You may well ask, what does this have to do with me. Well, it has everything to do with you. Yes, this is largely due to abnormally low rainfall consecutively for multiple years. However, how we contend with difficulties as a community is equally important. This chart in figure one, is the Drought Monitor, a program which is a cooperative product of Federal and educational entities. It is shown here with its current readings as of Friday, February the fifth 2013. You’ll note I hope that Kansas is not just abnormally dry, or in a moderate drought. In fact, severe, extreme, and exceptional are the only descriptors of how dry Kansas is getting. That is a big danger to metropolitan areas like Topeka.
Fig.1 All of Kansas is in the Severe, Extreme, Exceptional range.
Drought has to do with food as well. It is notable in an article from the Witchita AP that herd inventory is the lowest it’s been since 1952. This means higher prices not only for meat, but everything made from these animals; beef, chicken, pork. If things keep going like this there wont be $1 items on the menu and fast food places. What do you have to offset the cost of food in the upcoming year or two?
Crops don’t fair well effecting things like ethanol, corn based sweeteners, feed for cattle. Which all comes out in the cost of breads, peanuts, and produce. Metropolitan areas don’t have much room for citizens to grow their own foods to supplement the rising cost of produce in the face of these horrible conditions. What’s worse it is costly to water home gardens if you don’t conserve drain water from when it falls. Rain barrels should definitely be in use by everyone expecting to water any plants out side.
Maybe you’ll have noticed major bodies of water like Perry, Clinton, and even the small, Lake Shawnee are all down several feet, with docks sitting on dirt. This doesn’t bode well for plant life. Except not being able to water your lawns, which honestly business need to turn off those sprinklers; it leaves us with less and less drinking water. What is worse, is that it’s still going to get worse Continue reading
People born in the United states rarely think about what it means to be a citizen, or what might be expected of a citizen in a free community. Freedom isn’t just about doing whatever you want, it’s about taking personal responsibility for your community, city, state, nation. For a couple generations now, few people are raised to have a sense of Civic Duty. I came across this list on Facebook, and thought I would post it. Clearly one may not be able to do everything, but with everyone doing some things, it adds up.
The things it takes to build and be part of your community.
Not to self aggrandize but I created this site, and it’s forums to give something for the Topeka community that it kind of lacks. And online community venue for conversation and communication about our community. Not about the Facebook community, or other things. Something special, and local, and Unique. I hope that even if you don’t plant flowers or bake and share, that you’ll either help start conversation in the forums, or give to others who do.
VOTING! Is not only about the president, or swing states! Regardless of how you feel about the presidential election, or your vote regarding that. Your votes do matter a lot more than you think.
“All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress” — US Constitution
The president is one of the least powerful people in our government! So yes, your votes count way more than you think, because who we pick for the house and senate matter a lot! Who we pick for local representatives matters a lot! Not being in a swing state is no reason not to vote!
Don’t assume your registration is still valid, make sure to register today! The link I’ve included will help you do that regardless of your party affiliation. As long as you have a current Kansas ID.
Downtown, transferring a title. I get here with 66 positions to wait according to my ticket number. No WIFI! Software they say. I say it’s more than that.
This ought be set up like a normal P.O.S. That’s “Point Of Sale” to those unfamiliar with the term. They need to use bar code on the title, the registrations, and on ID cards. Each station needs to be capable of performing all tasks regardless of regular assignment. Just like at Walmart for example. They could integrate more functionally with insurance listing system. Moreover, they could integrate better with Drivers Licence systems. For example if you’re there to transfer a title on a mobile home, or pay taxes on any home you just purchased. They should be able to change the address on your license or order a new local one all at the same place. Advanced check-in would help; have one person with an iPad greeting new arrivals and pre-enter their data and queuing order. Overall the system is all wrong, and it has the wrong kind of people designing and running it. Sure the initial cost of implementing a functional system may seem high, but it’s worth it in the long run. The increased efficiency would pay off.
The only redeeming part of the wait is they have a URL at which you can view the hall camera, and number board. Its way better than a text system. http://www.snco.us/treasurer/hallway_camera.asp
Update: It took 6 hours and I forgot to validate parking, I assume they do that. It cost me $6 extra.
Tomorrow is the 4rth, and people are asking what is there to do. It looks like the cool hot place to be is Lake Shawnee at the Spirit of Kansas festival. Wednesday July 4rth from 10am to 10:30pm. Fireworks start at 10pm. Check flyer link below for details.
Citizens celebrating at home, remember to be careful; and adults keep an eye on those kids. Happy Independence day!
Backup link Spirit of Kansas