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SCHLAGECK: Winning hearts and minds regarding agriculture »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Each day, farmers and ranchers pull on their boots, roll up their sleeves and go to work outside rural communities across Kansas. They perform a litany of chores – feeding and doctoring livestock, cultivating their crops, pulling maintenance on machinery, paying bills – you name it and farmers and ranchers do it. While all of […]

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Simple-minded outcomes »

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My high school student, a senior, had a dilemma. He wanted to be a medical doctor and he had been accepted into the pre-med programs at both Johns Hopkins and Harvard Universities. I was not too sympathetic about his “problem.” He was fortunate and would do well at either school. Back then, I was teaching […]

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HAWVER: Topeka looking for budget help from the outside »

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Every now and again, a little phrase mesmerizes lawmakers. This year, that phrase appears to be “consultant study on efficiency in government.” The idea: Kansas is probably spending money on programs or assigning similar duties to different agencies or requiring certain reports or fees or something just because, well, that’s how we’ve always done it […]

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EXPLORING KANSAS OUTDOORS: Wildlife CSI »

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A coworker recently told me she saw her horses chasing a couple animals across her pasture that were dark, about the size of raccoons, and had no visible tail. She told me a couple animals of the same description had run from her barn a while back. She is convinced they were nutrias which are […]

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REVIEW: ‘Home’ is warmly charming »

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“Home” is the latest in a relatively short list of movies that are actually undersold by their trailers. To me, the advertisements made the film look like a very generic fish-out-of-water story. Much to my enjoyment and surprise, “Home” is far warmer and more inviting than I expected. The creature design and animation are well […]

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Plan now for Full Circle Aging Expo »

Linda Beech

Although Ron Willis has met many people in his travels throughout the United States, he recalls a number of individuals from his childhood who taught him early on about being a person with integrity and compassion. One of those people included his grandfather, a wise man and retired railroad engineer who completed school through the […]

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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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March 27, 2015 Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, Kansas House district, 109 Senate Bill 34: Election Crimes Even though we had a relatively short week, we conducted Legislative session on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we were on the House floor all three days, all day debating, amending, and voting on an array of different issues […]

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Thinking about what we mean and do, when we speak »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

Who would have thought that star Little Leaguer Mo’ne Davis could also throw a pretty good First Amendment “conceptual fastball” over the plate? Bloomsburg University sophomore first baseman Joey Casselberry, the team’s second-leading hitter this season, was tossed off the team by the public university for a tweet in which he called the 13-year-old Mo’ne […]

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Reminder: Program offers action plan for managing obesity »

Linda Beech

Each year, 10% of all medical costs in the US are attributed to obesity. One in three adults and one in six children are obese. While we cannot change our genetics, we can change our behavior and environment. On Friday, March 27, Ellis County Extension will host a free noon-hour program on managing obesity at […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: Let’s be practical about Medicaid expansion »

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Do 150,000 Kansans get health coverage or not? It’s a moral question and a political one. The answer should be an easy “yes.” So far, the Kansas Legislature has said “no,” but there is still time in the current legislative session to change the answer. True, lawmakers have their hands full trying to resolve a […]

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Now That’s Rural: KC Wolf »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development The stunt went horribly wrong. The team mascot was to drop 20 feet on a bungee cord above the stadium, bounce back up to a zip line, and ride down to midfield. But something must have malfunctioned, and instead of the bungee cord bouncing down […]

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Hillary Clinton media event an example of bias »

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When reporters openly show their bias, how can anybody argue about me calling them out in my writings — not to say any of you are doing that. Humor me as I simply pass on this bit of information about mainstream media that is nothing short of disgusting and clearly shows this country does not […]

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Schlageck: Use your head for something other than a hat rack »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

If Billy Crystal’s Fernando character were to visit a Kansas farm this spring you can be sure he wouldn’t be telling too many farmers, “Darling, you look marvelous.” You can also bet not too many farmers, step into the cab of their tractors wearing any of the high fashions portrayed on the pages of GQ […]

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