Commentary

Wed
18
Apr

BEST PRACTICES

John Schlageck
Insight

When it comes to protecting the land and improving the environment, farmers continue to lead the way and do their part. As this nation celebrates Earth Day, April 22, farmers and ranchers remain committed to protecting the environment using modern conservation and tillage practices.

Farmers and ranchers will tell you their fondest wish remains to pass their land on to their children. They work years, often a lifetime, to leave a legacy of good land stewardship. Most farmers learned about conservation and respect for the land from their parents.

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Wed
11
Apr

One man’s dream

THE WAY WEST
By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

At the close of the War with Mexico in 1848, California was ceded to the United States in an agreement known as the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Almost before the ink was dry a movement was begun to improve communications between east coast and the new Pacific coast acquisition.

In that year an overland mule-train express service was proposed for mail delivery across the western territories.

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Wed
11
Apr

ECMC celebrates 120th

By Beth Vallier
Special to the I-R

Effective leaders do not try to go it alone, but rather work within their communities to bring about needed change.

Developing effective partnerships were some of the first actions Drs. Harry O’Donnell and H. Z. Hissem engaged in when in 1897 they established the first public hospital in Ellsworth.

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Wed
04
Apr

Chisholm changed everything

THE WAY WEST
By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

The name Jesse Chisholm was already legend when he relocated his family from Indian Territory to the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers in the fall of 1864. By that time, Chisholm had been trading on the Southern Plains for 30 years.

Jesse was born approximately 1805-1806. He was in the early migration of Cherokees to Arkansas in 1810. As he grew to manhood he learned his father’s business of trading among the Western Cherokees. Along the banks of the Arkansas River the Cherokees thrived. Traders floated down the river in canoes and flatboats laden with furs bartered among the wild prairie tribes west of Arkansas.

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Wed
04
Apr

Stop the shenanigans

Jerry Marsh
Political Bites

Facebook has been hammered for violating the privacy of users in a voter manipulation effort. I am reluctant to blame Facebook for the fact that users allowed themselves to be suckered. I am reluctant to blame Facebook for complicity in election shenanigans that may have influenced voters one way or another. Voter misinformation has played a role in American politics for what? Forever.

The voter manipulation efforts that most concern me are those perpetrated by elected officials, e.g. Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach. While pretending to protect the integrity of the voting process, they work to suppress it with bogus claims of voter fraud, and manufactured regulations that deter thousands of citizens from voting.

Wed
28
Mar

Things can get worse

Jerry Marsh
Political Bites

Just when you expected things to get worse; they do. March 22, 2018, Donald Trump announced the dismissal of H. R. McMaster as National Security Advisor to be replaced by John Bolton on April 9, 2018. The specter of this appointment has been looming for several weeks. Expect Mr. Bolton to be the consummate Yes-Man in support of Trump’s most dangerous moves.

Anyone looking forward to going to war in the Middle East and North Korea will be thankful for this appointment. There are few in the country more hawkish than Mr. Bolton. He wrote recently, “It is perfectly legitimate for the United States to respond to the current ‘necessity’ posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons by striking first.” For readers with a taste for nuclear war, Mr. Bolton is your man.

Wed
28
Mar

GETTING SERIOUS

Rep. Steven Johnson
Capitol View

Discussion in the capitol is moving toward the larger issues. While many issues remain on the calendar in debate, how to put the key budget issues together is taking some shape.

In the house budget committee, we did pass our 2019 budget adjustments. Each budget subcommittee brought several increases to spending for their area. We eliminated most increases. There are a few remaining changes beyond the governor’s recommendations, especially to shore up some issues in mental health.

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Wed
21
Mar

Bankrolling a Railroad

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
THE WAY WEST

Prior to the creation of Kansas Territory in 1854 the land west of the Missouri River was Indian Territory. Trails across the prairie had to be negotiated by treaty. Wagons traversed the Santa Fe Road and the Oregon-California Trail carrying provisions, trade goods, and people to distant centers of commerce. Prairielands lay before the beholder as far as he could see and well beyond.

To the east, the state of Missouri was pushing development to its western border. The first railroad built across the State of Missouri, the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, was completed in 1859.

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Wed
21
Mar

Bring on the Blue Wave

Jerry Marsh
Political Bites

A friend of mine wrote the following recently: “I haven’t bought into the whole “Blue Wave” theory. I’ll believe it when I see it.” Blue wave refers to an electoral landslide this fall giving the Democrats a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and if one wants to be extremely optimistic, the U.S. Senate as well.

I have had thoughts similar to those of my friend, but I do think the wave has a chance of success. One reason that I do derives from what we have observed from the nation’s youth in recent weeks. They have shown a political energy not seen in young people for decades.

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Wed
14
Mar

Democracy demands light

By Doug Anstaett
For the I-R

In recent years, the buzzword in politics has been “transparency.”

Just about everyone has jumped on the transparency bandwagon.

Our legislators certainly have been talking about it. Only a month ago, our new governor signed a number of executive orders demanding more transparency from the state agencies that report to him. Candidates for office are promising, if elected of course, more of it as well.

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