The Flint Hills Nature Trail took Charles past these cows Sept. 4, but throughout his Peace Walk, Charles has also seen reminders of rural America’s poverty.—Photo by Ann Suellentrop

Wichita-to-KC Bob Lavelle Memorial Peace Walk, pondering poverty, 9/6

Hank Williams Jr.’s signature country classic, “A Country Boy (sic) Can Survive,” extols rural independence. While I certainly revere pastoral ingenuity, it is a fact that a greater percentage of rural people suffer poverty, and for longer periods.

Frank Lawrence of the Green Party says that in more than 400 years in US history, “We have had only 16 years when we were not fighting with someone. We are the gods of war.”—Photo by Jane Stoever

Cosponsors assail war, nuclear weapons

For the first time, PeaceWorks-KC this year asked several groups to cosponsor its Memorial Day observance and share reflections. Theodore John, of Veterans for Peace, said, "I've seen the destruction of conventional war. I can't imagine a nuclear war."