1967 to 2014: Will you still need me?

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

Barring any unforeseen incidents, turning 64 is inevitable for everyone and although countless thousands of people have reached that milestone and countless more are destined to follow, somehow I never thought it would happen to me.

When The Beatles came out with the song of the same name in June of 1967 I was 17 at the time and looking forward to enjoying the summer prior to the start of my senior year at Olathe High School. Listening to that song and the mere thought of turning 64 years old, well, was nothing more than a nano-second flash through my brain and an assumption it would take a lifetime to reach. Continue reading

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Kansas and public education funding

From the New York Times

By DAVID SCIARRA
and WADE HENDERSON

January 7, 2014

KANSAS, like every state, explicitly guarantees a free public education in its Constitution, affirming America’s founding belief that only an educated citizenry can preserve democracy and safeguard individual liberty and freedom.

And yet in recent years Kansas has become the epicenter of a new battle over the states’ obligation to adequately fund public education. Even though the state Constitution requires that it make “suitable provision” for financing public education, Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republican-led Legislature have made draconian cuts in school spending, leading to a lawsuit that now sits before the state Supreme Court. Continue reading

An angry Dylan Ratigan

Worth watching and listening as news anchor Dylan Ratigan takes elected officials from both parties to task.

And, for the record, I completely agree with him.

Chartrand…

Influential animals, Super Bowl prediction

and the meaning of “kaboodle”

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

TIME’s list of history’s most influential animals includes a groundhog named Phil and Nixon’s dog, Checkers. Unjustly snubbed by the judges: Toto, Lassie, Old Yeller, and Rin Tin Tin.

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Hy-Vee Stores, the leading advertising sponsor of Chiefs/Royals, does not air the games in its stores. No TV screens, no overhead radio, no announcement of scores. No mention. 
Employees are not allowed to listen to the game.
 Total game blackout. Are the Chiefs and Royals management aware of this?

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A Kansas City radio personality told listeners he didn’t know the meaning of the terms  “yule” or “yuletide” or “glad tidings.”  Gadzooks.
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Chartrand…

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

ViewFromTheMidwest.com columnist David Chartrand begins the new year with some interesting tidbits to ponder, such as contemplating the meaning of “kaboodle.” Post time for his column is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Friday morning, Jan. 3.

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