Category: Opinion

Committee may discuss rural Internet problems

  We are in Week 3 already and things are picking up. Most of the committees have been working and a few bills are already up for House floor action. The Utilities and Telecom?mu?nications Com?mittee has been learning about Universal Service Funds that are used to subsidize high cost areas, which are primarily rural areas. In 2009 the federal government […]

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Issues begin to surface in House committees

Issues begin to surface in House committees

DonSchroederOfficalMug Although we had a short week with Dr. Martin Luther King Day Monday and a scheduled day off Friday, things are beginning to heat up and take shape as to what issues will come to the top. Committees are meeting and beginning to work on issues. A couple of issues that seem to be making quick progress are a […]

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Legislative session starts with traditional events
Legislative session starts with traditional events

Legislative session starts with traditional events

RepDonSchroederMUG The 2013 legislative session is off and running. We began the session Monday, Jan. 14, with the usual opening ceremony. The governor presented his State of the State Address Tuesday evening. Of course, the message the governor gives is a reflection of his goals for the future of the state as well as the priorities he has for the […]

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Vote on U.S. debit limit can?t wait for 11th hour
Vote on U.S. debit limit can?t wait for 11th hour

Vote on U.S. debit limit can?t wait for 11th hour

JerryMoran Kansans gathered together over the holidays with hopes of spending time with family and friends, and reflecting on the many blessings we enjoy as Americans. Instead, they were forced to spend Christmas and New Year?s Eve enduring the ups and downs of the ?fiscal cliff? debate, as the president continued his campaign for higher taxes as the solution to […]

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State reports record-low birth rate for 2011

The Kansas 2011 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics reports that the state experienced the lowest decline in the state?s birth rate since the Kansas Vital Records system was established in 1912. The report became available last week. It contains information on births, deaths, marriages, divorces, abortions and stillbirths. It serves as a tool for public health program evaluation and community […]

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While veterans hurt,VA bosses pamper

While we continue to see and hear stories about America?s veterans receiving subpar medical care, the bureaucrats charged with overseeing the health needs of our brave men and women in uniform are apparently sparing no expense in taking care of themselves instead. As a member of the House Veterans? Affairs Committee I take very seriously our responsibility to provide oversight […]

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Farmers face shortage of water and certainty

In Kansas we are spending our time looking to the sky, praying and hoping for rain. Our state, along with much of the country, is suffering from a very serious drought. Crops are dying, cattle are hungry and being sold off, and water is in scarce supply. Every county in Kansas?all 105?has been declared a disaster county. Half the continental […]

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Let?s give thanks for the father of Bill of Rights

Last week, our nation marked the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and our nation?s entry into the Second World War. That was a truly significant date, of course. The next day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress, calling Dec. 7, 1941 a ?date which will live in infamy.? It certainly has. But there?s […]

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To rebuild the economy, invest in middle class

Last week, we learned that farm income in 2011 is forecast to reach an all-time high, up 28 percent over 2010, signaling that American agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation?s economy. The growth in farm income is also making a real difference for America?s farm families, whose household income was up 3.1 percent in 2010 and is forecast […]

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Bill would protect farms from senseless EPA regs

Breaking federal law for allowing your child to work on the family farm? If the Department of Labor?s latest proposal takes effect, such will be the outcome. Being fined nearly six figures for allowing your teenage son to sell rabbits to the local pet store? A Missouri family learned about that existing USDA regulation the hard way. One could only […]

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