Opinion

How Kansans can help stop the spread of misinformation

BY: - October 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. Maren Turner is state director for AARP Kansas. The internet is full of information, some of it accurate and helpful, and some of it misleading or false. […]

Why the world needs Kansas’ Sarah Smarsh writing about Dolly Parton

BY: - October 12, 2020

Kansas writer Sarah Smarsh already has a picture of herself with Barack Obama. He looks casual and relaxed and post-presidential in his open-collared striped shirt, his left arm around her in a tight embrace, both of them beaming at the camera during last October’s Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago. She’d scored an invitation to interview […]

Not all farmers have to get big or get out. Some of us get weird.

BY: - October 11, 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. Jason Schmidt is a fifth-generation Kansas farmer and the proprietor of Grazing Plains southeast of Newton. “In America, the big get bigger and the small get out,” […]

A ‘patriotic education’ in Kansas means telling the truth about diverse ‘heroes’

BY: - October 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. Genovevo (Gene T.) Teodoro Chávez Ortíz, Ed.D., is a community historian and archivist. On Sept. 17, 2020 at the National Archives Museum, President Donald Trump warned […]

Lindsborg painter’s ‘scathing critique of American exceptionalism’ finds a home

BY: - October 9, 2020

Mike Hartung’s paintings are not for the fragile. In that way, they’re just like Kansas. He’s also a classic character, the kind that could only emerge from a flinty place like this. Now 76, Hartung grew up in Fredonia and worked as a commercial printer in Salina for 45 years. At night in his Lindsborg […]

30 states use this technology against voter fraud — so should Kansas and the other 19

BY: - October 8, 2020

As the opening to “The Six Million Dollar Man” said: “We have the technology.” Despite some politicians’ breathless but baseless claims about voter fraud, election officials in the United States actually have a sophisticated system to prevent it. Voter fraud is rare in part because election officials do a pretty good job of removing opportunities […]

A Kansas history professor sees ‘troubling,’ ‘deeply problematic’ danger signs for the United States

BY: - October 7, 2020

A couple of weeks ago on a pleasant Tuesday afternoon, Andrew Denning was walking his dog and talking with me about fascism. Denning is a history professor at the University of Kansas who specializes in 20th century Europe. I’d called him because I haven’t read enough books about World War II and was hoping he […]

Why you should watch the vice presidential debate — and what to watch for

BY: - October 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. Diana B. Carlin is a retired communication studies professor at the University of Kansas who has published two books on citizens’ reactions to presidential debates. After […]

Black girls in Kansas face harsher discipline than their white peers — this needs to change

BY: - October 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. Jazmine Rogers is a youth leader with the Kansas juvenile justice group Progeny. Growing up in Kansas, I’ve witnessed the heartbreaking relentlessness of our state’s youth […]

Kansas filmmaker Kevin Willmott’s latest movie feels like a warning

BY: - October 5, 2020

While we spent the last three days waiting for updates from the too-surreal-for-reality-TV show in Washington, it was as good a time as any to contemplate science fiction and catch up on the newest movie from one of Kansas’ favorite sons, Kevin Willmott. It was fittingly grim. Released in August and robbed by the pandemic […]

Speaking of white supremacists, remember these boys who did not make Kansas proud

BY: - October 4, 2020

First exhibit Here is a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Topeka against one Jarrett William Smith, a private first class at Fort Riley who was sentenced in August to a minimum of 30 months in prison for distributing information on making bombs and napalm via social media. The complaint is crisp and […]

Here’s a Kansas science fiction writer’s reading list for strange and disturbing times

BY: - October 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. Izzy Wasserstein is a science fiction writer and senior lecturer in the Department of English at Washburn University. We live in strange and disturbing times. A […]