November 25, 2015

State government has shifted away from prairie values to political extremes

Caitlin Trujillo Guest Columnist I moved to Gardner 12 years ago from Los Angeles. Starting seventh grade, I expected to undergo some degree of culture shock — you don’t move from a beach town to the prairie plains and expect your lifestyle to remain intact — and for the transition to a new school to Continue Reading

An inconvenient truth: Environmentalists love oil

Drew Johnson Guest Columnist America’s largest environmental group just admitted to earning millions of dollars each year from oil. The Nature Conservancy routinely guilt trips Americans about using fossil fuels. Yet its Texas prairie preserve is home to an oil well. And it has almost $23 million invested in the energy industry. This revelation is Continue Reading

Truth about Medicare becomes political casualty

Shonda Werry Guest Columnist It’s been said that truth is the first casualty of war.  The campaign now being fought in Kansas is a political one, but facts are still collateral damage. That’s unfortunate when an issue as important to Kansans as Medicare is being debated. Rather than confront the facts about how the Affordable Continue Reading

Liberal reverance for tolerance is selective to exclude Christian faith

Paul Kengor Guest Columnist I’ve said it before, and I’m hardly alone. Many have observed it. Liberals revere tolerance. They practically worship it. It’s like a religion to them. Well, now comes a study that supports the point. A new survey by Pew Research finds that when it comes to teaching children, liberals place a Continue Reading

The U.S. should not politicize education standards

Kristen Amundson Guest Columnist The U.S. education system recently received a report card from the OECD, a think tank for developed countries. America’s grades weren’t pretty. Twenty-nine countries out-performed the United States in math. Nineteen did better in reading. America fared even worse than the last time the survey was conducted in 2009. Clearly, America Continue Reading

Restoring government by the people, for the people

Marge Baker Guest Columnist One of the many privileges of living in a democracy is the ability of each of us to have an equal say about how we are governed. Through elections, our lawmakers can be held accountable for how well they fight for the interests of the people they represent. In theory, our Continue Reading

American foreign policy elite have no idea what they’re advocating

Sheldon Richman Guest Columnist The American foreign-policy elite seems to have no idea what it’s doing. Americans may believe the government — especially the foreign-policy side — is at least minimally competent, but when one surveys decisions from the last few decades, one has to wonder. The current crop of policymakers, like earlier ones, know Continue Reading

Bureaucrats have solution to roasing marshmallows, but not to deficit spending

Rob Schwarzwalder Guest Columnist Uncle Sam claims to knows best – even how best to cook. At least, that what it claims based on a report this week from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. He laid out his thoughts to Roll Call, an online publication covering national politics. “Last Friday the (U.S.) Forest Service published Continue Reading

Congress hopes to reform Vets Administration

Sen. Jerry Moran R-Kansas Guest columnist In a year when Kansans have been inundated by news reports of incidents of mismanagement and even death caused by failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), there is finally good news to deliver: The U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives came together to pass compromised Continue Reading

Community-lending shakedown reaches $128 billion

Robert Romano Guest Columnist $128 billion and counting. That is Investor’s Business Daily’s latest tally of settlements the Obama Justice Department has extracted from the U.S. banking industry in connection with the 2008 financial crisis, as Bank of America agreed to another $17 billion in payouts over losses stemming from its 2009 acquisition of Countrywide. Continue Reading