Local Columns

Opinion: Proposed bill could put students at risk

In its current state, a bill before the Kansas Legislature to help at-risk students might actually put at-risk students at greater risk. More opportunities for low-income students who are behind academically are endorsed by nearly everyone. However, problems arise when legislation proposes to ...

Opinion: It’s time to leave Bonkersville and acknowledge that 2 + 2 = 4

It is beyond comprehension that in the most scientifically and technologically advanced nation on Earth a vast segment of the population has shut its collective mind to reason, logic, evidence and facts. Millions of GOP supporters swallowed and continue to regurgitate 2020’s Big Lie about ...

Opinion: Polite disagreements are possible

Last month, I had a visitor to my office here at Friends University in Wichita. I knew who he was — he’s written and called me before — but this was the first time we’d met in person. It was a pleasure to talk with him, even though he was there to let me know how wrong he thought I ...

Opinion: The Upside-Down Kansas Legislature

“Once there lived an Upside-Down, who was the talk of all the town. If he was told to turn to right, he turned left out of spite.” — Alexander Kushner The 2021 Kansas Legislature is Upside-Down-land, filled with lawmakers who focus their attention on nonproblems, while purposefully ...

Opinion: What really happened at Kansas Department of Labor

With the first Republican having now filed to challenge Gov. Laura Kelly in 2022, Kansans are about to hear a raft of claims and counter-claims about the Kansas Department of Labor’s woeful handling of unemployment claims during the pandemic. Most will lay the blame squarely on the governor. ...

Opinion: State scholarship plan is disturbing

Currently proposed legislation for at-risk public school students is an ill-considered mistake. At this writing, part of a bill moving through the Kansas House, if passed in its present form, would set poor precedents for school choice and is fraught with unintended consequences. The existing ...