The Associated Press brief said it all.
Over a quarter of a million people reported to the federal government last month that they were newly out of work.
The definition of insanity is, doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.
Officials, from local cops to the state transportation experts, on to federal regulators are all trying to get the point across this New Year's Eve, and, frankly, the rest of the year, too.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Chadwick LeCroy was 38. He was married and was the father of two sons.
Starting next week, it will be against the law in Kansas to drive, hold a cell phone in one hand and type text into it with the other. So, it will be against the law to steer with your feet.
We pause in this oh so-busy season for the old, old story:
In today's world, you can hardly pick up a paper without reading about another business that is at risk of closing down in the current recession - it's over, it's not over, it's getting worse, it's getting better - and yet the stress on business is obvious.
"My experience as a curator has been, if people have room and it's a Kennedy item, they will collect it," - Gary Mack, Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas.
It's amazing that year after year we continue to play the international name-game, as if calling pigs "swine" makes them stink less.
To paraphrase the sage: "If you don't believe in anything you can believe in everything."
Hey, every little bit helps, as the folks in Washington state are learning when it comes to cutting back on those folks who insist on taxpayers funding their every whim - OK, they're in prison, so it's not so much "whims" that are being discussed, but still, the Washington officials are finding ways to cut back.
It may come in an absolutely crystal clear spring morning, when the dew makes new grass look like it's diamond studded, and a song bird sings after a long, cold winter.
It seems like all our work is going for nothing, we work and work and get stabbed in the back for our efforts to make things better and then, out of nowhere, everything comes together and - success!
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Fighting terrorism is no easy task.
Fall is around the corner and students are back in the classroom for another school year. This means the annual inundation of school activities will begin very soon.
Like so many holidays, the true message and meaning of Labor Day has gotten lost in commercial hype.
"Winter is Coming" is the motto of the House of Stark in George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones," and a fact for residents of Great Bend.
It's nice to know the system still works.
In a single day last year, 2,220 Kansas school bus drivers reported 798 instances of drivers illegally passing their stopped busses.
Mike Clark is no doubt good at his job, which is raising money for Kansas State University's athletic department. But the first thing he told Great Bend Kiwanians when he visited this week was, "It's not all about the money; it's all about relationships."
USD 431 School Board, decided at a special meeting on Monday, to proceed with an entrepreneurship program similar to the Stafford Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Program (SEED).
Lewis Young is always thinking of others.
It was a time for the City of Great Bend to come together for one of those old-fashioned community wide celebrations. However, the second-annual Party in the Park Saturday was a little different than most.
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