Opinion

Musing from the Hill, March 26
March 23, 2015
We are enjoying a welcome burst of spring weather. Lest we forget, March can be “iffy.” I do not believe spring has truly arrived until I hear spring peepers, frogs and trilling in State Lake. When they trill, I relax and believe spring has truly sprung. If the daffodils at my home on the hill on the southern exposure of the garage path push their leaves above ground and violet leaves appear surely “welcome sweet springtime we can greet thee with song and soft notes of bird song will fall on the ear” – (thank you Robert Browning)
Musings from the Hill, March 19
March 16, 2015
Daylight savings began Sunday, March 8. Did you remember to move your clocks forward? Yes, your wristwatches also.
Letter to the editor: Baldwin City Community Theatre disbanding
March 10, 2015
For the past 23 years, the Baldwin City Community Theatre has been entertaining audiences young and old.
Musings from the Hill, March 5, 2015
March 3, 2015
Stormy March has come at last, trumpets lustily blowing to summon wild winds as dry leaves scatter in his path.
Musings from the Hill, Feb. 19, 2015
February 17, 2015
February means more to me than the celebration of Black History Month and the appearance, or lack thereof, of Mr. Groundhog. To me, February is a month to celebrate and commemorate the victories attained by our forebears under our founding father, General George Washington.
Musings from the Hill, Feb. 12, 2015
February 10, 2015
Do we desecrate the memory of the savior of our country, our first president, General George Washington? His birth date is tossed asid, and he is lumped in with all presidents, good or bad.
Musings from the Hill, Feb. 5, 2015
February 2, 2015
Thoughts from here, there and everywhere fly quickly through my mind. What is now considered new was often well known to mankind.
Legislative update
February 2, 2015
Three weeks into the legislative session, and very little (so far) has been done to address the over $757 million in projected budgetary deficits affecting both the current fiscal year 2015 and next year’s FY 2016 budgets. The deficits are there because of one reason – Gov. Sam Brownback’s uber-business friendly tax policies.
Musings Jan. 15
January 13, 2015
A few nights ago, PBS aired an interesting program regarding the control of energy consumption. It behooves us to act now! Did you know that Germany is one of several countries who are far ahead of us in this field, even though they have fewer sunny days and less wind than in the USA?
Musings from the Hill, Jan. 8, 2015
January 6, 2015
Another year has flown away — a time for new beginnings. I was shocked to hear on public radio the frightening news that 70 percent of our nation‘s rivers are polluted.
Kansas court orders more state spending on schools
December 30, 2014
A state district court panel has ruled that Kansas isn’t spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education for every child.
Musing from the Hill, 0101
02:37 p.m., December 29, 2014 Updated 02:36 p.m.
Happy New Year! My wishes for all are joy and health in the days ahead. The years fly by, where did they go? So swiftly they flew as an arrow shot into the night, is quickly lost to sight. How many years have we lost moaning over hurts and mistakes now long past? Forgive and forget.
Musings from the Hill 14/25
December 22, 2014
Many of us have special Christmas memories of times long gone: traditions passed down from generation to generation. It is a part of Christmas we should endeavor to continue —links to our past. I pass along this family tradition, the parody poem “T’was the Night Before Christmas” my mother Margaret van Haagen Howe wrote in 1955.
Musing, 12/11
December 9, 2014
Many remember that fatal day when our country was plunged into another great warThis was totally unexpected, Our warships lay in ruins and thousands of lives were lost with thousands more grievously wounded I cannot express the shock we felt as an entire nation No one seemed to be more astounded than Japanese-American citizens