Olathe news briefs for week of Jan. 1, 2013

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKS.org.

Let’s Keep the New Year’s Holiday Safe
In an effort to ensure a safer and happier New Year’s holiday, residents are reminded that the possession, sale or use of fireworks in Olathe is prohibited.


City Holiday Schedule
City offices will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1 for the New Year’s Day holiday.  Monday trash and recycling collection will occur on schedule.  The remainder of the holiday week, collection will be delayed by one day. For example, customers with a trash pick-up on Tuesday should have carts at the curb by 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Continue reading

Government dispells doomsday fears

The Mayan calendar ends Dec. 21, 2012.

There have been plenty of articles about it in the news the past several months. Several television shows have been broadcast about the aligning of planets, earth’s destruction, and the possible end of time.

Well, not to worry, according to the U.S. government.

There are no asteroids headed our way; the earth is not on a collision course with another planet; and according to NASA, Dec. 21 will come and we’ll all wake up in the morning of Dec. 22.

NASA officials said they have received thousands of letters from concerned folks, especially children, who are scared the world will be destroy on Dec. 21. As a result, NASA put out information on the usa.gov website debunking all the rumors.

Check it out by clicking here.


Checking the facts

Here are some links to some articles comparing the facts of claims made by President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Tuesday night’s debates.

USA Today: http://news.yahoo.com/debate-fact-check-second-presidential-debate-between-barack-215804035–politics.html

Associated Press: http://news.yahoo.com/fact-check-stumbles-latest-presidential-debate-015330844–election.html

National Journal: http://news.yahoo.com/debate-fact-check-second-presidential-debate-between-barack-215804035–politics.html

CNN: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/obama-romney-town-hall-debate-fact-fiction-factoid-president-politics-us-17497254

CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/17/politics/fact-check-women-jobs/index.html?eref=rss_mostpopular

Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/

NBC News: http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/16/14494024-truth-squad-the-second-presidential-debate?lite

Never to old to entertain

A couple in their 90s and married 62 years walk into their local clinic and, well, you just have to watch this.

Social Security: Filing is a breeze

My plan was to work until at least 65, maybe 70 until my wife reached retirement age before filing for Social Security.

But with the downturn in the economy, its slow, slow recovery, the closing of The Johnson County Sun newspaper, and with few job prospects (OK, no job prospects), well, so much for the plan! And in just a few days, I’ll be turning 62 — old enough (I hate the sound of that) for a couple of things: apply for my senior citizen pass enabling me to get in free to every national park in the United States; and to apply for Social Security.

Getting my park pass I knew would be easy. Getting Social Security I wasn’t to sure about. Continue reading

Never forgetting those who gave their all, but always wondering for what

For the past 40 years, I have been continually haunted by the more than 58,000 brave soldiers who gave their lives in Vietnam. The fact that more than 303,000 were wounded there, so many of them maimed for life, is never far from my mind. Whether they enlisted or were drafted, they did what was asked by their country.

What a waste of so many young lives.

 As a Vietnam veteran, I wondered then, and I will wonder until the day I die, for what purpose did they die? Continue reading

Doctor’s office surprise

It sucks to get sick and it sucks having to call the doctor when you’re sick. But sometimes the doctor’s office can surprise you.

I felt a little under the weather Monday morning, but felt a little better on Tuesday. By Wednesday, though, I was down for the count: What seemed as a minor cold had blossomed into a full-fledged sinus infection. It hurt to open my eyes. It hurt to hear the phone ring. My ears were clogged. My neck ached. Continue reading

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