Halloween fun at KSU-Olathe Campus Oct. 29

Kansas State University’s College of Engineering and Kansas State University Olathe are partnering to offer an evening of Halloween-themed activities for elementary students based on science, technology, engineering and math principles, or STEM.

Trick or Engineering will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, on the Olathe campus, 22201 W. Innovation Drive.

“Many of the amazing feats humans have accomplished throughout time have a common theme: engineering,” said Emily Surdez, admissions representative for the College of Engineering at the Olathe campus. “This program allows elementary students to be engineers for a day, experiencing the joy of discovery and the ownership in implementing their ideas. They will utilize math and science knowledge to build structures and create solutions to real-world challenges.” Continue reading

MNU key sponsor for Jared Coones Pumpkin Run Oct. 5

For the third year in a row, MidAmerica Nazarene University is the title sponsor for the Jared Coones Pumpkin Run/Walk for cancer awareness Saturday, Oct. 5.

This year the university has more than 50 students, faculty, staff and alumni involved in the Olathe event in every aspect from planning, to running, to assisting with race day activities.

MNU Provost Dr. Mary Jones will open the race with prayer as well as participate as a runner. MNU’s sports management students will transport water to the various water stations and MNU Master of Education student Katie Unruh and her husband are heading up the Pumpkin Run’s social media efforts. Continue reading

Need-to-know information about the Affordable Health Care Act

Even with all the talk from Capitol Hill to Main Street about the Affordable Health Care Act or Obamacare, many people don’t know what they have to do to comply with the law’s requirement that almost everyone have insurance beginning in 2014.

For those who are uninsured, the key to satisfying that requirement could be the new online health insurance marketplaces, which are set to open Oct. 1 for shopping. Policies will go into effect Jan. 1. Seven million Americans are expected to find coverage there.

More than 500,000 Kansans would have some reason to consider using the health insurance exchange to obtain coverage — such as those with a pre-existing condition — according to the Kansas Health Institute.

Here are 15 basic things you need to know about the marketplaces: Continue reading

Government shutdown hogwash

In the words of philosopher Forrest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

That pretty much sums up my thoughts on both houses of Congress as well as the president.

All our elected officials in Washington are to blame for this government shutdown fiasco, sending folks home on unpaid furloughs while they continue to receive their $200,000 salaries, enjoy their Cadillac health insurance coverage, for doing nothing more than reading Green Eggs and Ham on the Senate floor while claiming they are listening to the American people.

What a waste of hogwash! Continue reading


Next time, let a ninth-grader write the Health Care Act

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

According to polls, Americans find the ObamaCare health insurance law “confusing” or “very confusing.” The survey results have a margin of error of plus/minus 100% because the questionnaire failed to include an option for “I’d rather have my teeth drilled.”

The public confusion is disappointing to President Obama, who takes pride in his communication skills, and to members of Congress, most of whom do not.  The White House and Capitol Hill summoned the best statutory draftsmen and government attorneys in the land to make sure every working American could read and understand the new law and its impact on their health care.  Rumor has it that the drafters spent an entire Sunday evening rewriting the statutory provisions, stopping only to send sext messages and receive briefings about the crisis on “Breaking Bad.” Continue reading

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