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Thu
07
Nov
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Letter to the editor Freedom has never been free

Darrell Keefover

Blue Rapids

Freedom means different things to different people. Yes, you have the freedom to live as you like, go to school, find a job, own a home, own cars, and all things that are useful to you. You must follow the rules of personal relationships with others. Your freedom ends where other’s freedom begins. You have to obey the laws of the road and the laws of the land. Society says you must keep morality. Follow the Golden Rule. Treat others as you would want to be treated.

The good parts of life, you can marry or stay single. You can have children and live where you want to. We can all enjoy life better if we follow these rules. Don’t froget to read the Bible and follow Jesus. It will help you stay free.

Give thanks to all Veterans, and give thanks to all who protect our freedom.

Thu
07
Nov
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Back at the News

Back at the News

DAN THALMANN

On the Backroads

I guess I should clarify that I’m back full-time at the Washington County News. People have been noticing me out and about a little more the last few weeks – I returned to the newspaper full-time the last week of August.

Things went smoothly here while I was gone working full-time as Foundation, Communications & Marketing Director at Clay County Medical Center. The WCN staff really stepped up to fill the gap of me being gone.

This was meant to be short-term, since the intention was to sell the newspaper. Last year, I had hit a stage of life where I thought I needed a change from the day, evening and weekend work schedule that is a newspaper career. My work-life balance was out of whack and something needed to change.

Thu
31
Oct
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The all-woman Haddam city council

MUSEUM MUSINGS

Following are comments about the all-woman/mayor/council at Haddam and about the building of the jail written by Vivian Kolars.

In 1901, at a March 20 caucus, the Haddam women stated their positions and entered a slate of candidates. Their platform stated 1)that they could rule their own households so could manage city affairs; 2)the men had taken the whole pie and left not a crumb for them; 3)prevent harm to the morals of the boys and girls. As the paper’s editor said, they then campaigned as well as any other politicians.

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Thu
31
Oct
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No Dorothy Lynch dressing in The South

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JOE PHILLIPS

Dear Me...

We all know that for the best nourishment our diet should contain a variety of things.

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Thu
03
Oct
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‘Stop vaping’

Kansas health officials confirmed the first death in the state associated with an outbreak of serious lung disease related to vaping or use of e-cigarettes.

“I think this is a national public health crisis, especially as so much of the appeal of vaping has been targeted to young people with the flavored products, and ‘safe alternative’ messaging,” said Phillip Caswell, CRT, respiratory therapist at Community Memorial Healthcare, Marysville. “If truly a quarter of our young people, starting as young as fifth grade, as some reports are stating, are exposing themselves to unknown toxins causing disease at this rate, imagine what the state of health that quarter of our young people will experience in five years.” Ermel Heuer, CMH infection prevention nurse, said that she has never received as much communication from the KDHE emphasizing public safety and concern related to a single topic in her time in her position.

Thu
03
Oct
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Left out

Left out

JOE PHILLIPS

Dear Me...

I've been reminded that my note on games was a short list.

For instance Judi sent a text that I left out games that were singular to girls, such as playing with paper dolls.

Having not been a paper doll type of guy I didn't know there was a competitive aspect there.

Playing “jacks” was nearly an all-girl sport but at times boys participated at the risk of being shown up by a gal.

She added that her grand daughters play a mean game of jacks and that her husband was the yoyo champion of Whitfield County back in the 1950's.

 

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Thu
23
May
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Letter to the editor

Dear Editor:

We are “looking at a jar that is half full or half empty.” Perspective is everything. After reading the headline on the front page of the Washington County News last week which stated that the Hanover Hospital requested county money to keep the doors open, the board felt that a letter to the editor is necessary to help clarify our motives and relieve the uncertainty or doubt that many individuals must be feeling about what we are actually trying to achieve.

The board members at the county commissioners' meeting felt at the end of the open meeting that the eight individuals present were clear on what we are trying to achieve for the county, but apparently there was one who felt some negativity. The quotes in the article were not inaccurate, however, the perspective lacked much of what was said during the meeting, and with the very inaccurate BOLD headline this obviously leads to a vast misinterpretation of our intent.

 

 

Thu
18
Apr
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Sportsmanship in Washington County

Letter to the editor

I recently witnessed an amazing display of friendship and sportsmanship displayed by one of our young athletes in Washington County. I was at the junior high track meet at Washington County High School on April 4. My daughter, Sarah Portenier, was running the 1600 meter run. She was having difficulties, suffering from abdominal pain. Sarah stopped running, grabbing her abdomen several times.

Kendall Bruna from Hanover stopped with her, encouraging Sarah to keep going, saying she would walk with her.

 

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Wed
10
Apr
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Dog owners asked to secure animals during mail delivery

Letter to the editor

Dog owners asked to secure animals during mail delivery

Rick Reed Postmaster Washington

Dear Editor:

The United States Postal Service kicks off our yearly Dog Bite Awareness Campaign on Sunday, April 14. The week-long campaign hopes to bring awareness to the danger our letter carriers face year-round.

Pet owners’ efforts are critical when you consider the number of Postal Service employees attacked by dogs last year reached 5,714.

My concern is not only for our employees, but with the general population as well. Here are three critical points to remember:

· If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured.

 

 

Wed
26
Dec
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What’s up for the new year?

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JOE PHILLIPS

Dear Me...

From December 2017

Anytime I try to look into a crystal ball it reminds me of the toy “Eight Ball” that was sold as a gag, a game, but I had one.

According to instructions you asked the ball a question then rolled it over to find an answer in a tiny window. They were, of course, displayed at random without credibility.

The ball wasn't asked any important questions but I often posed one or two to get a second opinion. Not that I took it seriously.

So this note to you does not contain any forecasts for 2018 but merely what I expect, just that.

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