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Fireworks and water-wasting? Give us some credit »

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Regarding the wise … cough, cough … decision by the Hays City Commission to continue the ban on fireworks this year: Are they crazy? I think the citizens of Hays are wise enough to know that just because they may be able to blow off a few fireworks, it doesn’t mean we can start wasting […]

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No tax dollars? Kids get the short end »

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Too bad the people of the school districts, cities and other taxing units did not support  wind energy in Ellis County. There would have been probably three wind farms pumping payments in kind of about $2 million per year into the coffers. It would not have cost the Ellis county taxpayer a nickel of incentives. […]

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Questions about LOB ballot? Call the clerk’s office »

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On behalf of the Ellis County Clerk’s Office, USD 489 would like to remind patrons that if you have not received a ballot, please contact the Clerk’s Office before noon, Friday, June 27, if you would like to vote in the special election, (785) 628-9410. If you have received a ballot, please be sure to […]

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Fireworks ban is the wrong call »

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On June 19, the Hays City Commission again exercised their power of community control to deny the citizens of Hays to celebrate Independence Day in the traditional sense. Again, dry conditions were cited as a compelling reason. This approach has become shop-worn to the point of being transparent. There are politics at play here that […]

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Prayer & Action in Ellis »

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Have you seen the signs around town? The “Prayer & Action” signs, that is! Throughout the month of June high school and college aged students from surrounding communities have came to Ellis to help the elderly, disabled, and low-income families do odds & ends around their homes. This week is the week for you! Yes, […]

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Eagle’s state baseball coverage is appreciated »

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Just wanted to drop you a note and tell you thank you so much for your coverage of the state baseball games in Pratt that Russell played in. It was so awesome to get to watch! Good job! Enjoyed the announcers, they did an awesome job! Thank you again! Kim Wann Russell

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DAV: Leadership changes don’t address root of VA health care problems »

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As you are likely aware, Secretary Shinseki has decided to resign his position as the head of Department of Veterans Affairs. We honor Secretary Shinseki’s service to our country as a combat-disabled veteran and public servant, and respect his decision to resign and allow new leadership to address this crisis with new solutions. Ultimately, a […]

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Look for tagged trees to plant in Hays »

Janis Lee, Hays Beautification Committee

During drought periods such as we are currently experiencing in western Kansas one questions whether it is advisable to plant trees or shrubs. Taking the drought into consideration, if you decide to do some landscaping, please be aware of the City of Hays Tree Rebate Program. The Hays Beautification Committee’s most recent projects was for […]

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Raise the minimum wage now »

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America needs a living wage so the lowest-paid workers are able to lift themselves out of poverty and bring economic equality to our nation. On Wednesday, the Senate failed to move forward with legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 over the period of 30 months. The minimum wage has been stuck at […]

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State teachers union comments on school funding bill »

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Submitted by the Kansas National Education Association TOPEKA — With the governor’s signing of HB 2506 into law, districts, teachers, and students lose while Brownback’s special interest agenda advances. KNEA was hopeful that Governor Brownback would listen to the voices of education professionals and public school advocates from throughout the state. Once again, the governor […]

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Praising Pompeo »

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As a farmer in Cloud County, Kansas, I am writing to thank Rep. Mike Pompeo for introducing a bill supporting farmers, American agriculture and safe affordable food. My husband David and I raise alfalfa, wheat, milo, corn and soybeans, and cattle. We’re also the proud parents of three kids, Kendra, Lauren and Wyatt. Lately, I’ve […]

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Professors endorse proposed social media policy »

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Dear Kansas Board of Regents, We write to offer strong support for the joint working group’s revision of the Kansas Board of Regents’ social media policy. The revised policy is laudable in several ways. First, it recognizes the unique and fundamental duty of public universities to contribute to the discovery, creation, and testing of new […]

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Financial challenges of Baby Boomers »

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger

Kansas Insurance Department TOPEKA — Sandy Praeger, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, is urging Kansans to take a look at the challenges that Baby Boomers face in planning a financially secure retirement. “Each day about 10,000 Baby Boomers enter their retirement years,” Commissioner Praeger said. “They are members of a generation who are largely unsure of […]

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