Local Columns

Opinion: Ideas for addressing teacher shortage

A friend and I were at a restaurant earlier this week having an end-of-summer-vacation celebration, when my friend mentioned to the waitress that she teaches high school in Wichita. “How great,” said the waitress. “Thank you for being a teacher.” This small appreciation meant a lot to ...

Opinion: Exemptions to abortion bans are complex

Life and health exemptions to abortion bans are complex. With the legality of abortion effectively on the Aug. 2 ballot, Kansans should understand how looming government regulations might affect women’s health. If the abortion amendment passes, the Kansas Legislature will likely ban all or ...

Opinion: AG race is revealing about the GOP

Despite the fervent support the Republican leadership has given to the Value Them Both amendment, its fate on Aug. 2 may not tell us much about the current Kansas GOP. But the Republican contest for Kansas attorney general, by contrast, may actually tell us a great deal. Three candidates are ...

Opinion: What else is on your August ballot?

With all of the attention being focused on the proposed “Value Them Both” constitutional amendment, Kansas voters may be wondering what else will be on their ballots this Aug. 2. Kansas’ party primaries will be on that ballot. Voters must be registered as members of a particular party ...

Opinion: The abortion battle, yard by yard

I’m a dog walker and bicycle commuter, so I spend a lot of time on residential streets at less than highway speed. One result of this is that I notice and pay attention to campaign yard signs. As the vote over the proposed anti-abortion amendment approaches, that attention is paying ...

Opinion: Abortion and the future of IVF here

In vitro fertilization faces an uncertain future in Kansas if the abortion amendment on the Aug. 2 ballot passes. The U.S. Supreme Court recently overturned precedent on Roe v. Wade, allowing states to ban abortion. Voters now have a direct say in whether abortion remains legal in ...