Help man’s spirit live on with benefit

To the editor:

The Daniel Keating Foundation was founded in 2016 following Daniel’s death at the age of 31. Carrying on in the spirit of Daniel’s kindness to others, in 2019, the Daniel Keating Foundation awarded grants to the Police Protective Custody program in Riley County, the House Café and Ogden Teen Center, as well as the Emanuel Family and Child Center in the inner city of Kansas City, where Daniel resided.

To further support the mission of the Daniel Keating Foundation, Daniel’s MHS classmates and friends in Manhattan are hosting the third annual Keats N Eats event Friday evening, February 7, at the Wareham Opera House. Favorite foods of area sports celebrities will be featured, and there will also be a spirited live auction. The showcase of the evening is the “Ratucky” Derby mouse race!

On Saturday, Feb. 8, a dart tournament will be held in Aggieville. Whether you’re a participant or cheerleader for your favorite dart contestant, you won’t want to miss out on the fun.

Tickets for both events can be purchased online at Come on out and join the fun, while supporting a great cause!


James Fullagar

and Luke Duerfeldt

1801 Virginia Drive

Under current RCPD

budget plan, residents get what they pay for

To the editor:

Last week’s editorial about RCPD funding said that people living outside of Manhattan are not paying their share. I think you need to look at some of the details.

Living in Manhattan you are almost always within 1 or 2 miles of two separate officers. In the county we are usually closer to 10 miles from one officer. The city residents are receiving police protection and the county residents are receiving sheriff style protection. Each group is getting what they pay for.

Greg McKinley


Benefits of synthesized art, science is alchemy

Having family in Junction City, I read the Sunday article by Kristina Jackson: “Exhibit sythesizes art and science in timeless installation.” I am glad that a new exhibit at the Beach Museum of Art is mixing “old” and “new” to create a futuristic exhibit. Actually, the concept is centuries old, it’s just a twist on basic alchemy, which is the transformation of something plain into something of “value.”

I was intrigued by the glass case with gold-painted horsehoe crabs as part of the exhibit. Then, the case placed in front of a 15th century painting of a Tibetian deity. While that part is a bit of a mystery to me, I can fully relate to the statement in the article of “link(ing) art, science, history and mysticism together.” That concept is well-documented as “alchemy.”

Furthermore, alchemy doesn’t have to be the conversion of base metals into gold. It is much more than that: it centers around purity. Porcelain had been discovered in China thousands of years ago, but it took the noted alchemist Johann Friedrich Bottger to discover a precise formula for durable porcelain. This may sound mundane, but almost every American uses such a product probably every day in applications such as a Porcelain commode or sink basin. Such discoveries have benefited medicine, sanitation, and even the arts. Exhibits amplify creativity and innovations.

James A. Marples


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