Category: Opinion

Keep telling the story of American farmers

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau I love to eat. Like millions of fellow Americans there’s nothing better than food grown and produced on this nation’s farms and ranches. I’ll eat a thick, choice rib-eye steak hot off the grill any time. Make sure it has all the fixings—baked potatoes, steamed green beans, salad, fresh bread and a chilled gin […]

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Classic rural movie theaters provided terrific times for kids

It seems like only yesterday when I raced my buddies down the red-carpeted ramp of the Pix Theater in Hoxie trying to nail down those good seats. You know the ones I’m talking about—those in the front row where tennis shoes could be heard latching into congealed soda from the earlier matinee. Back in those days, “the guys and me” […]

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Modern farm families steeped in core values

Seems some people outside of agriculture routinely try to define the family farm. These same folks tend to question corporate farming whether family owned or not. Let’s look at a Kansas family farm. In our state, many are based on owner operation. This means the rights and responsibilities of ownership are vested in an entrepreneur who lives and works the […]

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Farmers need to share their approach to ag

Today’s livestock producers work in a noble profession. Unfortunately, not everyone believes this so people who care for animals must understand how consumers think and feel. Get inside their heads, if you will. Consumers hold farmers responsible for the humane treatment of farm animals. In recent consumer surveys, people rated animal wellbeing higher than the care and wellbeing of workers […]

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State’s foster care program still a mess

by Dave Ranney In the waning days of this year’s legislative session, Kansas lawmakers agreed to put together a task force to determine how best to shore up the state’s reeling foster care system. This is good news. Advo­cates for abused and neglected children should be thrilled. They’re not. They’re expecting it to be another in a long list of […]

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Stuck in the ‘dog days’

In case you hadn’t noticed, much of the state is mired in the “dog days” of summer. Excessive heat warnings. Abundant sunshine. High humidity. You may not like this weather, but this is July and August in Kansas. It’s what we live with most years. And while it may be nothing to brag about, Kansans and the ancient Romans have […]

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Farming is ripe with learning experiences

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau The farm has always been a fertile field for producing crops, but it is also an environment rich with learning experiences. For generations, children who grow up and work with their parents on the family farm have learned valuable skills about cultivating crops. While they are learning to sow seeds, cultivate weeds and harvest […]

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KPEC welcomes veto override re: tax cuts

by Bernie Koch KPEC executive director The Kansas Economic Progress Council welcomes passage of Senate Bill 30 by the House and Senate veto override Tuesday night, June 6. KEPC opposed the 2012 income tax cuts and has worked to reverse them for the past five years. Low taxes can be an important element in attracting and growing some businesses. However, […]

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The why and what of our new tax bill

by Rep. Don Hineman Kansas House of Representatives The Kansas Senate and House voted June 6 to override Gov. Brownback’s veto of a bill designed to generate additional revenues for state government. The bill replaces the two-bracket income tax system adopted in 2012 with a new three-bracket system. It accomplishes several important objectives: • Once again imposes income tax on […]

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Kansas’ good roads hit funding pot hole

by John Carlin Former Kansas Governor Investments in our highway infrastructure are critical to economic development in Kansas. During my admin­istration in the early 1980s, we dedicated the sales tax paid on roadway products to the Kansas Depart­ment of Transportation for the purpose of funding necessary roadway maintenance. This was followed by Gov. Mike Hayden’s comprehensive highway bill adopted in […]

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