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It’s a strange sensation sitting in a room watching a politician try to backpedal from the biggest thing he ever did in office.  I had that experience this week while attending a campaign debate for…

FORT WORTH, Texas — There’s something noticeably different at Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth this year. It’s not new uniforms or facilities. It’s the absence of something that accounts for what principal Oscar…

In the last year, campaigns to ban books in school and public libraries have more than doubled, according to the American Library Association. Typically, the Association records 300-350 complaints, with most targeting a specific title.…

Hey Kansans: It’s time to vote no again — at least if you care about democracy in the state. When you go to the polls in November, you’ll be asked to vote on two more…

President Joe Biden made a striking pronouncement about COVID-19 on Sunday’s “60 Minutes”: “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lotta work on it. … But the…

When Kansans go to the polls Nov. 8, it will mark the 110th anniversary of Kansas women having full voting rights in statewide and federal elections — eight years before the 19th Amendment. I don’t…

The Kansas State Fair kicked off with a debate between two candidates for governor. During the debate Republican Derek Schmidt was asked if Kansas is better off today than it was under former Governor Sam…

One summer during my college years, I had a roommate who suffered from suicidal thoughts. She’d attempted suicide before we met, and been hospitalized, but continued to struggle. Back in the late 80s, there was…

Since the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 8, the power of ritual has been front and center. It’s been moving to witness, and even some people who are skeptical of the monarchy —…

The busloads of men I had accompanied as a journalist to 1995’s Million Man March seemed stunned by the news media count of only 400,000 men on Washington, D.C.’s mall the previous day. I wrote…