In the past, the USD 475 School Board has put way too much emphasis on looking good by having the most impressive equipment and supplies.

I recently read an article on the internet that has medical school students and residents bemoaning the fact they are having a difficult time finding a medical school that will teach them abortion procedures.

I am officially announcing my intention to file to continue serving as Geary County Commissioner for District 1.

In 390 B.C., mid-way through Rome’s long democratic history, an orator named Camillus confronted a Rome defeated in war and burned to the ground. He stood up in what was left of the Forum and gave this challenge: don’t give up, remember our 400-year-old history, recover our greatness, celebrate our gods and rebuild.

I am most grateful for the way you welcomed me into your city and let me serve briefly as the kick-off director for Junction City Main Street. At every corner, I was greeted warmly and even when disagreements surfaced discussions were open and free of bitterness.

The 475 School Board has an area set aside for the command center of the vast security system of the school district.

How on earth was Putin able to talk his people into invading Ukraine? The simple answer is he has his hands on the means of communication, which includes the news agencies and education systems of the country. He also has his hands on the regular police force, the secret police and the military.

It seems to me that the City of Junction City really does not want to put the time, energy or money into growing Junction City. I say this because at every opportunity to grow, Junction City, its government and a vocal share of the city’s population are opposed to it.

There was plenty of soupy patriotism in both the President’s speech and Republican Governor Kim Reynolds response, but plenty of Mardi Gras voodoo also.

Today, America conducts democracy by opinion polling. What do the people think about Ukraine? Let’s be guided by that.

Are you concerned about the abuses of the federal government? The government regulates things they have no business controlling. There’s a massive imbalance between federal and state power. Spending and debt are out of control.

President Biden’s push for war to salvage the 2022 elections represents the absolute worst in American politics.

I was watching an old Television show a few nights ago and it came to me that even 65 years ago the underdog was always the one that came out on top. That is the underdog that captured the viewer’s emotions.

A well-intentioned mom titled her opinion piece in a Wyoming newspaper, “Instead of molding kids, behold them.”

Our disabled veterans are grossly under compensated. They've been asking various congresses and administrations for fair and adequate compensation since the end of WWI (1918). That was a 103 years ago!

Every day Americans scurry off in winter darkness to work physical construction sites and business-as-usual office settings. But where are folks scurrying off to work on social construction programs to build a better society and renew our nation’s traditional commitment to ethical living?

I am saddened to have to write with such a heavy heart. But your vote on redistricting cuts to the quick of how I understand what it means to be ethical and moral, what it means to watch over your fellow person, what it means to be courageous, what it means to be seeking God’s justice. Your vote causes me to share my disappointment with you.

I would like to challenge all members of the USD 475 Board of Education to wear a mask from 7 a.m., the time when many children get on a school bus, to 4 p.m., when those children are dropped off at home, five days a week.

This letter is in response to comments made during the January board meeting. You asked for our opinions on the mask mandate and possible effects on student learning.

Optimist International and affiliates, like the JC Breakfast Optimist Club, will celebrate Optimist Day on Feb. 3 this year.

“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.

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.

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

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.

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."

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

I have been to many 475 School Board meetings as well as many Junction City, City Commission meetings over the years. There are some unwritten rules that have come through time after time in the very clearest of ways.

Poverty, which is not a lack of motivation, but a lack of money, plagues the United States, especially in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Right now, 27 million children in low-income families can get the full Child Tax Credit as a monthly payment. Additionally, 5 million low-wage worke…

In recent news, Kansas COVID-19 rates have been declining due to the abundance of vaccines. But how effective will these vaccines be when COVID-19 variants are becoming the norm and could make vaccines obsolete?

I know most people do not get paid what they think they are worth. I know this because I have never heard anyone complain because they were being paid to much. I have never heard of anyone going to their boss and telling their boss to cut their pay by a dollar an hour or even a penny a month…

I am commenting on the article in the Tuesday, August 10, 2021 paper regarding publishing the names of children who have been taken into custody for whatever reason. I don’t feel young people from the ages of 14-16 should be subjected to the ridicule of having their names published in the ne…

We have just came through the Fourth of July and the Geary County Free Fair and after thinking about it for a little while, two things came to mind.

I have been watching the news a lot lately and I have noticed that the people who are in charge in the several layers of government always say they have the best interest of the people at heart. They say that they make each decision with the interest of the public upper most in their minds. …

Here I sit, as so many others have sat, for days waiting for a telephone reply to messages that I left on telephones after the “leave a message after the tone.” Messages to find out some information or to correct some problem or for some other important reason. Right now I am trying to get t…

The Kansas Legislature wrapped up the first portion of the 2021 Legislative Session on Friday, April 9th. Both the House and the Senate will resume in May to address legislation that Governor Kelly decides to veto. The bills we heard and voted on cover a wide variety of issues including: men…

I am again frustrated over the fact that I could not find the 475 School Board meeting, live on the internet. I know that the 475 School Board approved spending $60,000 for the “Cadillac” system of equipment and computer programs needed to broadcast the 475 School Board meetings at their Mar…

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