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Open letter to the ‘Plant Thief’ »

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Dear Plant Thief, I hope you are enjoying your 12 beautiful “new-to-you” drought resistant stonecrop succulent plants. I’m certain that they are a lovely addition to your yard, and really look snazzy next to your other “borrowed” landscaping. Trust me, they are easy to care for, not much maintenance, and environmentally friendly during the hot/dry […]

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Brownback offers a Fourth of July message »

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TOPEKA – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback today issued the following message in advance of Independence Day: “America’s founders built this nation on a series of self-evident truths about natural rights and the purpose of government. They fought long and hard to win American liberty and the right to self-government. We have a responsibility to guard […]

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Court rulings produce ‘First Amendment fireworks’ »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

We’re celebrating the nation’s 237th birthday on this July 4th holiday weekend with fireworks of all kinds and colors, but there are some ongoing pyrotechnics around First Amendment issues from religious liberty to free speech. On June 30, the last day of its current term, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 vote in Burwell v. […]

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Now That’s Rural: Erika Nelson, World’s Largest Things »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development What is the Next Big Thing? Maybe it is the World’s Largest Thing. Today, in the third and final part of our series on grassroots art, we will meet an artist who has developed a specialty in the World’s Largest Things. When she’s not on […]

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From the Kansas Room: Free ice cream »

Lucia Bain is Kansas Room librarian at Hays Public Library.

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month? So many Fourth of July celebrations involve making and eating ice cream that it makes sense that this month would be dedicated to one of America’s favorite treats. Everyone has a favorite flavor (chocolate or vanilla), a favorite style (soft-serve or hand-dipped) and a favorite […]

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‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ loud and lacking soul »

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One of the most well-known taglines of the “Transformers” franchise is “More than meets the eye.” Thanks to the mind-numbing filmmaking of Michael Bay, that tagline could not be less true. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is exactly what meets the eye — explosions, money shots and product placements — and not a single atom more. […]

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Kansas farmers and ranchers: Feeding peace »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Television, newspapers, magazines and the web are filled with images of starving children – skeleton-like figures crouched like dogs on their haunches while their mothers wail in anguish. Sometimes these pictures from such far-away places as Sudan, Ethiopia or Somalia also include children eating bread, bowls of rice and other staples that may have come […]

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DAVE SAYS: Contentment is a state of being »

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Dear Dave, My husband has a great job, and I love my work and schedule as a substitute teacher. However, he wants me to take a full-time position so we can build more wealth. The only debt we have is our house, and we’ve already saved and invested a lot of money. What’s your suggestion […]

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Fireworks and water-wasting? Give us some credit »

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Regarding the wise … cough, cough … decision by the Hays City Commission to continue the ban on fireworks this year: Are they crazy? I think the citizens of Hays are wise enough to know that just because they may be able to blow off a few fireworks, it doesn’t mean we can start wasting […]

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Time to start thinking about what you want in a rep »

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If there was a radio version of the “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette” TV show in which contestants compete for your favor, it would probably be a lot like the next few months when candidates for the Kansas House of Representatives ask for your vote. The candidates are on their best behavior, and try to be as […]

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Just 45 words protect our core freedoms every day »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

C’mon people — it’s just 45 words! We’ll even give you the Twitter version: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petition. There, a whole lesson in what it means to be a citizen of the United States — and the answers to some the questions on the actual test that you have to pass […]

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No tax dollars? Kids get the short end »

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Too bad the people of the school districts, cities and other taxing units did not support  wind energy in Ellis County. There would have been probably three wind farms pumping payments in kind of about $2 million per year into the coffers. It would not have cost the Ellis county taxpayer a nickel of incentives. […]

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Even our youngest Americans are citizens, too »

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There’s no height requirement for exercising your free speech rights. There’s no figurative “You must be this tall” sign to qualify for First Amendment protection. Nor is there an age requirement. As our nation prepares to celebrate freedom on the Fourth of July, it’s a good time to remember that even our youngest Americans are […]

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