In the classic Christmas movie - "A Christmas Story" -telling the story of Christmas, 1940, there's a scene when Ralphy and his classmates all have to turn over fake teeth to their teacher, who drops them into a desk drawer that is absolutely brimming with Little Big Books, yo-yos, squirt guns, army men, chattering teeth and more contraband.
Waste not, want not. There was a time, not all that long ago, either, when that was a watch-word in our society. Children were encouraged to finish the food that was good for them, told that there were starving children in Europe, China, Africa - depending on what sub-generation they were from - who would be glad to have it. And they weren't encouraged to smart off, suggesting that their plate be airmailed to the ...
Dear Editor, Every day, there are countless national media reports about violence against women and children. These headline-making stories represent only the tip of the iceberg. Kansas is no exception to this violence - what we see happening in Kansas parallels what is happening nationally. Behind every headline, there are infinite untold stories that significantly impact the public health and safety of all citizens. One in 10 adult women in Kansas report domestic violence victimization, ...
Dear Editor, One of the most misunderstood principles in our world is that we need to teach people to be good. People are sinners by nature and must be transformed by a miraculous work of God. This is where our churches, educational systems and social programs are failing. You cannot teach a human being that is dead in his transgressions and sins to be good. There must be a miraculous awakening that is brought on ...
Zimbabwe's president-for-life, Mugabe, let's not call him a dictator, has drawn a line in the sand and Western nations should stay on their side.
For those Americans to whom the recent census was bad news, it was, as a matter of fact, not news at all.
There aren't a lot of details being released so far in Manhattan about the two people who apparently were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in their home, except to note that, according to Riley County Police, there was a car left running in a garage adjacent to the duplex where the two lived.
More power to them, if it works. Kansas officials are going on-line to encourage people to be safer. According to the Associated Press report, the state officials are "posting online entries from famous and not-so-famous guest bloggers in a campaign to encourage traffic safety." It is leading up to the second annual Kansas "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day," which the Kansas Department of Transportation is hosting on Oct. 10. Between now and then, these ...
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." - Philippians 4:8
Montana where men are men, women are women and bears are nervous - or something like that.
He is the coward who, outfaced in this, Fears the false goblins of another life. - Paul Laurance Dunbar There's apparently no indication that the terrorists who attacked an Ohio cemetery this week were specifically looking for the graves of celebrities to attack, but that is what they did, nonetheless. It was reported this week that the graves of the Wright brothers, poet Paul Laurance Dunbar (I know why the caged bird sings!) and some ...
"I ran out of gas. I, I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts. IT WASN'T MY FAULT!" - Jake Blues, "The Blues Brothers"
"The EPA is reviewing its airborne pollutant standards, as required every five years under the Clean Air Act. It's looking both at its standards for tiny particles of industrial pollution, and slightly larger particles called 'coarse particulate matter' that include dust.
We hear so much, day in and day out, really, about insufferable celebrities who take advantage of their talent to act like animals - poorly bred animals at that.
Shakespeare was the one who raised the question: what's in a name? Quite a bit, actually, is often the answer. Take the current issue in Grand Rapids, Mich. Calvin College, which is affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church, has cancelled a performance by the Canadian rock band - here's where that who "name thing" comes in - called The New Pornographers, frankly because the school doesn't want anyone to believe that the school is linked ...
In life, sometimes good things happen that we have no responsibility for and sometimes bad things happen that we also have no responsibility for.
Father's Day was founded in 1910 in Spokane, Wash., by Sonora Smart Dodd. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis' Mother's Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Despite support from President Woodrow Wilson, there was ...
The Military District of Washington issued a statement concerning Master Sgt. Nathan Sommers, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army Band.
Edward Snowden's "crime," was warning his fellow Americans about a secret spy program conducted by his own government.
The Common Core standards are being talked about a lot these days. The Common Core is simply a set of educational standards that are the same from state to state and are designed for students to be career ready when they graduate from high school. They are reasonable and make sense. The state legislature should let the state school board decide what is best for students.
Enjoy your tax cut, Kansans.
Breastfeeding is a normal and natural function and, since the beginning of time, has allowed human beings to get a good start on life. Not only are infants fed the healthiest milk designed for their bodies, they develop their first relationship.
This is my prayer for Jonah Turner.
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