Opinion

Kansas Attorney General-elect Kris Kobach chats with reporters in front of cameras

Has the dark night of our political soul passed? Not when Kobach comes out of the shadows

BY: - November 13, 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. Max McCoy is an award-winning author and journalist. Less than three hours before the polls opened on Election Day last week there was a total eclipse of […]

The concourse of the B terminal of Kansas City International Airport, with a closed convenience store.

Glimpses of the new Kansas City airport make visiting current terminals a chore

BY: - November 12, 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. The cliché about the Kansas City airport used to go […]

A worker assembles a Ford truck in a factory.

Workers feel alienated, helpless and overwhelmed. Here’s one way to alleviate their malaise.

BY: - November 11, 2022

First it was the “Great Resignation.” Then it was “nobody wants to work anymore.” Now it’s “quiet quitting.” Yet it seems like no one wants to talk about what I see as the root cause of America’s economic malaise — work under contemporary capitalism is fundamentally flawed. As a political philosopher studying the effects of contemporary […]

How we can all nurture the health care workforce for a changing Kansas

BY: - November 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. David Jordan is the president of the Hutchinson-based United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. Health care is vital for our communities, but our ability to maintain the workforce […]

After an unhinged election season, results in Kansas suggest a sensible streak

BY: - November 9, 2022

After all the drama, all the accusations and mudslinging, election evening in Kansas was — dare I say it? — a bit of an anticlimax. As I write this, shortly after midnight, U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids won a convincing victory for the 3rd District congressional seat, proving once and for all that a determined candidate […]

Book binding, silver jewelry and ceramics created by Clara Hatton

This new museum shines spotlight on rediscovered Kansas artist Clara Hatton

BY: - November 8, 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. Lori Brack is an author who has worked in programs and publications for the Salina Art Center, as a college and community writing instructor and as director […]

The Japanese Friendship Garden in downtown Lawrence.

With Kansas elections approaching fast, I searched for peace in this tranquil hideaway

BY: - November 7, 2022

Next to the Watkins Museum of History in downtown Lawrence sits a tiny park, a mere 90 by 92 feet. If you don’t keep your eyes open when strolling along the Massachusetts Street sidewalk, you could easily miss it. Walk up the concrete path and behind the cast iron fence, however, and you’ll find an […]

Columnist Dave Kendall's terrier can still make his way along a nature trail.

With dogged care, attention and nurturing, democracy in Kansas and beyond can thrive 

BY: - November 6, 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. Dave Kendall served as producer and host of the “Sunflower Journeys” series on public television for its first 27 seasons and continues to produce documentary videos through […]

Voters cast ballots in election office

Guns at voting sites have long sparked fears, but few states ban their presence

BY: - November 5, 2022

A couple in Mesa, Arizona, was dropping off their ballots on Oct. 21, 2022, for the forthcoming midterm election when they saw two people carrying guns and dressed in tactical gear hanging around the Maricopa County drop box. The armed pair left when officers later arrived. It wasn’t an isolated incident. A lawsuit filed Oct. 24 by Arizona […]

The People Pull event takes place at the Harvest Festival in Cuba, Kansas

Kansas photojournalists earn Hall of Fame awards by documenting countless moments

BY: - November 4, 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. The distinction of earning a spot in any hall of […]

The bad faith behind Kansas’ ‘Fairness in Women’s Sports’ legislation

BY: - November 3, 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. C. Malcolm Ellsworth’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Christian Science Monitor and numerous literary journals. After the International Olympic Committee asked the governing […]

A hand holding a TV remote with an "I voted" sticker

Six of the most notable, egregious and ridiculous Kansas campaign ads for the midterm election

BY: - November 2, 2022

We can nearly see the finish line, folks. On Tuesday, voters will head to the polls in Kansas and across the nation to cast ballots in midterm elections. While we twiddle our thumbs (or cast advance ballots), let’s take a look at some of this season’s most notable, egregious or ridiculous campaign spots. This roundup […]