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Thu
06
Aug
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Our safety is best determined locally

The benefits of living in a sparsely-populated rural area have been featured in new ways during the coronavirus pandemic. With the completion of the primary election and our attention shifting to the general election, we can use our new pandemic context to emphasize the importance of local control to candidates for elected office. Anyone we vote into office in the general election needs to understand the importance of decisions being made as close to the area affected as possible. Whether that be stay-at-home orders being made at the county level instead of the state level or even issues that would be better made by states than by the federal government. This was the intent of our country’s Constitutional foundation.

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Thu
06
Aug
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Anything is collectable

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Paul had it all.

Visiting his barn reminded me of collecting stamps.

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Thu
30
Jul
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Letters to the editor

The cost of complacency

From Bill Pannbacker Washington

I woke up last Friday morning, after the beef show Thursday evening at the County Fair, thinking about a cow I had fed 15-20 years ago.

We were feeding heiferettes that came in 2-5 at a time from different sale barns and from multiple owners.

Because they were mature and we hadn’t seen any IBR virus for a long time, plus they were arriving in small bunches, my standard vaccination protocol for IBR got waived.

About a week after arrival, the cow showed up with a fever, runny eyes, etc. She survived but 8-10 of her pen mates didn’t, plus we saw IBR in adjacent pens.

At the County Fair Beef Show, I saw people from all over congregated in a confined space (pen) without knowing if a virus shedder was among them. The use of the most basic available protection (a mask) was used by less than 2% of those in attendance.

Thu
30
Jul
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Life lessons at the county fair

If you want to restore your faith in humanity and generate optimism for the future, the Washington County Fair never ceases to provide.

The county fair is a showcase of the true meaning of “agri-culture” – we are people of the land. That land requires work, but with this exchange, the land provides. The contests and efforts at the fair give snapshots of that work and what comes out of it.

That ethic starts with our youth, and at the fair, they put their best on display.

The three photos on the front page of this week’s paper help tell that story.

Thu
23
Jul
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Wearing a mask doesn’t have to be political

Ahhhh... Mr. Welch!

First, I’d like to apologize for publicly having a spat in the local paper. Yet since Mr. Welch wrote it and the editor published it, I guess I’m involved. The article in question was a “Letter to the Editor” by Mr. Welch in the 7/16/20 edition of the paper.

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Thu
23
Jul
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A true ‘kid’s horse’

A true ‘kid’s horse’

At the very mature age of 4 my mother let me name my first horse, a Shetland Pony. I finally settled on the name “Pone.” With all my years of wisdom, I came to the logical conclusion to not over complicate something as simple as a name. To reiterate this point, at the same age I had a female Rat Terrier named “Girl”.

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Thu
16
Jul
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Kudos to county commissioners for opting-out of mask requirements

A big KUDOS to the Washington County Commissioners for exercising common sense by voting “unanimously” to opt out of Governor Laura Kelly’s unlawful executive order, mandating the wearing of masks across Kansas in public spaces inside, or outside where social distancing cannot be maintained. They pushed aside politics and I do believe they are now working for us, we the people!

As we continue into the seventh month of this so called pandemic (yes, it did start in December 2019 in China), many liberal Governors took action that was way off the mark!

Remember what you have heard so many times before, hindsight is 2020! They don’t have that either! These governors did not use common sense to begin with! With each passing day these governors continued to issue restrictive living and working conditions, pushing more and more people to resort to violent protests, mobs breaking into businesses to loot, sometimes burning them to the ground!

Thu
16
Jul
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Mental health issues

July is Minority Mental Health Month. This occasion provides a timely and appropriate opportunity for Pawnee Mental Health Services to speak to issues related to the mental health of communities of color.

First recognized in 2008 by the US House of Representatives as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, this month was created to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding mental illness in the United States. Bebe Moore Campbell was an author, advocate, national spokesperson, and co-founder of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Urban Los Angeles who died in November 2006.

Thu
16
Jul
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Better data would improve our coronavirus response

We’re being warned about the coronavirus pandemic like it was tornado season and the warning sirens were set off every couple of hours, even if there isn’t a cloud in the sky. In that scenario, after a while, it would be no surprise if people started ignoring the sirens. Which creates a dangerous situation when an actual tornado suddenly sweeps through an area filled with people who have tuned out the sirens.

I could see us ignoring the coronavirus sirens, because we need a better system of recognizing the current threat of COVID-19 based on real-time, standardized data. Until that happens, even with the increasing spread of the coronavirus across the country, people will not take it seriously.

We were told early on that masks were not necessary, but now mask mandates are the latest in a series of government mandates.

Thu
11
Jun
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This isn’t close to the worst, but so very far from our best

The protests and riots that flared up across the country since the killing of George Floyd on May 25 show just how far we are as a nation from mending the racial fissure that has festered in America for 400 years.

The country’s reaction to Floyd’s death at the hands of the four Minneapolis Police Officers who have been charged with murder and aiding in murder, has been violent and destructive. Seeing the protests, riots and looting fill our daily news feed has caused many to claim we are witnessing the most turbulent time in American history.

A quick review of our country’s sordid resume of racial relations shows this is simply not true. In our current internet-obsessed, egocentric society, we have a tendency to lack historic perspective. But the fact we have so many racial atrocities to compare throughout our time as a nation is itself an obvious sign of societal failure.

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