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BNSF employee who died after falling into train car identified

This was certainly a tragic accident, and unfortunately an illustration of why farming ranks number 9 in the list of the most dangerous occupations, according to 'Forbes'. <br>
Source: <br>
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelyn...

I hope the man's family can remember him fondly and go on, although there is no doubt it will be very difficult for them.

I grew up working on a farm, in a small farming community, and I do not care to discuss the tragic, and so often fatal, accidents that happened there, even though the county has a very small population. One of the fatalities was a high school classmate of mine, and he died only a few years after we graduated from high school.

People who do not work in farming do not realize how dangerous wheat can be. A load of it looks so innocuous, yet you can literally drown in it! I once had to be rescued from sinking into the load of a wheat truck that was being emptied. After that, I had a great deal more respect for a load of wheat, and understood more clearly what had almost happened to my father many years ago. I believe, but am not sure, that it happened before I was born.

This is a clip of a comment (with minor editing revisions) that I made on this forum on November 1, 2011 that followed an article that discussed the deaths of yet three more men in a wheat accident. But, the circumstances were very different. <br>
http://tonganoxiemarketplace.com/news...

My father very nearly died in a grain elevator accident years ago, and I have only heard it discussed once. I think he would rather not talk about it.

He was cleaning way down in the bottom of one of the wheat silos, nothing out of the ordinary, that was his job at the time, and suddenly wheat started to pour down on top of him, tons of it.

He tried to swim to stay on top of the wheat for air, but he was sinking fast. It didn't look like there was any hope.

The man operating the machinery was dumping wheat into that silo, and suddenly, someone in the control room yelled: "Hey! Not that one! Harvey's working in there!"

The grain falling from the top suddenly stopped, and after my father was found to be all right, everyone realized that a disaster had almost occurred in St. Francis, Kansas many years ago.

July 15, 2014 at 1:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What is your favorite kind of chocolate and why?

Lindt white, which is available in a few varieties. I can't explain why I like white chocolate better than dark. Maybe it's because I never could eat enough of it when I was young.

The latest news is that Lindt (Lindt & Sprüngli AG), based in Switzerland, is in negotiations to acquire Russell Stover, which will make Lindt the third-largest chocolate manufacturer in North America.

July 15, 2014 at 6:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Wrong track

From $16 to $21.70? Really? I don't understand, because the government reported inflation is so low!

"And you can believe me, because I never lie, and I'm always right." <br>
- Firesign Theatre

Clipped from: <br>
http://usinflation.org/us-inflation-r...

"The latest annual inflation rate for the United States is 2.1%, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on June 17, 2014."

July 15, 2014 at 6:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: It ain’t broke

I am very happy that Ms. Kirk's transportation needs are met by the busses we have in Lawrence, and I also hope that the present service continues. Far too often here in the United States (other nations are different), the transportation needs of those who cannot afford a car, or are unable to operate one for various reasons, are not met.

It is an unfortunate fact that we all will face declining vision and reaction time as we age. In some cases, this will hinder our abilities to operate a car safely. Although, quite often the judgment of an older driver far surpasses the impulses of youth. And, some younger people complain about how older drivers cause problems for the hot rod set.

Instead of worrying about senior citizens driving and possibly having accidents, we should instead do all we can to make sure that their transportation needs are met in other ways.

July 15, 2014 at 6:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: It ain’t broke

I am very happy that Ms. Kirk's transportation needs are met by the busses that we have in Lawrence, and I also hope that the present service continues. Far too often here in the United States (other nations are different), the transportation needs of those who cannot afford a car, or are unable to operate one for various reasons, are not met.

It is an unfortunate fact that we all will face declining vision and reaction time as we age. In some cases, this will hinder our abilities to operate a car safely. Although, quite often the judgment of an older driver far surpasses the impulses of youth. And, some younger people complain about how older drivers cause problems for the hot rod set.

Instead of worrying about senior citizens driving and possibly having accidents, we should instead do all we can to make sure that their transportation needs are met in other ways.

July 15, 2014 at 6:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Faith Forum: What is your opinion on people getting ordained online to perform weddings?

I messed up on this one! The Third Article ended up becoming the First Amendment.

History Lesson:

Seventeen Articles <br>
Approved by the House on August 24, 1789 <br>
Approval of the Bill of Rights in Congress and the States <br>
Third Article: <br>
Congress shall make no law establishing religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, nor shall the rights of Conscience be infringed.

Twelve Articles <br>
Approved by Congress on September 25, 1789 <br>
Third Article: <br>
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Ratified: December 15, 1791 <br>
First Amendment

July 13, 2014 at 7:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Faith Forum: What is your opinion on people getting ordained online to perform weddings?

That's true, a Common Law marriage does not require a license. That is because it is not needed. And, it is just as valid and legally binding as any other marriage.

You are either married, or you are not married. There is no in between.

Although some might consider "separated" or "filed for divorce" to be in between. For clarification on that matter, read what I clipped from the Kansas Bar Association again.

Just for a bit of humor here: Years ago I developed a rather perverse hobby. I noticed that many people, especially celebrities and persons of means, used to make the cost of a wedding very public.

My hobby was to remember the cost of the wedding, and then later, after the divorce, calculate how much the wedding had cost per month of marriage. In some celebrity cases, it was in the tens of thousands of dollars, and sometimes even more.

And, many years ago, I had a girlfriend that wanted to get married to me. But we had a serious difference. I insisted that the only place I would ever get married was at the courthouse, and she insisted otherwise, saying, "I want everybody to know!"

I thought that was a total waste. My opinion was that it was the marriage that was important, and not the wedding. Bad attitude, huh?

In retrospect, I would have been much happier if I had been more flexible.

July 13, 2014 at 5:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Faith Forum: What is your opinion on people getting ordained online to perform weddings?

Go for a Common Law marriage then if you want, that's not a problem. There is no law that states that a Common Law marriage cannot have marital vows questioned by any person that the couple chooses.

It's easy to get married. The difficult part is to stay married. Many books have been written about that subject, but very few have been written about how to get married in the first place because it's such a simple matter.

July 13, 2014 at 2:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What is the best-smelling plant?

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." <br>
- Juliet Capulet, in 'Romeo and Juliet', by William Shakespeare

It was a tragedy, you can read about it here: <br>
http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/shakespear...

July 13, 2014 at 11:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Faith Forum: What is your opinion on people getting ordained online to perform weddings?

You asked: "How else are they supposed to get married?"

A couple can go to the nearest courthouse, and ask a judge to marry them. You don't need to know the judge, and in a courthouse, it's very easy to find two secretaries for witnesses. That's very often done in elopements, when the element of time is of the essence.

For the younger set, this is not a step to be taken lightly. You should think about the person you want to marry, and ask yourself if you are willing to jump off a cliff with him or her. Do you trust your prospective marriage partner that much?

Or, a couple can become married with a Common Law marriage, which is just as valid in Kansas, and also in eight other states: Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and the District of Columbia, as any other marriage. The laws governing Common Law marriage vary a great deal from state to state.

The following is clipped from the website of the Kansas Bar Association: <br>
http://www.ksbar.org/?page=marriage_d...

Common Law Marriages

A common law marriage is a marriage by agreement of the two persons without any formal ceremony or license. A common law marriage will be recognized in Kansas if the couple considers themselves to be married and publicly holds themselves out to be married and if they are legally eligible to marry. No minimum period of cohabitation is required.

Common Law marriages are subject to the same legal obligations and privileges that apply to marriages with licenses. Once a common law marriage is established, the couple must get a court ordered divorce to terminate the marriage.

July 13, 2014 at 11:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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