There's an old joke about the guy who takes his wife elk hunting in Colorado.
Some federal officials are having a difficult time understanding the concept, perhaps because they spend way too much time with other bureaucrats and too little with the people who actually pay their salaries - but city and county officials around the nation are experiencing the best success in selling taxpayers on the need to spend.
If you are one of those who believe there's nothing for you to do to get involved and make this a better place in which to live, man, is there an opportunity open for you!
Just in case you've been wondering what all the hullabaloo has been about this summer, all you have to do is look north.
"Doin' right ain't got no end." - The Outlaw Josey Wales
We need to stop beating around the bush and decide what sort of a society we want to craft in this place and time, because our culture will be influenced by someone. Wheat it will NOT do is stand pat.
Stuff isn't getting better.
County Clerk Donna Zimmerman is trying to get the word out.
So, imagine this: You are a self-proclaimed lesbian actress whose cable TV program about lesbians has been canceled and you are trying to promote a musical tour when a national airline is dragged into the limelight by you because of your excessive public display of affection with another woman on board a flight.
According to the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, here's the low-down on something called cadmium: "Cadmium is an extremely toxic metal commonly found in industrial workplaces, particularly where any ore is being processed or smelted. Due to its low permissible exposure limit (PEL), overexposures may occur even in situations where trace quantities of cadmium are found in the parent ore or smelter dust. Cadmium is used extensively in electroplating, although the nature of the operation does not generally lead to overexposures. Several deaths from acute exposure have occurred among welders who have unsuspectingly welded ...
Maybe we really do get the government we deserve.
It's not likely that our children are going to value that which they don't see being valued at home or in the society around them.
It's time for Americans to wake up to the fact that they have no one but themselves to blame.
The Associated Press story out of Leavenworth was one most of us would just as soon hadn't been necessary:
Oh, my, wasn't it just so touching when Charlie Sheen was able to sober up long enough this weekend to wish his former cast members well as he attempts to drag himself out of the pits of his self-induced has-been status for about the 10th time in his relatively short life?
"They are electronic, alternative smoking devices that simulate the sensation of smoking. They do not expose the user, or others close by, to harmful levels of cancer-causing agents and other dangerous chemicals normally associated with traditional tobacco products."
It isn't always convenient, recycling.
A youth sporting event turned into a brawl, this past Monday in Wichita. According to reports, a parent complained that his son wasn't getting enough playing time; then six men surrounded the coach and started hitting him. Police said one of the men had brass knuckles and one had a gun. Then the coach's wife pulled out a gun of her own and fired it into the air. The coach headed to his car to retrieve a gun, too.
My suggestion when Pro Bowl back Ray Rice was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault was suspension for life from the NFL.
Barton County has many mosquitoes and this time of year, unfortunately, West Nile Virus has popped up. One case has been identified by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as a neuroinvasive case and one as a non-neuroinvasive case.
Whew! We dodged the spring storm season without many weather-related incidents. So, we are safe now, right?
California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, the Associated Press reports.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved the hiring of Nelson Stone to demolish the historic old opera house at the corner of Forest and Williams in downtown Great Bend.
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