Local Columns

Opinion: Good news, challenges for schools

Even though COVID-19 is not fully behind us, it’s time to review where schools stand on the road to recovery. Kansas has been fortunate to receive a healthy share of federal COVID-19 relief funds. Higher education and schools will receive more than $1 billion in one-time federal COVID-19 ...

Opinion: Cut through the spin about gas prices

Gas prices are up and the politics industry in Kansas and nationally is spinning the issue for political gain, often with little regard for the truth. Per the U.S. Energy Information Association, the average national price of a regular gallon of gasoline has risen 73 cents since January to ...

Opinion: On the value of championing values

When Mike Pompeo launched his “Championing American Values” political action committee recently, with the dark warning that America today faces “the dividing line between freedom and oppression,” the heavy language rubbed some people the wrong way. Understanding why that is may tell us ...

Opinion: Facts should always trump politics

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” — John Adams Sometimes the simplest story is the best one. With the COVID-19 pandemic, two fact-based stories stand out. ...

Opinion: 10 years later, redistricting still broken

It is almost time to redistrict Kansas. This means using 2020 Census data to create new districts for the Kansas House, Kansas Senate and U.S. Congress. Ten years ago, the process was a mess. Unfortunately, no reforms were put in place afterward. The detailed Census data will be ready later ...

Opinion: The Politics of 2020 census in Kansas

Initial state-level data from the 2020 census are out. What do these numbers show for Kansas and why do they matter? The U.S. population grew 7.4% from 2010 to 2020, the second lowest growth rate in history. That stemmed from declining birth rates and an aging population, increased deaths and ...