Local Columns

Simons’ Saturday Column: KU needs new tactics in its pursuit of state funding

Throughout the country, state legislatures are trying to figure out how to accommodate appeals for increased funding for a multitude of programs while also trying to minimize, or even reduce, tax rates on their residents.At the same time, these state lawmakers must factor in the unknowns ...

What kind of pope should we hope for?

On Wednesday, the conclave of cardinals elected Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope Francis, the next leader of the Catholic Church. What kind of pope should we hope for? One that acknowledges and welcomes that he, the church, and its 1.2 billion adherents are living in the 21st ...

Simons’ Saturday Column: Tax breaks for college athletic ‘charity’ spur scrutiny

Earlier this week, Fox News had a story that should be of great interest to fans of Kansas University athletic programs and those who are generous in their fiscal contributions to the KU Endowment Association.The story told of a $250 million renovation of the football stadium at the University ...

Opinion: Drone policy must be debated

The killing by drones in Yemen of American citizens Anwar al-Awlaki, in September 2011, and his son, Abdulrahman, a few weeks later has continued to be a major issue among lawyers and constitutional scholars, and a subject of discussion and debate since the deaths were announced. The legality ...

Simons’ Saturday Column: College academic, athletic salaries are out of whack

Earlier this week, USA Today carried a feature with the headline “College ADs’ Pay on the Rise,” with a subhead, “Major-college athletics directors averaging more than $500,000.”Almost at the same time, Kansas University officials announced they had hired an outstanding individual to ...

Opinion: ‘Rules’ are king in bureaucratic game

I was in the process of selling my deceased mother’s home in Kansas City and had a list of utilities I needed to call to have service discontinued. “I am not allowed to talk to you until I have documentation verifying that you are the trustee and have power of attorney,” said the robotic ...