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‘Other’ candidates keep close eye on ugly fights at the top »


Some of those folks whose names are down a ways on the ballot — say at the Kansas House of Representatives slot — are starting to wonder just what the intense, often mean-spirited and sometimes ridiculous campaigns at the top will do to or for them. This year has the appearance of becoming one of […]

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America’s grand fortunes go overboard »


Imagine yourself part of the typical American family. Your household would have, the Federal Reserve reported in September, a net worth of $81,200. That’s not a whole lot of money. But half of America’s households would actually have less wealth than you do. Now imagine that your net worth suddenly quadrupled, to about $325,000. That […]

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Hays Post feature will begin ‘Exploring Kansas Outdoors’ »


Hays Post is excited to announce a new feature geared toward outdoorsmen. Steve Gilliland’s “Exploring Kansas Outdoors” is a weekly feature focusing on everything from traditional hunting and trapping to falconry and frog hunting. Gilliland, who resides in Inman, is published in several Kansas newspapers — and HaysPost.com will be his first online-only venture. “When […]

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Helping children be good eaters »

Linda Beech

Several years ago, I was lucky enough to meet one of my heroes. She didn’t wear a white cowboy hat or leap tall buildings, but she saved me nonetheless. Her name is Ellyn Satter and her book Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense taught me the how’s and why’s of feeding my […]

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Teachers: No one to vote ‘for’ »


At both national and state levels, politicians on both sides of the aisle are treating teachers as assembly line workers. Kansas was the second state to lose due process (“tenure”). These first two efforts were driven by mean-spirited conservatives whose behind-the-scenes motivation was clearly “fire ‘em.” A month later, California was the third state where […]

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Happy Handmade Home’ by Larson, Chapman »


“Happy Handmade Home” by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman Step inside the world of Elsie and Emma, the sisters behind the décor blog A Beautiful Mess.  With tiny budgets and a crafty, can-do attitude, they overhauled each room in their first homes with DIY projects using family photos, vibrant fabrics, flea-market finds, and affordable furniture. […]

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Putting blame where it belongs »

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We aren’t going to win any friends among our peers within the media, but we think it’s important to come clean. Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature aren’t to blame because their massive tax cut policy has failed to live up to expectations. It’s our fault, and by “our” I mean the media, because […]

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Crossing party lines to vote for Senate challenger »

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One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different outcomes. Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem to spend all their time yelling across the aisle at each other, playing partisan games, then wondering why the real problems do not get solved. Budgets don’t get passed, and gridlock is a […]

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What will keep unfounded Ebola reports from ‘going viral?’ »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

So how scared should we be about the worldwide Ebola virus crisis? For nearly all of us, the answer to that question will come through what we see, hear and read in the news media and in the U.S. that places a unique burden on those free to print, broadcast or post stories as they […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: The most important election in your lifetime »


Do elections matter? The short answer is an emphatic “Yes,” even though it’s easy to be cynical and disillusioned. In 1974, state senate president Robert Bennett, a moderate Republican, came from far behind to edge attorney general Vern Miller, a relatively conservative Democrat. The differences were clear between Bennett, the bearded Johnson County policy wonk […]

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Now That’s Rural: Carl Reed, Tallgrass Express »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development From bluegrass to tallgrass. No, I’m not talking about converting your lawn. I’m referring to the progression of a singer, songwriter and musician who is part of an effort that is celebrating the Kansas Flint Hills. Last week, we learned about Annie Wilson of Tallgrass […]

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DAVE SAYS: Loaning money to friends »

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave, I loaned some money to a good friend recently. He’s going to help me with a job I’m working on, so do you think I should pay him for the work or just forgive the debt instead? Charlie Dear Charlie, The big question is whether or not you’ve already agreed to pay him […]

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Want leadership? Vote and urge friends and family to do the same »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

As the 2014 election races toward the finish line on Nov.4, candidates from both parties have stooped to their old tricks of slinging mud, name calling and finger pointing at one another. Why can’t candidates do what’s right for this nation and focus on issues? Instead we are forced to put up with elected officials […]

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