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Novelist Ann Patchett recently wrote an op-ed in the New York Times telling of her one-year moratorium on frivolously spending. With enough shoes and clothes to last a lifetime, Patchett swore off falling victim to…

Cut taxes, an acquaintance demanded when I mentioned Allen County had accumulated in the neighborhood of $4 million in reserves, mostly thanks to Enbridge pipeline company.Enbridge laid a pipeline through the county to transport oil,…

Thursday marks the sixth year that Santa’s Toy Shop will bring Christmas magic to children of all ages.The toy shop was inspired by my memories of being a small child in Iola and all of…

I briefly knew a woman who turned up her nose at the word “feminist,” as if its very sound was offensive.I couldn’t understand her viewpoint, especially because it was clear she had had a hard…

Kansans should take comfort in Tuesday’s election in Alabama. Political neophyte Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore, a longtime judge known for his misogynist and racist leanings. Jones’s victory is akin to a Democrat, or perhaps…

Not one to waste an opportunity, France’s president Emmanuel Macron has taken advantage of President Donald Trump’s denial of climate change by luring 13 of America’s top scientists to France.Under a program called “Make our…

Topeka joined the ranks last week in banning the sale of tobacco products to those under 21. That swells the total, including Iola, to 18 in Kansas. Altogether, 300 communities across 18 states have joined…

Kansas made national news Thursday night when PBS NewsHour reporter Paul Solman used us as a recent example of trickle-down economics.Solman, formerly of the Harvard Business School, regularly reports on business and economics news. In…

A Christmas letter to my friends who are poor: My Dear Ones,Please do not listen to this world. Please tell your children not to listen to this world.You are more valuable than the number of…

Anyone with a whit of propriety should reject Roy Moore in his bid come Tuesday to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate.Moore’s reported dalliances with six women when they were teenagers is unacceptable, plain and…