August 22, 2014

OPINION: Time to fix Gardner Charter Ordinance No. 19

Irony, thy name is Gardner.
Larry Fotovich, council member, is being called upon by some residents to step down from office because they believe he has moved from the area.
Ironically, in April 2013, Fotovich supported the repeal or amendment …

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 …

Legislators should talk about a flatter, fairer tax code

Legislators should consider cutting or eliminating Kansas’ earned-income tax credit, or EITC.
It’s time for changes in the way government collects and spends its citizens money.
When and if legislators ever get the nerve to fully consider eliminating the EITC, …

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.…

Legislators should find affordable ways to get money into classrooms

There’s probably no way Kansas legislators can escape Topeka without adding millions in additional spending to the state’s bottom line.
The funding increases come at the hands of the Kansas Supreme Court, which ruled funding for Kansas schools was not …

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 …