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April 21, 2015
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Drug Court is successful
Posted: April 21, 2015

The Cowley County Drug Court is good for our community.

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Einstein had it right
Posted: April 18, 2015

The Courier has opened its editorial columns to the ministers of the Winfield area, giving each in turn an opportunity to submit a guest editorial. The opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily agree with those of the Courier.

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Welfare rules spark latest round of ridicule
Posted: April 17, 2015

Every few weeks the nation's eyes turn to Kansas, and not to gaze in admiration. The focus of the latest unfortunate round of ridicule and criticism has been a bill limiting how the poor can access and spend welfare aid.

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Bipartisan unity on Iran
Posted: April 16, 2015

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has lived up to its name.

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Shooting our state in the foot
Posted: April 15, 2015

Kansas lawmakers have gone over the top, again.

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Campbell's sad school story
Posted: January 16, 2015

Winfield school superintendent J.K. Campbell told a sad story to about 25 business people at the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday.

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The postcard storm isn’t over
Posted: October 18, 2014

We don’t get many storms this time of year, but campaign postcards are raining down on our house.

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Lucien Barbour: Leader, mentor, man to remember
Posted: October 09, 2014

It’s hard to imagine Winfield without Lucien Barbour.

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Independent candidates flower on the prairie
Posted: September 05, 2014

There is a rising tide of independent candidates for political office in this country, and that tide has reached Kansas.

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Republicans for Kansas Values empower moderates
Posted: July 23, 2014

Led by former Senate president Dick Bond, 100 former Republican lawmakers and their allies endorsed the Democratic ticket for governor.

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Rivalry project is for fun, not fanatics
Posted: January 07, 2014

Some of you may have noticed the advertisements in the Courier and Traveler asking for stories about the Winfield vs. Arkansas City rivalry.

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Pompeo can't help trashing the Affordable Care Act
Posted: June 26, 2013

Web Editor's Note:  See Rep. Mike Pompeo's "The Obamacare train wreck" in Editorial section of the website under Guest Commentary or click on the related story to see Pompeo's opinion.

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Back to the future in Kansas
Posted: May 25, 2013

So now you can shoot fireworks again in Arkansas City.

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Surviving the anniversary of death
Posted: May 09, 2013

Do not suppress it. Never attempt to hide grief from yourself. Little by little ... the bereaved, the widowed, will find new strength, new vision, born of the very pain and loneliness which seem, at first, impossible to master.

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Dancing with my daughter through life
Posted: March 05, 2013

Once I told her about the daddy-daughter dance, Lillian wouldn’t stop talking about it.

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A simple message
Posted: August 23, 2014

The Courier has opened its editorial columns to the ministers of the Winfield area, giving each in turn an opportunity to submit a guest editorial. The opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily agree with those of the Courier.

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Legal marijuana has a big down side
Posted: August 19, 2014

Kansans who think their state should follow the lead of Colorado and legalize the sale of marijuana for recreational use might want to reconsider in light of some problems Denver is experiencing with a growing homeless population.

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Are you a 'red letter' Christian?
Posted: August 16, 2014

The Courier has opened its editorial columns to the ministers of the Winfield area, giving each in turn an opportunity to submit a guest editorial. The opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily agree with those of the Courier.

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A holiday not to celebrate
Posted: August 14, 2014

The left-leaning Citizens for Tax Justice called the idea "silly." The right-leaning Tax Foundation deemed it "poor policy." So why do 16 states continue to offer sales tax holidays during the August back-to-school shopping season? The most likely answer is that these policy gimmicks are popular among consumers and a certain set of retailers, especially big chain stores. But they aren't in the public interest. The states that still stage sales tax holidays should do what Washington did a few years ago: Get rid of them. Maryland's sales tax holiday, going on this week, eliminates state sales tax on clothing and shoes priced under $100. Virginia's also exempts school supplies. The theory is that these tax breaks will encourage economic activity, or at least save people money. In fact, though the research on the subject is sparse, several analyses indicate that sales tax holidays fail to produce notable economic benefitsfor the states that enact them. Mostly, people appear to time purchases they would have made anyway so that they fall within the holiday. For example, New York, a pioneer of the back-to-school sales tax holiday in 1997, found that sales of exempted goods rose during the holiday — but that sales fell in the weeks before and after. The state no longer offers a sales tax holiday. There's no compelling economic rationale for time-shifting consumer purchases, but there are many reasons it's not worth the forgone tax revenue. Studies suggest that some stores merely raise their prices a bit during tax holidays, siphoning off the state's generosity for themselves. Wealthier people, meanwhile, are much more likely than poorer people to have the spare cash needed to take full advantage of holidays, possibly skewing the benefits to the rich. That wealthy consumers benefit just as much — and likely more — than low-income consumers is itself an indictment of the policy. It is a lousy way of helping needy people buy various necessities. If the goal is to help strapped consumers purchase supplies during back-to-school season, or whenever it would be most helpful to them, then the state would be better off handing low-income residents sales tax vouchers that they could use any time, the Tax Foundation argues. It's true, as some backers point out, that sales tax holidays aren't major state budget-busters. Maryland's week-long reprieve costs several million dollars of a $38 billion budget. If tax holidays get some people into spending mode, benefitting a retailer here or there, maybe they aren't policies to get worked up about. But that argument can't rebut one simple point: The state can do a lot more good if its leaders put that money somewhere else.

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Summing up the 2014 legislative session
Posted: June 13, 2014

On May 30, the Kansas Legislature “gaveled out” and officially ended the 2014 legislative session. For all practical purposes, the session really ended at about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 3.  This year’s “Veto Session,” which began on April 30, was one of the shortest on record. Many believe it was because House and Senate leadership was trying to minimize the controversies generated by ultra-conservatives, who have held large majorities in both chambers during the past two years.

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Marty Lowe: Bluegrass lover from afar
Posted: September 21, 2013

A longtime admirer of the Walnut Valley Festival will never make it here alive.

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The death of Twinkies and 450 Kansas jobs
Updated: March 27, 2013 - 5:33 pm

The Twinkie, along with its cousins Ho Hos, Ding Dongs, Sno Balls and Zingers, died Nov. 16, 2012 at the Hostess Brands Corporate Headquarters in Irving, Texas, along with 450 Kansas jobs.

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