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Thu
02
Jan
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A radio out of nothing

A radio out of nothing

JOE PHILLIPS

Dear Me...

A radio out of nothing

Prisoners of War were able to make radios out of prison camp scraps to detect transmissions.

I opened another old box.

A Cub Scout book from 1952 was marked to a page on basic crystal radios.

Crystal radios do not need a power source. They operate on energy sent out by the radio transmitter. It is a “detector” made of an antenna, a coil of wire and earphone to vibrate with a radio signal.

This is old technology so basic that during WWII soldiers built “Fox Hole Radios” out of scrounged bits of this and that.

 

 

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Thu
26
Dec
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Buying stuff has nothing to do with Christmas

Buying stuff has nothing to do with Christmas

JOE PHILLIPS

Dear Me...

I’m not happy with the commercial aspect of Christmas and long ago asked my family to mark me off their list

Buying stuff has nothing to do with Christmas.

Many things that were popular decades ago no long exist.

 

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Thu
05
Dec
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Letters to the editor

Dems, media don’t accept

results of ‘16 election

From William Wineinger Wakefield

Dear Editor,

I feel that I must respond to last week’s (Nov. 28) letter to the editor. The author asks what is behind the impeachment attempt, and then states that she would like to believe that the Democrats are only doing their duty to hold the president accountable. She goes on to accuse President Trump of being the biggest liar, a con artist, and the most corrupt president who seemingly wants only to please Vladimir Putin.

Wow. That is a lot of hatred, and I hope it can end. I did not vote for Barrack Obama, and disagreed with almost all of his policies and actions, but I had enough respect for the office of the president and the voters that elected him not to write a scathing public letter bashing him personally and his administration for all their shortcomings.

Thu
28
Nov
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Letter to the editor

What is really behind the impeachment attempt? Is there some deep, dark secret agenda that the Democrats are trying to implement and thus, have to get rid of this president? I believe we could ask the same thing of the Republican party. Oh, I forgot, they have already accomplished their agenda.

 

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Thu
21
Nov
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Letter to the editor

What is really behind the impeachment attempt.

Having watched two days of the impeachment hearings I have determined that there are no grounds for impeaching the President. Instead I have come to the conclusion that when Donald Trump was elected as president the democrat’s agenda was shut down. What I am worried about is what of the democrat’s agenda was or is so important that they immediately had to try to reverse the election. To me it seems like their agenda was something so strange or so horrible that they could not or cannot reveal it to the general public because they know that the people would reject it. I think that only the elite powerful at the top know what the democrat’s real agenda is. I don’t think that just the hatred for Donald Trump would make the democrat’s go to such lengths to get him out of office.

 

 

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.

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