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Tuition increases signal a larger problem

Last month the Kansas Board of Regents increased tuition for the coming school year at the state’s six universities. At KU, the state’s senior...

Republicans, the club for cage fighters

If we learn anything from the so-called “debates” among Republican candidates for Kansas governor, it’s that the party has tightened its tent. The staged debates...

Republican a dirty word? America a global profanity?

President Trump continues to amaze. Only recently he has courted North Korea, played footsie with Russia and blessed China while cursing our neighbors and threatening...

We elect a bigger government, then we forget why

It may seem that government has grown beyond our grasp, but it should be remembered that we have made it that way. We, the...

Term limits are still a bad idea

Leading into the coming elections, someone is bound to trot out that tired notion of term limits for legislators, as though this would solve a lot...

An adventure throttled, and long forgotten

The Kansas Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on the legislature’s latest effort to redeem itself in state funding for local schools. This issue...

Can we never learn from our mistakes?

  In spite of a long history that warns against such folly, the Congress and the White House continue to believe that blackmail is an...

Needed: state government by the state’s legislators Who makes our laws these days?

Burdett Loomis, a columnist and emeritus professor of political science at KU, lamented recently the demise of the legislature’s summer study committees. In recent...

Elections are a certain test for Kansas voters

Political storms are gathering for the coming elections, so forget that tired adage about quirky Kansas weather. It isn’t likely to change for awhile. The...

Kansas weather, cluttered with extremes

On one mid-afternoon, a woman paused in the supermarket parking lot to declare that the weather was perfectly splendid ‒ the kind of day,...

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