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Kan. schools: Real problems need real solutions »


On Thursday, the Coalition of Innovative School Districts presents their plan to the State Board of Education to allow local districts to license their own teachers. While this plan would de-professionalize teaching, their arguments point out some problems with the present system that need to be corrected. Their request for “…complete and total freedom from […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Longest Ride’ is just a commute »

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“The Longest Ride” is certainly far from the most arduous experiences I’ve had at the cinema but it certainly travels down a well-worn and often-used road. Starring Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott Eastwood, and Britt Robertson, “The Longest Ride” tells the story of two connected couples separated by time. The base love stories are nothing original […]

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Moran’s Memo: Time to replace our broken tax code »

Sen. Jerry Moran

On April 15, some Americans are going to lose a lot of money – but not in a way you might expect. The federal government owes quite a few tax refund checks to taxpayers who don’t even know they are due for a refund. In Kansas, more than 6,000 people did not claim tax money […]

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SCHLAGECK: Land – the cultural harvest »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Next week marks the 45th anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. The first Earth Day celebration occurred April 22, 1970. This is also a special week for those farmers and ranchers who are involved with the production of food, fuel and fiber. The original premise of Earth Day was […]

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EWING: Finally, a Christian American party »

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Yes, a Christian American Party is being formed. A new political party that will REPRESENT “WE THE PEOPLE”. This is for any Christian American who believes in God and is willing to stand up to help restore America back into a Christian nation. God has said you are either for Him or you are against […]

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HAWVER: Social issues take center stage in hard-right session »


It’s the social policy stuff that has been Gov. Sam Brownback’s big wins so far in the 2015 Legislature, with abortion and welfare programs reshaped to his liking—and maybe putting Kansas in the national spotlight under his tenure. His first-term tax cuts, bigger than he wanted but he took them anyway, are playing out, but […]

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Rolling Stone lesson: Tracking down facts does matter — a lot »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

An old slam on tabloid journalism was that its best practitioners “never let the facts get in the way of a good story.” Thanks to Rolling Stone magazine’s abject retraction of a 2014 article, “A Rape on Campus,” we now are offered a new twist on that old saw — never let a lack of […]

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Exploring Kan. Outdoors: If you love them, then leave them »


One of our city employees called me at work today to tell me that an owl was perched in a tree in the city park just a few feet above where the guys were cutting up a tree felled by a recent storm. He said it just sat there while they worked just below it, […]

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Linda Beech: Living Well–The Caregiving Journey »

Linda Beech

As America ages, more of us will find ourselves caring for a spouse, parent, other family member or close friend. In fact, family members and friends provide about eighty percent of long-term care in our country today. The high cost and shortage of trained caregivers, the desire to provide personalized care within the family, and […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: Wither the West? »

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Whether you have lived in western Kansas for a decade, as I have, or a lifetime, you tend to be independent. The region was built by hardy stock, refugees from the Kaiser and Ivan the Terrible. Compared with Wichita and suburban Kansas City, west of Interstate 135 might as well be another state. After one […]

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Hays earns Tree City USA for 36th year »

Janis Lee, Hays Beautification Committee

Janis Lee, Hays Beautification Committee The city of Hays has earned the honor of being named a Tree City USA again this year for the 36th year in a row. The Tree City USA program is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America. Communities achieve […]

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Will Kansas de-professionalize teaching? »


There is a shortage of medical doctors in rural Western Kansas. Why not allow pharmacists, nurses and veterinarians practice medicine? Presume that we have a shortage of lawyers as well. Why not let policemen practice law? We don’t. It would “de-professionalize” these fields. But this is what was proposed at the March Kansas State Board […]

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Couture-Lovelady: A closer look at constitutional carry »

Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady, R-Palco

The Kansas House took up a bill I have been working on for some time last week and the Governor in a ceremony and press conference in his office signed the bill. The House engaged in a lengthy debate over SB 45, which I carried on the House floor. The bill would allow the concealed […]

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