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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    Return nation to basic principles


    Our nation today is facing a challenging time, perhaps the most challenging 200-year history. Not just the fear of terrorism or the risk of an economic collapse or the threats of war but because we have drifted away from the founding principles and values that made the USA the greatest free society the world has ever known.

    Most of the problems our country is facing today can be traced back, at least in some part, to a departure from

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