Kansas Silver Haired Legislature establishes priorities

TOPEKA — The 37th Kansas Silver Haired Legislature — which consists of individuals 60 and over who are elected by their peers to develop bills and resolutions of interest to Kansas seniors and their families — recently met in Topeka to recommend legislation that will focus on the following:

• Support for Medicaid Expansion.

• Continued support for the KDOT Rural Public Transportation program.

• Support for the State of Kansas to fully fund KPERS as the law stipulates and to pass a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for KPERS beneficiaries.

• Protect grandparents rights in child custody and visitation cases, plus providing financial assistance in guardianship matters.

• Support for the removal of sales tax on food.

• Discussed support for legalizing the sale of medicinal cannabis in Kansas.


Dolly Parton Imagination Library coming to McPherson County

MCPHERSON — There’s a third-grader in Newton that the McPherson County United Way wants to replicate. That little girl loves reading — and her reading scores are off the charts. So off the charts that teachers and parents could hardly believe what they saw during parent-teacher conferences.

She didn’t get there overnight, and it started a few years ago when she and her brother began watching the family mailbox. Once a month, every month until their fifth birthday, a book arrived in the mail with her name on it. Those books were special, the children would sleep with them for a few days, and parents were asked — almost forced — to read them over and over again. She was the first girl signed up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Harvey County.

That’s just what Karleen Brown, of McPherson, hopes will happen with her daughter, 18-month-old Lydia. Lydia was the first child signed up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library — the program that sends books on a monthly basis to children until they turn 5.

McPherson County United Way is launching the Dolly Parton Imagination Library now — the first books, an edition of “The Little Engine that Could,” will be shipped out in December.

Enrollment in McPherson County began Oct. 14 and nearly 18 percent of the eligible preschool children in McPherson County have already been registered. About 335 children were signed up during a recent “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Week.”