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John Marshall

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John Marshall is the retired editor-owner of the Lindsborg (Kan.) News-Record (2001-2012), and for 27 years (1970-1997) was a reporter, editor and publisher for publications of the Hutchinson-based Harris Newspaper Group. He has been writing about Kansas people, government and culture for more than 40 years, and currently writes a column for the News-Record and The Rural Messenger. He lives in Lindsborg with his wife, Rebecca, and their 21 year-old African-Grey parrot, Themis.

On gratitude

Thanksgiving brings a bundle of sentiment and nerves. We are told that this is a time to put the bygones aside and our troubles...

A people’s choice

When the late Joan Finney was governor in the early 1990s, one of her pet themes was initiative and referendum– a catchphrase for "Let...

Trading places and Tin cup finance

Trading places Another election is finished, but not the abuse of its political hot air. A long tunnel of mirrors has closed; the oft-mentioned Biden...

Two bad ideas

Two proposed constitutional amendments are on the Nov. 8 ballot. One would upend the balance of power in state government. The other would hamstring...

Black ink at last

Amidst all the political caterwauling, a look at the state's finances may advance some sense and understanding before the election. If only a peek,...

Worn scripts

Election season has become a gruesome ordeal, one that consigns Kansas to political theater with stale acts. Tribal fever rules. Most of us are...

Retaining justice

Six of the state's seven Supreme Court justices stand for retention on the November 8 ballot. They are not household names, but they are...

Fit and unfit

Kris Kobach is out from under his rock again slinging more malice and vengeance. For the past four years this former Kansas secretary of...

Kelly and Schmidt: history

At a debate earlier this month at the Kansas State Fair, the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor made clear that their campaigns were...

Gorbachev and Lindsborg

The death of Mikhail Gorbachev, on August 30, holds meaning for Lindsborg, where the former Soviet President spent two lively and memorable days in...

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