April 23, 2014

Brownback should heed his own words, pay particular attention to a teacher

Sen. Anthony Hensley
D-Topeka
Guest Columnist
When Gov. Sam Brownback delivered his 2013 State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature he said, “And of all those you could learn from, may I suggest paying particular …

Education is all about money, politics for unions

Dave  Trabert
Guest Columnist
Media reaction to the school finance legislation has been pretty predictable. It focuses almost exclusively on institutions and ignores the impact on students. As usual, it’s all about money and politics.
Unions, media and their allies …

OPINION: April 21 marks Tax Freedom Day

Congratulations, you’ll be working for yourself soon. Prior to April 21, every penny you earned went to feed the monstrous government bureaucracy.
Tax Freedom Day arrives this year on April 21 – three days later than last year. The National …

Streams, wetlands protected by proposed rule

Karl Brooks
Guest Columnist
Protecting Midwestern streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act (CWA) helps our communities and is vital to our health, safety, and quality of life. Local rivers in Kansas – like the Kaw, Arkansas, Smoky Hill, …

Liberals tolerate only that with which they agree

Paul Kengor
Guest Columnist
Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you’ve noticed the growing clash between religious freedom and issues like same-sex marriage and forced funding of abortion. Last week, the Supreme Court heard a landmark case on whether …

OPINION: Time to fix Gardner Charter Ordinance No. 19

Irony, thy name is Gardner.
Larry Fotovich, council member, is being called upon by some residents to step down from office because they believe he has moved from the area.
Ironically, in April 2013, Fotovich supported the repeal or amendment …

Americans’ laziness, including not making coffee at home, helps load landfills

Jill Richardson
Guest Columnist
I know I shouldn’t be, but I am shocked by Americans’ laziness.
We look for the closest parking spot to the gym so that we don’t have to walk those extra few steps. We indulge in …

Arrest affadavits should be public record

Dane Hicks
Guest Columnist
You and your spouse are sitting in your living room watching Laverne &
Shirley re-runs some night when all of a sudden you hear a window break and something that looks like a jelly jar lands …

Legislators should talk about a flatter, fairer tax code

Legislators should consider cutting or eliminating Kansas’ earned-income tax credit, or EITC.
It’s time for changes in the way government collects and spends its citizens money.
When and if legislators ever get the nerve to fully consider eliminating the EITC, …

Home ownership rate declines, rents rise and hedge funds snap-up foreclosures

William A.Collins & Emily Schwatz Greco
Guest Columnists
An upscale housing development in Wilton, Connecticut (all of Wilton is upscale) is having no trouble selling its 20 units for $800,000 each. On average, homes in that town now fetch more …