Editorials

A free society cannot function without vibrant professional newspapers. In light of that truism, the latest dire news for the news business — that McClatchy newspapers, publisher of The Kansas City Star and almost 30…

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle just hijacked what looked like a promising and productive legislative session. Her desire to enhance her U.S. Senate primary resume with Republican conservatives is putting her thirst for political power…

President Trump’s latest budget proposal cuts spending with more abandon than purpose. The administration’s plan slashes expenditures not to tame deficits, recognize economic realities or enable investments. These are cuts for their own sake, ending…

The problems with an online app that led to an embarrassing delay in tabulating the results of the Iowa caucus votes for Democratic presidential candidates should serve as a not-so-subtle reminder that online voting is…

A recent column in the Wall Street Journal characterized Pete Buttigieg’s military service as a half-effort. After all, Buttigieg’s 2009-2017 stint in the Navy Reserves included only seven months in Afghanistan and he never was…

The U.S. military marked its 18th year in Afghanistan last year and, in the process, set a depressing new record by dropping 7,423 bombs in the country, the highest number since U.S Air Forces Central…

President Trump waited barely 48 hours after his acquittal by the U.S. Senate to exact revenge against witnesses who gave sworn testimony to Congress about the administration’s withholding of military assistance to Ukraine. The retaliation…

Black History Month has a history of its own. The commemorative month was founded more than 100 years ago. In 1915, 50 years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which abolished slavery in…

Republican lawmakers seem willing to jeopardize the healthcare of 150,000 Kansans in their effort to overturn a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that upholds a woman’s right to abortion.  Their hypocrisy turns the stomach. Rather than…

Our story begins in Denver where President Dwight D. Eisenhower was campaigning. Kansas Senator Frank Carlson was manning the door at an event, letting in the people he believed Ike would want to see. My…