Homes needed for baseball tourney

On behalf of the Kansas Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Baseball program, I would like to say thank you to the Garden City Recreation Commission. This year, I begged John Washington and his staff to host the 14-year-old State Tournament and they agreed. In talking with John, we still needed a site for our 13-year-old State Tournament. This is two state tournaments in Garden City for one week, isn't that awesome. Now, the GCRC needs your help to be a host family.

I serve as the assistant state commissioner for the 14-year-old division. My job is to run the tournament. The tournament would not run without the help of our housing coordinator. This year, Lynn Schoonover has agreed to serve as the chairperson for that tall duty. She will need to house 144 kids, which is around 72 homes. This is the only hiccup in hosting state tournaments with Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Baseball. I have had much smaller towns host state tournaments (Elkhart, Lakin, Liberal, Ulysses to name a few) in the past and they don't have any problems finding host families. Garden City is bigger and large enough that we should be able to find 70-plus homes for the tournament. Please consider hosting these kids and call Lynn at the chamber office, call Jared or John at GCRC or call myself at the YMCA. You will be required to feed the players and wash their uniforms all weekend. They will check-in on Thursday night with a free barbecue for all the families and players. Then, they will play in a double-elimination bracket starting Friday afternoon. Once the team is eliminated, they will go back home. The tournament will run from July 21 to July 26. Please help and consider housing some players.

I serve as the assistant state commissioner for the 14-year-old division. My job is to run the tournament. The tournament would not run without the help of our housing coordinator. This year, Lynn Schoonover has agreed to serve as the chairperson for that tall duty. She will need to house 144 kids, which is around 72 homes. This is the only hiccup in hosting state tournaments with Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Baseball. I have had much smaller towns host state tournaments (Elkhart, Lakin, Liberal, Ulysses to name a few) in the past and they don't have any problems finding host families. Garden City is bigger and large enough that we should be able to find 70-plus homes for the tournament. Please consider hosting these kids and call Lynn at the chamber office, call Jared or John at GCRC or call myself at the YMCA. You will be required to feed the players and wash their uniforms all weekend. They will check-in on Thursday night with a free barbecue for all the families and players. Then, they will play in a double-elimination bracket starting Friday afternoon. Once the team is eliminated, they will go back home. The tournament will run from July 21 to July 26. Please help and consider housing some players.

Thank you.

CHAD KNIGHT,

Garden City

Garden City gas prices too high

What is up, and we do mean up, with the price of gas in Garden City? We have been traveling to Kansas City frequently lately. Prices that direction (Highway 156/I-70) have been less than Garden City by at least 25 cents a gallon and more for several weeks. On Saturday, June 18, we went to Dodge City and back. We filled our car up with gas in Cimarron for 36 cents less a gallon than in Garden City. We saved more than $6 on a fill-up by buying gas there instead of our hometown. Both Dodge City and Cimarron are at $3.49 a gallon at the same stations (Cenex, Kwik Shop and Presto) that Garden City has them for $3.85 a gallon.

If you are traveling, our advice to you would be to fill your vehicle in any town/city around instead of Garden City, until the price comes down. You'll save some money. Oh, and fill your tank before you come back home to Garden City, too. You'll save some more money.

(Gas update June 27: Went to Kansas City last Thursday, June 23, and came back home today, Monday, June 27. Gas was $3.39 in Kansas City on Thursday and we filled for $3.29 today before we left Kansas City; 10-cent drop in four days. Gas was $3.49 in Jetmore on Thursday, $3.34 in Pawnee Rock! Little bitty Pawnee Rock! It was $3.36 in Great Bend Thursday and $3.32 today so we topped off the tank there; $3.30 in Larned today.)

JOE and KATHY FLEURY,

Garden City

Celebrate progress in Clean Air Act

During the July 4 weekend, Kansas will celebrate freedom, commemorating the founding of our country with the commitment to preserve the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This weekend, many Kansans may also remember July 1 as the first anniversary of the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act, which is already improving the health, lives and happiness of people in our state. The Kansas smoke-free policy has cleared the air in indoor places of the detrimental secondhand smoke that some people have inflicted on others. The Kansas Clean Indoor Air Act ensures that Kansans in public places are free from exposure to toxins that contaminate the very air they breathe. Hopefully even more establishments will also become smokefree.

Earlier this year, polling in Kansas revealed that 77 percent of Kansas voters supported the new clean indoor air policy, as well as 54 percent of people who still smoke. Soon most Kansans will forget the "old days" when hazy, irritating clouds of smoke filled the air of many of the restaurant, bar and recreational establishments. As the Kansas Health Foundation ads have pointed out: "Let Freedom Breathe."

DR. JAMES GARDNER,

Manhattan

Gardner is president of the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition.