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Governor Laura Kelly recently issued a statewide “stay home” order, which is an important part of the ongoing effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. In doing so, she cited several reasons, including the need to prevent overburdening the health care system, and to buy more time to help secur…

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It’s past time for our neighboring states to catch up with Kansas when it comes to statewide “Stay-at-Home” orders.

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In the coronavirus era, open public meetings are problematic at best. At worst, they’re a hazard, and maybe even deadly.

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There has been a lot of criticism over the President’s use of the term “Chinese virus” and rightfully so. Names have not always been an accurate way of identifying ground zero for any disease. Health leaders have named this current virus COVID-19. You cannot call this coronavirus because tha…

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In this crazy time, we are thinking of and are thankful for our medical personnel and first responders, and yes, they are on the front lines. But I would like to say we should think of and be thankful for other important but overlooked people who are helping to keep us somewhat normal.

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Perhaps it’s just my imagination, but it seems as though the daffodils throughout the town (I live in Winfield) have been more numerous and showy than in recent memory.

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The Kansas Legislature moved quickly to pass a basic operational budget that would allow essential state government services to be funded. This “bare bones” budget spends $7.83 billion from the State General Fund. $65 million was approved to allow Kansas to assist businesses and fight the CO…

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President Trump can’t do right by some critics no matter what he does. For three years he’s been denounced as a reckless authoritarian, and now he’s attacked for not being authoritarian enough by refusing to commandeer American industry. The truth is that private industry is responding to th…

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It seems like at least a month ago — Monday of last week. We watched a toned-down president, almost tethered to his manuscript, as he joined our world. The coronavirus was no longer a “Democratic hoax” which we have “totally under control” that could “... totally disappear ... like a miracle…

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If the past week of action to battle the novel coronavirus has taught us anything, it’s that circumstances change quickly. Actions that once seemed unthinkable — closing school buildings for the rest of the term, for instance — become yesterday’s news.

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A letter titled “Vote for Trump?” in March 17’s paper argued that, for all his faults, President Trump should be reelected. As a scholar of the American presidency — I have published four books on it — I dissent. The writer’s first paragraph made the point that this president “shoots off his…

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More than 20 million K-12 students across the country are at home today due to COVID-19 virus control measures. While the virus didn’t arrive as rapidly in Kansas in as some other states, all public schools are now closed in the state.

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A letter titled “Vote for Trump?” in March 17’s paper argued that, for all his faults, President Trump should be reelected. As a scholar of the American presidency — I have published four books on it — I dissent. The writer’s first paragraph made the point that this president “shoots off his…

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More than 20 million K-12 students across the country are at home today due to COVID-19 virus control measures. While the virus didn’t arrive as rapidly in Kansas in as some other states, all public schools are now closed in the state.

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Some years ago, I wrote a book titled “The Things That Matter Most.” It was a critique of the continuing impact the ‘60s generation has had on the country.

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Under normal circumstances, the closing of a community hospital in Sumner County would be disturbing, yet not surprising — another small-town health facility falling victim to higher costs and fewer patients.

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The Kansas Legislature is trying to move quickly and pass a basic operational budget that would allow essential state government services to be funded. The House approved a resolution to extend the Governor’s state of emergency declaration to allow health officials the time to mitigate the s…

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With the announcement the Wellington Hospital has closed, I wonder how the two state representatives who represent portions of Sumner and Cowley counties and the one state senator who represents a portion of Cowley county and Sumner county will continue to justify their past stance against m…

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This question was recently asked in the Courier Traveler as to why anyone would vote for the president.

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When there’s a big national or international crisis, many of us want to do something about it.

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