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Posted at 2:00 PM

Some readers may recall a column last spring by my colleague Michael Smith regarding a questionnaire he gave to his students at Emporia State. It produced the disturbing finding that most thought they’d be leaving the state after graduation to find opportunity.Recently I asked my State and Local Government students what was on their minds.One of them asked, “What is one industry that could generate sustainable economic growth in Kansas?” With six weeks...

Posted at 1:00 PM

When its summer here and you go down to the tropics, the first thing you notice is how early the sun goes down. You are near the equator so, while there is a little variation, the length of day and night are close to each other.It takes...

Posted Sep 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM

If you have never watched a giant flock of pelicans in flight you have missed, uh, well, seeing pelicans in flight! Nothing flies like that. They are kind of pretty, because they soar and twist so slowly, and turn and reflect their...

Posted Sep 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

When I was a youngster my dad used to read two newspapers daily. His newspapers of choice were the Kansas City Star and Denver Post.    Both arrived on the same day and both contained the latest news from that date...

Posted Sep 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM

September through mid-October is a good time to plant or overseed a new fescue lawn.Fall is a great time because fescue, which is a cool-season grass, is beginning a new growth cycle. This is the time of the year when the plants...

Posted Sep 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM

A couple of weeks ago, I was fishing on a river in northwest Oklahoma when we drifted past a beautiful rock bluff with unusual layers of rock. Along that bluff for about 150 yards there were more wasp nests than you could count.

Posted Sep 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Reading is usually a solitary endeavor. You might consult with a librarian or bookseller when choosing a book but often you just browse the shelves until something catches  your fancy, then you take it home, read it and return it...

Posted Sep 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Does trying to balance busy schedules between family and work seem almost impossible at times? Do you find yourself ready to scream or yell at the kids for the least little thing? Stress could be the culprit. Other warning signs of...

Posted Sep 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM

In the Orwellian world of many college and university campuses, all faiths are welcome — but some faiths are more welcome than others.Just this month, for example, California State University (CSU) "derecognized"...

Updated Sep 26, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Voters on Nov. 4 will decide whether an incremental state minimum wage increase from $7.25 per hour to $8 next year and to $9 on Jan. 1, 2016, is the right move in Nebraska.This is a controversial argument between...

Updated Sep 26, 2014 at 10:05 AM

By Philip MaddocksMore Content NowIn a rare show of bipartisan decisiveness, the Senate gave overwhelming approval to a plan to fund the U.S. fight against the Islamic State by winning the Powerball...

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