Dear Kansas:

    Happy birthday, old friend. One hundred and fifty years young and as many years of great character.


    Dear Kansas:
    Happy birthday, old friend. One hundred and fifty years young and as many years of great character.
    Your first days were prepared by Kansans that believed and embraced “Ad Astra Per Aspera.” (To the stars through difficulties.) Kansans persevered in the belief that we were to be defined by dignity and courage. Kansas history reflects individuals of spirit and an absolute of integrity and further possessed the knowledge we would become the great state of Kansas.
    The leaders of your first Legislature held firm and believed enough to submit our state seal as “the emerging star therefrom” —John Ingalls.
    Kansans are resilient and hold the foundational beliefs of common sense and determination learned from being Kansans.
    Kansas is a provider. Everyday Kansas provides here-to-here sky, dawn and sunsets that are surely painted by the hand of God. Endless horizons of American-made amber waves of grain; windmills and cattle from here and to Campanile Bell Tower, skylines and contrails in a cloudless sky to there.
    The Kansas journey continues and seeks to be bigger and to be more. Kansans produce the best of American-made products marketed in the world today. A bountiful Kansas holds unique adventures.
    Today, in our 150th year of statehood, we must do nothing less than what Kansans do every day. We lean into the wind. We know it is worth the struggle. We roll up our sleeves, get busy and get the work done. Through our difficulties, Kansans have always found our way to the stars. The leaders of our state must set forth and lead by example, rising to all occasion, being more and to follow in the wisdom of past great Kansans.
“There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.”  — Amelia Earhart
    “There’s no place like home” — Dorothy Gale, “The Wizard of Oz”
    WE ARE KANSAS!