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Freedom of expression is intrinsic to the workings of a functional democracy, and I would not advocate for the censorship of the hucksters, deceivers, manipulators, or even the tabloids that exploit our innate interest in gossip.  more
This week could mark the most consequential development on the U.S.-Mexico border since January 2021, when President Joe Biden essentially opened the nation's doors to millions of illegal border crossers. more
Trump is facing cancellation 
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"TRUMP IN TROUBLE" That's the headline over a USA Today story reporting that in their latest poll, only 31% of Republicans want Donald Trump as their nominee in 2024, while 61% prefer someone else. more
After sending out queries for Wheeler’s memories a couple weeks back, Janette Mauk, crack reference librarian at Axe Library Special Collections, sent me an old article from this newspaper penned by longtime reporter John K. Hay.  more
K-State Research and Extension will be hosting The Power of Negotiation and Communication, a Land Leasing Series. This program will cover farm leases of every type and prepare attendees, both landlords and tenants, to create intelligent and fair leases. more
How to bake perfect Christmas cookies
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Everybody enjoys baking and decorating cookies for the Christmas season. For many households it is a family tradition that will hopefully be passed down to future generations, as these traditions become memories that will last a lifetime.   more
Dear Santa
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After looking over last year’s letter, I can’t help but wonder if it somehow got misplaced. I understand — I’m notorious for “losing” things that later show up in the weirdest places. more
A curried holiday timeout
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Do you need a holiday timeout? When we are in the eye of the storm, aka the lull between Thanksgiving and December celebrations, it helps to step off the conveyor belt of planning, cooking, baking and entertaining. more
A real example at Christmas
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Getting to know people who are persecuted for their religious faith is life-changing. To meet people whose everyday life involves the real possibility that they might be kidnapped, tortured or killed simply because they are Christian, Yazidi or Uyghur Muslim gives you a whole new perspective.   more
Angels in Seoul
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As I write this, I am in my hotel room on a Saturday morning in Seoul, South Korea. I’ve been here as part of a small group which is cultivating partnerships with several South Korean universities. more
The buzzkill Federal Reserve
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“The next person who slide tackles is kicked out of school.” I loved our principal, but he was our good times’ buzzkill. more
History of the nativity scene
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I believe most of us take many things for granted. Enjoying the manger scene at Christmas is one of them. Many of us have a manger scene inside and often outside our home as do many churches, and other locations throughout our community. more
There’s nothing like mother’s touch
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Mother Helen’s funeral was yesterday. I’m running this column, originally published May 12, 2008, in her memory.  more
Managing sprawl is key to long-term success
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Growth spurts are not the easiest things to manage. Ask any parent of any tween-ager. Or any business owner who woke up one morning and realized that overnight his or her business just doubled.  more
Pittsburg Arts District is a win-win
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This fall, Pittsburg officially established an arts district. Some residents have probably not heard about this. One reason for that may be that people often pay more attention to bad news than good news, and there is no downside to speak of in designating such a district.  more
A compromise and a blessing
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What's more important? A political issue or a practical achievement?  more
The coming war over Hunter Biden
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Republican lawmakers will take control of the House of Representatives on Jan. 3. That means that, among many other things, they will take control of the House's investigative committees and subcommittees. more
Christmas on the plains – 1913
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The following was sent to me by Neil Sowards. His mother, Genevieve Sharp Sowards was born in Kansas on June 29, 1903. In 1913, her parents homesteaded for a year in eastern Colorado. Neil sent a marvelous recollection by his mother of their first Christmas there. — J.T.K.   more
Going to Georgia
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Claudia is a truck driver in Georgia. She is running transportation logistics on a movie being filmed here. The movie, "Possum Trot," is a true story about the foster care and adoption of Black children who suffered unspeakable trauma in their young lives. more
Who gets grandma’s yellow pie plate?
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We will all be gathering with family again soon. Do you have that one item in your family that everyone knows about? Maybe it’s something that cherishes a lot of memories for many. Who gets grandma’s yellow pie plate or grandpa’s gun when they down size or are gone?   more
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