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A 'thank you' to our sponsors
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Women Helping Women: A Fairy Godmothers’ Fund’s Spring Brunch and Silent Auction was a success. The location was wonderful, the brunch excellent, and attendees were generous in their bidding and donations.  Many thanks to all who attended. more
When we, a group of local businesspeople, decided to purchase the Morning Sun in the summer of 2021, we knew this wasn’t going to be an easy journey, but one that is worthwhile for our community to bring back local news written by local writers because we believe communities still need reliable local newspapers. more
Mental Health Awareness
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May has been Mental Health Awareness Month. If you are on social media at all, you have seen the memes about "Check on your strong friends" and "Be kind." My cynical Gen X nature gets a little tired of the lip service given to mental health in this country. Are we really doing these things? more
Fire in the closet, Part 3
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Here’s the conclusion of the three-part story by former Pittsburg resident, Jim Gore, about a mysterious fire in the family home at 1805 South Broadway, in Pittsburg. — J.T.K. more
Social media
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As promised, this week’s column is on the types of social media. more
How does your garden grow?
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My grandparents were masters when it came to gardening. The back half of their spacious backyard overflowed with vegetable plants — lettuce, beans, potatoes, okra, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, and a gooseberry plant or two (which I gave a wide berth because of the sticker-y branches and I didn’t care for the fruit. Still don’t). My grandmother then canned or froze all that produce, as well as fruit they picked from the orchard in Parker, which then fed them the rest of the year. Some years they rented a garden plot elsewhere in town so they could grow even more produce. They had the greenest of thumbs and we got to reap the fruits — and vegetables — of their labor. more
Better than feared
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"I accidentally shaved your head." My young barber was supposed to use scissors on my head and a #5 razor on the sides. Immediately after I sat down, he grabbed the razor and ran it down the middle … more
Effecting change at the neighborhood level
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In my last article I talked about how the growth in Pittsburg will lead to significant changes and it is important to look for ways to participate in defining Pittsburg’s future. There are many ways to engage through city advisory boards, committees, or initiatives, but one of the most direct ways to impact where you live is in your own neighborhood. I’m sure there are aspects of your block that you would like to see improved - maybe there is an empty house that is in disrepair, street signs that need replaced, or maybe you’d like to have a neighborhood cleanup or block party. Whatever you’d like to see, they are more likely to happen if the people in the neighborhood work together. more
Debt Ceiling: The US has a spending problem
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He said, "I have almost $120,000 in credit card debt, and my wife doesn't know about all of it." It was back in my banker days, and this doctor came to me hoping I would give him a loan to pay off … more
Niceness: A lost art?
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If you follow the news much at all, you might think that people are at odds with each other. It sure seems that way. Newscasts often end with segments that showcase stories of friends, neighbors, or … more
In my previous article I talked about how the relationship between cities and their citizens is immediate and essential, and how beneficial it is to have necessary services delivered by qualified … more
The rest of the story
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I’ve been doing two things lately that have intersected in a surprising way. I’ve been involved in an online Bible Study where we’ve been going through a book called “When the Church Was … more
"Hey, big boy, you be the end of the rope." Coach Maples let us play tug-of-war a few times in PE class. Being a chubby kid with strong legs, the team captain usually put me on the end of the rope. … more
In my last article, I discussed the history of cities and their historical importance to society. Cities are essentially different from other forms of government, and one of the main differences is … more
The Chronicles Of Crawford County And Beyond
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Students in Crawford County that are continuing their education after high school have a number of local scholarship opportunities. Several of the local high schools offer advice and assistance … more
For three decades, Crawford County leaders across political and municipal lines have remained in lockstep on precisely two things: that Southeast Kansas needs a four-lane highway, and that highway … more
Gov. Kelly vetoes flat income tax
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Last week, the Morning Sun reported on Governor Laura Kelly’s veto of a bill that would institute a flat income tax rate in Kansas of 5.15 percent for all Kansas taxpayers and asked for your … more
The importance of supporting Scouting
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On Wednesday, I was privileged to attend the 2023 annual Friends of Scouting Luncheon hosted by the Mo-Kan District of the Ozark Trails Council. The meeting took place at Pittsburg State University's … more
Everybody knows the story of the little engine that could. We've all heard about the little ant who moved a rubber tree. And don't get me started on Rudy, the little guy who just wanted to play Notre … more
Rules of Engagement
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Welcome to The Morning Sun's new Perspectives page. We welcome your letters to the editor, but, to keep the dialogue going, we ask that you follow a few simple rules. First, keep it civil. Second, … more
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