Opinion

Empty pool a sad sight
September 29, 2010
It is one of life’s ironies that places that are supposed to be the very locus of happiness can have the opposite effect if conditions aren’t just right. If you’ve ever wandered onto a deserted playground or ventured into an empty theater you probably know what I mean.
Suicide a public health issue
September 15, 2010
I will never forget the deep sense of shock I felt when I heard that my sister-in-law had stepped in front of a high-speed train to kill herself.
March of Dimes Bikers for Babies event is Sept. 19
August 25, 2010
This year’s March of Dimes Bikers for Babies ride to benefit the March of Dimes is scheduled for Sept. 19.
A good board decision
August 19, 2010
We were pleased to see the Baldwin School Board finally made a decision to name the sports fields around Baldwin High School the Merle Venable Sports Complex. It was the right thing to do.
Good district numbers
Our View Editorial
August 12, 2010
We were interested by several numbers that came out this week in regards to the Baldwin School District. First was the mill levy reduction and the second was the early enrollment numbers.
KNEA endorses Holland for governor
July 16, 2010
The Kansas National Education Association has endorsed Tom Holland for governor.
School decisions need time
Our View Editorial
July 15, 2010
We were encouraged by several developments at Monday’s Baldwin School Board meeting as the district continues to make the most of the tough economic times that are still being faced.
Flood advisory issued for Douglas County
July 11, 2010
The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for northeast Douglas County until 12:30 p.m. Residents of Lawrence and Eudora should be alert to the possibility of flooding.
Facebook friends choose top movie trilogy
Jimmy Gillispie column
July 8, 2010
After 63 days of voting, the original Star Wars trilogy was named the greatest movie trilogy/series of all time. Well, that’s at least according to my Facebook friends.
Catching up on a usual busy, busy June
Around Town column
July 1, 2010
Turning the calendar over today to July 1 officially brings the end of yet another extremely busy June in and around Baldwin City. It also hit me that I haven’t done a bits-and-pieces column in a long time and I certainly have them. So here it is.
Remembering dad on Flag, Father’s Day
June 18, 2010
As June 14 approached, e-mails reminded me (not that I needed it) that it was three years ago on Flag Day that we laid my father’s ashes to rest at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan. A sad remembrance, but I don’t bring it up to throw a wet blanket on the week or on the upcoming Sunday, which happens to be Father’s Day, Rather, I wish to share, now that grief has distilled into insight, some of what the connection of Flag Day and this loss, followed closely by Father’s Day, has come to mean to me.
Letters to the Editor
June 17, 2010
To the editor: When asked to vote “yes” so a new school could be built in town, we had no idea it would be used as a way to move our children out of the school we love.
Rumors of the Big 12’s death were greatly exaggerated
Around Town column
June 17, 2010
That collective sigh of relief heard this week in the area was from Big 12 fans who could finally breathe after a week plus of listening to what looked like the blow-by-blow destruction of their beloved conference.
It’s a busy time in Baldwin City
Our View Editorial
June 10, 2010
There’s a certain electricity in the air in Baldwin City and it isn’t just the 6 percent electrical rate increase passed by the Baldwin City Council this week or the ongoing debate for the Baldwin School Board on whether to close rural elementary schools or not.