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Nope, most Americans are not stupid! »

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I write in the hopes of changing minds about politics.My entire professional career has been in education at the high school and higher education levels.Call my writings teachable moments. That being said, you can bet, as I speak, my many diehard liberal naysayers are having a meltdown without even hearing what I have to say. […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: Analyzing an election full of surprises »

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Sometimes our biggest mistakes teach the greatest lessons. Pundits, pollsters, and reporters in Kansas all learned an important lesson about our state’s electorate in 2014. August’s primary elections strongly suggested an electorate in an angry mood, ready to boot incumbent candidates. An unknown gubernatorial candidate who spent pennies on the dollar took 37% of the […]

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Free Speech can be shield or a sword, as Cosby furor shows »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

Bill Cosby’s career has been deeply rooted in the possibilities and protections provided by freedom of speech. The legendary comedian and actor’s career began with landmark comedy routines in which he tackled sensitive racial subjects. He was the first African American male with a starring role on TV, in the 1960s series “I Spy.” The […]

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Now That’s Rural: Jim Correll, Fab Lab »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development Does your school have a lab? Maybe a laboratory for chemistry or biology? Today we’ll meet a school laboratory of a different sort. It is what’s called a Fab Lab. This Fab Lab is helping entrepreneurs develop new products. It even helped one little girl […]

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Kansas farmers risk all they have to feed the world »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Travel out to the fields of Kansas during November and you’ll see farmers wrapping up fall harvest. Combines chomp through fields of corn, milo, soybeans and sunflowers eager to dump the bountiful crops into waiting trucks and grain carts before Old Man Winter arrives with ice, snow and sleet. Approximately 86 percent of the corn […]

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‘Efficiency’ commission set up to be foil to teacher union »

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That K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission, which is supposed to suggest to the upcoming Kansas Legislature how to, well, make schools more efficient and produce brighter students, is reaching again. That reach? Most simply, into whatever the commission’s most conservative members can find in the way of making sure that not one dime of […]

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REVIEW: ‘Big Hero 6’ is slightly under-inflated »

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Since I was able to see an early screening of “Dumb and Dumber To” and have already written a review of its pleasingly dumb proceedings (5 of 6 – stupid humor that both pays homage to and is appropriately derivative of the original), I thought I would double back and review “Big Hero 6” from […]

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Ten tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving »

Linda Beech

There are plenty of small steps you can take to reduce holiday stress. Here are 10 tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving from K-State Research and Extension: 1. Arm yourself with a plan: Sit down and make a guest list. From the number of guests, plan your menu. Then you can create a complete shopping list […]

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Exploring Kansas Outdoors: Bringing in the haul »

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The first year I trapped beavers in Kansas was a terribly dry year, yet I found a rogue stretch of river just north of where I live that still held water; lots of water! There were holes in this stretch too deep for me to wade into with chest waders, yet from there the river […]

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Meaningful gestures »

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More folks are walking around talking when no one is present. I watched a gentleman waiting in line for a flight. His earpiece and dangling cord with a microphone near his mouth revealed that he was speaking to someone on his smartphone. And while he was speaking Spanish, a language I do not speak, I […]

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Now That’s Rural: Jim Correll, Ice House Entrepreneurship »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development “Who Owns the Ice House?” That’s not a question one hears every day. This unusual question is the name of a book which has helped inspire the creation of an entrepreneurship program being utilized in Kansas and beyond. Jim Correll is facilitator of the Successful […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: Disengaged Democrats, GOP money or angry independents? »

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It seems every observer of politics has strongly held opinions regarding last week’s election results, but which ones hold up when compared with actual data? Claim 1: Democrats lost because wealthy Republicans “bought” the election: False. Democrats angrily claim that Wichita’s own Charles Koch, his brother David, and other GOP donors “bought” the election. However, […]

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In land of the free, why are schools afraid of freedom? »

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After listening to high school journalists last week, I am simultaneously hopeful and worried about the future of the First Amendment in America. The venue was the National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C., an annual event sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association. On the up side, encountering […]

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