Category: Staff Soapbox

Border debate takes on human face

I met Joe while we were each drinking a senior coffee under the golden arches in Liberal. We were both headed south, toward the main thrust of what has come to be called the ?immigration problem? on the Mexican border. I was traveling to Harlingen, Texas, right by South Padre Island on the Gulf Coast, to see my son, and […]

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In search of a zebra mussels Pulitzer

Sometimes I take a long, hard, scrutinizing look at myself in the mirror, analyzing my morals and beliefs and convictions and priorities. Then the thought suddenly occurs to me: ?Whoa! When did THAT pimple get there?? So then I take several minutes to pick, squeeze and apply about three different brands of topical acne medication to the offending bump. Other […]

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County fairs surface good memories

When it comes to favorite childhood memories, the county fair is near the top of my list. The smell of corn dogs, funnel cakes and other goodies are hard to forget, and I equate those things with happy times. It?s also fun to enter items in 4-H or open-class divisions. I did. At age 10, I decided to enter a […]

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Ordinary people can do great things

What we perceive as the normal in our lives can be shattered by momentary call to a higher plane of understanding. Remember this in the days following Memorial Day, considering the sacrifices of persons we might have once have considered ?ordinary? in the usual daily hum-drum of our lives. I will paraphrase Charles Dickens today in writing a small version […]

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Memories still link mother, daughter

When I was a little girl, I can remember asking my mother, ?Why is there a special day set aside for moms and dads, but not for children?? I thought I really stumped her as I watched her standing at the sink, cutting potatoes and pondering an answer. As she continued preparing dinner, she glanced my way and said, ?Every […]

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Maybe parents should be in charge

I really hate to disappoint you, but here it comes: I wasn?t always this enlightened mass of more than 250 pounds thinking outside the box. I was a child. Yes, I know some of you still consider me child-like, but that?s beside the point. I was the kind of child whom my parents sometimes decided needed the wound of discipline […]

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Spouse?s surprises just keep coming

Just when I think I know my husband, he surprises me with something new. I am not even sure how, but Randy still has an uncanny ability to ?gently? pull the rug out from under me. Most people might think that after almost 20 years of marriage, I should be past the ?surprise stage.? Let me back up, though. During […]

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Land-use challenges evident on trip

I?m in a motel on Bowles Street in St. Louis?it?s the east side of town, but the Missouri side of the river. At this moment, it seems someone must have switched the ?e? and the ?l? on Bowles Street, because after two days of Italian food?one of Southern fried, plus forays to Krispy Kreme doughnuts?I am in agony. My national […]

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Remote-control people now popular

?The queen is dead. Long live the queen.? That was a phrase spoken in a movie??Elizabeth,? with Cate Blanchett?that I watched over the weekend, and it got me thinking. It seems to me that for added clarity, it would have been better if someone back then had decided to say instead, ?The former queen is dead. Long live the new […]

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It?s hard letting go of power, isn?t it?

Yikes! It?s nearly time for school to be out, and now the English teacher says we must complete a theme before we leave. Oh yeah, I?m not a kid anymore…wrong authority figure. It?s the editor, not the English teacher, and it?s this column. I forgot it was due this week. I have to come up with something meaningful for you, […]

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