Commentary

Wed
01
Feb

Culture and Agriculture

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

In a report dated Jan. 30, 1830, Indian Agent John Dougherty noted that governmental intervention in the lives of the Indians dwelling in the Missouri River region was not living up to expectations. The effort to shift their culture from primarily a hunting existence to an agrarian lifestyle was showing no improvement. In his estimation, they knew no more than they had always known. Only able to grow “ in a very rude manner, a little corn, a few beans and pumpkins ... ”, they were at the point of starvation. He was no more impressed with their education.

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Wed
01
Feb

Farmers, keep the faith

By John Schlageck

High yields and low prices characterize Kansas commodities. Discouraged, pure and simple. The family farm: Withering on the vine. There will be a moment of truth. Those are a few of the current economic headlines proclaiming our farmer’s plight as numerous as the extra bushels of corn, beans, wheat and other crops that have helped depress prices.

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Wed
25
Jan

Nine days across continent

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

There are few images of the Old West that are as enduring as that of the lone rider galloping over the plains, urgently scanning the horizon for danger. The “Pony Riders” of the famous Pony Express carved an almost mythical fascination into the consciousness of the American landscape. Yet for all of its celebrated fame, the legendary Pony Express packed an amazing saga into a short span of only 18 months.

Wed
25
Jan

Lawmakers search for plan

By Rep. Steven Johnson

The second week of the legislative session went quickly. It seems as if we have been working in Topeka for some time already! The appropriations committee explored the alternatives presented by the governor. We are seeing which ones have some support and which may be more quickly discarded. Short term alternatives include selling the tobacco funds settlement, not fully funding KPERS, and borrowing from the pooled money funds.

Tue
17
Jan

Forging a Free State

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

Tue
17
Jan

LEGISLATURE 2017

By Rep. Steven Johnson

Wed
11
Jan

Forging a Free State

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

Wed
11
Jan

Shaming of the not rich

By Jerry Marsh

Wed
04
Jan

The Schoolhouse Blizzard

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

Wed
04
Jan

Reducing inequality

By Josh Hoxie

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