Category: Staff Soapbox

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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Bobby Kennedy, you were right

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was walking by himself down the rear stairs from the top floor of the Kansas State University Student Union in March 1968, prior to delivering a speech intended to honor former Kansas Gov. Alf Landon. He used that speech to announce his candidacy for president of the United States, focusing his campaign on ending the Vietnam […]

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September is a holiday month

Does anyone out there know who Barney Flaherty was? I should have known, but I didn?t. Turns out, he was the first newspaper carrier, hired in 1833. The reason for bringing up this trivia is because Thursday, Sept. 4, is the anniversary of Barney?s hiring. It is also National Carrier Day. So for all our Free Press carriers and other […]

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Everyone has a special talent

This is written for you teenaged boys who aren?t necessarily the best of athletes. This is my story, but I want you to realize, somewhere down deep in your soul, that every person has some special talent, intellectual ability or contribution to make that perhaps isn?t known yet. I don?t care if you?re scrawny, undersized, not as intelligent or very […]

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Ethical challenges hit all of us

At some point in our careers, we likely will be faced with ethical or moral dilemmas. And in journalism, the first obligation is to the truth. If someone were to ask me to define my job as a reporter, I would say it is to ?report.? Even though that sounds like a simple answer, it isn?t necessarily easy to do. […]

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Reunion a reminder that life is fleeting

Turning points of life sometimes come with little notice of arrival. Last week I went to the city of Auburn, southwest of Topeka, as a member of the Auburn Rural High School graduating class of 1964 for my 50th high school reunion. I visited with people I have seen periodically over the years and people I hadn?t seen since I […]

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Family from Germany visits

Last month, our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter traveled from Berlin, Germany, to visit us for a week. It was only the second time I had seen my granddaughter, Livi, who is now 14 months old. Seeing our little German family melted my heart, and it was difficult to wave good-bye as they drove off on the next leg of their […]

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