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Transfer of personal belongings can create celebration or challenge »

Linda Beech

Almost everyone has personal belongings such as wedding photographs, a baseball glove, holiday ornaments, a beloved doll or a yellow pie plate that contain meaning for them and for other members of their family. These heirlooms and personal possessions are known as non-titled property because they do not have a legal title which establishes rules […]

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Research does not support government handouts to business »


When George Washington left office, he issued a “Farewell Address” in which he warned our young nation to avoid foreign entanglements. Now I’m leaving office, and I have a farewell warning for the Hays City Commission. As you read my opening words, you may have immediately said to yourself, “I knew George Washington, and you, […]

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REVIEW: ‘Cinderella’ is worthy of its crown »

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First of all, I want to apologize for missing my review of “Chappie” last week. I believe that I’ve only missed one review in my three year tenure of writing movie reviews. The punchline would have been: skip it, it has an interesting concept that is mired in terrible writing and is almost entirely unlikeable. […]

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HAWVER: School finance fills the plate in Topeka »


Well, it’s fast-and-furious at the Statehouse, with financing of public schools mesmerizing most of the legislators and hangers-on who either have an interest in public schools or are wondering what happens to the issues they care about while the school issue boils. The school issue? How does the state distribute the roughly $3 billion a […]

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Roll Out the Rain Barrel project saves water, reduces polllutants »

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Stacie Minson, KSU Watershed Specialist Big Creek Middle Smoky Hill River Watersheds Working with urban homeowners in teaching and educating on water quality issues is important to protect Big Creek and local water supplies. The average homeowner is mostly unaware that their daily habits affect water quality. In most people’s minds, they pay a monthly […]

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Exploring Kan. Outdoors: Good sticks, cow poop and sheds, oh my! »


We had our grandson Jacob Friesen for the afternoon and night, and we always try to plan some “in-the-woods” time when he’s here. We needed to bring our deer-blind-trailer in for the summer, so the afternoon was planned around that trip, and as unlikely as it was, hoping we could find an elusive dropped deer […]

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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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March 13, 2015 Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative Kansas House district, 109 The Classroom Learning Assuring Student Success Act A great deal of time was spent listening, debating and reviewing the components of House Substitute for Senate Bill 7, Creating the Classroom Learning Assuring Student Success Act (CLASS) also known as the block grant funding […]

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Bagpipers help ring in the spring at HPL »

Lucia Bain is Kansas Room librarian at Hays Public Library.

Some say that March “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a little less lion and a little more lamb. I think everyone feels this way, which is odd since we’ve had a fairly mild winter with little snow or ice. However, […]

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Testing the limits of ‘free speech’ (Warning: Explicit language) »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

Once again, the brutal language of racism tests our commitment to free speech. Only a bigot could approve of the chant using the “N-word” sung by Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) members at the University of Oklahoma on a charter bus Saturday, loudly proclaiming African Americans would never be admitted to their fraternity chapter and gleefully […]

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KANSAS INSIGHT: Red state politics in state and nation »


Since 2010, Republican majorities have grown, now controlling both houses of Congress and 30 state legislatures, along with 31 governorships. Look at a congressional district map of the U.S., and you’ll see an ocean of red, bounded by blue slivers on the coasts and some blue patches in the upper Midwest and around various urban […]

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Hawver: Kan. Supreme Court and the Bill of Rights »


Because in Topeka most everything is political, the Kansas Supreme Court issued an opinion last week that puts it on the side of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution—and is probably wondering whether anyone noticed. That Fourth Amendment, you might recall from your high school government class, is the protection from unreasonable searches and […]

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Connecting the dots looking backward »

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“Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and the traveler, there might begin a mutual love.” — Roman Payne I remember my parents, co-workers, friends and others wondered why I wanted to take the 10-mile hike up I-635 followed by a nearly 230-mile journey west to […]

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To green or not to green? »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Caring for the environment used to be tough duty. However, during the last couple of decades, it’s become a marketing opportunity. Manufacturers are churning out more and more environmentally friendly products and retailers are finding in many cases they can be sold at a premium. But beware – not everything sold in the green garden […]

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