Category: Opinion

Loving the autumnal season

Most people wait impatiently for summer—for the pool, the sun and the lemonade. I, on the other hand, wait for fall. Fall is the most beautiful time of year. The crisp, colorful leaves falling from the trees, the hot apple cider, football games and Halloween. The weather is beautiful, and the best time of year for fashion. You can’t lose […]

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Column reflects life changes

A lot can change in five years. Five years ago, the phrase “yolo” (you only live once) was on every young person’s lips, Barack Obama was re-elected President of the United States and Taylor Swift released her fourth album, “Red.” Also five years ago, I was a bright-eyed senior in high school who was dead-set on becoming a broadcast journalist […]

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Tips to avoid holiday food emergencies

Thanksgiving should be a time for family, friends and plenty of delicious food, not for preventable trips to the emergency room. These suggestions from the nation’s emergency physicians could help you avoid an unexpected trip to the emergency room this holiday season. “This Thanksgiving, a few simple steps to avoid preventable injury or illness can go a long way toward […]

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Give thanks for our wholesome food

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau It’s holiday time with Thanksgiving this Thursday and Christmas and New Year’s Day just around the corner. This means all sorts of good tasting food—ham, roast turkey, bread stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, wine and pumpkin pie. What better time than during this festive period to give thanks for the most wholesome […]

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It’s all about safety

There’s an old saying, often considered conventional wisdom that sometimes you need a good whack on the side of the head. Nothing could be truer today in this speeding world of instantaneous communication. While there are countless ways of doing so, many of us remain tied to the comfort of doing something in the same way. As a result, it […]

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Need a whack on the side of the head?

There’s an old saying, often considered conventional wisdom that sometimes you need a good whack on the side of the head. Nothing could be truer today in this speeding world of instantaneous communication. While there are countless ways of doing so, many of us remain tied to the comfort of doing something in the same way. As a result, it […]

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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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