Anything goes!

Les Knoll crop

Nothing is sacred in this country anymore. Talk about transforming America! Our founding fathers would not recognize today’s America. They are turning over in their graves. I am an optimist for the most part, but the way things have been going in recent months, I’m not sure we can turn this country around in 2016. […]

SCHLAGECK: Gathering the grain

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

It’s 10 a.m. and the sun blazes down on a patchwork of golden grain that dots the High Plains near Seguin in northwestern Kansas. A blistering southerly wind pushes the heat index to the century mark. On this late-June morning, a roar of combines signals the latest edition of another wheat harvest. Cutting begins about […]

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ted 2’ offers less and more of the same

Gerstner James crop

“Ted 2” is a Seth MarFarlane-directed live-action comedy. Unfortunately, that sentence is losing a little of its luster. Don’t misunderstand, I love Seth MarFarlane’s sense of humor and the content that he produces; however, “Ted 2” suffers from many of the same problems that plagued “Ted,” in many cases, to a greater degree. There are […]

Exploring Kan. Outdoors: Black bears, lions and wolves, oh my!


It’s old news by now that mountain lions (aka cougars) were finally confirmed in Kansas s few years back. After years of reports and much speculation (some folks even believing that Kansas Wildlife and Parks had transplanted mountain lions here in Kansas to help control burgeoning whitetail deer populations,) cougar sightings in Kansas were confirmed. […]

Selzer: National Insurance Awareness Day


Ken Selzer, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance TOPEKA–National Insurance Awareness Day—this year on Sunday, June 28—is a time for insurance policyholders to reflect on insurance coverages they have. The Kansas Insurance Department (KID) encourages Kansas consumers to take stock of their policies, making sure that they are financially protected in case of loss, damage, illness or […]

Huelskamp: SCOTUS engaging in radical judicial extremism


WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s shocking decision on Obergefell v. Hodges. In an unprecedented act of judicial activism, the Court effectively rewrote the Constitution, silenced 50 Million American voters, and stole away the ability of 50 States to determine their marriage laws: “The narrowest of […]

After Charleston


The brutal murder of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17 was an act of “racial terrorism” — to quote NAACP President Cornell Williams Brooks. It was also a chilling assault on fundamental freedoms guaranteed every American under the First Amendment — the freedom to worship, […]

INSIGHT KANSAS: The rest of the story


Growing up, listening to 1950s’ AM radio, I’d regularly hear the breathless, distinctive Paul Harvey talk about “the rest of the story.” It was true then, true now. There’s almost always something more. This year in Kansas, despite the juicy, if distressing, headlines on the budget and taxes, the “rest of the story” is likely […]

The etiquette of thank-you notes

Linda Beech

The months of May and June are an especially busy season for gift-giving: graduations, baby showers, bridal showers, weddings and other special occasions. When we give someone a gift, we try to choose something we feel they will really like.  We wrap it nicely and present it to them with great expectations.  We can’t wait […]