<![CDATA[Columns & Blogs: C.W. Gusewelle | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/ en-us Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:57:34 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:57:34 CDT C.W. Gusewelle 60 A call for telephone progress that has a ring of convenience http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article29666773.html#storylink=rss A wall-mounted wooden telephone with a crank on the side would seem, on reflection, to have been a rather primitive system. But I’m not sure that’s the case. Yes, telephone service has gotten digitized and much more automated. But more convenient? That’s an open question.

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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Wives can be tough editors, and that’s how it needs to be http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article28707349.html#storylink=rss A recent headline in The New York Times brought to mind a visit to New York’s Algonquin Hotel and a conversation with Helen Thurber, the wife and editor of humorist and playwright James Thurber.

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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:16:23 CDT

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Extreme effects of climate change have plundered so many hopes http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article27613717.html#storylink=rss There is increasing scientific consensus that extreme heat contributes to the frequency of torrential rainfall and resulting deadly flash floods. That has been borne out by the weather pattern of this difficult spring and summer, in which periods of exceptional warmth and withering drought have been succeeded by seemingly relentless spells of heavy rain.

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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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Loving cat is not so generous when it comes to sharing the bed http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article27050548.html#storylink=rss As we turn back the bed covers at night, we see that Laika has gotten there before us and has already staked out her place.

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Sat, 11 Jul 2015 16:31:48 CDT

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Pesky and voracious otters stunt fishing at Lake Katie http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article26499520.html#storylink=rss Many people find otters charming. I consider them the enemy. They are voracious hunters with an insatiable taste for fish. In time, perhaps the trespassers will move on to other waters.

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Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:17:25 CDT

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Nasty weather targets neighborhood again, but this time we’re lucky http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article25664323.html#storylink=rss Friday’s storms that hit the Kansas City area and the damage they caused bring to mind a different weather crisis from a previous season.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 14:34:44 CDT

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European nations are finally signing on to important sanctions to limit Russian aggression http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article25051540.html#storylink=rss Not as promptly as we’d hoped, but better now than later, the nations of the European Union have resolved to join the U.S in tightening the economic sanctions whose aim is to oblige Russia’s Vladimir Putin to withdraw his armaments from the border of the Eastern Ukraine.

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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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Another doomsday prophet attempts to make a profit http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article23904304.html#storylink=rss Every decade or so, it seems, we’re treated to the apocalyptic ravings of yet another doomsday prophet. The latest sample of that lunacy came to me by e-mail. If the planet Earth is careening toward an end, I suppose that’s as good a way as any to get the news.

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Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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A fine body shop provides a personal tuneup http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article23237127.html#storylink=rss In the course of any long life, there are occasional needs for repair. During these recent weeks, when it was said I was “away,” I have needed to avail myself of just such an opportunity.

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Sat, 06 Jun 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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The calamity above us is great, but so is the calamity below us http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article22695789.html#storylink=rss I have a nightmare. It is that sometime we will be having a party and it will be the tornado season and at some point during the evening — between the chicken Kiev, say, and the bananas Foster — the sky will get that look and the sirens will start up and our guests will say, “Well, let’s all go to the basement.”

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Sat, 30 May 2015 14:21:14 CDT

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Creatures large and small wait for the smile of good fortune http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article21938583.html#storylink=rss Wherever the women of my household go, cats present themselves — creatures of uncommon excellence, and all of them needy. The other morning it was my daughter, telephoning from her work. “There’s this kitten,” she said.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 14:44:10 CDT

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Scents that make no sense can turn nostrils nervous http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article21178779.html#storylink=rss I was passing innocently through a department store on my way to neckties when a young woman sprang out from the shadow of the escalator. She handed me a scented card and a small envelope.

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Sat, 16 May 2015 14:51:41 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article21178779.html
Photographs teeming with memories keep a writer company http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article20589162.html#storylink=rss Writing, by its nature, tends to be a solitary occupation. So there are days when I must rely for company on photographs that cover the walls above my desk and the people, the places and the memories those images contain.

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Sat, 09 May 2015 15:12:33 CDT

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Of turkeys, ticks and times with friends http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article20095752.html#storylink=rss Spring means turkey season, a quest for mushrooms and the nurturing of woodsy fellowship.

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Sat, 02 May 2015 10:43:00 CDT By C.W. GUSEWELLE

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For this veteran, the VA has been a constant source of singular care http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article19553055.html#storylink=rss I have been seriously troubled over the last few years by the endlessly repeated assertion that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is falling short of its obligation to provide first-class health care to former members of the U.S. armed forces. I say that as a veteran who for at least the last 15 to 20 years has received consistent, exceptional medical support from the VA Medical Center in Kansas City.

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Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:21:55 CDT

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Air disasters are another danger we learn to accept http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article18862971.html#storylink=rss In an unguarded instant, some terrible event obliges us to confront the troubling truth of our perpetual vulnerability. That bitter truth is clarified by events like the recent tragedy in the French Alps, where an airliner commandeered by a mentally unbalanced co-pilot plunged to its destruction, carrying 150 people to their deaths.

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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:35:35 CDT

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Coal burning must ultimately end for the good of the country and the planet http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article18279452.html#storylink=rss At the very bottom of Mitch McConnell’s list is any concern for the future habitability of this fragile planet, and whether the generations to follow him will inherit air fit to breathe, a climate suitable for growing food, or whether coastal cities will be swallowed by an ever-rising sea.

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Hail the perks of spring in magnificent Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article17399399.html#storylink=rss Even after having lived here since earliest boyhood, the wonderful springtime flowering of our city comes each year as a breathtaking surprise.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2015 15:34:32 CDT

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Breakfast oatmeal now comes ‘Sunny’ side up http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article16710611.html#storylink=rss Sunny, the stray kitten rescued from the streets of Grandview, is trying hard to find common ground with the other creatures of our complicated household. A qualified success so far.

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Alums must take a back seat to chums — and their prey http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article15578831.html#storylink=rss Finally, springtime is upon us. I know it because the letters, emails and phone calls have been arriving with greater frequency from turkey hunting chums, who soon will be turning off the country road and up the driveway to my cabin in a corner of the Ozark woods.

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Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:39:07 CDT

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Sunshine fills the darkness when a priceless friend departs http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article14418827.html#storylink=rss In the regrettable chronology of lives, devotion can be the prelude to sorrow. On an evening not long ago I had to bid farewell to a priceless friend — Mickey, the orange tabby that I’ve considered the cat of my life.

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Sat, 14 Mar 2015 15:24:30 CDT

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A cool getaway from the cold, the colder and the coldest http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article12938384.html#storylink=rss Far from semi-nude men belly flopping into 10-foot drifts of snow and the coldest permanently inhabited location on Earth is an escape from the last gloomy days of winter amid thoughts that this midland place isn’t so bad in comparison.

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Sat, 07 Mar 2015 14:26:56 CST

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Bugs, not bullets, caused a journalist’s head to spin http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article11485406.html#storylink=rss In my own newspaper travels, there have been no gripping war stories, no spectacular emergencies to relate. That’s not to say the journeys have all been uneventful. But for the most part, the crises have been of a medical nature.

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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:19:29 CST

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In fiendish February, memories lie low http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article10890965.html#storylink=rss The sky outside my window is a perfect springtime blue — with not a single vagrant cloud in sight. The sun is as bright as a polished copper coin. And there’s a brave wash of early green in the yard of our neighbor across the street. A picnic day, you’d almost think. But there’s the false promise of this deceitful month.

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Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:40:31 CST

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Better the momentary sting of prevention than the enduring torment of illness http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article10250609.html#storylink=rss Several dear friends have spoken of the prolonged misery they endured when the herpes zoster virus, a relic from a long-ago case of chickenpox, after lurking silently for many years in their system, suddenly awakened and caused an agonizing case of shingles. Hearing those stories, my wife and I made a beeline to the nearest place for a vaccination.

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Sat, 14 Feb 2015 14:37:55 CST

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Cats in the queen-size cradle offer comfort and confidence http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article9521513.html#storylink=rss Laika prefers to rest with Katie, my wife, on her side of the queen bed. Mickey shares half of my pillow. There’s no sense of crowding. Only of warmth and pleasant companionship.

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Sat, 07 Feb 2015 14:59:19 CST

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There’s a multitude of monikers for creatures high and low http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article8520926.html#storylink=rss It turns out there’s a list of terms used to describe groups of animals of the same species. Not scientific nomenclature. Just everyday language. The list is quite long. And several of the entries are wonderfully fanciful.

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Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Once upon a time, multicultural Paris was a city that knew peace http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article8027625.html#storylink=rss To ride daily on the Paris Metro, as living there almost 30 years ago required, was to be struck by the astonishing sampling of humanity that called the city home — Africans, Asians, Arabs with a variety of languages, complexions and manners. It seemed possible then to find a workable means of coexistence.

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Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:00:00 CST

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A fossil’s intuition about the Internet: It’s hard to hack a phone book http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article6784668.html#storylink=rss It has always struck me as foolish, and potentially quite dangerous, to conduct discussions of any real importance on the Internet. Naturally this reticence brands me as a creature from another century. But I would suggest the revelation that hackers working on behalf of the so-called Islamic State group had breached the social media of the U.S. military’s Central Command validates my caution.

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Sat, 17 Jan 2015 09:00:00 CST

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The pen versus the sword versus the coffee http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article5917575.html#storylink=rss The terrible events in Paris in recent days have underscored, in a chilling way, the truth that journalists — especially those who deal in provocative and controversial opinions — can never be entirely sure what sort of fury might next come through the newsroom door.

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