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What is $52 worth?

As individuals begin to think about donating to the 2009 United Way Campaign in Douglas County, it helps to put things into perspective. A gift of $52 will provide Unite Way agency clients with the following: American Red Cross, Douglas County Chapter One week of groceries for ... Continue reading

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The clothes make the cyclist

I generally don’t put a lot of thought into my attire. And it shows. That holds true whether I’m headed to a wedding or a night out or out to mow the lawn. I pretty much just throw on what’s nearby and smells the best, or at ... Continue reading

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Lower 90s seem hot this summer

After a heatwave in June, then a July that felt more like May, we find ourselves in the middle of one of the most beautiful Augusts in memory. However, it is still summer and every now and then the south breeze will blow some heat and humidity ... Continue reading

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Why Deregulation isn’t Deregulation

Whenever I talk about deregulating our economy a common response is that without regulations society would fall apart. The environment would be trashed, our food would be poisoned, houses would fall over etc. In this fictitious world of lawlessness where humans fall prey to the ill-considered actions ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 8/23/2009

Previous: IPS 8/16/2009 Next:IPS 8/30/2009 Image #1: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/23/saDSC_4988a.JPG Image #2 (Next picture--tonight--will be a complete picture.): http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/24/saDSC_4988b.JPG Image #3: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/24/saDSC_4988.JPG Here is the last photo and what captured my attention. A little internet searching confirmed my assumptions about the sign and gave me clues as to how ... Continue reading

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Fond Memories of Chemistry sets..

Multi's comments about dangerous toys brings back memories: I remember my chemistry set very fondly and I would spend hours making dangerous stuff...my favorite was making chlorine. Such a pretty yellow/green color. This whole discussion reminds me of Terry Pratchett's book "Hogfather" . Death is playing the ... Continue reading

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Another Road Another Threatened Wetland

"Now that Congress has passed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-11), federally protected Wilderness in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is in great peril. The bill would allow internationally significant Wilderness lands to be removed from federal protection in order to construct an ... Continue reading

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Nebraska’s quest for North takes hit with dismissal of Castille

Significant news came out of the Nebraska football team’s practice on Saturday: coach Bo Pelini dismissed Quentin Castille after the running back violated unspecified team rules. Pelini didn’t elaborate on the situation, but Castille had been absent from practice for the last few days. “It’s pretty black ... Continue reading

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A Pig in a Polk

Blogging here abouts has led to a lot of demonization of insurance companies for denying care. Unfortunately, most of the examples are either related to prior conditions or experimental surgery. Most people agree we need to fix the former and most likely doing so will raise costs. ... Continue reading

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Which game are you most looking forward to?

It should feel like San Diego in Lawrence for the next four days. Optimist that I am, I’m looking forward to it. Saturday’s high is 79, followed by highs of 81, 85 and 88. Doesn’t feel like summer anymore. I drove to work on Friday, listening to ... Continue reading

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Jayhawk Flashback: Iowa State, 11/26/05

While the search continues for the elusive 1995 Colorado tape, here is a game that was probably just as significant and even more dramatic: KU vs. Iowa State on Nov. 26, 2005. If you remember, both teams had a lot to play for. ISU just needed to ... Continue reading

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Hi, my agency’s name is …

Hi, my name is the Douglas County Chapter of Red Cross Community Services. The Red Cross falls under United Way’s focus area of Creating a Healthier Community. An area that provides “access to quality healthcare, supports persons with chronic illnesses and disaster preparedness training.” The American Red ... Continue reading

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Project Runway: Space diapers away!

First of all, let me get this out of the way: “Project Runway” is back! YAAAAAAAYYYYYY! OK, now I feel much better. It’s been nearly a year since Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn graced our screens as the guardians of all things sacred in fashion and nearly ... Continue reading

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Park and ride

I happened upon an interesting article the other day that caught my attention. Entitled “What would get Americans biking to work? Decent parking,” the article, written by Tom Vanderbilt in Slate magazine, posited that one of the greatest hindrances to commuting by bike is lack of parking. ... Continue reading

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A Real Dilemma

How about a bit of honesty. Health care costs a great deal. Those costs are growing rapidly. Adding more people will probably cause the costs to grow even more! Some argue we cannot sustain that growth and must cut it! There are many opinions as to why ... Continue reading

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More stories worth hearing

Freestate Studio's Ryan Jones is a Big Brother through the United Way partner agency Big Brothers Big Sisters. Continue reading

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Loud Fury

In my experience, when there is a debate going on and one of the sides begins screaming just to try to shut the other side up, it means that the discussion is over. The screaming side has lost, and their reaction is clearly a desperate way to ... Continue reading

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Top Chef Masters — A winner is crowned

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2009/08/20/Top-Chef-Masters-Season-110-13.jpg I wonder if the crew on “Top Chef” ever gets to sample the leftovers. That thought kept running through my mind/tastebuds when watching the season finale of the inaugural “Top Chef Masters.” With a remarkable 12-course meal offered to a dozen folks, the laws of physics ... Continue reading

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Hi, my agency’s name is …

Hi, my name is Ballard Community Services. Under United Way’s focus area of Building Successful Families, Children, and Youth—supporting quality childcare, school readiness and safe, enriching environments for children and youth. Per their mission, Ballard Community Services is an organization that provides a high quality, affordable early ... Continue reading