Opinion

We are celebrating the great Jackson County classes of 1972 on the 50th year anniversary of their graduation! The class of ’72, of course, has a great song to go along with its graduation - “School’s Out!’’ by Alice Cooper. Other top popular songs of 1972 included “Take It Easy’’ by the Eagles, “Do...
The bad news is that the Kansas State Legislature has apparently found a solution for a problem that does not exist. The good news is that there are two more school years for the Legislature to change its plans. The Legislature has approved the concept of “open enrollment’’ for K-12 school...
The Biden Administration is interested in creating a “Disinformation Bureau’’ in the U.S. government’s Homeland Security department to push back publicly against news and opinions that the administration does not believe are true or agree with. Whether or not the Biden Administration can be, or...
A gradual cut in the state tax rate for grocery purchases might be the best route to take for Kansas state government.  But waiting until after the Nov. 8 general election to make the legislation effective is not in the best interest of Kansas citizens. This is what you call a political grandstand...
Local taxes and local elections are two of the most misunderstood and under-explained local government topics, in my opinion. For example, in a city newspaper recently, a front page news story told about how the city council there was planning to talk about lowering the city’s mill levy at its next...
There was a time in this country when ethanol fuel was considered green energy. Not any more. The Kansas Corn Growers Association (KCGA) has now joined five other state corn associations and other biofuels groups in a petition challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent greenhouse gas...
Why is it that the one thing the U.S. ought to do to show support for Ukraine is the last thing President Joe Biden is willing to do, so far? President Biden could order the United States to stop purchasing oil and natural gas from Russia in response to Russia invading Ukraine. So why won’t he do...
Disagreements in this country about the direction of the complex and controversial critical race theory (CRT) topic, along with additional parental concerns arising during the COVID-19 learning-at-home time period for kids over the past two years, have resulted in more parents wanting to get...
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who hopes to be the Republican Party’s next nominee for governor, says he would like state lawmakers to use much of a projected $2.9 billion state surplus to pay down public debt. Schmidt has the right idea. Paying off public debt is what Kansans should expect...
It looks like a plan to eliminate or reduce the sales tax on groceries purchased in Kansas may have a good shot at getting approved by the Kansas State Legislature during the 2022 Session. Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, announced Monday, Nov. 8, that she favored the idea. And Derek Schmidt, a...

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