Local Columns

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 ...

Opinion: Renew emphasis on civic education

Want more nurses and teachers? Start with civic education. Late last month, the Kansas Board of Regents released recommendations to the Kansas State Department of Education calling for high school students to take four math courses prior to graduation instead of the current three. In ...

Opinion: A heartening case of civic virtue in action

In February, United WE released a report highlighting the growing gender inequalities in our state, particularly in health care. Last week, state lawmakers made a small step toward progress on this issue. The newest budget funds an extension to KanCare, the state’s Medicaid program, for ...

Opinion: Politics shouldn’t lead to book banning

State Sen. Rick Kloos, R-Berryton, waded into the cultural warfare fray on Facebook this week by calling for the Shawnee Heights superintendent to remove the book “Gender Queer” from the high school library. A graphic (comic-book style) memoir, the book, written by Maia Kobabe, deals ...

Opinion: Abortion politics and ‘rape exception’

Government regulation of women who become pregnant from rape has suddenly grabbed national headlines. That’s because state legislatures around America are considering numerous controversial bills that would ban abortion access for these women. In Kansas this year, a conservative lawmaker ...

Opinion: Taking home rule seriously in Kansas

Many Kansas Republicans likely guffawed in disbelief when Gov. Laura Kelly recently insisted she was “a major local-control advocate.” The image of Democrats as favoring big-government programs, with Republicans fighting to keep government small and local, is deeply entrenched. The language ...