Category: Opinion

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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Hometowns offer more than memories

Reflection is a good thing. It allows you to see where you’ve been and hopefully chart a better course on where you’re going. While on vacation recently, I had a chance to think about the small community where I grew up. Located in northwestern Kansas, Seguin was a small farm/ranch community of about 50 hearty souls. It was located in […]

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Check the date

Does your home have a smoke alarm? According to the National Fire Protection Association, the answer is likely yes. NFPA research shows that most American homes have at least one. But do you know how old your smoke alarms are? If you’re like most people, you’re probably not so sure. To increase awareness of this critical issue of public safety, […]

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Farmers need to tell the public their story

I love to eat. And like millions of fellow Americans there’s nothing better than the 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. And make sure it has all the fixings—baked potatoes, steamed green beans, salad, fresh bread and a glass of red wine. I […]

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Consumers, farmers both want food facts

The conversations are endless. Consumers want, and some demand, to know the origin, safety and nutrition contained in the food they eat or feed to their families. Little more than a couple decades ago, it seemed like most people could give a hoot about their food. Heck, 20 years ago the only time the media paid any attention to food […]

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Kansas schools still rank high, but concerns have arisen

Kansas ranks 10th in the nation in overall student outcomes while ranking 29th in spending per pupil, according to Kansas Association of School Board’s 2016 State Education Report Card. But while the state’s education rank remains high, Kansas has slipped in some key areas, according to the Report Card, which provides analysis of years of data and information. Although Kansas […]

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Bills to help fix USPS debt need support

by Chip Hutcheson National Newspaper Association I got the mail today. A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that was?) Lately, it occurs to me how completely I take for granted that I will get the mail tomorrow. I’ve had my share of gripes about the […]

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Self-absorbed drivers are a danger on our highways

Self-absorbed. It’s all about me. I am the center of the universe. All of these words come to mind when today’s endless stream of motorists talk, tweet and Facebook while speeding down the boulevard. This recent phenomenon has become epidemic and it’s spreading. Harsh words? Certainly, but there are also harsh consequences in lives lost, maimed and injured permanently in […]

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Buffalo wings: A near-perfect food

Since I first bit into my first Buffalo wing in the early ’70s I’ve loved eating the spicy, tasty treat. I was back east visiting an old Army buddy, Steve Devaux, who lives in New York. He took me to a bar that served the wings up right. You know, like the originals first prepared at the Anchor Bar in […]

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Four former guvs send letter criticizing Brownback policies

Former Kansas governors Bill Graves, Mike Hay­den, John Carlin, and Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to many Kansans June 24 asking for their support in efforts to educate citizens about the destructive policies of the Brownback administration and the governor’s supporters in the House and Senate. It’s the first time in Kansas history that four former governors, representing the Democratic […]

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