Commentary

Wed
27
Sep

A corn crop for the ages

John Schlageck

Insight

One hundred fortybushel dryland corn in Norton County?

 

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Wed
20
Sep

A Grand Buffalo Hunt

Hunting the plains buffalo was the ultimate hunting experience for Kansas settlers. In early September, 1873, John Hannibal Trautwine, Alex Weaver, and Thomas Fall left their homesteads in eastern Kansas to harvest a winter meat supply on the great buffalo range of the high plains. Their trek to western Kansas was documented in a previous story taken from Trautwine’s diary.

Traveling by wagon, the hunters arrived at Stockton, Kan. on Sept.

18. They were now on the very edge of civilization. Nothing but grass could be seen beyond the visible horizon. Trautwine noted “ … none of the three have ever been on a buffalo hunt and we might make a sorry hunt of it by ourselves.” They hoped someone in Stockton could guide them.

Wed
20
Sep

A Wake Up Call

Political Bites

The book, The American Spirit by David McCullough, could not be a timelier read. One of our nation’s foremost contemporary historians reminds readers of what it means to be an American and the spirit that binds us. I need not enumerate the issues that work to divide us. They bombard readers continuously via the various media. I do not want to say more about his message; I prefer that readers pursue it for themselves.

Suffice it to say that I read the book in one sitting. Although by no means a voracious reader, I have read a few books in my time and I cannot recall one that held my attention through one sitting. I am confident that anyone with an interest in this country and its history will find this book worth the time it takes to read it. I also suspect that, like me, they will want to share it.

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Wed
13
Sep

A Mission for Peace

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
THE WAY WEST

Movies can certainly be exciting, but they often fall short when compared with real-life events. At 20 years of age Ned Wynkoop arrived at the Kansas Territorial Capital of Lecompton in the fall of 1856. There he cultivated a close relationship with Territorial Governor James W. Denver.

When gold was discovered in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains Governor Denver appointed Wynkoop Sheriff of the expansive Arapahoe County in what was recognized as a part of Kansas. Wynkoop was among the founders of Denver City on the glittering banks of Cherry Creek.

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Wed
13
Sep

Anti-poverty tool works

By Aditi Katti
Special to the I-R

Imagine a governmentfunded anti-poverty tool that encouraged people to work. Now imagine that it’s popular with both Democrats and Republicans, in red states and blue.

Turns out we’ve had just such a tool since 1975: the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC.

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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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