Local Columns

Your turn: Legislature ties funding to court policy
March 21, 2014
Last year, several legislators crafted a proposal for changing the constitutional process chosen by the people of Kansas for selecting Supreme Court justices. These legislators sought endorsements by the Kansas Bar Association and the Kansas District Judges Association (KDJA).
Opinion: Kansans should reclaim power
March 19, 2014
It was reported this week that during a hearing on a proposed bill to ban judicial lobbying, Craig Gabel, from Kansans for Liberty, said that he was testifying on behalf of the “common citizens” of Kansas. When I read this, I immediately began to wonder about how the “common citizen” of Kansas actually gets heard in the Legislature. Indeed, I began to wonder whether the views of the ordinary Kansan are heard in Topeka anymore.
Your turn: Males, females can succeed together
March 18, 2014
In the article written by Wes Crenshaw and Kendra Schwartz (“Why a generation of boys is failing in school and life,” J-W, March 11), I noticed a somewhat saddening sentiment expressed in Schwartz’s reply to the topic. In her own words, “As a self-proclaimed feminist, I see no harm in girls outperforming boys …” I wanted to address this statement in order to both provide the perspective of a young man and elucidate a school of thought among some feminists that I believe may prove harmful in allowing both genders to flourish.
Saturday Column: KU deserves more support in Kansas Legislature
March 15, 2014
It’s time for Kansas University officials and a number of Kansas legislators to take off their sparring gloves and come clean with the public about why lawmakers seem determined to stiff-arm the university’s requests for funding of high-priority projects.
Saturday Column: Voters must look at facts, not promises, in 2014
March 8, 2014
The next seven months are going to be an extremely rough-and-tumble period in both the national and state political scenes.
Opinion: Putin likely to do what he wants, regardless of attempts to punish
March 5, 2014
The current situation in the Ukraine, especially the movement of Russian troops in the Crimea and the continuing threat that Russian troops may enter other parts of the war-torn country, has been the source of international outrage and, in the United States, calls for action to protect pro-Western factions in Ukraine.
Opinion: More equality, more mediocrity
March 2, 2014
Inequality is in the news. Inequality has been declared the crisis of our times. Ingenious politicians have made the startling discovery that some people have more stuff than others. And they are promising to do something about it.
Saturday Column: Length of university leaders’ tenure is regents’ call
March 1, 2014
The question of how long Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will remain as KU’s leader has been raised by Kansas Senate Democratic leader Anthony Hensley.
Your turn: Director has calling to help homeless
February 25, 2014
If the data heads are right and I’ve spent a third of my life sleeping, I’d be willing to wager that I’ve spent another large fraction of my sweet life pie sitting in Community Commission on Homelessness meetings and related gatherings of committees, coalitions and tasking, tsking forces.
Saturday Column: How does tie to ‘crazies’ impact Lawrence’s image?
February 22, 2014
Lawrence attracted national and world attention this week not for the excellence of numerous academic programs at Kansas University, not for programming at the Dole Institute of Politics, not for the nationally ranked KU basketball team, Haskell Indian Nations University, the unique and successful Lawrence Community Shelter or for many other assets of the community.
Opinion: Economy is top U.S. priority
February 20, 2014
Happy birthday, George, and happy birthday, Abe. While we’re at it, happy birthday to the two other presidents born in February: William Henry Harrison and Ronald Reagan.
Opinion: Does legislation reflect Kansas?
February 19, 2014
After the past few weeks of legislative activity I find myself absolutely confused and appalled by what has been going on in Topeka. So much so that I am almost at the point of wondering whether we are witnessing the utter breakdown of our representative form of government. I cannot help but ask whether some of the bills introduced and the statements made by some legislators are actually what their constituents want.
Saturday Column: November elections key to setting nation’s course
February 15, 2014
It is becoming increasingly clear that the upcoming midterm elections for the U.S. House and Senate, along with a number of governors’ races, are going to be far more important than most elections.
Saturday Column: How will funding shifts impact higher education?
February 8, 2014
Is it time for someone or some group to consider the possibility of changing the way Kansas Board of Regents universities are managed?
Opinion: Public universities not elitist
February 5, 2014
In recent weeks, as the 2014 legislative session has gathered steam, the tensions between certain legislators and higher education officials in Kansas have become manifest. Increasingly, the accusation that universities are “elitist” institutions somehow divorced from the general public is surfacing again. As the Kansas Board of Regents attempts to increase the number of Kansans with post-high school education there are those in the Legislature who see this not as a positive outcome, but, rather, as a negative to be avoided. This is a terrible mistake in my opinion.