Category: Opinion

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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A salute to the privy palace of years ago

Several images surface as we dust off our memories of rural Kansas from years gone by. Red barns, silver-steel windmills, cream separators, harvest crews, Burma Shave signs and certainly the outhouse come to mind. Many people have tried to describe (or forget) the typical Kansas privy, but each was as different and original as the men whose job it was […]

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Schools at risk: A constitutional game of chicken

Schools at risk: A constitutional game of chicken

DonHinemanRep118thDist The constitutional crisis has been purposely crafted by Gov. Brown­­back and legislative leadership in an attempt to discredit the judiciary. They hope to turn the Kansas voting public against the judiciary prior to the November election when five of the justices must stand for retention vote. —Rep. Don Hineman Late last month the Kansas Supreme Court issued a ruling […]

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Farmers, some tips for reducing worry

Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system. I have never known a man who died from overwork, but many who died from doubt.” —Dr. Charles H. Mayo Worry has been labeled the root of all evil. It has also been linked to farm accidents. Worrying about finances, weather or personal problems while operating powerful farm […]

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