Opinion

Kansas rivers provide recreation

One way to find peace in the time of COVID-19: Discover a Kansas River

BY: - July 25, 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. Jessica Mounts is executive director for the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams. In the spring of 2004, I stood chest-deep in the Arkansas River in […]

Kansas school board member tutors Zoom hostages on dangerous voting

BY: - July 24, 2020

Here’s a textbook case, Kansas, on what happens when people don’t pay enough attention to down-ballot elections. It happened a little after an hour into Wednesday’s meeting of the Kansas State Board of Education, whose members were deciding whether to approve Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order delaying the start of public and private school instruction […]

Members of the Kansas State Board of Education meet via video conference Wednesday to consider the governor's order delaying the opening of public schools until after Labor Day. (Screenshot of Kansas State Board of Education virtual meeting)

Attention Kansas leaders: Here is mental health help from the state’s most famous psychologist

BY: - July 23, 2020

Facing a horrifying midsummer surge of coronavirus cases, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly wanted to delay the start of the school year for three weeks. It seemed reasonable. Everyone wants things to get back to normal. Parents want to send their kids back to school. Teachers want to be back with their students. Maybe even some […]

Blanca Soto and Tammy West share information about the 2020 census during an event in February at Eryn's Downtown Center in Dodge City. (Kansas Appleseed)

COVID-19 adds another barrier to census effort in southwest Kansas

BY: - July 22, 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. Blanca Soto is southwest Kansas campaign director at Kansas Appleseed. For most households, completing the 2020 census is quick and easy. But for some it isn’t, […]

At the Kansas Capitol, progress always comes with pain

BY: - July 21, 2020

There’s this beautiful thing that sometimes happens at the Kansas Capitol. A group of people will stop in front of some striking piece of art, and a tour guide will tell them a story. They’re usually kids on field trips or elders, perhaps with an RV parked outside. They look enraptured. “It’s an awe-inspiring building,” […]

From left, Kansas Reflector's founding team members are reporter Noah Taborda, senior reporter Tim Carpenter, opinion editor C.J. Janovy and editor in chief Sherman Smith. (Thad Allton for Kansas Reflector)

I was on front lines, and sidelines, of pandemic coverage. Now, I’m living the dream.

BY: - July 21, 2020

At the height of an unprecedented health crisis, I found myself on the sidelines. I knew somebody who knew somebody, and before I knew it, I had accepted an offer for my dream job — a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to launch a nonprofit news organization dedicated to serving the people of Kansas.