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Today I received an anonymous letter with a screen shot showing two people debating the requirement of masks. Had the person chosen to sign the note, I would have been happy to discuss the topic.  In sum, it compared requirements for masks to reduce coronavirus spread to others with a theore…

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On the afternoon of Monday, Aug, 3, I became the recipient of generosity.  I had spent several hours doing some tree trimming and loading my pickup with that and other brush and trimmings that had accumulated since spring.  I then headed to the Cowley County Landfill.

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I have been enamored for years with the Carnegie libraries that can be spotted in so many of the small towns off the Kansas backroads. They are all unique in their construction and choice of material. A few of them are still libraries. Many of them have been torn down and many more are being…

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Once again the election rules and procedures have produced an anomaly that effectively blocks nearly two-thirds of an electorate's right to vote for their choice to represent them in an elective office. This time it is for the Cowley County Commission, District 2 and District 3. 

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With fears looming around the current Covid-19 environment, remote classrooms and distance learning models have become a serious topic of discussion where some districts have already resorted to this option for their schools. While remote learning may seem like the “best” solution, it is har…

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Working in public school finance was the most rewarding job I had. I watched as public money was being used to benefit the public. Every cent, whether upgrading and building schools, meeting demands of regular maintenance or, the most important, maintaining a good teaching staff, was spent f…

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I can honestly say that the old saying “something  good comes out of a bad situation” is true to life. I think it is wonderful that Walmart employees finally get to spend Thanksgiving with their families. I always feel bad that Walmart employees have  to work on Thanksgiving Day while the ma…

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Wow what a difference between Arkansas City and Winfield. I live in Ark City and am very disappointed in our city commission that wouldn't even put face masks on its agenda or just make a statement encouraging wearing face mask. Maybe the Wilson park project is more important.

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It’s easier to deal with a situation if you have a realistic understanding of what you are up against. I have spent my professional life introducing teenagers to challenging technical subjects and, with this opinion piece, I’m taking a crack at discussing the spread of infectious diseases, s…

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What is Trump hiding about his tax returns? You would think this would bother these Trump supporters. Or, do they not care how crooked he is? Thank God even two of his appointees voted that he has to turn over financial records to the New York attorney general for possible prosecution.

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I am writing to offer a heartfelt thank you! to the Winfield City Commission for their unanimous vote to follow the mandate of Governor Kelly. While not perfect, the scientific knowledge we have strongly supports social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing and other measures to help minimi…

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While I am incredibly disappointed in the Cowley County Commission's decision to opt out of Gov. Laura Kelly’s mask order, I was hardly surprised. 

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I am appalled and dismayed at the willful ignorance exhibited by Sen. Alley stating that he “can’t get a medical decision from anyone about what type of mask prevents COVID-19” in Wednesday’s front page article.

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The idea of adjusting police funding isn't radical. It's just a question of planning and looking forward. Any lunatic advocating for policing to be abolished shouldn't be taken seriously. Laws and their enforcement are pillars of modern society. The process has to be about redefining what po…

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With the passing of our admired former police chief, Ed Winebrenner, at a time when there have been some police killings, I remember his concern that new police officers be carefully chosen. He knew that some applicants saw being a police office as a way to meet some of their personal needs …

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Today (June 5) at our peaceful protest, we had people come out on horses, and some in trucks, proudly displaying the confederate flag. I had someone tell me that they have friends who have confederate flags in their home because to people here it is a southern pride thing.

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As a long time volunteer for Cowley County Humane Society, I write to share some thoughts about a year-round fundraiser that benefits the shelter.

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It was very refreshing to go to Memorial Lawn Cemetery this past Memorial Day and find the improvements to the graves, the flags flying high, and the flags already put out on the veterans’ graves. What a beautiful sight to behold. 

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Thank you Mr. Bennett for speaking out on the inhumane method of Steve Gilliland’s so called fish sport. This is no sport. It is a disgusting and cruel method of behavior that only leads to more and more abuse of animals.

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When will we finally be spared the bumbling, mean-spirited legislative representation of Cheryl Helmer? This legislator calls our governor “a tyrant” who has “reigned terror” in Kansas. “Queen Laura,” as Helmer snidely calls her, “will go down in history as the most hated governor of Kansas …

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