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Off the Editor’s Spike: Springtime in the wind

Whenever we get tired of breathing the same air, along comes spring.

I’m ready. You?

Actually, I’m not sure it’s spring quite yet despite our surprisingly pleasant weather. Just this past Monday, for a brief time with the sun brightly shining, it was a balmy 60+ degrees — in February, for cryin’ out loud.

Kinda makes you want to flaunt it to all those snow birds that fly away from

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Poosey Digest: How many rolls of toilet paper?

By Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

The nervous young man sat across from Chuck Schnitker and his eyes blinked in confusion. “What, sir?”

Chuck repeated the question. “When you buy toilet paper, how many rolls do you buy at a time?” Chuck was the manager of our local feed mill and he’d conducted hundreds of job interviews over the years. The young job applicant didn’t know that Schnitker always

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Letter to the editor – Thanks to Dr. Dickinson

We became the patients of Dr. Larry Dickinson in 1977, when one of our sons needed to be recircumcised. What a way to be introduced! Since that day, Dr. Dickinson delivered our last two sons, fixed lots of sprains and bruises, several stitches and finally, but not least, saved our fourth son’s life.

In 1982, our school age son brought home chicken pox. In those days parents gave young children

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Bills on the move

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

As I have mentioned before, there are six big hurdles a bill must cross to become law – successful votes in House Lower Committee, House Rules Committee, House Floor, Senate Committee, Senate Floor, and the Governor’s Signature. In the first few weeks of session, bills were being introduced and debated in committee, so there was not much floor activity.  But now in mid-February some of

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Off the Editor’s Spike: Don’t build walls, strengthen locks

Editor's SpikeI remember my mother and dad talking about locking the front door.

We lived on the first farm just outside of town. What’s more, the railroad fence along the entire north boundary of the land we called home separated us from the rest of the world. Something or other had happened, and my folks were more than a little concerned about the chances for intruders. Mom wanted to lock things

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Poosey Digest: Substituting fear for facts

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

I’ve thought a lot about Harry Donald this week. He was the first youth minister our church had ever hired. For years we’d gotten by with whatever volunteers we could talk into the job of wrangling our wayward little Methodists into line and it all worked out well I guess. Then one day a sweet old soul died and left the church with

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Capitol Perspectives: Remembering the flamboyant ‘Boom Boom’ Bailey

by Phill Brooks

I recently ran into one of the most entertaining and inspiring officials I’ve covered in the statehouse — Wendell Bailey.

Reporters gave him the nickname “Boom Boom” for his self-described “tub-thumping” campaign for state treasurer in 1984. He’d bring to rallies a metal wash tub he’d bang to get attention.

It sure got my attention. I had more fun covering his campaign than I can remember. “Joyous”

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The buzz on Endangered Species Act reform

by Shiloh Perry

During the final weeks of the Obama administration, the Fish and Wildlife Service listed the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. While the FWS claims the listing will help protect the bee species, what does the first-ever addition of a bee species in the continental U.S. to the endangered species list mean?

It means that the rusty patched bumblebee, an important

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A full time, part-time job

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

I am often asked by constituents what life is like as a state representative. I was told before I ran for office that a job as a legislator would be the most full time part-time job I could have. I now think I agree. Probably the best way to describe it is to share with you what my schedule, which is usually spread between 7

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