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Duke, Muslims and the politics of intimidation »

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What began as a gesture of interfaith hospitality ended badly last week when Duke University suddenly cancelled plans to begin broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer from the bell tower of Duke Chapel every Friday afternoon. The first “call to prayer” was scheduled for January 16 — which, as it happens, was also Religious Freedom […]

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INSIGHT KAN.: With few moderates left, voter mobilization is key »

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Having begun in August, the continuous protests in Ferguson, Mo., now represent the longest period of active protests in the United States since Dr. King and Rosa Parks led the Montgomery Bus boycott in 1955.   In his recent politico.com piece about “the new civil rights movement,” journalist Gene Demby confirmed what organizers from Missouri […]

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KPERS crisis: ‘We can work it out’ »

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The 1965 Beatles song written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon could have just as easily been written by Governor Brownback concerning the Kansas state pension plan (KPERS). A short two years ago the legislators decided it was time to stop “kicking the can down the road” concerning the solvency of the KPERS pension plan, […]

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Danger, dignity and decency »

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“Free speech is an absolute!” is the conclusion of many discussions of the murderous attack on the French satire publisher Charlie Hebdo and North Korean hack attack of SONY’s movie. This level of discussion is embarrassingly shallow. Language that is only “offensive” is indeed protected. The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hustler Magazine vs. Falwell […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Imitation Game’ is an unsung hero »

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“The Imitation Game” is a much smaller release than “American Sniper;” and while I have my doubts that it will ever come to Hays, it it nevertheless an incredible piece of filmmaking that tells the riveting story of the breaking of the Nazi Enigma code during World War II. Benedict Cumberbatch leads a stunning ensemble […]

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Regional farmers market vendor workshop offered in Hays »

Linda Beech

Farmers markets across the state are doing much more than just providing a source of fresh local food.  The vendors offering their products, as well as consumers taking advantage of those items are also stimulating the local economy.  There are now 130 active farmers markets in Kansas compared to the 26 in operation in 1987. […]

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HAWVER: Brownback tosses budget crisis at local schools »

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Gov. Sam Brownback’s first last-gubernatorial-term budget is out, and in some respects, it’s clever and it’s probably close to what he would have liked to have proposed several years ago, but couldn’t because of that darn election business. Now, whether you 433,196 Kansans who voted for him for governor or you 436,306 Kansans who split […]

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REVIEW: ‘American Sniper’ hits its mark »

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War takes many forms. Not all heroes, villains and battlefields are created equal. This week I had the pleasure of seeing two films that painted very different pictures of what it means to take, or save, a life and the harrowing costs of doing so. “American Sniper” tells a tale inspired by the real heroics […]

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Waymaster reacts to State of the State address »

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On Thursday evening, January 15, 2015, Governor Sam Brownback addressed the Senate and the House for his annual State of the State Address which outlined his proposals to address the needs of the state. The main issue during the past election and last couple of months have been the projected shortfalls that the state is […]

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EXPLORING KAN. OUTDOORS: Humane Society of the U.S. »

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As a hunter, fisherman and trapper, I know that the Humane Society of the United States is a very powerful, wealthy, politically active animal rights organization that opposes any use of animals, period, and especially hunting, trapping and even fishing. For some time, I’ve been dismayed as to how the wonderful people at our local […]

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Health risks from radon are preventable »

Linda Beech

There’s a saying: “What you don’t know can’t hurt you…” Whether you agree or disagree, K-State Research and Extension is urging property owners to test for radon during National Radon Awareness Month in January.  Radon is a naturally occurring element produced from radioactive decay in the soil.  The odorless, colorless and tasteless gas is the […]

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Brownback’s ‘sin tax’ plan hurts middle class, poor »

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On Friday’s Jan. 16 KSN -TV evening news, a reporter mentioned that Governor Brownback was going to raise the state cigarette tax from 79 cents a pack to $2.29.  Also, on Saturday morning, the Salina Journal has a front-page story on this same issue.  This is Sam Brownback’s way of getting out of the deficit […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: Spending’s not the culprit for Kansas budget woes »

Duane Goossen crop

Look back 30 years. What did it cost to purchase a car? Eggs? Electricity? Blue jeans? A house? Certainly less than today. Most of us know instinctively that prices will likely be quite a bit higher 30 years in the future. Although Americans are currently enjoying a reprieve in the cost of a gallon of […]

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