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Do you remember the Dr. Seuss story The Sneetches? Two groups of sneetches were identical except one group had stars on their bellies. The other did not and therefore were treated poorly. Those without stars allowed someone else’s view of them to dictate their self worth. They were not invited to functions like hot dog roasts.  Not sure why they didn’t just have their own and who cares what the star bellies ones thought but I didn’t write the book. 

However the author’s point was that one group dictates the rules of the world and the other acquiesced. 

When I read the story, it reminds me of the world today. 

I have grave concerns of us putting people into two groups - vaccinated vs unvaccinated. The public health orders say you can do this but they can’t do that. 

If you changed the words to black vs white it would be racist. Man vs woman sexist. Gay vs straight homophobic. 

So when it comes to vaccinated vs unvaccinated, how are you treating them. It seems the groups are being treated differently.   

The Center for Disease Control and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is saying fully vaccinated can unmask. Fully vaccinated may gather. 

The unvaccinated must cover with a mask and may not gather. 

How is this information dictating how you treat others? I saw a mob on television scream at a man for not having a mask on. There was no understanding that maybe he couldn’t. There was no compassion. What about those who are simply waiting for some research? The people who say I am not against this but I would like to see the longer term data. Those people are being shamed to be anti-vaxxers.

Labels labels labels. In the words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus from Hill Street Blues - Let’s be careful out there. 

How are you treating those  who disagree with you? Any “us” vs “them” doesn’t seem to work in my opinion. Have and have nots. Etc. 

Hate in the name of science is still hate. 

The Bible says in Galatians 5:14 If you bite and devour each other watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

Is that what we are doing? 

There is smugness on both extremes. The vaccinated who scream everyone is stupid for not doing this. The unvaccinated who say we aren’t taken this and if you do you are stupid. 

When does this end?

 The sermon on Sunday touched on we can disagree but do we do it in love? 

The lesson at the end of the Sneetches was “I’m quite happy to say that the Sneetches got really quite smart on that day. The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches. And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches.”

I am guessing your decision to vaccinate or not is based on your experiences. Maybe the person on the opposite side has reasons too.  

I am happy to live in a small town where people do not shame those who disagree with them. 

On this Memorial Day weekend may we remember those who fought and died for our freedoms. The freedom of the press and freedom of religion. 

Thank you to the men and women I never met who fought for my freedoms. May I never lose sight of the magnitude of their sacrifice.  And because of them the right to dissent. 

OPINIONS

So Shines A Good Deed In A Weary World

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A Little Humility

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A Gentle Whisper

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Perspective

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Small Town Life

Small town life is good isn’t it? I think sometimes we forget how good it is. When I see what goes on in large cities I cringe. Example, a woman called me because she had an error in an obituary and would I fix it? And she was so sorry to bother me. I gave her my... [More]

I'm Still Alive

Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam once said he wrote the lyrics to Alive. - I’m still alive - with sadness and heartache.  When he sang it to the packed stadiums, the audience screamed it back to him with joy. “I’m still alive!”  It struck... [More]

See You At The Fair!

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Having Fun Yet?

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SPORTS

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HS Track

Head coach Steve Navarro said, “The coaching staff has really enjoyed working with this group of kids this year. They have been putting in hard work despite some less than stellar conditions for practice and meets. We are excited to see what they can do now that we are... [More]

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SHS SPORTS WRAP UP

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Spring Sports Start

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SUBSTATE HEARTACHE

Substate began and ended quickly but these Varsity teams left it all out on the court. In heartbreaking last second baskets, our basketball season was over. The boys lost by two points in the last five seconds and the girls lost by three. A wrap up of the season will come in... [More]

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HEADING TO SUBSTATE

The SHS Bulldogs faced the 4-A Holcomb Longhorns for the final home game of the season, with the varsity teams unable to win. The boys will be the number three seed in first sub state match up at home, Monday, March 1, against the number 6 seed, Stanton County. This will be the... [More]

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Junior High Bulldog Basketball

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BOYS TAKE THIRD IN HPL TOURNEY

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HIGH PLAINS LEAGUE TOURNEY BEGINS

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NEWS

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Accident at Sand Park

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KDOT Work Zone - South Highway 27

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Fall Crops Shrinking

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SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT THIS WEEKEND

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K-27 reduced to one lane in Syracuse

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Hart Enters Tentative Plea Agreement

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OBITUARIES

Donald Wayne Rogers

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Linda L. Bearce

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Bart Alan Lillibridge

Bart Alan Lillibridge started his journey in life on February 11, 1962 born in Dodge City Kansas to Al & Wilma Lillibridge.   His life had an abrupt ending on earth on September 19, 2021 in Garden City, Kansas. Bart lived life to the fullest and was most happiest in... [More]

Donald Wayne Rogers

Donald Wayne Rogers, age 90, passed away at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kansas on Saturday, September 18, 2021. He was born on June 30, 1931 in Lakin, Kansas, the son of Wayne Leonard Rogers and Elda Elizabeth (Dyck) Rogers.  Funeral Services will be held... [More]

Janet Sue (Daugherty) Davis

Janet Sue (Daugherty) Davis was born October 29, 1935 to William S. and Virginia Ward (Walter) Daugherty in Hays, KS where her father was employed by the Eli Lilly Co.  Sue passed away September 20th, 2021 in the Hamilton County Hospital.   Sue started school as Janet,... [More]

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Robert Graber

Robert Graber September 30, 1932 – September 14, 2021   Robert Graber, age 88, passed away September 14, 2021, at Huntsville Hospital. A 30- year resident of Decatur, AL, Bob was born in Pretty Prairie, Kansas in 1932. He is survived by his wife, Norma Graber.... [More]

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Duane L. Shamburg

Duane L. Shamburg, age 91, passed away Monday, September 13, 2021.  He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer in the US Army.  He was a Son, Citizen, Scholar, Student, Farmer, Retailer, Restaurant Manager, Cook, Soldier, Intercept Operator, Military Officer, Instructor,... [More]

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Eloise Munoz

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