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Kansas needs to start voting by mail immediately. Our democracy may hang in the balance. With the COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of subsiding, elections may become very complicated this August and November. Turnout may…

Along a country road southeast of Humboldt a pair of fence posts standing like sentinels are evidence of a gate once leading to a house. Just inside the fence, lush green flower stems brighten an…

Earlier this week I reached out to a dozen locals to see how they’re doing with the orders to lay low because of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the get-go we slipped into a comfortable banter,…

At 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906, the northernmost 296 miles of the San Andreas fault ruptured. The quake lasted 55 seconds, and the eastern side of the fault moved 24 feet. The shaking and…

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…

A few thoughts while awaiting coronavirus: — The only time I have had similar health concerns was in the early 1950s when polio was so pervasive. The debilitating virus had been around for decades. In…

I appreciate all the ways people are making an effort to help one another during this outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. From individuals to entire governments, the focus is not only on survival but also…

How much control does the president have over the U.S. economy? Not nearly as much as President Donald Trump claims when the news is good. And not nearly as much as Trump’s critics claim when…

With the coronavirus causing school to be cancelled, my son brought his schoolwork home. He shared with us a Greek mythology worksheet about Pandora’s Box. If you aren’t familiar, the Greek god Zeus gave a…

Just before church began Sunday, I checked the morning’s headlines on my phone.  News flash: Sen. Kamala Harris was endorsing Joe Biden for president. My husband looked at me disapprovingly.  “You’re really addicted,” he whispered…