Commentary

Wed
20
Sep

Sweet tea to cool off in summer

By JOE PHILLIPS

Finally! This is odd for a southern boy but I just had my first glass of “sweet tea” in years.

The Kansas Woman grew up with un-sweetened tea so that’s what we have, on the rare times we have iced tea at all. Of course I can have sweet tea if I’ll make it.

Sweet tea is a part of southern culture but is being nudged by carbonated drinks — sodas. As a child there was always a pitcher of iced tea sitting around in the kitchen.

 

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Wed
20
Sep

Too big, too far

League should not add Riverside High School to its ranks

I’m sure the students, staff and patrons of Riverside High School are great. This shouldn’t be taken as a knock against them at all.

But adding a school to the Twin Valley League that is practically twice the size of the largest current TVL school is a ridiculous notion, even without considering the fact they are located so far away from the main concentration of league schools.

 

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Wed
06
Sep

Washington Vet Clinic expands facility

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

Washington Vet Clinic will be expanding its donor cow and In Vitro Fertilization services this fall with the addition of donor cow housing. As many as 50 cows could spend anywhere from a week to a year in the new lot while they are flushed.

Clinic owner Garrett Stewart said the service has been offered for a few years, but the donor cows were kept in the Stewart family’s lots. He is fencing in the area around the clinic to prepare for the addition of the donor housing lots to the area located behind the clinic.

 

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Wed
06
Sep

Treasure Hunt is coming

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

The annual U.S. Highway 36 Treasure Hunt begins next week. This is the 12th year for the event, which runs from Sept. 15-17, although many people begin the sales as early as Wednesday.

Washington County tourism director Gloria Moore said she has been contacted recently by vendors from Iowa and Nebraska about setting up in the county. She is also on the Highway 36 board of directors and said she has been handing out flyers for the Treasure Hunt at every trade show she has been to in the past year.

 

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Wed
30
Aug

Unplugging cable, plugging into the stream

By JOE PHILLIPS

I’ve unplugged. The over-large television bought two years ago for full immersion fi lms and TV has sat in the corner for weeks. First came the disconnect from satellite television. I had enough. Resentment over paying for unwanted channels to have channels I want burned me. My “package” included never- viewed sports and child-friendly programming.

“Can I pick a dozen channels I want and eliminate the rest?” I asked the soft-spoken woman on the phone. She sounded so delicate I felt she took my complaint personally.

 

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Wed
30
Aug

Consider helping hurricane victims

By D. Thalmann

Small town residents usually show their best side when they’re called upon to help their neighbors. We step up and support each other when tornadoes, hail storms and other natural disasters hit here in Washington County.

In Kansas, we’re not at risk of a direct hit by a hurricane, but after seeing the devastation in Texas by Hurricane Harvey (which is still ongoing), we should see Texans as our neighbors and help them out.

 

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Wed
23
Aug

Goodbye Mount Rushmore

By Dane Hicks

In the modern squall that seeks to uncover, and if not, construct racism in every nook and corner of the nation and has most recently targeted statues and memorials of the Civil War era Confederacy, we must wonder how far the historical scourging will go and if Mount Rushmore will be next.

Yes, Mount Rushmore – the venerated mountainside in South Dakota – home to the granite visages of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln – racists, bigots, slave holders and political lethargists in the view of modern fanatics whose political survival depends on the continuation of American racial strife.

 

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Wed
23
Aug

Experiencing Washington’s eclipse

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

I decided to experience the eclipse from Washington’s main street. I thought about driving north of Washington several miles, but I decided I would rather see what the town of Washington saw and experience it with other people. And I didn’t want to fight the “traffic.”

It was neat to see several people gathered outside their workplaces as they periodically put on their glasses to check out the eclipsed sun.

 

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Wed
16
Aug

Never too late to try happiness

By ELIZABETH ROGGE

Some people think happiness is a matter of luck and circumstances, but happiness is a choice.

Choose to be happy. Control you feelings, don’t let them control you. Focus on the good things. Be grateful for what you have. Be sure your expectations are realistic and don’t be influenced by others. Be generous and give of yourself to a good cause.

 

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Wed
16
Aug

Going through the remains of history

By JOE PHILLIPS

Stuff !

My parents were keepers. They didn’t keep everything, just threw away less than most. My mother stored “keepsakes” in her cedar chest. She kept my first Halloween costume. Mom sewed patches on my oldest jeans, turned me into a hobo and sent me out to join the Halloween parade. I won first prize, a box of candy, and gave it to my best girl — my mother.

There are baby shoes, little outfits, things related to my sister and me. She kept things connected to her grandchildren, lots of family pictures, MORE lots of family pictures and family history records.

 

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