- Editorial: Housing details
- City commissioners should take time to examine their options before committing to a housing trust fund to address local affordable housing needs.
- May 27, 2015
- A local group has done an impressive job of mobilizing the community in an effort to provide more affordable housing in the community, but Lawrence city commissioners are right to take time to gather more information before committing to the creation of a housing trust fund.
May 27, 2015
- Opinion: Cost a real factor in railroad safety
- The recent tragic Amtrak derailment that killed eight passengers and injured dozens more has, not surprisingly, raised a public outcry as well as a renewed debate about the safety of American railways. To have such a debate is important but I also think that any debate about transportation safety must be realistic and look at the underlying causes of accidents like the one that just happened.
May 23, 2015
- Saturday Column: Bioscience agency should return to original mission
- 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.”
May 22, 2015
- Your Turn: Changes boost K-12 funding needs
- I recently had a conversation with my dad, a retired teacher, and another relative about school funding. We all were in agreement the block grant represents a cut to our state’s K-12 operational funding. However my relative then added: “but I think we spend too much on administration and other support staff.” He reached back to his own school days, with multiple jobs shared among staff, and students helping out with various clerical and custodial duties. It’s part of a perspective shared among many that question whether schools are operating as efficiently as possible, fueled by idealistic memories of their own, or their children’s, academic experiences.
May 20, 2015
May 27, 2015
- Opinion: Secret source a distraction on Libya?
- Secretaries of state have had private contacts since the job was created, so it’s a mistake to get too indignant about Hillary Clinton’s email exchanges about Libya with her longtime friend, Sidney Blumenthal. Still, these messages offer some useful insights about the court politics of Washington, and the way policymaking can be overwhelmed by trivia and personal puffery.
May 26, 2015
- Opinion: Sisi regime fuels discontent in Egypt
- If you were looking for an Egyptian who could help his country fulfill the lost promise of the Arab Spring — some day — you couldn’t do better than Emad Shahin, an internationally renowned and liberal scholar who studies political Islam.
- Opinion: Drones need regulation to protect privacy
- The Federal Aviation Administration is in the midst of a public rule making for drones. This is an important process that will help ensure that drones are safely deployed in civilian airspace in the United States.
May 25, 2015
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