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The phrase "America, Love It or Leave It" has a pedigree dating back at least to the McCarthy Era. In the '70s, the phrase was employed again against those protesting America's involvement in the Vietnam War. The left has its own version, vowing to leave the country if a Republican is electe…

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I was a Winfield Courier paperboy in Winfield from 1958 until after I graduated high school there in 1965.  During my freshman year English class at Winfield High School, I wrote a poem and got an "A" on it.  I didn't get nearly enough of those in school so those I did get are easy to rememb…

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I enjoyed reading the article in The Wichita Eagle several years ago about the Bluestem High School magical and successful baseball season that resulted in the schools first team state championship. Valley Center followed in this vein last year with their very first team state championship b…

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Texas v. United States probably doesn't ring a bell for most Americans, but the legal proceeding heard Tuesday by a federal appeals court in New Orleans could have dire consequences for the nearly 20 million Americans who have health insurance today because of the Affordable Care Act. Last D…

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Two summers ago on a visit to Budapest, I asked the spokesman for the Hungarian government about the growing problem of migrants coming into Europe. He told me Hungary doesn't have a migrant problem because they don't have welfare programs. So, he said, migrants continue their travels to oth…

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Most Kansans are aware of former Governor Sam Brownback’s failed tax experiment, but fewer know of his equally flawed experimentation with the lives of Kansas children and families in poverty. 

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Understanding the true costs and benefits of a community regulation on plastic and paper bags is a lot like walking around with a sack on your head — there are lots of things that are difficult to see.

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Remember last February when Kansas seemed to get lots of snow? But here in Winfield, it felt like we just kept getting ice. Very little snow. I'm 76 years old and have always prided myself that I've never fallen on the ice.

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Colin Kaepernick may no longer be a quarterback, but he's calling the plays at Nike. The athletic shoe company was scheduled to release a sneaker featuring the "Betsy Ross flag" this week, but the former San Francisco 49er thought it wasn't a good idea. The Air Max 1 USA, featuring the Found…

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Tons of rain creates a lot of unpleasant problems. Streets flood. Rivers, streams and lakes overflow and invade basements and fields. 

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Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran did the right thing again. He's flying solo in that regard, as fellow Senate Republicans from Kansas and Missouri refuse to respond to Saudi Arabia's role in the bombing of Yemeni civilians and in the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi with an…

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To the so called Christians in Cowley County — I’m a 59-year-old man that believes God does not make mistakes. I was made in his likeness, I read the Bible every day. My mom had three sets of twins, three are gay and three are straight.

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The Trump administration thinks appealing to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un by dangling promises of prosperity in front of him if he agrees to change his ways is the path to peace on the Korean Peninsula. So far there have been no agreements to build a Trump resort and Kim has made no eff…

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The gay pride event that will be held at Island park has some churches and organizations supporting it but there are others of us in the community that have other concerns regarding it.  First it celebrates lifestyles prohibited in God's word. Second it disregards the words of Jesus that uph…

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The decision to move Country Stampede to Topeka is disappointing on several levels. There are a couple of lessons to draw from it, too.

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My husband, Bob, is a keeper! I always knew that, but I appreciate him even more in his retirement of 17 years. I cook hardly at all any more — and that's not because we eat out a lot. We don't!

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The problem with a lifetime in public service is a lifetime in public service.

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Only a few months ago the court battle over school funding was a central issue of legislative concern and media reports. Now triumphant, school districts are deciding ways to implement the approximately $500 million of new funding that will flow to schools over five years with an additional …

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Doc Arnett’s article in Wednesday's paper was something I must respond to. Newspapers usually get readers’ attention with big headlines and explosive stories. Occasionally there is a quiet corner of the paper that deserves the same big headlines.

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