Commentary

Wed
29
Nov

Tale of two countries

Josh Hoxie
Others Say

Charles Dickens opened A Tale of Two Cities, perhaps his most famous tome, with the now iconic line, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

The book is set in London and Paris during the late 1700s, the lead up to the French Revolution.

While revolution appears unlikely in the near term, we can draw some lessons from this tumultuous era to understand the growing economic divide in the United States today.

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Wed
29
Nov

WE THE PEOPLE

Jerry Marsh
Political Bites

The Preamble of the U.S. Constitution begins, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union ...” Many people take those words to mean that the will of the people should prevail in any political or governmental dispute. The Preamble concludes with the following: “do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” There exists a tension between these two passages that people often overlook, the tension between people and states.

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Tue
21
Nov

Killing Charles Dow

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
THE WAY WEST

Wakarusa Creek is fed by several branches that drain the rolling landscape beginning about 10 miles southwest of Topeka. The creek flows to the east for approximately 80 miles, passing just south of Lawrence before emptying into the Kansas River a mile east of the town of Eudora.

With the opening of Kansas Territory to settlement, the Wakarusa valley, with good timber and flowing water, drew families early. The proximity to Lawrence initially drew Free State settlers, however, pro-slavery partisans from Missouri followed, taking claims as well. Their opposing political views were so polarized that the two factions found no common ground.

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Tue
21
Nov

Hometown Help

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Ron Svaty visited the I-R office the other day.

Svaty, a long-time Ellsworth attorney, recently retired as a district judge. His time since he left the bench has been spent helping with his nephew’s election campaign.

Josh Svaty, 37, is a Democratic candidate for Kansas governor.

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Wed
15
Nov

Ride a fast horse

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
The Way West

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 1892, dawned as a cold fall day in Ford County, Kan. Farmers were planting wheat in spite of ruinous prices for the abundance they had grown the previous season. East of Dodge City, in Spearville, Kan., most everyone was driven indoors except those who needed to be out of doors. Even so, three riders did not go unnoticed as they confidently rode in from the north around 2 p.m.

Like sports cars of today, one could not fail to notice the horses the strangers were riding. The first was described as a “rangy sorrel thoroughbred animal”. The remaining two horses, a bay and a dun, also “showed evidence of running stock”. The three riders leisurely pulled up and dismounted in the street. Two of the men handed their reins to their comrade and briskly walked away.

Wed
15
Nov

Schools take priority

Davis Merritt
Others Say

The Kansas Policy Institute, Charles Koch’s state lobbying arm, has issued its marching orders to legislators as they prep for perhaps the toughest and most significant session in the state’s history.

Unfortunately, if predictably, the command is, “To the rear, march.”

Legislators who will convene in January are already working on a response to the Kansas Supreme Court’s October order requiring a substantial increase in public school funding.

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Wed
08
Nov

A look at real tax reform

Olivia Alperstein
Others Say

No matter our politics, most Americans have a beef with taxes. And it’s no wonder.

Working class Americans pay a much greater share of their income than the wealthiest Americans, who get away with exploiting tax loopholes and paying less than their fair share to support public projects and government programs.

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Wed
08
Nov

CASH COW

Jerry Marsh
Political Bites

As readers try to digest information on the tax cut/reform bill, one trait that should stand out is the many divisions among winners and losers. Having read more than a few articles on the topic, I find one group emerging as a clear winner: members of Congress seeking re-election in 2018, 2020, and 2022, both Democrats and Republicans.

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Wed
01
Nov

BIG MONEY WINS

Jerry Marsh
Political Bites

Oct. 24, 2017, in a 51-50 vote for H.J. Res. 111, Sens. Roberts and Moran sided with big money against small borrowers. The resolution passed the House on July 25 by a vote of 231 to 190 and Congressman Marshall voted for it. Their “yea” vote deprived small borrowers of the right to address financial abuse by lenders through class action lawsuits; the resolution forces them to abide by individual arbitration agreements.

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Wed
01
Nov

Buy a brick for the pad

Terry Kepka
Others Say

What’s going on with the splash pad?

PLENTY!

Things have changed since the beginning of this project. The size of the splash pad remains the same, 2,400 square feet. However the scope of the project and the location has changed.

The three local foundations want new bathroom facilities in Preisker Park. It only makes sense to merge the two projects into one.

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