Freddy Czerwonka And The Payola Factory

Hartley to Heart, By Harrison Hartley
OR: Scandal at the School Board. Either title works, but are they fact, or fiction? We are on thin ice where diplomacy is concerned (Thumper would be appalled), but questions have been raised, accusations made, and with the added gravitas of an FBI team poking about the streets of Old [...]

World Loses Great Bad Example: Fred Phelps, Sr. Dies

By Harrison Hartley
I will mince no words: if Fred Phelps had been genuinely representative of the Christian character, I’d be the first to call for renovating the Roman arena so I could cheer-on the lions. For those readers who have been vacationing on one of the moons of Neptune for the last fifteen or twenty [...]

“What Place Is THIS?”

Hartley to Heart, By Harrison Hartley
[The following editorial appeared in early January, 2009, on the eve of The Telegraph moving from print to Internet. A reader asked me at the store earlier this week how long ago that was, and it occurred to me that reprinting this might be an interesting answer.]
It’s Basil [...]

“Myth Busting” Thanksgiving

By Harrison Hartley, Staff Writer
Somehow, there ought to be more to Thanksgiving than the “Dick and Jane” mythology we all heard in the Third Grade: “Oh, see Dick! See Dick eat! Eat, Dick eat! Eat more dressing!” Granted an occasional reprieve from self-control is welcome, the commercial taint on most of our holidays [...]

Veteran’s Day: A Contemplation Of Honor

By Harrison Hartley, Telegraph Columnist
“Honor is a private matter within, and every man has his own version of it.” This is the character representing Thomas Becket talking to King Henry II in Jean Anouilh’s masterful drama, “Becket, or The Honor of God.” It was a problematic concept for the Saxon peasant turned Chancellor turned Arch [...]

A Memorial: Helen Loyd Remembered

By Harrison Hartley
One of Saint Joseph’s most beloved citizens took her last bow after a short illness on 1 October, 2013, at age 95. Mrs. Helen Loyd, who made her life a delight for others, kept her irrepressible good humor and gentle disposition right to the end. I confess some prejudice in reporting this: she [...]

Why We Need Zoos

First, let me be clear about my general support of PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. This is an easy group to make fun of because (like the ACLU or American Civil Liberties Union) PETA isn’t always wise about picking its battles, but consider the alternative: people for the UNETHICAL treatment of [...]

Can Republicans Be a Loyal “Loyal Opposition?”

Hartley to Heart, By Harrison Hartley
The British idea of having a Shadow Government is remarkably sensible, and we might be well advised to consider something like it here. Certainly we would be well advised in general to get off our American “high horse” and pay better attention to programs that work successfully abroad. We simply [...]

Museum Troubles: Some Solutions

The Saint Joseph Museums Inc. is about to go broke, as predicted. If the Saint Joseph Museum is to survive, it must be again separated from this self-appointed group, returned to City control, and management practices established that (1) operate within the tax budget and (2) reestablish the kinds of exhibits and functions that once [...]

STUFF

By Harrison Hartley
My brother and sister-in-law are gearing up for the giant “Flea Market” at Sparks, Kansas, again: a kind of annual hybrid swap-meet/garage sale with overtones of a three-ring-circus where people from all over to converge on a tiny unincorporated village just north of Highway 36 between Saint Joseph (Missouri) and Highland (Kansas) to [...]

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