Men shave heads in support of boy fighting cancer

Our first thumbs up this week goes out to Chris Schroeder and his co-worker, Quinn Ruxlow, for shaving their heads in support of Chris’ son, Kaiden.

Seven-year-old Kaiden has had a reoccurrence of acute lymphocytic leukemia and lost his hair as a result of treatment.

It seems like such a small gesture, but anything that can bring a smile to the face of a young boy facing such difficult circumstances is worth its weight in gold.

We wish health and wellness to Kaiden and the Schroeder family.

Anderson leaves bench after 36 years

We would like to congratulate Judge Carl B Anderson Jr. on his retirement after serving 36 years as a district court judge in McPherson County.

Anderson has served as a mentor to other judges in Kansas. He pioneered the use of mediation in our court system, and he has been shining example balance and fairness in the courtroom.

His experience can’t be replaced, but we wish him well in his retirement.

USD 418 pushing for more kids in activities

USD 418 is encouraging more students to engage in extracurricular activities. School officials understand the tie between school involvement and better grades, better test scores, higher graduation rates and greater success after graduation.

With its C3 initiative, the district has recognized that education about more than learning to read and write.

Through these activities, schools can help students become grow as people.

Pine Village offering dementia classes

It is currently estimated that 52,000 Kansans are currently suffering from dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

Although many are familiar with the term, they do not realize how it can affect a family. Pine Village in Moundridge is trying to help bring more understanding and awareness of the disease by offering a class on dementia, which will start in February.

The classes are free. More information can be obtained by calling 620-345-2901.

We thank Pine Village for attempting to address this important issue.

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Farmers in limbo as no long-term deal reached on Farm Bill

Although President Barack Obama signed Congress’ bill avoiding the fiscal cliff last week, local agriculture producers are still playing a guessing game about their future.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the waiting period for definitive changes in many aspects of agriculture, which has been difficult for most who strive to plan several years ahead in production.

The act extended the 2008 Farm Bill, but only until September.

Yet again, average working Americans languish in limbo because Congress can’t make up its mind.

— Cristina Janney for The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board