Opinion

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.
Musing 0306
March 3, 2014
March has come at last with winds and clouds and stormy skies. This winter has been one of the coldest on record. I wonder what surprises are in store for us. Hopefully we will enjoy a gentle spring.
Musing from the Hill/Feb. 27
February 24, 2014
Pete Seeger, who recently died, used his songs as weapons. We will never forget “Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing: When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn?” He wrote this song as a protest against the Vietnam War. The French, who came to our rescue in the Revolutionary War, warned us against going into Vietnam.
Musing 0220
February 20, 2014
It was purely by accident that the Washington family became established in a new world. The ship on which John Washington was first mate was wrecked in 1658 off the coast of Virginia. John decided to remain in the new world.
Musings 0215
February 10, 2014
The month of February we should celebrate with pomp and ceremony the birthday of George Washington. “First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” Alas!He is largely forgotten.