HUTCHINSON — It was called a successful failure. The mission of
Apollo 13 in April of 1970 saw three astronauts and a group of mission
control personnel work for three frantic days to bring them back home
after an explosion crippled their spacecraft. The Cosmosphere will
continue to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon missions
when they celebrate the Apollo 13 mission on April 4th with two events.
Guests slated to appear include astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred
Haise, along with Flight Controller Gene Kranz, and many mission control
personnel including Gerry Griffin, Milt Windler, John Aaron, Jerry
Bostick, Ed Fendell, and Jack Lousma.
The first event will be a
panel discussion with the astronauts and members of mission control. The
event will be at the Fox Theatre at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $32 for
Cosmosphere members and $45 for non-members.
That evening will be a
special black tie event with a pre-gala reception with the Apollo 13
guests which includes a limited photo op in front of the Apollo 13
spacecraft and dinner. A limited number of tickets are available for
this event. Tickets are $700 for Cosmosphere members and $800 for
Tickets to the event will go on sale starting March 4th.
By GLENN BRUNKOW, Pottawatomie County farmer and rancher
We have flipped the calendar to a new year, and that also means the “silly season” of politics is starting in earnest. This year promises to be an even sillier year than most because of state and national elections.
More than just about any year I can remember, there is more at stake for our nation, state and, most importantly, for rural Kansas.
Increasingly we are seeing our population drop in most of rural Kansas, which means our political influence also is shrinking. We are seeing a shift of political power swing to more populated portions of the state. This could spell trouble for agriculture as many of those in more urban areas are more removed from agriculture and often don’t fully understand our point of view or how issues affect us.
That is why it is so important for us to tell our side of the story, for us to let our views and stances on critical issues be known. If we don’t advocate for ourselves no one else will, and our interests will be forgotten.I know many of you are like me. I feel like I am so bogged down in my day-to-day activities and work that I don’t have time to get involved. It is hard to know how to make your opinion heard and even harder to know how to make your vote count. It seems awfully lonely out here in rural Kansas and in agriculture.
I agree — it is hard to make your voice heard as a lone citizen. It is possible, and it is something we should not ignore. But often a lone voice is not very effective. That is why being a member of Kansas Farm Bureau is so critical for all of us in agriculture. It is a way for us to combine our voices and make them louder.
When we come together as a group, we magnify our power and influence. However, this does not lessen the importance of each one of us or our individual influence over our own elected officials. That is why it is also important to not only join Kansas Farm Bureau but to be an active member. In the coming weeks and months we will have an opportunity to voice our opinion and to help educate and influence our elected officials. Through the elections we will also have the chance to decide who many of those officials are.
I ask that you take the time to find out how you can be an active part in the efforts of our Kansas Farm Bureau. Sign up for alerts and contact your elected officials. Kansas Farm Bureau is the most influential farm organization in our state, and that is because we are a grassroots organization of farmers and ranchers who band together for a stronger, louder voice.
"Insight" is a weekly column published by Kansas Farm Bureau, the state's largest farm organization whose mission is to strengthen agriculture and the lives of Kansans through advocacy, education and service.