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Religion. Press. Speech. Assembly. Petition. Seigenthaler. »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

Freedom of Speech has lost one of its most eloquent voices. Freedom of Religion is today without one of its truest believers. Freedom of the Press has one less compelling writer — and one of its most exceptional editors. Freedom of Assembly has one less person to stand with others — 50 years after he […]

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Krugman ignores economic facts in NY Times commentary »

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A recent New York Times column by Paul Krugman titled “Charlatans, Cranks and Kansas” is a scolding diatribe about Kansas tax reform that’s loaded with politic opinions but devoid of economics.   Krugman takes the position that tax reform is a failure because Kansas is not experiencing the type of economic activity that Governor Brownback […]

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Citizenship rules keeping Kansas voters in suspense »


Anyone else a little curious about what happens when maybe 17,000 or so Kansans show up to vote in the Aug. 5 primary election and are told that they don’t really need to bother with most of the ballot? Huh? Yes, there are still about 17,000 Kansans who are in “suspense” and that means they […]

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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ shines »

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“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is a remarkable follow-up to 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Most sequels these days are rehashes of the same story told in a louder and more obnoxious way. “Dawn,” on the other hand, evolves: it builds on its predecessor and adapts to build a life […]

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DAVE SAYS: Who do you want to hang out with? »

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Dear Dave, I have job offers from two tech companies. One is in San Antonio and pays $55,000 a year, while the other is in Silicon Valley making $100,000 a year. My friends are advising me to move to California, but I feel like I’d have more money in my budget if I moved to […]

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Don’t like taxes? Walgreen CEO has a prescription for you »

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

How would you react if one of your neighbors announced that while he obviously benefits from having clean water, highways, Medicare, police protection, parks, schools, and other public services, he was no longer going to pay his share of the taxes that make them available? And what if this neighbor also said he was renouncing […]

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It’s time for ‘All-American Flair at the Ellis County Fair’ »


The 2014 Ellis County Fair will be held on the fairgrounds in northwest Hays on July 12 to 19. Events, entertainment and exhibits will feature the fair theme “All-American Flair at the Ellis County Fair.” There’s fun for everyone at the fair. Traditional evening events include two nights of races, two nights of rodeo, a […]

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Kansas Wheat Scoop: Suburban family goes rural »


By JORDAN HILDEBRAND Kansas Wheat Farming is a dirty job, but someone has to do it. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, less than one percent of Americans are farmers that dot the rural landscape. So, many Americans don’t have the opportunity to get “farm ” dirty. But, the Kansas Farm Food Connection […]

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Beyond the outrage, is Hobby Lobby decision a win-win? »


Outrage over the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case reached fever pitch this week as congressional Democrats prepare to introduce legislation to reverse the ruling. “Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business,” Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., told the New York Times. “Since the Supreme Court decided it will not protect women’s […]

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Elevators taking in less grain this harvest »


By JORDAN HILDEBRAND Kansas Wheat Eric Sperber, representative of Cornerstone Ag LLC in Colby, said that the area was at the halfway point for this year’s harvest. His facility has already been receiving wheat for a week, but he hopes that with cooperating weather farmers will be done within the next week. He reported the […]

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Poll: Water warning or water watch? »

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After significant rainfall in June, the Hays City Commission on Thursday will consider lifting the Stage 2 water warning and returning to a Stage 1 water watch. What do you think? Click HERE for more information on the issue and a complete agenda for the 6:30 p.m. commission meeting at City Hall.

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Booking photos no longer will be published »


For more than a year, Hays Post has published booking photos of suspects arrested by the Hays Police Department. While they are certainly among the most viewed pages on the website, the concerns about publishing those photos have greatly outweighed any positive feedback. At least temporarily and pending a thoughtful review, Hays Post no longer […]

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Busy week of activities in Ellis »

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I wanted to let you all know that the Alliance office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon this week. I am helping with VBS at the Methodist Church in the afternoons. I will return after 3 p.m. if you need something. You can also contact me by phone and I’ll return the call […]

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