The dawn of the new year signals civilization's return to several grand traditions, including the ancient hoary one requiring we professional columnists to trot out the tried but true "Ye Olde Predictions Piece." Either that or the even triter but true "Ye Olde Resolutions Piece." But we wandered down that trail last year. And most likely will again in 2015.
As Michelle Obama treated herself to an additional week in paradise as a 50th birthday present at taxpayer expense, her husband returned from their multi-million dollar, 17-day vacation in Hawaii to badger Republicans in Congress over whether to continue to pay people not to work.
When should I actually be applying my fertilizer? What about applying micronutrients? How does the recent drought affect how I manage soil fertility? Learn the answers to these questions at the Soil Fertility program January 15 at 9 a.m. till noon located at the Extension office in Great Bend. Dorivar Ruiz- Diaz will go over the latest research to help benefit your bottom line. Come hear some pointers on fertility following a drought, and bring your questions. There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP by calling 620-793-1910 by Monday Jan. 13 for a head count. There needs ...
A reality TV star speaks out about gays and loses his job, albeit temporarily. Meanwhile, a professional football player speaks out about gays and loses his job, apparently permanently. Some conservatives argue that tolerance means what's good for Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson is good for ex-Viking punter Chris Kluwe, even though the former denigrated homosexuals and the latter advocated for their equality. But to equate the cases of Robertson and Kluwe equates tolerance for an unthinking acceptance of prejudice.
Just before Christmas, the Obama administration issued a blanket waiver for millions of Americans from the individual mandate requiring purchase of government-approved health insurance. The waiver, whose announcement was choreographed to give political credit to Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, was limited to individuals and families whose health plans were canceled by Obamacare. As Washington Post liberal blogger Ezra Klein put it: "Obamacare itself is the hardship" that qualifies cancelees for a hardship exemption.
Despite what some called "Obama's worst year ever" and what everyone agreed was terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Obamacare rollout, Barack Obama's job approval rating has bounced back out of the 30s and into the mid-40s-not great, but neither the inexorable slide into oblivion that many predicted. Once again, the reports of Obama's political death have been greatly exaggerated, begging the question as to why pundits seem so eager to pronounce his last rites.
Federal taxpayers spent a shocking total of $5.4 billion - with a B - on grants to establish what ended up being just 13 state Obamacare exchanges. In some states the failures have been spectacular enough to embarrass officials and imperil political careers, and in far too many places, Republicans who should have known better went along. It's an object lesson in keeping your fingerprints off the other party's very bad ideas, and should be front of mind not just if the Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell sparks new Obamacare exchange fights in state capitals, but also ...
"Orphan" is a very empty word. It conjures up images of loss, of being rootless, of unwanted and untenable liberty. When I think of "Orphan," I think of something flying around in the great human universe, searching for its home.