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THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE .....

Eileen Roddy

Republican Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute of Politics and campaign manager for Republican Fred Thompson's (failed) presidential campaign, Democrat Walter Shapiro, and Raymond Strother a political commentator on television, were part of a panel at KU today. The event, part of Kansas Editors' Day (sponsored by KU School ...

Success or Failure .....

Eileen Roddy

The 2008 Olympic Games have been declared a resounding success by China. If one makes this judgment based on the opening and closing sessions, China's gold medal accumulation, and the fact human rights protestors didn't have an opportunity to disrupt proceedings, then they were a success.I wonder how those Chinese ...

Swimming inspiration .....

Eileen Roddy

Natalie du Toit came 16th in the women's 10K marathon swim at the Olympics - 1.22 behind the gold medalist Larissa Ilchenko of Russia.So what, I hear some of you say; look at what Michael Phelps did. I was, and continue to be enthralled by Phelps' achievements, but I'm equally ...

Priorities for City spending?

Eileen Roddy

I see from reports in the LJW yesterday and today, that the City doesn't need to spend $1.3million to replace the 10-year old fire-truck that malfunctioned at Thursday's fire but Chad Lawhorn's report tells us that the City is still seeking a $500,000 sales tax "to provide truck replacement and ...

Scammy scams.

Eileen Roddy

An older friend (yes, there are some older than me!) received three different telephone scams in the past few weeks. They were obviously hoaxes and she called the police who told her she needed to get the name and telephone numbers of the scammers. Now if scammers were willing to ...

Just About and More.....

Eileen Roddy

Today marked the 90th birthday of one of my heroes - Nelson R. Mandela, the first democratically elected State President of South Africa, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, who spent nearly twenty years in prison for his beliefs.One of the things he said at the end of the Rivoni Trail, ...

Dog Days!

Eileen Roddy

"Do you think an unfit old biddy like me could manage it?" I asked a graduate of the Red Dog's Dog Day program."If you can walk you can do it," came the response.On such a recommendation, I hauled my well-upholstered posterior out of bed at at an unearthly hour on ...

Just About and More .......

Eileen Roddy

On Wednesday, the price of a barrel of crude oil jumped $4.19 to reach $133.17 a barrel. Within 24 hours of this announcement the gas prices at pumps on Ninth Street (and no doubt across Lawrence) rose from $3.65 to $3.79. Can anyone explain this immediate 14 cent rise to ...

Build a bear for the Pope.

Eileen Roddy

The first official souvenir for Pope Benedict XV1's visit to Washington DC in April, has been announced - a bear. He's been nicknamed "Benny Bear" by Susan Gibbs, spokesperson for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington."He's cute," Gibbs said, referring to the the bear.You can only get this "special" bear ...

Pulitzer Prize winner speaks at KU.

Eileen Roddy

Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter, Seymour M. Hersh received the William Allen White Foundation 2008 National Citation at Woodruff Auditorium (in the Kansas Union Building) at Kansas University yesterday. A photograph and report appears in the Journal World this morning.In an introduction, Ted Frederickson, Budig Professor of Writing, at KU, ...

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