Thursday is Thanksgiving and sadly, it sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. This is that uniquely American holiday that falls between Memorial Day and Christmas. It is a celebration of the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in 1642 and, with the help of the Native Americans, survived a perilous and deadly winter.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission's after-school art classes and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's upcoming workshop in making clay jewelry are but two examples. Barton Community College, private businesses and groups such as the Golden Belt Woodcarvers are all places to learn a new skill.
Climate change is not a hoax just because the president elect says it is. It's no more a hoax than evolution is. And it's no more a hoax than God is. It is like many other hotly contested dramas humans entertain themselves with. Climate change can be compared to the question of when life begins. And it can be as hotly debated. Ultimately, it's up to each and every one of us to determine where on the value scale we stand.
Leavenworth holds an important place in Kansas history. It played a key role in the early settlement of the West, a major part in the Bloody Kansas era prior to the Civil War and prisons there have housed many of our nation's most notorious criminals.
In 2014, the Pew Research Center reported, "Among all Democrats, 27 percent say GOP policies are a threat to the well-being of the country; among all Republicans, more than a third (36 percent) think Democratic policies threaten the nation."
There has been ample media coverage of the upcoming general election and how close the race for president might be. There are also races locally that now have competing candidates. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the campaigning and develop an attitude that an individual voter can't make a difference.
In less than a week, we'll be able to put behind us the 2016 presidential election. Today, the Tribune's "Out of the Morgue" column paused to take a look back at the election of 1916, and while reports indicated it was a more civil affair than we've witnessed this year, there were plenty of issues the voters were faced with that split the ballot and made for a very tight race.