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The truth about the Health Care Compact »


There has been a lot of interest lately in the Health Care Compact, legislation passed during the 2014 legislative session that if approved by the U.S. Congress would allow participating states the ability to opt-out of certain Federal health care laws, especially the Affordable Care Act. While I am currently the State Budget Director, I […]

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Make the most of pumpkin season: Preserve it! »

Linda Beech

Pumpkins offer far more than a Halloween decoration. This season is also the prime time to find and use sugar or pie pumpkins, the small dense pumpkins which are best for cooking and baking. Pumpkin seeds from any pumpkin can also be dried and roasted. Here are some pointers for preserving plentiful pumpkin at this […]

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Democrats scrape the bottom of the barrel »

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Liberal extremists continue to paint Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican legislators as indifferent to the concerns of students, parents, the elderly and disadvantaged. No doubt the low-information voters who’ve fallen for the left’s slogans and soundbites see Paul Davis and fellow Democrats as champions of fair play and common decency, the logical and reasonable alternative […]

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Ellis bond issue: Why I am a no vote »

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ELLIS — I voted yes for the $10 million bond issue that failed. I was thinking of voting yes again because the interest rates are low. I made the excuse that we had to do something, so I guess I will vote for this. I recently had a conversation over lunch with a bond supporter. […]

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As LGBT rights expand, remember the First Amendment »


Conflicts in Texas and Idaho in recent weeks have re-invigorated fears in conservative religious circles that expanding protections for LGBT rights will threaten their religious freedom. In Houston, city lawyers obtained subpoenas requiring five pastors to turn over sermons and other communications that mention the city’s equal rights ordinance. With assistance from the Alliance Defending […]

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Insight Kansas: Are Kan. voters ready to be decisive? »

Peterson IK CROP

Election polling has the challengers close enough to make unseating Governor Sam Brownback and U.S. Senator Pat Roberts more than just a toss-up possibility, however, this column is not about “the horseraces.” There’s plenty of that available elsewhere. We at Insight Kansas have posted the results of the numerous quality polls that have been done […]

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Now That’s Rural: K-State’s Truman and Hiebert »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development “The Back Stops Here.” No, that’s not quite right. The famous saying was “The Buck Stops Here.” It was President Harry S. Truman who put that sign on his desk in the White House in the 1940s to appeal to people who were tired of […]

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Q & A’ by Vikas Swarup »


“Q & A” by Vikas Swarup Vikas Swarup’s spectacular debut novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, India, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all 12 questions on India’s biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never read […]

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Halloween week a busy one in Ellis »

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Good morning, everyone! What a beautiful, crisp fall morning it is. A perfect morning would find each of us on a balcony with a fire in the chimney and a nice hot cup of (insert favorite beverage here) watching this awesome sunrise. However, since we live in the real world, we are all at work […]

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Supermarket shenanigans »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Why do you think your mom made a grocery list and stuck to it? From the time you enter a supermarket parking lot until you reach the checkout counter, every part of a supermarket is designed to make you spend more money than you need to. Look at your own shopping habits. How often do […]

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This November, Americans can fix the Senate »


By Sen. JERRY MORAN ​When high school civics classes visit Washington and observe the daily operation of the United States Senate, I suspect the students hardly recognize the legislative chamber their textbooks describe. Once considered the world’s “greatest deliberative body,” the Senate has decayed into a hive of partisan attacks and political protectionism. So little […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘John Wick’ is efficient excitement »

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The evolution of the movie gunfight is very interesting and would make for a spectacular 30-minute documentary. The oversized, muscle-bound commandos of the 1980s and early ’90s employed the spray and pray methodology of dispensing bad guys — imagine a bored 10-year-old watering a garden and replace the garden hose with a big machine gun. […]

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When election ends, the no-spin work begins »


Less than a week after Election Day, when the neighbors are starting to get a little terse in their questions about when you will take down the campaign signs, the real business of government starts. That real business is the job of either Republican Gov. Sam Brownback or Democrat challenger Paul Davis to put together […]

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