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Politics / Re: Time For A Change
« Last post by Wake-up! on Yesterday at 08:07:01 pm »
Yep, human nature, I suppose. We certainly can be belly-achers.

My solution (of course) is to not elect anyone as a leader. No leaders, no followers, just folks doing their own lives. Might just be liberating and enjoyable. Of course we'd need to find something new to complain about. But that shouldn't pose a problem.

Maybe I should start a campaign to vote 'no one' for all the City positions. Wonder how the powers that be would handle 'no one' having the most votes? Care to join in the campaign?
Obituaries / WUNDERLICH, Derrick Allen Lee - b. May 31, 1995 - d. July 15, 2017
« Last post by patyrn on Yesterday at 08:02:26 pm »
Derrick Wunderlich was born May 31, 1995 in Coffeyville, Kansas to Suzie L. (Phillippi) Wunderlich and Jeffery A. Battaglear.  Derrick's early childhood was spent in Coffeyvile, Kansas.  When he was five years old, Bill A. Wunderlich, the man who would adopt him seven years later, entered his life.  In 2004, Derrick and his parents moved to Severy, Kansas where they currently reside.

Derrick was better known as D-Rod, a nickname given to him by his close friends.  He was known as a laid-back, easy-going, go-with-the-flow young man.  He loved tinkering with his "Shaggin' Wagon", a 1978 Buick Skylark.  As a teenager, he enjoyed listening to music, playing video games, and hangng out with his friends, but most of all he enjoyed fishing.

Derrick passed away July 15, 2017 at the age of 22 in Coffeyville, Kansas.  He is survived by his parents, Susie and Bill Wunderlich; brothers, Jake and Barret; maternal grandparents, Jerry and Tommie Phillippi of Dearing, Kansas; and paternal grandparents, Harry and Connie Wunderlich of Piedmont, Kansas.  Surviving uncles are Jerry and wife, Melissa of Kansas City, Missouri, Brad Phillippi of Norton, Kansas, Danny Phillippi and wife, Shadana of Claremore, Oklahoma; Harry L. Wunderlich and wife, Karen of Piedmont, Kansas, David Wunderlich of Piedmont, Kansas, and Jack Wunderlich and wife, Jennifer of Grenola, Kansas; Surviving aunts are Peggy and husband, Titus of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, Angela Phillippi of Independence, Kansas, and Kristy Hall of Trenton, Texas.  Sixteen cousins also survive.

Visitation will be held on Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Memorials may be brought to or mailed to the Countryside Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be left at  Arrangements have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home of Howard, Kansas.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)
Obituaries / PINER, Verna Lou - b. February 5, 1927 - d. July 19, 2017
« Last post by patyrn on Yesterday at 07:51:38 pm »
Verna Lou Piner, age 90, passed away July 19, 2017 in Winfield, Kansas at the Resthaven Nursing Home.  Born to John Lawrence and Dola (Baker) Piner on February 5, 1927, Verna Lou was an only child and chose to stay with her parents throughout her life until they passed.

Verna Lou completed high school, worked for a short time in the school lunchroom, and remained in Grenola, Kansas until moving to the nursing home, first in Howard, Kansas at Twilight Manor and then upon its closing, to Resthaven in Winfield, Kansas.

Verna Lou loved to quilt.  She had many, many quilts put away besides those she made for family members and other friends.  Many of them have hand stitching and embroidery.  Not only did she enjoy quilting, but she loved visiting with her neighbors and going out to eat.  She often could be found drinking coffee at either the cafe in Grenola when it was open and later on at the Senior Center.

Verna Lou is survived by a host of distant cousins and several friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Dola Plner.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Green Lawn Cemetery in Grenola, Kansas with Pastor Susan Galvan officiating.  Online condolences may be left at  Memorials have been suggested to the Grenola Senior Center and may be left with or mailed to the Countryside Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1233, Howard, Kansas 67349 which was entrusted with service arrangements.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)
Politics / Re: Time For A Change
« Last post by upoladeb on Yesterday at 04:16:20 pm »
That is one of the problems with humans,no one wants to lead then when someone else does everyone else bitches.
Politics / The Gov’t Rip-Off on Gasoline . . .
« Last post by redcliffsw on Yesterday at 06:34:44 am »
Pumping Us Up

The renewable fuels program was sold to the public as an energy independence measure but has proved to be a motorist dependence measure. American drivers are at the mercy, not of OPEC, but the EPA – and the politically connected businesses that are gaming the EPA’s RIN rigmarole.

It’s not good for the environment – and it’s very bad for our wallets.
-Eric Peters

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Politics / Re: Brennan, Rice, Power -- Lock Them Up! . . .
« Last post by Wake-up! on July 23, 2017, 09:21:12 am »
I have no doubt the Trumpster has been told by insiders deep in the spook organizations and the Pentagon, that if he were to initiate such prosecution against 'faithless officials', he would go the same route as JFK.
Politics / Re: Time For A Change
« Last post by Wake-up! on July 23, 2017, 09:16:00 am »
Hmmm, Saturday evenings must be comedy time on the political forum. We could call it Political Theatre, but that term may already be taken.

NO, I am not running for anything!! I'm the guy in the back of the public meeting, on his soap box, yelling 'Nay' whenever a call for 'those opposed' is made. I'm hoping some good folks step forward to run for the council seats. I understand the mayor will be unopposed.

I suggested Jarhead run for office a while back. I was a bit serious, and a bit tongue in cheek. He hasn't responded. Maybe we could prod him from his hibernation by writing him in. (Not sure 'laws' even allow a spontaneous write-in candidate in Longton. Last that I read, at the State level, write-in candidates need to be pre-approved by a petition of sorts. Now if that doesn't just completely cross the grain of the purpose of write-in candidates, I don't know what does.)
Politics / Brennan, Rice, Power -- Lock Them Up! . . .
« Last post by redcliffsw on July 23, 2017, 05:58:29 am »

The answer is straight-forward: It was nothing more than a politically motivated plot orchestrated by former CIA director Brennan to undermine the Presidential campaign of a rambunctious outsider. That is, the Donald was unschooled in the groupthink of the Imperial City and had enough common sense to realize that Putin is not our enemy, that NATO is obsolete, that regime change has been a fiasco and that foreign policy should be based on homeland security first, not the perpetuation of an American Empire abroad.

Unfortunately, the Donald doesn’t seem to recognize that he is actually President. If he did, he would have the Justice Department launch a prosecution against the faithless officials—-Brennan, Rice and Power—-who concocted the whole RussiaGate defamation in the first place.
-David Stockman

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Politics / Re: Time For A Change
« Last post by upoladeb on July 22, 2017, 06:46:15 pm »
does this mean your running?
Politics / Time For A Change
« Last post by Wake-up! on July 22, 2017, 09:02:59 am »
Longton had a house fire Friday, late afternoon. The fire hydrants are connected to the potable water system, so last evening residents had no water. At 8 AM the next morning my exterior faucet has a water flow of 1.7 gallons per minute. Normally it is 2.5 gallons per minute. I have to ask, why is the water pressure not normal at least 8 hours (more likely closer to 12 hours) after the hydrants were shut off?

I have other questions.
Who pays for the water used to fight fires? I assume it isn’t free. I assume taxpayers pay for it.

Why does the City fight fires with treated water?

Why didn’t the City keep its old water tank for fire fighting and other non-potables uses? Without access to City accounting I can only imagine that firefighting with non-treated water from the Elk River (right in Longton’s back yard) would be much less expensive then fire fighting with treated water piped from the Boy Scout Reservoir. In fact, non-potable water from the old tank would be virtually free water.

I asked a friend those questions last night and was told the City’s potable water and hydrants are all on the same line, and the system cannot supply water volume simultaneously for hydrant and resident use. Well, that explains the problem, sort of. I understand that was/is the cheap way to construct a city-wide water system.

But times change. Water is no longer a cheap commodity, and hasn’t been for awhile. And the cheap construction didn’t consider that. The cheap construction is no longer efficient. The cheap construction is now costing taxpayers.

Longton has a new water tank. Did anyone in City government consider having new lines installed with the new tank, just for potable water use? Then the City would have two water systems and be able to move forward more efficiently in the face of obviously higher and higher treated water costs down the road.

The questions remain. Did City management consider new lines with the new tank?
Did they have a cost:benefit analysis done to see just how far down the road a projected break even point might be for the taxpayers?
Did City management write a grant proposal for new water lines to go with a new tank? Did City management look for other alternative sources of funding? I know, off the cuff, new city-wide pipe sounds expensive, but remember, the new tank project included quite a few miles of pipe to get the water into Longton. So I don’t think I’m suggesting something that would have doubled or tripled costs. Did the City even consider how much more it might be? And how cost effective such an investment may prove in the long-term?

I’ll let the City off ‘my’ hook if they can clearly show they made the effort. If they didn’t, and I suspect that is more true than not, then Longton needs new leadership. Elections are coming in the fall for mayor and two council seats. I do not have a clue who all is running for those positions. But it is time to give new blood a shot at making better decisions for Longton. The taxpayers deserve better decision making.
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