Local Columns

Opinion: What Bob Dole can teach Marshall

The recent death of Walter Mondale — vice president to President Jimmy Carter, and a presidential candidate himself in 1984 — has reminded me of some old history that may help explain Sen. Roger Marshall. The key to that history is one of Kansas’ great political figures, Bob Dole. In ...

Opinion: National partisanship infects the states

Anyone following American state politics this spring has witnessed, time and again, bizarre legislative proposals. Most notably and seriously, dozens of state legislatures have put forward an avalanche of initiatives that target transgender athletes and impose limitations on voting. Beyond ...

Opinion: Is transgender sports ban a job killer?

Gov. Laura Kelly just took an interesting tack on the Kansas Legislature’s bill prohibiting Transgender girls from competing in girls’ athletics. She calls it a job killer. Is she right? Kelly noted that states like North Carolina have experienced companies moving out of, or refusing to ...

Opinion: When helping others becomes a crime

You might have heard about “ballot harvesting” recently. Kansas politicians are trying to restrict the practice, and some have linked it to baseless suggestions of election fraud in our state. What is ballot harvesting, anyway? Ballot harvesting is a political spin term that some ...

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 ...