Big Brothers Big Sisters raises $24,788.41

To The Sun:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Labette County Bowl for Kids Sake annual fundraiser for 2013 was a success, raising $24,788.41 toward a goal of $30,000.

With the donations given and the pledges made by individuals both far and near, we are close to reaching our goal. There are so many people who helped to make this event a success. I would like to thank them for their time and effort.

First, I am thankful to all of the businesses in Parsons and the surrounding towns as well as others located outside of our county for their sponsorship, their donations of money and prizes which were given away to the bowlers on the day of the bowl.

To all of the team captains, a thank you for your time and effort to form teams and organize them for the day of the bowl. Thank you to the team members for collecting donations and obtaining pledges from individuals to help reach the goal. To all of the people who contributed donations to the bowling team or made pledges, a very appreciative thank you.

A special thank you to Nancy Bolt, Shannon Martinez, Becky Lightfoot, Jane VanLeeuwen and Tammie Oas who volunteered their time and effort to help with the procedures of the day of the bowl. To Steve Lardy from KLKC Radio, thank you for serving as emcee on the day of the bowl.

In addition, I want to express my appreciation to Sarah Bromley, the BBBS case manager, for her time and support not only for this event, but for her dedication to the program.

Thank you to Bill and Kathy Farr, the owners and managers of the Parsons Bowl.

Thank you to all of the "Bigs" in our program who are faithful to meet with their "Littles" and serve as a mentor to them and who often work behind the scenes to help make BBBS successful.

Thank you to everyone who helped makes the Bowl for Kids Sake a success. — SHARON MILLER, director of Labette County Big Brothers Big Sisters

Blood drive set for April 25, 26

To The Sun:

The first American Red Cross community blood drive of 2013 is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, from noon to 6 p.m. and on Friday, April 26, from 8 a.m. until noon. The drive will be held at the First Christian Church, 1500 South 29th, in Parsons. A total of 684 productive units of blood were collected in 2012 at the four community blood drives and the two Labette Community College blood drives, which is evidence of a caring community.

Highlights during 2012 were the following plateaus being reached by donors: Bob Brewer, 26 gallons; Morris (Moe) Cares, 24 gallons; and Ralph Farran, 21 gallons.

Blood collections in the winter months many times fall short of goals, as cold weather, snow and ice are often to blame for blood drive cancellations. Many blood drives throughout our area and Kansas had to be cancelled and rescheduled in February. The Labette Community College drive was one and was rescheduled as a one-day drive that collected 52 units of blood. It is important that we do not take for granted that blood will always be available. So in order to help make up these shortages, I encourage all eligible donors to call 1-800-RED CROSS or go online at to make an appointment for the upcoming blood drive.

Imagine calling 911 or rushing to the hospital emergency room with a family member or friend who desperately needs a blood transfusion to maintain life only to find that this vital life-saving commodity is not available. This unthinkable event could occur if eligible donors do not make it a priority to donate blood on a regular basis. Blood is a perishable product with a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days so it must be replenished constantly — there simply is no substitute.

While many people share similar blood types, there are some with more rare types. It’s important for donors to reflect the ethnic diversity of the population. Donors of all eligible age groups are needed to sustain the blood supply. There is no upper age limit on blood donations. The American Red Cross working together with the donor can ensure that life-saving blood is available where it’s needed and when it’s needed.

Let’s all continue to help others with words of encouragement that gives them hope to face adverse circumstances and by sharing our good health by giving the gift of life. If you are a regular blood donor, I am counting on you to continue this practice. I encourage new donors to attend so that this vital community service will continue to succeed for many years to come. Your individual gift does make a difference.

Come join the outstanding and dedicated group of donors and volunteer workers at your convenience or during your lunch hour. You will enjoy rewarding fellowship, delicious homemade cookies donated by the VFW Auxiliary and great sandwiches. I look forward to seeing you at the blood drive. — ERLENE CARES, Parsons blood drive coordinator

Water issue needs clarified

To The Sun:

When the same statement is made several times it begins to take on an element of truth, even though it’s not. Such is the case in a recent Public Mind about the city of Parsons building a water line to sell discounted water to Great Plains Industrial Park, when it has no funds to improve lines for its own residents.

 The reality is that the city has the capacity to produce much more water than it needs and by selling excess to neighboring systems, whether they are Rural Water Districts (which it does now), or a neighboring municipal district (which would be Great Plains) the city can bring down the cost of making its own water. As with any manufacturing operation the more product made, the cheaper each unit becomes.

As far as the costs for the connection, Great Plains secured a grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment to pay for the engineering and design of this project, at no cost to the city. Construction costs should be funded by grants/match from state and federal agencies, which actually favor projects that partner with each other because those are the most cost efficient for them to support.

Had the city of Parsons drawn a circle of isolation around its borders 70 years ago, and snubbed the ammunition plant as it was being located, what would this community look like today? If it draws a circle of isolation today, what might it miss tomorrow? Great Plains isn’t asking for — and the city isn’t giving — any special favors, regardless of how many times someone says otherwise. — ANN CHARLES, interim executive director, Great Plains Development Authority


Keep a positive outlook

To The Sun:

Some people point fingers and question who’s responsible for the job of getting and keeping businesses and families in Parsons so it will thrive. Whose job is it?

Positive attitudes are essential for success. Thanks to voters in the city commissioners’ election one step in the right direction has been taken. Although life choices like agricultural careers and working in conservation keep some, like me, from voting for commissioners because we don’t live in the city limits, issues that affect Parsons affect us.

We are part of Parsons. Parsons’ reputation reflects on us all. Concerns include how elected officials and administrators handle problems, how properties and streets appear, utility rates, taxes, businesses and services provided. Everything. We spend our time and money in Parsons. Charges affecting those in the city limits trickle-down, making their way to our pocket books, too.

The loss of any asset affects Parsons. Yesterday I heard disturbing news that we are probably losing yet another young family and excellent doctor, Dr. Brad Davis. His family has contributed much to our community. It shouldn’t happen. What a loss.

With stiff competition across the U.S. it’s hard to convince good prospective employees to bring their families here. When we have attracted families, like Dr. Davis's, everything possible should be tried to keep them interested in staying. These workers and their young families are the lifeblood of our small town: a tangible asset. Professionals who locate here, like Davis, bring needed skills and services.

Having to go to doctors and hospitals in other cities for any specialty care creates hardships, especially on seniors. It hurts the Parsons economy. Workers and their families put money back into this community as they buy houses, food, household and other products, and patronize local entertainment. Compound that by considering the patients specialty doctors draw here. While seeking those services, they spend their money at our gas stations, restaurants, shops and motels. It’s a domino effect. Parsons benefits.

A story I used in my publications classroom stressed the importance of being present and investing one’s time and talent to achieve a successful finished product. The morale it presented applies to creating a successful community. It’s about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. An important job needs to be done and Everybody is asked to do it, but there’s a lot of apathy, passing the buck and playing the blame game. It ends up that Everybody blames Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.    

Doing what it takes to make our community a success takes teamwork. Promote Parsons. Invest in your community. Live here. Shop local when you can. Continue to work for improvements, but also promote and preserve our many positive assets. When it comes to making Parsons successful, we are all in this together. Question yourself. Ask, Am I honestly doing all I can to contribute? Am I part of the solution? If you are not, be assured, you are part of the problem. — EWELEEN H. GOOD, Parsons


Dogs deserve better life

To The Sun:

This is in response to the Public Mind in Wednesday's Sun about the anti-tethering law for dogs. The writer does not appear to have much sympathy for his animals. He needs to put himself in their place. Dogs are made to run. They do not like being around their own waste.

This has nothing to do with rights infringement. The writer could build a pen for the dogs and they could still bark and be his alarm system without being tethered.

I am behind those fighting for the anti-tethering law and will fully support its passing. I don't believe God intended for dogs to be treated poorly.

We have three dogs at our house and they are kept in a fenced-in back yard, untethered. If I were forced to tether a dog, I would not have a dog.

The letter writer should consider a pen for his dogs or a fenced-in area. They deserve a better life. — BRADLEY BLAKE, Parsons


Strings attached?

To The Sun:

This is directed to the newly elected Parsons city commissioners and re-elected city commissioner.  We understand you each were given money by the Progressive Parsons group for your campaign. What strings are attached? — REGINA MADL, Parsons

Cable change questioned

To The Sun:

Cable One went up another $4. I want to know why we don't get EWTN any longer?

People who are disabled and have faith can't even watch our faith channel.

Why? I'm not the only person wondering about this shame. — DORIS J. MOSES, Parsons

Note: EWTN was moved to the digital tier of channels (Channel 395), which is not available on a basic Cable One package.

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