Opinion

Kansas mayor faces recall vote in council dispute
May 25, 2014
A small-town Kansas mayor faces an August recall vote after critics say she violated the state’s open meetings law and doesn’t get along well with most City Council members.
Musings 0522
May 19, 2014
Important information for those as ignorant as I was regarding how to handle a stroke. Recently, I had a stroke and I learned a few things formerly unknown to me. Fortunately, I quickly recovered with no apparent damage
Musing 0515
May 12, 2014
I am enjoying the merry month of May. In the evening I linger longer on the deck reveling in the shade provided by my finally full leafed silver maples. We planted them many years ago because they are fast growing.
Musings 0508
May 5, 2014
I do believe that although spring was shy this year, spring has arrived. Our area truly has escaped the worst ravages endured in other parts of our country. Whether we like it or not, weather rules our lives. In 1977 a tornado passed a few miles north of my hilltop home. It did seem to follow the power line and severely injured a neighbor. Several homes were destroyed.
Musing 0501
April 29, 2014
May Day! May Day! Whence came this universal cry for help? When I was a child, the cry was SOS. It signified “Save our ship.” Later came a May West or life jacket. We older folk well remember the buxom actress,
Musings 0424
April 21, 2014
Come to a May Tea at the Lumberyard Arts Center on Saturday, May 3. Come for tea for tea — and see!
Musings 0417
April 15, 2014
April is National Library Month. What would we do without our libraries? I cannot imagine living in a town without a library.
Musings 0410
April 7, 2014
Very briefly we welcomed back global warming only to be plunged back into a winter wonderland. Fortunately Kansas missed the worst of it. North Dakota was locked into a terrible blizzard and Texas had a bout with large hail.
Musings 0403
March 31, 2014
It is springtime, but April can be the cruelest month. Many states are still locked into winter. In our area, the middle tier, a gorgeous April day may be followed by a brief final fling of winter’s last gasp. My daffodils are bravely blooming surviving icy winds clad in snowy blankets.
Musings 0327
March 25, 2014
Weather in Kansas can by “iffy.” If it does not snow, I can navigate the hill. If it rains, the hill is often slippery with mud.
Musing 0320
March 18, 2014
Today is the first day of Spring! Welcome sweet springtime, we greet thee with gladness; soft notes of bird song bring us good tidings. I cannot believe spring is truly here until spring peepers herald its arrival.
Musing 0313
March 11, 2014
Daylight savings time began Sunday. Long ago, Benjamin Franklin advocated this in order to burn fewer candles. I know if I had to perform the tedious task of hand dipping candles, I would have applauded his foresight.
Basehor snow plow crew clears path, hopefully into spring
March 11, 2014
The four-man Basehor snow plow crew that keeps the city’s 42 miles of road clear of ice and snow has had a long winter full of unique challenges.
Kansas Supreme Court: State’s public school funding levels are unconstitutional
10:12 a.m., March 7, 2014 Updated 05:10 p.m.
The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state’s current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas’ poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession.