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Afghanistan’s poppy output hits new highs »

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

I have breaking news from the frontlines of the war. No, not the new war in Iraq. That really is Iraq War III for us — our nation’s third trip there in just 25 years. Maybe the third try will be the charm, though I really don’t think there’s anything charming about it. Nor do […]

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EXPLORING: The Great Coon Bait Caper »


When it comes to eating habits, raccoons are a lot like teenage boys; they’ll eat anything that smells good, and a lot of things that don’t. Common home-grown coon baits are marshmallows, jelly beans, peanut butter, barbeque sauce, maple syrup and cream style corn. There are people raking in the dough selling custom baked pet […]

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Moran: Honoring all who served »


On Veterans Day, Americans gather to remember and celebrate the selfless acts of those who served in defense our country. We demonstrate our respect and appreciation for the liberty and safety secured by the actions of military men and women. But truly honoring their service requires action not just on November 11th, but every day. […]

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Seeing the news — from every angle — is necessary to report it »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

Things are not “looking up” when it comes to our ability to “look down” or just around to keep an eye on what our police and other authorities are doing. In several high-profile incidents and elsewhere, police have moved to block the public from effectively seeing what they are doing at scenes. Those actions put […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: A closer look at the Brownback coalition win »

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The Republican coalition headed by Governor Sam Brownback prevailed with Kansas voters on Election Day this past week. The governor fought off a fierce challenge from House Minority Leader Paul Davis and his running mate, Jill Docking. The Republican victory was aided by a national mood that turned the U.S. Senate red, made the U.S. […]

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Now That’s Rural: Tom Miller, ag pilot »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development “Have a SAFE flight!” That’s the type of sentiment which we might express to a loved one as they depart on an airplane. In this case, the term SAFE also applies to a program which encouraged safety and precision in the work of agricultural pilots. […]

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Kansas teachers union offers statement on 2014 election »


As we do each election cycle, Kansas public school teachers who are members of KNEA gathered in committees across the state to begin the process of interviewing candidates for state offices. Our interviews were focused squarely on issues related to strong public schools and student success. Kansans have voted, but long before election day Kansas […]

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Farm Bureau congratulates winners, urges new political outlook »

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Kansas Farm Bureau President Steve Baccus today released a statement following last night’s election. “On behalf of the farmers and ranchers in Kansas, we want to congratulate the winners of last night’s election, both on the state and national level,” Steve Baccus, Kansas Farm Bureau president said. “Many races were hard fought, and the outcomes […]

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Car Talk’s Magliozzi was ‘real voice, real person’ »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

If you notice your car’s headlights dimming soon for just a second, here’s why: The news is getting around that Tom Magliozzi, one of National Public Radio’s most popular personalities, died Nov. 3 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Tom, 77, was one half of the renowned “Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers,” along with his […]

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The saga of long term care »

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The cost of long term care continues to be a major issue with many people in their later years.  To create a “nest egg” for retirement, only to see it disappear because of an extended long term care stay would truly be a shame. And this could certainly throw the retirement numbers off dramatically. Often […]

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Brothers in arms and family ties »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Nov. 11 this nation will once again celebrate Veteran’s Day. While I’m a veteran myself, the first person I think about when it comes to veterans is my Grandpa Bert Becker. Not only was he an early hero of mine, he was one handsome, smiling young farm boy from Phillips County when he marched away […]

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Kansas ‘suspense’ voters likely not a factor »


Best guesses so far are that those 25,360 Kansans whose voter registration applications are in “suspense” aren’t going to yield much in the way of post-Election Day results changes for any candidates. Which means that the election’s results from Tuesday are probably just how it’s going to be, and waiting for the final county canvassing […]

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Networking with peers creates optimism — and a bevy of ideas »

Tammy Wellbrock, Hays Chamber of Commerce Executive Director

Attending conferences allows for a wealth of knowledge to be consumed. The first of October, I attended the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Kansas fall conference. Attending with me were approximately 50 other directors from across the state. From swapping funny stories to lending a supportive ear, I continue to be amazed at how much […]

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