Opinion

Linwood’s Operation WildLife aiding animals despite challenges
July 2, 2014
Operation WildLife’s 20 years in operation helping injured and sick animals is often tested by financial struggles and the constant influx on animals, but that’s not stopping the organization’s founder or its volunteers.
Scott: Be careful what you wish for
09:05 a.m., July 1, 2014 Updated 09:05 a.m.
The elderly man thanked me for coming to his assistance.
Letter to the editor: Devil in the details?
June 29, 2014
During the Shawnee Council Committee meeting of June 17, there was a discussion of adding a sales tax question to this November’s ballot to cover the budget gap for street maintenance.
Beal: Have time, will travel
June 18, 2014
I love to travel. To my mind, there’s nothing to beat the thrill of viewing a new country.
Beal: Trash or treasure, that is the question
May 28, 2014
I always look forward to Tidy Town, the annual exercise in clearing out our attics and basements.
Kansas mayor faces recall vote in council dispute
May 25, 2014
A small-town Kansas mayor faces an August recall vote after critics say she violated the state’s open meetings law and doesn’t get along well with most City Council members.
The death of civility?
May 18, 2014
A plastic shopping bag blows across a big box store parking lot and lodges briefly on a shopping cart thoughtlessly left by an indolent shopper in the middle of a parking space.
Scott: What in life is truly deserved?
April 24, 2014
Deserve. Deserve. Now there’s an interesting word.
Beal: Spring weather still a ‘waiting game’ for avid bird watchers
April 2, 2014
Spring may have put in a brief, grudging appearance, but we’re still waiting for the birds.
Scott: Offer thanks to those who have inspired you to reach new heights
April 1, 2014
Sometimes we are fortunate enough to have a person come into our lives who has a profound effect on us and who we later look back on and recognize as an oracle that can see our future. But we get so caught up in the demands and distractions of the here-and-now that their influence goes unnoticed.
Beal: Putting a little spring in your step
March 14, 2014
It’s too early to do much about it, but at least one can reasonably start thinking about spring.
Shawnee Mission PE teacher receives state award
March 13, 2014
A Shawnee Mission school district physical education teacher has been honored by the state.
Basehor snow plow crew clears path, hopefully into spring
March 11, 2014
The four-man Basehor snow plow crew that keeps the city’s 42 miles of road clear of ice and snow has had a long winter full of unique challenges.
Kansas Supreme Court: State’s public school funding levels are unconstitutional
10:12 a.m., March 7, 2014 Updated 05:10 p.m.
The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state’s current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas’ poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession.
Beal: Longing for spring
February 26, 2014
I’ve had enough of winter. As I write this, the 10-day forecast shows only a couple more days with highs below freezing. That’s good; I’ll take whatever relief comes my way.

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