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The Whole Story

Do you ever long for a complete story, not just the one side people are trying to push you toward? Most issues have many facets. An example is guns. Somewhere a gun is protecting someone. At the same time someone is being oppressed or held against their will by the intimidation of a gun. 

Somewhere the gun is in the hands of a child who thinks it’s a toy. And somewhere else a child is learning responsible gun handling.

It’s the same with most issues. Welfare is helping someone get back on their feet and somewhere else someone is taking advantage of the system.

Covid vaccines are saving someone’s life. And someone else is reacting to the vaccine and dying.  The reactions are played down because then people would lose faith in them. Social media companies have now said they will remove any links that go against their side because that is truth and everything else is misinformation.

I believe truth is like a prism and has many facets. And we can’t get to truth when one perspective is being hidden.

This is my personal experience and I am not alone. I share this not to frighten you but to help you make the story more complete.

Years ago a doctor put me on the antibiotic Levaquin. When I took the first pill, my legs began cramping and shaking uncontrollably. This continued for 77 hours. I was home alone and had trouble getting back and forth to the bathroom. It was awful! And scary! When I called up to the doctor, the nurse said well that’s not on our list of side effects.

I began searching online. There were hundreds of people with the same reaction from the pill. Some had torn ligaments. Some were paralyzed. I never took those pills again. And I am grateful for such a quick reaction because it led me on a journey toward holistic healing.

I took the flu shot once and got sick. Not a little soreness but in bed on a breathing machine for months. I got influenza A, B, bronchitis, viral pneumonia, and a sinus infection.

I spent most of my life on antibiotics searching from doctor to doctor to find the cure. I was ill all the time and knew if I kept going and searched and searched I would find a cure!

“Seek and ye shall find. Knock and the door shall open.”

I did. But it ended up being a different door opening. It was one where I took control of my body.

For someone who was on four to five antibiotics a year and doctors were stumped, I have not been on a medical antibiotic in years. As you sit considering whether or not to take the Covid vaccine I am happy for your choice to do so. For those pushing mandatory vaccines I pray you think and fight for those like me who know our own bodies well enough that the risk is too great. I am watching videos of people reacting to the vaccine. This may be the right choice for you but don’t I have the right to choose for myself?

COVID is serious, deadly. But I don’t believe the government should be allowed to decide what is mandatory to inject in my body.

If this was anything else besides medical I doubt you would be ok with that kind of government control.

Western medicine is wonderful for so many things!! But it is not the only answer.

I have researched and learned many things by hearing different sides of an issue. I learned how much our bodies are capable of, how a vaccine is a medical procedure that is not one size fits all. And how essential oils and the right nutrition and supplements for your body is gold.

I  pray  we  always  have  a  choice.

Whether you agree or not with my choices or decisions, it is another side of the story. And it’s one that I believe is worth telling. As more and more of these websites are being flagged as misinformation, I want to share with you there is more than one side to a story.

Everything has risks.  “Safe and effective?” That is debatable. What I want the most from this column is that we could continue to debate in public forums.

OPINIONS

The Ring Is Getting Stronger

Last weekend, my husband had me watch the Lord of the Rings movies. I won’t lie, I fell asleep through some of it and couldn’t understand what they were saying in other parts. But two pieces stick out to me. The first one is “lembas.” It is elvish bread... [More]

HARD TIMES

I was home sick this weekend with a bad cold. I read a book about the Dust Bowl days - The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. It was a fictional account of a family who did everything they could and it never got better. The dust kept coming for years. They left for California and... [More]

Dedicated to the Farmer and Rancher

I can’t believe how quickly my perspective can change. As I write this it’s ten degrees and sunny outside. And it is the most incredible beautiful day.  Just a few weeks ago, 10 degrees would have been ridiculously cold.  But the extreme cold snap with wind... [More]

INVESTING IN US

When I think of news anymore I think of quick sound bytes that don’t really tell a story. They are fast tiny tidbits usually biased in one direction or the other.  “Breaking news! Fire! President’s Executive Orders!” Nothing seems to go deeper.... [More]

Where does your hope come from?

Where does your hope come from? We are in a severe drought. Dirt blowing and hope for our crops is almost none. Dry land farming is difficult and can leave you hopeless. The irony is we live in the Bible Belt yet so many lose their faith so quickly. Have you heard the joke... [More]

Can't Get There From Here

I am writing this as President Biden is being sworn in. Yes I am past my deadline. And I have so much I would like to say but a short space to say it.  What is the state of our country? I don’t think we are at unity. When the ball on a pendulum is lifted and swung... [More]

Inspiration, Travel And A Good Laugh

Since I bought The Syracuse Journal I have wanted an outdoor piano for in front of the office. It looks like I am getting my wish. They are tearing down an old house and this cool 1950s piano will be destroyed if someone doesn’t take it. I am so excited to paint it and... [More]

My Favorite Piece of Jewelry

I have some cool jewelry. Some of it is pieces I picked up on my travels, some are from family and others from friends. Some are fancy, sparkly crystal bracelets and some are simple hemp rope with stone necklaces. I love all of them but one of my favorite pieces is a simple... [More]

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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

The Syracuse Jr. High basketball season has come to end following the High Plains League Tournament last Saturday. And what a season it was. It began when Head coach Jeff Mathias resigned from basketball due to his wife Tori’s health concerns. “The kids love... [More]

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BOYS TAKE THIRD IN HPL TOURNEY

The varsity Bulldogs have finished the annual High Plains League Tournament and now looking toward the rest of the season. They will travel to Johnson to face the Stanton County Trojans Friday, January 29.  Junior Varsity boys and girls will play at 3:45, varsity girls... [More]

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HIGH PLAINS LEAGUE TOURNEY BEGINS

Syracuse High School varsity basketball teams began the High Plain League Tournament this week. The Monday Tuesday games were hosted by Stanton County and the Thursday, Friday Saturday games will be in Syracuse.  According to Athletics Director, Dan Delgado, this is the... [More]

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UNDEFEATED 8-0 BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM MEETS RIVAL LAKIN THIS FRIDAY NIGHT

The Syracuse High School boys varsity basketball team is having a record year!  With Tuesday night’s 58-22 win against Moscow, the Bulldogs have secured the number two seed in the upcoming High Plains League Tournament (HPL) held at Syracuse January 11, 12, 14, 15... [More]

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V and JV Bulldogs Sweep Wichita County

The SHS Bulldogs basketball teams travelled to Leoti on Tuesday, December 22 to face the Wichita County Indians for the final game of 2020. The Bulldogs junior varsity and varsity teams all came home with a win heading into the holiday break. The boys C-team came up four points... [More]

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County Wars Tournament Winners

In the first round of County Wars,  Bulldogs were led in scoring by Kyler Keller with 18 points.  Plunkett had 17 points, Mitchell added 7, Leyva 6, Diaz 4, Gould 2. Syracuse 54 – Keller 5 8-10 10, Plunkett 5 4-4 10, Mitchell 3 1-1 6, Leyva 3 0-0 6, Diaz 2... [More]

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Local Love's Brings Home Multiple Awards

2020 may be remembered for the challenges brought upon the world. But our response to them is what defines us. And our local Loves Convenience store rose to the occasion as they won severeal awards. Last week, they received the Exceptional Customer Service Award for the year... [More]

WHEATLAND ELECTRIC VOTES TO SPREAD ADDITIONAL COSTS OVER 12 MONTH PERIOD

The Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. Board of Trustees voted on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, to spread any additional costs from the recent unprecedented winter weather event evenly over a 12-month time period. Wheatland would like to ensure our members that we will continue... [More]

THE COST OF ENERGY

It’s on everyones minds. What’s happening with our gas and electric prices?  Now that we are past the extreme temperatures and possible rolling blackouts, news stories from Texas have poured out with $2000 to $9000 electric bills.  Governor Kelly,  US... [More]

Wheatland Electric Addresses Bill Impacts During Unprecedented Energy Crisis

SCOTT CITY– Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. would like to prepare members for an upcoming higher electricity bill due to the unprecedented, region-wide energy crisis the week of February 13-18.   February’s history-making temperatures led to history-making... [More]

Wheatland Electric Addresses Bill Impacts During Unprecedented Energy Crisis

  SCOTT CITY– Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. would like to prepare members for an upcoming higher electricity bill due to the unprecedented, region-wide energy crisis the week of February 13-18.   February’s history-making temperatures led to history-making... [More]

Wheatland Electric Thanks Our Members for Conservation During Unprecedented Energy Crisis

SCOTT CITY–Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. would like to extend a sincere “thank you” to our members for their efforts in conserving energy during the unprecedented, region-wide energy crisis.  On February 15, 2021, Wheatland Electric was made aware... [More]

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EXTREME COLD SPELL PUTS COUNTY ON EDGE

Record breaking temperatures descended upon Hamilton County last weekend.  Livestock producers hurriedly prepared as best they could but no one was prepared for temperatures like -20 degrees and with the wind chill, -35 degrees. Emergency Management was in touch with... [More]

Governor Laura Kelly Urges Kansans to do Their Part, Continue to Conserve Energy  

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly continues to urge Kansans to do their part and conserve energy to help ensure a continued supply of natural gas and electricity throughout the state. "Kansans are known for pulling together and taking care of our neighbors," Governor Kelly... [More]

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OBITUARIES

Geraldine Anita (Farrar) McFadden

  Geraldine Anita (Farrar) McFadden, age 91, passed away into the loving arms of the Lord in Temple, Texas on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. She was born on July 15, 1929 in Johnson, Kansas, the daughter of Everett and Alice Farrar.  Jerry, as she was known to most,... [More]

Tori Tarine (Cox) Mathias

Tori Tarine (Cox) Mathias passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at the age of 38, at her home, in Syracuse, Kansas. She was born on July 8, 1982 in Tribune, Kansas the daughter of Michael Lee Cox and Stacey Lynnette (Koehn) Cox. Tori began her life in Tribune, and grew up... [More]

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Christie “J.R.” Raymond Bamberger

  It was in Larned, KS, on December 19, 1945, Christie Raymond Bamberger, Jr. joined Chris and Thelma (Henderson) Bamberger, and their other three children, Linda, Shirley and Denny. From the hospital, he was spirited away to the family’s farm northeast of Jetmore.... [More]

Kathy Lynn Trask

Mass of Christian Burial for Kathy Trask will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at the St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Holly, Colorado with Father Steven Murray as celebrant.  Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 12:30 p.m.  Interment will... [More]

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James William Frantz

James William Frantz December 15, 1939 - February 7, 2021 James William Frantz was born December 15, 1939, the eldest son of Lucretia Anawalt and Frank Frantz, Jr., in Dodge City, Kansas. Jim graduated from Dodge City High School in 1958 and later attended Dodge City Junior... [More]

Crystal Lynn (Saiz) Hernandez

Crystal Lynn (Saiz) Hernandez passed away on Friday, February 5, 2021 at the age of 40, at her home, in Lakin, Kansas. She was born on July 17, 1980 in Garden City, Kansas the daughter of Damian Saiz and Eloisa (Urteaga) Oropeza. Crystal began her life in Garden City, and attended... [More]

Dorothy Jane (Myers) Moser

Dorothy Jane (Myers) Moser passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021 at the age of 84, at the Hamilton County ISB, in Syracuse, Kansas. She was born on June 17, 1936 in Richwood, New Jersey the daughter of Howard Myers and Ethel (Bates) Myers. Jane began her life in Richwood,... [More]

Dale Franklin “Beans” Lynam

Dale Franklin “Beans” Lynam, age 60, passed away at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kansas on Monday, January 18, 2021. He was born on July 1, 1960 in Syracuse, Kansas, the son of O.L. Lynam and Zelma (Puckett) Lynam. Memorial Services will be held at... [More]

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