Commentary

Wed
22
Feb

Chisholm’s first adventure

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

The name “Chisholm Trail” is known around the world. 

Popular culture has immortalized the name in books, radio, television, movies, and song. In the age of information, a search on my computer gave 467,000 results. Without quotation marks, there were over one million results!

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Wed
22
Feb

On the road to recovery

By Jerry Marsh

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, the Kansas Senate passed HB 2178, “An Act Concerning Income Tax ...”, by a vote of 22-18; the Kansas House passed the bill the day before by a vote of 76-48. Gov. Brownback has 10 calendar days to decide which action he will take (until Feb. 27). He can sign the bill, allow it to pass without his signature, or veto it.

Although this bill goes a long way towards repairing Kansas fiscal structure, Gov. Brownback has condemned the bill as “a big step backwards.” In spite of his opposition, he has not said he will veto it.

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Wed
15
Feb

Remarkable and tragic life

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

White Cloud was Head Chief of the Ioway (Iowa) tribe located along the Des Moines River of southeastern Iowa and northwestern Missouri. During the War of 1812 White Cloud led his people to the western border of Missouri near the Missouri River to escape any contact with the war. Sometime during those tumultuous years of separation a son, Francis White Cloud, was born.

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Wed
15
Feb

Budget dominates session

By Rep. Steven Johnson

Budget topics continue to dominate much of the session and the hearings in the House appropriations, tax and K-12 budget committees. The appropriations committees have been working on agency budgets in the subcommittees.

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Wed
08
Feb

Unbearable Losses

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

While thumbing through the book Death on the Western Frontier: Kansas 1875-79, my eye was drawn to the story of a young homesteader’s wife. Mrs. Menzes’ husband had left the homestead for a short trip into the town of Bunker Hill, Kan., just a few miles away. The couple and their two children lived eight miles southeast of Russell. Their story was posted in the Russell County Record of Feb. 8, 1877.

 

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Wed
08
Feb

From friend to enemy

By Jerry Marsh

How does one go about converting a neighbor and ally into an adversary and perhaps an enemy?


In general, refuse to work with them to solve common problems in a rational and respectful manner. Pursue tactics and policies rooted in insults and intimidation, tactics and policies like the following:

 

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Wed
01
Feb

Culture and Agriculture

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

In a report dated Jan. 30, 1830, Indian Agent John Dougherty noted that governmental intervention in the lives of the Indians dwelling in the Missouri River region was not living up to expectations. The effort to shift their culture from primarily a hunting existence to an agrarian lifestyle was showing no improvement. In his estimation, they knew no more than they had always known. Only able to grow “ in a very rude manner, a little corn, a few beans and pumpkins ... ”, they were at the point of starvation. He was no more impressed with their education.

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Wed
01
Feb

Farmers, keep the faith

By John Schlageck

High yields and low prices characterize Kansas commodities. Discouraged, pure and simple. The family farm: Withering on the vine. There will be a moment of truth. Those are a few of the current economic headlines proclaiming our farmer’s plight as numerous as the extra bushels of corn, beans, wheat and other crops that have helped depress prices.

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Wed
25
Jan

Nine days across continent

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

There are few images of the Old West that are as enduring as that of the lone rider galloping over the plains, urgently scanning the horizon for danger. The “Pony Riders” of the famous Pony Express carved an almost mythical fascination into the consciousness of the American landscape. Yet for all of its celebrated fame, the legendary Pony Express packed an amazing saga into a short span of only 18 months.

Wed
25
Jan

Lawmakers search for plan

By Rep. Steven Johnson

The second week of the legislative session went quickly. It seems as if we have been working in Topeka for some time already! The appropriations committee explored the alternatives presented by the governor. We are seeing which ones have some support and which may be more quickly discarded. Short term alternatives include selling the tobacco funds settlement, not fully funding KPERS, and borrowing from the pooled money funds.

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