Archive for Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Letters to the editor

September 18, 2002

To the editor:

I have been a resident of Baldwin City for a relatively short time. Upon first arriving in this town I recognized many of the nuances familiar to me having grown up in a small western Kansas town. Small towns without a doubt have their issues, but there is thankfully a sense of belonging and interdependence among their populations. I believed for a time that this sense existed in Baldwin City, but it does not. Blame cannot be placed on Baldwin citizens alone, but also on many of the small town residents of this nation. Towns like the one I come from are fast disappearing into history while towns such as this are growing beyond belief. Maybe the threat of your town's annihilation is required for you to look at where you spend your money and where you do your business. Which brings us to the matter at hand. Another local business has fallen by the wayside. The men and women who worked at J's Video have families and bills to pay and they did possess, albeit for a short time, the American dream of running their own business. Unfortunately, the point has come where a small town does not support their locally owned business but rather an importation from Lawrence or otherwise. This is not the first business that has fallen, nor will it be the last. Coming from the small town I did, and loving America as I do, I hope that people will examine more thoroughly how they exhibit their small town pride and their American patriotism. What is more important in your heart and to the hearts of the people where you live: a flag on your car and strip malls for miles, or the support of your community and the families within it?

Todd E. Frye

Baldwin City

To the editor:

I was delighted to read the article about the Fieldstone Orchard east of Overbrook. When my children were little we lived in Missouri and made an annual visit to Stephensen's Apple Orchard to pick our own apples. Somehow the apples that we picked together just had a better taste.

When I told my youngest daughter about the article she immediately said we should make plans to visit the orchard. I didn't know what to expect but was very pleased to find the orchard exceeded my expectations.

When we arrived we were greeted by Ken Krause the owner, who told us he would help us find where several varieties of ripe pears and apples could be picked. We got to use a golf cart to travel through the orchard which greatly increased the fun for my daughter. Ken told us to sample the apples to see which ones we liked. They were all delicious but we found several types that we were partial to.

After we had picked a huge bag of apples and another of pears we headed back to the store to pay for them. We met Nancy Krause, Ken's wife, who was getting ready to feed their small goats and was herding them with the help of their dog. She was equally charming and helped me with hints about applesauce making.

Thank you for the informative article about this orchard. This is one activity I highly recommend for anyone who likes fresh apples or pears. Fieldstone Orchard was a great experience for my daughter and I. We plan to go back in several weeks to watch them make apple cider.

Marvalston

Baldwin City

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