sunflower-voter (Kate Rogge)

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Report: More Kansas children in poverty from 2008 to 2013

Perhaps families living paycheck to paycheck haven't recovered from the Great Recession? I know that I never regained full-time employment after being laid off from the Idaho State Archives in 2011, but archivists are among the first gone and last rehired during any economic turn down. Most of the jobs lost during the recession have not returned, and have been replaced - to the extent possible - by lower paying or multiple part-time jobs. When a family's breadwinner(s) lose their job, it is very difficult to recover without finding another job quickly.

July 22, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Altered KPERS rules a concern for retiree teachers in Kansas

The one certain goal of Governor Brownback's administration is to replace public services with less regulated, for-profit, private vendors. Starve public schools of funding and trained staff until they are broken. Dispense with licensed teachers. Break public employee unions. Starve KPERS until it is broken. Pay corporate schools with public tax monies to "fix" the problems you've created.

July 21, 2015 at 3:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State board expected to vote on unlicensed teacher proposal

The fact that Missouri is looking better than Kansas in anything other than roadkill count is reason enough to recall Brownback.

July 14, 2015 at 4:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach urges Congress to ratify health care compact that he says would avoid Obamacare

I think it's the urban and suburban Republicans in Johnson and Sedgwick counties who carry the vote in Kansas state-wide and Federal elections. Rural voters, regardless of party, don't have the numbers to win without the biggest counties. Cille King would know the facts and figures better than I do.

July 14, 2015 at 4:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach urges Congress to ratify health care compact that he says would avoid Obamacare

He's running for national office as successor to Pat Roberts (or after Brownback, come to that). What a terrible time for Kansas.

July 14, 2015 at 3:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Jayhawk salute

We should have a parade to welcome the team home.

July 14, 2015 at 3:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State board expected to vote on unlicensed teacher proposal

How is hiring unqualified teachers innovative? How does that improve education? Isn't it simply a precursor to creating private schools, with unlicensed teachers, paid with public and corporate sponsor money?

July 14, 2015 at 3:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

In wake of ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide, Brownback issues executive order on 'religious freedom'

Kansas has always been much better than the backward and frankly stupid states Brownback, Kobach, and Schmidt would have us join. To hell with competing with Texas and Alabama for bottom of the nation's barrel:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/10/opi...

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles...

July 10, 2015 at 2:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Room to reflect

I am weary of the relentless encroachment of religion and cries for enhanced 'religious freedom' in America life. I certainly don't remember anything like it when I was growing up or growing older. My own conclusion that God does not exist is not some variant of religious faith. I'm not trying to insult anyone's beliefs, nor to argue that they are invalid. I don't share them, and I'm tired of hearing about them. Constitutionally protected freedom of religion includes every individual's protected legal right to freedom from others' religions as well.

I don't think it is unreasonable to expect that there be no special place for religion provided within public squares, such as in tax-supported public schools or in city council meetings. There are, after all, millions of people in this country with different religious beliefs and, like me, millions of those with no religion at all. Why should we have to create private spiritual rooms in public schools? If people can't find time to praise their God or meditate elsewhere, or silently where they stand, then they should probably make other arrangements for their day.

July 7, 2015 at 1:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Quitting Kansas

I do feel like a bit of a coward to run, Mike, but I'm leaving a dozen braver liberal members of my family here to fight on. I've lived all over the country, and I know there are other beautiful places to live. Kansas is my home state, but I'm retired now and I don't want to spend the next dozen years of my life waiting for traditional, moderate, Kansas Republicans to finally take their party back and save Kansas from these vandals. I'm sure to come back for the occasional wedding, funeral, and holidays, but I'm tired of being angry and feeling helpless to change a state government thats determined to destroy our state for an ideology that is not Kansas. I've some family business to finish up this summer, but, come fall, it'll be time to find home someplace else.

July 5, 2015 at 10:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )