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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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March 27, 2015 Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, Kansas House district, 109 Senate Bill 34: Election Crimes Even though we had a relatively short week, we conducted Legislative session on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we were on the House floor all three days, all day debating, amending, and voting on an array of different issues […]

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Thinking about what we mean and do, when we speak »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

Who would have thought that star Little Leaguer Mo’ne Davis could also throw a pretty good First Amendment “conceptual fastball” over the plate? Bloomsburg University sophomore first baseman Joey Casselberry, the team’s second-leading hitter this season, was tossed off the team by the public university for a tweet in which he called the 13-year-old Mo’ne […]

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Reminder: Program offers action plan for managing obesity »

Linda Beech

Each year, 10% of all medical costs in the US are attributed to obesity. One in three adults and one in six children are obese. While we cannot change our genetics, we can change our behavior and environment. On Friday, March 27, Ellis County Extension will host a free noon-hour program on managing obesity at […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: Let’s be practical about Medicaid expansion »

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Do 150,000 Kansans get health coverage or not? It’s a moral question and a political one. The answer should be an easy “yes.” So far, the Kansas Legislature has said “no,” but there is still time in the current legislative session to change the answer. True, lawmakers have their hands full trying to resolve a […]

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Now That’s Rural: KC Wolf »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development The stunt went horribly wrong. The team mascot was to drop 20 feet on a bungee cord above the stadium, bounce back up to a zip line, and ride down to midfield. But something must have malfunctioned, and instead of the bungee cord bouncing down […]

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Hillary Clinton media event an example of bias »

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When reporters openly show their bias, how can anybody argue about me calling them out in my writings — not to say any of you are doing that. Humor me as I simply pass on this bit of information about mainstream media that is nothing short of disgusting and clearly shows this country does not […]

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Schlageck: Use your head for something other than a hat rack »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

If Billy Crystal’s Fernando character were to visit a Kansas farm this spring you can be sure he wouldn’t be telling too many farmers, “Darling, you look marvelous.” You can also bet not too many farmers, step into the cab of their tractors wearing any of the high fashions portrayed on the pages of GQ […]

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DAVE SAYS: Paying for grades? »

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Dear Dave, What’s your opinion on rewarding kids with money for getting good grades in school? Joe Dear Joe, Honestly, I don’t have a strong opinion about it one way or the other. We didn’t pay our kids for good grades, but I can’t really think of a strong argument not to pay them for […]

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Natural prairie grasses landscaping reduces water use dramatically »

Janis Lee, Hays Beautification Committee

Janis Lee Hays Beautification Committee “In an effort to conserve water we are returning our landscaping to natural prairie grasses” is the message one sees as you enter both the Hays Medical Center and the Center for Health Improvement on the Hays Medical Center campus. These signs announce the journey of conversion the Hays Medical […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Insurgent’ goes unnoticed »

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It’s well documented that I am not a big fan of the flood of dystopian young adult novel series being made into movie trilogies/quadrilogies these days. It’s a shot-out genre with little or no innovation and it just won’t stop. The latest offender is “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” the follow up to last year’s “Divergent.” […]

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HAWVER: Revamp of school funding faces looming challenge »

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We’re coming to what might become one of the most significant confrontations of recent Kansas history, when Gov. Sam Brownback inevitably signs into law the new K-12 block grant school finance bill—policy and appropriations all in one. The bill? It’s just about what the governor called for in his State of the State address to […]

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Community colleges offer opportunity, limitations »

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President Obama proposed making community college tuition free for all in his call to raise the rate of Americans with post-high school credentials to 60 percent. Our Kansas Governor would raise that goal even higher, including military service in his target number—but without free community college. With associate and bachelor’s degrees now considered replacing the […]

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Exploring Kan. Outdoors: Spring turkey hunting sickness »

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OK, I’ve got to admit I’ve been looking forward to spring turkey season, but the feeling barely rated a tingle and was certainly nothing close to an itch yet. The other night driving home from Hutchinson, I took a back road I knew in the past was home to a nice group of turkeys each […]

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