Commentary

Wed
08
Mar

Expansion rules uncertain

BY REP. DON HINEMAN

Editor’s Note — The following information on Medicaid Expansion was written by Rep. Don Hineman, who represents the 118th District of western Kansas and submitted by Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Assaria. 

Medicaid Expansion

This week the House of Representatives voted to expand Medicaid in Kansas. The bill created the Bridge to a Healthy Kansas program which aims to provide affordable health care to about 150,000 low income Kansans. Under the bill the eligibility requirements are as follows:

• Must be between 18 and 65 years of age.

• Has an annual household income of no more than 133 percent of the federal poverty level, after the 5 percent income set aside allowed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Wed
08
Mar

POLITICS AND FIRE

By Linda Mowery-Denning

This editorial was originally going to be about everything that has gone on in Topeka the past couple of weeks. Unfortunately, Wilson has done its best in recent days to challenge the state capital in the news department. So, a short couple of observations with more to come next week:

First, as anyone who hasn’t been vacationing in Russia the past few years should know, Kansas is in a financial fix. Voters must support lawmakers who are serious about addressing the state’s budget problems.

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Wed
01
Mar

Skirting the Law

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

As spring approached on the Kansas plains, Mother Nature once again asserted her superiority over the best laid plans of civilization.

Drought was being reported from the Rio Grande on the Mexican Border all the way across the plains to the Canadian border. The March 1, 1879, Salina Herald reported prairie fires all around the city. The barren ground was blowing to the extent that, “real estate moved considerably this week.”

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Wed
01
Mar

The best of the bad

By Rep. Steven Johnson

This past week in the legislature brought us to our turnaround point. The last days of the session were spent in full days on the House floor to finish work passed out of committees. Many bills were debated each day. The most dramatic event was likely the governor’s veto of the House tax bill.

Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., the governor vetoed the tax bill. In his statements, he referred to fiscal responsibility and to the House plan as irresponsible. It is right to take seriously the role we have to manage valued taxpayer dollars.

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Wed
22
Feb

Chisholm’s first adventure

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

The name “Chisholm Trail” is known around the world. 

Popular culture has immortalized the name in books, radio, television, movies, and song. In the age of information, a search on my computer gave 467,000 results. Without quotation marks, there were over one million results!

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Wed
22
Feb

On the road to recovery

By Jerry Marsh

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, the Kansas Senate passed HB 2178, “An Act Concerning Income Tax ...”, by a vote of 22-18; the Kansas House passed the bill the day before by a vote of 76-48. Gov. Brownback has 10 calendar days to decide which action he will take (until Feb. 27). He can sign the bill, allow it to pass without his signature, or veto it.

Although this bill goes a long way towards repairing Kansas fiscal structure, Gov. Brownback has condemned the bill as “a big step backwards.” In spite of his opposition, he has not said he will veto it.

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Wed
15
Feb

Remarkable and tragic life

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

White Cloud was Head Chief of the Ioway (Iowa) tribe located along the Des Moines River of southeastern Iowa and northwestern Missouri. During the War of 1812 White Cloud led his people to the western border of Missouri near the Missouri River to escape any contact with the war. Sometime during those tumultuous years of separation a son, Francis White Cloud, was born.

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Wed
15
Feb

Budget dominates session

By Rep. Steven Johnson

Budget topics continue to dominate much of the session and the hearings in the House appropriations, tax and K-12 budget committees. The appropriations committees have been working on agency budgets in the subcommittees.

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Wed
08
Feb

Unbearable Losses

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

While thumbing through the book Death on the Western Frontier: Kansas 1875-79, my eye was drawn to the story of a young homesteader’s wife. Mrs. Menzes’ husband had left the homestead for a short trip into the town of Bunker Hill, Kan., just a few miles away. The couple and their two children lived eight miles southeast of Russell. Their story was posted in the Russell County Record of Feb. 8, 1877.

 

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Wed
08
Feb

From friend to enemy

By Jerry Marsh

How does one go about converting a neighbor and ally into an adversary and perhaps an enemy?


In general, refuse to work with them to solve common problems in a rational and respectful manner. Pursue tactics and policies rooted in insults and intimidation, tactics and policies like the following:

 

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