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Voting mess

What will Kansas do, with thousands of potential voters in limbo? Kansas and Arizona passed laws requiring people to show proof of citizenship if they want to register to vote. But anyone who registers using the federal "motor voter" form just has to say he or she is a citizen. In January, Barton County had 315 "suspense voters," and 200 of those registrations were pending because proof of citizenship had not been submitted.

May 22, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Save the prairie chicken in Kansas

Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and eastern Colorado are hot and dry. According to the National Weather Service, rain over the last four years, in parts of these states has been less than what fell during a similar period in the 1930s.

May 21, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Be safe on the water

Memorial Day is Monday and that means the unofficial beginning of summer. So, starting this weekend, folks will be flocking to the state's many lakes.

May 19, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

War on girls

The world is watching as efforts continue to rescue more than 200 girls kidnapped a month ago from two boarding schools in Nigeria.

May 15, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Kidnapping girls a terroristic plan

There is nothing religious about kidnapping schoolgirls.

May 14, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Honor Flights-Combat veterans should go first

Our combat veterans who have served in any war have performed a tremendous service to the U.S. Those who have not served in a war zone can only see glimpses of the horrors faced by our warriors through movies such as "We Were Soldiers" or "Saving Private Ryan."

May 14, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Get out and ride a bike

May is National Bike Month, so dubbed by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. It is a celebration of all things bicycle and a chance to get out doors.

May 12, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

On hold for now

At least for now, Kansas and Arizona residents can keep registering to vote with a federal form and without having to show proof of citizenship, thanks to a federal appeals court ruling handed down Thursday.

May 10, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

4 Pinocchios: Huelskamp's ACA whopper

Recent comments by Kansas 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp about the Affordable Care Act earned him a "Four Pinocchios" rating in a Washington Post feature called "The Fact Checker."

May 08, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Real-life training for students a building block

All of the future nurses, criminal justice majors and medical-oriented students received their test under fire.

May 07, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Kansas’ revenues fall short due to tax cuts

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and the legislature enacted massive tax cuts in 2012, eliminating state taxes on the profits from 191,000 small businesses, including those owned by highly compensated professionals. The top income tax rate was lowered from 6.45 percent to 4.9 percent. The lowest income tax bracket is 3 percent.

May 07, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Playing (lesser prairie) chicken

In response to the rapid and severe decline of the lesser prairie-chicken, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in March announced the final listing of the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, as well as a special rule under the ESA that will limit regulatory impacts on landowners and businesses from this listing. Under the law, a "threatened" listing means the species is likely to become in danger of extinction within the foreseeable future; it is a step below "endangered" and allows for more flexibility in how the act's protections are implemented.

May 03, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Dancing in high heels

It's possible that everyone reading this knows a woman who's been the victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse.

May 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Kudos to area emergency personnel

The wind was blowing seemingly from all directions on Monday, and it was exceedingly unpleasant in town. Highway conditions were dangerous and ten cars had crashed with multiple injuries. More travelers were in ditches.

April 30, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Dust storm safety vital to remember

Monday's dust storm that cost a man's life in Barton County is a vivid reminder of traffic safety in such situations.

April 29, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

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