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Editorial: Crisis situation
Where are people who need inpatient care for serious mental illness supposed to turn when state hospitals turn them away?
December 18, 2014
State officials have arrived at a plan to stabilize Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for patients at Osawatomie State Hospital. Unfortunately, that plan will create even more problems for community mental health centers across the state.

Local Columns

December 17, 2014

Your Turn: Students defend information request
“The creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand The number of universities on the other end of the Kochs’ $50 million investment in academia has skyrocketed from just seven in 2005 to about 250 in 2012. Thanks to individuals utilizing open records legislation, several of these secret contracts and related correspondence have been made public. Former national American Association of University Professors President, Cary Nelson, explicitly condemned the Koch contracts for containing “language (which) violates academic freedom and poses problems because of its unspoken agenda.”

December 16, 2014

Your Turn: Nonschool programs fill gap
News about the present and future of American K-12 education continues to be discouraging. But a series of effective out-of-school programs is creating a glimmer of hope. If we focus on these, thousands of children can be salvaged from a broken system.

December 13, 2014

Your Turn: Elected mayor might benefit Lawrence
Chad Lawhorn recently compared the “Most Educated Cities in America,” by per-capita GDP. Lawrence is solidly in last place at $33,501: 20 percent lower than the next (Fort Collins at $41,805) and 26 percent below the mean average for all ten ($52,674). In spite of our rich social capital, fine educational institutions, and proximity to the Interstate 70 and Kansas Highway 10 corridors, we falter.

December 12, 2014

Saturday Column: Concern about park’s finances continues to simmer
It’s unfortunate that public concern or mistrust relative to Rock Chalk Park continues to simmer. The idea of a large, multipurpose recreation center and park was good. It would be an asset for the community if the millions of dollars could be found to build the facility and if such a project did not delay other badly needed city facilities.

Syndicated Columns

December 18, 2014

Opinion: Plates spur Texas-sized dispute
The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) might consider that judgment premature, given its conflict with the state’s Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles. This skirmish is of national interest because it implicates a burgeoning new entitlement — the right to pass through life without encountering any disagreeable thought.

December 17, 2014

Opinion: China, U.S. resetting relationship
This year began with some Chinese and American foreign-policy analysts looking back a century to World War I and wondering if confrontation was inevitable between a rising power and a dominant one. But now there has been progress on climate, trade and security issues and what seems a modest “reset” of the Sino-American relationship.

December 16, 2014

Opinion: Bipartisanship not always pretty
The trillion-dollar spending bill that the House of Representatives passed last week had something for everyone to hate. But it was still a step, however awkward, toward making the United States governable again.

December 14, 2014

Opinion: Iraq minorities plead for help
In August, President Obama authorized air strikes to prevent the Islamic State from carrying out a genocidal slaughter of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, tens of thousands of whom had fled their besieged city and villages into barren mountains.
Letters to the Editor

December 18, 2014

Letter: Basic needs

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Letter: Christmas theft


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