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Kansas’ drive to cut costs on just about everything in order to close a huge budget gap has state legislators making hasty decisions that are certain to backfire.

In its ongoing effort to shore up Gov. Sam Brownback’s faltering budget, the Kansas Legislature now has set its eyes on Parents as Teachers, an effective early intervention program that has proven helpful to new families of all income levels.

With all the talk about the state being broke and facing an estimated $600 million shortfall for next year, it’s understandable if you thought that’s all legislators had time deal with. Not so.

Many of the people born prior to the 1970s don’t know a time when I-35 didn’t run parallel with the length of Ottawa and when it didn’t provide a suitable means for north-south traffic from across the Midwest to get from here to there. Similarly many don’t know a time when Ottawa didn’t have…

When one branch of government cuts costs, it often is accomplished by shifting the financial burden and responsibilities elsewhere. Those shifts often just move who is under the proverbial gun to deliver unfunded services without carrying about the possible consequences of the change.

Former State Sen. Tim Owens just confirmed what most everyone suspected: Gov. Sam Brownback’s interest in changing the method of selecting Kansas Supreme Court justices isn’t about a better way or making it more democratic. Quite the opposite, it’s about control. What Brownback in reality se…

Three promising students were gunned down in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, this week apparently over an parking dispute with a neighbor. The bright young honor students, two studying at the University of North Carolina, were of the Muslim faith.

At a time when the state of Kansas is trying to move forward to jump over crippling budget deficits, it appears Gov. Sam Brownback wants to take the Sunflower State back more than a half century on societal norms along with spending levels.

Voter participation are at too low of levels during non-general election years, yet rather than looking for ways to improve turnout by better educating voters, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach continues to take the Sunflower State down the path of finding fewer reasons to go to the polls.

Though the system of communicating public notices isn’t broken, some legislators who are out for blood toward newspapers — many of which were critical on their editorial pages of political decisions last year — have renewed vigor with a conservative Republican majority.

Sunday’s Super Bowl offered a great football contest, a superb halftime performance and an assortment of commercials – most with an unexpected positive twist.

Because of the rather dramatic increase in earthquakes registering in Kansas, last year Gov. Sam Brownback assembled a task force to determine what was happening. Other states in the country had been discovering causal links between oil and gas recovery operations and their own earthquakes, …

Are you one of the estimated 45 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions? If so, are you still adhering to your resolutions?

In the days before we had video games for kids to participate in imaginary battles, the United States sent thousands of young men to fight in real battles on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in World War II. The conclusion of one crucial battle, the Battle of the Bulge — deemed the large…

If the Kansas Legislature agrees with Gov. Sam Brownback, then Kansans won’t mind the tax cuts he promised. In the end, however, money for needed services will come from another pocket, but they’ll still be taxes.

America’s Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is forging ahead, but few think it should continue without changes. One of those needed adjustments is to roll back the number of work hours qualifying as full-time work from 30 hours per week to 40. The 40-hour work week is the standard for our c…

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to give his State of the State address Thursday — complete with an outline of his plans for Kansas in the new year. At his recent inauguration party, Brownback reportedly said he wanted to celebrate a state whose people reach for the stars from the depth…

The 114th U.S. Congress was gavelled into session Tuesday, marking the first time Republicans have control of both houses in eight years. The party’s stated goal is to prove to America it can govern effectively, and will do so in a way that makes “the people’s priorities ... our priorities,”…