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SALINA, KaN. - Ted stopped by and shared the news. I never thought I would care about, let alone feel sorry for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. Another generation of kids young and old had been disillusioned.

Immediately I had flashbacks to my worst moments as a Royals' fan - the trade of the hometown boy and reigning Cy Young Award winner David Cone to the Yankees, the Johnny Damon trade, the Carlos Beltran trade, etc. , etc.

Oh, I almost forgot, Ted's news. The Brewers' star player, Prince Fielder, left his team and signed a $215 Million dollar contract with the Detroit Tigers. To add insult to injury, the Tigers play in the same division as the Royals.

Redrawing Political Districts

COLBY, Kan. - Kansas is one of the last states to get in compliance with voting district realignment to give equal representation.

What seems to be the problem?

Either start in the northeast corner of the state, or the southwest corner and start counting residents. Draw the lines as near as possible to match county lines. If possible keep entire cities in the same district. They have census records to easily determine populations by counties, cities, and townships. A grade school math class could get the boundaries figured out within a few class periods. If not, they might need a new math teacher and someone to show them how to read maps. Surely, by the time you get elected to the state legislature, you have leaned to add and read simple maps.

WASHINGTON, DC - Congress' willingness to extend a tax break for wind energy may predict the future of Kansas' flourishing wind power industry. Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas proposed a one-year extension over two weeks ago but it has yet to be voted on. The tax break, which has been in effect since 1992, was part of President Obama's stimulus plan and therefore is likely to gain opposition from both deficit hawks and Obama detractors running for re-election.

Dave's Dilemma

Let's call him Dave. Yes, that'll do. Dave, whose laugh always stayed with you.   Even today, it echoes in my Kansas Wesleyan hallway memories, resonant as Tom Durkin's lectures on John Locke or Ben Fuson's conjuring of Hester's Scarlet Letter.
Real life echoed the drama of our studies, and vice versa, as we returned to campus the fall of '63.  Our Methodist Student Movement got word of the Birmingham church bombing and the deaths of Addie, Carole, Cynthia, and Denise.  We decided our MSM should act.   Bob Blackerby took a plane South, but escaped Bull Connor's fire hose.   He was arrested the moment he stepped off the plane.   
No matter.  Bob's jailmates--and Stokely Carmichael--stoked our imaginations.  Our dedication to peace and justice was heightened by David C. Monk's presence in our Student Movement. 
Movement should have been Dave's middle name.  He brought unusual energy and laughter to every action.  Although quick to find humor, he was staunchly and loyally serious about our movement, KWU, and the Methodist Church. 

Ignoring our War Next Door

SALINA, Kan. - While the United States remains focused on Iran and Syria the war next door drags on. I refer to the drug wars that have convulsed Mexico during the past five years. While Vice-President Biden was meeting with Mexican leaders in Mexico City this past week, Juarez, Mexico, residents Manuel and Isabel Martinez were in Kansas visiting their daughter who is a student at Kansas Wesleyan University. I found their observations on Mexico's plight on the eve of its own upcoming July Presidential election worth sharing.

YOCEMENTO, Kan. - The Republican caucuses in Kansas today produced forty delegates to the Republican National Convention. It looks like thirty-three will be supporting Richard "Rick" Santorum and seven will be supporting Willard "Mitt" Romney for the Republican nomination for President. No other candidates are supposed to get votes from the Kansas delegation to the national convention this summer in the first round.

Here is a brief explanation of just why Mr. Santorum receives thirty-three and Mr. Romney his seven.

"If the 1960s were the time for intellectual exploration of feminism, it was the next decade that formulated solutions."

WICHITA, Kan. - International Women's Day, March 8, is a good day to review Radiating Like a Stone: Wichita Women and the 1970s Feminist Movement, a compilation of essays by women who were active in the Wichita women's rights movements in the 1970s. The book, edited by Myrne Roe, covers a wide variety of issues that came to the forefront, not just in Wichita, but across the country, as women came together to deal with "needs not being addressed or services not being provided."

Spring has Sprung

COLBY, Kan. - First, let me offer my empathy and condolences to those who suffered great losses in last week's violent storms. No matter our political orientation or spiritual choices, we all recognize the magnitude of nature's power and fury. In spite of that power and destructive fury, we all can enjoy the beauty of nature and abundance of life. The sun is always shining, even behind the darkest of clouds. The world isn't in a hand basket in hell, yet. And, I don't think the liberals or the conservatives are going to, single-handedly, put it there.

Egg Him

COLBY, Kan. - I would furnish a case or two of eggs to a group of you women to hurl through the door into Rush Limbaugh's broadcast studio.

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