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Keep warm with winter activities at Osage County Senior Center

Osage County Senior Center has activities and recreation about every day of the week. Stop in and enjoy some leisure time at the center, 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

  • Monday through Friday 9-10 a.m. – Exercise class with Dee Davenport.
  • Monday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. – Sewing
  • Monday, 9-11 a.m. – Painting
  • Monday, 5:30 p.m. – Pitch   *bring a snack if you like*
  • Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. – Mexican Train usually played every day
  • Wednesday, 8 a.m-12 p.m. – Sewing
  • Tuesday, 1 p.m. – Ceramics (call before coming to verify times).
  • Thursday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. – Painting
  • Friday, 10-11:30 a.m. – Bingo (bring a $5 gift bag) everyone wins.

Next potluck dinner at the center will be 12 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. Musical entertainment will be presented by Jody Jackson and Friends after lunch. (Everyone is encouraged to bring a covered dish.)

Commodities are distributed the second Wednesday of every month. Recipients must be 60 years old or older to qualify, with an income of $1,396 or less for one person, or $1,888 for two persons in the same house; income verification is required. A one-month waiting period is required due to ordering a month in advance. Anyone in Osage County is eligible and they meet the qualifications. Anyone unable to come to Osage City  to pick up commodities is asked to call 785-219-2440. Senior center director Tammy Fager would like to know if there are people that qualify, and can’t get to the senior center. For more information or help in determining qualifications, contact the Osage County Senior Center at 785-528-1170, or 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

Osage County Public Transportation is currently back to transporting riders to all destinations, as was done in the past.

Homemade bierocks will be for sale as a fundraiser for the Osage County Council on Aging. Place orders by calling 785-528-1170. A limited is supply available. Orders can be picked up 12-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the senior center, 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan. Proceeds will go toward the Osage County Council on Aging and the senior center. A dozen will be $25; half dozen, $15; single, $2.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cold day service appreciated

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It’s way below freezing outside and this house is getting colder all of the time.”

First major storm in nearly a year had come and of course problems would arise. Fortunately, this ranch didn’t have as many difficulties as a number of others around the Midwest.

Most importantly all of the outside hydrants worked, so the thirsty livestock had water. It didn’t take long until they learned to immediately drink warm H2O in the tank or there’d only be a big chunk of ice to lick.

Lights blinked a couple of times and the computer had to restart, but power returned soon. Others just down the road sadly had electricity outage for extended time.

Knowing that dilemma, heart went out to all without lights, no water and heat in short supply. Those with wood burning stoves were touting how cozy they were.

Wood heat certainly has benefits and works well for many, yet personal experiences haven’t been that positive. Not the work chopping wood that’s the worst, although it requires time and strong backs. Issue here was a new system that never did work well, dirty, hazardous and finally done away with.

Those with the wood burning furnace outside and well circulated heat into the home claim its efficiency and comfort. Yet several homes have burned down in the past week with wood stoves of sort said to be the cause.

Yes, kitchen sink pipes on the north side of the home did freeze for a time but thawed before breaking.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Saying easier than doing

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Can’t is over in the ditch.”

Mrs. Gibson, first grade teacher at Garfield Grade School in 1957, emphasized that to her students. “There isn’t anything impossible when one has the determination.”

It’s a lesson never forgotten always coming to mind when something seems unachievable.

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” another teacher presented that advice to his class.

Both comments are encouragement relative to getting accomplished what needs to be done.

Frequently, “can’t” is used as an excuse for not doing a necessary task one just doesn’t like doing. However, the challenge whatever it is can often be completed with dedicated effort.

Still, certain people have more natural abilities in different areas than others. One which is an increasingly burdening factor today is modern technology.

This includes all aspects of cell phone, computer and other social media operations. Most young to middle age adults and even grade school children have no issues with such advanced conveniences. Yet that’s not the case with many of those born a half century ago or before. While they may have been forced into use of the “convenient” devices, their knowledge remains quite limited.

A number of “senior” citizens with cell phones and computers can make a call or look up certain information. Nevertheless, there are still quite a lot of older folks who don’t have the apparatuses.

Eat Well to Be Well: 22 simple ways to be healthier in 2022

Say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022! Father Time keeps ticking away with the arrival of another New Year with new possibilities affecting your life and health. Speaking of health, what plans do you have for restoring or maintaining your health this coming year and what steps will you take to reach your goals?

One thing we learned over the past two years is good health matters. COVID-19 continues to take a toll, especially on individuals with chronic health conditions, a blunt reminder that getting and staying healthy has always had distinct advantages. However, gaining good health doesn’t just happen. It takes daily dedication of practicing regular healthy habits with a lot of self-discipline added to this mix.

To start your New Year with good health in mind, here’s a list of 22 simple ways to get healthier with minimal effort:

1. Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables. High in nutrients, low in calories and carbohydrates, these valuable veggies include asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, peppers, radishes, squash, spinach, Swiss chard, tomatoes, and zucchini.

2. Drink more water. Water is calorie and sugar-free and essential for good health. A good guide for daily water intake is to divide your weight in half and aim for that number in fluid ounces. For example, someone who weighs 150 pounds should aim for at least 75 ounces or about nine, 8-ounce glasses a day.

3. Stay flexible. Every day, do some sort of stretching routine to keep your body and joints flexible and strong.

4. Dedicate at least 5 minutes of your lunch break to walking. This will keep you more active and is a great stress reliever and mood enhancer.

5. Drink green tea. One of the healthiest beverages you can drink, green tea is packed with antioxidants helping you fight free radicals shown to increase disease and speed aging.

6. Brush and floss your teeth. Get in the habit of brushing and flossing twice a day.

7. Avoid sugar beverages. Sugary sodas are bad for your health and loaded with added sugar. If you drink a lot of soda, opt for healthier beverages such as water, unsweetened tea, coffee, or green tea.

8. Go to bed 10 minutes earlier. By the end of the week, you’ll add an extra 70 minutes of sleep. Keep it up all year and you’ll have slept 60 hours more. Imagine how well-rested you’ll feel.

9. Make a grocery list before you shop. This can help you make healthier decisions when shopping and prevent impulse buying. Studies have also shown that grocery lists can help you eat healthier.

10. Limit screen time. This includes screen usage from cell phones, TV, computers, laptops, and other devices. Estimate your average screen time per day and aim to reduce it by half.

Letter to the Editor: Children pay the price for privatization of Kansas child services

Dear Editor:

I am writing this in hopes to find someone who cares about Kansas. We have given Young Williams, a foreign for profit entity from Mississippi, the powers and control over Kansas child support. Over the last six years they have been paid $153 million, in which none stayed in Kansas to enforce child support.

Not only are they in control of enforcing child support, they have monopolized our child support system, including controlling Kansas Payment Center and now with Maximus, they are Child Support Services.

We should be asking ourselves why would we in Kansas privatize child support, giving another state the right to make millions of dollars a day, taking away from families and children in Kansas. We have allowed Young Williams to collect, decide, and distribute child support. Without any check and balance to keep them from the power they have taken. There is no one to know exactly how much money they are really making, as they are in control of our whole child support system.

We all should be concerned as we all expect to one day draw Social Security. The Title IV D program is matched dollar for dollar by Kansas Social Security – sending more monies to Mississippi and those within the Young Williams entity. A foreign for profit company in which the stockholders take no responsibility if legal issues arise, instead it is the employees that face these damages.

An entity in which the corporate office at 112 SE Seventh St. has 250 other foreign for profit companies that share that same address. This should be red flags.

In September 2013, more than 200 Topeka employees from the Kansas Department for Children and Families were laid off by the takeover of Young Williams, giving these jobs to Young William’s people. Although they claimed to keep people in their jobs, but we don’t know for sure how many people really lost their jobs, as we have given all power to Young Williams with no position to oversee.

At the payment Center alone at least $ 1.6 million a day is processed through. Young Williams has the attitude to pay themselves back before any money is given to children and their families. This money comes from Kansas funding and instead of being regenerated in Kansas, it goes to Mississippi stockholders.

As Kansans we should be furious. As children and families in Kansas, right here in your hometown, are going hungry, families are losing their homes, while stockbrokers from Young Williams are profiting off Kansas child support.

Do we have to wonder why single parent families are left behind in the low income poverty. Are we giving our own children the support they need to overcome? I would bet that if spoken to, parents of these children who receive a small portion of what is paid into child support, you would see that we are failing our children.

Why would we not keep jobs and revenue in Kansas? Why would we not protect and provide for our children, instead let a foreign for profit company profit?

Topeka is the capital of Kansas, what do we have for children that live in poverty? What are we expecting when we have thrown our children to the wolves?

We need to start asking our people in the Kansas House and Senate why they are allowing another state to profit on our children, as our children pay the price.

Kim Amack, Topeka, Kan.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Mom always knows best

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Come to the front and carry these groceries for this customer.”

While the directions to her carryout boy-wannabe cowboy seem simple enough, actuality was much more emphatic.

Mom behind the cash register checked out customers from two sides, ran the adding machine and wrote a credit ticket. All at the same time and when assistance was needed, the call was very audible throughout the grocery store.

Responding run from the upstairs stocking room far in the back of the two-front building was immediate. Or, the worker’s orders were repeated much louder with a distressed tone to the impatient voice.

That’s the way it was and employees whichever one, along with regular customers, were accustomed to such. Yet, sometimes those longtime grocery store patrons, who were always also close family friends, just had to smirk a bit.

Employees, who were in reality very highly respected, likewise appreciatively admiring their “boss,” son included, sometimes couldn’t feel the urgency. Still, it was all part of a fun job knowing everybody and where their car was parked.

ECAT thanks all for Christmas giving

As we go into 2022, ECAT would like to say thank you to the many organizations, clubs, churches and individuals who called and asked, “how can we help?” and “what can we do?”

Because of the overwhelming support we received from all of you, we were able to adopt every individual and family that applied for our holiday program. Even some who were turned down from other organizations, we were able to adopt.

Once signed up for the holiday program they received a full Thanksgiving and Christmas meal box along with breakfast items for Christmas morning. All kids under 18 received Christmas gifts from their adopted family along with a Christmas stocking filled with goodies. ECAT does not turn down anyone regardless of circumstances or date they called.

All of this was made possible because of your generosity. Everyone enjoyed wonderful holiday meals and every child had Christmas presents. No one went without Christmas.

Thank you,

ECAT (Ecumenical Christian Action Team), Osage City

Help House enjoys blessed Christmas season

Everyone who visits Help House or volunteers has been so blessed this Christmas season by all of the generous donations dropped off for the food pantry and Christmas store.

We would like to give special recognition to the Girl Scouts of Troop 30158, in Lyndon, for the food and non-food items they collected, as well as toys for other children in the area. Thank you to troop leaders Diana Forkenbrock and Kayla Rose, and Girl Scouts, Alexandra, Cassidy, Ellie, Maizy, Destinee, Dariana, and Lilly.

Also, special thanks to Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells, first responders and law enforcement officers from all of the Osage County agencies, the Kansas State Highway Patrol, the businesses in Osage County that had collection boxes for the toy drive, and everyone who bought and donated the hundreds of new toys. Many families were able to give their children and grandchildren a wonderful Christmas because of your generosity.

Prom shop

The prom shop will be Jan. 14 to Jan. 16, at Burlingame. We have over 90 beautiful gowns for girls to shop from. All have been cleaned free of charge by Ted and Shirl Ammerman, of Royal Cleaners, Ottawa. This was such a generous donation from them. So if you are looking for cleaners, they do a great job.

The prom shop will be located in the building just west of the Burlingame Library. Hours will be 3:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15; and 1:30-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16. All dresses are free to any girls living in the Osage County area. (See related story: Help House schedules prom shop dates for new year).

Help House open after holiday break

Help House will be open after the holidays on Jan. 4, 2022.

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

Submitted by Raylene Quaney

Willing Workers 4-H Club celebrates holidays by giving back to community

Caroling at a local nursing home, front from left, Charlotte Ferrer, Clara Thielen, Kassie Thielen, Jack Ferrer, Ruby Stucky, Hadley Bosse, Lelia Wilcoxson; middle row, Paige Thielen, Reece Wilcoxson, Kaiden Bosse, Lena Stucky, Avery Thielen, Colleen Stucky; back row, Brody Thompson, Kevin Whitmer, Grace Croucher, Jaiton Bosse and Dustin Stucky; not pictured, Julian Ferrer and Cole Thompson.

By Avery Thielen, Club Reporter

The Willing Workers 4-H Club have been busy celebrating the holidays, providing a lot of volunteer time to the club and community. To kick off the holiday season, the members celebrated Candyland Christmas in Osage City on Nov. 13, 2021, by having a bake sale in the morning and riding a float they decorated for the evening parade. The club’s Candyland float receive second place in the parade.

On Nov. 20, members took turns throughout the day volunteering to ring the bell for the Salvation Army in front of Jerry’s Thriftway, at Osage City.

On the afternoon of Dec. 5, members spent time decorating sugar cookies. Those cookies were then the treat given out the evening they went Christmas caroling at Vintage Park Assisted Living, Park Place Apartments, and Peterson Assisted Living.

The Willing Workers 4-H Club wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season!

A Cowboy’s Faith: Resolution for construction completion

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Where oh where oh where should that new line be?”

While it wasn’t a million-dollar question, there certainly was bewilderment where to put in a new waterline. Ranch yard is truly helter-skelter after very old trees were bulldozed out and hauled off by highway contractors.

Driveway has always been narrow, but with highly eroded ground on both sides of the culvert it’s worsened. Impossible to see at night with road construction so more than once the trailer has dropped off the edge. Width of the reconstructed ranch yard entranceway isn’t known but very significant when putting more stuff underground.

Sewer line has been redone before due to improper original construction and moving it again was said to be necessary. However, another highway engineer now says the wastepipe can stay although very close to being in the way. Still exact location must be known in order to keep from puncturing it with more pipeline work.

Five weeks since the telephone landline was ripped out by tree dozers. Emails indicating it would be and was fixed are complete misnomers. A dozen follow-up attempts to contact corporate expressing need have been ignored completely.

Uncountable cell phone calls from two personal numbers have been made to the company’s dozen different numbers to no avail. Each one required no less than 30 minutes with difficult to understand answerers frequently saying: “Wait a moment.”

Each time the “moment” has been minutes but the last one promised: “A serviceman will be there in five days.” While that ought to create optimism, it’s the same promise given 30 days earlier with nobody ever showing up.

Whether the home phone will ever be repaired is questionable, alertness must be given to exactly where the line is.

Local Republican women share book to inspire hope in humanity

Judy Marten, president Osage County Republican Women, presents the group’s book donation of “Better Angels” to Overbrook Library Director Kyle Sederstrom. Courtesy photo.

The Osage County Republican Women recently delivered the group’s annual book selection to several public libraries in Osage County. The reading selection this year is “Better Angels: You Can Change the World. You Are Not Alone.” by Sadie Keller. This inspiring story stirs the soul of anyone who wants to find hope in humanity.

Author Sadie Keller was diagnosed with leukemia at age seven. By age eight, Sadie had lost all her hair from chemotherapy treatments. She started a crusade by creating a video about herself, her cancer and her chemotherapy. When Sadie posted it on the internet, the video went viral, paving the way for Sadie to tell her story on national television. Sadie also told her story to members of Congress, who passed legislation to provide for more specific research and better medicines for childhood cancer.

“Our Leaders are Readers initiative is a partnership with the National Federation of Republican Women to promote literacy,” said Judy Marten, OCRW president.

On behalf of the group, Marten made the presentations to library directors Brandi Shaffer, at Burlingame Library; Genea Reynolds, Lyndon Carnegie Library; Jeanette Stromgren, Osage City Library; and Kyle Sederstrom, Overbrook Public Library.

Books were also donated to Carbondale and Melvern libraries. The group plans to distribute the book to area doctors’ offices and local wellness clinics in 2022.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Season must overcome disasters

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“This too shall pass.”

While that is definitely a scratch in an already very bad injury, it is still the sad truth.

Perhaps more sympathetic somewhat less painful comment would be: “Mother Nature is overpowering having her way in every situation.”

Yet, a couple other responses could be “There’s nothing anybody can do about the weather except talk about it.” Or, “It is what it is.”

None are appropriate and far insufficient consolations for thousands nationwide who’ve suffered loss beyond comprehension from recent horrendous weather tribulations.

Hearing and seeing tragic impacts from storms thousands of miles away made hearts ache feeling the inner desire to help. At a distance often there seems no way to offer assistance other than possibly financially to the most in need.

However, everyone expressing their prayers for the others is so simple and likely greatest benefit of all.

Then when detrimental strong winds invade locally and statewide there is true inner realization of all the others’ suffering.

When lives are taken, livestock lost, homes and very valuable structures destroyed, lifetime work and dreams shattered, life becomes unbearable. There is no way whatsoever to recover completely with haunting to remain forever.

Eat Well to Be Well: Enjoy these top 12 foods to energize your day

When feeling drained of get-up-and-go, it’s tempting to down an energy drink or grab a candy bar. These choices often do provide a quick, short burst of energy you need. But beware – sugary drinks, candy, and pastries put too much fuel (sugar) into your blood too quickly. Instead of long-lasting energy, that sugar spike will soon come crashing down, leaving you tired and hungry once again.

Try instead to choose foods that boost energy levels and have all-day staying. These same foods should also be rich sources of protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates. Here are 12 healthy food ideas to amplify your energy level from sluggish to energized staying-power:

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a tried and true favorite for sustained stamina. The energy boost comes from a combination healthy fat, protein, and fiber, helping satisfy hunger and keeping blood sugar stable. Choose all-natural peanut butter without added sugar and stick to a 2 tablespoon serving size.

Air-popped popcorn

Popcorn is a high-fiber, whole-grain treat and a smarter choice than a bag of high-fat, overly salted potato chips. The popped kernels provide volume for quieting hunger longer than other snack foods. Stay away from high-fat microwave popcorn and instead pop your own kernels seasoned with herbs and spices.

Almonds

This superstar snack food provides important nutrients such as magnesium and B vitamins, helping to convert food to energy. When magnesium levels are low, you’ll tire more easily, particularly during exercise. A lack of B vitamins can lead to fatigue, irritability, and poor concentration. All it takes is about 1 ounce or 23 nuts to be considered a serving.

Hidden History: Newspaper ad reunites Uncle Wash with family more than a century later

When he was an octogenarian, “Uncle Wash” was observed as being a “pleasant faced appearing old man, whose gray eyes, hair, and beard [gave] him a venerable appearance, not much unlike the typical Uncle Tom”, as was quoted in the June 9, 1892, Osage County Chronicle. Wash’s story, however, was much different than the Uncle Tom of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

George Washington Irving had been held in slavery near Springfield, Missouri, one of about 20 slaves owned by a Mr. Fulbright. Possibly John Fulbright, who with his family, in 1829, brought 30 slaves with them to Greene County, Missouri. Fulbright was “a very hard master” and Wash and the others enslaved by the Fulbright family were submitted “to the lashings of a cruel and capricious owner.”

When General James Lane led a campaign into southwest Missouri in the fall of 1861 with his Kansas Brigade, Wash’s family was one of the hundreds of others the troops freed during their time in the area. Wash would later recount an attempt by the local slaveholders to dissuade their slaves from leaving with the Army, telling them that if they left, they would be sold by the government to pay the debts of the war. However, Wash and others tired of their bonds figured it was worth the gamble and took the soldiers at their word.

These formerly enslaved families became “contrabands” or recently freed individuals taken under the care of the Army. When the refugees became too numerous for the frontier Army to handle, Lane sent many of the contrabands, dubbed “The Black Brigade” to the safety of Kansas under the care of Army chaplains. The refugees took with them all of their earthly possessions, sometimes using their former master’s livestock to transport the loads. The troop traveled day and night on this journey, with little opportunity to rest and limited protection in this pro-slavery area of Missouri.

Wash and other refugees who formed the Black Brigade first arrived in Kansas at Fort Scott. Many then ventured on to Lawrence by the fall of 1861, where some found livelihoods and settled. Wash worked as a teamster in the free-state town during his time there.

In 1863, he weathered the fury of Quantrill’s raiders when they sacked the town. The following year, Wash and his family moved to Burlingame, Kansas. It was there that he found a job performing labor at the Burlingame Cemetery. During his career, he was said to have dug more than 1,000 graves at the cemetery, earning $2 per excavated grave.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Glorious horses kick off season

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.A Christmas parade with all horses, vehicles, handlers decked out in red sure gets everyone in the holiday spirt.

More than 70 horse units from throughout the Midwest showed up at Lawrence to parade before street packed clapping admirers.

It’s the third time participating in that world-renowned most spectacular affair and perhaps the easiest and most enjoyable.

First time was with Mae decked out in her tassels pulling the antique fringed top carriage. There was certain applause but it was below freezing so the shivering mitten-earmuff-bundled spectators were somewhat sparse comparatively.

It was still better than the second drive in that parade with Mae pulling the high-wheeled cart in blizzardly cold rain. Honestly, driver and rider couldn’t stop teeth shattering for longer than the pickup ride back to the ranch.

This time, it was a bit cool, but sun shone brightly season-perfect with Maggie’s seemingly-choreographed jig for her red-decked-out cowboy. “Merry Christmas” was smiling and waving greeting to overflowing street side crowds everyone returning very happy gestures magnified.

Truly impossible to imagine all of the horse-drawn vehicles that participated, some very elaborate, surely expensive. Others were quite countrified, not very costly but just as much fun for drivers, riders and parade watchers.

Horse power was as diversified if not more so from smallest spotted miniatures to largest magnificent shiny black high-stepping Friesians. Every horse, vehicle, handler was remarkably adorned with the most colorful obviously holiday season attire.

Letters to Santa from Lyndon second graders

Students in Mrs. Hurt’s second grade class at Lyndon Elementary School wrote letters to Santa this year and Santa shared their Christmas spirit with us.


Dear Santa,

Why do reindeer pull your sleigh? Is Mrs. Claus magic? Where does snow come from? Where do reindeer come from? Does the mailman deliver our cards or do you just know what we want for Christmas? I want magic tracks and Spiderman powers and a servant robot. Please and Thank you.

Love, Ryker


Dear Santa,

How do you get your reindeer to fly? Do you have night vision? How much snow do you have? I will give Rudolph carrots.  What time do you get at my home? I want a remote control Santa and KU stuff.

Love, Jaxson

A Cowboy’s Faith:Sentimental fourth generation firearm

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Davy Crockett is sometimes recognized for his gun ‘Betsy’ as often as the frontiersman is remembered personally for heroic feats.”

When one such as Crockett depends on a firearm for livelihood and defense, it can almost become part of him.

Many people don’t and can’t realize how something so “dangerous” and “harmful” as a gun can become so meaningful.

Yet, “The 410,” first major firearm owned by a now old wannabe cowboy, has such sentimental value.

Writing about guns is perhaps “dangerous” in itself with all of the controversies concerning nationwide banning gun ownership. Still, this country’s forefathers realized the “right of people to keep and bear arms” clarifying such in the Constitution.

It is true: “Guns don’t kill, it’s the people shooting them who are killers.” Brief study of world history reveals how nations have fallen when governments cease all guns. Enough said about such political issues.

“The 410” must be at least 80 years old if not older. There’s no brand or model number on “The 410,” although gun collectors could likely figure that out.

Uncertain when Dad bought “The 410,” or actually where it really came from. Still, “The 410” has been in the family well beyond this memory.

Graduating from a toy rifle to a BB-gun to “The 410” was big deal for a 1950s school boy. “The 410” is a single shot .410 (caliber) shotgun that will only hold 2 1/2-inch shells versus some 410s that shoot 3-inch shells. “The 410” breaks open for loading and the hammer must be cocked before firing.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Conglomerate takeover serious concern

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Whatever happened to good ole hometown friendly efficient customer service?”

While there are small businesses serving patrons with sincere congeniality, the number becomes fewer all the time. Small businesses in rural communities and even some larger cities start up regularly, but their life is short. Sadly, not very many continue to survive in today’s world.

Corporations are taking over nearly every facet of the economy. Obvious in agriculture is corporate domination of meat packing, livestock production and feeding operations, the dairy industry and more.

When conglomerates take over local businesses, personal care and service are the first to go. Staffing is sharply reduced to lower overhead and supposedly increase efficiency, cash flow and profitability.

Highly paid often right of college perhaps overly educated people in front of a computer try to manage businesses. They are thousands of miles from daily operations and don’t have a clue about those being served. Many haven’t looked at a map and don’t know where the state is, let alone a rural community in it. As the saying goes, they “don’t know milk comes from a cow.”

One thing many of those “workers” have is certain book-learned arithmetic skills. They zoomed through every mathematics class and can actually figure out when there is no profit.

Still very few of those sophisticated bookkeepers seem to have any understanding what is really required for a successful business.

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