April 17, 2014

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 …

Did Obama blunder or conspire in Ukraine

Sheldon Richman
Guest Columnist
While no one ever lost money overestimating the capacity of the U.S. government to blunder, we cannot rule out that American officials knew exactly what they were doing when they helped provoke the crisis in Ukraine.…

Legislators should find affordable ways to get money into classrooms

There’s probably no way Kansas legislators can escape Topeka without adding millions in additional spending to the state’s bottom line.
The funding increases come at the hands of the Kansas Supreme Court, which ruled funding for Kansas schools was not …

OPINION: Kansas goes Kremlin with arrests, secrecy

Cartoon courtesy of Fred Campbell

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 …