Opinion

What I discovered from offseason camping on public lands in Kansas

BY: - November 8, 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. Libby Albers is assistant director of the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams. In November of 2018, I lay in my tiny camper trailer buried under […]

Here’s something all Kansans can agree on — a few of the best things about our state

BY: - November 7, 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. Marci Penner is the executive director of the Inman-based nonprofit Kansas Sampler Foundation. What would be Kansas’ best life? Well, it would be that blue and […]

One way a divided Kansas could come together: Legalize recreational marijuana now

BY: - November 6, 2020

There will be no weed jokes in this column. This column is serious. This column argues that the people who’ve been elected to represent Kansans in the Legislature have a rare opportunity to do something legitimately popular, something bipartisan, something that would unite Kansans while relieving a persistent source of tension between factions who need […]

Kansans who support more solar energy should speak up now

BY: - November 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. Dorothy Barnett is executive director of the Climate + Energy Project. As changes in technology make more affordable, reliable energy options possible, many Kansas families are […]

Former U.S. Senate nominee Barbara Bollier formed the nonprofit Prairie Roots to work statewide on driving voter turnout in support of progressive candidates and issues. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Big Republican wins and heartbreaking Democratic losses — nothing new in Kansas

BY: - November 4, 2020

Kansas is a complex place — a reality it could have embraced on Tuesday. Instead, it defaulted to its usual self. We knew Kansas would still be Trump Country on Wednesday morning, and Kansas reinforced that message by sending presidential-parrot Roger Marshall to the U.S. Senate, with Jake LaTurner, Tracey Mann and Ron Estes hammering […]

For the first time ever, there will be a woman on the ballot in every congressional race in Kansas. Clockwise from bottom left: Rep. Sharice Davids, Kali Barnett, state Sen. Barbara Bollier, Laura Lombard, Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, all Democrats, and Republican Amanda Adkins. (Composite by Kansas Reflector)

What the election of 2020 says about women candidates in Kansas, the U.S. and worldwide

BY: - November 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. Diana B. Carlin is professor emerita of communication at Saint Louis University and is a retired professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. Since […]

Kansans should prepare for an extended election process to make sure every vote counts

BY: - November 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. Nadine Johnson is the executive director of the ACLU of Kansas. During this unprecedented year, it is only natural that we should face an unprecedented election. […]

As a once-again divided nation votes, Kansas history shows one way forward

BY: - November 2, 2020

Kansas is graced with countless places to reflect on the arc of history. We can look back 80 million years at Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park, which opened last October near Scott City, and similar spots like the Castle Rock Badlands and Monument Rocks, all places where 70-foot-tall chalky formations testify to the days when […]

Until we end Electoral College, hundreds of thousands of Kansans’ votes for president won’t matter

BY: - November 1, 2020

I’m a native Kansan, born in Baxter Springs, and every presidential vote I’ve ever cast has been in my home state. But none of my votes has counted, not even when my candidate was elected president. In Kansas, only six votes really matter. That’s our state’s share of the 538 votes in the Electoral College, […]

When ‘real American’ William Allen White ran for office to save Kansas from the KKK

BY: - October 31, 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. Beverley Olson Buller is a retired teacher and librarian and the author of four books, including “From Emporia: The Story of William Allen White.” Ninety-six years […]

Tales from Lawrence’s Ladybird Diner can help save Kansas

BY: - October 30, 2020

Meg Heriford worries she’s never going to get an honest book review. Heriford is the owner of Lawrence’s beloved Ladybird Diner, which got Washington Post attention followed by a burst of local coverage in mid-September for her pivot to free lunches during the pandemic. To help fund that ongoing effort, this month Heriford published “Ladybird, […]

Kansans must elect representatives who will oppose gerrymandering

BY: - October 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. Tiffany Muller is the president and executive director of End Citizens United, Let America Vote, and the End Citizens/Let America Vote United Action Fund. Long waits […]