Commentary

Wed
22
Mar

Dream City

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

If one was to step back in time to walk the streets of Lawrence, Kan., early in 1858, there was a very good chance of being asked the question that was on the lips of many of its inhabitants.

“Have you come to purchase stock in Minneola?’ One might ask, “What about Minneola?”

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Wed
22
Mar

Faith takes work

By Lee Hamilton

Public confidence in government can be regained only through exemplary performance.

With so much turmoil in Washington and around the country these days, it’s easy to get caught up in the crises of the moment. These are, indeed, worth our attention, but so are longer-running developments that threaten the health of our representative democracy. I want to lay them out in one place, so that the most serious problems confronting our system don’t slip from our attention.

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Wed
15
Mar

A county called Peketon

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

In 1857 Dr. Abijah Beach, a recent graduate of Cleveland Medical College, ventured out on the Santa Fe Trail to the valley between the Little Arkansas and the Arkansas Rivers with some college friends on a buffalo hunting adventure.

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Wed
15
Mar

On the road to fiscal hell

By Jerry Marsh

Last week Duane Goossen, former Kansas budget director currently with the Kansas Center for Economic Growth, sent an email to subscribers entitled “evacuating from fiscal hell”. He complimented Kansas legislators for working hard to claw their way out of our fiscal hell and urged voters to support their efforts. One should note that our senator, Richard Wilborn, was not among those legislators.

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Wed
08
Mar

Expansion rules uncertain

BY REP. DON HINEMAN

Editor’s Note — The following information on Medicaid Expansion was written by Rep. Don Hineman, who represents the 118th District of western Kansas and submitted by Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Assaria. 

Medicaid Expansion

This week the House of Representatives voted to expand Medicaid in Kansas. The bill created the Bridge to a Healthy Kansas program which aims to provide affordable health care to about 150,000 low income Kansans. Under the bill the eligibility requirements are as follows:

• Must be between 18 and 65 years of age.

• Has an annual household income of no more than 133 percent of the federal poverty level, after the 5 percent income set aside allowed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Wed
08
Mar

POLITICS AND FIRE

By Linda Mowery-Denning

This editorial was originally going to be about everything that has gone on in Topeka the past couple of weeks. Unfortunately, Wilson has done its best in recent days to challenge the state capital in the news department. So, a short couple of observations with more to come next week:

First, as anyone who hasn’t been vacationing in Russia the past few years should know, Kansas is in a financial fix. Voters must support lawmakers who are serious about addressing the state’s budget problems.

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Wed
01
Mar

Skirting the Law

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

As spring approached on the Kansas plains, Mother Nature once again asserted her superiority over the best laid plans of civilization.

Drought was being reported from the Rio Grande on the Mexican Border all the way across the plains to the Canadian border. The March 1, 1879, Salina Herald reported prairie fires all around the city. The barren ground was blowing to the extent that, “real estate moved considerably this week.”

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Wed
01
Mar

The best of the bad

By Rep. Steven Johnson

This past week in the legislature brought us to our turnaround point. The last days of the session were spent in full days on the House floor to finish work passed out of committees. Many bills were debated each day. The most dramatic event was likely the governor’s veto of the House tax bill.

Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., the governor vetoed the tax bill. In his statements, he referred to fiscal responsibility and to the House plan as irresponsible. It is right to take seriously the role we have to manage valued taxpayer dollars.

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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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