Category: Opinion

Soil sense

We voice our support once again for the stewards of our land and water. In a perfect world, that would include all of us, but we’re thinking specifically of our farmers who invest their effort and money to protect our natural resources through proven soil conservation practices. For many farmers in our area, a consistent commitment to soil conservation arises […]

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Breakfast idea: try Durham

If you are sitting at home pondering what to do for breakfast, I would recommend piling in the car and driving to Durham and have breakfast served to you at the Main Street Cafe. We have been meaning to go there with our young neighbors for some time and finally found the time a week ago last Friday. That would […]

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Taking a risk is worth it

When I was little, one of my favorite things to do was jump out of a moving swing. With a thrill and perhaps a little nervous exhilaration, I would jump from as high as a dared. The sound of passing wind would tickle my ears as I rushed through it on the way to the ground below. And then I […]

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K-12 funding may be separate from budget

As we approach first adjournment on April 6, the committee meeting schedule has slowed down considerably. The budget committees have finished most of their work and recommendations are being made to Appropri­ations, and only a few other committees continue to meet. The main committees still meeting regularly are primarily Tax and Appropri­ations committees. A few interesting developments have come to […]

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Avoid those deer encounters

Long ago “in the olden days,” as my kids like to say, I had an extreme near-deer experience. Some people have near-death experiences, but apparently mine are wildlife oriented. I suppose I’m glad we don’t live in bear country. We were driving my Grandma’s 1963 Chevy Impala (looking back, I appreciate the irony there), heading toward Hutchinson to visit Dairy […]

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It’s time to sprinkle in some sugar cookies

I have a bad habit of skipping over steps in recipes when I look over them, trying to decide whether or not I should give them a try. More than once, I’ve started baking something, only to realize halfway through that I have to stop and chill an ingredient for an hour or overnight before moving on to the next […]

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What’s up with Kansas earthquakes?

by Brian Grimmett Kansas News Service A decade ago, Kansans felt an earthquake once every few years. Now ground tremors come regularly. One of the hardest hit areas is Harper County in the south central part of the state. It’s no coincidence, scientists and state regulators agree, that Harper and Sumner counties are also where massive amounts of wastewater has […]

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Demand ‘Sunshine’

by Doug Anstaett Kansas Press Association In recent years, the buzzword in politics has been “transparency.” Just about everyone has jumped on the transparency bandwagon. Our legislators certainly have been talking about it. Only a month ago, our new governor signed a number of executive orders demanding more transparency from the state agencies that report to him. Candidates for office […]

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Suddenly feeling ‘mature’

I am suddenly starting to feel quite mature. I just received a notice for my 50th class reunion for having graduated from KU in 1968. I think it’s sometime in April. I will not be attending—all I did was work while in school and really don’t know any of my classmates. ◼ We got word that our youngest grandson, Louis, […]

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Some PA announcer wisdom

I have been announcing sporting events for, well, more years than I care to admit. I started while I was still in my 20s. And, I like to think I have learned a thing or two because, as the TV ad goes, I have seen a thing or two. So, as another basketball season has come to a close, by […]

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