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What seemed undoable when Russia invaded Ukraine — banning Russian oil and gas sales in a Europe that depends heavily on Russian energy — is becoming increasingly likely. But it will need to be done…

Ever since Jonathan Goering moved to Iola in June 2020, he’d heard a recurring theme: the Allen County Regional Airport has untapped potential.   “Over and over people would tell me the airport is a…

Government regulation of women who become pregnant from rape has suddenly grabbed national headlines. That’s because state legislatures around America are considering numerous controversial bills that would ban abortion access for these women.   In…

Now more than ever, Kansas families need relief from the state’s food sales tax. Kansans pay 6.5% in state sales tax on groceries — the second highest in the country. In addition to the tax,…

I was almost 10 years old when my family came from Baghdad, Iraq, to the United States. Life in America, though challenging at first, was gracious and straightforward compared to life under authoritarianism, characterized by…

Dear Kansas Board of Healing Arts: The time has arrived. Come get your boy. That’s right, Kansas Sen. Mark Steffen, R-Hutchinson, has managed to shimmy under the already incredibly low bar he previously set. He’s taken…

Kansas lawmakers should not miss this historic opportunity to eliminate the state sales tax on food. This change would improve the lives of virtually all Kansas families and would be especially meaningful to the 280,000…

Tension comes with the territory when you serve as a judge, said Marla Luckert, Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court.  After all, sometimes they are deciding matters of life and death.  In the case…

Many Kansas Republicans likely guffawed in disbelief when Governor Laura Kelly recently insisted she was “a major local-control advocate.” The image of Democrats as favoring big government programs, with Republicans fighting to keep government small…

Alina is one of the lucky ones. She’s not dead from starvation or a Russian bullet or missile in Mariupol. The world is witnessing the horror of Russian war crimes in Ukraine — as revealed…