The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows.
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!
Sen. Jerry Moran often talks about his "common sense" solutions, but they aren't always an easy sell in Congress. On Wednesday, the Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Moran that would have removed the lesser prairie chicken from the federal government's threatened species list.
On Saturday night, the Barton County Soil Conservation District (part of the Natural Conservation Service) held its annual Conservation Awards banquet at Barton Community College.
Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.
The Great Bend Municipal Airport is an important piece of our community's history. Dating back to World War II, it was constructed in the early 1940s as an Army Air Force Base to train Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber crews.
There will be a general election in Barton County come April 7. On the ballot will be several school board, mayoral and city council positions, as well as openings on the Barton Community College and Ellinwood District Hospital boards.
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