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On the door by the water fountain is a sticky note I recently received from Maude Burns.  It reads, “Thanks to all of you for hanging in there to furnish a good hometown paper.”  I’m…

The world still relies far too much on burning fossil fuels for energy, but an annual accounting of new energy sources carries some heartening news: Nearly 75% of new electricity generation capacity last year involved…

“It looks so peaceful,” wife Beverly remarked one cloudy afternoon this week when we trundled from the end of a lane leading into Humboldt’s Mount Hope Cemetery. A few minutes earlier Beverly asked to take…

WASHINGTON — If we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic, Joe Biden almost certainly would be winning Democratic primaries and locking up the nomination about now — coasting from one victory speech to another,…

To help rural communities, Kansans and their lawmakers will need to do more than the inadequate broadband funds approved by the Legislature recently. In Topeka and nationwide, voters and their elected officials need to understand…

Missouri’s Harry Truman famously displayed a sign on his Oval Office desk: “The Buck Stops Here.” Nothing could have been clearer. In the end, the president is responsible for the nation’s well-being, regardless of the…

The saying, “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” is credited to Winston Churchill, prime minister of England during World War II. In Churchill’s case, he was referencing the unique opportunity to forge an…

While waiting for a return to normalcy, I’m reminded of when I was young and spent much of my time at home, mainly because there wasn’t much else for a young kid to do in…

On Monday night, I spent an hour staring at my laptop screen. My goal was to find a column idea that was not related to the coronavirus update. I eventually just shut my laptop and…

Americans have had it easy for so long that our current troubles seem especially awful. Put another way: Most of us didn’t appreciate how good things were, or how much worse they could be. That’s…