Viewpoints

Comment: Tree-house heaven
December 6, 2011
Harken back to the days when you were a kid. Being outside was fun. Heck, it was everything and more often than not messy.
Opinion: Keeping a promise
November 16, 2011
Courage is often talked about but seldom witnessed. But there are some whose courage never fails to inspire us all: our nation’s veterans.
Que sera, sera
November 9, 2011
Regardless of the location across Kansas, this fall has served up ideal harvest conditions. Many producers report they are ahead of schedule with the 2011 harvest. Seldom are the temperatures this mild, the humidity this low and the weather this dry during this time of year.
Column: Doodlebug and jitney
September 28, 2011
As a youngster my dad used to read two newspapers daily. His newspapers of choice were the Kansas City Star and Denver Post.
Smith: THS football players endure difficult week
September 6, 2011
Imagine being a football player preparing for the first game of the season. All of the sudden, your head coach is suspended because of something that happened the previous day at practice.
Opinion: Proper redistricting
September 6, 2011
Every 10 years, the Kansas Legislature is required to redraw boundaries for all congressional, legislative and State Board of Education districts. This is necessary as populations shift significantly over the course of a decade. Every ten years, like clockwork, this exercise becomes so muddled in partisan politics that it brings many other important issues debated in the Statehouse to a grinding halt.
Family farm
August 30, 2011
It seems people outside agriculture routinely try to define the family farm. In our contemporary society this means people one or two generations removed from the land who live in sprawling suburbia.
Opinion: Exploring education options
August 24, 2011
According to the U.S. Department of Education, only a third of Kansas students are proficient in reading and roughly one out of four are functionally illiterate. You might expect that education officials would welcome an opportunity to examine what other states are doing to address these unacceptably low achievement levels, but sadly they refuse to even have a discussion.
Letter to the editor: Don’t step on others’ rights
July 20, 2011
I saw this on Facebook and I know that not everyone looks at that, so I wanted to share this with you:
Opinion: Boot fencing
July 5, 2011
Perched atop the weathered wooden posts, the western boots stretched nearly one mile into the horizon. Brown, black, green, gray and blue were the colors. Torn and frayed was their condition. All the boot heels pointed toward the blue, spring sky. Some of the toes still held their shape — jutting out from the fence post. Others dropped toward the grass like the tongues of cutting ponies after a full morning of sorting cattle.
Opinion: Harvest restrictions
June 30, 2011
It’s harvest time in Kansas. And while most Americans associate harvest with autumn leaves and Thanksgiving, Kansans think of hot southern winds that ripen the wheat and signal it’s time to get the combine ready for what they hope will be a good crop. Ever since Kansas’ first settlers converted the prairie from a sea of tall grass into amber waves of grain, families have labored together during the summer months to bring in the harvest.
Letter to the editor: Need for animal control services in Leavenworth County
June 21, 2011
If you’ve ever loved or cared for a pet, or found a stray dog or cat, or had a pet illegally and cruelly abandoned on your property, now is the time to tell our Board of County Commissioners and our Sheriff’s Office that we need animal control services in Leavenworth County.
Our view: Cleaning up
June 21, 2011
Last week, the Tonganoxie City Council ordered the owners of two structures in the city to address multiple issues the city codes inspector identified within 90 days or face having the city tear down the buildings at the owners’ expense.
Brownback’s touting of road project touting of road projects misguided
June 14, 2011
For more than a week, Gov. Sam Brownback has been traveling the state, touting more than $1.8 billion in major highway projects.