Local Columns

Opinion: Redistricting might break some taboos

Every 10 years, districts for Congress, the state Legislature, state school board and local offices must be redrawn based on the latest U.S. Census. The 2020 Census numbers were recently released, and we already know one thing: There will no longer be a Kansas City-area district that ...

Opinion: Anger won’t stop spread of COVID

Last spring, with the COVID vaccine distributed widely, we anticipated a fall school start where children’s hugs rekindled long-separated friendships, teenagers high-fived favorite teachers and everyone could cheer the football team from the stands. It would be a return to in-person ...

Opinion: Hispanics still short on political power

The recent release of additional 2020 Census numbers is a treasure trove of fascinating data about Kansas. While redistricting and the urbanization of Kansas have dominated the political chatter about these data, they also tell an interesting story about our state’s growing Hispanic ...

Opinion: Continuing confusion over ‘choice’

That the beliefs which political parties express — like the Republican party and “conservatism” or the Democratic party and “liberalism” — are best understood as packages of ideas, which can be repackaged and rearranged as political elites find it useful to do so, is hardly a new ...

Opinion: Power and ignorance corrupt principled governance

In the contest for the dumbest member of Congress — and the competition is fierce — the current winner by three lengths is Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). During a subcommittee hearing with the U.S. Forest Service, Gohmert suggested the agency could stop climate change by tweaking the ...

Opinion: Institutions need to mandate vaccines

“There is a madness afoot here, and only government can make a difference.” — New York state senator from district with low vaccination rate and high COVID death levels. Madness afoot, indeed. And our governmental, nonprofit and private sectors must all respond. Whether it’s KU, ...