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Obama’s Secret Diplomatic Victories

I get it. When foreigners challenge America, we want our President to scream bloody murder and then send in the Marines to make sure it happens. Forget about talking softly. Go straight for the big stick. By contrast, diplomacy looks weak, like some tin-pot dictator from a nothing-burger country is pushing us around. But in case anyone cares to notice, the world may be falling apart, but Barack Obama has put together a string of surprising diplomatic victories.

August 05, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Opinion


Democrats Want Obama Impeached?

The Democratic Party is not just hoping Republicans will impeach President Obama, they're promoting the concept.

August 03, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Opinion


The Lost Sounds of Summer

An excerpt from Tom Purcell's new book, "An Apple Core, a Toilet: Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood."

July 25, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Opinion


Standards provide peace of mind

It occurred to me when I was on a trip to Jamaica a few years ago. We're really lucky in America to have building codes, established several years ago, that most houses on the market in just about any city must adhere to.

July 20, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


Moran’s Memo: Rural Students Deserve a 21st Century Education

As sons of rural Kansas, we are committed to ensuring that children who grow up in the Sunflower State receive the same educational opportunities as students anywhere in America. One of the tools for making certain rural students receive a 21st Century education is broadband Internet access. Broadband can be the great equalizer; with an Internet connection, where you live doesn't determine what information and resources you can access.

July 09, 2014 | Jerry Moran and Ajit Pai | Opinion


See you down the road

I spent last week riding a bicycle across the wonderful Sunflower State as part of Bicycling Across Kansas. Now, many people have stopped me on the street, in stores and just about everywhere else and asked me to describe that experience. I say it was both excruciating and exhilarating.

June 20, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Opinion


Galileo Would Recognize Climate Change Deniers

Future historians will rightly compare the climate change deniers of the 21st century to the science-hating reactionaries who jailed Galileo in the 17th century.

May 15, 2014 | Dick Polman | Opinion


Barton County Commissioner Don Cates was a good friend

You know you have a good friend when they change you just by being a friend.

April 23, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Opinion


Education finance bill doesn’t add up

The Governor's promise during the 2012 election campaign to provide funding for all-day kindergarten statewide is now set aside. The legislature has the more pressing problem of finding a way to more equitably fund schools. They've come up with ideas both parties could agree upon, but how they solve the problem at hand isn't immediately apparent.

April 07, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


The 2016 Candidate the Media Has Forgotten About

While Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin have the attention of the vast majority of news writers, there is another Republican with even greater credentials for the 2016 Presidential race.

March 18, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Opinion


Old-Fashioned Baby Names Make a Comeback

Get this: Old-fashioned baby names are beginning to make a comeback.

March 12, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Opinion


Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan - Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway

The Kansas Department of Transportation and a consultant team led by CFG Engineers of Topeka and RDF Planning & Design of Omaha are developing a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for the Kansas Byways System. This plan will include ideas for making each of the state's eleven scenic and historic byways more friendly to people experiencing them on foot and by bicycle.

February 09, 2014 | | Opinion


The Flight of Marco Rubio

Isn't it time to do a new political version of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's famous "Flight of the Bumblebee?" The musical piece has had various incarnations in American culture. In the 40s, it was the theme for "The Green Hornet" radio show. In the 60s, jazzed-up adaptation performed by trumpet player Al Hirt was the theme for the TV show -- and it became a worldwide hit when it was re-used in the 2003 film "Kill Bill."

November 01, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Opinion


Profiling the uninsured has to stop

Take a look at the comments following most mainstream reports about the Affordable Care Act rollout. There is some serious profiling going on.

October 24, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


Bringing thinking for yourself back

At parent/teacher conferences this week, I was further impressed with what Common Core curriculum will mean to my kids.

October 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


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Read to them

Community literacy program One District One Book is underway. On Friday, children in grades K-6 will each receive a copy of the award-winning children's ...

September 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Opinion


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