Commentary

Wed
19
Sep

Into the mouth of the beast

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
THE WAY WEST

Maj. George A. Forsyth was content to ride at the head of his column of “Scouts” while his Chief of Scouts, Grover Sharp, and his second in command, First Lt. Frederick L. Beecher searched for signs of Dog Soldier warriors.

Beecher and Sharp rode side by side 50 yards ahead of Maj. Forsyth at the head of the command. As the post quartermaster at Fort Wallace, Kan., Lt. Beecher worked closely with famed Indian scout and interpreter Medicine Bill Comstock.

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Wed
19
Sep

Food comes before work

Sherry Brennan
Others Say

Growing up, I hated being on “food stamps.”

I hated being walked into a welfare office and inspected, queried to make sure we were really our mother’s children. I hated standing in line at the grocery store, knowing we weren’t going to be paying with cash, but rather with coupons that would brand us as “poor” to anybody who noticed.

And yet I loved the fact that we had food!

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Wed
12
Sep

Pride and history sustain

John Schlageck
Insight

Folks who inhabit tiny towns like Alton, population 98, remain viable because of civic pride and a willingness to give back to their community. For this little village, whose greatest claim to fame remains that of being the birthplace of Russell Stover, civic responsibility is just that — an old, established concept that compels people to work, play and live together in harmony.

Young people study so they can use this knowledge to better their community, school teachers volunteer outside the classroom and farm families donate their time and energy. These contributions help keep their communities moving steadily along like the parade entries in the recent “Summer Jubilee” in this north-central Kansas town.

Wed
05
Sep

Confounded Fate

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
THE WAY WEST

Nineteen-year-old Jack Peate was charged with raising civilian scouts to join Forsyth’s Scouts in the Saline and Solomon valleys north of Fort Harker.

That region had suffered a terror-driven raid in August of 1868. Through Peate’s efforts the majority of 32 men signed up to fight Indians at the fort. However, Gen. Philip Sheridan had charged Maj. George A. Forsyth with the task of raising 50 experienced frontiersmen. Having fallen short of the target, Peate returned to the Saline valley.

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Wed
05
Sep

McCain was my hero

Norman Anderson
Others Say

I grew up in a place where everyone went to war. Our models were fighter pilots. Our fathers and their friends all fought in World War II and Korea, fighting for our country, keeping everyone safe, and risking their lives to do it. Some were shot down, and everyone shot down was tortured.

These were serious men — trained, motivated men of purpose and self-confidence. Men like John McCain, Jerry Denton, Jim Stockdale and Everett Alvarez. They told us what we knew of who men were, and how you behaved when things went right and, even more important, how you behaved when things went wrong.

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Wed
29
Aug

Wildfires product of change

Jill Richardson
Others Say

Right now, much of the west is affected by wildfires.

An unlucky minority will have to evacuate their homes, and some will lose their homes altogether — or even their lives. But for millions more across the west, “smoke season” is a real thing.

Vast swaths of the west can be covered in smoke for extended periods, and inhaling the fine particles in the smoke is deleterious to one’s health.

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Wed
29
Aug

Sweet success of farming

John Schlageck
Insight

Just as the sun rises each morning, Kansas farmers and ranchers begin each day dedicated to providing food and providing the best for their families. Simultaneously, and with each new generation, non-farm folks become further and further removed from the farm.

It’s easy to understand why so many people in our state, and this country, understand less and less about agriculture and where their food comes from. Most have forgotten, or may have never known, that individual farmers and ranchers supply the necessary food for their diets.

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Wed
22
Aug

Register and Vote!

By Jerry Marsh

I hesitated to submit this opinion for publication out of concern that it would have opposite the intended effect. I submitted it because the risk of not speaking out is greater. The risk I allude to is the election of Kris Kobach as Governor of Kansas.

Kansas endured six years of fiscal mismanagement thanks to former Gov. Sam Brownback. Given Mr. Kobach’s own pronouncements regarding fiscal policy, one may fairly expect more egregious mismanagement from a Kobach administration. Kansas voters in the past two elections let legislators know they preferred a more responsible fiscal policy and the legislators responded. If voters elect Mr. Kobach governor, they will signal their desire to reverse the hard won fiscal gains of the past four years and a GOP legislature will likely comply.

 

Wed
22
Aug

Leaving Civilization

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

Terror reigned across frontier Kansas after the shocking July 1868 raids through north-central Kansas by Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Sioux warriors.

The Aug. 21, 1868, edition of the Emporia News reported that 200 families had fled the Saline, Solomon, and Republican valleys north of Fort Harker. Gen. Philip Sheridan’s command, the Department of the Missouri, extending all the way to the foothills of the Colorado Rockies, was unexpectedly paralyzed by fear.

 

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Wed
08
Aug

Amazon’s hidden cost

By Katie Parker

The billions in tax breaks larger cities are offering Amazon to host its “HQ2,” Amazon’s bare-knuckled push to squash a business tax in Seattle, and recent strikes for better working conditions in Amazon facilities have all fueled a growing conversation about the retail behemoth’s toll on communities.

But one element of Amazon’s business strategy has fallen under the radar, and this one could really bite where you live: its bid to dominate local government purchasing.

 

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