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It’s been 40 years since 114 were killed and 200 others injured when two giant skywalks collapsed in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. The images from that catastrophic structural…

As a newspaper publisher, I find it difficult to write about the underbelly of local politics. After all, I want Iola to be a shining star. So I struggled in reporting on Monday night’s city…

The testimony of Britney Spears almost defies belief. In an unconventional but poetic speech before a Los Angeles probate judge on Wednesday, Spears described the shock, trauma and manipulation that has characterized her 13-year indenture…

After years of declining crime rates, the United States is suddenly contending with an upsurge in shootings and murders — and the numbers are sobering. In Chicago, homicides soared 56% last year, and they’re up…

In the last couple of years Bonnie Johnson has written several letters to the editor, all concerning the sale of alcohol. Johnson’s letter today is critical of Humboldt City Council members entertaining the notion of…

It is almost time to redistrict Kansas. This means using 2020 Census data to create new districts for the Kansas House, Kansas Senate, and U.S. Congress. Ten years ago, the process was a mess. Unfortunately,…

As the second-largest town in Allen County, Humboldt is working hard to prove to its big sister that smaller is better. Admittedly, this is the perspective of an Iolan who is envious of Humboldt’s revitalized…

Initial state-level data from the 2020 Census are out. What do these numbers show for Kansas and why do they matter?  The U.S. population grew 7.4 percent from 2010 to 2020, the second lowest growth…

As the worst school year in most teachers’ careers comes to an end and summer begins, some much-needed reflection is not happening. Contrary to popular belief, most teachers continue to work throughout the summer. Most…

Under federal law, companies and government entities can require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Whether they will, is another matter. Because the virus is easily transmissible, it only makes sense for employers to do…