Category: Opinion

Search continues for state funding sources

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The veto session continues with few solutions. Tax conferees continue to float proposals that continue to fail. However, the Education Committee kicked a school funding proposal out of the committee without a favorable recommendation. That basically means the committee does not necessarily agree the proposal is good, but will leave it up […]

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Another good time in Atlanta

I flew from Atlanta to Wichita over the weekend and my arms are still tired. We now qualify for the TSA pre-check, which I’ll have to say is much easier than what we went through in the past. We didn’t apply for it. It just started showing up on our boarding passes when we printed them out. Or maybe they […]

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Accolades for the ‘village’

“Have a strong mind and a soft heart.” —Anthony J. D’Angelo I have been asked many times in the past week how I feel. I knew watching my oldest child graduate, like any parenting “first,” would bring a grab bag of mixed feelings. But for this situation, I expected a more dramatic set of emotions. The only feeling I can […]

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Letters (May 24, 2017)

State eyes utility tax for revenue This past weekend, the Legislature began working on a school financing bill that has some impact on your future utility bills. We want you to be aware so that if you want to contact Sen. Rick Wilborn or Rep. Don Schroeder, you will have the chance. The bill is SB 251 and the proposed […]

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Generosity knows no limits

“I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink….” —Matthew 25:35 Certain memories of an earlier time remain fixed in my mind. They are present not in a haunting way, but they have become permanently etched, carved in stone, as it were. In much the same way people talk […]

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Your freezer is a good source for a hot dinner

I find myself looking at the ideas people post on Pinterest quite often, and one idea that I’ve noticed that’s popped up over and over the past few years is preparing a bunch of meals all at once, freezing them, and then thawing them out on busy nights when there’s no time to cook dinner. With Joey and I being […]

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Very little happening as deadlines near

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The second week of veto session is much like the first. Very little is happening as the Legislature, and seemingly more the Senate, is searching for a solution to get enough votes to bring the session to a close. What is really going on is that budgets are mostly in place, but […]

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Sign up for fast internet

I am 100 percent convinced that our future lies in having smoking fast Internet in this town. I have had people tell me that their children who have moved away would move back and bring their jobs and families with them if we had the 1 gigabyte fiber service up and down. If you are interested, and want to help […]

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Pack the things you’ll need

I’m always amazed at the parallels I come across in my life. One of the biggest to date—an improperly filled cistern under our back porch and its connection to childhood trauma—is the inspiration behind the book I am writing. Another more recent connection I’ve made has to do with my track bag. That’s not surprising as, since March, I have […]

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Letters (May 17, 2017)

Postmaster says thanks for support I want to thank those in the Florence, Peabody and Marion communities, who have been so supportive following the recent wave of dog attacks. I am happy to report the three postal carriers involved have recovered, and are back delivering the mail. I appreciate all those who have moved their mailboxes, and those who restrain […]

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