July 25, 2014

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.…

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 …

State Supreme Court selection process works

Lawton R. Nuss
Guest Columnist
Last year several legislators crafted a proposal for changing the constitutional process chosen by the people of Kansas for selecting Supreme Court justices.  These legislators sought endorsements by the Kansas Bar Association and the Kansas …

Fix school funding equity now, but take time to get adequacy right

Dave Trabert
Guest Columnist
The Kansas Supreme Court has determined that adequacy is met “…when the public education financing system provided by the legislature for grades K-12-through structure and implementation-is reasonably calculated to have all Kansas public education students meet …

Labeling the education adds costs to classrooms

John  Schrock
Guest Columnist
“It costs more to put the label on the can than to put the tomatoes in it.”
It was 1953. I was seven years old when I heard this. Half of our neighbors were farmers who …

American hawks risk escalating Ukrainian-Russian crisis in Crimea

Sheldon Richman
Guest columnist
With Russia and the United States confronting each other over Ukraine, the world is at a dangerous juncture. While the chances of war between the two behemoths seem small — these are, after all, nuclear powers …

First glimpses of spring appear despite snow

Kevin Kuzma
Guest Columnist
In the day’s first light, just as the bedroom was beginning to warm with color, a sound outside the window snapped my eyes open.
Our town has been continually besieged by winter storms over the last …

American university students prefer printed textbooks, study reveals

John Richard Schrock
Guest columnist
American university students this spring are still using printed textbooks far more than eTexts.
In 2010, it was predicted that eTexts would rise from 2 percent of college course materials to over 18 percent after …

The lethal legacy of U.S. foreign intervention

Sheldon Richman
Guest Columnist
Americans seem to believe that once the U.S. military exits a foreign country, its moral accountability ends. But the deadly consequences — and culpability — continue long after the last soldier leaves.
Take Iraq, which the …

Constitutional silence does not justify the President’s federal actions

Rob Schwazwalder
Guest columnist
Recently President Obama has spoken several times about his intention to use “executive orders” to bypass Congress and pursue things he wants accomplished.
In addition to showing a certain contempt for representative self-government (Congress is elected …