Many of us remember the disgraceful showing our nation suffered through late in 2008 when the TV talking heads, elected officials - you can't call them "leaders" if they refuse to lead - and even security officers refused to react when our president was attacked in public.
It probably isn't really "ironic" anymore, because it has become so common place to insult those people we allegedly are "protecting," and that is certainly what is happening in the northern Great Plains where some folk heroes are being shuttled aside in the name of political correctness.
"I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?'
This past week as Barton County officials were considering the renewal of their Solid Waste Management Plan, local recycling efforts were discussed, and whether it is here at home or across the rest of the state, the story is the same. Kansas needs better recycling.
You'd think that no one in their right mind would be excited about a community being over run by zombies, but they are actually being invited in to a southeast Kansas town - and the rest of the state needs to get in line.
At the request of Be Well Barton County, a coalition of folks promoting access to convenient and safe active transportation for all county residents, the County Commission Monday morning adopted a proclamation marking this as National Bike Month.
All week, the national news has brought us more footage of young people protesting the actions of police, looting and burning, and throwing things at officers dressed in S.W.A.T. gear. Meanwhile, the police and fire and rescue personnel of Great Bend and the surrounding jurisdictions continued to go about the business of keeping the public safe.
Last week the Kansas League of Women Voters elected co-presidents Marge Arhens of Topeka and Carole Neal of Wichita to lead the nonpartisan organization. Citing a tax position based on League's 2013 tax study, the new co-presidents issued a statement calling for a balanced and fair three-pronged system of state taxation which returns the use of the income tax to the 2012 level.
There was no guarantee Thursday afternoon that the Barton Community College journalism teacher or the theater teacher would have their contracts renewed. Their names were on a list recommended for "non-renewal," even though their employers appeared to be happy with their work.
When it comes to landfills, Barton County is proof that NIMBY (not in my backyard) is not a universal concept. Here, our commissioners understand the value of having a landfill nearby, accessible to county residents. The news that our landfill's lifetime has been doubled to 60 years from it's previous 30 is fantastic news.