Commentary

Tue
17
Jul
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It’s been a great year

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

This week marks one year that I have been back at the Washington County News. Where does the time go? In honor of the milestone I wanted to take a moment to thank a lot of people.

First of all, there are many in this county who have taken valuable time out of their day to answer my questions or look up information for me. I can only imagine that they roll their eyes when I call and ask them to look up yet another piece of information. I know they are busy, and I do sincerely appreciate their help.

 

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Tue
17
Jul
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KU right to take down flag art

By Scott Stanford

Officials were right to take down what appeared to be a desecrated American Flag flying at Spooner Hall on the University of Kansas campus.

On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Jeff Colyer insisted that Chancellor Douglas Girod and the Board of Regents take down the flag, which has flown since July 5 as part of a broader months-long public art project. KU officials removed the flag around 4:30 p.m.

This so-called art should never have been raised on a flagpole at the university, especially without clear explanation.

 

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Tue
10
Jul
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Will campaigns bring us the Kansas we once had?

By John Marshall

 

Before the summer’s campaign cicada chorus turns to an autumn cricket screech, imagine something on the far side of all the noise. Think on a Kansas that once was – and what history may tell us about it. Imagine a Kansas that could be, again. For the fi ve decades leading to the last millennium, our state was governed by experienced, educated and thoughtful people who realized the great diff erence that government had made in their lives. The Legislature, the executive branch and the courts were composed of men (and later, women) who had grown up on farms or in farm towns, in small cities or in big cities, and most of them knew what it was like before the dirt path had become a road, before there was electricity in the house, before party lines came to the farm, before water came from anything but a pond or a well.

 

Wed
04
Jul
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How to control marestail and pigweed in soybeans

By Tyler Husa

Marestail and pigweed are some of the most dreaded weeds for crop producers across north-central Kansas, especially when they grow in soybean fields. Controlling these weeds before they reach four inches in height is of utmost importance, and if you can get to them before they are two inches tall it is better yet. Pre-emergent herbicides are great, if they are activated by timely rainfalls. They typically last between four to five weeks before the second round of weeds start to grow. However, with glyphosate resistance in both marestail and pigweed, the options for broadleaf weed control in soybeans is greatly reduced.

 

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Wed
27
Jun
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Impulse purchases

By JOE PHILLIPS

Impulse! It determines what we buy and gets us locked into life-long situations. Behavior without thought, emotion driven actions, road rage: These are some of the results of giving in to impulse.

Teenagers and young adults work with an undeveloped cerebrum leaving them prone to impulse.

 

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Wed
27
Jun
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First part of summer is already fading away

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

We say it every year: Summer is going by fast. And every year it’s true. As my grandma always told me growing up, life goes by faster and faster every day. Baseball season is now over, and it’s hard to imagine that I’ve been going to baseball three nights a week since mid-April. What will I do with all my extra time now? Especially after a nearly 10-day straight run of ball games and tournaments.

I’ve found that there are weeks when I’m so busy that when I do get some down time I actually stand around wondering what to do. I’m not used to being bored. Sure, there is always something to clean, but once the worst of it is picked up it’s hard to find the motivation to do the dusting and deep cleaning.

 

Wed
20
Jun
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The great broadcasters

By JOE PHILLIPS

What kind of car was that?

I have long been disappointed in the performance news readers we see and hear today.

The newsmen and women we grew up with were all former newspaper and wire service people who made the transition to radio, then television. Delivering news on radio and television was a second career for most of them.

 

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Wed
20
Jun
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Postal reform bill

By Steve Haynes

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran continues to push for a way to clean up the U.S. Postal Service’s finances and get the lumbering agency back on track.

He’s once again partnered with the Democrats to write a “postal reform” bill which would end a burdensome, and unfair, requirement that the service prepay employee health-care costs.

Similar bills have died in Congress despite the dire nature of the service’s financial predicament. This year, Sen. Moran worked with his longtime ally, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and two other prominent Democrats, Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

 

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Wed
13
Jun
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A clothesline in the back yard

JOE PHILLIPS

Flapping away. Yesterday, while driving to the German food store, I noticed a second house with clothes flapping in the wind from a clothesline.

Not sure that my memory was right I turned around, back-tracked the route and found the count was wrong. There were three houses with visible back yards containing loaded clotheslines.

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Wed
13
Jun
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Photography is not my passion

CYNTHIA SCHEER

I’m flattered that so many folks think I have photography skills.

But if I’m being honest, I really don’t have much for skills, and I’m not just being modest. There are dozens of mothers in this county with significantly more skill, and their cameras are bigger and nicer than mine, too. Ask them to take your photos; they’ll be so much better.

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