In the 70s, politicians coined the term "misery index" - used to describe the combination of inflation with unemployment. Teenagers have their own misery index, but theirs has nothing to do with the Consumer Price Index. Instead, it has everything to do with parents who ruin their lives - or at least a couple minutes of them, which in their world is an eternity. These days it seems that's my specialty - bringing parental reality to their world. So here is my top 10 teenage misery index:
GLADSTONE, Mo. - Velma Lorene Tiede, 85, died Jan. 13 at her home in Gladstone, Mo. She was born Dec. 18, 1925, at Verona, Mo., the daughter of Charlie and Maude (Browning) Shue. She married Richard E. Tiede on Dec. 8, 1947, at Eureka Springs, Ark. He died Oct. 28, 1976. She worked for Smith International as a secretary. Mrs. Tiede was a Gladstone resident for 16 years, coming from Great Bend, where she resided for 35 years.
HOISINGTON - M. "Joyce" Steiner died Jan. 11 at McCrite Plaza Retirement Community, Topeka. She was born in Clarinda, Iowa, the daughter of Harry Isaac and Thelma (Kite) Brooks. She married James John Steiner May 7, 1976, at Hoisington. He died June 26, 1991. She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone as a switchboard operator. She was a Topeka resident since 2009, coming from Hoisington.
FRANKTOWN, COLO. - Robert E. Lee Hartman Sr., 88, died Jan. 2 at his rural home Franktown, Colo. Born April 3, 1922, on the family farm in South Bend Township, just south of Great Bend, he was the son of Edgar and Gertrude Wilson Hartman. He attended Barton County schools and was a 1938 graduate of Great Bend High School. He married Dorothy McCosh Petty on Oct. 8, 1948. She preceded him in death on June 20, 1996.
Randy Parsons, sales associate with Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate in Great Bend, has been honored as a member of the company's International Sterling Society. This distinguished membership was awarded to the top 8 percent of the approximately 96,600 sales associates/representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.
The Great Bend High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the Class of 2010 has been set for Feb. 18. Inductees include former GBHS vocal music director and pianist, Jenny Allford, and 1944 GBHS graduate, Glenn Opie. Opie may be best known for his years of service to the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps.
More than 4,450 activities are federal crimes, and 300,000 federal regulations carry potential criminal penalties, according to a feature by McClatchy Newspapers.
Back in September I wrote a piece decrying all of the rhetorical attacks that were coming from both the right and left.
Once upon a time in America, civility inspired citizens to pause from partisanship long enough to acknowledge horrific tragedies like the Tucson Arizona massacre for what they are rather than use the tragedy as an opportunity to twist, spin, distort, pervert and misrepresent facts and hurl unfounded accusations in a feeble attempt to gain political ground.
During a recent radio interview I was asked why it is that conservative broadcasters are so much more successful than their progressive, or liberal, counterparts.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - John Fox turned around a bumbling team before. The Denver Broncos are counting on him to do it again.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft after leading Auburn to a national championship and drawing nearly as much attention for a pay-for-play scandal as for his dynamic performances.