the card asks you to call because the days they do it may change from […]

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You ‘doughnut’ want to miss out on this recipe

I’m forever looking online for new recipes to try, and it seems like there aren’t a lot of foods I haven’t given a go over the years of writing this column. I keep a spreadsheet of the recipes that have appeared in this space to keep track of what I’ve done and also when they came out, since I sometimes […]

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• The definition of “conservative” continues to change on the political landscape. Winston Churchill is credited with saying, “If you’re not a liberal at 20 you have no heart; if you’re not a conservative at 40 you have no brain.” The observation of the legendary leader of Great Britain highlights the change that so often comes with age: idealism matures […]

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Recalling colleague and friend

What does one do when a friend and colleague for more than 50 years dies? I think the best thing to do is to remember all of the good that person has done and how it has made one’s life better. This week I am remembering my friend and colleague Don R.Wipf, who was living in Rogers, Ark., with wife […]

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Reason eludes Trump’s base

If I’m not mistaken, I have put my disdain for Donald Trump in words only a couple of times since the 2016 election. The last time I attacked the POTUS was in June. I admit I have made a few disparaging comments about his style of governing and perhaps even his hair from time to time, but I have tried […]

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