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Opinion: Some rays of hope shine after a tough year

It’s the beginning of a new year and time to take annual stock of the past, present and future. By almost any standard, 2017 was a tough 12 months for most Americans.

Opinion: In the news, a tale of two Emporias

A century ago, William Allen White made Emporia famous because it embodied the can-do spirit of small town America.

Opinion: Can’t kick Kansas around anymore

Hello, United States. Hello from Kansas. It appears that Congress and the president are about to enact a Kansas-style income tax cut for the nation. Good luck with that.

Opinion: Stop funding flawed voter verification

Next month the 2018 Kansas Legislature begins its annual session. It will face a host of major issues, starting with school finance and including constructing a new prison, funding KPERS and addressing the endemic secrecy within state government, comprehensively documented by the Kansas City Star.

Your Turn: Ensure a sustainable future with public transit

Friends of Lawrence Transit, a group of Lawrence citizens, supports the renewal of a sales tax of .2 percent for public transportation. A special question election will be held with the general Lawrence election on Nov. 7. A “Yes” vote on Question Number One will provide funding for operating the Lawrence Transit System, known as The T, for 10 years, beginning April 1, 2019. The current .2 percent tax has funded transit operations since 2009.

Opinion: Try using facts in gun control debate

From concealed-carry on Kansas campuses to the Las Vegas massacre, the issue of guns has returned with full force. The debate is highly emotional, but what does the research show: Do more guns mean less crime, or does more gun control mean less crime? Unfortunately, the answer may be: neither.

Opinion: Wild tax ride reverberating in Kansas

Kansans, we have been riding an income tax roller coaster. In 2012 the “Kansas experiment” brought lowered income tax rates and a full tax exemption for business income. Last June those policies were rescinded. Income taxes went down, then up.

Opinion: Kansas, don't elect another zealot

Who was Phill Kline? And what does his landslide defeat in 2006 mean for the governor’s race in 2018?

Opinion: Charming woman was also an intrepid spy

How did the charming, diminutive Jeannie Rousseau de Clarens accomplish her mission impossible? She listened. De Clarens was a fluent German-speaker, and in 1943, she teased the first threads of information about the rocket program out of some German officers she had befriended in Paris as a translator. And then she kept pulling on the string.

Opinion: Let’s not forget: Words have meaning

Remember “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me?” It isn’t so. At the moment we are experiencing new and confusing usages that have the whole nation and perhaps the world totally confounded. On the world stage we have tin-pot tyrants across the globe who manipulate language in ways that would make George Orwell gasp.