Opinion

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 […]

To avoid disaster for Kansas communities, federal government must send aid

BY: - September 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. Emily Fetsch is the director of fiscal policy and research at Kansas Action for Children. News comes at us from all directions these days, but we […]

Dr. Ahmed and her epis are trying to save you, Kansas

BY: - August 31, 2020

Looking ahead to a long weekend celebrating workers, let’s pay respects to one category of laborer most of us probably never thought about until the last few months: the epidemiologists of Kansas. Until a few weeks ago, I didn’t even know there was an official state epidemiologist. But of course there is — Farah Ahmed, […]

When Kansas doesn’t recognize artists as job seekers, tragedy ensues

BY: - August 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. Cheryl Weaver is an actor who lives in Lawrence. So earlier this week I got a substantial amount of money from the Kansas Department of Labor. […]

Why American Indians in Kansas are among top responders to the 2020 census

BY: - August 29, 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. Maria Boyd is a tribal partnership specialist overseeing Kansas for the U.S. Census Bureau. Working for the U.S. Census Bureau has been an experience. I am […]

What voters in Kansas City, Kansas, really think about their headline-making election

BY: - August 28, 2020

It’s almost never good when Kansas makes the national news. That’s definitely been the case as the New York Times recapped the story of alleged girlfriend-abuser Aaron Coleman’s primary defeat of Kansas Rep. Stan Frownfelter, who’d held his seat in the Legislature since 2007. As Democrats who had widely condemned Coleman’s behavior pivoted to supporting […]

How the Kansas Legislature could solve its ‘gut and go’ problem

BY: - August 27, 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. Burdett Loomis is an emeritus professor at the University of Kansas. In California, it’s called “gut and amend,” in Oregon it’s “gut and stuff,” in Louisiana, […]

How one Blue Valley West grad could help Kansans find meaning while sports are suspended

BY: - August 26, 2020

Caroline Kennedy understands the pain of not being able to play sports her final season of high school. “I played varsity soccer,” says Kennedy, who grew up in Overland Park and graduated from Blue Valley West in 2016. “I had to quit my senior year because of a concussion, but I played freshman, sophomore and […]

Struggling with the pandemic? This Kansan’s story will help

BY: - August 25, 2020

It’s time for a dramatic intervention, perspective-wise. Back in the cold days of March, it was hard to imagine making it to the end of lockdown, maybe around Memorial Day. Imagining the start of a new school year in our current state of abnormality was not among (most of) our thought exercises. But here we […]

Why Kansas conservatives should embrace Medicaid expansion

BY: - August 24, 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. Greg Graves is the board chairman for The University of Kansas Hospital Authority and the former CEO of Burns & McDonnell. Today, more than 200,000 Missourians […]

In solidarity with protesters, Kansas cops should surrender military hand-me-downs

BY: - August 23, 2020

The problem with the militarization of the police isn’t the gear. It’s the mindset. The Fort Hays State University Police Department, a few years ago, received 14 rifles, including nine M-16s and two sniper rifles, that the U.S. Department of Defense no longer needed. Fort Hays is one of 117 campuses across the nation that […]

Kansas, please protect seniors from COVID-19

BY: - August 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. Ross Boelling represents Dickinson County in the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature. “Forced isolation” is not a pretty phrase, but for Kansas senior citizens, that has been […]