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Editorial: Bad move
Legislators should have thought again before taking steps to ban the use of payroll deduction for charitable contributions.
March 27, 2015
The desire to shift responsibility for social services away from government and onto the private sector has been a common theme in the current session of the Kansas Legislature. With that in mind, why would legislators propose changes that would make it more difficult for a group like United Way to collect funds for charitable purposes?

Local Columns

March 25, 2015

Opinion: Presidential candidates must re-examine U.S. role
There was a time after the collapse of the Soviet Union when it became common to speak of the United States as the only “superpower” in the world. At that point the American economy was clearly the strongest in the world and it was believed that our military forces could handle any threats to the security of the homeland.

March 24, 2015

Your Turn: Longtime resident concerned for Kansas
I recently spent a rough night, filled with bad dreams. Everything I tried to do turned out exactly the opposite of what I had set out to achieve: Several haircuts left my hair even longer than before, and multiple attempts to park my bike near some building I apparently needed to get to were thwarted by regulations that sent me increasingly farther from my destination (“You’re using the wrong brand of lock and chain, so you’ll be fined if you park here”).

March 17, 2015

Your Turn: Battle for open government continues
March 15-21 marks the 10th anniversary of the nationally commemorated Sunshine Week during which open government proponents throughout our nation point with pride at transparency breakthroughs, but are equally alarmed about setbacks to the people’s right to know what their government is up to. A review by the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government shows the Kansas experience over the past 10 years is no different. While sunshine victories can be proclaimed in some areas of our state government — the legislative enactment of a media shield law, for example — there have been serious setbacks, including the expansion of exceptions to the state’s Open Records Act from 10 or so to 57 and counting. Meanwhile, the cost of gaining access to these “open government” records has mushroomed to the point that pressing access in many instances simply isn’t worth the effort to the citizenry.

March 14, 2015

Saturday Column: U.S. suffers loss of honesty, integrity, leadership
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?
Letters to the Editor

March 27, 2015

Letter: Abuse trivialized


I have been reading about the McLinn case all week. It is quite clear that this young woman killed Mr. ...

Letter: Self-serving values


Last week, the Kansas Senate passed a bill (SB 175) which would allow religious student organizations to discriminate against students ...

Letter: Ego adjustment


We could hear the sound all the way up here in Leavenworth, the sound of Kansas University’s ego taking a ...

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