Commentary

Wed
15
Nov

Ride a fast horse

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
The Way West

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 1892, dawned as a cold fall day in Ford County, Kan. Farmers were planting wheat in spite of ruinous prices for the abundance they had grown the previous season. East of Dodge City, in Spearville, Kan., most everyone was driven indoors except those who needed to be out of doors. Even so, three riders did not go unnoticed as they confidently rode in from the north around 2 p.m.

Like sports cars of today, one could not fail to notice the horses the strangers were riding. The first was described as a “rangy sorrel thoroughbred animal”. The remaining two horses, a bay and a dun, also “showed evidence of running stock”. The three riders leisurely pulled up and dismounted in the street. Two of the men handed their reins to their comrade and briskly walked away.

Wed
15
Nov

Schools take priority

Davis Merritt
Others Say

The Kansas Policy Institute, Charles Koch’s state lobbying arm, has issued its marching orders to legislators as they prep for perhaps the toughest and most significant session in the state’s history.

Unfortunately, if predictably, the command is, “To the rear, march.”

Legislators who will convene in January are already working on a response to the Kansas Supreme Court’s October order requiring a substantial increase in public school funding.

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Wed
08
Nov

A look at real tax reform

Olivia Alperstein
Others Say

No matter our politics, most Americans have a beef with taxes. And it’s no wonder.

Working class Americans pay a much greater share of their income than the wealthiest Americans, who get away with exploiting tax loopholes and paying less than their fair share to support public projects and government programs.

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Wed
08
Nov

CASH COW

Jerry Marsh
Political Bites

As readers try to digest information on the tax cut/reform bill, one trait that should stand out is the many divisions among winners and losers. Having read more than a few articles on the topic, I find one group emerging as a clear winner: members of Congress seeking re-election in 2018, 2020, and 2022, both Democrats and Republicans.

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Wed
01
Nov

BIG MONEY WINS

Jerry Marsh
Political Bites

Oct. 24, 2017, in a 51-50 vote for H.J. Res. 111, Sens. Roberts and Moran sided with big money against small borrowers. The resolution passed the House on July 25 by a vote of 231 to 190 and Congressman Marshall voted for it. Their “yea” vote deprived small borrowers of the right to address financial abuse by lenders through class action lawsuits; the resolution forces them to abide by individual arbitration agreements.

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Wed
01
Nov

Buy a brick for the pad

Terry Kepka
Others Say

What’s going on with the splash pad?

PLENTY!

Things have changed since the beginning of this project. The size of the splash pad remains the same, 2,400 square feet. However the scope of the project and the location has changed.

The three local foundations want new bathroom facilities in Preisker Park. It only makes sense to merge the two projects into one.

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Wed
25
Oct

Ghost Engine

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

In the early morning hours of Aug. 3, 1882, the mail trail steamed along the rails of the Central Branch Railroad near the Great Spirit Spring west of Glen Elder, Kan.

As it rounded the bend, engineer Brit Craft was surprised by flames rising from the bridge just ahead. It was a small bridge spanning an insignificant wash. If he put steam to his engine the momentum would likely carry the engine and a car or two over the divide, but two passenger cars at the rear would surely plunge into the creek bed.

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Wed
25
Oct

Anthem Angst

By Lisa Miller Kijowski

It was only a few years ago, on a calm September morning the United States, was awakened by a violent act. Anyone old enough to remember, knows exactly what they were doing the morning the twin towers, the Pentagon and our airlines were tragically attacked. Through the turmoil and sadness we faced as a nation there was one thing that seemed to pull us together — patriotism and showing our support by flying our flags.

If you didn’t have a flag, many found photos or copies of the American flag which too were displayed. We appeared to be united in honoring the flag, the anthem and the pledge of allegiance.

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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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