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‘Abracadabra!’ Judge says Teller’s trick is protected »

Gene Policinski is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center

Now you see it. Now you don’t … or don’t copy it, at least. Magician Teller of “Penn and Teller” sued another magician in 2012 in federal court in Nevada over what Teller asserted was a copycat performance of Teller’s signature trick, “Shadows,” and his competitor’s offer to sell the secret behind the illusion. In […]

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President: Barclay College offers four-year degrees »

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Congratulations to Fort Hays State University and to Dodge City Community College. However, Barclay College, Haviland, is currently the only four-year, degree-granting institution in the southwest part of the state of Kansas. DCCC would be the second. Our mission is to prepare students in a Bible-centered environment for effective Christian life, service and leadership. Barclay […]

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Entrepreneurship is key to economic growth »


The greatest responsibility we have as American citizens – certainly as elected officials – is to make certain the American Dream may be lived by those who follow us. In my view, the greatest threat to our children and grandchildren being able to pursue their own dreams is our staggering national debt and deficits. It […]

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HBC helps Hays celebrate Arbor Day »

Janis Lee, Hays Beautification Committee

As the month of April approaches the Hays Beautification Committee is making plans for the 2014 Arbor Day observation in Hays. The Hays observation is scheduled at noon April 17 at Fort Hays Municipal Golf Course. The community is encouraged to join in this observation where we will celebrate the continued importance of trees in […]

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Betting on the Affordable Care Act »

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The smart money appears to be on the future success of the Affordable Care Act. At least that’s the conclusion inferred in a recent issue of Bloomberg Business Week (Feb. 24-March 2 edition). Meanwhile Kansas politicians continue to fight the new law. In the Bloomberg article writer Joshua Green details the activities of a new […]

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Now That’s Rural: Scott Halsey, Adapa »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development Do you have hang-ups?  No, I’m not talking about your pet peeves. I’m referring to a type of hardware called a hang-up which is useful in hanging items from acoustical ceilings. That’s one example of an item produced by an innovative company which now manufactures […]

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Time to make sure bulls are ready for the season »

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Even though calving season is winding down for some and in full swing for others in Kansas, the spring breeding season is just around the corner. Now is the time to make sure your bulls are ready to perform when the trailer gate opens and they’re dumped out to pasture. What should I be doing […]

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DAVE SAYS: Financial Russian roulette »

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave, My wife and I are debt-free except for our home. She travels one week per month and charges her expenses to a personal credit card for reimbursement later. I’d rather we open a checking account with debit card privileges just for these expenses. What do you think? Dustin Dear Dustin, I’ve got to […]

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Poetic justice strikes CEO of ExxonMobil »

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

Rex Tillerson is mad. Fracking mad. The 61-year old farmer from Bartonville, Texas, is another victim of the fracking boom that has invaded people’s homes and lives nationwide, from upstate New York to Southern California. Millions of Americans have experienced numerous side effects from this massively destructive drilling process, including polluted air, contaminated water, depleted […]

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It’s March: Do you know where your clutter is? »

Linda Beech

Clutter Awareness Week is the third week of March. Do you know where your clutter is? Your reaction may be that you are already well aware of your clutter and its location. You may be surprised, however, to realize just how many places clutter can accumulate. Knowing where the clutter builds up can be the […]

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Role of farmers becomes more critical each day »

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“Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.” – Letter from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington (1787) Dear Fellow Kansan, Where does your food come from? If you’re like many Americans, your answer may be the grocery store. You, I and 155 other […]

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In Flint Hills, fire remains vital management tool »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Every spring, the ritual continues. Viewed up close or at a distance, prairie fires are riveting. Across the vast, open grasslands we call the Flint Hills, fires can be seen for miles. The flames lick at the blue Kansas sky as the brown, dry grass crinkles, cracks and bursts into orange. But these fires aren’t […]

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Brownback challenger lays out stance on education »


Our state government provides many vital services, but none more important than the education of our children. If we want Kansas students to succeed in tomorrow’s economy, we have to equip them with the tools that will be needed in tomorrow’s economy. While I do not doubt that my opponents in this race care deeply […]

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