Commentary

Tue
11
Sep
Edgar's picture

Time for a new chapter in life

By DAN THALMANN

I’m turning the page on my newspaper career.

Last week, I accepted a job as Foundation, Communications & Marketing Director at Clay County Medical Center. I start there on Oct. 1.

I’ve been considering a career change for quite a while. I alluded to this in my column a couple weeks ago, where reaching the age of my father’s death caused a lot of reflection on my priorities, whether or not I’ve been living the life I desired and what the next 20 years of my life held.

 

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://etypeservices.com/Washington%20County%20NewsID441/

Wed
29
Aug
Edgar's picture

I’m the age my dad was when he died

By DAN THALMANN

I outlived my dad. It’s a strange feeling. Last Thursday, I was the exact same age, to the day, as my dad when he died of malignant melanoma, a type of skin cancer, back in 1988.

I was 15 at the time. He was 45.

When you’re 15, 45 seems pretty old. Heck, 35 even seems old to a 15-year-old.

I knew he wasn’t old-old. Like, he wasn’t a grandpa or anything. Not even close. But age isn’t really something a 15-year-old can comprehend.

At the end, I prayed for him to die. I really did.

But the reason I did that is because I watched him battle cancer for years. The ups and downs. Mostly downs.

 

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://etypeservices.com/Washington%20County%20NewsID441/

Wed
29
Aug
Edgar's picture

Forced into pre-cell-days trip

Incommunicato. Ten minutes from the house my cell was discovered absent. The dilemma was whether to burn 20 minutes out of a round trip to get the phone or press on.

I continued on for a multi-day road trip including a two-day drive halfway cross the country.

Nearly everyone can have a cell phone. Many have a free government phone but there is no help for a guy who left his on the dresser.

I keep up with folks using text messages but for those days I didn’t communicate with anyone. Nobody noticed I was missing. For all they knew I could have been somewhere cooling off .

 

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://etypeservices.com/Washington%20County%20NewsID441/

Tue
21
Aug
Edgar's picture

Not the same Kansas City Royals

By DAN THALMANN

It is really really hard to watch the Royals right now. They are not the same team that brought fans so much joy in 2014 and 2015. I mean, obviously they’re not the same team - so many of the beloved longterm players are gone as are the short-term players who were fan favorites (Zobrist).

Watching the Royals now must be what it was like in the 90s and 2000s, when a handful of recognizable players were backed up by a rotating crew of “Who’s that guy?” “What position do they play?”

 

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://etypeservices.com/Washington%20County%20NewsID441/

Tue
21
Aug
Edgar's picture

Cut taxes, cut costs, vote Kobach

By Dane Hicks

For many Kansas voters put off by the ever-growing cost and size of government and the post-2016 antics of the country’s political left, the fact that Kris Kobach raises the hackles of liberals, socialists and their media hit men to such a degree is alone reason enough to justify voting for him in the upcoming gubernatorial election.

But if you peer through the dust and haze fomented by all the Kobach haters over the past several years, you see plenty more to like about Kris Kobach, his philosophy and his vision for Kansas.

 

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://etypeservices.com/Washington%20County%20NewsID441/

Tue
14
Aug
Edgar's picture

Hot and lazy days of summer

JOE PHIL

Nat “King” Cole’s 1963 hit “Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer” might have been about the Dog Days.

As I write this it’s hot-humid- miserable. Dog Days are those between the end of July and early September. It begins when the “Dog Star,” Sirius, rises with the sun.

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://etypeservices.com/Washington%20County%20NewsID441/

Tue
14
Aug
Edgar's picture

What to do for a lower crime rate

Lizzie’s Lines

The internet has made me more aware of the number of crimes committed in the United States, and this makes me wonder what other countries are doing to keep their crime rates down.

In Japan, a prison sentence is a social stigma to be avoided and suspects are subjected to immense pressure to cooperate with investigators and admit their guilt. It is believed that criminals must repent and they face strict discipline and order in their prisons.

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://etypeservices.com/Washington%20County%20NewsID441/

Tue
07
Aug
Edgar's picture

Will today’s kids have memories of summer play?

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

I don’t know how today’s youngsters spend their summer hours, but I hope they are making as many memories as I did.

I question the amount of time some of them spend in front of video games, television and computers.

 

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://etypeservices.com/Washington%20County%20NewsID441/

Tue
07
Aug
Edgar's picture

Living with rabbits

By JOE PHILLIPS

MeriJon was a caution. Her eccentricities were so well known that people went silent when she entered a room. If they said anything it might have been:” There’s MeriJon.”

She never married, that anyone knew of but, she was gone for a time during her younger years. She was hired as a Pan Am flight attendant, a stint that lasted a dozen years or more.

 

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://etypeservices.com/Washington%20County%20NewsID441/

Wed
01
Aug
Edgar's picture

Doing things wrong with my best friend

By DAN THALMANN

I married my best friend 25 years ago.

My wife Jen and I were probably too young to get married. I was 20 and she was 19.

A couple years later, we were also probably too young to start a family.

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://etypeservices.com/Washington%20County%20NewsID441/

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Commentary