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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More power to the Transformer Gallery, if it is fond of anti-Catholic "art." It's owners and supporters and fans and artists can take comfort that they live in a nation where they have the right to public expression.
Just when you are tempted to lose faith in the free enterprise system, there's a development like that affecting a cyber-terrorism website and you realize that there is still such a thing as economic justice.
"Nobody's sayin' you can't own a gun.
In just about every way possible, the American culture continues to tell young people that to (1) have fun, (2) be cool, (3)) act sophisticated, you need alcohol.
State officials say they are more ready to face severe winter weather than they have been in past years.
"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?
California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, the Associated Press reports.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved the hiring of Nelson Stone to demolish the historic old opera house at the corner of Forest and Williams in downtown Great Bend.
In the U.S., we tend to have a mentality that no matter how bad we feel, we must drag ourselves to church, to work, to recreational activities. So when the sniffles, colds, influenza, and stomach flu attack, out the door we go.
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