SELZER: Insurance Matters

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The first three weeks of my tenure as Kansas Insurance Commissioner have reinforced my desire to make the Kansas Insurance Department (KID) as responsive, businesslike and constituent-friendly as we can. That is the only way to do our business of insurance regulation. The Kansas Statutes Annotated, the state’s book of laws, identifies the department’s responsibilities […]

WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home

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Troy L. Waymaster, 109th House District State Representative February 6, 2015 Senate Bill 4: Fixing the 2015 Budget In last week’s newsletter, I mentioned that House Appropriations committee was working on the Governor’s budget revisions for the 2015 fiscal year to address the $278.7 million shortfall. The bill was amended and passed out of Appropriations […]

WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home

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Troy L. Waymaster, State 109th Dist. Representative TOPEKA–January 30, 2015 Appropriation Committee: Governor’s Revisions for FY 2015 On Wednesday and Thursday of this past week, the Appropriations Committee held a hearing on the Governor’s revised recommendations for fiscal year 2015. A revision was resubmitted to the committee due to some of the transfers not included […]

Characterization of Humane Society 100% wrong

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Your recent column on the Humane Society of the United States caught my eye because I grew up hunting, fishing and trapping in Kansas fields and rivers (“Just who is the Humane Society of the United States?,” 1/18). As a hunter and also a member of The HSUS, I can tell you that Steve Gilliland’s […]

Bringing fiscal sense to the table

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As you may know, I have attended more than 60 work sessions and meetings to get a feel for what goes on at city hall on the behalf of our citizens. I see some things I very much like and appreciate but, at the same time, have witnessed some things that myself and a number […]

School board member: Kansas is at risk

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Kansas is at risk. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan stood before the press and television cameras at the White House and held up a report titled A Nation at Risk. Eighteen months in the making and written by members of the National Commission on Excellence in Education at the behest of Secretary of Education, the […]

Letter: Keeping a close tab on city expenses

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Letter to Hays city commissioners: I was disappointed to see the vote for the $22,000 we decided to spend on an air compressor! Clearly this has not been shopped! It took me less than 20 minutes to find tons of 185CFM air compressors that are diesel powered for far less and many if not most […]

Get those ugly Christmas sweaters ready

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Merry Christmas to you all! I wanted to touch base this week and give you what I know, so that you can plan your busy week accordingly, so here we go: Today: The residents of the Ellis Good Samaritan Center will be attending their Christmas Party today at 2:30pm. Arthur’s Pizza & Mexican Foods is […]

‘Giving Back to Ellis': Remember the Foundation

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Community Foundation of Ellis As we approach the end of the year, many individuals are continuing their efforts of gifting local charities or organizations that are dear to their hearts. The Community Foundation of Ellis would like to encourage individuals to invest in their community also. During the month of November, the foundation started their […]

Art group: Thank you, Hays!

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The Society of Layerists in Multi-Media national conference in Hays (Oct. 1 to 5) was a winner thanks to the warm hospitality we received from the local residents and nearby communities. There were 40 of us who came from coast-to-coast) to participate in workshops, open studios, a bus trip to Lucas and Victoria, and shared […]