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REVIEW: ‘Fury’ is visceral and slightly shapeless »

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First and foremost, the action and violence that are on display in “Fury” and equally riveting and revolting. It’s been a good long while since a film really captured the horror of war and put it front and center. When coupled with great set design, realistic effects and beautiful cinematography, this film provides a haunting […]

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In praise of hunting »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

During the early days of our country, settlers hunted out of necessity. While farming and trading provided them with a great deal of food, it wasn’t enough for sustenance. In order to survive, they hunted, fished and trapped wildlife where they lived and worked. Today, hunting in America offers two major benefits to society: wildlife […]

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A closer look at Community Improvement Districts »

Aaron White

The Community Improvement District (CID) program was passed by state legislation in 2009. The CID program is designed as a tool to help finance public and private development. This includes public infrastructure, such as public streets, curb and gutter, public utilities, etc., as well as private buildings: renovations, new construction, additions, etc. Communities all over […]

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‘Other’ candidates keep close eye on ugly fights at the top »


Some of those folks whose names are down a ways on the ballot — say at the Kansas House of Representatives slot — are starting to wonder just what the intense, often mean-spirited and sometimes ridiculous campaigns at the top will do to or for them. This year has the appearance of becoming one of […]

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America’s grand fortunes go overboard »


Imagine yourself part of the typical American family. Your household would have, the Federal Reserve reported in September, a net worth of $81,200. That’s not a whole lot of money. But half of America’s households would actually have less wealth than you do. Now imagine that your net worth suddenly quadrupled, to about $325,000. That […]

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Hays Post feature will begin ‘Exploring Kansas Outdoors’ »


Hays Post is excited to announce a new feature geared toward outdoorsmen. Steve Gilliland’s “Exploring Kansas Outdoors” is a weekly feature focusing on everything from traditional hunting and trapping to falconry and frog hunting. Gilliland, who resides in Inman, is published in several Kansas newspapers — and HaysPost.com will be his first online-only venture. “When […]

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Helping children be good eaters »

Linda Beech

Several years ago, I was lucky enough to meet one of my heroes. She didn’t wear a white cowboy hat or leap tall buildings, but she saved me nonetheless. Her name is Ellyn Satter and her book Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense taught me the how’s and why’s of feeding my […]

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Teachers: No one to vote ‘for’ »


At both national and state levels, politicians on both sides of the aisle are treating teachers as assembly line workers. Kansas was the second state to lose due process (“tenure”). These first two efforts were driven by mean-spirited conservatives whose behind-the-scenes motivation was clearly “fire ‘em.” A month later, California was the third state where […]

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Happy Handmade Home’ by Larson, Chapman »


“Happy Handmade Home” by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman Step inside the world of Elsie and Emma, the sisters behind the décor blog A Beautiful Mess.  With tiny budgets and a crafty, can-do attitude, they overhauled each room in their first homes with DIY projects using family photos, vibrant fabrics, flea-market finds, and affordable furniture. […]

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Putting blame where it belongs »

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We aren’t going to win any friends among our peers within the media, but we think it’s important to come clean. Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature aren’t to blame because their massive tax cut policy has failed to live up to expectations. It’s our fault, and by “our” I mean the media, because […]

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Crossing party lines to vote for Senate challenger »

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One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different outcomes. Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem to spend all their time yelling across the aisle at each other, playing partisan games, then wondering why the real problems do not get solved. Budgets don’t get passed, and gridlock is a […]

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What will keep unfounded Ebola reports from ‘going viral?’ »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

So how scared should we be about the worldwide Ebola virus crisis? For nearly all of us, the answer to that question will come through what we see, hear and read in the news media and in the U.S. that places a unique burden on those free to print, broadcast or post stories as they […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: The most important election in your lifetime »


Do elections matter? The short answer is an emphatic “Yes,” even though it’s easy to be cynical and disillusioned. In 1974, state senate president Robert Bennett, a moderate Republican, came from far behind to edge attorney general Vern Miller, a relatively conservative Democrat. The differences were clear between Bennett, the bearded Johnson County policy wonk […]

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