Commentary

Wed
07
Jun

From ‘my’ to ‘our’

By Rep. Steven Johnson

The legislative session continues, and while there is good engagement on the major issues, the focus needs to continue to shift from “my” solution to “our” solution.

The House Appropriations committee resumed meeting and working on the mega budget bill. This will provide the framework for the state over the next two years. We are working out the remaining details of funding needs now that other issues (such as whether we would have to provide funding for additional security at mental hospitals) have been determined.

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Wed
31
May

Don’t count him out

By Jerry Marsh

“It’s impossible to listen to him and not recognize his appreciation for Kansas ...” Will Kansans listen?

The above quotation from last week’s Indy refers to gubernatorial candidate, Josh Svaty. The success or failure of his candidacy depends on the answer to the question following the quote. There will be no one in the Kansas gubernatorial race more intelligent or more articulate than Josh Svaty. His success will depend on whether or not Kansans will give him a fair hearing.

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Wed
31
May

SAFE TRAVELS

By John Carlin

Investments in our highway infrastructure are critical to economic development in Kansas. During my administration in the early 1980’s, we dedicated the sales tax paid on roadway products to the Kansas Department of Transportation for the purpose of funding necessary roadway maintenance. This was followed by Gov. Hayden’s comprehensive highway bill adopted in 1989. The commitment to our transportation system was reaffirmed again in 2010, when the state adopted T-Works, a multi-faceted plan that dedicated dollars for the preservation and modernization of our roads and bridges.

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Wed
24
May

Silent Affliction

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock assembled a massive force of military might power to meet the Cheyenne and other plains tribes in 1867. He arrived at Fort Harker April 1 with seven companies of the 37th U.S. Infantry, Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery and four companies of the Seventh U. S. Cavalry.

At Harker, two more companies of the Seventh joined the expedition. Hancock was certain that his show of military force would force the Indians to give up their desperate fight for their way of life, sign a treaty of peace, and live forever on the reservation.

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Wed
24
May

Is this the best we can do?

By Lee Hamilton

Every few months we have to contemplate the very real possibility that the government might close its doors. Is this really the best we can do?

Think about this for a moment. Two days away from a federal shutdown, Congress comes up with a stopgap measure to keep the government operating — for a week. A few days later it arrives at a bipartisan budget deal lasting a bit over four months. This, in turn, moves the president to take to Twitter with the following statement: “Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!”

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Wed
17
May

The Long Way Around

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

News of the discovery of gold in California was well reported by October of 1848. In a message to Congress in December, U. S. President James Polk noted, “The accounts of the abundance of gold in that territory are of such an extraordinary character, as would scarcely command belief.”

By spring of 1849, it seemed as if the whole nation was on the move. Steamboats arrived at St. Joseph, Mo., bursting with emigrants. The St. Joseph Gazette estimated that 27,000 emigrants had left Independence for California by June 4, 1849. “California Fever” had taken hold of approximately 40,000 souls by mid-May, 1850. Horses, mules, and oxen were estimated at 100,000 to 120,000 head.

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Wed
17
May

The farming challenge

By Jill Richardson

Remember the climate crisis? It’s still happening. Having a government that resembles a circus, it turns out, hasn’t stopped the clock on the level of greenhouse gases in the air.

At a conference in Italy, former president Barack Obama spoke recently about the impact the climate crisis will have on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

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Wed
10
May

Fraud and Deception

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

In the spring of 1870 the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad announced a planned extension to the southern border of Kansas. Known affectionately as the Katy, the railroad was vying with the Kansas, Neosho Valley Railroad (Border Tier Railroad) to be the first to reach the southern Kansas border with the Cherokee Nation. The winner would receive exclusive right to build tracks under land grant across Indian Territory.

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Wed
10
May

It’s all about leadership

By Lee Hamilton

I have significant differences with Donald Trump’s political stances, but I want him to enjoy a successful presidency. It’s good for neither the country nor the world when a U.S. president struggles or fails. Yet I also believe that constructive criticism can help a president grow more capable. It’s in this spirit that I want to take a hard look at the Trump presidency so far.

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Wed
03
May

If you can’t beat ‘em

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

On May 1, 1869, Z. Taylor announced in the Dallas Herald that he was opening the Texas Store in Abilene. The opening was, in effect, the acceptance that his hometown of Junction City could not compete with the sensation created by Joseph McCoy at Abilene.

When McCoy began to promote the idea of a cattle market west of the settled country of Missouri and eastern Kansas the concept was so revolutionary that he was readily dismissed as a dreamer.

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