Local Columns

Opinion: Partisan solutions on guns inadequate

Why did this happen? How can it be prevented from happening again? These are the questions asked after gunfire erupted at the conclusion of the Kansas City Super Bowl parade that left one person dead and dozens injured — including 11 children. Citizens turned to the government for ...

Opinion: Bipartisanship progress is possible

As this year’s legislative session ends, it would be easy to focus on the overwhelming partisan conflict and stalemate that has become a reality in Kansas politics. However, legislative Democrats and Republicans have been able to make progress by working together on several criminal justice ...

Opinion: Housing needed, not a football stadium

Kansas policymakers are abuzz about the recent defeat of a sports stadium tax in Jackson County, Missouri. Unfortunately, they’re saying all the wrong things. To paraphrase James Carville, “It’s affordable housing, stupid.” If the tax had been approved, the money would have gone to ...

Opinion: Progress in state’s lead pipe problem

In November 2021, I wrote my second column for Insight Kansas as a guest contributor. I wrote on the prevalence of lead pipes in our state. The number of lead pipes in Kansas is particularly high, comparatively, because lead mining was a major industry in southeast Kansas and southwest ...

Opinion: Facing uncomfortable partisan realities

Like many of you, I’ve seen volunteers for the United Kansas Party over the past few months collecting signatures to gain ballot access as a legitimate political party. I’m happy to see them out there, even though their efforts imply something, I think, quite different from their ...

Opinion: The challenge of abiding by home rule

Recently as I drove my Silent Generation father-in-law on an out-of-town trip along I-70, he made a peculiar observation. “I never noticed this before but there’s plastic bags everywhere. My gosh. It looks terrible!” Peculiar because he’s typically not a passenger-seat guy. Peculiar ...