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From the left and right, politicians are spouting suspect information about how great things are economically, or about what a frightful state we’re in. As usual, the truth is more likely found in metrics than…

It’s not law and order to shoot a man seven times in the back. It’s not law and order when a 17-year-old boy grabs an assault rifle and crosses state lines. It’s not law and…

My daughter argues that as long as she’s seeing all of her friends together in school, they should be able to gather together in their houses as well. Unfortunately, she has risk exactly backward. She’s…

As a newspaper reporter in these divided times, I do the best I can to write factual information without letting my personal opinions influence news articles. It’s a fine line and it’s not easy. I…

I’m always interested in the psychology of awarding praise. Too much, and it can create a bloated ego. Too little, and you risk damaging someone’s self-esteem. Parents, especially, have a fine line to walk with…

Most rural Americans will tell you the postal service is an important part of their way of life. Many small businesses and nonprofits in all kinds of communities — urban, suburban and rural — will…

The August primary elections produced sobering results for all Kansas politicians and, for the matter, all Kansans.  Sometimes important elections, like the presidential contest of 2020, easily display their importance. Others, however, may seem quite…

Here’s an example of how life has changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In late July, a team of Chanute school administrators met in Branson for their annual brainstorming retreat.  Of the 11…

When I filled out the application to be a delegate back in March, the world was a pretty different place. I was not expecting that as a delegate, I would be watching the convention on…

ATLANTA — No vocation cares more about control than coaching football. Before Washington played in a Super Bowl, coach George Allen went so far as to scout the California sun. (His findings: It’s bright.) Yet…