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For religious freedom and LGBT rights, a year of decision »


The New Year begins much like the old year ended with bitter, emotional clashes between proponents of LGBT rights and religious objectors to same-sex marriage. When same-sex weddings commenced in Florida on January 6, several county clerks immediately announced that although required by law to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, they will […]

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Now That’s Rural: Brian and Michelle Roberts, Miami County Trolley »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development Let’s hit the trail. It’s not a biking trail or a hiking trail, this is a wine trail. Now it is possible to hit this wine trail by trolley. During the past two weeks, we learned about the growing wine business in Miami County, Kansas. […]

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Letter: Keeping a close tab on city expenses »

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Letter to Hays city commissioners: I was disappointed to see the vote for the $22,000 we decided to spend on an air compressor! Clearly this has not been shopped! It took me less than 20 minutes to find tons of 185CFM air compressors that are diesel powered for far less and many if not most […]

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#JeSuisCharlie — another way to say ‘Freedom’ »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

Cowards! There’s no other word for the armed gunmen who killed 12 people in the attack Wednesday on the Parisian offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Once again, terrorists ignore the lessons of history: individuals may be silenced by violence from time to time, but ideas live on and ultimately will find their way […]

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Education schools lack a paradigm »


No one has suggested we let people practice medicine just for taking the medical board test. And no one suggests you can be a lawyer if you have been a policeman for five years. So why do folks have so little respect for teaching and allow these end runs for teacher licensure? Most evidence for […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: Sam B.’s plan breaks the family budget »

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After years of inconclusive discussion with his family about lifestyle and consumption issues, Sam B. made a radical decision. He said to his boss, “I want you to cut my income by 10 percent. I know that things are beginning to pick up around here, and my last performance review rated me as superior, but […]

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Consumer-savvy farmers change with the times »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

While food safety will always be the cornerstone of our production process, allegiance is making inroads into why and where consumers buy their products. The majority of today’s shoppers enjoys and often takes for granted the expanded menu in supermarkets. They look forward to shopping in a meat case filled with dozens of new cuts, […]

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Make New Year’s Resolutions that stick! »

Linda Beech

New Year’s resolutions have a tendency to be made with enthusiasm and determination. Unfortunately, often they’re forgotten by the time February rolls around! Here are 7 simple ways to make New Year’s resolutions that stick and help you accomplish your goals. 1. Think short term. For most people, making a resolution for the entire year […]

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Changes in store at annual Hays chamber banquet »

Tammy Wellbrock, Hays Chamber of Commerce Executive Director

We at the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce have done something crazy. Sometimes, it takes a lot of courage (or insanity) to try something different. After surveying our members, talking to our sponsors and asking our board of directors, we decided to step into unfamiliar territory. For the first time since I took the helm […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ »


“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo This New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. I’m a compulsive declutterer, which means I keep re-cluttering. Imagine my delight when I picked up this […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Interview’ and putting a wrap on 2014 »

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The discussion and the controversy surrounding “The Interview” has been well and truly played out. Given Kansas City’s larger selection of movie theaters, I was able to see it on the big screen. For those reading in Hays, the film is available via iTunes – making it one of very few features films to be […]

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HAWVER: Wading into the school-funding confusion yet again »


Another court panel has said, again, that the state isn’t spending enough money to provide K-12 students in every school district in the state with the education they need to meet the state’s new Rose Standards, which presumably set them up for successful lives. The decision, which will presumably someday be affirmed or modified by […]

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HINEMAN: Large budget shortfalls in Kan. await solution »

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It has become obvious that the upcoming legislative session will deal with very significant budget shortfalls.  The state’s revenues have been very disappointing in recent months, and we are facing a $294 million budget shortfall for the remainder of this fiscal year, followed by a shortfall of $436 million by the end of the next […]

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