October 25, 2014

Young intellectuals should be culturally valued

John Schrock
Guest Column
Call yourself an “intellectual” in America and be prepared to sit alone in the corner of the library. Of all of the subgroups in public schools, from “jocks” to “drama queens,” any student labeled as an …

Asian conflict resolution sets example for Kansas

John Schrock
Guest Column
For a short while, the Kansas legislative session is behind us and we can take a political breather. It has been another battle where every issue is polarized. We are locked into a Western way of …

Housing finance bill would continue to leave taxpayers on the hook

Ray Romano
Guest Columnist
“The full faith and credit of the United States is pledged to the payment of all amounts from the Mortgage Insurance Fund which may be required to be paid under any insurance provided under this title.”…

A minimum income will not reduce poverty

Tracy Miller
Guest Column
Recently, some commentators have been promoting the idea of a government guaranteed income, where the government would pay a monthly cash payment to every American, regardless of need or merit. A similar idea, the negative income …

State legislators disrespect teachers with moves to eliminate due process

John Schrock
Guest Columnist
“I don’t get no respect!” was the catchphrase of famous American comedian and actor Rodney Dangerfield.  He died in 2004. The phrase lives on—for Kansas teachers.
The Kansas school finance bill signed April 21 ended the …

Popular movie seeks to answer the question of whether heaven exists

Gary Smith
Guest Columnist
The movie “Heaven Is for Real,” based on The New York Times bestseller of the same name, made an impressive debut last week. The film recounts the near-death experience (NDE) of then 4-year-old Colton Burpo as …

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 …