Category: Opinion

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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Farmers must communicate with legislators

Today, almost half of the state?s 2.9 million people live in five counties. Four are located in eastern Kansas and one in south-central Kansas. More than 1.4 million Kansans reside in the counties of Douglas (111,000), Johnson (544,000), Leaven?worth (76,000), Sedgwick (498,000) and Shawnee (178,000). This demographic snapshot illustrates how important it is for farmers and ranchers to speak on […]

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Bills beginning to make it to the floor

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives The legislative session continues and bills are being heard in committees with a few bills passing out for floor action. We finally debated a few bills on the House floor, including changing the judicial appointment process. We had debate on changing judicial selection on the House floor Thursday. The proposed change would […]

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Unbalanced power

2016 could be the year that Kansas? tradition of judicial independence dies, a victim of excessive political ideology and civic indifference. Without a concerted effort by all people who treasure individual liberty, the fatal wound will be delivered by popular vote Nov. 8. As we shall see, there?s a frightening irony in that prospect. Four veteran justices of the Kansas […]

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Lawmakers passed election change despite opposition by cities and school districts

The bill to shift local elections from the spring to the fall passed the Kansas Legislature after the House passed HB 2104 by a vote of 64-58 after an hour of debate. The minimum for a constitutional majority is 63 votes. Because the bill had already passed the Senate, it went to the governor to be signed into law. The […]

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State shortfall deepens

Kansas? revenue shortfall deepened in October, setting off another round of speculation that budget cuts, tax increases or a combination of both would be needed to balance the budget and protect school funding. For October, revenue fell $14.9 million below estimates, leaving the state $57.4 million under projections for the fiscal year, which started July 1, according to figures released […]

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