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DAVE SAYS: Where’s the safety factor? »

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave, I’m retired, and currently I have about 5 percent of my retirement savings in gold and silver I’ve been acquiring over the last few years. I’ve seen gold prices decline significantly, and I’m wondering if I should hang on to it as a safety factor in the event the economy goes bad in […]

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USD 388 BOE votes to move junior high »

Ellis HS

Ellis USD 388 On Monday, February 9, at the monthly meeting of the USD 388 Board of Education, a decision was made regarding the moving of junior high students from the Washington Grade School attendance center to Ellis High School for the fall semester of the 2015- 2016 school year. Following a lengthy discussion concerning […]

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No eggs for breakfast? »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

The egg is in hot water again thanks to recent reports of high cholesterol levels in the U.S. population. With this linkage between high serum cholesterol and coronary heart disease (CHD), these studies and others have led people to believe CHD is the fault of “those dirty rotten eggs.” Not so fast. The three major […]

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SELZER: Insurance Matters »


The first three weeks of my tenure as Kansas Insurance Commissioner have reinforced my desire to make the Kansas Insurance Department (KID) as responsive, businesslike and constituent-friendly as we can. That is the only way to do our business of insurance regulation. The Kansas Statutes Annotated, the state’s book of laws, identifies the department’s responsibilities […]

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HAWVER: Name-calling in the Kansas Legislature »


Remember those times when you thought you were being made fun of? When maybe someone at the table says, “No, I wanted the salt, that’s the white stuff…” or a friend says, “Never mind, I was hoping to borrow a comb, but a guy like you probably doesn’t have one…” Well, that’s happening with more […]

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REVIEW: ‘SpongeBob’ and the right frame of mind »

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“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water” is the second film to follow the antics of SpongeBob SquarePants. I was really into “SpongeBob” for a long time. The show started airing when I was middle school and my friends and I thought it was a riot. The early seasons found a chaotic clash of humor […]

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USD 388 to consider moving Junior High during meeting tonight »

Ellis HS

Ellis USD 388 ELLIS–During their Monday meeting, Ellis USD 388 board members will discuss the possibility of moving the Junior High 7th and 8th grade classes to Ellis High School. The move has been considered and discussed over recent years to look at various scenarios of how this could be implemented. At tonight’s meeting, the Board of […]

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Freezer-ready slow cooker meals can be safe and delicious »

Linda Beech

This time of year tends to bring out the organization skills in some people. I hear a lot about freezing meals ahead of time to make dinner easier when everyone arrives home. I support this concept, but as I scroll through creative web pages, blogs and other social media, I become concerned that what was […]

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EXPLORING KAN. OUTDOORS: You just shot what? »


I figure I’ve written this outdoor column long enough by now that I’ve earned license to ramble a little, so here goes. Most of you have heard by now, whether you’re outdoor enthusiasts or not, that a bald eagle was found shot to death last week near Marion Reservoir. Each winter, several hundred bald eagles […]

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Looking forward to Valentine’s Day at the Kansas Room »

Lucia Bain is Kansas Room librarian at Hays Public Library.

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. There is no good reason for this since I was almost always single for the most dreaded singles’ holiday of the year. In high school, all of the cafeteria tables would be left up after lunch and as deliveries of flowers, balloons and stuffed animals arrived at […]

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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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Troy L. Waymaster, 109th House District State Representative February 6, 2015 Senate Bill 4: Fixing the 2015 Budget In last week’s newsletter, I mentioned that House Appropriations committee was working on the Governor’s budget revisions for the 2015 fiscal year to address the $278.7 million shortfall. The bill was amended and passed out of Appropriations […]

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Vaccines, science and the limits of freedom »


Alarm over the current measles outbreak that began mid-December in Disneyland, California — more than 100 cases in 14 states reported in January — has renewed debate about laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia mandating that students be vaccinated for certain diseases before entering school. At issue are the religious and […]

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Bailed-out banker lectures about fairness »

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

Jamie Dimon is annoyed. He’s fed up with the populist attitude that’s sweeping the country. He’s not going to take it anymore. That’s why he recently bleated to reporters that “banks are under assault.” Well, not every bank. He was talking about JPMorgan Chase — America’s largest Wall Street empire, which Dimon heads. Government regulators, […]

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