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My choice for president

The time is almost at hand to cast my first-ever vote, and I have decided to vote for the person based on three issues that are important to me. The first one I briefly mentioned in my last column. Whom would I trust to provide protection for ... Continue reading

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Kansas Republicans: Red and then there is Pink

To be Republican used to me anti abortion, pro business, pro military and anything else "red." That was before I moved to Kansas from Phoenix, Arizona. When I moved here I learned being a Republican and even a Democrat meant very different things then what I was ... Continue reading

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Gays: The Forgotten Voter

I was inspired to write about this after a friend of mine (who happens to be gay) wrote about his frustration with this political election and their lack of focus on gay issues, specifically gay rights. He was a huge Hillary Clinton supporter and after her defeat ... Continue reading

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Pig campaign works to save consumers’ bacon

The economy must be in bad shape when [a national public service campaign][1] is encouraging "the 40 million Americans age 25 to 34 to take control of their personal finances."And the best title it can invent? Feed the Pig.This little piggy, named Benjamin Bankes, is a 36-year-old ... Continue reading

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spider web

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Oct/29/spider_web.JPGI guess I don't have much to say about this. I've just always been a sucker for dew-covered spider webs. I'm not sure how she felt about the election. Continue reading

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Youthful thoughts; the new vanguard

My daughter is very excited about her first presidential election. She is most excited about the prospect of a new order. She thinks that Barack can energize the new generation and get them excited about politics. When she is not helping cook biscuits and cornbread with our ... Continue reading

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Dillons, Kwik Shop among new projects up for approval

This and that from the Lawrence development scene. ¢ Expect to see some construction work at the Kwik Shop store at the corner of 19th and Massachusetts streets. The company plans to give its existing store a major overhaul and new look, according to a site plan ... Continue reading

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Science and the Kansas Board of Education Race

By the way,Kansas Citizens for Science has just released a survey of the Board of Education candidates in this year's election. Might be of interest to note that evolution is not dead as a political issue. Also one local candidate did not respond. So go to, read ... Continue reading

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Sarah Palin and Fruit Flies

Governor Palin has taken swipe at science. In a recent speech she criticized geneticists for studying fruit flies of all things. I guess if you have never taken biology or maybe were half a sleep you might not know that fruit flies are one of the major ... Continue reading

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Running as a Democrat isn’t easy in Kansas.

There are a few aspects to this race that need to be examined. First, the political party break down for the 76th Kansas House District where Carol Strickland is running. Roughly this break down is going to be about half republican and a little more than a ... Continue reading

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Rock Chalk Jack-O-Lantern

Pumpkins, too, can show some Kansas University pride this Halloween.KU is offering some [pumpkin stencils][1] featuring two different KU designs.Both the letters "KU" and a picture of a Jayhawk are available. The stencils are available to download and print.Using stencils to carve pumpkins has become a [growing][2] ... Continue reading

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Top 10 Creepy Rock Songs for Halloween Mix!

Last week I asked readers to send in their picks to help me create the perfect Halloween rock playlist. I had lots of picks of my own to start with, but I wanted to see what you all could come up with. Not only were there a ... Continue reading

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What’s the purpose of the regular season?

They've done it again. Another Lawrence High team has used the regular season as a tune-up for the postseason, when the games really count. It is amazing how often LHS sports programs save their best for last. And I'm not exactly sure it's the best idea. But ... Continue reading

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What’s different about Kansas

I just moved here from Phoenix, Arizona, and there are few things that stand out as being much different than my previous home. First, I've only seen a handful of Hispanic people, and that was at the grocery store. Phoenix is about 1/3rd Hispanic, so I'll be ... Continue reading

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Obama Argues For Infanticide

inâfanâtiâcide noun 1. the act of killing an infant. 2. the practice of killing newborn infants. 3. a person who kills an infant I thought it was above Obama's pay grade, but here he is arguing to kill babies who successfully survive an abortion. His lack of ... Continue reading

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I LOVE ME SOME DELICIOUS TOASTED BUTTERY BISCUITS!!!!

I do. Apple butter. Apricot preserves. Slander jelly. Very good. Bea - Yes I can edit my blog. Continue reading

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WTF? Barack Hussein Obama…and?

The "HE'S A SOCIALIST! HE'S A TERRORIST! HE'S A MUSLIM! HE'S THE ANTI-CHRIST! OH MY GOD THE SKY IS GOING TO FALL AND THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT IS GOING TO END IF BARACK OBAMA GETS ELECTED" B.S. is getting really old!!!! First of all; those ... Continue reading

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Noodles & Company looking at downtown

The national restaurant chain Noodles & Company is interested in locating in downtown Lawrence. The company has filed a site plan to locate at 8 W. Eighth St., the longtime home of Palace Cards and Gifts. Greg Guenther, who owns both the card shop and the building, ... Continue reading

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Daylight Saving Time ends later for second year

When I was a kid, fall was one of my favorite times of year. The turning leaves and cooler temperatures were among my favorites, but Halloween probably pushed fall to the top of the list. The one thing that I was always frustrated with is that Daylight ... Continue reading

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See who’s on the hot seat

Welcome to Week 9 of Conference Chatter, where you'll be asked kindly to answer a question before proceeding.**The question**: OK, so if you had to take a guess on which head coach had the most secure job in college football, who would you say? Don't think about ... Continue reading