Category: Staff Soapbox

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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Taking a novel plunge for literature

Last week, Shelley Plett wrote about NaNoWriMo, the contest in which one writes a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, specifically Nov. 1-30. I decided to do it. As of this moment, I have what I consider a comfortable start of several thousand words. However, they were written on a weekend day, with no other significant distractions, save writing this column. […]

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Thoughts on the way we?re headed

Back in the mid-1960s, I was a kid headed off for college at Kansas State University. College is supposed to widen the horizons, and it began to broaden mine even when I retreated. I was longing for my farm life while having my perspectives thrashed by what was around me. I was still in my box, but had the lid […]

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Nature?s defenses are beautiful to see

Imagine that you are walking along, and someone comes up behind you. They wrap their arms around you to carry you off. Almost without having to think about it, you arch your back a certain way and your ribs pierce the sides of your body, simultaneously impaling your attacker and dosing them with a strong poison. Although not something that […]

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A few ideas on paying for a new jail

Marion County wants a new jail. If all of us don?t get a jail, it?s going to get ugly?kicking and screaming and blaming whose fault it was we didn?t build one. We want a new communications center with the jail, so the 911 dispatchers don?t suffer the discomforts of being in an outdated sweatshop next to the cells. The county […]

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Freedom: fewer laws, not more

??The thing I treasure most in life cannot be taken away
There will never be a reason why I will surrender to your advice
To change myself, I?d rather die?.?

??Alive? by Disturbed

Freedom. The more of it a society has, the greater the potential for chaos, and the greater amount of responsibility that must be assumed by each and every citizen to prevent or contain the resulting chaos. Anyone notice what words weren?t there? I?ll give you a moment or two in case you missed it.

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