Category: Opinion

Good quotes are like stones in gold rings

Quotations are like rare stones in rings of gold. They provide insight that can move, illustrate and entertain. They can do many things like remove the wheat from the chaff, provide a cowardly lion with courage or simply clear away all the cobwebs from a darkened corner. For a writer, quotations can add zip to a story or help provide […]

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Still ill-conceived

by Brad Lowell Concordia Blade-Empire Once again the Republi­cans in the Senate are rushing to vote on an ill-conceived plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The new proposal is being rushed to a vote before the federal fiscal year ends Sept 30. Under an arcane Senate procedure known as budget reconciliation, by designating the health-care bill effort […]

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Right’s ‘fake truth’ is targeting state leader

The no-tax, no-government crowd is at it, carping at Rep. Steve Johnson, R-Assaria, for his leadership in helping to save Kansas from bankruptcy. Johnson is chairman of the House Tax Committee; he was an architect of the Legislature’s recent financial resuscitation that rescued the state from drowning in red ink. This has upset the Laffer crowd, the supply-siders who believe […]

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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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