Local Columns

Opinion: State education board has new voices

Election results showed us what we’ve always known: Kansas is a Republican state. The much-anticipated Democratic Party sweep didn’t materialize despite large scale voter turnout. Except, that is, in the two contested races for seats on the Kansas State Board of Education. Unofficial ...

Opinion: Mask fights are missing the point

COVID-19 is surging across Kansas. Over 1,200 Kansans have died. Hospitals are strained. Some Americans are experiencing second infections, threatening the herd immunity dream. Many of us are just surviving. Knowing COVID-19 is serious. Often wearing masks when out, whether government says to ...

Opinion: Kansas is still a very Republican state

Imagine it is early Wednesday morning, right after Election Day. And imagine you are a Democrat in Kansas. Or if you can’t, try to at least imagine what many might have gone through over the past several weeks. Having spent years organizing and raising money and fighting hard against the ...

Opinion: Bollier would be valuable in Senate

By Tuesday or Wednesday Kansans will likely have a new U.S. senator. For most of the last century, we could simply assume that the state would elect the Republican nominee, especially if the candidate was the incumbent representative from the Big First district, per Bob Dole, Pat Roberts and ...

Opinion: Kansas schools struggle with pandemic

COVID-19 is threatening the way Kansas schools do their work. Randy Watson, state education commissioner, told members of the Kansas Association of School Boards recently that the way schools deliver education currently is “not sustainable.” Although 1A to small 4A schools are returning ...

Opinion: Get ready to be sliced and diced

Politicians you send to Topeka this November will slice and dice the entire state — into congressional and state legislative districts. Gerrymandering is when politicians manipulate district boundaries for political gain, maximizing the seats that their side wins. Some lucky politicians ...