- 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?
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
March 27, 2015
- Opinion: Handicapping the GOP race
- With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies.
March 26, 2015
- Opinion: Author takes new look at economics
- Every day the Chinese go to work, Americans get a raise: Chinese workers, many earning each day about what Americans spend on a Starbucks latte, produce apparel, appliances and other stuff cheaply, thereby enlarging Americans’ disposable income. Americans similarly get a raise when they shop at the stores that made Sam Walton a billionaire.
- Opinion: Prosecutor can’t escape false conviction
- A few words about the high-priced education of Marty Stroud. Thirty-one years ago, A.M. “Marty” Stroud III was a prosecutor in Louisiana’s Caddo Parish. He was arrogant, narcissistic, judgmental and full of himself. This assessment of Stroud’s character, you should know, comes from Stroud himself.
March 25, 2015
- Opinion: Cruz presidential bid faces obstacles
- In his first year as a senator, he cast one of three votes against longtime Sen. John Kerry as secretary of state, then incited like-thinking conservative Republicans in the House to shut down the federal government for 16 days in a futile bid to stop President Barack Obama’s landmark health care act.
March 27, 2015
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