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10
Jan
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I appreciate the health department folks; they’ve had a string of misfortune

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

I try to remain neutral and unbiased when covering news or meetings for the newspaper.

I hate controversy, and I certainly hate sensational journalism. I don’t choose and write my stories with the hope that maybe that issue will sell more copies that week. At a buck a paper, an extra few dollars isn’t going to pay any bills.

 

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Wed
10
Jan
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Clock ticks on insurance for children

By Dena Sattler

Nearly 80,000 youngsters in Kansas need the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Nationwide, the federally funded CHIP program provides coverage to some 9 million children — about one in every eight — in lowand middle-income families.

 

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Wed
27
Dec
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Be the smartest person in the room on national news

By DAN THALMANN

I’ve been following the news all my life, but how I consume news has changed significantly over the years.

For national and international news, I subscribe to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and many, many magazines. I also use Twitter to keep me up on breaking news.

 

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Wed
27
Dec
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Surprise supper from the back yard

By JOE PHILLIPS

Fear bound. The forecast called for miserable conditions in the Sunny South, forcing the “unprepared” to scamper to whatever was open on Friday afternoon. The morning deer hunt proved futile despite generous, but impossible, sightings. After that I was out gathering supplies to end a craving for bacon.

“Little Miss Phillips” is a life-long foodie. On a coastal weekend her interest in shells and surf walking ebbed, waned and vanished. It became hard to get her out of the hotel room. She wasn’t a television addict since the set wasn’t used as a sitter. It took most of the next day to discover the focus with her new fascination with the hotel television. It was the “Food” network.

 

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Wed
20
Dec
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Birds and bald eagles, but no bears

BY DAN THALMANN

I’ve been feeding backyard birds yearround for many years. Sunflower seed, suet and a few other types of seed in the winter (and at least one feeder year-round), grape jelly in the spring for orioles and sugar water in the spring through fall for hummingbirds.

As a feeder of birds, I’m always hoping to attract a little something different. This could be the winter.

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Wed
20
Dec
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Christmas: It’s about the little moments

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

I have read many times over the years that the things you remember from Christmases past aren’t the gifts you’ve gotten. That’s mostly true; I can think of only a few toys I ever got as a kid, including a package of tiny, quarter-sized My Little Ponies with plastic bodies and real, rainbow-colored manes and tails that I got when I was probably about 6.

What I remember more than the gifts is our annual traditions:

Every year we ventured out into the pasture in the middle of the section to select and cut down a cedar tree, which we would have to drag a couple hundred yards through the ravines and over the fence to the pickup. The tree was always cut down with a blue hand saw, too. There was never a chainsaw. Us kids would then ride in the back of the pickup with the tree through the pasture to the yard.

Wed
13
Dec
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Tax overhaul only mirrors Kansas fiasco

By Dena Sattler

Kansans want no part of another flawed taxcut scheme.

With the debacle launched in 2012 by Gov. Sam Brownback and his ultraconservative allies still exacting great harm, Kansans don’t understand why the same tax-cut approach has gained favor in the nation’s capital — and why our own elected representatives, of all people, are on board.

Deep income-tax cuts didn’t generate meaningful job growth as promised in Kansas by Brownback and company. Generous corporate-tax breaks at the federal level won’t, either.

 

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Wed
13
Dec
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Call it Kate’s Wall

By Dane Hicks

As 32 year-old Kate Steinle lay dying in her father’s arms on trendy Pier 14 in San Francisco back in 2015, pleading with him to help her, she had no idea the bullet in her heart fired by a five-times deported illegal alien would amount to a reset in U.S. policy toward illegal immigrants.

With an election coming in 2018 and Garcia Zarate’s acquittal of murder and manslaughter charges in her death last week swelling “sanctuary city” policies more into the national spotlight, the Kate Steinle incident may be the near equivalent to the shot heard round the world.

Wed
29
Nov
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Hanover football is elite program

By DAN THALMANN

Congratulations to the Hanover Wildcats for their second state football championship in a row. That in itself is pretty amazing, but looking back a bit on the streak of success experienced by this year’s senior class is almost unfathomable.

In the last four seasons, the Wildcats have lost a grand total of two games.

Two.

Those were the state championship games in 2014 and 2015. They went 12-1 in both of those seasons.

 

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Wed
29
Nov
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Kobach has done more, unfortunately

By Dena Sattler

Kris Kobach is mighty proud of what he’s done while secretary of state.

Speaking to a small gathering during a recent meet-and-greet event in Garden City, the Republican candidate for governor cited his ability to prosecute voter fraud — power given to him in 2015 for no good reason when his fellow ultraconservatives ruled the Statehouse.

Local and state prosecutors are well equipped to handle rare instances of voter fraud. Instead, a self-serving politician who claims rampant voting by illegal immigrants only has shown there’s no such thing with scant few prosecutions.

 

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