Opinion

The Kansas Legislature has solutions to fight hunger — will it meet the moment?

BY: - March 4, 2021

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. Jami Reever is the executive director of Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. The Kansas Legislature should feel a profound sense of urgency to pave […]

What gets lost in the Kansas spring ritual of fighting over education funding

BY: - March 3, 2021

Epic battles over education funding are, I guess, a rite of spring in Kansas. Soon, lawmakers will consider the Orwellian-sounding Student Empowerment Act, which one legislator called a “Frankenstein bill,” its various pieces stitched together mostly out of enthusiasm for diverting taxpayer money to private school vouchers. One reason this battle’s so epic is because it’s […]

Lawmakers must not let nursing homes off the hook for COVID-19 cases and deaths in Kansas

BY: - March 2, 2021

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. Maren Turner is state director for AARP Kansas. While nursing home residents and staff are dying, the industry is lobbying for protection from COVID-19 related lawsuits. More than […]

Dear Kansas Board of Healing Arts: This doctor-senator is a threat to public health

BY: - March 1, 2021

Dear Kansas Board of Healing Arts: I’m filing a complaint about Mark Steffen, an anesthesiologist, who frequently touts his medical credentials in his new role as a state senator from Hutchinson. I understand you are empowered to receive complaints from “patients, family members, interested parties, medical staff, co-workers, medical facilities, licensees, or insurance companies.” Consider […]

Celebrate Black history year-round on the Kansas African American History Trail

BY: - February 28, 2021

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. Ted Ayres is board president for The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita. Black history is American history! American history is Black history! While the circumstances and […]

Here’s to the Wichita young people who made history

BY: - February 27, 2021

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. Jim Hoy is director emeritus of the Center for Great Plains Studies and professor emeritus at Emporia State University. His latest book, “My Flint Hills,” has just been […]

When your playwrights are in despair, Kansas, it’s past time to be worried

BY: - February 26, 2021

Darren Canady has been asking himself a question. Trust me, we want to know what’s on his mind. An esteemed young playwright who is also a professor at the University of Kansas, Canady is the kind of artist one looks to for help interpreting the moment. “I think a lot right now about: What is […]

What Kansans were saying to Bob Dole in the 1960s sounds familiar

BY: - February 25, 2021

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. Audrey Coleman is associate director and director of museum and archives at the Dole Institute of Politics. “I know that you get many many hard stories […]

What Kansans need to know about the state’s pandemic unemployment rate

BY: - February 24, 2021

Here’s a pop quiz, Kansas: How long do you need to collect unemployment if your job is never coming back? If you don’t have an immediate need for the answer, you probably aren’t among the 60,200 Kansans who lost their (non-farm) jobs between December 2019 and December 2020. So, count your blessings. If you are […]

Why I will do anything to counter the Kansas Legislature’s poisonous narrative about transgender kids

BY: - February 23, 2021

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. Ericka Nicholson, of Gove County, has spent 22 years advocating for rural Kansas in various healthcare, business development and city government roles. Help me understand how […]

‘Renewables are dangerous’ and other wisdom from Kansas’ anti-climate caucus

BY: - February 22, 2021

How about that cold spell, Kansas? Congrats on a nice display of civic-minded can-do-ism, folks — everyone bundling up and turning down their thermostats and waiting their turn at the rolling blackout. It’s almost as if we really are capable of sacrificing a little for the greater good, at least when the threat is not […]

In our winter of despair, Gov. Laura Kelly should offer Kansans hope

BY: - February 21, 2021

The bad news last Monday might have pushed many Kansans to the wall. Temperatures were plunging to historic lows, the supply of electricity and natural gas was running short and the state’s largest utility had begun rolling blackouts. That afternoon, Gov. Laura Kelly held a news conference to ask us to lower our thermostats. Watching […]