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DAVE SAYS: Hands off the 529 »

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave, My wife and I have $25,000 in credit card debt, $2,500 in medical bills and $89,000 each in student loan debt from when we each got our masters’ degrees. We make about $100,000 combined. Our son is 6 years old, and we have $18,000 in a 529 plan for him. Should we use […]

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In Kansas, it’s still all about the budget »


Don’t look for it on any of the palm cards that you find wedged into your screen door, but when all the campaigning and voting is over, whoever makes it to the Kansas House next session is going to be faced with ugly choices about cutting spending or raising taxes. Yes, whoever winds up being […]

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‘Sex Tape’ would be better hidden »

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The premise of “Sex Tape” isn’t that hard to imagine. Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz star as two parents whose love life is being buried under the weight of the daily grind. In order to stave off their marital boredom they decide to make a sex tape. What follows is a mildly amusing journey that […]

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Firefighters Negotiation With City of Hays »


Citizens of Hays, In response to several related media stories regarding the negotiating of salaries between the Hays Firefighters Local 2119 and the City of Hays, the firefighters union would like to express it was our intention to keep negotiated items confidential as they should during this process. However, we feel that the public must […]

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Now That’s Rural: Jill Martin »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development Jill Martin seems to have been born with a love for music. At the age of two, she was walking around singing songs in her rural Kansas home. That love of music would lead to a music career in Nashville, and ultimately to another love […]

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Cargill’s integrity-free soybean oil »

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

Can you have your hypocrisy and eat it, too? I don’t think so. But Cargill Inc. is doing its damndest to invalidate the old admonition that eating your cake today means not having it tomorrow. As a leading producer and user of ingredients that contain genetically manipulated organisms, the food conglomerate with $136.7 billion in […]

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Now That’s Rural: Tonight’s Ellis County Fair performer Logan Mize »

Logan Mize

By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development From a small town to the big stage. That’s a journey which many entertainers have attempted, and it is a tough road. Today we’ll meet a singer-songwriter who is making such a journey. He is not forgetting his small town roots. In fact, he is […]

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DAVE SAYS: No treating student loans like a mortgage »

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave, I have a very large amount of student loan debt. Where would that go in your Baby Steps plan? Jade Dear Jade, Baby Step 2 is where you pay off all debt except for your house. The fact that it’s a large amount of student loan debt doesn’t change anything. Hopefully, with your […]

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Ghostwriters in China »


China Central Television exposed an education scandal and Chinese education officials are scurrying to investigate. It started with a phrase that appeared written inside the bathroom stalls at some high schools in China’s central Henan Province. Essentially, the message read: “To have a good test-taker take the gao kao test for you, call [phone number].” […]

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Savor the fruits of your labor »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Now that gardens across Kansas are bearing vegetables, it’s time to taste, enjoy and appreciate the fruits or our labor. It seems like just a few short weeks ago folks walked to the machine shop, shed or garage and plucked a spade out of one of the dark corners and headed for the garden plot. […]

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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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