Opinion

Beal: Spring weather still a ‘waiting game’ for avid bird watchers
April 2, 2014
Spring may have put in a brief, grudging appearance, but we’re still waiting for the birds.
Scott: Offer thanks to those who have inspired you to reach new heights
April 1, 2014
Sometimes we are fortunate enough to have a person come into our lives who has a profound effect on us and who we later look back on and recognize as an oracle that can see our future. But we get so caught up in the demands and distractions of the here-and-now that their influence goes unnoticed.
Beal: Putting a little spring in your step
March 14, 2014
It’s too early to do much about it, but at least one can reasonably start thinking about spring.
Shawnee Mission PE teacher receives state award
March 13, 2014
A Shawnee Mission school district physical education teacher has been honored by the state.
Basehor snow plow crew clears path, hopefully into spring
March 11, 2014
The four-man Basehor snow plow crew that keeps the city’s 42 miles of road clear of ice and snow has had a long winter full of unique challenges.
Kansas Supreme Court: State’s public school funding levels are unconstitutional
10:12 a.m., March 7, 2014 Updated 05:10 p.m.
The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state’s current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas’ poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession.
Beal: Longing for spring
February 26, 2014
I’ve had enough of winter. As I write this, the 10-day forecast shows only a couple more days with highs below freezing. That’s good; I’ll take whatever relief comes my way.
Crossroads Hospice: Becoming your best medical advocate
February 19, 2014
Through the Affordable Care Act, more than three million Americans have purchased private coverage through HealthCare.gov and its state affiliates, and millions more were determined eligible for Medicaid.
The parable of the diver or why I decided to leave the circus
11:23 a.m., February 10, 2014 Updated 11:23 a.m.
There once was a circus performer who had the extraordinary talent of climbing a tall pole and diving into a small barrel of water.
Too many red lights on Parkway drive impatience, inattentiveness
02:07 p.m., January 23, 2014 Updated 02:08 p.m.
Travelers along Shawnee’s red light district (otherwise known as Shawnee Mission Parkway) whose route extends as far west as Pflumm Road now have a new place to stop and sit awhile.
Kansas delegation splits on spending bill with NBAF funding
12:00 p.m., January 17, 2014 Updated 12:00 p.m.
The Kansas congressional delegation split evenly this week on a federal spending bill that includes $404 million for construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to be built at Kansas State University. That money was part of a $1.1 trillion appropriations bill to fund federal government operations through the rest of the federal fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
Kansas: Governor praises ‘Summer of Mercy’ protests
January 16, 2014
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback compared past “Summer of Mercy” anti-abortion protests in Wichita to the abolitionist movement that helped end slavery in a major speech Wednesday night.
Beal: Holiday travels along the East Coast
11:46 a.m., January 16, 2014 Updated 11:46 a.m.
We got back from a holiday visit to the East Coast just in time to hunker down for winter at home. Who ever said life was fair?
Basehor family seeks home for cat found in the cold
10:54 a.m., January 10, 2014 Updated 10:54 a.m.
Kristie Warhurst, along with her sister Jamie Oberg and their parents, are trying to find the owner of a stray cat, or a family that could adopt him.
5 questions: Sticking to your resolutions
12:00 a.m., January 8, 2014 Updated 12:00 a.m.
The new year always begins with ambitious resolutions. Despite lofty personal goals for 2014, the truth is most people fall short of achieving them. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, about 54 percent of people fail to maintain their resolutions at the six-month mark of the new year. So, we went to Active.com to find out how to better ensure your resolutions do not fall by the wayside.

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