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Editorial: New rules
New restrictions on how low-income Kansans can spend public assistance money are less important than other provisions of the state’s new welfare reform law.
April 19, 2015
National commentators criticizing a new Kansas welfare reform law have focused mostly on what they consider to be mean-spirited and insulting restrictions on how public assistance money can be spent, but other provisions of this bill will have a far more significant impact on low-income Kansas families.

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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 16, 2015

Opinion: 70 years ago, nation mourned FDR
Seventy years ago this week, on April 12, 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and died at Warm Springs, Ga. The president died on the eve of victory against Germany and Japan in the Second World War; just three weeks after his death, Germany signed the instrument of unconditional surrender to the Allies.

April 13, 2015

Opinion: Future of baseball is looking bright
About this you may be certain: The 2015 Major League Baseball season will be one to remember for young and old alike with a record number of people (some 74 million people plus) passing through the turnstiles. Once again, the American and National Leagues will draw more fans than the combined total of the National Football League, National Basketball League and National Hockey League.

April 11, 2015

Saturday Column: KU faces challenges in finding, hiring top faculty
It’s good to learn that several new Foundation Distinguished Professors are joining the Kansas University faculty. Hopefully more will be added.

Syndicated Columns

April 19, 2015

Opinion: New ‘normal’ for U.S. demographics
Maybe, conservatives are done with dog whistle politics. After all, NRA chief Wayne LaPierre traded his dog whistle for an air horn at a recent gathering of the gun faithful in Washington, D.C. “I have to tell you,” he said, “eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.”
Opinion: Mideast unrest may last for decades
Will the Middle East be as unstable 10 years from now as it is today? I asked that question last week to a class of students at Harvard’s Kennedy School. About half answered yes — that things will be as bad or worse, no matter what America does.

April 18, 2015

Opinion: Unusual presidential race is shaping up
See Hillary ride in a van! Watch her meet everyday Americans! Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle! Which she did wearing shades, as did her chief aide Huma Abedin, yielding security-camera pictures that made them look (to borrow from Karl Rove) like fugitives on the lam, wanted in seven states for a failed foreign policy.

April 17, 2015

Opinion: Progressive gestures hurt universities
Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of people who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed — after, one suspects, not much agonizing — to the temptation to indulge in progressive gestures. It will divest all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment. It thereby trumps Stanford, whose halfhearted exercise in right-mindedness has been to divest only coal stocks. Evidently carbon from coal is more morally disquieting than carbon from petroleum. 
Letters to the Editor

April 18, 2015

Letter: Ill-informed point


In his column “Progressive gestures hurt universities,” George Will attacks the preoccupation with sustainability, along the way hitting “diversity,” “multicultural” ...

Letter: Shining examples?


With regard to the article on rural gun noise, I was shooting for a higher target. Gov. Brownback and his ...

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