Category: Staff Soapbox

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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Is global warming for real?

I doubt that I?m going to take much pleasure in writing this opinion piece. I?d about rather have to run laps bare foot on the gravel lot behind the Free Press. But, ouch, here goes, that big question of our times: Is global warming for real? Well, June, July and August probably are for real, and from past history and […]

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Life as a long-range grandma

Our oldest child, and her husband, are the proud parents of a little baby girl. Actually, Livi Luise isn?t so little anymore. She will be a 1-year-old March 16. We wish our daughter, Tracy, and her husband, Stephen, lived closer, but we don?t think that will happen?at least not in the near future. They are very happy in Berlin, Germany, […]

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Early driving efforts were risky

The wonder of it all is that I never got hurt. Beginning to drive a car or truck when I was a teenager could be different than it is for young people today. I began driving our 1949 one-ton Ford truck hauling water when I was 15 or 16 years old in the early 1960s. The big rust and green […]

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A year to remember…or not

It?s 2014, but I?m not quite ready to wave goodbye to 2013 just yet. As one year ends and the next begins, it seems like my days get lumped together. Little time is left to fully enjoy my family, my personal beliefs and all that is important in our community, state, nation and the world. The most important resolutions will […]

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