This spring an article three years in the making appeared in The Atlantic magazine. James Fallows wrote that while most Americans believe we are headed in the wrong direction, communities are seeing renewal and revival at the local level.
A Kansas senator said he's tired of the state's Supreme Court "dropping little turds" such as last Friday's ruling that gives the Legislature until June 30 to make school funding equitable or risk a court-ordered shutdown of schools.
Andover's Lexi Lesperance and her Trojan softball teammates should be celebrating a lifetime memory - one day after shocking five-time state champion Wichita Bishop Carroll. The Trojans were close to playing for a state championship after breaking Carroll's 77-game winning streak.
For many, Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of Summer. Kids are out of school, swimming pools are open and grills across America are sizzling with burgers and hot dogs. Area lakes are choked with boaters and the shorelines are packed with folks ready to usher in the season and work on their tans.
As flags and poppies blow in the wind, this Memorial Day our thoughts will turn to loved ones no longer with us. Recalling an Irving Berlin song from 1927, "The song is ended, but the melody lingers on."
As Memorial Day approaches, we should remember that two important privileges American soldiers have fought to protect is our right to vote, as well as our right to serve our fellow Americans through public office.