We have had our share of bad weather in this area, from tornadoes to severe thunderstorms to flooding. These can happen with plenty of warning, or not. This just highlights the capricious nature of our unpredictable spring weather and the need to be prepared for it, particularly during what is known as the severe storm season of April through June.
Regardless of where on the political spectrum you sit, in Kansas, the 2018 Farm Bill is going to have an impact on your life. And while Congress won't begin writing the bill for another year, legislators will have their ears open, gauging their constituents needs and desires, and will begin determining what their positions are going to be on the big issues.
The death of actress Mary Tyler Moore this week had Americans remembering beloved TV characters and a woman with great talent. In the 1960s she played Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," and in the '70s she was spunky Mary Richards in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
It's the first week into a new administration, and while the news has been filled with images of protestors marching in the streets, the urges of others to keep an open mind and give the new president a chance have also been notable.
Thursday was the anniversary of the first televised presidential news conference. The grainy black-and-white broadcast aired Jan. 19, 1955, featuring President Dwight D. Eisenhower who addressed such topics as problems with China and battles with Congress over the budget.
When Great Bend merchants hold their annual Icy Sidewalk Sale in January, they always hope the sidewalks aren't really icy. We've had some days this month when a walk downtown would be pleasant enough, but Saturday isn't expected to be one of them.
We just emerged from a loud, obnoxious presidential campaign and will soon face another divisive Kansas legislative session. There are voices all around us screaming to be scared of our neighbors and fearful of the future.