July 28, 2014

Circuit court greenlights case against IRS

Daniel Brown
Guest Columnist
Can the Internal Revenue Service silence a president’s political adversaries by using secret policies? It seems that we’re about to find out. The 17th century French politician and finance minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, once quipped that, “The …

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 …

OPINION: Utility decision unlikely to end debate

The discussion probably isn’t over yet.
Though city council members reached a consensus to create a city utilities department and an advisory board to assist it, we have little faith that the decision will be a final one.
First, previous …

OPINION: Was proper public notice provided to Edgerton residents?

Some Edgerton residents say they weren’t given proper notice regarding a proposed asphalt/concrete plant to be built at 20125 Sunflower Road.
They might be right. We’ve had concerns about the legality of the county’s official newspaper for at least a …

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 …

OPINION: Thanking those who thank true patriots

It’s become almost common place for some people to call patriotism arrogant, nationalist or jingoistic. They say that people use patriotism as a political weapon.
This weekend, it was lovely to see many who didn’t flinch at the idea of …

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 …

OPINION: KCMO should allow free market to work, allow ride-sharing

The Kansas City, Missouri, government dislikes poor people, free enterprise and the environment. At least that’s the idea someone might get from the city government’s recent decision to seek a restraining order to keep a ride-sharing service from operating in …