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Saturday Column

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.

Tom Keegan

Column: End nearing for Bonnie Henrickson?
February 26, 2015
I must admit, I was excited about the future of the Kansas University women’s basketball program when I saw how the freshman class played three years ago. Now they’re seniors. The future is now. And it’s bleak. By Tom Keegan

Your Turn

Your Turn: Texas judge endorses merit selection
February 27, 2015
Some members of the legislative and executive branches of Kansas government have publicly expressed their admiration for many “things Texan.” For example, they acclaim Gov. Rick Perry’s conservative leadership and praise Texas’ lack of a state income tax. Their high regard for our southerly neighbor may explain why our legislature is considering whether Kansas should switch to Texas’ system for selecting Supreme Court justices. Texas procures justices through statewide elections.

George Gurley

Opinion: Religions must earn respect
February 2, 2015
“You cannot insult the faith of others,” said Pope Francis, after the murders of the staff of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which published cartoons offensive to Muslims. If people were decent, the pope wouldn’t have to make that point. But people are irreverent and enjoy heaping scorn upon one another. Unfortunately, the surest way to invite disrespect is to demand respect. Put anything on a pedestal and some iconoclast will surely knock it down.

Garden Calendar

Garden Variety: A lesson in apple picking
October 8, 2014
With apple-harvesting season in full swing, now is a great time to get out and pick some of the fresh fruit from local orchards or your own trees if you have them.