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Create peace of mind by building an emergency fund »

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By LINDA BEECH K-State Research and Extension Make saving a priority to help cushion the impact of financial emergencies. According to an annual survey conducted by Bankrate.com more than a quarter of Americans have no emergency savings. Of those who do have savings, 67 percent have less than six months worth of expenses saved. Having […]

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Washington takes action to reform VA »


By Sen. JERRY MORAN In a year when Kansans have been inundated by news reports of incidents of mismanagement and even death caused by failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), there is finally good news to deliver: The U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives came together to pass compromised legislation to […]

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Executing journalists a savage, futile act »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

When will these ISIS terrorist thugs realize that the phrase “U.S. journalist” concerns geography, not political science? Killing journalists from this county does get you headlines, but history tells us that it’s an ignorant, tragic and foolish belief to think that the government of the United States will change geo-political directions because journalists die. Clearly, […]

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Swapping summer for fall as September slips by »

Lucia Bain is Kansas Room librarian at Hays Public Library.

When I was in college, I petitioned my parents for a bicycle as a birthday gift. I saw other students zipping around campus on bicycles and I thought it would be fun to be a part of this crowd. True to my preference for vintage things, I asked specifically for an old-fashioned red bicycle with […]

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Leadership education: It is not a scam »

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Have you ever wanted to make a strategic change in your company? Have you wanted to motivate people to raise awareness for a cause? Have you yearned for policy change in your city? If so, you might have grappled with just how to go about those changes? My answer is by exercising leadership – difficult, […]

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DAVE SAYS: Cash wedding on a budget »

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave, I’m getting married soon, and my fiancée and I together have saved about $9,000 for our wedding. Right now, we’re doing really well on our budgets and almost always have money left over each month. Should we use the extra money to continue paying down our debt, or is it okay to use […]

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EPA water proposal: End of farming as we know it? »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

If the EPA’s proposed rule to redefine waters of the United States becomes law, farming and ranching as we know it today may end. “This is one of the most egregious oversteps of Congressional intent that has happened in modern times,” says Ryan Flickner, Kansas Farm Bureau public policy senior director. “Certainly since the Clean […]

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A toast to lifelong learning »

Tammy Wellbrock, Hays Chamber of Commerce Executive Director

This year, USD 489 kicked off the school year by inviting all faculty and staff to attend a motivational workshop, and they asked yours truly to provide an inspirational message. I was so honored and a bit nervous to speak — I mean, what could I say that could be memorable and interesting for a […]

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Can’t spend our education dollar twice »


Today’s hot topic is: college costs too much! Much anger is focused on public university tuition that has risen faster than health care costs. It might seem that, similar to the medical establishment, higher public education can charge as much tuition as they want and nobody can do anything about it. So what are the […]

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School funding looks to be key issue in governor’s race »


Even before the gubernatorial election campaign kicks off in earnest at the State Fair debate Saturday, the issue of K-12 education appears to be clear or at least outlined well enough by both Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and Democrat House Minority Leader Paul Davis, Lawrence, to put to bed. If  K-12 education is the sole […]

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Blasphemy, free speech and the ‘Black Mass’ in Okla. »


Nothing does more to erode public support for the First Amendment than public stunts deliberately designed to offend people of faith. Think Fred Phelps and his minions waving hateful signs outside churches during military funerals. Or Terry Jones shouting, “Islam is of the Devil,” and setting fire to the Quran. No wonder so many Americans […]

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Perry hams it up »

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

Lawyers will tell you that any good prosecutor could convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. Well, meet that ham sandwich: Governor Rick Perry. He’s a real ham — only not as smart. A Texas grand jury indicted Perry, charging the Republican with official abuse of power. Specifically, he’s accused of threatening to […]

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Now That’s Rural: High Plains Journal »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development July 30, 2014. Indianapolis, Indiana. The American Agricultural Editors’ Association is announcing its national awards, including the Story of the Year. And the winner is: The High Plains Journal from Dodge City, Kansas. Today we’ll learn about this remarkable publication and its emphasis on quality […]

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