Opinion

The Kansas Department of Corrections reported the 16th inmate fatality during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest death was at Winfield Correctional Facility. (Alex Potemkin/Getty Images)

People of faith in Kansas should support decarceration

BY: - September 13, 2020

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. The Rev. Rich Shockey is a chaplain based in Kansas City, Kansas. You might think that excessive imprisonment of a nation’s people would be something found […]

How one man accomplished extraordinary things for Kansas schools

BY: - September 12, 2020

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. Mark Tallman is the Kansas Association of School Boards‘ associate executive director for advocacy and communications. I first met Dale Dennis, the legendary Kansas school finance […]

One church’s lesson from COVID-19: Don’t fear the truth

BY: - September 11, 2020

As of Wednesday afternoon, Kansas suddenly looked clearer, disease-wise. That’s when the Kansas Department of Health and Environment released the the names and places associated with active outbreaks of COVID-19 across the state. Until then, we’d had a map with numbers for each county. This was useful but vague, each number floating above a county […]

Kansas, and the country, must return to ‘constructive partisanship’

BY: - September 10, 2020

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. Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman is executive director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program. I have always been proud of the bipartisan heritage of […]

This Kansas Senate candidate is telling a new story about flyover country

BY: - September 9, 2020

A couple of years ago, an extraordinary wave of activism flowed through northeast Kansas. It began quietly in Kansas City, Kansas, and then spread to Johnson County, starting in Prairie Village and cresting in Olathe this past December. I’m talking about local governments passing ordinances protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. […]

How to emerge from the fog of polarization and COVID-19

BY: - September 8, 2020

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. Ed O’Malley is president and CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center. The fog started more than five months ago as the pandemic descended on the nation. […]

Don’t just thank Kansas meatpackers — support laws protecting them

BY: - September 7, 2020

Alfonso Rangel Toro was 52 when he died on May 4. “A hard working, humble and modest man whose only dream was to build a better future to his family, he always helped whoever asked his help,” says his oldest son, Diego Rangel. “He leaves behind his life partner, my mom Gabriela, my two younger […]

This pandemic Labor Day, it’s still a ‘Jungle’ in Kansas

BY: - September 6, 2020

Grilling this Labor Day weekend? Then take a moment to reflect on the meatpacking workers who have made your barbecue feast possible. You see, the history of Labor Day has a surprising connection to the Sunflower State, and it’s a legacy that is still playing out in meatpacking plants today. As a society we continue […]

American Federation of Government Employee members from District 9 protest the government shutdown in January 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (AFGE District 9)

A Labor Day unlike any other provides more reasons to be thankful for federal workers

BY: - September 5, 2020

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. Michael Kelly is national vice president for the American Federation of Government Employees District 9, which includes Kansas. Labor Day 2020 is one unlike any we’ve […]

Labor Day greetings from Kansas teachers: ‘We love someone else’s child’

BY: - September 4, 2020

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. Mark Farr is president of the Kansas National Education Association. Labor Day 2020 has taken on a different meaning this year — that, I think we […]

An uncertain economy highlights the value of unions

BY: - September 3, 2020

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. Andy Sanchez is executive secretary-treasurer of the Kansas State AFL-CIO. A booming economy can create all sorts of new organizing opportunities for unions, but not always […]

Kansas’ far-right organizations want to keep you very, very angry

BY: - September 2, 2020

One spring day back a couple of years ago, Rep. Jan Kessinger, a Republican from Overland Park, voted in favor of a bill proclaiming Greenhorn limestone the state rock of Kansas. He was one of 114 legislators in both the House and Senate to elevate this chalky product of the Flint Hills to its official […]