April 17, 2014

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 …

Probable cause affidavits should be public records

It’s true. The overwhelming majority of bills passing through the halls of the Kansas Legislature are worthy of a Big Top. From legislation to ban surrogacy to a bill that would allow teachers and caregivers to spank a child up …

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 …

Congress will not fund U.N. treaty implementation

Sen. Jerry Moran
Guest Columnist
In October 2009, President Obama reversed the policies of both President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush by committing the United States to U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) negotiations. In the years that …

Public input lacking when USD 231 changes policies

There is no good reason that the USD 231 board of education doesn’t allow members of the public to parse and examine proposed policies before they are adopted. We’re baffled that policy changes are not made public before the board …

Labor unions show selfish disregard for nation

Danedri Thompson
The labor unions need to get in line behind the rest of us.
According to a Washington Post story, labor unions are warning Democratic leaders that they are in danger of losing support of union members if …

Gardner government embarrasses with hurdles to development

Bill O’Connor
It doesn’t take a long memory or much research to document the short-sighted decisions, bureaucratic hurdles, and overall incompetence of our elected and appointed officials. It is amazing how recent history, and much longer history reflects this.…

Storm aftermath cause for celebration not blame

It’s not the mayor’s fault. It’s not the governor’s fault. It’s Mother Nature, and she can be an unpredictable, moody beast.
As you read this, the community is likely buried under several inches of snow. That’s what the forecast is …

Distribution of economic freedom is unequal

Alejandro Chafuen
Guest Columnist
While the church and Christian moralists have always spoken about the rich and the poor, and condemned those who put wealth, or anything else, above eternal life, it was only in the 20th century when church …