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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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Tue
21
Nov
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New blood pressure stats

By ELIZABETH ROGGE

Recently the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association issued a new definition of high blood pressure which states normal blood pressure is under 120/80. Stage 1 high blood pressure is now between 130-139/80-89. Stage 2 high blood pressure is now over 140/90. Blood pressure readings need to be obtained on at least two different occasions, using a sixstep method.

Diet and lifestyle changes are the first approach to elevated blood pressure which includes: a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; limit foods high in sodium and unhealthy fats; exercise; weight loss if one is overweight; and no more than two alcoholic drinks per day for men, and one for women.

 

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Tue
21
Nov
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Corn-fed coon for Thanksgiving

By JOE PHILLIPS

 

We all have them. Holdiays have significance purely on their own but they also have meaning because of rituals asociated with them. There are families that always do the same thing on Thanksgiving.

A family traveling across the state to be with their family developed car trouble on US 41 and had Thanksgiving Dinner in a family resturant somewhere in between. That was the 1960’s.

 

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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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