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I want to respond to Fred Moulton’s claims in his Letter to the Editor in the March 3 Tribune because it bothers me when the truth is mangled so completely. I searched the Internet for the “World Murder Statistics compiled by the World Health Organization” and found the chart he used. It app…

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Normally, I ignore Mr. Neyer’s rantings for the blustery grandstanding statements that they are, but just in case some people are tempted to believe the tripe that he wrote in Wednesday’s Tribune, I want to refute it.

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How much longer will the Chanute Tribune and city staff beat the dead horse of fiber to the home? I would ask, “How many times does the canard of its profitability have to be refuted?” However, that is answered by one of my Undeniable Truths of Government, “The dumber the idea, the more like…

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I have followed Senator Jeff King’s political updates in the Chanute Tribune. Sen. King is talented and has won or been appointed to numerous committees in the Legislature in addition to serving as Vice President of the Senate.  His resume is impressive and he wields considerable influence a…

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This letter is to clarify an article that appeared on the front page of the Tribune on Saturday entitled “State-ordered efficiency audit suggests closing of Tri-Valley.” I have been asked by hundreds of people if we are closing and the answer is no, Tri-Valley is not closing. I repeat, Tri-V…

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Last week, a series of terrorist attacks carried out by ISIS struck Paris, France, killing hundreds of people. In the wake of those attacks, several US government officials have been calling for greater powers in order to prevent future attacks. 

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I have trouble taking certain people seriously, particularly the self-appointed foreign policy experts on Facebook who publicly offer bold opinions on what our country should do with Syrian refugees. I suspect that most of these people couldn’t even tell me which countries border Syria witho…

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It’s easy for readers to dismiss major news that doesn’t affect them, anyone they know, or anyone from the town where they live. Case in point, the news articles about and television footage of racially-based protests at the University of Missouri and several other major colleges last week. …

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A recent column I wrote apparently included a confession to a serious crime. At least, that’s what I was told by a frequent hate-emailer and self-proclaimed local legal expert. This individual objected to my claim that I once married a woman just so we could procure cheaper plane tickets fro…

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Quite a few local residents have faithfully attended City Commission meetings during my time covering the news here in Chanute. Some of them were chronic complainers looking for something to grouse about, but plenty of these people genuinely engaged with local politicians to attempt to make …

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Yet another downtown Chanute bar is now a vacant lot with the demolition of the Southside Tavern this week. Even though this beloved historic landmark is gone, the discussion of what to do with its western wall won’t be ending anytime soon. There is another locally-owned building that is att…

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Criminal defense attorneys advise their clients to avoid talking to the media, which is why I was surprised to see Casey Casper walk into the Tribune office last week in advance of his scheduled preliminary hearing.

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It always amuses me when those who express grave concerns about the government controlling the lives of citizens turn around to advocate legislation that calls on the government to do exactly that. This is why I read with great interest a column in our newspaper last weekend by Republican St…

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 One of my favorite pastimes is applying for high-profile jobs for which I have no qualifications, knowing that there is no way I will ever get hired. I have noticed that Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Ben Carson seem to have a very similar hobby these days. I like the self-discovery that …

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I moved to Chanute four years ago from St. Louis, a city in which a high percentage of local conversations revolve around the fortunes of the local professional team. Whether the Cardinals are winning and losing, who is hitting, who is injured, when and why the manager should be fired are al…

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Plenty of people have asked me about how I feel about Benchwarmers closing since I’ve spent as much time there over the last four years as anyone who wasn’t getting paid to be there. Benchwarmers was one of the first places I went when I moved to Chanute, and I was there at the bar on the la…

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Surprisingly, the St. NFL church that I attend every Sunday in the fall and winter was not invited to participate in this year’s Biblesta parade. The organizers of that event must have lost the phone number and email address.

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People in our community might be too dazed from the overabundance of sun, beer, and funnel cakes at last weekend’s Artist Alley festivities to notice, but October is apparently a very important month in our state now. Much-esteemed Kansas Governor Sam Brownback will be signing an official pr…

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Like all reputable religious institutions, the local St. NFL church that I attend throughout the fall and winter places a great emphasis on holiday activities. Some of the important celebrations that we try to use as an excuse to avoid work responsibilities are obvious, as much reverence is …

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When Chanute was thrust into the national spotlight by the removal of a painting of Jesus from the local middle school, it should have been an important civics lesson for the community. It provided an illustrative example about how the Constitution works, the importance of the separation bet…

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When someone leaves a job, their former co-workers are often expected to pick up the slack in addition to their regular duties. I have been in this situation before so I know how annoying it can be.That is why I have felt so bad recently for Neosho County employees. With several people choos…

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When I was covering sports for the Chanute Tribune, I intentionally never picked sides in the intense rivalry between Kansas and Kansas State. Now that my sports loyalties are no longer a professional issue, I have a slight bit of sympathy for Kansas in football and Kansas State in basketbal…

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I attend church at St. NFL every Sunday during fall and winter. This year, I've started playing fantasy football with a distinguished group of fellow congregants. Fantasy football involves picking a group of professional football players and using the statistics they produce in any given wee…

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Just one week ago, a small piece of Chanute history was removed from one of its public school buildings. The painting of Jesus was donated to Royster Middle School as a memorial to a student who died in 1956 and had hung in the school off and on since then. 

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I was in “Legally Blonde” for about seven seconds, so I am clearly an expert on the movie business. That is why I am surprised that the Chanute City Commission and the Neosho County Commission didn’t consult with me before they each decided to invest $5,000 of alcohol tax funds towards the p…

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When people in Chanute talk to me about Jesus, they are usually trying to convince me to spend my sleepy Sunday mornings and 10 percent of my income at some local church. However, this week I engaged in many discussions about Jesus during which no church invitations were offered. During thes…

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Packages will occasionally appear on my front porch (addressed to my lovely girlfriend) from various clothing and shoe companies that sell goods online. When I ask my girlfriend about the costs of these apparently important pieces of merchandise, she will give a tortured explanation of how m…

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I recently paid a woman to beat me up for an hour and I feel good about that decision. This wasn’t some “50 Shades of Grey” scenario, nor was I dumb enough to challenge some famous UFC fighter to a bout. Instead, I received a deep-tissue massage.

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Since I have heard that underage drinking is a big problem in this area and I did a fair share of drinking as a teenager, I have considered starting one of those “Scared Straight” programs for local young people who have been caught with alcohol. These wayward teenagers would have to accompa…

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Reading all of the nice words that have been written about Harold Turner upon his death this week has made me hope that there is some mechanism available so newspapers can be read in Heaven. Harold loved being mentioned in the Tribune, and I would hate to think that he would miss this opport…