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I’ve always been thankful I have interesting hobbies — artifact hunting, metal detecting and generally meandering about the countryside. The cherry on the top is companionship. For the last three years, fellow enthusiast Robbie Baker…

Rather than condemn historic figures because they fail to meet current moral standards, let’s pause this July 4th to appreciate how far our society and the people who shaped it over the last 244 years…

On Monday morning, The Register established a face mask policy for employees. Expecting pushback, I came prepared with charts showing the increase in COVID-19 cases in Southeast Kansas as well as how it’s the younger…

WASHINGTON — After Americans reacted in outrage to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Republicans and Democrats in Congress promised quick action on police reform. Leaders on both sides offered a long list of…

There’s a reason the phrase “politically correct” has become a scornful slam. It’s the same reason there’s a ruckus over Wichita State University’s decision to withdraw its invitation to Ivanka Trump. And it’s the same…

Several times I’ve figuratively eaten crow. One time I literally dined on one of the birds. But first, the backstory. When I was in my early teens in the 1950s, corn was picked on the…

The 2020 elections for the Kansas legislature could be perilous for moderate Republicans. Their political relevance is at stake, with huge implications for Kansas politics. Most “moderate” Republican lawmakers in Topeka are actually pretty conservative.…

Everyone wants to be the bearer of good news. But these days the pickings are slim if you happen to be a public health officer.  Rebecca Johnson, director of the Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department,…

These last months have been a stressful and difficult time in the history of our country. I say that with some experience behind me. I’m 101 years old. I was born during the 1918 influenza…

Kansas is losing ground under current trade policy, as farmers nationwide see longtime trade surpluses turn into deficits. Through the first four months of 2020, the nation’s agriculture-related trade balance is running at a deficit,…