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Farmers, ranchers must set the record straight »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Some people have the mistaken idea that farmers and ranchers are harming our environment. You hear it everywhere: at the coffee shop, church, public forums, traveling, even in the grocery. Children arrive home from school and tell parents about harmful practices farmers are using on the land. Everywhere you go today people are concerned about […]

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DAVE SAYS: Repair now or buy later? »

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave, I’m driving a 10-year-old car with 195,000 miles on it. The car needs $1,500 in repairs, and it’s worth $5,000. I have $40,000 in cash saved, $40,000 in investments and I make $80,000 a year. I also have $15,000 in student loan debt, but the only other thing I owe on is my […]

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Campaign offers up interesting twist on Kan. tax issue »

hawver

Some intensive shadowboxing may be about to break out in the so-far relatively bloodless fight between Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and Democrat Rep. Paul Davis, Lawrence, for governor. The latest: Brownback asserts that Davis’ sketchy call for freezing the state’s multiyear income tax cut regimen—apparently to avoid budget deficits—is essentially raising taxes. Earlier: It was […]

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When everyone is special, no one is special »

SchrockCrop

Twenty years ago, a few colleges and universities had some minor “leadership” programs. Usually based in business schools, students were experienced business folks. Today, public universities across the country are touting “leadership” programs, both majors and minors, to all of their student body. This is more about recruiting students than actual production of leaders. It […]

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‘Prepare Kansas’ challenge gets families disaster-ready »

Linda Beech

Sometimes, life in the heartland is not for the faint of heart. At least that’s the way it seems when we experience tornadoes, flooding, fires, ice storms and other disasters like Kansas communities can. “For every disaster that makes the news, there are many more fires, storms and other disasters that we don’t hear about. […]

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Governor candidate Umbehr responds to debate controversy »

Libertarian party of Kansas

Keen Umbehr, the Libertarian candidate for governor, met with Kelly Lenz, Farm Director for WIBW Radio, on August 21, 2014, to discuss the station’s criteria for inclusion into the Kansas State Fair Gubernatorial debates which is scheduled to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Mr. Lenz and Umbehr had a frank […]

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What you see is (not) what you get »

Tim Schumacher crop

“I’ve got some oceanfront property in Arizona. If you buy that, I’ll throw the Golden Gate in Free.” The lyrics of George Strait’s No. 1 hit set the theme for this month’s session. Part I: Imagine for a moment that you are planning a trip that requires a flight to somewhere. You begin checking the […]

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James Foley: Courage in the face of danger »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

To just mourn the brutal death of photojournalist James Foley … seems not enough. To just be sickened by the shabby and cowardly manner in which he was beheaded by the terrorist group ISIS … feels inadequate. And to hear his killers say Foley died in retaliation for U.S. military airstrikes in Iraq … is […]

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Ferguson and the creeping militarization of police »

OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer and public speaker.

The tragedies unfolding in Ferguson, Mo., are doubly infuriating. First, there is the obvious outrage of yet another unarmed black teenager being stopped by one of the town’s white police officers as he was walking to his grandmother’s home. A scuffle ensued, and Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown (six times, including twice in […]

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Don’t ‘got milk’ »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Imitation dairy products may account for nearly 70 percent of the items a shopper finds in the dairy case today. That’s according to the latest data from the dairy industry. A trip down the grocery aisle will quickly reveal the often-copied dairy products. There are products that mimic butter, cream, whipped cream, sour cream, ice […]

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DAVE SAYS: Sell the rental and reinvest? »

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave, I’m retired, and my husband plans to work for several more years. We have $130,000 in savings accounts, plus a rental property. The rental property has a $150,000 mortgage, but we have no other debt. Should we sell the rental and reinvest in the stock market? Barbara Dear Barbara, If I were in […]

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Brownback ducks jabs with Roadmap 2.0 »

hawver

Remember those stories that start with the “a guy walks into a bar with a duck under his arm?” That idea can go a bunch of ways…and if you buy the premise (that duck under his arm), you’ll enjoy the story. Well, selling an idea worked for now-Gov. Sam Brownback four years ago. He had […]

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Final 4-H County Fair recipe is a winner »

Linda Beech

The final 4-H recipe from the 2014 County Fair is a decadent cake exhibited by Haley Robben from the Victoria Vikings 4-H Club. This beautiful 3-layer cake was the senior champion in the 4-H Foods division. Try it for your next special occasion. Pistachio Cake For the cake: 1 cup shelled pistachios 2-1/2 cups cake […]

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