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INSIGHT KAN.: State’s fate is more tragic than comic »

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  Rep Joe Seiwert (R-Pretty Prairie) does not think we are funny. Recently, the anonymously-authored HB 2234 arrived in the House Committee on Education. It would prohibit professors at state universities from using our official titles and affiliations in newspaper columns like this one. Advocates Seiwert and Rep. Virgil Peck (R-Tyro) report that they are […]

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Agriculture can do the job »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Agriculture is losing producers.No one will argue that point, but larger, more efficient producers are replacing those lost in this highly competitive industry. While this is not necessarily a desirable trend, it is one that has continued for decades – maybe since the beginning of this noble profession. That said, it is also a trend […]

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Federal sentencing reforms make us smarter on crime »

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Criminal justice reform is an idea whose time has finally come. Eighteen months after launching the Smart on Crime initiative, we can report that overall federal drug trafficking cases dropped by 6 percent in FY 2014. There was a time when well-intentioned proponents of the “get tough” formula for fighting drugs would have been alarmed […]

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REVIEW: ‘McFarland, USA’ will race hearts »

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Kevin Costner has been on a roll lately, headlining sports movies that shouldn’t work, but end up being something unique, something special. “Draft Day,” released last spring, was a surprisingly engaging film that revolved around the NFL Draft, with very little typical “sports action.” On paper, that would seem like a risky move to me. […]

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HAWVER: Small wins for governor’s spending vision »

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You grown-up guys out there are going to remember the times when, on a coat-and-tie outing, your girlfriend ordered chicken at the restaurant and you had your first notion that the outing wasn’t going to cost you a car payment. Well, this memory so far appears to be about where Gov. Sam Brownback is this […]

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Attack on sex education in Kansas — again »

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Two bills have reappeared in the Kansas Legislature to shut down sex education in Kansas. House Bill 2199 would require “opt-in” permission from parents for any student to attend any sex education lessons. Senate Bill 56 would allow a Kansas teacher to be prosecuted for obscenity for using teaching materials appropriate for classroom use. Both […]

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Extension offers advice for passing down the farm, ranch »

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The average age of a farm operator in the United States is 57 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest census of agriculture. The majority of farm operators are between 45 and 64 years old, but the fastest growing group is those 65 years and older. “Older farm couples may remember what it […]

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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, Kansas House district, 109 February 20, 2015 Senate Bill 178: High Tax Increases for Kansas Farmers During the joint meeting that House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means Committee held at the beginning of session, we were briefed by the Director of the Budget and the Legislative Liaison for the […]

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Brownback’s office offers school-funding reasoning »

Sam Brownback is governor of the state of Kansas.

Office of the Governor Fellow Kansans, We’d like to share a few pertinent facts on education funding. • Governor Brownback is committed to investing in education • He is working to fix a broken education funding formula so more money gets into the classroom to benefit Kansas students • K-12 spending is $177 million more […]

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GOP presidential field features weary right-wing retreads »

OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer and public speaker.

Ready or not, the race is on — for president, I mean. Yes, Election Day is still nearly two years away, but the candidates are already on the loose. And they’re as goosey as ever. So far, the goosiest has been Mitt Romney. The GOP’s 2012 loser was asked last year if he would try […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: Sacking the school finance formula »

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When Gov. Brownback spoke to Kansans in his state-of-the-state address last month, he called for a school finance formula that “should reflect real-world costs and put dollars in classrooms with real students, not in bureaucracy and buildings and artificial gimmicks.” Then the next morning he did the exact opposite. He released his budget, proposing a […]

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Fire remains a vital management tool »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Every spring, the ritual continues. Farmers, stockmen and landowners continue to use fire as a range management tool while maintaining the economic viability of the Flint Hills. Viewed up close or at a distance, prairie fires are riveting. Across the vast, open grasslands we call the Flint Hills, fires can be seen for miles. The […]

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HAWVER: A closer look at who runs our local schools »

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If there is one culture in Kansas that is isolated from nearly every other, it’s probably K-12 education — your local school district. There are Kansans who like that isolation, making sure that school board members are not tied to a political party, that they don’t get suggestions from “someone upstream” either politically or through […]

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