Saturday Column

Saturday Column: Bioscience agency should return to original mission
May 23, 2015
On April 19, 2004, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed the Kansas Economic Growth Act, which created the Kansas Bioscience Authority. At that time, the Kansas Legislature declared, “The mission of the Kansas Bioscience Authority is to make Kansas the most desirable state in which to conduct, facilitate, support, fund and perform bioscience research, development and commercialization, to make Kansas a national leader in bioscience, to create jobs, foster economic growth, advance scientific knowledge and improve the quality of life for the citizens of the state of Kansas.”
Saturday Column: Faculty also deserve commencement recognition
May 16, 2015
The big story this weekend is Kansas University commencement with its various activities and approximately 4,500 students walking down Campanile Hill into Memorial Stadium on Sunday to receive their degrees. This is the university’s 143rd commencement ceremony with graduates from throughout Kansas, 46 states and 43 countries at the center of the event.
Saturday Column: Advance work can help university hiring process
May 9, 2015
Last week, Billy Donovan, coach of the University of Florida’s men’s basketball team, announced he was leaving that position to become coach of the professional Oklahoma City Thunder team.
Saturday Column: Unrest highlights need for quality law enforcement
May 2, 2015
Recent riots/demonstrations in Baltimore, Ferguson, New York and other cities should cause city officials no matter the size of their communities, to give serious attention to the quality and training of their law enforcement programs.
Saturday Column: Clinton coronation may not benefit party, nation
12:00 a.m., April 25, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Who are the true “kingmakers” in the Democratic Party, and what must they be thinking about the “Hillary situation”? Are the Clintons themselves the party’s kingmakers, and, if so, it is what it is. However, if there are other individuals or factions within the Democratic Party such as the Obama clique or a group of powerful liberals or moderates, what are they thinking about the early days of the “Go Hillary” drive for the presidency?
Saturday Column: Regents, Relays and roads among comment topics
April 18, 2015
Based on numerous reports, past accomplishments and evaluations, the departure of Kansas Board of Regents President and CEO Andy Tompkins will be a major loss for Kansas and the Regents. Tompkins was held in high regard prior to his move to the Regents five years ago; he has strengthened this reputation and will be difficult to replace.
Saturday Column: KU faces challenges in finding, hiring top faculty
April 11, 2015
It’s good to learn that several new Foundation Distinguished Professors are joining the Kansas University faculty. Hopefully more will be added.
Saturday column: Brownback still has opportunity to move state forward
12:00 a.m., April 4, 2015 Updated 10:34 p.m.
Several weeks ago, this writer received a letter from a well-known former state legislator expressing his disappointment that the Journal-World and this writer had not backed Lawrence attorney Paul Davis for the governorship.
Saturday Column: Passion aimed at sports could benefit other ‘teams’
March 28, 2015
Consider what might be accomplished if local and state residents gave as much attention and involvement to issues such as education, good government, job opportunities and the performance of those in elective office as they give to competitive high school and college sports.
Saturday Column: U.S. suffers loss of honesty, integrity, leadership
March 14, 2015
What is our country going to look like 25 to 50 years from now if the current attitude of “most anything goes” or “most anything is accepted” is allowed to grow and infect every facet of our society?
Saturday Column: Education needs stronger champions in Kansas
March 7, 2015
Actions earlier this week by the Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee, which shifted funds from Kansas and Kansas State universities to other state-aided schools counter to the advice of leaders at the two universities, raise two major questions: Do the thoughts or plans of the chancellor, president, provosts and deans really mean anything or carry any weight with state legislators? Do state legislators, as a group and particularly several in leadership positions, have a sound understanding of the importance of excellence from K-12 through higher education and what it takes to achieve that excellence?
Saturday Column: How will Netanyahu’s visit affect U.S.-Israel ties?
February 28, 2015
Various knowledgeable and experienced foreign policy officials say relations between the United States and Israel are more strained and dangerous today than at any time in the past.
Saturday Column: Why don’t legislators see value of higher education?
February 21, 2015
Why does Kansas University have such a difficult time persuading Kansas legislators that programs identified as important or critical to the university, and ultimately to the state, deserve the level of fiscal support requested by university officials? This situation seems to be occurring with increased regularity in recent years, but it’s a problem that has faced the university for many years.