Death of Small Towns?

Posted April 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm



Kent Morlan’s dismal prediction of the death of ALL small towns is quite an overstatement.

True, small towns have and do die, but not all of them. Osceola is a good example of resilience; twice damaged by the “powers that be” the 1861 burning by Jim Lane and his Kansas militia, (actually Federal troops) and, more recently the Truman dam at Warsaw which put a crimp in paddlefish harvest as well as other disadvantages, but Osceola is not dead. In fact shoppers can get groceries there at much better prices than in ElDo.

As I read Kent’s letter I thought of the farms that go with these small towns. City people tend to think their food is produced by mega-farms. This is not the case.

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    Re: David Shipp letter to the editor 4-3-14

    I do not know Mr. Green but the issue you are referring to; concerning his workers worship or belief is not correct. According to the TV news from Springfield his objection is to being forced to pay for his employees' contraception which some of those contraceptives are the same as abortion, in his opinion.

    Earline Allison

    Life is good in ElDo

    Kent Morlan,

    I have always read your letters to the editor in the Sun and wondered why you don’t like El Dorado Springs and why after 53 years you will write from 200 plus miles away to let us know this. Then this latest letter is more disgruntled toward ElDo and the ElDo people than the previous letters.

    El Dorado Springs has been so good to us and our family that I have to respond:

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    Bud prefers life here


    Well once again we are privileged to hear these great words of wisdom from the Home Boy who has gone on to bigger and better things than he would ever have found in the little old home town he was raised in. Good for him, and I think better for us.

    It’s very plain that Kent Morlan has found his Utopia and is happy as a bug in a rug there so perhaps we won’t be bothered with his presence very often. It must be depressing to

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    Morlan agrees with Meckler

    I read the recent article by Laura Meckler published in the March 21 edition of the Wall Street Journal with interest. As an El Dorado Springs expatriate, I have watched El Dorado Springs change over the decades since I graduated from High School in 1961 and joined the Air Force pursuing my exit strategy.

    Despite having been gone most of the time for the last 53 years, I returned from time to time to visit my parents, visit with friends at the Picnic, etc. and it has

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    Shipp opposes Hobby Lobby


    As a Christian, I feel it is time we stand up and let ourselves be heard in the Hobby Lobby case, but not in the way you might (think? Word left out in original.)

    In my opinion, as a Bible-believing Christian, I do not think that Mr. Green has a right to tell his employees how to live their lives. They are there to work and not worship.

    Furthermore, Mr. Green has shown throughout his career that he is a bigot who likes

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    Renewing the Sun

    Renewing our annual subscription and sending our concern over your health issues. Those of us far away do not know what you battle, but send up prayers for healing and recovery.


    Cindy and Ken Pippin

    Geneseo, IL

    Switching to Sun


    I am enclosing check in the amount of $25 for one year subscription. Since the Nevada paper stopped the Thursday paper I’ll take the El Dorado paper so I have a paper to read on Thursday.

    Thank you,

    Sharon Kamla


    Esry history to donate


    I have an abundance of ESRY Family history papers which I would like to donate to an Esry Family in Missouri.

    This family has been extensively researched back to 1744.

    My grandmother was Alma Esry Bausch. The Bausch/Esry families are prominent in Cedar County.

    Anyone who would like these papers and would help with postage costs may contact me at 4145 Polaris Ave., Titusville, Florida

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    Cheer for our kids!


    I had the privilege of watching the El Dorado Springs girls play basketball in Independence. The girls were just what you would want a team to be: poised, accurate, composed. Like a basketball team that had played for years together (which they have), these girls knew each other. They were confident of their passes and aware of each others’ strengths. The town rallied around the girls and everyone loved both the unity and the championship title won by such deserving kids!

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