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March Madness Lessons

KSAL StaffMarch 21, 2016

The opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament has come to be my favorite sports weekend of the entire year. The Super Bowl is great, college football and NFL opening weekend is always exciting, but nothing lives up to the hype again and again like March Madness. Forget the brackets and the (illegal) betting, the thrill of the contests is enough to keep anyone who somewhat likes basketball and sports...

More Labels than a Can of Soup

KSAL StaffMarch 21, 2016

Chad and I have been on the air for about a month now, and things feel different. The first two weeks, every time I watched him slide up the mic sliders, my stomach would drop the way it does on the insane decline on a roller coaster. I would get the "I'm about to say I love you for the first time" lump in my throat and swallow and kind of nervously laugh at the dumb stuff Chad would say. I would...

Playing for #2?

KSAL StaffMarch 17, 2016

I like sports. I especially like baseball. However, my world doesn’t revolve around sports. For instance, I could care less about the NFL draft or the NFL combine, but most of all I have little use for the angst that seems to accompany every NCAA National Bracket. People get upset, actually angry, about how some teams are seeded and “who’s in” and who got slighted. Really? Who cares? In ...

That’s a Relief

KSAL StaffMarch 10, 2016

My faith in Kansas has been restored. Just when I think we’re headed off the rails, something happens that gives me hope again. We do have a history of populist leanings that have led us all over the map, but we also have a history of rooting out the snake-oil salesperson and sending them on their way. I will admit I admire the demagogue. Having the chutzpah to get up there and just say whateve...

Trump, Cruz

KSAL StaffMarch 10, 2016

Trump, Cruz. Cruz, Trump. It was 10 minutes till 2 on Caucus Saturday. Even though I had been the first one from the Republican Party to show up at Salina Central High School hours ago, I had just officially checked in and gotten my ballot. I sat there staring at it. Cruz, Trump. Trump Cruz. Even though there were a total of seven names on the ballot plus the opportunity to vote “uncommitted...

Does Money Matter?

KSAL StaffMarch 4, 2016

Does money Matter?  Yes. On average, aggregate measures of per-pupil spending are positively associated with improved or higher student outcomes. The size of this effect is larger in some studies than in others, and, in some cases, additional funding appears to matter more for some students than for others. But, on balance, in direct tests of the relationship between financial resources and stude...

The Circus Comes to Town

KSAL StaffMarch 4, 2016

“The Eclipsed State.” That was the title of the chapter about Kansas from a book years ago about each and every state. It was the authors’ contention that Kansas, once a bell-weather state and a harbinger of things to come, had been “eclipsed” by the times, and that Kansas’ reputation and as incubator of progressive social and political causes was a thing of the past. “Bleeding Kansa...

Cookie Controversy

KSAL StaffMarch 4, 2016

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past week, you probably already know that it is officially Girl Scout Cookie season. Girl Scouts have been selling cookies in America since 1917 to raise funds for the organization, and sales are estimated at over 200 million boxes per year. It teaches girls valuable life lessons like how to interact with people, how to keep track of their product ...

Today I Lost My Friend

KSAL StaffFebruary 28, 2016

Today, I lost the most loyal friend I have ever had. My heart is broken. In the grand scheme of things, with everything bad that is happening in the world, it is an insignificant loss. But, to those who knew and loved her, it is not. My friend lived a life that we can all learn from. She had a gentle spirit and an exuberance for life. All she wanted to do was love and to be loved. She was succes...

The Trophy Comes to Town

KSAL StaffFebruary 25, 2016

I will admit disappointment when it was announced the World Series Championship trophy would be on tour instead of the annual Royals Caravan this winter. The caravan was started by Ewing Kaufman before the Royals had even played a game in the winter of 1968-’69 as sort of a quaint idea of getting the boys out into the hinterland to drum up support for the new team. Kaufman knew that for a small-...

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