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28
Mar
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How did the homemakers do it?

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

I would have been a very poor wife in the old days. I can’t sew, nor do I want to learn, and I greatly dislike cooking. I also don’t deep clean my house any more than necessary, and I am lucky to keep the dishes done and the floors picked up. I think a lot about my grandmother who made noodles and bread from scratch up until her last few months of life at age 91, and there are days when I know I’m lacking in the homemaker department.

I wish I was a person who liked to cook. My kids have to eat three meals a day, and I can barely take it. I keep breakfast simple, so that saves me one meal a day, but it seems like the other two meals just catch up to me every day. I spend nearly an hour in the kitchen for every meal by the time I thaw hamburger or stir the pot on the stove. That’s two hours of my life gone every day.

 

Wed
21
Mar
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Annual garden challenges

By JOE PHILLIPS

I know it’s soon.

I’ve had such bad luck trying to have a garden that I dread warmer weather.

Last year the deer nibbled everything to the ground.

 

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Wed
21
Mar
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The truth about sports scholarships

By Bob Gardner

Many parents are trying to live the dream through their sons and daughters – the dream of landing a college athletic scholarship by specializing in a sport yearround. Unfortunately, most of these dreams are never realized. The odds of a sports scholarship paying for even a portion of a student’s college education are miniscule.

The College Board, a not-for-profi t organization comprised of 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions, reports that a moderate cost for college students who attend a public university in their state of residence is $25,290 per year. The annual cost at a private college averages $50,900.

 

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Wed
14
Mar
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The very awkward part of being a small town newspaper guy

By DAN THALMANN

I imagine the reporters at the New York Times or on a smaller scale, the Topeka Capital-Journal, don’t have to deal with running into the people they cover in their newspapers… ya’know… like, the day after they write about them.

In a small town, this happens all the time. Whether it is on a downtown sidewalk, at a ballgame, at church or at a meeting, a weekly newspaper reporter cannot hide from the people they cover. It is my job to cover the day-to-day lives and activities of the people around me. Since I live here, those people are my friends, my neighbors, people I know and like and respect.

Even if a particular story I write is just a light and entertaining feature story, you still want the subject of that story to acknowledge that it was accurate, that it captured the essence or emotion of a story and that it was well-written.

 

Wed
14
Mar
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School finance study remains questionable

By Denna Sattler

When the Kansas Legislature passed the midpoint of the current session, it was nowhere near resolving its biggest challenge.

Last fall, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled the state’s most recent plan to fund K-12 public schools failed to provide a constitutionally adequate and equitable education for all Kansas schoolchildren. The Legislature has an April 30 deadline to report how it plans to respond to the ruling.

State lawmakers struggling for answers amid a budget crunch opted to pursue an indepth study of the cost of providing constitutional school funding. While the idea sounded reasonable, the motives were questionable.

 

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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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