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  • Drilling for Oil Under Our City?

    The word is out after much behind the scenes negotiating was done...an oilman and some members of city government want an oil well drilled right across from the old west bank stage area...what's in it for Wichita?

  • So What Do People Have Against Black Dogs?

    I don't get it. I love black dogs, but I hear from my friends in the world of sheltering animals that people shy away from adopting black dogs. I can't figure it out. Black dogs are beautiful! Do people think they look more menacing? Well, in that case they should adopt as Pit Bulls, Rotties, even Shepards are lovable dogs that can look menacing. I am particularly concerned about one dog who is black with some other markings. His name is "Rowdy" and he has resided at the "No Kill" shelter since his owner died in a motorcycle accident months ago... Could someone see the beauty of this wonderful black dog and give him a loving home. He's been without an owner who loves him for too long!

  • Are These Among the Worst Parents in America?

    I had long heard of T and T, but I had purposely avoided watching the show, knowing it would probably tick me off. Well, I stumbled upon it and it did. Five minutes was all it took to convince me that this show promotes bad parenting. My heart went out to the little girls, crying because they were being forced into ridiculous costumes so their mothers would be proud of them. I hope they are saving their proceeds from these shows for college and therapy. They'll need both.

  • Tonight There WIll Be a Public Hearing on Westar's Requested Increase

    Should Westar be allowed to raise their rates? No matter what you think, the place to let the Kansas Corporation Commision hear your thoughts is at the Hughes Metroplex at 29th and Oliver. Meeting tonight is at 6pm. Phil and I have had calls from listeners concerned that noone is calling them with automated updates as to the progress in restoring their power which was lost in high winds last Thursday. If you reading this on a neighbor's computer, because you are without power...Westar says call them again if you're still in the dark!

  • So Why Did We Buy Those Fountains?

    Seems to me the whole Water Walk project has been a series of missteps. Most people, rightly or wrongly, believed "Water Walk" meant walking to businesses that would be built along the river bank and maybe even taking water taxis up and down the "Water Walk". Perhaps that's how we ended up with the fountains we have now...a show stopper designed to embellish the arid looking area known as the "Water Walk" Unfortunately, the fountains can't operate properly due to Kansas wind. Really? Who knew we very often have sustained winds in excess of 10mph? Who knew drought was a distinct possibility?...the answer is everyone knew, except those in charge.

  • In Search of A Ring

    The saga began around 1998. At a friend's new house he and I found a class ring. I took responsibility for finding the previous owner. Without social media the search proved very difficult. I kept meaning to resume the search, but there were other priorities. Then I saw a national story about a 19 year-old reuniting a class ring and its owner and the search was back on. It's possible the 19 year-old was more concerned about the reunion of owner and ring than I was, because at 19 you're still wearing yours! Anyway, thus far it has been determined that the ring belongs to Tony Jones...Too bad his name is not Tony Jaborski or something else less common...but I am not giving up...TRJ I am looking for you!

  • iphone case is a stun gun

    So if I get the iphone case with the stun gun, then theoretically the "bad guy" will reach for or demand my iphone and I can easily stun him, correct? Hmmm seems like a good idea...catch 'em off-guard. Might be worth the $140 investment! What do you think? Email me at jharrison@jrn.com.

  • Craziest Travel Promotion Ever

    The Japanese Island of Yoron does, according to the head of their Chamber of Commerce, appear to be shaped like the spinner from the American Board Game LIFE. Right. Okay...so what does Yoron do with that? They are now inviting tourists play the game of LIFE for $5 and not just any game of LIFE, but a life-sized game...18 foot boards...spinner that is a roulette wheel, busses that look like the game pieces that drive people around to the various life stages featured in the game. Game is on July 20th until Sept 19th. Everyone who plays wins at least one-dollar in LIFE money that can be used only on the island...no big jackpot however. Hmmm...would you want to play? Let me know at jharrison@jrn.com

  • I was Really Hoping That Paris Could Rise Above The Chaos

    I am so sorry to hear that Paris Jackson has attempted suicide. I was hopeful that despite what can, at best ,be described as an unusual childhood, MIchael Jackson's kids would thrive. I don't think Michael meant to harm anyone when he decided to be a father, but he had endured a difficult childhood and it is sad that he did not recognize that he created an even more difficult one for his children. I hope Paris recovers and is able to embrace whatever help she needs. I worry also about her brother and half-brother.~Jan

  • How Did Someone Find the Medallion Hunt on the Second Clue?

    The Eagle has a headline that indicates that the Medallion has been found...the first clue was, as always, more of a rules reminder so the only real hints were in clue #2. How did anyone get it so fast? I want details :>). Is it like the Lottery?...Wichita Festivals and the Eagle know the medallion has been found...they're just waiting to see who presents it? Did you know the general area after the second clue? If you did, please email me at jharrison@jrn.com!

  • The Medallion Hunt is On

    I am not sure who writes the Medallion clues. Is it done by commitee? That would explain some of the past difficulty in deciphering them. I must admit that so far this year they have been just the right amount of challenging. Let me know what you think. How close have you come to finding the medallion in past years? Email me with your thoughts on the Medallion hunt...jharrison@jrn.com.

  • Rarely Are Crowds Well Behaved

    I had the opportunity to spend part of Memorial Day Weekend at the 9/11 Memorial. Hundreds of people were there at the same time I was. We went through security, we waited in a long line and then were able to walk freely on the grounds. It was cold, windy and raining. One of the Memorial employees told us how honored she was to work there and how the experience had changed her life and given her purpose. Everyone visiting there, people from all over the world, were quiet, thoughtful and polite. Sure, it seems like that might be a no-brainer, but we've all been places and seen people act like idiots when the occasion called for some dignity. This is one time everyone showed respect.

  • Am I the Only One?

    I am the only one who finds it too sad to put flowers on the graves of loved ones? Am I the only one who thinks the deceased are unaware of my doing that? I put a flag on my dad's grave, because he is a veteran of WWII....but I find it difficult to think of him and other loved ones as being in the cemetery, as I feel certain he is not there. Just me perhaps. Any thoughts on this...email me at jharrison@jrn.com.

  • School Storm Shelters Needed in Tornado Alley

    I believe it should be a law that just like smoke detectors and panic bar door openers, schools in tornado alley should have storm shelters. These should be either very close to the school property, or in schools yet to be built, below the actual school. There should be multiple entrances, accessible every few yards. Yesterday they had about 12 minutes warning before the tornado in Moore. Drills should be held to ensure orderly progression to the shelter in the event of an emergency...12 minutes is a long time if you are organized. FYI, there have been tornadoes in every US state. I am advocating these storm shelters be mandatory in tornado alley. Tornado alley consists ot the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.

  • I Love It When Criminals Screw-Up

    The latest criminal to screw-up story comes from Houston. Three men recently broke into a house and encountered a young man who lives there. They threw him into what they thought was a closet in the home. It was a gun safe. The young man grabbed a gun and crept down the basement stairs to see if he could see the robbers. One of the robbers fired a gun at him and he fired back, hitting one of the burglars in the neck and leg. The three robbers ran.. the wounded one collapsed, but got a free ride to the hospital from the police. He'll get a free ride to jail when he gets out.

  • The Day I met Dr. Joyce Brothers

    On January 10, 1994 I had a unique and wonderful opportunity. Dr. Joyce Brothers was speaking at the Women's Fair at Century II. Her speech was great and then thanks to the kindness of my dear friend, Debbie Trimmell-Martin, I was able to visit with Dr. Brothers at a backstage event with no other media present. Debbie is a therapist and had special access. In the room were fewer than 10 people, including me and Dr. Brothers. She spoke with us not like a lecturer, but like we were all old friends chatting. She was so unpretentious and approachable. She shared with us that day several things I will never forget:

  • Bye-Bye Barbara, Thought You Were Like The Eagles Song

    So Barbara Walters is retiring this year after starting her career in 1961! I appreciate all she has achieved...but other than The View, I thought she was already gone...retired that is. Sometimes, too, when celebrity deaths are announced...I thought they were already dead! Am I the only one this happens too?

  • Can You Imagine Being Held By a Kidnapper?

    Good news from Cleveland where three women, believed dead, had actually been held by a kidnapper(s) and were freed yesterday. Imagine what they went through. Police believe they may have been tied up most of the past decade. How was yesterday different? What happened that allowed one woman to break free? The full story will be heartbreaking, but still interesting. Was "Stockholm Syndrome" part of the senario, where captives start to like their captors, mostly because they haven't been killed? Do any of us really know what we would do in such circumstances?

  • WHY Do We HAVE to Use Lead Shot?

    There are some really stubborn hunters who insist that they need to use lead shot in their shotgun shells, even though it fouls our water and soil and kills the birds that ingest it. That includes our federally protected and most beloved, majestic national symbol, The Bald Eagle. Seriously, they can't pay slightly more to save the lives of the unintended victims? I'm not buying that argument.~Jan Harrison

  • Do We All Agree KC needs an OT?

    If we go with an OT, I am guessing Eric Fisher, though I certainly could be wrong. I still have some concerns about whether we have the right QB. Anybody have thoughts on this? I will be glued to the TV tonight.!

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