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“Don’t be that guy.” My youngest daughter Macey uses that quote often to remind us not to be the one who spoils the party. Even though we are not having a party or a family gathering here, I do believe Macey’s comment is applicable to working with city issues.

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In the two and a half years I have lived in Junction City, I have noticed more and more trees and bushes all around the city become sickly looking, and many of them have died just in the past year.

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This past week I returned from one of the best weeks of the year, the American Farm Bureau Convention and Annual Meeting. It is truly something I look forward to each year and a highlight on my calendar.

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In October of 2021, God called my church to a month of war. While we were praying, He said, “The tide has turned.”

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America is looking straight into the eyes of a tornado-style political year in 2022, and an even bigger one in 2024.

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Thank goodness that the water is back on here in Junction City. I believe that a great big thank you goes to those who worked very hard to restore the water service to Junction City.

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All that’s left of the original home at the ranch is a foundation underneath an apple tree. Eventually, after years of sitting vacant, it was deemed unsafe and summarily demolished. I never got to see the inside, but I remember badly wanting to walk through the door and explore the rooms my …

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This next labor was designed to really challenge Heracles. The Stymphalian birds are known to be highly aggressive man-eating birds near the lake town of Stymphalos.

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It was with great interest that I read two articles in the Daily Union on Nov. 23 entitled, "Former employee files lawsuit against Junction City High School for wrongful termination," and "Staff note discipline problems at Junction City High School."

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If hundreds of residents don’t want the meatpacking plant proposed for Taylor Road, then why are the city officials and Economic Development Council still considering it?

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Social media has been full recently of the typical posts about what people are hoping to accomplish in 2022.

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Last week, we discussed the Erymanthian Boar and the actions of Heracles that resulted in the death of his comrade. Now we see yet another curveball set by King Eurystheus: the cleaning of King Augeas’ Stables.

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The Hind of Ceryneia seems like a straightforward labor for Heracles, but there were several issues with this one.

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Amid the hustle and bustle of this season, I have recently been reminded that, contrary to the temperatures outside, it is winter. As if the short daylight hours, the Christmas stockings and kids being out for winter break haven’t clued me in on this time of the year, a tiny reminder has mad…

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Recently we all came together as Kansas Farm Bureau members at the 103rd annual meeting. This annual meeting was especially memorable because we could not be together in person last year. There is something special when farmers and ranchers from all parts of Kansas come together, and our tim…

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The Hind of Ceryneia seems like a straightforward labor for Heracles, but there were several issues with this one.

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Last week, a Shawnee County District Court judge struck down a Kansas law guaranteeing commonsense protections for women’s health and safety through basic abortion clinic inspection, licensing and sanitation standards.

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Despite all the available metrics available for us to make sense of our world, measuring it is still largely defined by the parameters set forth by humans.

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Last week we began to look at the Greek myth of Heracles. He is the quintessential masculine figure of Greek legend.

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Do looks really matter? This topic is better suited to philosophers, but a series of observations from my trip to the Baltics earlier this year with Kansas Farm Bureau’s Casten Fellows Program has had me questioning my belief that if something works, it does not matter if it looks good. I ha…

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Nov. 28 was the first Sunday in Advent. Advent is the start of the church year, beginning with the fourth Sunday before Christmas and continuing through the day before Christmas. The name is derived from a Latin word for “coming.”

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Kansas is home to communities of all shapes and sizes. Large and small, urban and rural – each is home to different attractions, traditions and people.

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The deer heard my footsteps crunching oak leaves as I crested a hill coming up out of the creek bottom. They didn’t make a sound as they darted through the clearing ahead of me. The white of their tails only briefly signaled their retreat before they slipped further into the tree line.

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On Aug. 2, 2022, we will be voting for a very important issue: The Value Them Both Amendment. This amendment will assure mothers and their unborn babies will have a safe place to live in Kansas.

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Last week we began to look at the Greek myth of Heracles. He is the quintessential masculine figure of Greek legend.

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Earlier this summer after we had finished harvesting our wheat crop and wrapped up planting the rest of our fall crops, my husband casually mentioned that fall harvest would take a while this year. At that time, we had a lot of acres of corn, soybeans and sorghum growing that would all need …

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We are on our second year with Kansas Connections Academy. Initially we went to online schooling because of COVID. I was pleasantly surprised by the organization and quality of the education.

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Each Episcopal Church worship service includes a special Collect, or liturgical prayer, unique for the day. The Collect is typically one sentence in length and pulls together the themes appropriate for the day.

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It has long been a truism that the strength of the Republican party lies in its head and the strength of the Democrat party lies in its heart.

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Last week, I discussed a thought experiment regarding the Greek myth Hercules – a figure that embodies a traditional idea of masculinity.

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In a few short days we will all sit down and celebrate Thanksgiving. The holiday that is meant for us to reflect and decide what it is for which we are thankful. We have a lot to be thankful for in this great nation, not the least of which is our farms and ranches. This is so appropriate bec…

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As Commission Chair and Mayor of our community, we have great faith in the current efforts of our Economic Development Committee and Director Mickey Fornaro-Dean. We currently have a lot of great things happening in Junction City/Geary County.

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Paid time-off for farmers is one of the intriguing ideas that caught the attention of our group during the recent Kansas Farm Bureau Casten Fellows international travel experience to the Baltics. One of the young farmers we met shared that the Replacement Farmers program provides subsidized,…

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One of the funny things about getting older is how it warps our perception of time. When we’re young and nearly every experience is new, time moves slowly. As we age, however, there are fewer and fewer things we haven’t experienced, our schedules become more predictable and the days seem to …

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Cup holders — it all began a few days ago when I was unable to put my drive-thru dollar drinks in my cup holders. It was a fiasco witnessed by the drive-thru attendant as she held my much needed drinks out the window patiently waiting for me to take them out of her hands and drive away.

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For Kansas, great public schools are our greatest asset. Our schools attract people who value education and businesses that value an educated workforce. The critical link between our community and our schools is the local school board – and your involvement and your vote make the difference …

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I never thought my journalism career would land me in Junction City, Kansas, as the new editor of The Junction City Union newspaper. But here I am, and I love it here so far.

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I am the fifth generation to farm one of our pieces of ground, which is quite a heritage to live up to. I have often wondered what it would be like to not be tied to a place, a way of living and a lifestyle. Those thoughts are very fleeting because who I am is very much tied to the land and …

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