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Editorial: Funding grab
The carefully considered funding requests submitted by the state’s higher education leaders shouldn’t be so capriciously tossed aside by state legislators who think they know better.
March 6, 2015
Apparently State Sen. Tom Arpke of Salina and his fellow Republicans on the Senate Ways and Means Committee have a better idea and more knowledge about what the state’s higher education needs than do the top administrators at Kansas University and Kansas State University and the members of the Kansas Board of Regents.

Local Columns

March 3, 2015

Opinion: Charity good for recipients and givers
We continue to receive good news about the economy. But one part of the story has not received the attention it deserves. That part is charitable giving.

March 1, 2015

Opinion: Economist’s analysis flawed
French economist Thomas Piketty recently accomplished something practitioners of the “dismal science” can only dream of: He became a celebrity. His tome, “Capital in the Twenty-first Century” was hailed as “a watershed in economic thinking,” “a sweeping account of rising inequality,” and a book that could “change the way we think about the past two centuries of economic thought.” The book has been catnip for fans of taxing the rich and the redistributing the proceeds to the less fortunate.

February 28, 2015

Saturday Column: How will Netanyahu’s visit affect U.S.-Israel ties?
Various knowledgeable and experienced foreign policy officials say relations between the United States and Israel are more strained and dangerous today than at any time in the past.

February 27, 2015

Your Turn: Texas judge endorses merit selection
Some members of the legislative and executive branches of Kansas government have publicly expressed their admiration for many “things Texan.” For example, they acclaim Gov. Rick Perry’s conservative leadership and praise Texas’ lack of a state income tax. Their high regard for our southerly neighbor may explain why our legislature is considering whether Kansas should switch to Texas’ system for selecting Supreme Court justices. Texas procures justices through statewide elections.

Syndicated Columns

March 6, 2015

Opinion: Killing leaders may not kill ISIS
Gen. John Allen, the retired Marine who is coordinating the campaign against the Islamic State, gave an upbeat briefing to Congress last week. He said that because of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition, the group has “lost half of its Iraq-based leadership and thousands of hardened fighters.”

March 5, 2015

Opinion: IRS corruption eludes prosecution
Rep. Peter Roskam is now chairman of the Ways and Means subcommittee whose jurisdiction includes oversight of the Internal Revenue Service, and hence of Lois Lerner’s legacy. He knows how interesting her career was before she, as head of the IRS exempt-organizations division, directed the suppression of conservative advocacy groups by delaying and denying them the tax exempt status that was swiftly given to comparable liberal groups.
Opinion: Resilient truth must rise again
First, they sang “God Will Take Care of You.” Then they walked out of Brown Chapel to a playground where they organized themselves into 24 groups of 25 each and set out marching. Their route out of Selma took them onto Highway 80, which is carried over the Alabama River by a bridge named in honor of Confederate general and Alabama Ku Klux Klan leader Edmund W. Pettus.

March 4, 2015

Opinion: Netanyahu sharpens focus on Iran deal
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lobbied powerfully against a nuclear agreement with Iran in a well-crafted speech to Congress Tuesday. The problem is that he has now created a zero-sum game with the Obama administration, in which either the president or the prime minister seems likely to come out a loser.
Letters to the Editor

March 6, 2015

Letter: Marijuana penalties


The Lawrence Police Department has received approval to set up a K-9 unit. The chief of police said the dogs ...

Letter: Iraq debate


I agree with Kevin Groenhagen (Public Forum, Feb. 26) that a comprehensive debate is overdue about the run up to ...

Letter: Unacceptable silence


Eric Mataxis quoted Martin Niemoller: “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was ...

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March 4, 2015

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