It’s open forum week. What’s on your mind?

It’s open forum week. What’s on your mind?

• In answer to the mother who wonders how to deal with her children in light of the economy, I was a child during the Great Depression. We kids were so poor, and most everybody was poor.  My father lived by the slogan: “Make do or do without.” We were never hungry but ate a very simple diet. We raised a big garden, had milk, eggs and homemade bread. We did not complain about hand-me-down clothes, and only one pair of shoes. Somehow we lived through those days,  but many people my age are quite frugal today as the result of their childhood experience.

• I drive less, much fewer trips to Wichita, no out-of-state vacations, no vacations period. Once in a while I take a long weekend, but in the immediate area.

• Newton is fine the way it is. We don’t need more taxes on libraries or fairgrounds. I think it’s time to slow things down a little.

• Our federal government is in debt, a huge defecit. Our state government is broke. Our city government is spending money like it grows on trees. A conference center, a new library, a new fire station and now the in the county they’re asking for a new fairgrounds. Where do we ever quit spending? Is bigger really better?

• The crossword puzzle answers were incorrect for two days. It would be nice if we could get the answers for the previous days crosswords.
Editor’s note: Oops! If we make a mistake and print the wrong crossword answers, feel free to stop by our office and we’ll give you a copy of the correct answers. Of course, you must supply the dates of the puzzles you need for us.