Category: Opinion

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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Can we close the budget gap?

by Duane Goossen Kansas Center for Economic Growth As the Kansas Legisla­ture begins a “wrap-up” session, how big is the budget gap that must be closed in order to adequately fund schools and repair the state’s dismal financial situation? Recent revisions to the general fund revenue forecast predict tax collections to be about $50 million a year higher than previously […]

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Keeping food safe is everybody’s business

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau Seems some in our society today remain anxious about the food they buy and serve to their families. While it’s not a recent phenomenon, questions about food safety are bound to occur. While some food safety problems occur on the farm, many more occur in the kitchen, where food can be mishandled or poorly […]

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There’s a reason foster kids have reached a historic high

Shortly after Gov. Sam Brownback took office in 2011, there were almost 5,200 children in Kansas’ foster care system. Today, there are more than 6,900. The prospect of adding 1,700 kids to a system that was already stretched thin was beyond most policymakers’ imagination six years ago. Kansas had privatized most of its child-protection responsibilities in the late ’90s after […]

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Earth Day: Work this world wisely

This is a special week for those who are involved with the production of food and fiber. It marks the 47th observance of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22. The original premise of Earth Day was to promote the conservation of our natural resources. It is only fitting that on this day we showcase the progress of the Kansas farmer […]

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Legislature enters first adjournment

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The last week of the regular legislative session is here. Friday, April 7, is scheduled as first adjournment. Talk was we may even adjourn Thursday, April 6, but when Thursday came it was apparent that would not be the case. Then we have about three weeks off before returning for veto session […]

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Remember safety first as you work in the garden

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau With the unseasonably mild winter, it isn’t any wonder that daffodils, scilla and crocus plants have been shooting out of the cool Kansas soil. While a cold snap could severely damage these plants, their emergence has many people thinking about spring gardening and the joys that accompany the blooming of future flowers. Although mishaps […]

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April 7 deadline for action is looming

by Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives As the 2017 legislative session nears first adjournment, the scramble to finish is on. Budget, school funding and revenue issues are on everyone’s mind and resolving them is a slow process. The April 7 deadline is coming up quickly. Monday, the Senate was on the floor debating several issues, mostly non-controversial. The issue […]

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Country folks toot their horn about their cows

Talk to farmers, stockmen and ranchers, most will tell you how much they love their cows. Problem is, this humble and in most cases easy-going beast rarely receives the praise associated with the noble show horse or one of the so-called smartest creatures, the squealing pig. No one extols the virtues of this contented creature that spends her days quietly […]

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Troubling times for farmers as 2017 nears

Record crops, low commodity prices and stalled trade negotiations spell troubled times for Kansas farmers and ranchers heading into 2017. Like many other small businesses, inputs to produce a bumper crop generally entail an abundance of costs as well. Except for lower fuel prices, most agricultural inputs remain high and continue to rise. Drive through rural Kan­sas and you’ll see […]

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