It’s better, but not good enough. The Kansas Department of Corrections still has some work to do on their censorship policies. The policies came to light this summer when the nonprofit Human Rights Defense Center released a list of more than 7,000 books and publications banned from Kansas prisons.
As a former resident of Winfield, I am outraged and embarrassed that one of the first things I see when approaching from the west is a confederate flag (sorry it doesn’t deserve to be capitalized).
Farmers and ranchers have enough of their own challenges — fickle weather, food labeling concerns and how to cater to consumers’ evolving tastes, just to name a few. What they don’t need are additional woes from Washington, D.C. But that’s what they’re getting, in bulk supplies.
I visited your city last weekend to take a tour of the lost city of Etzanoa. It was a wonderful tour which my family enjoyed. Your town has a historic feature that is very unique.
This year my family and I said goodbye to a very dear friend. For many years, this friend has been a guest in our home during the entire Christmas season. Over the past few years, we have sadly watched as our friend’s physical condition slowly began to fail. With so many wonderful memories, …
One major myth about prisons is that they are packed with nonviolent offenders whose only crime is marijuana possession. As I have written editorials about Kansas state prisons recently, this has been the top concern of readers contacting me. But this myth is not reality.
It’s good news that the Kansas Corporation Commission and the Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association are uniting behind a package of legislation meant to streamline the process of plugging abandoned wells across the state. The need is pressing, with more than 5,000 wells on the KCC’s p…
Lenexa, Kansas, you really are violating the First Amendment right to religious freedom by denying Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church the right to operate a temporary homeless shelter for 40 people during the winter months.
Two young women have dropped their federal lawsuit against Kansas State University, and in a limited sense that makes complete sense to us. Their case — which alleged that K-State should bear some of the blame for rapes that happened off-campus — never really added up, in legal terms.
Did you ever put something deep in a box in your attic and forget you ever had it? No? Well then, let me introduce myself, because I’m the expert. I’ve had enough relatives die that my collections are huge.
In the popular imagination, we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas at home. Our living rooms and kitchens are festooned with seasonal decorations and filled with the delectable smells of the season. We remember, as the saying goes, that home is where the heart is.
I thought it would be fun to visit with a few local families and learn about the traditions that are part of their holiday celebrations. I posed the question on The Ark City Ask and Answered Facebook page, and received some enthusiastic responses.
I was in high school when Nikita Khrushchev first uttered the phrase translated “We will bury you” to a group of Western ambassadors in 1956. The words are as chilling now as they were then — maybe more so. Khrushchev repeated the phrase a few years later while pounding his shoe on the table…
It is easy to give thanks when things are going well. It is harder to do so when life has dealt us difficult, demanding, and depressing situations. But just as a smooth sea never made a good sailor, the most genuine expressions of thankfulness are created in the crucible of adversity.
To better represent Kansans, we citizens should press for better pay for our lawmakers. This is a simple statement, and such a change would not guarantee better policies, however they are defined. But without question, higher salaries would produce a Legislature that looks a lot more like th…
Susan Wagle, candidate for U.S. Senate, recently spoke in Winfield about how she has saved Kansas as a problem solver. Wagle is part of the old party-line voters who knows little about what is good for south-central rural Kansans. Does Wagle represent a narrow group that serves very few peop…
As the second week of the impeachment hearings began, Republicans re-introduced an old theme for the usual purposes: Everything is the media’s fault, and America wouldn’t be in this jam but for their being puppets of the Democratic Party.