Commentary

Wed
06
Sep

On the way to buffalo range

THE WAY WEST
By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

First-hand accounts of early travels over the plains of Kansas are always of interest.

“On the 3rd day of September 1873,” John Hannibal Trautwine set out on a buffalo hunt with his neighbors, Alex Weaver and Thomas Fall. The three left Weaver’s home on Elm Creek in the eastern part of Lyon County, Kan., at 9 a.m.

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Wed
06
Sep

Agriculture’s friend

By Jordan Hildebrand
Special to the I-R

A crowd quickly begins to assemble in the Pride of Kansas building at the 2015 Kansas State Fair. To the right is the state’s largest pumpkin grown that year; to the left are the best grain samples produced by Kansas farmers. But in the middle, under a sign playfully labeled “Old-timers” sits Bob Dole with his friend and colleague, Nancy Landon Kassebaum.

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Wed
30
Aug

Summer Violence

THE WAY WEST
By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

The United States has suffered parodic bouts of civil unrest especially during the hot summer months. Tempers are easily ignited under extreme conditions. Unbearable heat can fester into senseless inhumanity toward others around us. Dissatisfaction is amplified, sometimes leading to infectious mob violence that at its height looks as if it will be the ruin of all in its path.

That was the perception when several mob actions spread across the country in 1873. At Fulton, Mo., near the center of the state, the arrest of mule thieves, Peter Kessler and his son, August, raised the ire of a number of Callaway County citizens.

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Wed
30
Aug

Slow mail costs money

By Matthew Paxton IV
Special to the I-R

Most people get mail every day, Monday through Saturday. But what happens when the mail comes later than we expect?

We found out a few years ago, when the Postmaster General had to take away overnight First-Class and Periodicals mail from most of the nation. That caused a problem for a lot of consumers and businesses. Now, we may be facing a new slowdown, if something isn’t done by Congress very soon.

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Wed
23
Aug

Border war revenge

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

At the close of the Civil War the only discernable difference between Missouri and Kansas along the border south of Kansas City was the scattered “blackened chimneys” of abandoned Missouri farms. Known as the “Burnt District”, the charred remains were the result of Brigadier General Thomas Ewing’s General Order Number 11, issued Aug. 25, 1863.

The series of events that led to the issuance of the order began in the opening days of the War Between the States. Early in 1861, as the inevitability of war loomed over the nation, southern states began to succeed from the Union.

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Wed
23
Aug

Invisible man creates life

By Sen. JEFF FLAKE
Special to the I-R

Someone recently said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.”

The man who said that never met Manuel Chaidez.

Manuel was just 16 when he made it from Sonora, Mexico, to the F-Bar, my family’s ranch outside the town of Snowflake, in Northern Arizona. I was just a kid, no more than 6 or so, and to me Manuel looked like a full-grown man. He wasn’t much more than a kid himself, of course, but he worked as if his family depended on him. They probably did. He couldn’t have worked harder if the ranch were his own.

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Wed
16
Aug

An old-fashioned distraction

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

In the middle of winter, we all look forward to summer, forgetting just how oppressive summer heat can be. We look out the window at the swirling snowflakes and yearn for a glimpse of the sun.

However, days on end of the sun’s radiation tend to drive us inside to the comfort of air conditioning leaving us yearning for brisk fall weather with a chill in the air.

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Wed
16
Aug

Think before you send

By Linda Mowery-Denning

So far this week, I’ve written a check for the Independent-Reporter’s sponsorship of the Nicodemus Buffalo Soldiers for Ellsworth’s 150th birthday celebration, attended meetings of two local boards and volunteered the services of my staff for various community projects.

None of this makes me or the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter special. Every business in Ellsworth County does as much — or in many cases more — to support our community.

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Wed
09
Aug

A tall tale from Kansas

By DUANE GOOSSEN

The recently overturned Kansas tax experiment was sold to Kansans with a tall tale: “Big income tax cuts bring economic prosperity without any pain.” Eventually most Kansans realized the story was false, and their legislators ended the experiment with a bipartisan veto override. Then, very quickly, a new story began to circulate: “The tax experiment failed because Kansas spends too much.”

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Wed
09
Aug

Beer and a reason to hope

By Jerry Marsh

I recently had occasion to visit a working man’s bar in Dorrance, Kan., one of those kinds of bars that I frequented frequently in my younger days. The proprietor had the TV behind the bar tuned to CNN (aka Fake News) and the “breaking news” was that newly appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci had resigned following a profane 10 day tenure, apparently his resignation (firing) came at the behest of newly appointed White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a four star Marine. If any readers have difficulty keeping pace with changes in White House staff, you are not alone.

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