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“It's ridiculous for a country to get all worked up about a football game — except the Super Bowl, of course. Now that's important.” — Andy Rooney  more
Watching Kansas legislators debate whether to allow public school employees to carry concealed weapons on school property — a critical need, in my opinion — made me think about Florida’s highly successful Guardian program, and how such a program could work here.  more
‘Gorilla Rising’ will uplift downtown
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The newly announced plan to create “Gorilla Rising,” bringing Pittsburg State University’s Kelce College of Business downtown to Block22, is a major investment and undertaking, but one that is likely to pay off for all of those directly involved, as well as the broader community.  more
Tweet away, Mr. Trump
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Twitter and Facebook acted correctly in restoring Donald Trump’s right to use their platforms. He has not done so yet, mainly because he has contractual obligations to employ Truth Social, the third-rate outlet he created after his exile. more
President Joe Biden's State of the Union address was widely seen as both a traditional speech and as the informal, unstated kickoff to his 2024 reelection campaign. But the most striking thing about a Biden 2024 effort, if in fact there is one, is that it is a race few Americans want him to run.   more
Hey! Where’d all the browns go?
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George Floyd, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Breonna Taylor, Daunte Wright, and on and on and on — all black people, generally "justice-involved," who resisted the police and ended up dead. Name a civilian killed by cops of any other race that led to international protests, billboards, renamed streets, hashtags, memorials, NBA jerseys, murals, busts, tribute songs or O magazine covers.  more
Two years ago I wrote an opinion piece for the Kansas Reflector in which I argued that the Legislature should be celebrating Kansas public schools, rather than trying to tear them apart through voucher plans.  more
Beaver trapping in S.E. Kansas
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Last week’s excerpt from Frank Jeler Jr.’s memoir described trapping muskrat hereabouts in 1951 –’52. This week he continues his description of the art of trapping near Arma — sharing the benefits (and dangers) of trapping beaver. — J.T.K.  more
Flip the sheet pan dinner
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When it comes to flavor, say yes to bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts. Chicken breasts often get a bad rap for their dryness and lack of flavor. Leaving the bones and skin on the breast helps to solve this problem. more
Getting your heart right
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Relationships with family and friends can be challenging at times. Taking a little time to work on relationships and “get your heart right” will benefit those relationships long into the future.   more
Secret ingredient is ... trust
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I am not the Client Whisperer. Trust me when I tell you I am on nobody's short list for hand-holding, there-there's or any sort of artificial reassurances. Because that’s NOT what my customers need.  more
Nikki Haley takes on Trump
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More experience in executive governmental office. Greater command of global geopolitical issues. Better understanding of state prerogatives in the American federal system. Deeper commitment to local charitable undertakings. Earlier personal involvement in family business. more
January tipped
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"An eight-person table stiffed me, so I only made $5 in tips." Our son is a server at a diner-style restaurant. On a recent night, he only had two tables during his shift and only made five dollars in tips. more
Hearts & Books
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Last week I observed children picking out boxes of Valentines to exchange with their schoolmates and it took me back to grade school. Remember the excitement of those days before Feb. 14 — decorating your “mailbox” at school that sat on your desk, just waiting to be filled with a flurry of small white envelopes? more
The necessity of virtue
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Last month, Father Isaac Achi was burned alive in his rectory by militants in Kafin-Koro, Nigeria. Another priest there, Father Collins Omeh, who was shot in the back but escaped. Before Achi insisted that Omeh flee, the two priests heard each other's Confessions. more
What is Man?
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I’ve been hearing about ChatGPT since early December. Someone I know well who works in the university writing center was very upset about it and wrote to me about it. I’d never heard of it.  more
Memories of the Gay Parita
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Isn’t it interesting how a single event can “trigger” your memory? That happened to me this past week when I learned that there was to be an auction at the Gay Parita in Carona, Kansas, last Sunday.  more
Your plants need a balanced ‘diet’ too
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Now is the right time to prep for a spring garden, and one important step is making sure your soil is fertile enough to grow plants. Plants have a set of nutrients that they need in order to survive. These necessary nutrients are known as macronutrients and micronutrients. more
Assessing calf vigor
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In human medicine, newborns undergo an APGAR test following birth. APGAR stands for appearance, pulse, grimace, activity and respiration. This test evaluates the baby’s tolerance of the birthing process and assesses vitality outside the womb. more
“Prepping for Recession: Controlling Crop and Livestock Cash Flows” will be hosted by K-State Research and Extension — Wildcat District at the Southeast Research Center in Parsons, Kansas on Feb. 16, 2023 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.   more
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