• Poor will get little tax relief

    Overlooked because of the attention to declining Kansas tax revenues is the elimination of Kansas tax refunds that have traditionally been available to low-income families. There are surprises in store for many Kansans who apply for tax relief this year. .

  • Sochi Olympics more than just sport to Putin

    Most of the commentary on the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has focused on the danger of a terrorist attack. That danger is real. It is so real that Moscow has sent 40,000 security personnel, including special military forces, to the .

  • Brownback digging us into debt

    Rhetoric soared as Gov. Sam Brownback delivered his State of the State address in mid-January, but words can not mask the grim conditions ahead for Kansas as a result of his actions on state finance. The governor repeatedly invoked God, .

  • Regents can, must do better

    I was raised in a family of five children. Our terminal de-grees range from construction engineering to theater to second-ary education to nutrition. My father was a corporate executive. He sold tires — lots of them. My mother was a geography .

  • An evening conversation: Home, sweet home Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Yes, we’re a day late here — but Kansas has been around 153 years, so waiting 24 hours for my birthday wishes won’t exactly rock the state. Besides, this one comes straight from the heart. I grew up in northern California, .

  • An evening conversation: the case for print Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    There are plenty of people making the case that newspapers are dying. And in truth, it wouldn’t take you long to find a tale of some famous old big-city newspaper that just slashed its staff by a hundred. The .

  • Farm life has much to teach

    From the first time we’re told to share our toys to the last shared moment of our lives, the world provides us with lessons. Despite one’s reputation, income level or geographic location, there is always something to discover .

  • There’s plenty of blame for Benghazi tragedy

    In the days after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Americans were promised a full investigation and assured that those involved would be brought to justice. When the possibility of a cover-up was raised, President Barack .

  • Higher ed funding unsettled

    While Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback extolls the virtues of public post-secondary education, its price continues to climb and the Kansas general fund contributes less. The folks increasingly picking up the tab are parents and the students themselves who are begging .

  • An evening conversation: hoop heaven Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Let’s get one idea off the table right away: This little chat is not meant specifically as a slap at our friends up the Kaw at the University of Kansas. Recent events have put KU in the crosshairs, and .

  • An evening conversation: are we hooked? Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Here’s an interesting theory you hear more and more often these days — the idea that we’ve all become slaves to technology, that we’ve lost all touch with the old-fashioned way of life. Fascinating notion, eh? I thought .

  • King a multi-faceted leader

    It is right that we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is hard to name a more influential role player in Black America’s march toward full citizenship.  Unfortunately, our nation also participates in selective memory about the .


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