Commentary

Wed
13
Mar

Let the sun shine on government

Anstaett

It’s been a grueling winter. We’ve had record snowfalls in parts of Kansas, and cabin fever has taken its toll on all of us.

The time has come for a hearty dose of sunshine.

 

 

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Wed
13
Mar

SOMETHING SPECIAL

During the terrible farm crisis of the 1980s, those of us who wrote about agriculture often heard the same story from farmers and others with a feel for the industry.

“Farming is more than a business,” a farmer or rancher on the verge of losing his operation would tell us.

 

 

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Wed
06
Mar

Why can’t we even discuss Medicaid expansion?

Probst

LET’S TALK

It sure feels like we’re working awfully hard to not work very hard in Topeka.

Throughout the last two months, it has become clear that there’s an effort to create the illusion of activity while accomplishing virtually nothing. I think the corporate world calls this “busy work.” Despite repeated assurances that the Kansas Legislature is a place where “good ideas bubble up to the surface,” the only bubbles I see are those of good ideas struggling to breathe while a handful of people hold them underwater.

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Wed
27
Feb

TAX THE POOR

Jerry Marsh

Political Bites

The following article gives reason for concern and one reason why I push for lower sales tax on food. Saturday at a legislative forum in Salina, I heard legislators express concern, willingness and need to lower the corporate tax burden. I heard little willingness to lower the tax burden on those at the bottom of the food chain. The article below gives substance to my concerns regarding state fiscal policies that reflect little concern for those people. Granted the article is based on national figures, but I suspect the trends described are reflected in Kansas as well. Saturday I heard how much a one percent decrease in sales tax on food would cost the state in revenue. A sales tax decrease lightens the burden on those most in need while an increase in income tax increases the burden on those best able to bear it. Sure seems fair to me.

Wed
20
Feb

From Our Readers

Independent Ellsworth County Reporter I would like to submit a plan for USD 112 consideration: Operate two K-through-12 schools in the district. If this becomes unsustainable; and a request is made, agree to release either school from the district; with buildings, contents, share of debt, share of funds and original tax base area; to operate on their own or to consolidate with another district. Chuck Crawford Wilson

 

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Wed
20
Feb

LET’S MAKE IT WORK

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly visited the recent Kansas Press Association convention in Topeka. Her remarks were brief — yet she hit all the right notes. Transparency. Common sense. Moving the state forward.

What a difference a few years can make.

“Remember when Sam Brownback was here?” a friend whispered as Kelly spoke.

It was after the infamous income tax cuts, a policy that continues to haunt the state even after its repeal. Brownback was at the KPA convention — not as governor — but to support his father-in-law, who was inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame that year.

 

 

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Wed
13
Feb

THE NEXT CHAPTER

Editor’s Note — John Schlageck and I typically catch up at the Kansas Press Association’s annual convention. I’m there as a member. John is there to oversee the panel discussion on agriculture that Kansas Farm Bureau — a major event sponsor — usually presents at the meeting. This year was different. John didn’t attend the February convention in Topeka. The reason for his absence is explained in the following column. It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway — Kansas agriculture will not be quite the same without John around to write about it.

After 45 years covering agriculture in Kansas and Missouri, I will “pull the pin” (retire) from Kansas Farm Bureau Jan. 31. I’ll put my pen in the desk drawer, close my computer, hang up my camera and turn off the phone. Don’t worry Insight will continue.

 

 

Wed
06
Feb

FROM OUR READERS

Letters address community character and school decisions

Bless Ellsworth and its residents

Dear Ellsworth Community:

Please — thank you, thank you, thank you. Those are words that we use a lot these days. We were born and raised north and west of Ellsworth and since that time, except for five years when Lloyd served in the U.S. Navy.

Forty years ago, we knew about everyone in town and where they lived. Since then there are many people who have moved to Ellsworth that we don’t know. But nevertheless, there are many kind, considerate and helpful people here.

 

 

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Wed
30
Jan

Quote of the Week

“Democracy dies in darkness, opines a great American newspaper, but it would be more accurate to say that it dies by degrees. When constitutional democracy has been lost, it has been lost because political actors have broken its rules turn by turn to achieve some immediately urgent goal. Each rule breaking then justifies the next, in a cycle of revenge that ends only in the formal or informal abrogation of the constitutional order.”

David Frum

‘Trumpocracy’

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Wed
30
Jan

FROM OUR READERS

I have attended several of the meetings pertaining to the discussions about overcoming the shortfall in the school budget at USD 112 and these are some of my observations about the discussions.

There were several presentations by people from Wilson at the school board meeting on Jan. 14, mainly to say that they did not support Option 3, which would have transferred students in grades 7-12 from Wilson to Bushton and Claflin. I can understand their opposition to this proposal but their opposition was contradictory.

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