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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment's decision to press — and keep pressing — Aetna Better Health on its performance as a Medicaid contractor is wise. Pushing to hold state contractors accountable makes a difference for those served and sends a signal that incomplete or incompete…

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During a December 2015 debate among Republican presidential candidates in Las Vegas, former Florida governor Jeb Bush said to Donald Trump: "You can't insult your way to the presidency."

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I have wondered for some time how it is that folks decide what to do when two or three rivers come together. More specifically, how they decide on the name to be conferred upon that particular stream of water after the confluence.

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There might be no better single encapsulation of the nearly decade-long failure of Kansas government than the story that broke last week about an email address in the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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Once upon a time in Kansas, the cradle of cowboy country, Dale Schmidt began his lifelong career as a working ranch cowboy.

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office has dismissed an open meetings complaint that was filed by the Sunshine Coalition for Open Government over the closing of the state Senate gallery and removal of the news media from the chamber during the last day of the 2019 Legislature, Ron Ke…

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Former Speaker of the U.S. House Tip O’Neill famously said, “All politics is local.” He was referring specifically to congressional races, where responding to local issues from a national perspective — farm subsidy payments, social security checks, small business loans, etc. — was crucial to…

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After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, investigators discovered that the lone man assigned to guard the president, John Parker, had abandoned his post to watch the play from an adjacent box at Ford's Theater. Worse, at intermission, Parker adjourned to a nearby saloon to have drinks wit…

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, the adage says, and it applies perfectly to a government program begun in the 1940s that continues to pay dividends in Oklahoma.

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A humble carpenter’s son warned us that “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” In an era of deep division within our country, we need some unifying perspective. Two family writings may provide this perspective.

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The more we learn, the more Jeffrey Epstein resembles an evil comic book character for the developmentally arrested intellectual — the charming-but-lurid mastermind with a plot to take over the world by impregnating scores of women on a remote desert estate.

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A friend of mine owns a large rural property a few miles south of Pratt. The only residents are the cows, horses, goats and a donkey named Jack. Sometimes Jack gets a bit loud, but the animals never cause any real problems. 

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Every chance he gets, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders extols the virtues of democratic socialism and rails against the evils of capitalism. He isn't alone, as several candidates in the crowded field have joined the chorus.

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I can perceive the increasing anxiety among my students. Today, they come to the office not only to discuss courses, internships, and post-graduation plans, but also to apologize for missed classes and changing behavior due to new doses of medication, personal and family drama, and other str…

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The Trump Administration is trying administratively what Congress was unable to do: push up to 3 million people out of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more popularly known as food stamps.

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The Cowley County Fair is once again in full swing. Considering the amount of flood damage that the fairground received,  having the fair still take place this year, and on schedule, is something to celebrate.  

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