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Editorial: Treaty trust?
The Obama administration’s lack of transparency makes it hard for Americans to have confidence in U.S. negotiations for a nuclear treaty with Iran.
March 30, 2015
How can Americans have much confidence or believe that President Obama is acting in the best interests of America in current nuclear treaty dealings with Iran when his record in foreign matters and his administration’s transparency have been so disappointing and dangerous to the country?

Local Columns

March 28, 2015

Saturday Column: Passion aimed at sports could benefit other ‘teams’
Consider what might be accomplished if local and state residents gave as much attention and involvement to issues such as education, good government, job opportunities and the performance of those in elective office as they give to competitive high school and college sports.

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.
Letters to the Editor

March 30, 2015

Letter: Community vision


Sincere thanks to the Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition and numerous sponsors for conducting the Safe Routes for All town hall meeting ...

Letter: Fluoride debate


Approximately two-thirds of the U.S. adds the toxic industrial waste product known as fluoride to the tap water to supposedly ...

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