Category: Opinion

What’s up with Kansas earthquakes?

by Brian Grimmett Kansas News Service A decade ago, Kansans felt an earthquake once every few years. Now ground tremors come regularly. One of the hardest hit areas is Harper County in the south central part of the state. It’s no coincidence, scientists and state regulators agree, that Harper and Sumner counties are also where massive amounts of wastewater has […]

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Demand ‘Sunshine’

by Doug Anstaett Kansas Press Association In recent years, the buzzword in politics has been “transparency.” Just about everyone has jumped on the transparency bandwagon. Our legislators certainly have been talking about it. Only a month ago, our new governor signed a number of executive orders demanding more transparency from the state agencies that report to him. Candidates for office […]

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Time to make deals

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau The future of U.S. agriculture remains tied to this nation’s competitiveness in world trade. Our country must become more aggressive and assume its leadership role in trade negotiations. It’s past time for our nation’s president and congressional delegation to lead this trade train. Political posturing and lack of cooperation on both sides of the […]

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Our Bill of Rights

By Doug Anstaett When someone mentions the name George Mason, the first thought that may come to mind is: “Oh, yes, they have a great basketball team.” That’s true, but basketball is not the reason George Mason should be remembered by most Americans. His contribution to our nation is much more important. Mason is recognized as the Father of the […]

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Combatting the ‘Christmas creep’

by Shelby Johnson I love Christmas. The feeling of love and happiness, the gleaming lights, shimmering glittery bows, and the giddiness. But starting the holiday season before I collect my Halloween candy? Too soon. This phenomenon is often called “Christmas creep.” Merchandisers and retailers thrive off our love for Christmas. The average American citizen says he or she plans to […]

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A farmer’s greatest possession is dignity

Think of farmers and ranchers and this old, often forgotten tribute comes to mind. It fits farmers like seed in the soil or ranchers like a new-born calf takes to its mother’s udder. I’ve often heard friends, neighbors and family—my dad, for one—quote bits and pieces of it. I’ve heard others refer to it at meetings, in church, at a […]

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Loving the autumnal season

Most people wait impatiently for summer—for the pool, the sun and the lemonade. I, on the other hand, wait for fall. Fall is the most beautiful time of year. The crisp, colorful leaves falling from the trees, the hot apple cider, football games and Halloween. The weather is beautiful, and the best time of year for fashion. You can’t lose […]

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Column reflects life changes

A lot can change in five years. Five years ago, the phrase “yolo” (you only live once) was on every young person’s lips, Barack Obama was re-elected President of the United States and Taylor Swift released her fourth album, “Red.” Also five years ago, I was a bright-eyed senior in high school who was dead-set on becoming a broadcast journalist […]

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Tips to avoid holiday food emergencies

Thanksgiving should be a time for family, friends and plenty of delicious food, not for preventable trips to the emergency room. These suggestions from the nation’s emergency physicians could help you avoid an unexpected trip to the emergency room this holiday season. “This Thanksgiving, a few simple steps to avoid preventable injury or illness can go a long way toward […]

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Give thanks for our wholesome food

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau It’s holiday time with Thanksgiving this Thursday and Christmas and New Year’s Day just around the corner. This means all sorts of good tasting food—ham, roast turkey, bread stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, wine and pumpkin pie. What better time than during this festive period to give thanks for the most wholesome […]

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