Local Columns

Opinion: Will Kansans go for Kobach again?

Meet the new Kris Kobach. Is he the same as the old Kris Kobach? Before Kobach narrowly won the Republican primary for governor in 2018, an independent group supporting then-Gov. Jeff Colyer ran an ad featuring the tagline “Call Kris Kobach. Tell him we can’t afford his antics.” ...

Opinion: What Emporia State University has lost

The news coming out of Emporia last week, with at least 30 members of the faculty of Emporia State University fired on one day, was terribly sad. Not just because the firings were a blow to the education of hundreds of ESU students, but also because it reflects a failure to understand just ...

Opinion: Solve worker shortage; invest in women

The Kansas State Fair kicked off with a debate between two candidates for governor. During the debate Republican Derek Schmidt was asked if Kansas is better off today than it was under former Gov. Sam Brownback. Schmidt refused to answer the question. As a state are we better off? Yes. And I ...

Opinion: Transgender students and the election

This summer felt like being trapped in a “Groundhog Day” movie — waking up to repeat the same blame-game politics day after day. Republicans blamed the Democratic gubernatorial candidate and current governor, Laura Kelly, for unpopular COVID policies. Democrats blamed the Republican ...

Opinion: Abortion back on ballot, indirectly

Abortion is on the November ballot in Kansas, at least indirectly. Our judicial and gubernatorial elections are critical for determining whether Kansas moves toward banning abortion long term. But most Kansas voters are pro-choice and just rejected an anti-abortion constitutional amendment. ...

Opinion: When politics and constitutions collide

Thomas Jefferson once wrote critically of those who “look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched.” While he firmly opposed “frequent and untried changes in laws,” he argued that, in the end “laws and ...