Just a thought

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

In the past two weeks, the price of crude oil has hovered between $50 and $52 a barrel. That’s dramatically down from the $60 to $62 a barrel that it had been when the price gasoline ranged from $2.73 to $2.79 a gallon.

Also in the past two weeks, the price of gasoline slowly decreased to around $2.65 to $2.66 a gallon. That is where it was last night (June 16) about 6:30 when I passed the local gas station on the way home.

This morning, it had jumped to $2.77 a gallon.

My jaw dropped. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

I was flabbergasted!



And then simply pissed off! Continue reading

Don’t suffer from Voter Insanity

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

As voters, sadly probably not that many, cast their ballots in today’s mid-term primary election, I offer a simple observation.

It is not designed to be an endorsement of any candidate or party. Merely just something to think about while in the voting booth.

In the past 6 years — even the past 14 years, which covers the terms of two presidents, one Republican and one Democrat — what have our elected officials in Washington accomplished to better our country, to provide the opportunities for individuals to improve their lives? Continue reading

Felter elected Olathe School Board president

LeEtta Felter was elected president of the Olathe Public Schools Board of Education during the group’s regular meeting on July 10. Rick Schier was elected vice president. Other significant roles will be held by Joy Bondurant (clerk), Deb Madden (deputy clerk), Merle Hastert (treasurer), and Michael Norris of Norris & Keplinger, L.L.C. (school district attorney).

Chief Financial and Operations Officer John Hutchison shared preliminary budget information with the board. The budget development timeline currently includes publishing the Notice of Hearing on July 19, holding a community budget workshop at 6 p.m. July 31, presenting the proposed budget to the board and holding a public hearing on Aug. 7, adopting the budget on Aug. 7, and certifying the budgets on Aug. 25. Continue reading

A victory for corporations; a blow to individual freedoms

The High Court seems to be consistent in defining corporations as individuals in their rulings against real people and allowing corporations to influence politics with unlimited cash donations, unfiltered, half-truthed and often downright false advertising. This decision doesn’t give power and individual freedoms back to the people, it provides an avenue of control by corporations over the people. I say this not as a conservative or liberal, but realizing that conservative and liberal corporations certainly will take advantage of the ruling.

Only one cure for evil: death

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

Mid-afternoon Wednesday, I was sitting on the couch in my son’s home and next to me, as usual, was 4-year-old granddaughter Rylin, snuggling next to me while playing doctor and dentist on her tablet. Then she stretched out, putting her head on the pillow and her legs and feet across my lap.

“Tickle my feet,” she said.

And, of course, I obliged.

We talked about her day in school, about how she ate the rest of Mee-Moo’s (Grandma Terri’s) meatloaf for lunch, and then began playing a maze game. We took turns helping each other.

“We make a pretty good team,” I told her. Continue reading

Tissue Alert!

Sometimes…life is good!


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.

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