Local Columns

Opinion: The debt ceiling and your bottom line

The debt ceiling debate in Washington seems distant from average Kansans, but it affects your finances more than you think. The debt ceiling is the limit on the amount of money the federal government can borrow. Congress invented it in 1917 to simplify creating debt and issuing bonds. It has ...

Opinion: Kansas and America’s abortion endgame

After nearly a half-century of political struggle, the right to abortion in the United States, at least as a constitutional matter, may come to an end in 2022. What would follow that is anyone’s guess, but Kansas will probably be at the center of it. True, the “end of abortion” — ...

Opinion: COVID’s toll on Native Americans

It is rare these days to find a political message cutting across the usual red-blue partisan divide, but I saw one last weekend. Looking out at me from the back of a pickup truck was a small bumper sticker featuring an image of a Native American in full headdress, looking stoic and sad. The ...

Opinion: Moran and Marshall failed farmers

Kansas stands to benefit substantially when the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act becomes law. The White House projects over $3 billion will come to Kansas through the improvement of roads, bridges, electric vehicle charging stations and the expansion of high-speed internet. ...

Opinion: Don’t let PACs invade school boards

Big-time, outside money has spread across Kansas elections for years, but it hasn’t, until now, attempted to influence the most grassroots and least national-issue driven of all elections: the vote to choose who sits on a local school board. In Kansas, candidates do not run as the nominee ...

Opinion: Financial risks of COVID increasing

Health insurance companies have been shielding many customers from out-of-pocket “cost-sharing” expenses like deductibles, co-insurance and co-payments for COVID-related medical care. But that safety cushion is disappearing, increasing your direct financial risk from the disease. Now ...