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Editorial: Attention due
Don’t let the Memorial Day holiday pass without pausing to remember and honor the sacrifice of those serving in the U.S. military.
May 25, 2015
In an essay written for CNN, retired Staff Sgt. Luke Murphy shared his thoughts about Memorial Day last week. Murphy served two tours with the 101st Airborne Divisions 187th Infantry Regiment in Iraq and had his right leg amputated because of wounds suffered in a roadside bomb blast in 2006.

Local Columns

May 23, 2015

Saturday Column: Bioscience agency should return to original mission
On April 19, 2004, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed the Kansas Economic Growth Act, which created the Kansas Bioscience Authority. At that time, the Kansas Legislature declared, “The mission of the Kansas Bioscience Authority is to make Kansas the most desirable state in which to conduct, facilitate, support, fund and perform bioscience research, development and commercialization, to make Kansas a national leader in bioscience, to create jobs, foster economic growth, advance scientific knowledge and improve the quality of life for the citizens of the state of Kansas.”

May 22, 2015

Your Turn: Changes boost K-12 funding needs
I recently had a conversation with my dad, a retired teacher, and another relative about school funding. We all were in agreement the block grant represents a cut to our state’s K-12 operational funding. However my relative then added: “but I think we spend too much on administration and other support staff.” He reached back to his own school days, with multiple jobs shared among staff, and students helping out with various clerical and custodial duties. It’s part of a perspective shared among many that question whether schools are operating as efficiently as possible, fueled by idealistic memories of their own, or their children’s, academic experiences.

May 20, 2015

Your Turn: Two-year colleges have key role
Earlier this year, President Obama introduced a plan “to make community college as free and universal as high school.” This proposal, which generated both support and opposition, is important for two reasons.

May 16, 2015

Saturday Column: Faculty also deserve commencement recognition
The big story this weekend is Kansas University commencement with its various activities and approximately 4,500 students walking down Campanile Hill into Memorial Stadium on Sunday to receive their degrees. This is the university’s 143rd commencement ceremony with graduates from throughout Kansas, 46 states and 43 countries at the center of the event.
Letters to the Editor

May 23, 2015

Letter: Grateful subscriber


Yes, I know, print newspapers are having a tough time of it, and I grumble a lot about missing the ...

Letter: Proud of city

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I was so grateful to be present at Justice Matters’ presentation to the City Commission Tuesday. It was wonderful to ...

Letter: Socialistic move?


Any effort, however altruistically intended as a social remedy, which leads to a greater tax burden, is socialistic in nature. ...

Letter: Words of hope


How refreshing it is to read the letters of Carl Burkhead in these times of chaos and tumult. He gives ...

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