We will miss Ron Voth

There isn?t much nonsense coming out of my head right now.

We buried Nancy?s cousin, Ron Voth of Hal?stead, Satur?day at the Alexand?erwohl Church cemetery. He was only 61 and died of cancer.

He had connected with many people during the short time he had, including Tabor College friends and the Mennonite Brethren conference. The connections were very strong.

His son, Trenton, led the service and his dad would have been proud.

He was a frequent letter writer to the Wichita Eagle about social justice and political matters. The last time I spoke with Ron was at his nephew?s wedding reception about a month and a half ago. I asked if he was working on sending any more letters and he said he was. He didn?t have the strength to finish them.

He will be sorely missed by family and friends.


I have had trouble with my back, off and on, since I was 27 years old. It started with shoveling snow when we first moved back to Hillsboro in the late ?70s.

It would come and go many times after that, but I could always get it fixed in a short time and be back in action.

Last Tuesday I noticed a pain in my lower back and thought the usual method would take care of it. And this time it was a different deal and the usual treatment didn?t work.

I don?t know what I would do if I was by myself, but I guess my feet would air dry and not wearing socks is cool.

Hopefully, we can figure out what the problem might be and get it fixed again. It gets old very quickly, which I am sure many people who have experienced low back pain already know.


I have quite a few projects around the house that are on hold for now. My situation saves money, at least.


The Tabor College football juggernaut is still on a roll, running roughshod over the competition. The Bluejays made easy work of a Sterling team that was picked to finish in a top spot in the KCAC. Tabor ran the ball down their throats all night long without even one pass attempt.

That is a serious commitment to the run game, which no Tabor opponent has yet to shut down so far.


I believe in giving everyone a chance to succeed, but I agree with letting go of KU football coach Charlie Weiss over the weekend.

To keep going would have been the ultimate definition of insanity. Which is: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Some coaches from the pro ranks just aren?t cut out for college ball.


I am really looking forward to Tuesday morning, when I have an appointment with one of the curators of the Spencer Museum at KU. I get to see the Washington Hand Press I refurbished nearly 50 years ago while attending KU.

If you wish to share your comments or ideas, my e-mail address is joel@

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