Category: Opinion

Beyond the spicy limits…

I have always loved animals. For years, my dad teased me that quite possibly it was possible for DNA to be transmitted via television, and I had turned into Elly May Clampett. My mom will gladly confirm the vast quantities of literature I consumed about various animal types, breeds, colors, genetics, and behaviors. I always love to hear stories about […]

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Humanity is small compared to cosmos

I used to spend a great deal more time outdoors—particularly when I was much younger—until I graduated community college and left my home in the country. Lately, I tend to spend far more time in front of a computer, whether it be creating art, writing or programming. However, I remember a couple of events that I suspect were once-in-a-lifetime experiences. […]

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Make cookies almost too cute to bear

Make cookies almost too cute to bear

It might be a side effect of becoming an aunt, but my eyes seem to be drawn to all kinds of cute things lately. The cookie recipe I’m sharing with you this week was one of those cute items I found online and just had to try. I then immediately messaged my sister with a photo, noting that they’d be […]

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‘Unpublic’ servants

We applaud the Marion County men and women who serve as public safety dispatchers during this, National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, April 14-20. The week is dedicated to public safety telecommunicators who aid in providing 9-1-1 assistance to citizens everywhere. The term “9-1-1” is often associated with rapid emergency response, poise under pressure, aid and compassion in times of distress […]

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English can be crazy

It’s no secret the English language can be quite crazy when it comes to words, how they are spelled and what they mean. I can’t remember how this subject came up, but Shelley Plett and I, who sit beside each other at work, were discussing how our daughters would say words when they were younger that made perfect sense to […]

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Letters (April 11, 2018)

Court cases that ‘kicked out God’ I must stand by my comment about kicking God out of schools. Although, “kicking God out of school” was a figure of speech, since we are all aware that God is omnipresent. I cite several court cases over the years. (1) Voluntary prayer offered in a school is unconstitutional, even if it is both […]

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Sage advice usually inaccurate

The recent arrival of our twin grandchildren has started my thinking about what sage advice I can give them as they grow. I remember hearing plenty of interesting, though often inaccurate, maxims. Here are some of my favorites. Wait an hour after eating to go swimming. I was told I might get cramps as blood moves from my extremities to […]

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Choose to find positive things

“Change the scenery of your life. You don’t have to travel far. It’s an adventure. A chance to refresh. To learn. To compare. To meet new people. To make new friends. To view things anew. To grow.” —uptitude.it My kids and I went to a concert a while back which is bound, in some way, to lift spirits, whether they’re […]

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School funding bill brought to the floor

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The legislative session is getting interesting as we are winding down and nearing first adjournment. Many previously passed bills are now in conference, but the big issues remain unresolved. Those issues are school funding and the budget. Obviously, those issues must be resolved, but doing so may not be easy. To start […]

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Can’t stop thinking ‘gumbout’ N’Orleans dish

Sometimes I let my fridge do the talking when I’m trying to figure out what to make for dinner, so when I had several leftover stalks of celery, most of an onion and lots of diced bell peppers at my disposal, I took to the Internet for a solution. Much to Joey’s delight, I decided to try a recipe for […]

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