Local Columns

Opinion: Arming our teachers won’t be safer

So far this year, 27 people were killed and 56 injured in school shootings. Of those killed 24 were students or other children and three were adults, according to Education Week. At this writing, a bipartisan bill to reduce gun violence is on its way in Washington. The bill includes funds for ...

Opinion: Love, respect and concern for iGen

What shall we call “Generation Z”? This placeholder name derives from my own cohort’s moniker: Generation X. Gen X took our name from a novel by Douglas Coupland. We see ourselves as so ironic, jaded and snarky, the only way to name us is to choose a non-name, like Malcom X did. Future ...

Opinion: Why ghost-gun bans died in Legislature

National attention has turned, once again, to the gun debate following the horrific events at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, last month. One day prior to the school shooting that killed 19 children and two adults, the Kansas Legislature adjourned without taking action on proposed ...

Opinion: Teacher shortage is becoming dire

The Kansas legislative year ended in a stalemate for culture warriors and without any major legislation for overall improvement of teaching and learning, because none of the bills addressed the elephant in the middle of the room: a shortage of fully prepared teachers. During this year’s ...

Opinion: Abortion ban not as simple as it sounds

Should Kansas ban abortion, politicians in Topeka will have some hefty policy decisions to make. “Banning abortion” sounds simple, but realistically that involves choices about penalties, enforcement and money. If Roe v. Wade is overturned and voters vote “yes” on the abortion ...

Opinion: Medicaid misinformation is abundant

While a few serious issues continue to be debated in committee and the courts, basically the 2022 Kansas legislative session is a wrap. And once again, Medicaid expansion didn’t pass. True, the Legislature agreed upon an expansion of the postpartum health coverage offered under KanCare to ...