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Oh Say Can You Say “Distracted”

KSAL StaffAugust 30, 2016

A football player refuses to stand for the national anthem, instead choosing to sit alone on the bench to quietly protest what he sees as injustice in America. And the world as we know it loses its mind. My social media feeds have been blowing up, and it's been trending in the news since Saturday when the story first started to break. A majority of my friends are outraged by this. Some contend t...

Ryan Lochte: What now?

KSAL StaffAugust 23, 2016

When I was in grade school and Junior High I remember being told very vividly that when the class was taken on a field trip that we were to be on our best behavior because “you are representing your school”.  It may be unfair, but if any ONE of us would misbehave, it would reflect poorly on the whole school.  It meant something to me and the other kids in the class that we wanted people to t...

Gratitude and Homework

KSAL StaffAugust 13, 2016

There’s a line in the movie Patton that I always try to remember to keep things in perspective (it helps that I’ve seen it a couple of dozen times) Patton is complaining to Gen. Bradley about allowing him to fight when he realized he’s crossed the line and says, “I have a lot of faults Brad. But ingratitude isn’t one of them. I owe you a lot.” And almost four decades into a broadcast...

No Words

KSAL StaffAugust 9, 2016

Like all Kansans, I was stunned and saddened to hear about the accident at the Schlitterbahn Water Park. So, now the questions begin: What happened? Why did it happen? Could a more vigorous inspection program have helped to prevent this? Was it a failure of the equipment? Did the staff fail in some way by either allowing the boy on the ride in the first place or by not properly strapping him...

Time for Royals to Buy For 2017

KSAL StaffJuly 26, 2016

The trade deadline in Major League Baseball is quickly approaching. After August 1st, teams can still make trades, but players must clear waivers first, meaning any team can put a claim in on a player before he is dealt. This rule means any impact players must be traded before next Monday's deadline. The Royals find themselves in a unique position this year. Coming off a World Series win, things ...

Sports Czar Wants to Change Kansas Classifications

KSAL StaffJuly 20, 2016

I've been thinking a lot about how some things could change in the world of sports. More specifically, I've been thinking about how we can change at the local level. There's a lot of things I'd like to see done differently. Some might work out for the better. Others, well, there's probably a reason they're done the way they're done now. So, I've decided to be the sports czar for a while. I could ...

SKYFIZZLE—AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

KSAL StaffJuly 7, 2016

I recently attended the Guns ‘n Roses concert in Kansas City.  They are not a group I’m all that fond of, but the show was great.  The ending (“Paradise City” as the third song of a three song encore) was amazing!  The lights, flames shooting out of the stage, confetti everywhere, Slash playing a guitar solo while appearing to be oblivious to everything that was going on around him AND ...

Let Freedom Ring

KSAL StaffJune 30, 2016

Winthrop, Missouri is one of those border towns that relies on selling what is overtaxed, immoral, illegal or fattening in Kansas. Also called East Atchison by some, it consisted of a couple of gas stations, several liquor stores, an ice cream shop and this time of year, fireworks stands. When I was a kid, I would encourage dad to take me early so I could have plenty to last through the 4th. Test...

I Weep in Frustration

KSAL StaffJune 25, 2016

The State will investigate “elevated blood lead” (EBL) levels in 32 identified Saline County children.  In 2014, 38 children had EBL.  Perhaps with the start of a new State fiscal year, KDHE can address concerns. Why the delay?  The local Health Department (HD) has faced so many issues that perhaps local advocacy for our children simply didn’t happen. In 2013, the HD roof cracked.  Whi...

What’s the Deal with Trump?

KSAL StaffJune 22, 2016

Recently I attended and participated in my sister Lisa’s Memorial Service in Illinois.  Lisa passed away this past February about a month before what would have been her 59th birthday.  She spent the last 22 years of her life in Paris, France.  I was unable to attend her funeral in Paris and this Memorial Service gave me and many others a chance to remember and celebrate her life on this side...

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