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John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Pre-packaged, vacuum-packed, just add water. Many of us in Kansas live in a world where food comes fast – so fast we all forget how it arrives at our table. We forget it comes from the hard labor and calloused hands of Kansas farmers. Our food also comes from Kansas ranchers who work miles of […]

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Setting records and making history »

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I had a recent submission titled “A president like none other.” In my writing, I mentioned Barack Obama’s upbringing as a Muslim, his admission to doing drugs in high school, mentored by a card-carrying communist, friends with an American terrorist, supported in his campaigns by many socialist groups, accusing Christians of killing in the name […]

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FHSU students running for Student Government positions »

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Submitted by Ulises Gonzalez Fort Hays State University students Ulises Gonzalez, a Garden City junior, and junior Molly Morgan, a Wilson junior, are campaigning for the 2015-16 academic year for the Student Government Association Presidential and Vice Presidential seats, respectively. Gonzalez is a double major in Management and Tourism & Hospitality Management. He currently serves […]

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REVIEW: ‘Furious 7′ is a hollow embarrassment »

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One of the inevitable side effects of watching a movie every weekend for over three years is becoming a little jaded. It becomes harder to please anyone who has ever say in the critics’ seat because they have seen how the sausage is made, so to speak. I try to anticipate and adjust for my […]

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Athletics or academics? »

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“March Madness” is over. Now name the strong academic programs at Duke University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Kentucky, or Michigan State University? Most Americans can identify their mascots. Most can tell you which team had the tallest players. But we haven’t a clue about academic programs. Most alumni relate to their alma […]

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Disappointed in Kansas school funding flap »

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After reading recent articles in Kansas newspapers, the challenges facing its citizens regarding public education brings many unanswered questions in light of recent state Supreme Court rulings and the work that was done in the past to equalize school finance across Kansas. As a former Kansas school member and CPA, I am disappointed with what […]

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Exploring Kan. Outdoors: Close encounter of the outdoor kind »

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It’s not every day one of my editors asks me to spend the afternoon hunting with them. He wanted to try some spring coyote calling and I needed a story for this week, so off we went. Mike Alfers, owner and editor of the Rural Messenger, has for many years hunted a large parcel of […]

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Hays commission candidate speaks out on 1990s arrest »

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As you know, I am currently running for a seat on the Hays City Commission. As it works out, this has made me a target of sorts for some ridicule. In a recent Facebook comment made by a former police officer. He made a statement along the lines that the people of Hays forget things […]

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Fry now, pay later: Protect skin from sun damage »

Linda Beech

The warm sunny days this week gave us an early glimpse of summer. Suddenly, everywhere I looked I saw children, college students and adults in shorts and sleeveless shirts, working and playing in the sun. But, as welcoming as these first summery days have been, they are the beginning of problems for some. Our sun-worshipping […]

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How to get rich quick! »

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For those of you who can remember bringing the new century in on January 1, 2000, several predictions were made about the new millennium, and numerous books were being sold that probably made some author or publishing house a substantial amount of money. Cars were supposed to stop in their tracks, planes were supposed to […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: One-page defense of higher education »

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The Kansas Senate wants a one-page explanation of higher education’s value. Here goes:   Kansas Senate Bill 191 would require state universities to issue a “prospectus” to each incoming student. On one page, it would give job placement rates and median salaries, average time between degree completion and job placement, and the number of years […]

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Now That’s Rural: Dan Atkisson, Lady Luck Ironworks in NW Kan. »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development As the rodeo queen rides by, the light flashes from the fancy spurs which she wears on her boots. These attractive spurs were created by a couple of cowboys from rural Kansas. Dan Atkisson and Tyler Brown are the co-owners of Lady Luck Ironworks, the […]

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Indiana fallout poisons well for religious freedom »

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Nationwide outrage over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) — signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence on March 26 — is a remarkable sign of just how far the country has come on the issue of civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Everyone from basketball luminary Charles Barkley to Apple […]

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