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  • Does Spirit of 1787 exist today?

    The Constitution is remarkably resilient. Changed an average of once a decade, the two-century old document has adapted to the times. Or has it? Compromises on the slave trade pushed an inevitable conflict back until civil war was necessary. Millions .

  • Obama’s left-wing obsession hurts America

    I have no reason to believe that Obama is either unpatriotic or anti-Christian. Rather, he is on the political left, a man who takes his ideology very seriously. Yes, he has taken a number of actions for purely political reasons, .

  • Putin has clear edge in Ukraine ‘cease-fire’

    Leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine ended 17 hours of negotiation Feb. 12 in Minsk, Belarus, by signing a cease-fire agreement between Ukrainian forces and the Moscow-backed separatists. Representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation also accepted the agreement and .

  • Going backward with Brownback

    In an unprecedented move and in a complete act of contempt for the changing world around us, Gov. Sam Brownback last week declared war on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. His executive order to strip the personal .

  • Merkel and Hollande fill leadership vacuum

    While attention has focused on the horrific acts of the Islamic State, another conflict is simmering that could be far more dangerous. ISIS has about 40,000 fighters. If President Barack Obama were prepared, working with nations like Jordan and Turkey, we .

  • Local school control in peril

    Who do you trust most with your child’s education? If you’re following the Kansas Legislature, you’d be forced to conclude that many representatives believe your trust is best placed in the hands of a paid lobbyist with .

  • ‘Can’t anybody play this game?’

    The hits just keep on coming. Or not. As legendary baseball manager and Kansas City native Casey Stengel put it while watching his hapless New York Mets, “Been in this game 100 years, but I see new ways to lose ‘em .

  • Greek stubbornness threatens European unity

    Austerity is difficult to implement — anywhere.  In effect, it involves reducing government services. It can take many forms, such as cutting government-supported employment, educational and medical services and other activities. The focus here will be not on the economic .

  • End racial disparity in pot arrests

    In 2013 the American Civil Liberties Union published a 185-page research report providing credible evidence that racial bias is responsible for unequal black/white arrest rates for marijuana possession throughout the country. The report, “The War on Marijuana in Black and .

  • Obama on the outside of Netanyahu invitation

    Although exceptions exist, diplomacy is generally run by a country’s executive and approved by the legislative part of a government. In the United States, the two branches have historically worked together and both knew what the other was doing. .

  • KPERS cutbacks are costly

    Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to reduce payments to the state’s pension system undercuts the reforms he helped champion and would cost taxpayers billions of dollars. Surely there is a better way to pay for his tax cuts. In 2012, .

  • Is Obama really getting tough with Iran?

    Based on the comments of President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron at a joint press conference Jan. 16, any action by Congress to even suggest new sanctions will lead the Iranians to withdraw from negotiations on a deal .


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