- Editorial: Wrong road
- In the last four years, the state has swept $1.3 billion in highway funds into the state general fund. That’s a trend that can’t continue without damaging the quality and safety of Kansas roads.
- April 28, 2015
- Kansas Department of Transportation officials seem to be downplaying highway concerns voiced last week by a nonpartisan think tank, but KDOT’s own figures paint a troubling picture of the impact of “sweeping” highway funds into the general fund to cover other state expenses.
April 27, 2015
- Your Turn: State shouldn’t support discrimination
- As a chaplain and person of faith, religion is an important part of my daily life and a source of strength and inspiration. I deeply appreciate the value of religious institutions in the lives of many students, including those who attend state colleges and universities in Kansas.
April 25, 2015
- Saturday Column: Clinton coronation may not benefit party, nation
- Who are the true “kingmakers” in the Democratic Party, and what must they be thinking about the “Hillary situation”? Are the Clintons themselves the party’s kingmakers, and, if so, it is what it is. However, if there are other individuals or factions within the Democratic Party such as the Obama clique or a group of powerful liberals or moderates, what are they thinking about the early days of the “Go Hillary” drive for the presidency?
April 22, 2015
- Your Turn: Kansas needs juvenile justice reform
- Kansas’ juvenile justice system should be doing more to keep our communities safe and to make better use of state funds. Our juvenile code was written in 1996. Since then, research has shown many strategies once believed to fight youth crime actually do more harm than good — and at great cost to taxpayers. Other states are adopting smarter approaches to juvenile justice that result in declining crime rates and more cost-effective systems.
April 18, 2015
- Saturday Column: Regents, Relays and roads among comment topics
- Based on numerous reports, past accomplishments and evaluations, the departure of Kansas Board of Regents President and CEO Andy Tompkins will be a major loss for Kansas and the Regents. Tompkins was held in high regard prior to his move to the Regents five years ago; he has strengthened this reputation and will be difficult to replace.
April 28, 2015
- Opinion: Pope will have unusual clout in Cuba
- When Pope Francis goes to Cuba in September, he will have a larger-than-usual influence over the Cuban government: He has been a champion of dialogue with the island’s regime and strong critic of the U.S. trade embargo since he authored a little-known book on Cuba in 1998.
- Opinion: U.S. in dire need of election reform
- Let’s take a poll. All those who believe there is a dire need for election reform in this country please hold up your hands. I see, nearly 100 percent. Now do the same if you do not believe that such an overhaul, including significant limits on time and money will ever take place — at least in your lifetime. Hmm. A huge majority for “all those of little faith.”
April 27, 2015
- Opinion: Kurds in Iraq need more U.S. help
- Fifty yards from my hotel, in the largely Christian neighborhood of Ainkawa, a car bomb went off last Friday. You can still smell the acrid smoke where the Nili cafe was shattered, killing two young men who had stepped out for a smoke not far from the U.S. consulate (which the terrorists didn’t reach).
April 26, 2015
- Opinion: Facts essential to useful discourse
- “Obama is a Muslim,” it said. “That is a FACT.” As best I can recall — my computer ate the email — that was how the key line went in a reader missive that had me doing a double take last week. It was not the outlandish assertion that struck me but, rather, the emphatic claim of its veracity. We’re talking Shift-Lock and all-caps so there would be no mistaking: “Obama is a Muslim. That is a FACT.”
April 25, 2015
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