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Jack Remembers: An ingrained memory of Sept. 11, 2001, Chicago trip

By Jack Hackley Every time Sept. 11 comes around, I think about my trip to Chicago in 2001 on that infamous day. My best friend and client, Cecil Troutwine, who…

Jason: No reward for bratty kid, bad parenting

By Jason Offutt If this story is true, I salute this man. He had a headache, after all, and a guy with a headache can only take so much. The…

State Politics: Nixon veto of tax breaks stands, prompts release of funds withheld from schools

Following a successful effort to defeat a package of special interest tax breaks, Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday the release of $143.6 million for local school districts and higher education…

Letter: For states, having a house and senate an unnecessary expense

To the Editor: The supreme legislative body of the state of Nebraska is unusual in that it is unicameral and non-partisan.  No other state has a single-chamber legislative body with…

Letter: Ray’s GAP Assistance program needs hygiene items

The GAP Assistance program, a 501 (c)(3) tax deductible Ray County charity, is in need of your support at this time. As a strictly local charity that operates on donations,…

1914 Editorial: With the Great War under way, U.S. remains place ‘where love and science are the ideals, not blood and iron’

On August 1, Europe practically closed up her hotels and railways, and went into the killing business. A good many curiosity seekers may go abroad next summer, much as a…

Village idiot: Fresh-picked sweet corn sounds innocent, but beneath it lurks the hidden shame of addiction

By Jim Mullen Hello, my name is Jim and I married a corn junkie. Demon corn has turned the woman I love into a picky eater who will do anything…

Capitol Report: Children’s Mercy opens eyes, hearts

By State Sen. David Pearce I knew it wasn’t going to be a typical Thursday when I found myself in the back of an ambulance heading to Kansas City’s downtown…

Jason: If a candidate says ‘fore’ too often, he or she clearly doesn’t deserve four more years

By Jason Offutt The radio made me angry. Well, not the radio itself. It’s a nice radio, tucked under the kitchen cabinet to keep me company while I cook. I…

Want to know who watches the evening news? Simple, who do the commercials target?

By Jim Mullen The first ad in the first commercial break of the nightly news is for adult diapers. The second is for a drug that will lower your cholesterol.…