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INSIGHT KANSAS: The rest of the story »

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Growing up, listening to 1950s’ AM radio, I’d regularly hear the breathless, distinctive Paul Harvey talk about “the rest of the story.” It was true then, true now. There’s almost always something more. This year in Kansas, despite the juicy, if distressing, headlines on the budget and taxes, the “rest of the story” is likely […]

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The etiquette of thank-you notes »

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The months of May and June are an especially busy season for gift-giving: graduations, baby showers, bridal showers, weddings and other special occasions. When we give someone a gift, we try to choose something we feel they will really like.  We wrap it nicely and present it to them with great expectations.  We can’t wait […]

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SCHLAGECK: Land is sacred »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Almost every farmer has said in one way or another, “My life begins with the land.” Look at it any way you want but this bedrock principle remains as it has for generations. Land ownership is the key to farming and ranching. Farmers are proud of the crops they grow and the land they work. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Inside Out’ is a triumphant wonder »

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary site defines “art” as follows: something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings. In short, Pixar’s latest triumph, “Inside Out” is the very definition of “art.” Great art, in its many wonderful forms, always expresses ideas and asks the hard questions. […]

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HAWVER: Tax vote an early look at 2016 re-election campaigns »

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The election—the important one, for Republican candidates for the Kansas House and Senate in August 2016—is just starting to heat up. No, not many candidate filings yet, no radio and Internet commercials or those little brochures stuck in the screen door—but that election is starting right now. Reason? It’s that of the 97 Republicans in […]

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Exploring Kansas Outdoors: American Eagle Day »

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On June 20, 1872, the Great Seal of the United States was adopted, sporting the bald eagle at its center, and for the past 232 years the bald eagle has served as the living symbol of freedom, courage, strength, spirit, independence and excellence, all the things America stands for. Last Saturday, June 20, was proclaimed […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: 2015 legislative session was an epic disaster »

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The Kansas Legislature has adjourned after the longest session in its history. While high fives and fist bumps characterized the final acts among legislators Friday, in truth they went home with tails between their legs. The 2015 Kansas legislative session was a disaster on par with the movie “San Andreas.” Only Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson […]

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Dead Wake’ by Erik Larson »

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“Dead Wake” by Erik Larson On May 1, 1915, with World War I entering its 10th month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had […]

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China’s second-generation rich »

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Before 1980, all of the people of China were equal — equally poor. From higher government positions to urban school teachers, 700 Yuan (divide by 6 for U.S. dollars) was a top monthly salary. Then Deng Xiao-ping announced “to get rich is glorious!” It was a massive change in economic policy. By allowing market forces […]

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Exploring Kan. Outdoors: If only that old shed could talk »

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Today it’s nothing but a dilapidated pile of old lumber in the middle of a wheat field; so far off the road in fact that it takes binoculars to even see it there. We locals don’t even notice it anymore and neither would anyone else were it not for the few trees and old windmill […]

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Waymaster: From the Dome to Home »

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June 15, 2015 Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, Kansas House District, 109 Tax Policy for the State of Kansas: Senate Substitute for House Bill 2109 Friday, June 12, marked the 113th day of the 2015 Legislative Session, the longest session in history for the state of Kansas. Early on Friday morning, the House passed Senate […]

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Tell me it isn’t so! »

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I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. It is laughable in a way, actually hilarious in that it is so far fetched. Unfortunately, what is so very sad, there are a lot of people who believe this off the wall rhetoric I am about to mention. Has our president gone off his rocker claiming […]

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SCHLAGECK: Battling the summertime moth brigade »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

It seems like only yesterday when I raced my buddies down the red-carpeted ramp of the Pix Theater in Hoxie trying to nail down those good seats. You know the ones I’m talking about – those in the front row where tennis shoes could be heard latching into congealed soda from the earlier matinee. Back […]

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