Commentary

Wed
12
Dec

A Bad Gamble

Caldwell assistant city marshal Ben Wheeler was called to a disturbance the evening of Dec. 15, 1883, to a saloon, “a few doors north of the post office”. A Texas gambler had used a knife to whittle away on both a soldier and a saloon keeper. Wheeler found his man, took the knife away and told him to go home. The gambler, Newt Boyce, unfortunately didn’t have the good sense to do as he was told.

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Wed
05
Dec

Editor’s Notebook

I stumbled across the above photo of daughter Allie and Bill Self as I was writing the editorial on the Ellsworth Childcare and Learning Center and thought it would be appropriate to publish it as a reminder of the center’s beginnings. Self and Frank Martin, who was then head coach at Kansas State, spent an evening in Ellsworth, helping to raise money for the center. Ellsworth’s American Legion building was packed with supporters, most of them hoping to have their photographs taken with one or both of the coaches.

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Wed
05
Dec

CHILD CARE

File Photo

Allie Denning poses for a photo with University of Kansas basketball coach Bill Self. Self and then-Kansas State University basketball coach Frank Martin visited Ellsworth to raise money for the Ellsworth Childcare and Learning Center.

 

Several years ago, the community came together to open the Ellsworth Childcare and Learning Center. It’s time to come together again, this time to save the non-profit center that fills the needs of dozens of area families.

A little background:

This past week, the center’s board of directors confirmed what has been rumored for sometime — the center is in financial difficulty. There are many reasons for the condition, including suspected theft by a former employee; however, even then “the center has never been a profitable venture with the expenses far outweighing the income on a monthly basis,” according to a board statement.

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Wed
28
Nov

From Our Readers

I see that some downtown retailers (in Ellsworth) have suggestion boxes on their counters which were put there by a group of young women who are seeking comments on what we have to be thankful for. Good question, for which I have a good answer.

As Americans we have a lot to be thankful for (No, I am neither ashamed of being an American, nor am I ashamed of having a lot to be thankful for), but high on that list of things to be thankful for should be the fact that our form of government allows for more freedom and opportunity than any other form of government currently in use on the planet. Our form of government, democratic republic with an amendable constitution, was designed by brilliant men (and underwritten and superintended by God) at great personal risk.

Wed
28
Nov

WINTER MESS

Ellsworth County has been without a real winter for so long that it’s difficult to remember how complicated life can be when the snow is flying and you’re expected to be at work.

Residents received a brutal reminder this past weekend.

About six inches of snow fell across the county. That normally is not enough to shut down the streets and highways, but this snow was accompanied by wind gusts of more than 50 miles per hour — a real blizzard.

“It’s a mess out there,” was the way the folks at the Hays-based Midwest Energy put it in a Sunday Facebook post to their customers without power.

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Tue
20
Nov

SEASON SPIRIT

One of the true measures of a community’s character is the safety net it weaves for its most vulnerable residents — and its reaction to the occasional stranger who finds themselves in need of help.

In that spirit, this year’s holiday season editions of the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter will focus on those who count on the generosity of others and the volunteers that go the extra mile. Some donate their time to the Ellsworth County Historical Society in an effort to preserve our history.

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Wed
14
Nov

From Our Readers

Shame on City Council

Dear Editor,

Shame on those city councilmen who did not uphold the law. When a bid is submitted late, it should not be considered. When a bid is high, it should not win. If you want a “consideration for hometown advantage” then establish it legitimately so others know what they are bidding against and how much value it is to be given. We need to know what the city councilmen are spending our money on and why. What they did was wrong and needs to be corrected.

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Wed
14
Nov

LET US VOTE!

Recent issues raise concerns about voting in Kansas and underscore the need for the Legislature to tackle serious election reforms. Several weeks ago, an uproar emerged in Dodge City, a southwest Kansas town of 27,000, that moved its only polling place from the civic center in Dodge City to a site outside of the city. To compound matters, Ford County sent newly registered voters an official certificate of registration that listed the wrong place to cast a ballot in the general election. Dodge City is majority Hispanic, and the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit arguing the polling place decision will make it more difficult for Hispanics with less access to transportation and less flexible work schedules to exercise their right to vote ...

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Thu
08
Nov

From Our Readers

Duplexes add to community

Dear I-R,

Having been a subscriber for many years, I fully agree that local news is so important. Since I am not local, the paper is my way of keeping track — especially of people and places — from my past.

It takes from two to three weeks for the post office to deliver so am not as current as the “locals.

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Thu
08
Nov

HUNTING TRADITION

John Schlageck
Insight

Economy and wildlife management benefit from sport

During the early days of our country, settlers hunted out of necessity. While farming and trading provided them with a great deal of food, it wasn’t enough for sustenance. To survive, they hunted, fished and trapped wildlife where they lived and worked.

Today, hunting in America offers two major benefits to society: wildlife management and an economic boost.

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