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Marshall, John

Housing: trouble and hope

Years ago when I was living in Salina, a friend suggested we look – for the fun of it – at a lovely Spanish...

The 108th has been blessed

LINDSBORG – A large postcard arrived recently with glossy images of Steven Johnson, who represents the 108th district – a chunk of central Kansas...

Gas taxes and hot air

Talk of meaningful reform in Washington is abundant but hope is slim, if at all. During recent discussions on infrastructure spending out floated, once...

Baseball is changed

The reunion of the class of 1965 was May 29 at the VFW in downtown Lincoln and inside, the first person I saw was...

Tomorrow’s mail?

There is a thin sliver of hope that Congress may bring new life to the U.S. Postal Service. Last month a group of senators,...

Kobach’s ghosts

With chilling routine, Topeka continues to punch out ways to make voting more difficult if not impossible. A generation ago, state legislators – Republicans...

Property taxes: small schools (Last of three articles)

Following wholesale reforms in 1992, the Kansas Legislature continued to wrestle with local school finance almost yearly – even after a half-dozen warnings from...

Property taxes: reappraisal (Second of three articles)

The trouble with taxes lies in a principle of human nature. People tend to view government finance this way: Impose taxes so the other...

Property taxes: update (First of three articles)

May brought a deadline for property tax payments, and of all the prudent words woven into the Kansas Constitution, no string of them has...

Without a compass

The topic of newspaper editorials and opinion pages bumps up now and then like an old friend now in rags, frequently homeless, consigned to...
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