October 21, 2014

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 …

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

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 …