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Wed
07
Mar
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Allow teachers to bear arms

By Dane Hicks

Despite the expected cacophony from anti-gun groups which follows each tragic and now alltoo common mass shooting incident in the U.S., it’s time for a federal measure allowing the option for concealed carry by teachers and administrators in public school classrooms.

It is, after all, first and foremost about immediate protection for the lives of students and school staff.

It’s also time for a hard look at the deficits in character among these shooters, the mental health conditions that affect them and the environment in public schools that makes them such a consistent target of the young and deranged.

 

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Wed
21
Feb
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Remembering the family’s slaves

By JOE PHILLIPS Dear Me...

 

Forgotten. It chides me to know that anyone connected to me and my family has been forgotten. It is equally disturbing that anyone else who lived, no matter how far back, left no tracks. Thousands, millions lived out their lives with little or no record.

Even with census records many fell through the cracks and years passed without a grave marker, government record, name in a bible. Cherokees died and were buried along “The Trail of Tears.” Hundreds died as wagon trains trudged west, families died and were buried in small cemeteries.

 

 

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Wed
21
Feb
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Skating around the land mines

By DAN THALMANN On the Backroads

 

I’ve been going to Linn Lutheran School’s Parent-Teacher League roller skating party in Beatrice, Neb., for 16 years now. Ç

This annual event is one of the highlights of the annual PTL activities and Sunday evening’s crowd was as big as its been during that time. I grew up doing plenty of skating, both with roller skates and ice skates, so I’m pretty competent at the roller rink. Now I only skate once a year, so like almost everyone, I’m a bit wobbly with the fi rst few laps but then the effort becomes familiar again.

 

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Wed
14
Feb
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I spend my life in the car

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

I love living on the farm, and I have really come to enjoy the Haddam community where we live, but living so far from Washington – 16 miles – eats up my life.

While I am not one of those mothers who will have children in every activity possible, the few activities my two oldest boys do participate in have me questioning how I will keep my sanity in a few years when all three boys are in junior high and high school.

 

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Wed
14
Feb
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Governor’s race no place for kids

By Dane Hicks

It’s time for someone to say what no adult candidate for Kansas governor can say lest he/she be shamed as “anti-youth;” and that’s that no 17 year-old kid has any business running for governor.

The point was evident at a gubernatorial forum last Saturday at the annual Kansas Press Association convention in Topeka, when a good swath of the field of candidates – and there is quite a field indeed – showed up to the event to get their faces in front of the mainstay of the Kansas print media and local TV stations.

 

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Wed
07
Feb
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Thank you readers for having my back

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

When I wrote my column, “Nobody reads the paper anymore,” I didn’t expect to hear anything from anyone. We like to complain to our friends, but we don’t take the time to kindly share our opinions with those who are in a position to cause change. And we don’t tell people what they are doing right near enough.

I’m so grateful to know that the readers of the Washington County News have my back, and they’ve taken time out of their day to tell me so.

I have gotten about 20 e-mails from readers since my column appeared in the paper two weeks ago, and every single e-mail praised the newspaper, and most of the e-mails chided those who thought the Washington County News had no news or gossiped about it.

 

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Wed
07
Feb
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A cigarette company without cigarettes?

By JOE PHILLIPS

Philip Morris is quitting. Recently word came that the large tobacco company will stop producing cigarettes.

“Fortune” magazine reported the company’s goal of having a “smoke free” future. How is a cigarette company going to do that?

They have been in business since the 1800’s with some of the most popular cigarettes on the market. PM brands account for 51.4 percent of the market and Marlboro holds 44 percent of the market.

 

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Wed
31
Jan
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I did so bad, I couldn’t even be worst

By DAN THALMANN

As long as I’ve known about them, I’ve competed in the Blue Valley Pick-it Bowl Challenge and Blue Valley Pick-it March Mania Contest hosted by Blue Valley Tele-Communications. These are online contests that test your prediction skills for college sports, for the football bowl games in winter and the March Madness basketball tournament.

I pay pretty close attention to sports in general. If one of my teams isn’t playing, there is a good chance I’ll have some sort of sporting event on television as background noise.

 

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Wed
31
Jan
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My spring cleaning disaster is featured in someone’s family history book

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

For more than five years I have saved all of my newspaper stories and columns on jump drives. I have a dozen jump drives now, and I noticed recently that a couple of them have gone bad, and the contents lost. So just in the past few weeks I have progressed in the technology world to an external hard drive, which is supposed to be a safer storage option. I have spent my free time moving all of the files from my many jump drives onto this external drive, and in doing so, I found some gems from the past six years.

For five years I wrote a weekly column for The Belleville Telescope, and I’ve pulled a bunch that the Washington County News readers will get to enjoy over the next few months.

 

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Wed
24
Jan
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Nobody reads the paper

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

We spoiled Americans like to complain. About everything. Regardless of how fortunate we are, we can’t move past an issue until we’ve gossiped and whined about it to the fullest.

We complain about other people because, by tearing them down, we think we are building ourselves up.

 

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