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Living the dream

Inauguration day, which is usually Jan. 20, has been moved to Monday because it falls on a Sunday. That means the second inauguration of President Barack Obama will coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

January 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Mending the net

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Thursday that his administration will spend another $10 million on mental health care. His decision was reportedly prompted by the mass murders in December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 26 students and teachers died.

January 10, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Saving water Drought conditions change watering habits

In Florida, recently, a family has been growing a vegetable garden in the front yard. It is generating some controversy as the city of Orlando wants the homeowner to pull up the micro-irrigated 25 by 25 foot plot. The condition of the garden is well kept, but it is against city code.

January 09, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


While Congress was trying to ease the pain of the so-called fiscal cliff, Representatives were apparently throwing their constituents under the bus.

January 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Adopt-A-Dog If affordable for the family

A new program has begun to encourage local families to Adopt-A-Dog. It's a great program.

January 02, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Bill of Rights

In a novel by Umberto Eco, a character comments on the long list of rules imposed on the Knights Templar in the Middle Ages. "From prohibitions you can tell what people normally do. It's a way of drawing a picture of daily life."

December 27, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Gun control is a matter of common sense

Part of the lethality of a gun is determined by the person behind it. However, the rules governing gun control are too loose and new legislation, screening and registration are needed.

December 26, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

It's the End

If you're reading this, the world isn't over.

December 20, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Debt Armageddon

On Jan. 1, our taxes will go up, the budget will be cut and the U.S. economy, we are told, will go over a financial cliff.

December 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Pearl Harbor

Seventy-one years ago today, a surprise military attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, rocked our world. Twenty-four hundred people lost their lives. Americans who had resisted entering World War II were now taking the global strife personally.

December 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Some new taxes are good

Near the end of 2008, the stock market had crashed at a record pace, gas was fluctuating at around $4 per gallon, the big banks were in serious trouble, the housing market crashed, and the auto industry was tanking.

December 05, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Papers, please

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday there were no problems with the state's photo ID requirement to vote during the Nov. 6 general election.

November 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Black Friday: Don't forget Thanksgiving

It's Black Friday, the official opening of Shopping Season, perhaps the biggest day of the year for retail sales. The countdown to Christmas begins today, and for many people the spending scoreboard has begun to tick off the days while adding up the gifts.

November 22, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

America: Love it or leave it

A lot of people were whining the day after the election, because their candidate for president didn't win. It's OK to whine; some people think they've earned the right to whine by voting. But some folks have gone too far.

November 15, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Leave under mandatory evacuation or loose insurance

We all are sympathetic when a natural disaster hits because of lost lives and damage to property. The personal toll can be tremendous as well as the overall economic cost.

November 14, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

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Debating the debates

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It doesn't take a bunch of adults to explain the problem of distracted and impaired driving. Just look at the artwork created by area ...

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Do your job

Voters who are concerned about who is added to the Supreme Court over the next four years need to remember that a ninth justice could ...

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The numbers paint a sobering picture of families in Kansas and around the nation. Twenty percent of the Kansas population have been victims of domestic ...

October 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Has Your Smoke Alarm Expired?

This week marks Fire Prevention Week, and local and state safety officials urge all Kansas residents to know how old their smoke alarms are, and ...

October 10, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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