Commentary

Wed
18
Oct

Co-ops commit to their communities

By James Jirak
Special to the I-R

For some, a co-op might mean the tallest building in town, envisioning the towering grain elevators dotting the rural Kansas landscape. It might mean the local telephone company, the folks that keep the lights on, the local filling station, or the local credit union, bringing services to communities that otherwise may have limited options. But to me, a co-op is all these things and more.

When I see a co-op, no matter the type, I think of a business that provides jobs to their local community, keeps profits in their local economy, pays local taxes and supports their community. In Kansas, coops operate in every county, serving over 600,000 members. Member-owned, member-controlled co-ops are established because there is a need for service, often in rural areas and working cooperatively is the best way to provide service for the benefit of all members.

Wed
18
Oct

War is Real

Jerry Marsh
Political Bites

Any thought that U.S. military leadership might resist a presidential order to start a nuclear war with North Korea vanished last week when Secretary of Defense James Mattis and U.S. Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley made clear that if their Commander-in-Chief says do it, they will do it. While they did not define “it”, they made “it” abundantly clear that “all options are on the table”, and all options include nuclear holocaust.

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Wed
11
Oct

Say no to the Big Chick

David Norlin
Others Say

So, Cloud County, encouraged by Saline County Commissioners, is approaching Tyson about getting chickens in their neighborhood. Ellsworth area population will also be affected, since it will cover such a huge area. Since Cloud County was once my neighborhood, since good friends live there, and since this move affects everyone in the area and state, I’d like to ask: “What drug are you taking?”

I know the answer. The money drug. Something to make things all better. The cure that doesn’t. The medicine with devastating side effects.

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Wed
11
Oct

Tax plan Favors the wealthy Few

Jerry Marsh
Political Bites

The phone rings, you answer it, and a syrupy, persuasive voice asks you to send them $10,000. The voice promises to repay you $20,000 over the next 10 years. Would you send the $10,000? Probably not.

That sports fans is the GOP tax plan in a nutshell, a scam to raise big money for the Favored Few on the promise that by making them richer than they already are, you, the middle class, aka suckers, will come out ahead.

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Wed
04
Oct

Gallantry wins the day

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

In early October, 1863, the Union Army was clearly succeeding in its effort to clear the Western Front of Confederate forces. Union General James G. Blunt had managed to retake much of Indian Territory from the Rebels by destroying their source of supply at Honey Springs, 20 miles from Fort Gibson.

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Wed
04
Oct

Peaceful protest

By Jerry Marsh

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these N.F.L. owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired.’” Donald Trump.

“I never signed up for that ...” Former NFL coach Rex Ryan and Trump supporter.

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Wed
27
Sep

Killing Big Pawnee

The Walnut Creek crossing on the Santa Fe Trail, east of present-day Great Bend, Kan. was recognized very early on as a significant location along the trail. Indians, freighters, and soldiers regularly camped on the banks of the Walnut. Wagon trains and mail coaches were known to suffer attacks from native horsemen descending upon the valley from the bluffs above.

 

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Wed
27
Sep

A corn crop for the ages

John Schlageck

Insight

One hundred fortybushel dryland corn in Norton County?

 

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Wed
20
Sep

A Grand Buffalo Hunt

Hunting the plains buffalo was the ultimate hunting experience for Kansas settlers. In early September, 1873, John Hannibal Trautwine, Alex Weaver, and Thomas Fall left their homesteads in eastern Kansas to harvest a winter meat supply on the great buffalo range of the high plains. Their trek to western Kansas was documented in a previous story taken from Trautwine’s diary.

Traveling by wagon, the hunters arrived at Stockton, Kan. on Sept.

18. They were now on the very edge of civilization. Nothing but grass could be seen beyond the visible horizon. Trautwine noted “ … none of the three have ever been on a buffalo hunt and we might make a sorry hunt of it by ourselves.” They hoped someone in Stockton could guide them.

Wed
20
Sep

A Wake Up Call

Political Bites

The book, The American Spirit by David McCullough, could not be a timelier read. One of our nation’s foremost contemporary historians reminds readers of what it means to be an American and the spirit that binds us. I need not enumerate the issues that work to divide us. They bombard readers continuously via the various media. I do not want to say more about his message; I prefer that readers pursue it for themselves.

Suffice it to say that I read the book in one sitting. Although by no means a voracious reader, I have read a few books in my time and I cannot recall one that held my attention through one sitting. I am confident that anyone with an interest in this country and its history will find this book worth the time it takes to read it. I also suspect that, like me, they will want to share it.

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