Opinion

Musings from the Hill: Aug. 27, 2015
August 25, 2015
Labor Day signifies the end of good old summer time. In New Jersey, school days never began until after Labor Day and ended about the middle of June.
Musings from the Hill, Aug. 20, 2015
August 18, 2015
Without the firm courage of women, we would not be a free country today. Roma Earles suggested I read “One Thousand White Women” by Jim Fergus.
Musings from the Hill, Aug. 13, 2015
August 11, 2015
Soon some of us will be thinking of this old song: “School days, school days. Dear old golden rule days. When reading and writing and arithmetic taught to the tune of a hickory stick.” In my school days, never was a child hit for an infraction of any rule.
Letter to the editor: Community support make iCan Bike camps successful
August 10, 2015
I would like to give thanks to volunteers and sponsors for making Baldwin iCan Bike Camp a success.
Musings from the Hill, July 30, 2015
July 28, 2015
I would like to add a few personal comments to the excellent newspaper article concerning the recent death of truly missed Tom Russell. He had great influence upon art at Baker University and our surrounding community
Musings from the Hill, July 25, 2015
July 21, 2015
Again, a great big “thank you“ to Sarah Baker, editor of the Baker University newspaper, who came to my rescue when my impaired right hand refused to function. Between us, we managed to complete last week’s column.
Musing from the Hill, July 16, 2015
July 14, 2015
This is a continuation of last week’s article. The following gives my version of the delightful Fourth of July celebration, of which I was kindly invited to attend by my surrogate column helper, Sarah Baker. Without the wholehearted cooperation of Dee Schneck at Baker University, I probably would have to “turn in my cards.” I am 95 years old, have survived five strokes and with the help of Social Services, faithful friends and local business deliveries I am still here and “with it” — depending upon whom you ask.
Musings from the Hill
July 7, 2015
My last column has unexpectedly experienced a definite change in plans—as R. Burns wrote, “The best laid schemes o’ mice and men, gang aft a-gley.” I had mentioned that, while out driving, Mary Swan and I found a beautiful hill, by the name of Pork Chop Hill.
Musing from the Hill, July 2, 2015
June 30, 2015
Long before World War II, Holland stood by us all the way. Huguenots (French Protestants) rose up against the atrocities being committed by the Catholic Church against all other religions. Many fled to Holland to escape torture and death.
Musing from the Hill, June 18, 2015
June 16, 2015
Memories of World War II remain vividly in my mind. My last column recounted recollections of WW I.
Musing from the HIll, June 11, 2015
June 9, 2015
May swept slowly in not on little cat feet I remember from my long ago youth. Wild days of wind and rain and cold held back sweet May flowers.
Letter to the Editor: New sidewalk appreciated
June 2, 2015
We have lived in Baldwin City now for more than eight years and until now there was no safe place to walk without worries of the constant speeding traffic, noise, etc. Now we do.
Musings from the Hill, June 4, 2015
June 2, 2015
Small-town summers of long ago have vanished. School days were behind us. Long lazy summer days lie ahead. Jobs for teens did not exist unless one lived in a farming community.
Musings from the Hill, May 28, 2015
May 26, 2015
We honor our Armed Forces on Memorial Day. It is also the day many visit family graves to tidy up the ravages of time. Long ago when I was a child in New Jersey, we visited a graveyard to plant a few flowers in remembrance of a few days old baby brother.
Musings from the Hill, May 21, 2015
May 18, 2015
A great change in our area due to the recent death of Margaret Counts is upon us. What effect will her death have upon the environs of Douglas County State Lake? The area in question has vital links to state land. For years, it has been a buffer zone between the two areas.

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