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Scientists have done it again. They have come to the rescue of billions of people around the globe. Their development of vaccines to ward off COVID-19 was done quickly and professionally, overseen by the FDA,…

My niece, who grew up in Florida, spent part of every summer shuttling between Topeka where I lived and Frontenac where my parents lived. She would go to the University of Kansas campus with me…

Years ago a close friend called me. “I’ve got a favor to ask,” she said. “A couple of friends were at a graduation you spoke at a month ago, and they liked your sermon.” I…

Political reform has been on my mind lately. I even considered writing this column about why Kansas should adopt ballot initiatives, also known as referendums or ballot measures.  But let’s get real. The Kansas legislature…

Dear Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall, As you anticipate serving in the 117th Congress and beyond, I’m asking you to think hard about why you have become a U.S. Senator, one of 100 members of the…

On Wednesday, Kansas joined the effort to subvert the 2020 election results by requesting the U.S. Supreme Court to block Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania from casting their Electoral College votes come Monday. And you…

In 40 years of chronicling life in the Alaskan interior, Dermot Cole has seen no end of hustles and grand plans play out in America’s last frontier. He wrote a column for decades for the…

It was a popularity contest of sorts on Monday at the Capitol when Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature decided who will be their leaders when the session starts next month. This means a couple…

There are currently three COVID-19 vaccines awaiting approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA approval will trigger millions of vaccine doses to be distributed across the U.S. and administered to the first “tier”…

So much of what grabs the public’s attention or passes as news these days is just banal trivia. I don’t mean to be too harsh because we Americans — and probably all the world —…