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Seldom has a presentation resonated with me as did Beth Toland’s for Iola Rotarians Thursday concerning ways to positively affect the early development of children. The process she outlined has scientifically proven twists and turns,…

Friday may go down in U.S. history as the day our democracy began to unravel. In a now customary tweet, President Donald Trump said the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are…

As a businessman, Donald Trump said his objective was self-serving.“You really do what’s best for you, you know, for almost purely monetary reasons. You know, you make your money,” Mr. Trump told TV news anchors…

Gov. Sam Brownback will be remembered as falling on his sword for his precious tax cuts, insisting they were the panacea to the state’s economic woes.That voters gave him the benefit of the doubt to…

In an effort to avoid their responsibility to fund public schools, legislative leaders last week tried to derail things by accusing a single individual of gross mismanagement of funds. Longtime public servant Dale Dennis, deputy…

If there were an easy cure for poverty and homelessness, we would be thrilled. If telling someone the error of their ways, explaining the difference between good and bad choices, handing them a list of…

In 1859, Clarina Nichols settled into a seat at the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention even though her gender meant she was barred from voting or publicly addressing the all-male convention. By that point she had long…

Over the past several years I’ve sat in on three series of meetings focused on providing USD 257 students better educations through improved facilities.  The first effort ended when the economy soured in 2007. The…

When The Iola Register reversed its policy of printing anonymous letters to the editor or recordings left on its answering machine, their level of rudeness and nature of attack changed dramatically.It’s funny how taking responsibility…

For all intents and purposes, the United States re-opened for business Monday afternoon when the U.S. Senate voted 81-18 for a short-term spending measure that extends to Feb. 8. To obtain the necessary bipartisan support,…