Commentary

Wed
21
Feb

PRIMARY VOTE

Jerry Marsh
Political Bites

A follow-up to Ms. Denning’s column last week regarding “Choices” for Governor of Kansas. It is imperative that voters turn out for the primary elections in high numbers. Primaries determine our electoral choices in the November general election. Lack of voter participation in primaries often leaves voters with an unsatisfactory choice between partisan extremists.

KNOW THIS: Kansas voting laws are confusing! Many people would call that an understatement. We have Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to thank for much of the unnecessary confusion in Kansas voting laws. Point being, do not take your right to vote in upcoming Kansas elections for granted.

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Wed
14
Feb

Rise and fall of Iowa Point

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
THE WAY WEST

Doniphan County lies west of the Missouri River in the very northeast corner of Kansas. Before Kansas Territory was created the northern half of the county was held in reserve for the native Iowa people.

Upon the establishment of the territory in 1854, the Iowa Nation sold the greater part of their reserve to the United State government. The tract was identified as the “Iowa Trust Lands”.

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Wed
14
Feb

In search of school $$

Rep. Steven Johnson
Capitol View

Funding required for K-12 education continues to be at the center of discussions in Topeka. To facilitate this discussion, the tax committee will hear a bill to raise the revenue needed to fund schools at the level suggested by the Kansas Board of Education in response to the Gannon lawsuit.

The Board of Education suggested we need to increase funding $659.9 million above the nearly $300 million already increased over the last two years. To do that using property tax would require an increase of roughly 18 mills.

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Wed
07
Feb

Lead the trade train

John Schlageck
Insight

The future of U.S. agriculture remains tied to this nation’s competitiveness in world trade. Our country must become more aggressive and assume its leadership role in trade negotiations.

It’s past time for our nation’s president and congressional delegation to lead this trade train. Political posturing and lack of cooperation on both sides of the aisle hasn’t worked. Our elected leaders are sent to Washington on behalf of this nation’s people. It’s time for them to work on behalf of U.S. farmers and ranchers, manufacturing, business and every other sector throughout this great nation.

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Wed
07
Feb

Claflin rallies to help a hometown legend beat cancer

Jackie Stiles

Kansans are at their best during difficult times. How many stories have been written about neighbors postponing their own wheat harvest to help a sick friend or relative? Or a community coming together to support others — often strangers — in the wake of a tornado or some other natural disaster?

Claflin and its 624 residents are certainly no exception to the Kansas Way.

Several weeks ago, the community learned that one of its own, Jackie Stiles, had been diagnosed with ocular melanoma, a disease so rare it affects only six in 1 million. Friday, the basketball standout who grew up in Claflin and graduated from the high school there, is set to undergo radiation on the tumor that is wrapped around her ocular nerve.

Wed
31
Jan

The gift of [bad] health

LeeAnn Hall
Others Say

On Jan. 11, the Trump administration issued a cruel announcement: If you can’t find a job, don’t count on being able to get health care.

Under an unprecedented new policy, the administration will let states kick people off Medicaid for the crime of being unemployed. Instead of providing good jobs to struggling people, the administration is offering threats and tougher times.

Those hurt could include the Carrier plant workers from Indiana, whose jobs Trump promised to save when he was campaigning for the presidency. Last year, the company announced 600 layoffs.

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Wed
31
Jan

‘Suitable’ funding term still sparks legal debate

Rep. Steven Johnson
Capitol View

The third week of the Kansas Legislative session saw most work continuing to advance in committees. We were able to work a couple of bills in the tax committee that are now ready for action before the full house. Those bills include one for Thomas County and another that clarifies the definition of special fuels relating to road fuel tax.

Other topics were reviewed in various committees and caucuses. The history of article 6 of the Kansas constitution was reviewed, specifically the 15 words at the start of section 6b. That is the statute at the heart of the school funding lawsuit. It reads: “The legislature shall make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state.”

Wed
24
Jan

Genesis of an Outlaw

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
THE WAY WEST

In 1863 the Kansas- Missouri border had become a no-man’s land of burned-out farms leaving devastated families in the wake. Less than 50 miles east of the Kansas border William Y. West raised his family on a farm east of Greenfield, Mo.

Perry Kincheon West was the eighth child born to “Billy” and Willey (Perry) West in 1842. A sketch from the History of Dade County and Its People noted that the boy, known as “Kinch” enjoyed growing up “in the environment of forest, field and woodland, living very close to nature and enjoying a freedom which comes only from the hills”.

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Wed
24
Jan

Broadband is the future

Rob Fillion
Others Say

Broadband access is a necessity for businesses of all sizes. Beyond the ease of accessing important industry information, reliable high speed Internet helps business in running payroll, answering customer inquiries, and updating companies’ social media. Broadband also allows businesses to market themselves and reach out to new customers in all parts of the globe. This is particularly true for small businesses in rural areas that do not often attract new “walk-in” customers.

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Wed
17
Jan

Hallmark of a lawman

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
THE WAY WEST

By the early 1880’s the good folks of Kansas were experiencing a transition that created degrees of consent and conflict that converged on one another as the emerging culture refined its evolution. In other words, the Kansas state motto, “To the Stars with Difficulty” was an active accomplice in the realization of a modern society.

The frontier towns of Kansas had all passed through the fire of progress; each finding its own way to a semblance of order. Finding the right balance of community leaders was crucial. A common element that led each town to a more perfect social order was recognizing and employing the right man to fill the position of city marshal.

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