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Slow down, please
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The blue homemade sign wired to the tree said, “25 MPH” in bold black letters. It was a desperate attempt by the homeowner to get cars on the side street to slow down despite several city … more
Baraboo, Wisconsin and Circus World
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I have decided that the generation of people 40 and over have done our young people a big disservice. We don’t talk enough about how things were when we were growing up or what special things … more
Chisels and philosophy
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As those of you who follow this space know, I am now deep down the rabbit hole of woodworking.  So you can imagine how thrilled I was the other day when my grandson wanted to borrow one of my … more
We need to talk about "Barbenheimer"
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First, as a cinephile, I love the excitement and enthusiasm that the whole "Barbenheimer" phenomenon brought back to cinema and what we all needed: An event.  Back in the 2000s, the "Lord … more
Into the pines
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This column originally ran, in slightly different form, on July 30, 2007. — J.T.K. A few miles on the other side of Avilla, Missouri near Plew, I passed a set of fence post signs bearing … more
A taste for books
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I’m in the midst of the summer doldrums—it’s too hot to cook or be outside or to do much of anything except read.   And to top it off, it’s been difficult to find a book … more
Gas prices
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As a child, my gorgeous wife couldn't hit a softball, but she did master the Yo-yo "walk the dog" trick. Somehow that talent never came up on our first date. Maybe not walk the dog, but we have seen … more
Relationships are the key
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The growth that Pittsburg has experienced would not be possible without strategic partnerships. Our partners have been large and small private businesses, federal and State agencies, and other … more
California here I come
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I was interviewed on campus by a Lockheed recruiter who was looking for people to work in Sunnyvale, California, on the Navy’s underwater launched missile program. Hearing about any previous … more
Nice half
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"We can still eat the good half." When I was a boy, I didn't love peeling potatoes. One time, I showed my Poppy the bad spots on the potato I was peeling, hoping I could toss it. But he said to cut … more
‘To infinity and beyond’
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Fifty-four years ago this week people around the world were glued to their television sets, watching as US astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon.  … more
Leveraged for growth
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Over the last ten years Pittsburg has seen investments in major projects of almost $600 million. That is significant for a town of around 20,000 residents – around $30,000 per person. So where does … more
Time in a bottle
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If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I'd like to do, is to save every day 'til eternity passes away just to spend them with you. — Jim Croce Last week’s column about Walt … more
The words of a sad country song
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Music has an amazing power to move your emotions. In my case, country music can have a strong effect on me. The other day one snuck up on me. It was a song that is at least a decade old … more
A recent CBS Sunday Morning (7-2-23) story emphasized the importance of small-town newspapers much like the Morning Sun being taken over by local ownership and shining a light on local and state … more
Feminism is a capitalist invention
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Gk Chesterton said that… “feminism is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands.” I’m bringing this quote … more
Sharing praise for Library’s Sing-A-Long
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Dear Editor, I just want to share my sincere thank you to the Pittsburg Public Library, Carol Robb, J.T. Knoll and anyone else who helped with the Sing-A-Long held at the Library on Sunday. What … more
Losing the dollar as the world's currency
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"We can always take it back." I don't know when my Craftsman tool indoctrination began, but one thing for sure, we knew if we broke it, bent it, or wore it out, we could take it back and get a new … more
What Exactly IS a chamber of commerce?
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There’s an old adage in the chamber of commerce world: “If you’ve seen one chamber, well … you’ve seen one chamber.” The first chamber was formed in 1599 in Marseille, France, and today, … more
The government that is us
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While faith in government is at historic lows, a case can be made that no government entity is more accountable or effective than local government. This is because, in a fundamental sense, local … more
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