July 29, 2014

Restaurant association lobbies to subsidize servers

Marjorie Elizabeth Wood
Guest Columnist
Late April doesn’t just bring flocks of tourists to Washington. It’s when hundreds of members of the National Restaurant Association — a.k.a. the “other NRA” — swarm Capitol Hill for two intensive days of lobbying.…

Vegangelicals won’t win people to their side by preaching about veggies

Jill Richardson
Guest Columnist
As a vegetarian, I have to walk a fine line.
Really, I’m not judging you. But I often find it necessary to establish myself as “not a threat” to meat eaters. I also occasionally bump up …

Pay inequality exists between male, female teachers

John Schrock
Guest Columnist
How can pay be unequal for male and female teachers of identical experience when there is only one uniform pay scale at each unified school district?
Each Kansas school district negotiates a salary base for teachers. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …