Morally Reprehensible

Mercy Hospital in Independence, KS will be closed by this weekend. It had seventy-five beds, and saw up to 250 emergency cases each year. There are two other hospitals within a half hour drive of Independence. The hospital had been there since 1910.

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How we move forward

We are saddened by the senseless deaths in Oregon yesterday. As we have been by previous mass shootings. As we are every day by the gun deaths, in singles and pairs, of people across this country.

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A Higher Standard

The national political news has been full this week of presidential candidate Ben Carson’s declaration that he could not support a Muslim (by requirement, a Muslim-American) as President. His declaration, made on an NBC television show, was quickly condemned by most of the country, then not so quickly condemned by his fellow Republican presidential candidates, and finally retracted (but not very far) by Carson himself.

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Out of the classroom

There has been a lot of rhetoric thrown around about putting education funds "into the classroom." The Governor and his office like to use that phrase, as does the leadership in the Kansas Legislature. It's a populist cry, one that everyone can agree on. Certainly, let's put more money into the classrooms, why not?  Who would disagree?

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Do more than vote, run!

It has been nearly fifteen years since the tragic events of September 11, 2001. We remember those who died, their loved ones who will always remember, and the countless lives affected worldwide by the events of that day. We often feel helpless in the face of tragedies like that, unsure of how to help guide our communities out of times like those. We look then to our leaders, elected, spiritual, in our homes and across the country.

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Stop voting (fraud?)

The Secretary of State in Kansas is responsible for administering elections and registering voters. In 2015, our State Legislature also gave the office the right to prosecute voter fraud, much to the delight of the current Secretary, Kris Kobach.

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As bad as we thought

The leadership in the Kansas Legislature would have us believe that the problems of education funding have been solved by their block grant scheme. In fact, they are trying very hard to convince not just us, but the courts, the media, and the citizens of Kansas. But they are not doing a very good job.

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Women's Equality Week

Next Wednesday, the 26th of August, is Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 95th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Take a moment to imagine, if you even can, that women were once denied the vote, because they were considered subject to men, superfluous in their household’s decision making, and incapable of the intellectual rigor needed for politics. Also, it was pointed out, women’s suffrage went against the laws of God.

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Mr. Brownback: Tear down this wall

Written by Aaron Estabrook

Kansas public preschools are isolated and rare. Educators at all levels in Kansas are frustrated and fleeing.

As the dust settles from one of the worst legislative sessions in Kansas history, we acknowledge that class sizes are larger, we have a statewide teacher shortage bordering on crisis and we have cornered ourselves into a place where the State Board of Education finds it necessary to hire unlicensed people to educate our children.

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The State of Education in Kansas

School starts again next week in some districts in Kansas, and we thought it would be a good moment to recap the state of education in Kansas after the tumultuous legislative session and the all-too-short summer.

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