Commentary

Wed
01
Aug

The missionary mentality

David Norlin
Others Say

Two stories in the June 30 Salina Journal feature Gov. Jeff Colyer and Congressman Roger Marshall, both Republicans, in “Good Samaritan” mode.

The Colyer story recounts the governor, while campaigning, ordering his driver to stop the car as it went by an accident scene. There Colyer gave a heatexhausted truck-trailer driver a bottle of water, then took him to the trooper’s car to sit in airconditioning.

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Wed
25
Jul

The staff of life

John Schlageck
Others Say

While the 2018 wheat harvest remains fresh in the minds of Kansans, it’s worth remembering civilization has been directly linked to the cultivation of grain.

When primitive man first learned he could grow wheat during the summer, store it for winter food and use the leftover wheat to plant in the spring, he realized he could settle in one place.

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Wed
25
Jul

WE’RE IN TROUBLE

Jerry Marsh
Political Bites

No mincing of words, no beating around the bush, Kansas public education is in trouble and has been for some time. A recent indication came with the Kansas Supreme Court ruling of June 15, which upheld the constitutionality of a state statute denying Kansas public school teachers guaranteed tenure after three years. Local authorities may provide such a guarantee but they are not obligated to do so.

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Wed
18
Jul

Pure air of independence

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
THE WAY WEST

I don’t always know where a story will take me.

An example can be shown from my search for mountain man A. L. Johnson. I often use The Beginning of the West by Louise Barry as a springboard, leading to further research. In a July 18, 1849, reference, Barry notes that “expressman” A. L. Johnson and an unnamed Indian companion had arrived at Fort Leavenworth with about 350 pounds of letter mail. Coming from Fort Laramie, Johnson and his companion had been delayed 10 days due to high water. Normally, the trip would not have taken much more than two weeks.

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Wed
18
Jul

Playing the hand dealt

John Schlageck
Insight

“Better than expected, but not what we’d hoped for.”

This is what I heard when I asked Kansas farmers about this year’s wheat harvest. Still, with the little moisture received during the growing season, the 2018 wheat crop panned out better than most Kansas farmers thought it would.

Steve Boor, Lincoln County farmer wrapped up harvest June 30, two weeks after he began.

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Wed
11
Jul

George Bayard’s wound

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
THE WAY WEST

Second Lt. George Dashiell Bayard could hardly contain his excitement in a June 1, 1860, letter to his father.

Following a six-day trip from St. Louis, he had arrived at “Camp on the Pawnee Fork”, a tributary of the Arkansas River, (near present-day Larned, Kan.) for a military campaign against the Kiowas and Comanches.

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Wed
11
Jul

Make mine fresh picked

John Schlageck
Others Say

Going into the first week of July, most Kansans are experiencing the dog-days of summer — blistering heat, strong southerly winds and a few scattered showers. In most fields across our state, the corn crop is holding its own and the beans and milo are in “decent” shape as well.

Wheat harvest turned out better than most farmers expected but they know with the continued summer heat their Kansas row crops will need additional moisture during the next few months. Same for the pastures and ponds.

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Wed
04
Jul

Rule of the minority

Peter Certo
Others Say

The Supreme Court is a real piece of work. Over the last few days it’s been popping off far-right proclamations like a drunk uncle at Thanksgiving. Except this uncle gets to make the rules in your house, and he can stay there until he dies.

Over about 48 hours, the nation’s highest court gutted the ability of America’s public employee unions to fundraise. It ruled that a president can freely apply his well-documented anti- Muslim bigotry to U.S. immigration policy, as long as he says that’s not what he’s doing. And it upheld deeply gerrymandered congressional maps in North Carolina and Texas, which lower courts ruled were blatantly designed to make the votes of poor people and people of color count for less.

Wed
04
Jul

Close the rural broadband gap

Keli Habiger
Others Say

Nearly one-third of Kansas residents live in rural areas and may lack access to high speed Internet. Significantly slower Internet access in rural areas creates a rural/urban digital divide and without access to Internet, rural residents lose out on opportunities that urban residents take for granted. In an interconnected world, access to broadband is a necessity.

Rural Kansans have less access to technology that would allow them a greater ability to do business, access health care and education, and improve their agricultural industry. This means individuals in rural areas are unable to take full advantage of the economic and educational opportunities available to their urban counterparts.

Wed
27
Jun

Old Pioneer’s memory

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
THE WAY WEST

Thomas Benton Murphy came west from his home near Pattonsburg, Mo., just after the Civil War.

He found work as a teamster for the military, witnessed the 1867 Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty, learned the ways of the native Plains Indians from men who had lived among them, and fought the Cheyenne and Sioux with Forsyth’s Scouts at Beecher Island and Gen. Sheridan’s Winter Campaign of 1868-69.

While camping on Bluff Creek in December 1870, Murphy crossed paths with Phil McClusky, an interpreter for the Comanche people at Medicine Lodge.

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