Category: Opinion

Avoid those deer encounters

Long ago “in the olden days,” as my kids like to say, I had an extreme near-deer experience. Some people have near-death experiences, but apparently mine are wildlife oriented. I suppose I’m glad we don’t live in bear country. We were driving my Grandma’s 1963 Chevy Impala (looking back, I appreciate the irony there), heading toward Hutchinson to visit Dairy […]

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It’s time to sprinkle in some sugar cookies

I have a bad habit of skipping over steps in recipes when I look over them, trying to decide whether or not I should give them a try. More than once, I’ve started baking something, only to realize halfway through that I have to stop and chill an ingredient for an hour or overnight before moving on to the next […]

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What’s up with Kansas earthquakes?

by Brian Grimmett Kansas News Service A decade ago, Kansans felt an earthquake once every few years. Now ground tremors come regularly. One of the hardest hit areas is Harper County in the south central part of the state. It’s no coincidence, scientists and state regulators agree, that Harper and Sumner counties are also where massive amounts of wastewater has […]

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Demand ‘Sunshine’

by Doug Anstaett Kansas Press Association In recent years, the buzzword in politics has been “transparency.” Just about everyone has jumped on the transparency bandwagon. Our legislators certainly have been talking about it. Only a month ago, our new governor signed a number of executive orders demanding more transparency from the state agencies that report to him. Candidates for office […]

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Suddenly feeling ‘mature’

I am suddenly starting to feel quite mature. I just received a notice for my 50th class reunion for having graduated from KU in 1968. I think it’s sometime in April. I will not be attending—all I did was work while in school and really don’t know any of my classmates. ◼ We got word that our youngest grandson, Louis, […]

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Some PA announcer wisdom

I have been announcing sporting events for, well, more years than I care to admit. I started while I was still in my 20s. And, I like to think I have learned a thing or two because, as the TV ad goes, I have seen a thing or two. So, as another basketball season has come to a close, by […]

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Pace picking up with debate time tight

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives As promised, the pace has picked up for the legislative session. Many of the Senate bills look similar to previously passed House bills, so the time to debate and amend is shorter. The missing piece is still the study on appropriate school funding. That will be available next week, so expect a […]

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Stop, don’t think, just love

“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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Letters (March 14, 2018)

HCF grant will address injuries I would like to thank the Hillsboro Community Foundation for awarding USD 410 a grant from the Marga Ebel Health Fund. With this grant, we will be able to have a physician make weekly visits to the high school to check on sports injuries as well as have a physician on the sidelines at home […]

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Just ‘fry’ to resist these scrumptious potatoes

When I was younger, I knew it was going to be a great supper if I saw my mom’s electric skillet sitting out on the counter. That meant we were having fried potatoes as our side dish for dinner. I can still smell them cooking when I think about that skillet. It was one of my favorite things. Mom would […]

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