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Editorial: Unfair split
Changing a grant program for Kansas college students isn’t a show of support for private colleges; it’s a slap at public university students who are just trying to make ends meet.
April 1, 2015
Independent private colleges are an important part of the state’s higher education system, but legislative changes that will result in most of the Kansas Comprehensive Grant funds going to students at those schools is out of whack.

Local Columns

March 31, 2015

Opinion: Media should focus on education solutions
April brings both hope and fear to thousands of anxious teenagers. It is the month when many high school seniors receive acceptances and rejections from the colleges of their choice.

March 28, 2015

Saturday Column: Passion aimed at sports could benefit other ‘teams’
Consider what might be accomplished if local and state residents gave as much attention and involvement to issues such as education, good government, job opportunities and the performance of those in elective office as they give to competitive high school and college sports.

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”).

Syndicated Columns

April 1, 2015

Opinion: Faith of exclusion not the only faith
On Sunday, people all over the world will commemorate the morning an itinerant rabbi, falsely convicted and cruelly executed, stood up and walked out of his own tomb. It is the foundation act for the world’s largest faith, a touchstone of hope for over 2 billion people.

March 31, 2015

Opinion: Venezuela must clean up elections
While U.S. and Latin American officials say that Venezuela’s political crisis should be solved through upcoming legislative elections, recent testimony before the U.S. Senate raised many questions: It said Venezuela’s voting registry includes the names of so many dead, many states have more registered voters than people.

March 30, 2015

Opinion: Four keys to evaluate an Iran deal
If you’re confused about whether a nuclear deal with Iran would be good for America — or for Israel — join the club. The club, that is, of folks who are debating the benefits of a deal versus the costs.

March 29, 2015

Opinion: Informing the conversation
Am I the only person in America not making fun of Howard Schultz? The Starbucks CEO bought himself a ton of ridicule recently when he attempted to jumpstart a national dialogue on race by having baristas write the words “Race Together” on customers’ cups of Cinnamon Dolce Light Frappuccino Grande or Caffe Misto Venti with extra coconut.
Letters to the Editor

April 1, 2015

Letter: Christian values

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In this holy and most sacred season of the Christian calendar, all of us — both laity and clergy — ...

Letter: Rock Chalk

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This letter is in response to the March 27 letter from Leavenworth Rick. I can definitely detect the foul aroma ...

Letter: Fluoride benefits

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In the latest anti-fluoride screed, Richard Miller (March 30) once again beats the dead horse of false information, fear mongering, ...

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