The Kansas Legislature, especially the conservative Republican bloc that controls it, has been unhappy with the Kansas Supreme Court for a number of years. School finance has been the chief, but not the only, source of tension. Supreme Court rulings .
Perhaps President Barack Obama was just kidding when during a town meeting earlier this month, he tossed out the notion of trying to make voting mandatory. Maybe it was a trial balloon, a time-tested mechanism for gauging reaction to a .
The most recent dispute over speciality license plates, which reached the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, can be as complicated as participants want it to be. But the solution seems simple. If states don’t want the controversy and .
Credit the culture, the tallgrass prairie, private and public medical care or other factors. Whatever the causes — and there are many — this corner of the Flint Hills is perhaps the healthiest area of Kansas. According to the Robert Wood Johnson .
U.S. officials shouldn’t feign outrage that Israel spied on the negotiations involving the United States, several other nations and Iran over Iran’s nuclear weapons development. And Israel ought to stop denying that it spied — or gathered intelligence .
It was one year ago today that the World Health Organization confirmed that the Ebola virus was the cause of a wave of deaths in Guinea. By then, 59 people had been killed and the virus was just gathering momentum. Actually, .
For many people, this is spring break, and that means sunshine. Sitting on a Florida beach, catching some spring-training baseball, or just getting out in the yard. It’s good. Sunshine is also healthy for the government. It’s a .
In a recent letter to the editor, Charles Kempthorne of Manhattan suggested that all of us take some time to write a few lines about our lives. We’d like to echo that thought. By “writing,” we mean actually sitting .
Not long ago many of us wondered if it would ever warm up. Then we were blessed with a string of beautiful days, including Monday’s windy warmth. And now we’re back to about where we ought to be. .
Whether Miguel de Cervantes — better known simply as Cervantes — is really the father of the modern novel or the honor should go to Daniel Defoe or another author is a fair subject for a literary debate. Either way, the recent .
It’s possible that state Rep. J.R.Claeys late last week simply fell into the Twitter trap that ensnares so many of its users. He used it to explain that legislators should encourage universities to emphasize high-priority areas that .
The struggle over renewable energy standards has trouble competing with school funding and tax issues for attention this legislative session. Yet Kansans should know that efforts are again under way to weaken existing — and reasonable — legislation pertaining to renewable energy .
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