Letter to the Editor
Well-women check saves lives Cervical Cancer was once the number one cancer killer of women, but now numbers have greatly declined due to the widely available and reliable Pap test. When discovered early, the survival rate is nearly 100 percent. It is estimated that 4,600 women will still die from cervical cancer this year. Kansas has an average o 107 new cases diagnosed each year. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and the Neos...
Kansas is the right choice for NBAF
Mark Parkinson Lieutenant Governor The selection of Kansas and Kansas State University as the “preferred site” for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) is profoundly meaningful for our state and good news for the nation. While the decision will not be finalized until January 12, the strong recommendation by experts within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) validates the fact of what we have known here in Kansas for the...
Topeka Capital-Journal, on cable service in jail: Shawnee County Commissioner Vic Miller knows the county’s taxpayers well enough to know exactly how receptive they would be to picking up the tab for providing jail inmates with cable television service. That’s why he made a special point of asking county corrections director Dick Kline who would pay for cable service to the Shawnee County Jail if commissioners authorized Kline to solicit ...
Ain’t life grand?
Rick Qualls First Baptist Church Grandma and grandson were at the beach getting some rays and making sandcastles. Out of nowhere a huge wave struck the beach and washed the little boy into sea. Grandma began to pray, “Lord if you bring my grandson back I will never ask for anything again.” Suddenly, a huge wave washed the boy ashore unharmed. Grandma hugged him and the prayed, “But God where is the little red hat he was wearing!” Have yo...
exit hurts Kansas
Democrats in 2010
AP Political Writer
TOPEKA (AP) — Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson’s decision not to run for office again is a significant blow to efforts by his fellow Democrats to offer serious competition year in and year out for normally dominant Republicans.
Many Democrats saw Parkinson as their leading contender for governor in 2010, when Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is term-limited by the state constitution. Activists in both major parties assumed she int...
‘Early Bird Special’ a treat in NYC
Lois Carlson Guest Columnist Dining in New York City can be an experience all its own. There are many, many choices to choose from. There are the traditional fast food establishments we are all so familiar with. We found they didn’t offer the same “special deals” we have here in the midwest but that is probably to be expected. There are hundreds of ethnic restaurants. Some are small and some are large, each featuring the foods from their ...
Letter to the Editor
Police did not shut down bar An article in Saturday’s paper written by Melissa Smith offered the title, “Police calls shut down local bar on New Year’s Eve.” While it is true the bar was closed early after an incident during which police were called, we feel it is important the public is not incorrectly led to believe the police closed down our establishment. In fact, the bar was closed at my direction while officers with the Chanute Police...
Volunteers sought for At-Risk
Sandy Moore Vision Chanute At-Risk Neighborhood Committee Member Each month the At-Risk Neighborhood committee meets with the anticipation of making a difference in this wonderful community. We have been developing a list of volunteers who are willing to assist at risk home owners with maintenance of their homes before other actions takes place. We will also be assisting our neighbors get unneeded items to the curb during spring clean up....
Assistant superintendent to take reins
as new Chamber board president
Happy New Year! During 2008, the Chamber worked diligently to meet its mission of “to promote, attract and represent new and existing business” through its sponsorships of several successful events, such as the sold-out Business Expo, and in reaching out to the membership in new ways, such as the online survey done last March. All of the Chamber’s efforts are dependent upon a strong volunteer corps led by the board of directors. Leading th...
Get fit with tips from ACS
A new year is upon us. This is the time of the year for evaluation of the past year and planning for the New Year. Some like to call this “making resolutions” but the word “resolutions” means breaking those self-made promises also. Therefore, the term “planning” for the New Year will be used in this article. Changing the mindset may mean success will come easier. The American Cancer Society (ACS) Web site can assist with the New Year’s plan...
Know when to say ‘when’
Early this week the Tribune received a letter from Iola resident Bonnie Johnson giving us what-for on an article published in the Nov. 22 edition. The article gave tips on talking to kids about drinking if you are going to a party where alcohol will be served. In her letter, Ms. Johnson seems to believe that anyone who ever takes a sip of alcohol is an alcoholic. That is not so. I have known several alcoholics, close family members, in fac...
Forgiveness As I heard the judge say to my three attackers ‘You are hereby sentenced” that day, I don’t think that they heard what he really had to say. He said, “I now sentence all of you in prison for your crime. “You’ve come into this courtroom for the final time.” Then I saw disbelief in their eyes as they were led to a door That once passed through their lives would change forevermore. And as I sat there, I started thinking To ...
For your amusement ...
Rick Qualls Pastor, First Baptist Church A new aid to rapid — almost magical — learning has made its appearance. Indications are that if it catches on all the electronic gadgets will be so much junk. The new device is known as Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge. The makers generally call it by its initials, BOOK. Many advantages are claimed over the old-style learning and teaching aids on which most people are brought up nowadays. It...
Focus on fire safety:
Andy Moffitt Battalion Chief, Chanute Fire Department It’s a cold winter night. You decide to use a space heater, or perhaps light a fire in the fireplace, to save on the heating bill. Comfortable from its warmth as bedtime approaches you think, “What harm could it cause to leave it on overnight?” Think again. While these heating devices may help you feel cozy and warm, they can become extremely dangerous if not used properly. Home heati...
TVDS created ‘09 resolutions in ‘08
Tim Cunningham Director, TVDS “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” — Thomas Jefferson Planning for the future is usually a topic that many of us begin thinking about as a new year rolls around; most of the time it is with New Year’s Resolutions. At Tri-Valley, we created our 2009 resolutions in early 2008 when we developed and implemented our three year strategic plan. The plan we created is a living docu...
John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau When the temperatures in Kansas dip below freezing, two types of people usually surface – those who enjoy invigorating weather and those who tolerate the cold from inside. How an individual feels about the cold weather usually depends on where he/she grew up, age and more importantly, attitude. Another factor comes into play – wind chill factor. Wind chill factor is usually defined as the cooling effect f...
Some FYI about DUI
It’s New Year’s Eve and many in the community will be getting together tonight to countdown the final seconds of 2008. As the clock ticks away toward midnight party-goers will raise their drinks to mark the end of a difficult year.
But no matter where you are or what time of year it is, if you drink, make sure you have a ride home. A blood alcohol concentration of more than .08 percent is enough to land you in county lock-up for the night, no...
Letter to the Editor
Alcohol equals irresponsibility The article published in the Nov. 22, 2008, edition titled “How to imbibe when kids are around” has got to be the dumbest article I’ve ever read. I can’t believe you’d even print such garbage. There is no way to drink responsibly. When a person takes that first drink they are irresponsible. Every alcoholic started with that first drink. Drinking causes much pain, damage and abuse, many times abuse against ch...
and Auld Lang Syne
Rick Qualls First Baptist Church “Why?” Do you remember when your pre-schooler incessantly asked “Why daddy?” Over and over came the question until impatiently you replied, “BECAUSE I SAID SO THAT”S WHY!” I never grew out of the “why?” stage. So here is trivia you can use to astound friends and astonish enemies. Why is New Year’s celebration on January 1st? It wasn’t always. 4000 years ago Babylonians celebrated New Year in the spring. S...
Letter to the editor
News about SRS cuts disturbing Today i was reading today’s paper (Friday’s edition) and I read an article that really made me very upset, no really very, very, angry. It was saying (to me, that is) that the SRS are planning on supporting nursing homes and that they believe that any one who has a disability should be in a nursing home. I am one of 10,000 and 1,000 who is receiving HCBS and if any doctor does try to tell me that I need to g...