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For as long as I can remember, our nation has been at war. A constant and often violent warfare has raged on through my entire life. I can’t remember ever living in a time of peace and tranquility.

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It almost seems impossible for me to believe that I am living in the year 2020.  I was born in the mid 1900s. When I was a child, the thought of seeing the year 2000 always seemed like a fantasy. 

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Another Christmas has come and gone and a new decade has begun. December just seems to arrive earlier and go by a little faster every year. I am never ready for the holiday season to end. 

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Anyone who has ever set up and maintained a large Christmas light display will probably agree with me. There are two requirements, you have to love Christmas and you have to be a little bit crazy. OK, maybe you have to be a completely insane. 

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This year my family and I said goodbye to a very dear friend. For many years, this friend has been a guest in our home during the entire Christmas season. Over the past few years, we have sadly watched as our friend’s physical condition slowly began to fail. With so many wonderful memories, …

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I thought it would be fun to visit with a few local families and learn about the traditions that are part of their holiday celebrations. I posed the question on The Ark City Ask and Answered Facebook page, and received some enthusiastic responses.

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I don’t know how many times I have heard people say that their vote doesn’t matter, that one vote more or less is insignificant. The results of a recent election have proven that statement to be untrue.

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I just don’t understand it, how can it be November already? How is it possible for this year to be almost over? Have the days become shorter? Is the clock ticking faster? Where did all the days, weeks, and months of 2019 go? 

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When fall arrives in Cowley County, there is no shortage of fun things to do. After the bluegrass festival in Winfield, get ready for the  Last Run Car Show, Art in the Park, Arkalalah, and then it’s time for Halloween. 

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The Walnut Valley Festival is nothing short of amazing. While bluegrass is not my favorite genre of music, I can’t help being mesmerized by the skill of the musicians. 

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When it comes to local restaurants, our choices in Arkansas City are somewhat limited. But when it comes to pizza, our crust runneth over. And from what I hear, we may soon have a few more. 

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When I was a child, camping out in a tent was a lot of fun. I never seemed to notice the hard ground, the insects, or the hot, muggy nights. But as an adult, I have no desire to rough it, so 16 years ago my wife and I purchased a used camper. 

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A friend of mine owns a large rural property a few miles south of Pratt. The only residents are the cows, horses, goats and a donkey named Jack. Sometimes Jack gets a bit loud, but the animals never cause any real problems. 

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The Cowley County Fair is once again in full swing. Considering the amount of flood damage that the fairground received,  having the fair still take place this year, and on schedule, is something to celebrate.  

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During the last 65 years, I have learned how to do a wide variety of important things. I’ve learned how to follow instructions, take care of my belongings, work hard and play nice with others. 

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Another Independence Day is in the history books. According to our first responders in Ark City where fireworks are legal, the only major incident was a vehicle fire caused by a roman candle. That incident occurred in the country.

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The website Roadsnacks is at it again. According to their findings, Arkansas City ranks third on their list of the top 10 ghetto cities in Kansas. We are also accused of having the 8th dumbest population in the state. 

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Do you know the Ray Bradbury story, “All Summer in a Day”?

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Last week I watched my granddaughter graduate from high school. My wife and I sat in the hot sun with her parents and other family members and cheered loudly as we watched her walk across the stage. 

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Sometimes history just smacks me in the eye. And sometimes it tells me that I may have been part of something big and dangerous, but I got off easily.

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I have always believed that theft and vandalism are two of the lowest activities that one human can intentionally do to another. To steal or destroy something that another person has worked hard to acquire is nothing less than despicable. 

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Being a homeowner is a wonderful thing. It feels good to have a place where you can make any changes that you want without having to get anyone’s approval. If you want to hang a picture, you just do it. If you want to repaint, or even knock out a wall, no one is going to stop you. It’s yours…

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I have been a member of Facebook for more than 10 years. For the most part, it’s been an enjoyable experience. I like being able to gather my friends and relatives into a special “room” where we can all interact with each other. 

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