There's one thing you've got to say about advertising - if it doesn't work, it tends to go away.
There's an old saying that suggests we get the government that we deserve. That's a tough pill to swallow when we look around at our government - especially at the "higher" levels where there are some incredible stands being taken, and not taken, these days. However, it is certainly true that, if we do NOT vote, we deserve the worst government that is available. Today is your chance. Provided you are registered to vote, you ...
There were a couple of stories that may have raised some eyebrows this past week - radiation moving across the nation; Americans putting our young military personnel and our economy in harm's way in yet another Middle East event; the continual economic melt down, which came complete with some of the first admissions that we are facing serious inflation in this economy.
Most of us can remember the chilling portrayal actor Billy Drago pulled off in the 1987 classic big screen version of "The Untouchables."
With all of the issues that face Americans, with all of the continuing argument over how we can best invest our resources, there are down-to-earth issues that are failing to get the attention they deserve.
It's coming up to that time of the election again, the end of the endorsements. We have another local election next week, on Tuesday, April 5, to be exact, and as is the Tribune policy in all elections, we shut off endorsement Public Forums before the election. The last day we'll run an endorsement if Friday, and as is always the case, they run on a first-come, first-served basis. Apparently, in the past, there has ...
Now here's a good idea. Frankly, from this far away, it's difficult to tell whether the Overland Park officials are serious or not, but what they have suggested is that they want the public to be involved in charting the future course of the school district. And not just any school district. In discussion this week is the economic future of the state's second largest school district, and the leaders of Shawnee Mission School District ...
You've probably heard about the teenager in Iowa, apparently raised in an arch-conservative home, who snapped over the issue of illegal immigration, who went to his high school and started shooting everyone in sight.
Considering everything else that is going on in the Middle East these days, it's no wonder that there was little international attention to the death of Qumar David in Pakistan.
Time is funny. Funny, strange; not funny, ha-ha. Take 1978 for example. Depending on your age, 1978 may not seem all that long ago. For many of us, 1978 certainly does not seem like a lifetime ago. So many of us also have a problem with the suggestion that Jimmie Nelms should be released from prison. It was in May of 1978 when Nelms and Walter Myrick were stopped by Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Conroy ...
Way to go, Kansas Supreme Court. It was announced recently that the state's high court had reversed a Shawnee County District Court judge decision that would have imposed "a reduced sentence on a man convicted of having sex with two children," according to an Associated Press report. At issue was the case of Harold Dean Spencer, 75. Spencer pled guilty in 2008 to "two charges of having sex with the children." In reaction, Judge Matthew ...
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Organization for Women, American Civil Liberties Union, League of Women Voters and the gay rights group Kansas Equality Coalition undoubtedly have many things in common, but a couple are these:
In the words of someone or another of great intellect - "No - Duh!" That has been one response to the reaction pervaders of Internet porn have had to the suggestion that all web sites that are distributing smut should have ".xxx" in the place of ".com" or ".org." To the rest of us, the suggestion just makes a lot of sense. Then you consider what the impact could be on the money that the ...
As Kansas approaches another of those horribly trying civic experiences, the burden placed upon responsible members of a horribly free society, there are those who suggest we are just making it too hard on conscientious citizens.
In the great 1986 Sci-Fi movie, "Aliens," the movie's heroine, Ripley, asked the pointed question that has sprung to mind for many of us in the recent past: "Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?"
On Thursday, Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill that establishes "Celebrate Freedom Week" during the week of Sept. 17 and requires schools to teach students about the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence in grades K-8 each year during that week. (Sept. 17, 1787, is the date the U.S. Constitution was adopted in Philadelphia.)
Copper recycling can be a good thing coming out of old air conditioning or plumbing during replacement. Copper is a non-renewable resource, and apparently recycled copper is worth nearly as much as new copper.
Perhaps a Congressional inquiry about the Internal Revenue Service providing extra scrutiny targeting political groups should not be a surprise.
Freedom of speech is a founding principle of our country. Freedom of speech also comes with responsibility.
The Imagination Playground is coming to Great Bend and will make its public debut during June Jaunt. The portable playground is a set of oversized blocks, lightweight but sturdy enough to build with. They were designed by award-winning architect David Rockwell, who was inspired by watching his own children play.
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