Opinion

Sen. Carolyn McGinn, in a July 2020 campaign ad, plans to seek selection by Republican colleagues to the leadership position of Senate majority leader. The Sedgwick farmer is chair of the Senate's budget committee. (Submitted)

Congratulations to all of the Kansas Republicans who have already won in November

BY: - August 7, 2020

Before we close out primary week, let’s toast the members of the Kansas Legislature who can already plan victory parties on Election Day three months from now. A few special folks can take leisurely walks from now until January because no one from the opposing party filed to run against them. To no one’s surprise, […]

Why I wrote 500 toe tags during a pandemic in Kansas

BY: - August 6, 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. Huascar Medina is the current Poet Laureate of Kansas. I recently completed the task of filling out more than 500 toe tags for an art installation. […]

Primary election results: Welcome to the new Bleeding Kansas

BY: - August 5, 2020

Congratulations, Kansas. When all of the mail-in ballots are counted in the next few days, a historic number of you will have voted in the pandemic primary. It was an extraordinary display of democracy. One of your rewards will be to suffer through three more months of a U.S. Senate race. Vanquishing Kris Kobach, Bob […]

Privacy concerns surrounding ksvotes.org pale in comparison to Kobach’s Crosscheck

BY: - August 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. Mission Hills resident Anita Parsa is an election security activist. In January 2018, working with Rep. Brett Parker (D-Overland Park), I approached members of the Kansas […]

Happy trails to a grand champion Kansas statesman

BY: - August 4, 2020

Don Hineman is such a gentleman he still calls the man who booted him from his leadership position a friend. Hineman is a farmer from Dighton, out west. He’s also a Republican state representative who serves around 22,000 people in Gove, Lane, Logan, Scott, Sheridan, Trego and Wichita counties. This week, or the first time […]

Many Kansans support medical cannabis. The Legislature won’t give us a vote.

BY: - August 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. Lisa Ash Sublett is the president and co-founder of Bleeding Kansas Advocates, a patient advocacy group. At the beginning of the Kansas legislative session of 2019, […]

Kansas school districts should prepare students for the possibility of teachers dying

BY: - August 2, 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. Matthew Grobe is a radio talk show producer in Kansas City. During the recent discussion at the Kansas Board of Education about local school districts reopening […]

Liz Hamor with a photo of her grandparents. Her grandfather ran a grain elevator and served on a school board in rural northwest Kansas. Her grandmother volunteered at church and the nursing home. (Submitted)

My grandparents taught me that some Kansas values are nonpartisan

BY: - August 1, 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. Liz Hamor is a third generation Kansan. “How have masks become a political issue?” When a friend exasperatedly asked this question rhetorically, I’d already been turning […]

Virgil Peck, as he appears in a campaign video on his Facebook page.

This Kansas Senate candidate can’t apologize enough

BY: - July 31, 2020

It’s been almost a decade since Virgil Peck first apologized. “Looks like to me, if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a (solution) to our illegal immigration problem,” Peck, then a state representative from southeast Kansas, said during a legislative committee hearing back in March 2011. This made national news. “He […]

Linda Mason, left, has frequently advocated on her mother’s behalf after encountering issues in nursing facilities.

Kansans in care facilities have a right to visitors — it’s time to give them a voice

BY: - July 30, 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. Mitzi E. McFatrich is the executive director of Kansas Advocates for Better Care. We see the images — older adults in beds and wheelchairs, separated by […]

In his video "Transathletes: Unfair to our children," Kris Kobach demonstrates his skills at archery, "one of the very, very few sports, in which men and women, boys and girls, can compete on a completely equal footing."

Hey, Kobach and Marshall: By attacking trans people, you hurt Kansas

BY: - July 29, 2020

Kris Kobach made his name by punching down. He rose to prominence by targeting undocumented immigrants, one of the least powerful groups of people in this country. Over the summer, increasingly abandoned by his party in the race for Pat Roberts’ U.S. Senate seat, Kobach threw punches at an even less-powerful group: transgender people. In […]

A child at a Douglas county child care center pauses to have their temperature taken at the front door. (Submitted by Kansas Action for Children)

Kansans must ask leaders to support child care

BY: - July 28, 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. John Wilson is president of Kansas Action for Children. As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across Kansas and the nation, all eyes are on the K-12 education […]