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Better late than never? Who says so?

If anyone in my family was to be late, they had better be incarcerated, dead or pregnant. Being late was not acceptable and improper for anyone in my limited world. So to make life challenging, I married into a family that didn’t agree with this rule of etiquette.

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Johnson County’s enemies

The budget crisis in Topeka is affecting the services that Johnson County government can provide its citizens. This is happening because Gov. Sam Brownback and the GOP-controlled Legislature slashed income taxes four years ago. Voila: About $650 million a year in revenue vanished.

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Technology gives golden years a digital dimension

The last few years, I’ve been noticing many other seniors connecting to the world via today’s technology. I see them tapping away at airports, grocery stores, parties, everywhere. It’s sweet to know my parents, too, are putting their fingers on the pulse of now.

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America is better than this cultural standoff on guns

America is home to a preponderance of the best and the brightest minds in the known universe. We should be able to figure this out. The excuse that it’s just too complicated an issue or that the problem divides our country into two separate camps with no hope of compromise is just beneath us.

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Ricco’s Italian Bistro serves up cozy neighborhood vibe along with pasta, pizza, seafood and more

In the spot formerly occupied by a locally owned favorite known for wood-fired pizzas, three families collaborated in 2003 to open Ricco’s Italian Bistro. With 75 seats, including the bar and high-tops, plus a 15-seat patio, Ricco’s has earned its stripes as a neighborhood destination. Which, according to one partner, Tim Tobin, was the trio’s goal: an attractive spot defined by quaint ambiance and stellar food.

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Letter to Kansas lawmakers: Stay on task

Now that a special session of the Kansas Legislature has been called by Gov. Sam Brownback, I have a piece of unsolicited advice for the legislators as they convene to take up important business of the state: Look to the cities in Kansas on how best to proceed. No distractions; school funding only.

Government & Politics

Tom Watson and neighbors lose Overland Park annexation fight

The case involved an area of southern Overland Park between Pflumm Road and U.S. 69, roughly from 167th Street to 191st Street, with a couple of smaller stretches extending farther south. Residents in the area, including professional golfer Tom Watson, fought the annexation when it was first proposed, but eventually lost their court case. However the issue was contentious enough that it inspired the Kansas Legislature to rewrite its annexation rules, requiring a vote of approval from residents of proposed areas to be annexed.

 

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National Women's Indoor Tennis Championships draws athletes 65 years old and over to Overland Park

Every year the USTA holds four national competitions that take place on grass, clay, indoor and outdoor hard court. Genesis Athletic Club in Overland Park is holding the Indoor Championships that has drawn 49 women from all over the United States.
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