We must face our country’s history honestly, but today, the culpability of our governments for Native Americans’ COVID deaths are happening because we are doing too little, not too much, wrote Michael Smith in last week’s column.
The debate over a federal infrastructure bill has been caught up in partisan politics. This is a shame, because it contains many provisions that will greatly benefit Kansas, particularly agriculture, wrote our guest columnist Alexandra Middlewood in last week’s column.
Local school board races are typically seen as being about a community’s voice in its own schools. But now, an outside group with its own agenda is putting money behind several candidates for school boards across Kansas. This should be a cause for concern, wrote Sharon Iorio in last week’s column.
The human cost of the pandemic is well-documented. But the financial costs of an infection to individuals and families are high as well. The numbers are starting to come in, and they are not pretty, wrote Patrick Miller in last week’s column.
Tax incentives for development like Kansas’ STAR bonds are very popular. Yet are they all they are cracked up to be? Some such projects would probably be successful without the tax breaks, and STAR bonds and other tax incentives need greater scrutiny, argued Russell Fox in last week’s column.
The 2020 Census data have been released, and we now know that Johnson and Wyandotte Counties combined have many people for a Congressional district. However, this change can be made without completely breaking apart the state’s only Democratic district, wrote Michael Smith in last week’s column.
Kansans are outraged over COVID. Some are outraged over restrictions such as mask mandates, particularly in schools, while others are outraged that even more isn’t being done. But it’s all to no avail. Good policy is needed, because anger and outrage won’t stop COVID, wrote Sharon Iorio in last week’s column.
Patrick Miller took a first look at the 2020 Census results in last week’s column, finding that Kansas’ Hispanic population is growing– but that is still not reflected in state politics.
Believers in every political ideology assert that they have found the right balance between individual rights and the common good, for example regarding COVID restrictions, or abortion rights. But this balance is not easy, and politicos are not always consistent in their beliefs, argued Russell Fox in last week’s column.