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Kansas Water Vision: Development of the second draft »

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Dear Kansans, Nearly a year ago, in recognition of the critical importance water serves in our state, Gov. Sam Brownback challenged the Kansas Water Office and Kansas Department of Agriculture to develop a 50 year vision for our water supply. His message was clear we needed to get out across the state and listen to […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Judge’ bends and breaks »

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I found it very difficult to judge “The Judge.” Perhaps more than than any film in recent memory, “The Judge” flirts with the line between good cinema and bad cinema, between right and wrong. The premise is tried, tired and true and the writing is, at times, excruciatingly unimaginative. Just about every “big city lawyer […]

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Same-sex marriage issue escalates quickly in Kansas »


This same-sex marriage business has gotten very complicated and very political very quickly, hasn’t it? When you sit down and think it through, it’s probably this superior sovereignty business that makes it complicated. Basically, federal law trumps state law. The U.S. Constitution is the guiding light—no matter what states might want to put into their […]

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‘Money personality’ affects life, relationships »

Linda Beech

James W. Frick, former vice president for development at Notre Dame University, once said, “Don’t tell me what your priorities are. Show me you how you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.” Your habits and attitudes about money can support or sabotage many aspects of your life, career, relationships and financial […]

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Here’s a tip: Try paying your housekeepers a living wage »

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

As an old popular song asks: What do you get if you “work your fingers right down to the bone?” Boney fingers. As housekeepers in the sprawling Marriott hotel chains know, that’s more than a cute lyric. It’s the truth. These “room attendants,” as they’re called, are paid barely $8 an hour to perform a […]

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From Hong Kong to Colorado, teenagers ‘make some noise’ (UPDATE) »


This week 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan became the youngest person ever to receive the Noble Peace Prize. A leading advocate for girls’ education, Yousafzai first came to the world’s attention after the Taliban shot her in the head two years ago. Since recovering from her wounds, she has organized a worldwide campaign for the […]

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DAVE SAYS: Rehabbing to sell »

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave, My husband and I recently inherited my parents’ home. It’s in a small, rural town with little industry, and we’ve been told that the place would be worth $85,000 if it’s cleaned up, compared to $75,000 as-is. Should we spend about $10,000 to really clean it up, replace a few things and make […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: Who is the real fraud? »

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There is real voter fraud going on in Kansas and across America. Ironically, the perpetrator is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a noted voter-fraud alarmist, joined by his allies. Their goal is not to fraudulently cast votes, but to fraudulently suppress them. Last Sunday, I appeared on a television program immediately following an interview […]

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News From the Oil Patch »

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By JOHN P. TRETBAR October 6th, 2014 Oil prices continued their free fall in early Monday trading. Mymex contracts lost another 74 cents per barrel at $89.00. London Brent was down 85 cents at $91.46/bbl. Friday’s closing price for Kansas Common at NCRA was $79.50 per barrel. The last time that price closed below $80 […]

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Notes from the Range: Education bill having positive effect »

Sam Brownback is governor of the state of Kansas.

Autumn has arrived and the school year is well underway. As students begin seeing results from their efforts in the classroom, their parents and communities are starting to see results from HB 2506, the education bill passed earlier this year. The $175 million school finance bill included funding for master teacher bonuses, technical education programs, […]

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Improving Kansas economically »


For too many years the Kansas economy was static with a significant number of people leaving Kansas and a smaller number moving into the state. It was time to address the static economy and move forward with a new aggressive approach to provide Kansans a brighter future. One strategy was to reduce the tax burden […]

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Banks profit while our farmers fail »

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Bruce Drinkman is a successful organic dairy farmer who milks 50 cows with his wife, Mari, near Glenwood City, Wis. Despite his 34 years of experience, the two-year drop in milk prices and four years of drought have meant no profits or savings. Last fall they were denied credit from their bank to purchase seeds […]

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Play it safe on the farm »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Farms and ranches offer children a unique environment in which to live, play, work and grow up. With all the excitement and whirlwind of activities, potential hazards lurk around every machine shed, tractor, silo and grain bin. Like a moth to a flame, belching diesel smoke, the roar of engines and rubber wheels on tractors, […]

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