KNOLL: Weighing in on immigration

Les Knoll crop

I begin my writing challenging anybody to show where our present illegal immigration policies stand to do more good for this country than bad. The bad far outweighs any good. Amnesty, for god’s sake, is not the answer. For starters, the answer is to secure our borders. Obama and the Democrat Party do not want […]

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Southpaw’ is a plodding miss


The boxing movie – usually it goes something like this: punch, punch, win, life tragedy, train, train, train, punch, punch, punch, win or lose, and finally redemption. That’s all well and fine, but it’s usually pretty similar. “Southpaw,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Forest Whitaker is another in a long line of “troubled protagonist trains his […]

SCHLAGECK: Plant the seed

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

The farm has always been a fertile field for producing crops, but it is also an environment rich with learning experiences. For generations, children who grow up and work with their parents on the family farm have learned valuable skills about cultivating crops. While they are learning to sow seeds, cultivate weeds and harvest grains, […]

Lost in translation


“Integrity” does not translate into Chinese. The meeting in China was on integrity in science. Speakers were all given translator-earphones. I could dial any language and hear real-time translators struggle with the terms. Most of the time, the translators used the Chinese term for “honesty” when I said “integrity.” Indeed, a person who has integrity […]

When combating extremism, schools are the long game


Propaganda works. Consider Mohammad Abdulazeez, the young man who shot and killed five service members in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week. According to FBI reports, Abdulazeez was inspired to “martyrdom” through listening to the hate-filled sermons of Anwar al-Awlaki, the al Qaeda recruiter killed by an American drone strike in 2011. Or consider Dylann Roof, the […]

Neil Young’s latest album skewers Monsanto

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

The Canadian rocker and master storyteller Neil Young says: “Music is a universal language.” Yes, and when created by a people’s champion like him, music can bring down the high and mighty — just as Joshua’s trumpeters brought down the walls of Jericho. Or, in Young’s case, the walls of Monsanto. He’s released powerful new […]

SCHLAGECK: Make the most of mealtime

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

In today’s harried world, seems like everyone’s schedule is filled to the brim with activities. Both parents work, kids go to school and participate in student government, sports or any number of events. Seems families meet each other coming and going. Still, most parents believe it’s more important than ever to dedicate the dinner hour […]

MOVIE REVIEW: ’Ant-Man’ offers full-sized thrills


Marvel’s indisputable talent is its consistent ability to make ideas that have no right to work, work. “Guardians of the Galaxy” should not have worked. It was ludicrous, but it satisfied fanboys and, more importantly, it set a great many hearts to racing. Everyone knows Batman and Spider-Man are big, popular comics that translate to […]