- Editorial: Kobach’s folly
- Kansas’ secretary of state is deeply misguided in continuing to pursue regulations that restrict voting.
- January 19, 2017
- Give Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach credit for doggedness. He isn’t giving up easily on his grand vision of making Kansas the most difficult place in the country to register to vote and cast a ballot.
January 14, 2017
- Opinion: Say no to Brownback’s disastrous ideas
- Gov. Sam Brownback has known for months that the state budget was shockingly out of balance. He also knew he had authority to order budget cuts and bring spending in line with revenues. His failure to act has allowed red ink to balloon to $350 million this year, plus another $580 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1.
January 7, 2017
- Opinion: Mods, Dems and deals in Kansas
- Three-party politics is back in Kansas. The parties consist of moderate Republicans, conservative Republicans and Democrats. Deals being made and leadership changes afoot all point to a new era — but the state’s problems remain daunting.
January 4, 2017
- Opinion: A reminiscence on dinner with Castro
- Now that Fidel Castro has passed, I thought it appropriate to tell a bizarre story about him and a trip to Cuba. Some years ago, 1999 to be exact, the Baltimore Orioles with their owner, Peter Angelos, ventured to Havana to challenge the Cuban national baseball team in an exhibition game.
December 31, 2016
January 19, 2017
- Opinion: The Great Trumpkin is rising
- Sometimes, you’ve got to go through it to get to it. That’s a personal motto with which I have occasionally consoled myself since I was a teenager. It means that for as much as we naturally seek to avoid the unpleasant situation, to find a way over or around it, there are times in this life when the only option is to go through it, to endure the unendurable thing and pick up the pieces on the other side.
- Opinion: Trump is the waterbeetle of politics
- Leaving aside the missing element of grace and the improbability of his ever stopping to think, Donald Trump is the waterbeetle of politics. His feral cunning in manipulating the masses and the media is, like the waterbeetle’s facility, instinctive.
January 18, 2017
- Opinion: Climate change progress likely safe
- If you’re worried about climate change, it’s scary to think that the incoming Trump administration could reverse gains made in recent years. But a recent conversation with departing Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz convinced me that the progress is probably irreversible.
January 17, 2017
- Opinion: Challenge us; don't coddle us
- The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, that there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham Lincoln’s first and second, Franklin Roosevelt’s first, and John F. Kennedy’s only.
January 17, 2017
Very soon in the new administration, a vote in Congress may end our Medicare benefits the way we know them.
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The new Republican health care "fix" is taking shape.