Thursday, October 8, 2015

Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | February 13, 2015

    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 no experience in the classroom

  • Columns | February 09, 2015

    ‘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 I never knew existed before.”

  • Columns | February 07, 2015

    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 elements but rather on the

  • Columns | February 07, 2015

    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 White,” covered arrests from 2000 to 2010

  • Columns | February 01, 2015

    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. With our foreign policy, 

  • Columns | January 29, 2015

    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, after decades of underfunding the

  • Columns | January 25, 2015

    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 involving Iran’s nuclear weapons

  • Columns | January 25, 2015

    Governor puts Kansas at risk

    In 1983, President Ronald Reagan stood before the press at the White House and held up a report titled “A Nation at Risk.” Eighteen months in the making and written by members of the National Commission on Excellence in Education at the behest of the secretary

  • Columns | January 23, 2015

    ‘Fierce urgency of now’ needed

    Having begun in August, the continuous demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., now represent the longest period of active protests in the United States since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks led the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955. In his piece about “the new

  • Columns | January 17, 2015

    Budget woes not tied to spending

    Look back 30 years. What did it cost to purchase a car? Eggs? Electricity? Blue jeans? A house? Certainly less than it does today. Most of us know instinctively that prices will likely be quite a bit higher 30 years in the future. Although Americans are now

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