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Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Election moves
The Kansas House should reject plans to move city and school board elections.
March 2, 2015
A bill that would move local city and school board elections to November in odd-numbered years narrowly passed the Kansas Senate on Thursday. The bill now goes to the House, which we hope will carefully weigh any possible benefit of this bill against the administrative costs and problems it will create.

Local Columns

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.

February 25, 2015

Opinion: Prof prepared to defy bill’s ban
Over the past few weeks, a number of people have asked me what I think of HB 2234, which would bar university and community college employees from using their job titles when writing letters or opinion columns for newspapers. While I doubt that the bill will actually become law, if it were to become law, my current intention is to continue to write my columns for the Journal-World and leave it up to the editors to decide whether to list my university affiliation — as they have always done. That has always been the newspaper’s decision and, so far as I am concerned, will remain their decision.

Syndicated Columns

March 2, 2015

Opinion: Arizona case focuses on redistricting
The Supreme Court frequently ponders arcane matters. This week, however, in oral arguments concerning two cases, the justices’ task will be to teach remedial reading to Congress and to Arizona.

March 1, 2015

Opinion: ‘My Girl’ stands the test of time
There are sounds it feels like you’ve known forever, sounds that have been in your ear so long, it’s hard to believe they were ever new. One of those sounds is this:

February 28, 2015

Opinion: U.S. has better options in Iran nuclear talks
A sunset clause? The news from the nuclear talks with Iran was already troubling. Iran was being granted the “right to enrich.” It would be allowed to retain and spin thousands of centrifuges. It could continue construction of the Arak plutonium reactor. Yet so thoroughly was Iran stonewalling International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors that just last Thursday the IAEA reported its concern “about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed … development of a nuclear payload for a missile.”

February 27, 2015

Opinion: New governor seeks change in Illinois
The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century’s most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democratic presidential candidates by an average of 16 points in the last six elections. But by electing businessman Bruce Rauner, it initiated a process that might dismantle a form of governance that afflicts many states and municipalities.
Letters to the Editor

March 2, 2015

Letter: Not harmless

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Those who support the tradition and harmless fun of storming the court need to read this. In 2003, high school ...

Letter: Shameful celebration

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As I watched the final moments of the KU basketball game at K-State on Feb. 23, I did what I ...

Letter: Kansas dictators?

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Has the government of Kansas become a dictatorship?

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