The Associated Press brief said it all.
Over a quarter of a million people reported to the federal government last month that they were newly out of work.
The definition of insanity is, doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.
Officials, from local cops to the state transportation experts, on to federal regulators are all trying to get the point across this New Year's Eve, and, frankly, the rest of the year, too.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Chadwick LeCroy was 38. He was married and was the father of two sons.
Starting next week, it will be against the law in Kansas to drive, hold a cell phone in one hand and type text into it with the other. So, it will be against the law to steer with your feet.
We pause in this oh so-busy season for the old, old story:
In today's world, you can hardly pick up a paper without reading about another business that is at risk of closing down in the current recession - it's over, it's not over, it's getting worse, it's getting better - and yet the stress on business is obvious.
"My experience as a curator has been, if people have room and it's a Kennedy item, they will collect it," - Gary Mack, Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas.
It's amazing that year after year we continue to play the international name-game, as if calling pigs "swine" makes them stink less.
To paraphrase the sage: "If you don't believe in anything you can believe in everything."
Hey, every little bit helps, as the folks in Washington state are learning when it comes to cutting back on those folks who insist on taxpayers funding their every whim - OK, they're in prison, so it's not so much "whims" that are being discussed, but still, the Washington officials are finding ways to cut back.
It may come in an absolutely crystal clear spring morning, when the dew makes new grass look like it's diamond studded, and a song bird sings after a long, cold winter.
It seems like all our work is going for nothing, we work and work and get stabbed in the back for our efforts to make things better and then, out of nowhere, everything comes together and - success!
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We have a lot of blessings to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. There are gas prices that are among the lowest in the country and an economy that is showing signs of recovery.
The possibility that the State of Kansas could rob highway project funds to solve the state's fiscal crisis has come up at recent Barton County Commission meetings. Local officials are worried about work that is promised to the area but that now may be delayed if not cancelled.
Barton Community College officials voted on bids as quickly as they could, but there was no way to rebuild the dining hall at BCC's Camp Aldrcih before June 1, 2015. So, the popular venue for weddings, camps and other business or social gatherings will remain closed for another summer, due to the fire that destroyed the dining hall last April.
The political polls that indicated that Gov. Sam Brownback would surely lose and U.S. Senator Pat Roberts re-election campaign was in trouble proved to be a joke.
On Friday, Great Bend Street Department personnel began installing bicycle awareness signs along what will become the city's first bike route. It follows 19th Street west to McKinley and McKinley south to the Sports Complex.
It was kind of exciting to post "I survived the Kansas earthquake of Nov. 12, 2014," on Facebook and Twitter, but it turns out earthquakes are becoming rather common in the Wheat State.
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