There's an old saying that suggests we get the government that we deserve.
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.
Now here's a good idea.
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.
Way to go, Kansas Supreme Court.
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!"
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?"
Experts at Wolf Creek power plant are studying what is going on right now in Japan, and that is a terrific relief to all of us who have been losing sleep over the possibility of a Kansas-syndrome event.
The Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science (KAMS) was established by the Legislature in 2006, but like many good programs it is not well known to the general public.
"They are electronic, alternative smoking devices that simulate the sensation of smoking. They do not expose the user, or others close by, to harmful levels of cancer-causing agents and other dangerous chemicals normally associated with traditional tobacco products."
It isn't always convenient, recycling.
A youth sporting event turned into a brawl, this past Monday in Wichita. According to reports, a parent complained that his son wasn't getting enough playing time; then six men surrounded the coach and started hitting him. Police said one of the men had brass knuckles and one had a gun. Then the coach's wife pulled out a gun of her own and fired it into the air. The coach headed to his car to retrieve a gun, too.
My suggestion when Pro Bowl back Ray Rice was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault was suspension for life from the NFL.
Barton County has many mosquitoes and this time of year, unfortunately, West Nile Virus has popped up. One case has been identified by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as a neuroinvasive case and one as a non-neuroinvasive case.
Whew! We dodged the spring storm season without many weather-related incidents. So, we are safe now, right?
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