Saturday Column

Saturday Column: How important is education to Kansas leaders?
January 11, 2014
The Kansas Legislature will start its 2014 session in two days. It is supposed to last 90 days, but if history is any model, it likely will end up exceeding this time frame with many of the most important and difficult issues being decided in the last few hours, thereby causing extensions of the prescribed timetable.
Saturday Column: Lack of honesty undercuts confidence in president
December 7, 2013
What should Americans think when their president does not tell the truth? What should foreign leaders think when the U.S. president does not tell the truth?
Saturday Column: KU football needs more than promise of ‘next year’
November 30, 2013
Earlier this week, a Journal-World editorial congratulated all those associated with Kansas University football for the excellent academic record posted by the players. For the second year in a row, KU placed 19 players on the Big 12 academic football team, tying for the top spot with Oklahoma.
Saturday Column: Teammate’s death spurs reflection on football changes
November 23, 2013
Mike McCormack, one of Kansas University’s finest athletes, died last week in Palm Desert, Calif. McCormack played football at KU in 1948, ‘49 and ‘50 and enjoyed a Hall of Fame career as a professional football player and as a coach, director of football operations and president of an NFL team.
Simons’ Saturday Column: Quality of regents is critically important to the state
November 16, 2013
How does the state of Kansas strengthen and build the excellence of its regents system of universities?
Saturday Column: KU should explore medical research opportunity
November 9, 2013
Last week, residents of Kansas City’s Jackson County rejected a proposal to boost medical research with $800 million in new taxpayer funds. The plan was to OK a half-cent, 20-year sales tax to fund “translational research” at two private hospitals — Children’s Mercy and St. Luke’s — and raise $40 million annually to recruit top scientists for cutting edge research at the participating hospitals and approximately $4 million to aid in economic development programs.
Saturday Column: Obama voter data a valuable campaign commodity
November 2, 2013
Although President Obama has three-plus years before he vacates the Oval Office, there is increasing speculation about what he will do after serving as the world’s most powerful individual.
Saturday Column: College basketball far different from Naismith’s game
October 26, 2013
Next Tuesday, a group of young men in their late teens and early 20s will launch the 116th season of Kansas University basketball.
Saturday Column: Temporary truce won’t lead to positive action in D.C.
October 19, 2013
A temporary truce may have been achieved in Washington earlier this week with members of Congress approving a short-term budget deal, but there is no justification for anyone to think the fighting is over and the country can look forward to months of positive, forward-thinking, bipartisan legislation.
Saturday Column: Review of universities must be taken seriously
October 5, 2013
In the next week or so a group of Kansas legislators will begin a tour of each of the Kansas Regents’ six institutions: Kansas University, Kansas State, Wichita State, Fort Hays State, Emporia State and Pittsburg State, along with the Kansas University Medical Center.
Saturday Column: As Obamacare kicks off, many questions remain
September 28, 2013
Millions, perhaps billions, of dollars have been spent over the past 20 years trying to sell the public and members of Congress on a national health care plan.
Saturday Column: Benghazi questions undermine Obama’s credibility
September 21, 2013
It’s been more than a year since a U.S. ambassador and three others were killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
KU, Lawrence should strive to be a ‘giant redwood’
September 14, 2013
What is Lawrence’s future? What’s the future of Kansas University, and how do the futures of these two entities affect the future of Kansas? Will Lawrence, with KU, remain a typical college town in many respects or will the city and KU find a place among America’s best? The late KU Chancellor Franklin Murphy used to point out there would be a “forest of universities in the Trans-Mississippi West, but within that forest there will be a few giant redwoods. We want KU to be one of those redwoods.”