Category: Opinion

Soil Sense

We voice our support once again for the stewards of our land and water. In a perfect world, that would include all of us, but we’re thinking specifically of our farmers who invest their effort and money to protect our natural resources through proven soil conservation practices. For many farmers in our area, a consistent commitment to soil conservation arises […]

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Committees pick up pace for turnaround

As we approach turnaround next week, committees are going into overdrive to get bills out to the House and Senate floors. An extremely full week of committee hearings occurred to meet the deadlines set in the Legislative calendar. To begin the week, the Appropriations Committee worked and passed the Public Municipal Investment Board (PMIB), also known as the unclaimed property […]

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We need the right tools in life

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother or the ecology. You realize that you control your own destiny.” —Albert Ellis What are the most important tools ever invented? According to Forbes magazine in a 2006 story, the list includes the knife, […]

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Ag a secondary issue for Trump

“Politicians complaining about the media is like a sailor complaining about the sea,” Winston Churchill, former prime minister of Great Britain, was quoted by Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull. He added, “There’s not much point, that’s the media we live with, and we have to get our message across. We thank you all in the media for the kind attention.” […]

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Online signups add email

The concept of signing up for stuff online takes only a second, and you can be inundated with emails beginning immediately. I receive emails and don’t know how they started. To unsubscribe, on the other hand, can take up to a month, three weeks and other long lengths of time, which makes no sense to me as it is all […]

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Letter to the Editor (Week of February 22, 2017)

Respect others, but honor true God We want to respond to Harry Bennett’s letter (Feb. 8) regarding “religious intolerance.” Bennett addresses a community gathering back in 1991 at the time of the “Desert Storm” invasion. He reports that the pastor of our church at that time, who would have been Larry King, made an overly zealous, insensitive comment about Allah […]

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Come to the dark side…of chocolate

One summer, when I was volunteering at camp, I was recruited to be in a skit where the actors had to do whatever the narrator said. It was silly, and the kids loved watching us all make fools of ourselves while we were directed to crawl around and say weird phrases. My character had to eat chocolate—lots of it. The […]

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Castles are reminders of strength, security

I stepped onto the concrete platform and stretched my legs, which had stiffened during the two-hour train ride through the German Alps. When I looked up, my breath caught in my throat. There she was, peeking through the summits of the beautiful Alps. There stood the castle I had dreamed of visiting ever since I was 15. On our last […]

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Statehouse mood less optimistic now

Kansas House of Representatives The mood around the Statehouse is not as optimistic as it was at the beginning of the session, but legislators are still anticipating some good work during this time. Committees continue to meet regularly and are watching the calendar to make sure they finish their work on time. Many keep asking about the plan to balance […]

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Letter to the Editor (Week of February 15, 2017)

Long-range rebuke must be slow day Harry, I read your letter (Feb. 8 issue). You don’t say anything about your beliefs, other than you were in the Marion Peacekeepers. I can only assume that with your insight, Madison, Wis., is a Utopian Paradise. How slow must your day be to check the voting stats of the county you lived in […]

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