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When dad comes to visit California
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Here’s another excerpt from Frank Jeler Jr.’s memoir. This one about his dad visiting him in California. — J.T.K. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s, my dad would come to … more
Outsiders’ perspective on Pittsburg
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I was a member of the Leadership Kansas class of 2015. Leadership Kansas is a statewide program designed to enhance and motivate future leaders from various Kansas communities. Each year, close to … more
Risky game of cash: Avoid market timing
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“That squirrel had a death wish.” The squirrel was trying to cross the road but was indecisive and started darting back and forth until finally going back to the side he had just come … more
Mark your calendars
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Once I started kindergarten, Labor Day marked the beginning of a new school year so in my mind, January 1st was superfluous.   Why would a new year start in the middle of the school year?   … more
Have a Pepsi day
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We take so much in our lives for granted.   Not only family and friends, but much more. For instance, I think we all enjoy a cold, frosty, sparkling soda, especially when it is extra warm. … more
Melancholy songs and collective trauma
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Miley Cyrus came out with a new song on Friday called "When I Was Young." It has struck a nerve with listeners. I now teach music and art appreciation and we started "Karoke Fridays." A few … more
Once upon a time in the Little Balkans 
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Around 1890, there came to southeast Kansas, from a little town in Germany, a man named Hans who was trained in the art of candy making. But, alas, at that time, there was little market for his … more
God’s country
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It is fitting, I suppose, that Christianity and patriotism often create a cruciform tension in our hearts.  Music is a medicine for the pain that is created by this tension.  I chose the … more
The thunder will rumble no longer
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Funeral services for Frederick Walter Brinkerhoff, 81, were held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 1966, at the First Presbyterian church. Brinkerhoff died at 5:25 p.m. the previous Saturday at Mt. … more
Clock to run on first downs
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College football fans who are excited that the season has finally arrived, don’t yell when you notice the clock didn’t stop after a first down. Since 1968, the clock has stopped on a … more
Read a past getaway
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One of my favorite activities during Little Balkans Day has always been the Quilt Show.   I don’t quilt—that’s the other Carole Robb in town, John’s wife (& she has … more
China problems
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"Did you pull up the anchor?" I was trying to steer the boat west, but something under the water was pulling me east. In the same way, China's economic problems are beginning to affect the stocks in … more
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In the song “Hollywood Nights” Bob Seger refers to a beautiful woman and a man’s reaction to her: She had been born with a face that would let her get her way/ He saw that … more
Getting Friendly at the Frisco
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Although the Friendly Tavern, once located on the corner of Adams and Broadway in Pittsburg, was, indeed, quite a friendly beer joint, it won’t be the only focus of “Inaugural Night at … more
PSU teams busy on Saturday
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As the regular season gets closer, Pittsburg State’s fall sports teams have activities on Saturday. Getting the earliest start, the Gorillas’ cross country teams will hold their … more
Despite the burdens of running two newspapers, F.W. Brinkerhoff found time to read searchingly many other publications to be fully informed on events, persons and political activities, as well as … more
US debt problems
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We were a “one café” town. Not only did my hometown not have a stop light, but it only had one café at a time. You ate there even if you didn’t like the food because … more
Pittsburg has a long history of industrial activity, and with that has come a legacy of contaminated properties. Coal mining, smelting, and many other industrial processes were not regulated until … more
Doniphan County and Troy, Kansas
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I wonder how many reading this column can claim to have been born and raised in Kansas and perhaps even lived in Kansas all your life?  I know I have.  But then I have a question for … more
Right place, right time
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Sometimes it’s being in the right place at the right time. Maybe it’s simply knowing the right people. Or others will say, it’s pure luck. Whatever the case, … more
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