politics

OnWords: Analyze This!

Nov 19, 2013
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What passes for political analysis these days is often really just opinion.

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There have been an awful lot of unpredicted rogue comets entering Earth’s atmosphere lately, first in Russia and then this week in California. Shouldn’t we be taking action? And by “action” I mean placing  blame.

GOP Committee Opposes New Education Standards

Sep 16, 2013

The Kansas Republican Party's central committee is taking a stand against new standards approved by the state Board of Education for teaching math, English and science.

Here we are again. The dog days of summer. The perfect time to reflect... on dogs.

"Moderate Party of Kansas" co-founder Aaron Estabrook says he's considering a run against Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts.

Estabrook, of Manhattan, Kan., says he is forming an exploratory committee to look into running against Roberts, who's up for re-election in 2014. Estabrook is Army veteran who works at the Salvation Army as a case manager for homeless veterans in northern Kansas.

New Kansas Political Party Proposed

Jun 14, 2013

A Manhattan man says he wants moderates of both the Democratic and Republican parties to form a new political party in Kansas.

Wichita. It ain’t Seattle. Or is it?

For 35 years I’ve been a political cartoonist so I know a little bit about false dichotomies. Cartoonists are in the business of depicting current events in black-and-white terms.

We’ve been inundated for so many months with political exclamation points. How great is it now to be able to relax a bit and let nature remind us that there is more to life than Republican red and Democratic blue.

There’s a memorable Halloween night scene in the book To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. The story’s protagonist, 6-year old Scout is walking home after dark from a Halloween school program. Scout is still wearing her clumsy chicken wire and paper costume from the program in which children represent different agricultural products: she’s dressed as a cured ham.

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