Commentary

Wed
15
Nov
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Support small businesses

By Dan Murray

Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving,is the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season, but it’s the next day, Small Business Saturday, that really puts me in the holiday spirit.

That’s because Small Business Saturday, which falls on Nov. 25 this year, isn’t about getting up before dawn, fighting traffic, jostling with crowds and standing in long lines to save a few bucks on things no one asked for.

 

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Wed
15
Nov
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Christmas spirit in October

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

Halloween is over, which means I’m thinking about Christmas.

I’m sure that statement has a lot of you rolling your eyes. Let me explain.

This is the sixth year I have been writing columns for a newspaper. In my five years at the Belleville paper I wrote a column every week, and there were always a few weeks out of the year where it was a real task to think of something intelligent to write. So I began writing about my adventures taking my young boys trick or treating, or about how the snow has me in the Christmas spirit.

 

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Wed
08
Nov
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KPI to legislators: ‘To the rear, march’

By Davis Merritt

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.”

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Wed
08
Nov
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An appreciation for cucumbers

By JOE PHILLIPS

How does it work?

We develop preferences in food, probably from an early age. Flavors that please an adult may not sit well with a child because, I’ve read, they are more sensitive to particular tastes. An example is bitter foods such as broccoli, but that can reduced by adding other things to the mix.

It is easy to spot an indulged child. I recall an adult, who as a dinner guest, picked at a pizza — didn’t like onions, didn’t like olives, didn’t realize their behavior was childish and irritating.

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Wed
01
Nov
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Making a difference starts close to home

by Travis Mounts 

People often complain that they feel their votes don’t make a difference.

There is some truth to that. It’s been generations since a majority of Kansans voted for a presidential candidate that wasn’t a Republican. While that may be true, Kansans of various political leanings still have a say during the primaries, thus influencing the final outcome.

And the actions in Washington, D.C., do impact our lives locally. But there are races that impact our daily lives, where our individual votes often do matter.

 

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Wed
01
Nov
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Health insurance, medical costs likely to continue to increase

by CYNTHIA SCHEER 

Health insurance was a prime topic at the county commissioners’ meeting Monday. I listened as commissioners discussed the catastrophic plan they have now, which, in a nutshell, has little to no coverage until the $10,000 deductible has been met. Some employees are upset because they now have to pay a portion of the premium for a plan that does little for them, commissioners said.

I have heard rumblings that the previous county health insurance plan was a Cadillac plan and offered a very low deductible with little to no cost to the employees. The switch from that to the current plan was an unpleasant shock for many, it sounds.

Wed
25
Oct
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Part of my family’s life, gone forever

By DAN THALMANN

I’ve lost the pictorial memories of a small part of my family’s life, all because I didn’t take the time to do what I knew was necessary.

I recently had an external hard drive go bad. This is a small piece of equipment, not too much larger than a man’s wallet, that can store digital files outside of a computer. Like a large memory card, I had an extensive archive of my family photos, in folders by month and year, as well as the digital archives of everything that has gone into this newspaper for the last several years, organized by issue date.

Wed
25
Oct
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Pork industry boosts economy

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

In this week’s issue we celebrate Pork Month, which comes around every October. I’ve done several stories for Pork Month over the years. When I worked for the Washington County News back in my early days after graduating from college I traveled north of Linn to the Voelkers to feature their dirt lot pigs.

I’ve been a farm girl all of my life, and like many farm families, my dad even raised some pigs when I was quite young. But the extent of my interaction with pigs nowadays comes at the county fair each summer, and that’s just not the same as seeing them on the farm.

 

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Wed
18
Oct
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Legislators will have their hands full with education funding

By Travis Mounts 

We’re about three months away from the start of the 2018 Kansas legislative session, and once again school funding will dominate the proceedings.

I’ll warn you now: You will get tired of reading about it. We’ll get tired of writing about it. It’s going to be grind on everybody, including our elected officials.

I had the chance to be part of an early discussion about the topic last Friday as I joined State Reps. John Whitmer (R-Wichita) and Brandon Whipple (D-Wichita) on “Kansas Week,” the local public affairs program on KPTS Channel 8 in Wichita.

 

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Wed
18
Oct
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A method to weekly newspaper creation

by CYNTHIA SCHEER 

It’s very difficult to explain what goes into the makings of the weekly newspaper, but I’m going to try. Many years ago before I started working for the paper I used to shake my head in confusion at the paper. I have since found that there is a reason for the way we do things.

When it comes to covering events and taking photos, we are not a 12-person, 24-hour crew. There are only a few of us who can take a photo, and there are only about two of us – Dan and me – who do story/event coverage after business hours. I’ve done a few feature story interviews after 5 p.m. because that’s the most convenient time for the person involved AND it didn’t disrupt my life greatly AND I really wanted to get the story.

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