Opinion

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.
Musings/0206
February 3, 2014
Thirty days hath September, April, June and November. ll the rest have 31, save February we 28 assign, till Leap Year brings it 29.
Musing, 0130
January 27, 2014
I like to remember the fun Mary Swan and I had together. I never met anyone who did not like and enjoy Mary.
Musings from the Hill/Jan. 23
January 21, 2014
Fifty years ago President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty. Poverty is still with us: the gap between rich and poor is more pronounced than ever. Most of our national legislators are millionaires.
Kansas delegation splits on spending bill with NBAF funding
12:00 p.m., January 17, 2014 Updated 12:00 p.m.
The Kansas congressional delegation split evenly this week on a federal spending bill that includes $404 million for construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to be built at Kansas State University. That money was part of a $1.1 trillion appropriations bill to fund federal government operations through the rest of the federal fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
Kansas: Governor praises ‘Summer of Mercy’ protests
January 16, 2014
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback compared past “Summer of Mercy” anti-abortion protests in Wichita to the abolitionist movement that helped end slavery in a major speech Wednesday night.
Musings from the Hill/Jan. 16
January 13, 2014
March day became deadly with Great Blizzard of 1888