Change seems to be the hardest course of action for some people.
“Course of the least resistance” works best for many.
However, many times those changes are forced upon us.
Golfer Sam Sneed was a World Hall of Famer.
In 1984 the aging Sneed was playing in a senior’s tournament. He found the bunker on the right of the green which had water on the left.
The shot he hit would have been fantastic for most golfers. But nevertheless, his ball wouldn’t stop on the bikini-waxed green. It ended up in the water on the other side of the green.
Sneed’s only option was to re-drop back in the sand trap.
Thus, the veteran golfer pulled out another ball and calmly dropped it over his shoulder.
Sneed had been playing golf for a number of years at that time. He won seven majors: the Masters three times. He had 82 PGA Tour wins and 140 wins worldwide.
Do you think he knew the rules?
The over-the-shoulder drop became a part of golflore in 1825. All of his adult life, Sneed had been dropping the ball over his shoulder.
Some senior golfers remember it well.
The problem was that in 1984 the USGA changed the drop rule to “drop at arm’s length.”
The rules had changed.
Sneed was assessed a penalty and had to re-drop in the sand trap.
We at the newspaper are facing new rules, one of them being a deadline by the United States Post Office for our rural readers living out of the 67410 zip code.
We, like Sneed, have dropped the ball, so to speak, during the first two weeks after the new deadline.
Anyone who has ever seen a movie or TV show involving publications, knows there are deadlines. But there have always been some gray areas. Anything from a late death notice, an accident on Buckeye Avenue, a major arrest at deadline, or a flat tire or wreck on Interstate 70 only slowed us down.
Not any more!
A 30 minute delay used to mean that some of our readers received the newspaper 30 minutes later. Now 30 minutes late means many will receive the newspaper a day later.
We apologize to our rural readers for not doing a better job. We have taken steps to improve and meet those near impossible restrictions. But the rules have changed.
We will also need your help.
If you know of an event that is going to happen in the morning, give us a heads-up so we can plan. A morning call that an event is going to take place a few minutes later may get a reporter there, but if it means our rural readers won’t receive the newspaper the next day, we may have to follow up in the afternoon.
In the meantime, if you don’t receive your newspaper, we have someone on call from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. 785-263-1000. If you are a rural reader and didn’t receive a paper that day, we will take down your name and address and follow up.
Please be patient with us. Change is hard.