Category: Staff Soapbox

Change needed through time

Times change. Needs change. What we do. What we think we know. All of that is always changing. My great-great-grandfather farmed in Kansas while helping lay out and build some of the first section roads after the American Civil War. He was in another county. But during that same time frame, Marion County built about 1,600 miles of roads. These […]

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Visit renews bonds with family members

We spent a week in Champaign, Ill., recently and it was so great to see our daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law from Germany. We also spent time with my two brothers. The last face-to-face meeting we had with the German-side of the family was two years ago when we traveled to Berlin, Germany. So much has changed since then. Our granddaughter, […]

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Reliving my water-disaster fear

Remember when Frank?lin Delano Roosevelt told the American people living in the depth of the Great Depression, ?The only thing we have to fear is fear itself?? I should have taken that more to heart considering my fear of being in bodies of water. Instead, I have a fascination with water-related disasters. I didn?t even know how to swim until […]

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Moms aren?t in it for money

Mother?s Day is Sunday, and for more than a decade salary.com has computed in dollars and cents what our moms are worth if they received a paycheck for all they do. Obviously, mothers (and fathers) are priceless, but when I saw this study, I thought it was a clever way to give her an ?attagirl? for a lot of the […]

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Entitlement has a long history

Zebulon Montgom?ery Pike reputedly passed through this part of the country about a mile and a half east of where I live near 260th and Nighthawk in 1806 on his way to the discovery of Pike?s Peak. I wasn?t here yet to see him go by. He?d already passed just west of Marion along the Cottonwood, and was on a […]

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Old devices die with new tech

When I read that 87 percent of all the scientists who ever lived are alive at this moment, I was surprised. But, when I thought about it, I shouldn?t have been, because with technology multiplying exponentially, it?s only a natural phenomena. A friend of mine told me something I never forgot regarding change: with every ?yes? there is a corresponding […]

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We must remember Hitler

Uncle Glen died last week. My dad (Wayne) and his brothers, Glen and Dale, all finished World War II as sergeants of various types. Dale and Glen were in the Battle of the Bulge, and on into Germany. Dad was in the landing against the Vichy French in North Africa, was in Rommel?s defeat, the invasion of Sicily, the landing […]

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E-messages aren’t always clear

A friend who was living in Boston in the mid 1980s told me his job was getting computers to talk to each other. I couldn?t even fathom what he was doing until the Internet started taking off in the early to mid-1990s. Those were certainly exciting times, and looking back, it?s hard to believe how quickly technology changed our lives, […]

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Big John kept big trouble at bay

Big John took me on one of the more memorable rides of my life in 1969 to St. Louis by semi after midnight during a Teamsters? Union trucking strike. I am reminded of it now because of the racial events in Ferguson, Mo., even though race had nothing to do with this journey. I call him Big John because over […]

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Think safety at holiday time

Even though the holiday season is still a few weeks away, stores are already putting Christmas items on the shelves, making it hard not to be festive. During this happy time, as most of us are busy preparing for holiday feasts, buying Christmas gifts and planning trips, we need to remember safety. Not to shed doom and gloom on this […]

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