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Posted at 11:00 AM

My dad was a truck driver and he passed a bit of truck driver wisdom to me that has stood the test of time:He was right, but he was dead right.To illuminate that a little more, you can follow all the rules of the road down to the letter and still be killed.  There is a reality out there beyond the rules which gives you no guarantees.  The rules exist to maximize our safety, but they are not perfect. They can’t foresee everything.The purpose of this saying...

Posted Sep 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM

It’s been a great summer for porch sitting.Arlo the Labradorian, God and I conducted meetings of Local 401 of the Porch Sitter’s Union every morning around 4 a.m. on the old glider that once belonged to longtime...

Posted Sep 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Although most commodities markets fell this week, cocoa rallied sharply on fears that the Ebola epidemic could hamper production in West Africa.

Posted Sep 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM

This year Kansas has green fields, kissed by the sun. There are blue skies with white clouds high above. There are even valleys where rivers run. Heck, there’s even water standing in terrace channels.It’s been at least...

Posted Sep 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM

I’m afraid the most common variety of wheat planted in our area is PWWH. You are probably asking what variety this is, but it’s actually the "Plant What We Have" variety. My background is in wheat genetics so I am...

Posted Sep 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Next Tuesday will begin a United Nations Summit on Climate Change. I hope the nations of the world, and especially the United States, will commit to real efforts to get a grip on this ever more frightening threat.

Posted Sep 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Time to take social media out of the freedom of expression “toy box.”

Posted Sep 19, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Nearly 50 years ago when Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates organized the nation’s first special weapons and tactics team (SWAT), nobody envisioned that most police departments — large and small — across the country...

Updated Sep 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Someone at Urban Outfitters thought it would be — cool? Really? — to offer a faux-vintage Kent State University sweatshirt, replete with fake blood stains, an obvious reference to the fatal shootings that occurred there in...

Updated Sep 17, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is clearly taking the high road in her mission to further expose the mistreatment of women in the workplace.In Gillibrand’s book “Off The Sidelines,” she gives an account...

Posted Sep 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Frustration with political candidates is nothing new.  For decades political science’s truism about Congress held: people hated the institution but loved their Congressman.  Things are different in 2014.  In June, a...

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