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The fog started more than five months ago as the pandemic descended on the nation. For a few weeks it felt like the polarization in our society would give way to collaboration. Public officials worked…

Kansas voters have the power to protect their own votes. Plan ahead. Choose the voting method that works best for you. Act early. Act responsibly. Advocate for yourself.  What are your voting options?  In-person Election…

I appreciate that Gov. Laura Kelly cares that people are having a hard time making ends meet and wants to do something about it. Wish others did. On Thursday, the Republican-led State Finance Council rejected…

From the left and right, politicians are spouting suspect information about how great things are economically, or about what a frightful state we’re in. As usual, the truth is more likely found in metrics than…

It’s not law and order to shoot a man seven times in the back. It’s not law and order when a 17-year-old boy grabs an assault rifle and crosses state lines. It’s not law and…

My daughter argues that as long as she’s seeing all of her friends together in school, they should be able to gather together in their houses as well. Unfortunately, she has risk exactly backward. She’s…

As a newspaper reporter in these divided times, I do the best I can to write factual information without letting my personal opinions influence news articles. It’s a fine line and it’s not easy. I…

I’m always interested in the psychology of awarding praise. Too much, and it can create a bloated ego. Too little, and you risk damaging someone’s self-esteem. Parents, especially, have a fine line to walk with…

Most rural Americans will tell you the postal service is an important part of their way of life. Many small businesses and nonprofits in all kinds of communities — urban, suburban and rural — will…

The August primary elections produced sobering results for all Kansas politicians and, for the matter, all Kansans.  Sometimes important elections, like the presidential contest of 2020, easily display their importance. Others, however, may seem quite…