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Selzer: When the empty nest doesn’t stay empty »


Ken Selzer, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance Sometimes the empty nest doesn’t stay empty. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans living in multigenerational households has doubled since 1980. Baby boomers supporting their parents and their college graduates returning home are among the more than 50 million Americans living in multigenerational […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: Lurching from one financial crisis to the next »

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After smooth sailing financially for most of the 20th century, risky, ill-considered actions on state taxes now send Kansas’ ship of state lurching from one financial crisis to the next. And Kansans will bear the burden of these decisions for the foreseeable future. This radical experiment has produced five years of deficit spending, budget cuts, […]

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Linda Beech: Keep barbecue safe for all to enjoy »

Linda Beech is Ellis County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences with Kansas State Research and Extension.

For many people, summer holidays such as the Fourth of July mean firing up the grill to enjoy outdoor meals with family and friends. Here are four barbecue food safety reminders from Liz Boyle, K-State Research and Extension meat specialist, to ensure everyone enjoys the food and the holiday. 1. Avoid cross-contamination. Frequently washing hands […]

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The First Amendment and the power of ‘fear’ »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” In a world wracked by terrorism, that carries even more meaning today. When FDR spoke those words in 1933, the threat was the economic and social impact of the Great Depression. Today, it’s the always-present threat of terrorist […]

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Donald Trump distinguishes himself »

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We live in a time of stunning transformations. In recent weeks we’ve seen Bruce Jenner transition from a male Olympic medalist to Caitlyn Jenner, a self-assured woman gracing the cover of Vanity Fair. Then there’s Rachel Dolezal, the ex-president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP. She lived as a black woman until her […]

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July 4th band concert on hiatus this year »

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The Hays City Band, which has maintained an annual tradition of performing a concert at Old Fort Hays on July 4, will not be presenting a program this year due to a variety of reasons. The band plans to revisit the situation for the summer of 2016 and come up with a viable option that […]

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Anything goes! »

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Nothing is sacred in this country anymore. Talk about transforming America! Our founding fathers would not recognize today’s America. They are turning over in their graves. I am an optimist for the most part, but the way things have been going in recent months, I’m not sure we can turn this country around in 2016. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Max’ is cute, but annoying »

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“Max” is a film about a military working dog who is adopted by the little brother of his fallen marine handler. Films with animal lead characters are tricky. Many of them are manipulative – they expose easy heartstrings and yank on them until the audience is in tears. Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with […]

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HAWVER: Massive work yet to be done by 2015 Legislature »


Not in recent memory has the sine die (that’s the formal name) adjournment of the Kansas Legislature left quite so much unfinished work for state government. In the good old — or at least the old — days, that sine die adjournment was shaking hands, wishing fellow legislators a fun and productive summer, a little […]

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SCHLAGECK: Gathering the grain »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

It’s 10 a.m. and the sun blazes down on a patchwork of golden grain that dots the High Plains near Seguin in northwestern Kansas. A blistering southerly wind pushes the heat index to the century mark. On this late-June morning, a roar of combines signals the latest edition of another wheat harvest. Cutting begins about […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ted 2’ offers less and more of the same »

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“Ted 2” is a Seth MarFarlane-directed live-action comedy. Unfortunately, that sentence is losing a little of its luster. Don’t misunderstand, I love Seth MarFarlane’s sense of humor and the content that he produces; however, “Ted 2” suffers from many of the same problems that plagued “Ted,” in many cases, to a greater degree. There are […]

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Exploring Kan. Outdoors: Black bears, lions and wolves, oh my! »


It’s old news by now that mountain lions (aka cougars) were finally confirmed in Kansas s few years back. After years of reports and much speculation (some folks even believing that Kansas Wildlife and Parks had transplanted mountain lions here in Kansas to help control burgeoning whitetail deer populations,) cougar sightings in Kansas were confirmed. […]

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Time marches on: ‘AgeSense’ can help »

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My Mother used to say time flew by more quickly as she got older. As a child, I didn’t understand what she meant. I admit I find myself thinking the same thing nowadays. But during the last three weeks, time seemed to lurch ahead and it has left me feeling much older. It started with […]

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