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Indiana’s new ‘Just In’ — on the way out (UPDATED) »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

This “just in”: Indiana Governor Mike Pence said Thursday he has terminated development of a state-run, state-funded news operation called “JustIn” which reportedly would have published stories based on state-written news releases about state programs, policies and government officials. State planning documents reported earlier by the Indianapolis Star said the operation would have reshaped news […]

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Dissecting ‘enhanced’ weasels »

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“Daddy. Is he a weasel?” My daughter asked this question many decades ago as she was sitting on the floor watching television and eating her cereal. The cartoons were over and she was watching an early morning show interviewing some politician. “Why do you think he is a weasel?” I asked. “He said ‘mistakes were […]

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Bringing fiscal sense to the table »

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As you may know, I have attended more than 60 work sessions and meetings to get a feel for what goes on at city hall on the behalf of our citizens. I see some things I very much like and appreciate but, at the same time, have witnessed some things that myself and a number […]

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Eat well while spending less »

Linda Beech

The beginning of a new year is the time to make resolutions to accomplish things that are important to us. Popular resolutions include things like losing weight, exercising, and improving finances. You don’t have to radically change your habits or deny yourself some of your favorite treats to trim calories and save money. Try some […]

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Compromise – make it happen »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

When plans are laid in advance, it is surprising how often circumstances fit in with them. That said, Kansas farmers and ranchers who are a part of Farm Bureau, have singled out key issues they believe are crucial to ensure they will be able to operate their farms and ranches. These issues include meeting agriculture’s […]

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HAWVER: Area rep offers up short-term speeding proposal »

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While we’re waiting for Gov. Sam Brownback to decide just what he wants to do with property tax authority for school districts, there are some less fractious bills being introduced by Kansas legislators as they near the deadline for bills that they thought up themselves. We have until Feb. 11 for those individually sponsored bills […]

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REVIEW: ‘Abysmal’ flick near the bottom of the barrel »

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“Mortdecai” is an abysmal, unadulterated train wreck. This is easily the worst movie I have seen since “Tammy,” and I daresay that it is second only to “The Watch” for the unholy crown of “Worst Film I Have Ever Reviewed.” Johnny Depp is utterly and irredeemably ludicrous as the title character Charlie Mortdecai. There was […]

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EXPLORING KANSAS OUTDOORS: Trapping tips »

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I drove back a craggy rutted lane that follows a mostly-dry creek bed into a pasture dotted with big overgrown cedars. The creek bed winds around through the pasture like a long slithering snake and is lined the whole way with thick prickly locust trees and bent-over willows, making for a rather unfriendly pasture but […]

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School board member: Kansas is at risk »

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Kansas is at risk. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan stood before the press and television cameras at the White House and held up a report titled A Nation at Risk. Eighteen months in the making and written by members of the National Commission on Excellence in Education at the behest of Secretary of Education, the […]

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Duke, Muslims and the politics of intimidation »

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What began as a gesture of interfaith hospitality ended badly last week when Duke University suddenly cancelled plans to begin broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer from the bell tower of Duke Chapel every Friday afternoon. The first “call to prayer” was scheduled for January 16 — which, as it happens, was also Religious Freedom […]

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INSIGHT KAN.: With few moderates left, voter mobilization is key »

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Having begun in August, the continuous protests in Ferguson, Mo., now represent the longest period of active protests in the United States since Dr. King and Rosa Parks led the Montgomery Bus boycott in 1955.   In his recent politico.com piece about “the new civil rights movement,” journalist Gene Demby confirmed what organizers from Missouri […]

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KPERS crisis: ‘We can work it out’ »

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The 1965 Beatles song written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon could have just as easily been written by Governor Brownback concerning the Kansas state pension plan (KPERS). A short two years ago the legislators decided it was time to stop “kicking the can down the road” concerning the solvency of the KPERS pension plan, […]

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Danger, dignity and decency »

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“Free speech is an absolute!” is the conclusion of many discussions of the murderous attack on the French satire publisher Charlie Hebdo and North Korean hack attack of SONY’s movie. This level of discussion is embarrassingly shallow. Language that is only “offensive” is indeed protected. The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hustler Magazine vs. Falwell […]

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