Government spending chart; why not an oil-gasoline chart?

Third District Republican Congressman Kevin Yoder, on his facebook page has provided information and a link to 50 years of government spending on defense, Social Security and debt. It’s interesting. It has some good information, and for a government graphic, it’s not that difficult to understand.

But that spending and those issues are out of the control of the average, every-day American consumer. Continue reading

A good start, but what does the future hold?

One baby is granddaughter Rylin on the day of her birth 2-1/2 years ago. The other is granddaughter Ashlyn on the day of her birth this past Monday, May 20. They almost could be twins! Photos by Grandpa Chuck


It has been a whirlwind of a week since the arrival of little Ashlyn Marie last Sunday, May 20, to the Kurtz and Krejci families. Ashlyn, who came into the world at 7:47 a.m., weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measuring 19 inches, is the spitting image of her 2-1/2-year-old big sister Rylin. It’s almost as if Rylin has been cloned with one exception.

Rylin was anything but a quiet baby. She enjoyed exercising her lungs…and she was good at it, too. Continue reading

Kansas heading toward a dangerous government?

Our illustrious and supposed intelligent elected officials, the folks we sent to Topeka to represent us have done anything but during this 2012 Legislative Session.

These people have yet to come up with a fiscal 2013 state budget, have yet to create a new district map as required by law, have yet to make a decision on tax cuts, and now are working overtime (at taxpayers’ expense) in an effort to do the job during the 90-day session. They were, however, able to create a bill that would prevent judicial or administrative decisions from being based on foreign legal codes as well as passing legislation that push abortion back to filthy rooms in back alleys and performed by unqualified people.

It’s enough to make a person sit back, slap their forehead and ask, “What the hell are these people doing in Topeka?” Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day

Don’t forget to all your mothers! Happy Mother’s Day to all moms.

An entry in grandpa’s diary

Howdy “D”…

It’s Friday, May 4, 2012.

…Up early today. I slept good last night, but was a little anxious for the morning sun. Babysitting granddaughter, Rylin, today. Supposed to be at my son’s house at 9. So I got there a little early….big deal!

…After making us some “hot tea” on her play kitchen (and it was soooo good, too) I was finally able to get her socks and shoes on; we’re having breakfast this morning…just Rylin and me. Continue reading

Yoder request sincere or election-year gimmick?

Third District Congressman Kevin Yoder has introduced legislation to cut the salaries of elected officials in Washington.

He wants to know what you think. Let him know by clicking here.

Personally, although I would like to see that happen but I don’t think it will in my lifetime, I think this effort is nothing more than an election-year gimmick.

What do you think?

Keep smoke-free establishments smoke free

I’ve always enjoyed the food at Mom’s Kitchen on Santa Fe. It’s located just west of the old Dillon’s Grocery Store building and just like the name implies, Mom’s Kitchen serves quality down-home, the kind-of-food-mom-made dishes that recall the great memories of growing up in small-town Olathe.

It began in the late ’60s as a small fast-food hamburger joint called Koo-Koo where you could buy a bag of bite-sized burgers (they call them sliders now) for less than a dollar. I was in high school and the Koo-Koo was one of a couple of places that stayed open late (the other was Waids, which is now the Old 56 Highway Restaurant) where we could go to get something to eat after a long night of ‘Cruisin’ the Fe.’

The Koo-Koo was especially a favorite because if the right girls were working the late shift we could talk them into giving us a free bag of cheeseburgers. Continue reading

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