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Local Whitetail Properties agent has message for NW Kan. landowners »

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Submitted ELLIS — Mud drips off the fender of his Ford pickup as he turns onto the asphalt highway. His camo cap is soaked from walking the lines of an Ellis County farm with the property owner on an abnormally warm fall day. It’s another day at the office for Adam Hann. It’s Hann’s favorite […]

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DAVE SAYS: School’s on the horizon »

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave, My husband will be leaving his full-time job in a year so that he can go back to school full-time and finish his degree. We’ve both agreed this is what we want to do, but it means that we’ll go from a yearly income of $90,000 to $45,000. We’ll have tuition assistance from […]

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What’s the matter with Kansas? »

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No, I am not referring to Thomas Frank’s famous book with the same title.  Frank was clearly opposed to Kansas becoming a red state. That being said, I, like so many others a few years back went from blue to red – from Democrat liberalism to Republican conservatism.  What caused us to change?  There’s a […]

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Past presidents of Kansas Bar back Davis for governor »

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An open letter from many of the past presidents of the Kansas Bar Association: Kansans have a right to expect their judges to be independent and not obligated to any person, religion or organization when deciding cases. In 1957, we enshrined that ideal in the state Constitution by providing for an independent nominating commission to […]

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Plenty left to do this week in Ellis »

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Good Thursday morning, everyone! Wow! This week is almost over and it feels like it just began! I hope you all are having a productive and exciting week. I’m sure many of you have either been to, or are getting ready to go tonight, to Parent-Teacher Conferences. First, Thank You for attending those conferences and […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: No leisurely victory lap for Pat Roberts »

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Americans usually celebrate brilliant political careers. Long-tenured Representatives and Senators get buildings named after them at universities, hospitals or Washington. Storied legislators take victory laps during their final campaigns, unless they happen to be running for their political lives. One particular candidate in Kansas seems to be running for his life while treating it like […]

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RIP Ben Bradlee: Staunch, stylish First Amendment champion »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

Did the First Amendment ever have a more stylish defender — and one who made more effective use of it — than Ben Bradlee? The legendary managing editor of The Washington Post who died Tuesday at 93, Bradlee’s 23 years at the helm were marked by landmark collisions between a free press and government, from […]

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Now That’s Rural: Carolyn Harms »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development Prestwick, Scotland; Jinjiang, China. A U.S. aerospace company opened repair facilities here. A key person in developing this venture is a woman from rural Kansas. Not only is she a leader in the business world, she is a remarkable volunteer in her community and state […]

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Role of government, not tax reform, driving Kansas governor election »

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Much national attention has portrayed the upcoming election for Kansas governor as a referendum on the efficacy of tax reform, but that really isn’t the issue. The real issue is whether government should spend whatever it wants or provide quality services at a better price in order to keep taxes low. Unfortunately, some people simply […]

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A leg-up on technology or just digital distractions? »


Laptops, Tablets, MacBook Air, Trios — the list of expensive electronic devices that K-12 schools are buying to achieve so-called “1-to-1” broadband media access is endless. And the cost to school districts for buying these short-lived devices is even more astounding. At least you would assume that all of the research shows that this technology […]

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REVIEW: ‘Fury’ is visceral and slightly shapeless »

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First and foremost, the action and violence that are on display in “Fury” and equally riveting and revolting. It’s been a good long while since a film really captured the horror of war and put it front and center. When coupled with great set design, realistic effects and beautiful cinematography, this film provides a haunting […]

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In praise of hunting »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

During the early days of our country, settlers hunted out of necessity. While farming and trading provided them with a great deal of food, it wasn’t enough for sustenance. In order to survive, they hunted, fished and trapped wildlife where they lived and worked. Today, hunting in America offers two major benefits to society: wildlife […]

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A closer look at Community Improvement Districts »

Aaron White

The Community Improvement District (CID) program was passed by state legislation in 2009. The CID program is designed as a tool to help finance public and private development. This includes public infrastructure, such as public streets, curb and gutter, public utilities, etc., as well as private buildings: renovations, new construction, additions, etc. Communities all over […]

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