Opinion

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Opinion: Bullying now in fashion with Trump

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative (cough) Union, which hosts the annual CPAC conference, tweeted that he was disinviting Mitt Romney from the confab this year because he “could not guarantee his physical safety” after the senator voted to convict Donald Trump in the ...

Opinion: DeVos doubles down on education reforms

I recently interviewed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos who claimed the president’s proposed $4.8 trillion budget includes “a significant step toward returning flexibility to the states through a proposal to block grant all of the elementary and secondary education funds ... and let ...

Opinion: Vote blue, no matter who?

“Vote blue, no matter who.” That’s the fall election mantra of Democrats desperate to cleanse the White House of its current occupant. But here’s the question some African Americans are now asking: What if the “who” is Michael Bloomberg? What if the former New York City mayor is ...

Views from Kansas: Amendment strategy foul

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Passing legislation on abortion will never, ever be easy. It’s just too personal, too far-reaching, too politically radioactive. But Kansas legislators could have ...

Opinion: Who gets to tell what stories?

People keep asking me about George Simon. They want to know why I created him and if it was hard to do. One person told me I was “brave.” I wasn’t trying to be brave. I was trying to write my latest novel, a World War II story called “The Last Thing You Surrender.” But, you see, ...

Views from Kansas: How much can you tolerate?

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts have cast their votes. Soon, it will be time for you to cast yours. We all knew that was the end game anyway. The U.S. Senate, ...

Letter to the editor: Paperless dangers

To the editor: The software on which votes are counted is protected as a corporate trade secret, and the software is so complex that if malicious code was embedded, no analysis could likely not discover it. Further, because there is no voter-verified paper record, it is not possible to ...

Letter to the editor: Overlooking color

To the editor: In response to Bill Klein’s letter of Jan. 17, 2020, “Our common color.” Mr. Klein asks “why must we continue to identify humans based on the color of their skin pigment?” The answer is history. The phrase “people of color” evolved to describe a group of people ...

Letter to the editor: Local importance

To the editor: In a state divided by political differences, especially during this session of the Legislature, the importance of local government is often forgotten. While debating over state and national issues, it’s easy for one to forget about equally impactful decisions being made in ...

Letter to the editor: Trump’s indecency

To the editor: Is Donald Trump a symbol of the society we have become? Have we grown so coarse that we just roll our eyes and shrug our shoulders at the vulgar, insulting and lying behavior of our nation’s president? Setting aside the issues of impeachment, political ideology and party ...

Opinion: What a state of our union

Well, I’ve finally attended a Trump rally. I thought I was showing up for Tuesday’s State of the Union address, but as soon as Donald Trump refused to shake House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand, it was clear that even basic protocol would elude this impeached president. Trump’s leash ...

Opinion: GOP plays game by different rules

Let’s try a thought experiment. Suppose your friend invites you to play Monopoly. But suppose she insists on a set of special rules applicable only to her. Like when she lands on your property, she only has to pay half the required rent. And for every house she buys, she gets one free. And ...

Editorial: Impeachment highlighted the many broken parts of America

For those who survived the Cold War, they may remember a phrase that became part of the vernacular: “Mutually assured destruction.” It was a reminder that nuclear war would destroy both the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The phrase made a brief comeback during President Donald Trump’s ...

Opinion: How does funding help at-risk kids?

If you think controversy over school funding ended has ended, think again. A dispute currently brewing is about how the new court-awarded funds are being spent by school districts to help at-risk students and how the Kansas Department of Education is managing the districts. The disagreement ...

Opinion: Mitt Romney: a man for all seasons

During his floor speech explaining his vote to convict Donald Trump, Mitt Romney was overcome by emotion and paused to compose himself. The intense moment came when he spoke of his devotion to God, saying: “I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am.” Lump in throat. ...

Opinion: Moral ‘concern’ is always about sex

Certainly, if it’s moral failures you’re after, you can take your pick. Just last weekend, after all, Republican senators finally admitted that Donald Trump is guilty of the offenses for which he was impeached. They conceded this as they prepared to acquit him. Sen. Lamar Alexander ...

Views from Kansas: Cut-and-paste bills a bad idea

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. A new bill in the Kansas Legislature would require every public classroom, library and municipal building in the state to display the national motto, “In God We ...

Letter to the editor: Bad equation

To the editor: Michael Gerson’s opinion piece on Saturday equates Donald Trump’s ceasing to pursue the common good in his appeal to “racial resentment, his embrace of white grievance, his demonization of migrants, his abandonment of democratic ideals, his misogyny and xenophobia, his ...

Letter to the editor: Combined effort

To the editor: The editorial and letters page in the Friday paper was tied together neatly: Leslie and Jennie Dienes’ letter to Public Forum clearly expresses that Kansas native and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has failed to defend one of “his” employees and cursed a reporter. You ...