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Posted Jul 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM

The defining issue in upcoming state elections is each candidate’s position regarding "the path of our economic recovery." So wrote Republican state representative Steven Becker of Hutchinson in a recent letter to the Hutchinson News, as he asked: "Does the candidate support a reassessment of our tax policy or is everything working just fine?"In other words does the candidate believe that Governor Sam Brownback’s tax experiment has brought...

Posted Jul 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Man was created to take care of the Garden and Woman was created to be his helper. They were given one rule: Don’t eat this one particular fruit.  Woman, arguably because she believed she was helping, took the fruit to...

Posted Jul 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Some believe "big data" may be the next renaissance in agriculture. Others call it the greatest advance in agriculture since the Green Revolution during the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s when one of the biggest waves of...

Posted Jul 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Cattle futures shot into all-time highs again this week, reaching $1.58 per pound on Thursday. Prices continue to rise because of a shortage of animals stemming from the multiyear drought in the Great Plains that destroyed herds and...

Posted Jul 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM

As I was walking to the Farmer’s Market pavilion in Pittsburg last week to join my brother, Billy, in singing along with Jim Mynatt and Marsha Mauersberger of  "The Crusin’ Crooners", the Hagerty brothers...

Posted Jul 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM

The long days and unrelenting stress is finally over. The wheat is now in the bin and out of the fields and now it’s time for naps and relaxation. Well, not exactly. Even in a perfect world, having free time is a rare occurrence.

Posted Jul 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Last week a visitor to Sam A. Baker State Park apparently picked up a copperhead and was bitten two or three times. He died some time later. I heard the Missouri Department of Conservation news release saying it was only the third death...

Posted Jul 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM

The summer season is upon us. No doubt the cool, sweet pleasures of ice cream are frequently enjoyed. Have you ever shaken or rolled a can — or cranked an ice cream maker — to make homemade ice cream? You want the finished...

Posted Jul 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Last week, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — the extremist movement now occupying large swaths of territory in the region — forced the last Christians out of the Iraqi city of Mosul.Images of desecrated churches,...

Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 12:27 PM

A growing number of American companies are moving overseas ... on paper, at least.The tactic is called a corporate inversion, but for those who have no idea what that means, perhaps a more apt description would be “shady tax...

Posted Jul 25, 2014 at 1:01 AM

A prison term should not mean a lifetime of misfortune for a former offender. Yet that is what the criminal justice system produces every day. Former offenders are saddled for life with criminal records that make employment, education and...

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