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GOP has little to smile about »

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It’s tough being a Republican candidate in Kansas these days. There once was a time, if you entertained thoughts of going to Washington, D.C., or spending a couple months out of the year in Topeka, the hardest thing you had to do was make sure your name appeared on the ballot with a big, bold […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: The Zero Option »

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Frustration with political candidates is nothing new. For decades political science’s truism about Congress held: people hated the institution but loved their Congressman. Things are different in 2014. In June, a Rasmussen poll reported only 25% of respondents indicated they believed their member of Congress deserved re-election, the lowest rate in years. Every now and […]

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Make and take a pizza for family meal together »

Linda Beech

Sitting together at the family dinner table may seem hard to manage with the busy lives people lead these days. However, a family meal helps cultivate an environment where parents can have a conversation with their children. And that family interaction is an important factor to protect children from the dangers of smoking, drinking and […]

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Why branding ISIS matters »


“ISIS, ISIL, Islamic State — or whatever you want to call it.” That’s how one NPR reporter referred to the new face of terror this week as the United States prepares for another long, hard struggle against a brutal enemy of humanity. What’s in name? After all, evil by any other name remains evil. When […]

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DAVE SAYS: Avoid interest on loan? »

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave, In an attempt to improve my bad credit I recently bought a new car, which I financed at 17.9 percent for 72 months. If I make the minimum payment of $468 a month, I’ll end up paying about $13,000 in interest alone. Is there a formula I can use to avoid paying all […]

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A closer look at the ‘College Experience’ »


Across the United States, public universities are focusing on providing resident students with the “college experience.” With the movement to present lectures online as a strictly audio-visual experience, there is a natural feeling that something is missing from the post-high school experience. This has led administrators to contrive to restore the social interactions that occur […]

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Now That’s Rural: Shevy Smith »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development May 1, 2014. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is announcing its nominations for the Emmys. One of those recognized is a young woman from rural Kansas. Shevy Smith is a singer-songwriter in California. Last week we met her brother Craig Smith, an […]

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Do you want some hogwash with that burger? »

OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer and public speaker.

Burger King bills itself as “home of the Whopper,” a name intended to convey to burger eaters that this one is a whale of a deal. But “whopper” also means a prevarication, a crock, a tall tale — hogwash. Both meanings apply to Burger King’s current effort to take over Tim Hortons, a Canadian coffee-and-doughnut […]

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Praising Bossie — the underrated star of the farm »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Talk to farmers, stockmen and ranchers – most will tell you how much they love their cows. Problem is this humble and in most cases easy-going beast rarely receives the praise associated with the noble show horse or one of the so-called smartest creatures, the squealing pig. No one extols the virtues of this contented […]

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‘Forrest Gump’ edges out ‘The Identical’ »

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One of the things I’ve been enjoying most about living in Kansas City is the bevy of older films that are brought back to theaters for special engagements. This past weekend the only new film that opened in Hays was “The Identical,” which is apparently about twin brothers separated at birth, one of whom becomes […]

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DAVE SAYS: We need help with our budget! »

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave, My husband and I have been living on a budget for a few months, and for some reason there seems to be leaks in our budget. It’s just a few dollars here and there, but added together it makes a huge dent. Can you give us some advice? Joy Dear Joy, This kind […]

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Roberts: First Amendment must be preserved (VIDEO) »


WASHINGTON – Taking to the floor of the U.S. Senate, Senator Pat Roberts on Monday night defended the First Amendment against Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid’s attempts to silence opposition. Senator Roberts is the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration which has jurisdiction over federal election law. “Our founding fathers knew […]

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Absentee professors »


At some public universities across the nation, faculty parking lots are half empty after noon. Good colleges and universities have traditionally had good teaching faculty. They not only taught their courses well, but they had ample office hours. Their doors were open to students who have further questions, needed extra help, or sought academic advice. […]

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