Opinion

I’m as guilty as anyone by assuming that if the Russians and Chinese simply overthrew their leaders, the prospect of a global conflict would be greatly reduced. Totally wrong, political scientists say. For one thing,…

Dear editor, I am outraged that there are people in my home town that are so disrespectful. I put a new flower arrangement on my parents’ headstone in Highland Cemetery in September.  The first of…

Aristotle once observed that the only surefire way to avoid criticism is to do nothing, say nothing and be nothing. Or something like that — we weren’t there. But at least this much is certain…

The conviction of Oath Keepers leaders Stewart Rhodes and Kelly Meggs on charges of seditious conspiracy is a historic legal victory for the Department of Justice, but it is much more than that as well.…

A reminder: The house always wins.  The gambling industry is devised to make money. And in the case of Kansas, bucketloads, thanks to lawmakers who recently ensured the sports betting industry will receive embarrassingly favorable…

The U.S. Senate took a momentous step Tuesday, passing a same-sex marriage law that offers a vital backstop for LGBTQ folks in Kansas and the nation. While the Respect for Marriage Act falls short in…

The mass shootings in Virginia and Colorado again call attention to the nation’s gun problem, but how deeply guns are embedded in everyday life can be seen from other random news reports: • When NBA…

I first shot methamphetamine when I was 17. As an abused child seeking relief from trauma and stress, I’d turned to alcohol at age 12 and had used numerous drugs to excess before sticking that…

“Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Elon Musk tweeted after he posted the results of an unscientific poll showing respondents favored allowing former president Donald Trump to return to Twitter. The Latin phrase, roughly translating to “the…

Voters in neighboring Missouri just legalized recreational marijuana. Meanwhile, Kansas remains in the minority of states where neither medical nor recreational marijuana are allowed.   It’s a symptom of dysfunctional democracy in Kansas that legislators…