January is a heavy month. It's cold, you have to start working on taxes, people get colds and flu, and its dark. Luckily, its not as dark as it was in December. At least when I've left work, I've been able to spy bits of Kansas sunset through the branches of slumbering trees and around the rooftops of the houses on these city streets.
When I was growing up, my mom made a point of going to the grocery store by herself, rather than dragging us along. There were several reasons, but mostly because she didn't like listening to all the pleading to get snacks that weren't on the list.
In 2007, the Great Bend Tribune was named the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year. Up to that point after 131 years, the newspaper had touched the lives of a lot folks. One of those made a special video appearance at the chamber's annual banquet when the honor was announced.
When most of us are safe and warm inside, there are a handful of folks whose job it is to head into the jaws of winter weather. These city, county and state snow removal crews face long, bitter cold hours doing the nerve-grinding job of making streets and highways safe for motorists.
In the wake of any horrific act of violence, be it the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, or the heart-wrenching massacre of first graders and their teachers in Newtown, Conn., there is an outpouring of emotions. Perhaps, it is because all of us seek solace as a national grieving community or we want to make sense of what has happened.
According to the 23rd Edition of America's Health Rankings from the United Health Care Foundation released Tuesday, Kansas is 24th in the nation this year compared to 25th in 2011 when compared with the health of other states.