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 When President Joe Biden announced last week that the United States would withdraw its last troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, he cast the decision as closing the book on a 20-year conflict. “It’s time…

Decked out in a hard hat and protective headphones, Gov. Laura Kelly took an extensive tour of Humboldt’s Monarch Cement plant Thursday morning. Walter Wulf, CEO and chairman of the 113-year-old industry, served as host. …

Gov. Laura Kelly just took an interesting tack on the Kansas Legislature’s bill prohibiting Transgender girls from competing in girls’ athletics.  She calls it a job killer.  Is she right?  Kelly noted that states like…

Last May 25, George Floyd stopped being just a man and became a symbol. Suddenly he was no longer an ordinary Black guy enjoying a holiday evening in Minneapolis. He became a representative of all…

After a year of angry battles over lockdowns, mask mandates and vaccinations, a new front has opened in the coronavirus culture war: vaccine “passports.” If you travel overseas this summer, European countries will demand a…

The American Rescue Plan is more than stimulus checks. Indeed, the legislation signed last month by President Joe Biden has implications big and small for our country, and the state of Kansas. The $1.9 trillion…

On Thursday, the Kansas Senate voted to lower the legal age to carry a concealed weapon from 21 to 18. In reality it may not make a whit of difference. Kansas 18-year-olds already have the…

You might have heard about “ballot harvesting” recently. Kansas politicians are trying to restrict the practice, and some have linked it to baseless suggestions of election fraud in our state.  What is ballot harvesting anyway? …

In its current state, a bill before the Kansas legislature to help at-risk students might actually put at-risk students at greater risk. More opportunities for low income students who are behind academically is something virtually…

When President Joe Biden agreed with a newscaster that Vladimir Putin was “a killer,” I initially thought it a tactical error. Not that the Russian leader isn’t a killer, having sent agents to murder dissidents…