Opinion

One of the many yard signs weighing in on the Aug. 2 constitutional amendment vote in Kansas states its case. (Eric Thomas/Kansas Reflector)

What those Kansas abortion amendment yard signs are really saying

BY: - July 15, 2022

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. Kansas neighborhoods have been flaunting new landscaping in the […]

Gov. Laura Kelly announces Wednesday in downtown Topeka that Panasonic will build a $4 billion vehicle battery plant in De Soto. The megaproject is expected to employ 4,000 workers with an average wage of $30. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

In rare bipartisan achievement, Kansas leaders dream big to land $4B Panasonic megaproject

BY: - July 14, 2022

Sometimes, all you need is a dream, a little luck and a billion dollars. Such was the case with the Panasonic battery plant “megaproject” that Kansas leaders announced Wednesday. Lt. Gov. and Commerce secretary Dave Toland, along with Gov. Laura Kelly and assorted legislative leaders — not to mention U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran in Washington, […]

Derek Schmidt campaign tries to have it both ways on Kansas diversity and fundamental rights

BY: - July 13, 2022

Derek Schmidt’s campaign talks out of both sides of its mouth when it comes to diversity. When handling questions about fundamental rights, the presumptive Republican gubernatorial candidate’s operation says different things depending on the audience. Should women have a right to access birth control? Should LGBTQ people have a right to, well, exist? It depends! […]

With abortion rights at stake across U.S. and Kansas, whose religious freedom do we value?

BY: - July 12, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Sharon Brett is legal director at the ACLU of Kansas. Two decisions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court last month — one overturning Roe v. Wade […]

The U.S. Supreme Court decision raised the importance of an already high-stakes vote in the Aug. 2 Kansas primary on a proposed constitutional amendment that will determine if the right to an abortion will remain in the Kansas constitution. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Summer’s discontents weigh on Kansas mood, political races and long-term outlook

BY: - July 11, 2022

Now is the summer of our discontent. The end of Roe v. Wade has shaken the nation. Kansas has been gripped by an amendment vote on just that subject scheduled for next month. Political candidates circle one another like irritable peacocks, knowing that weeks or months of squabbling await. Nationally, inflation has stressed households and […]

Rep. Adam Smith, R-Weskan, and chairman of the House Taxation Committee, ushered through the House a bill cutting state tax revenue by $90 million annually. Contents of the measure was drawn from 29 different bills. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Getting logrolled? Legislator survey exposes weakness in Kansas constitutional limit on bundling

BY: - July 10, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Max Kautsch is an attorney whose practice focuses on First Amendment rights and open government law. Of the 40 senators and 125 representatives serving in the […]

Supporters of women's reproductive rights gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court on May 3, 2022, in protest of a leaked draft ruling that shows the court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade. (Jane Norman/States Newsroom)

States with strong antiabortion laws have high maternal and infant mortality rates

BY: - July 9, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. John A. Tures is a professor of political science at LaGrange College in Georgia. As someone who considers himself pro-life, I should be celebrating the recent […]

Members of the Missouri Tigers celebrate after winning the Big 12 basketball tournament against the Baylor Bears on March 10, 2012, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Midwest college grudge matches vanish during conference realignment

BY: - July 8, 2022

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. My wife’s stepdad, Mike, was notoriously slow to soften. […]

Sen. Mark Steffen, R-Hutchinson, sent a letter encouraging Reno County commissioners to fire health department officials He spoke last year at the Freedom Revival in the Heartland at City Center Church in Lenexa. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas senator’s bullying of county health officials is the height of self-regarding delusion

BY: - July 7, 2022

Kansas Sen. Mark Steffen acts as though he’s the hero in his own story. In reality, he’s a single state legislator drunk on imagined power. The Hutchinson anesthesiologist’s high-on-his-own-supply tendencies have been apparent for a while now, but his latest posturing deserves special note. He decided to send a letter to the Reno County health […]

The Kansas Flint Hills stretch out near Matfield Green. For the purposes of the proposed North American Grasslands Conservation Act, “grasslands” includes tallgrass, mixed grass, and shortgrass, native prairie, sagebrush shrub-steppe, savanna grasslands, glades, and other related grassland ecosystems. (Shawna Bethell/Kansas Reflector)

What’s the matter? Consumerism and complacency threaten both Kansas and country

BY: - July 7, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. David Norlin is a retired Cloud County Community College teacher, where he was department chairman of communications/English, specializing in media. “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” Thomas Frank […]

From insulin to abortion, Kansas political leaders put profits ahead of people

BY: - July 6, 2022

Type 1 diabetes was on my mind this long weekend. A story from States Newsroom’s national bureau explained how U.S. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire have united for a bill capping insulin costs. Liz Hamor wrote a moving column for the Reflector about a couple facing a kidney and […]

Dee Martinez, left, and Judi Jones are facing a health challenge together. Dee needs a kidney and pancreas transplant, which will stretch their family thin. (Dee Martinez)

For Kansas couple facing kidney and pancreas transplants, excitement mixes with trepidation

BY: - July 5, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Liz Hamor runs a leadership consulting business, Center of Daring. When Dee Martinez and Judi Jones pledged their wedding vows to each other in September, they […]