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Bronze statue of human rights author Iris Chang at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial in China (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)
John Richard Schrock Monday, March 28th

Today, we remember the American-born Chinese journalist Iris Chang. Born on this date (March 28) in 1968, this human rights advocate wrote "The Rape of Nanking," about the Japanese invasion of China during World War II.

(Chalkboard image by B S K/freeimages.com)
John Richard Schrock Wednesday, March 23rd

Earlier this legislative session, a Kansas House committee passed a bill that requires parents to actively "opt in" their children for sex education classes in public schools. Commentator John Richard Schrock thinks the bill is bad and unnecessary.

Striped Ground Cricket (Photo by songsofinsects.com/crickets)
John Richard Schrock Thursday, March 10th

Just like us, many insects have been enjoying this warm winter weather. Commentator John Richard Schrock tells us that, if you listen very closely, crickets will actually "report" the weather to you. Until they can't.

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)
Duane Goossen Tuesday, March 1st

Few people in Kansas understand the intricacies of state finances better than Duane Goossen. He served as state budget director for 12 years. As our guest commentator, he talks about the troubling state of the Kansas economy.

Kansas school bus (Photo by J. Schafer)
Tom Averill Thursday, February 25th

Public school funding has generated some heated discussions at the Kansas Statehouse and at the state supreme court. But there was a time when education spending was a lot less controversial. Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander tells us more.

This statue of Jesus is located inside St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen, Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)
Bob Schremmer Tuesday, February 16th

The Lenten season is here. For Christians, it's a time of fasting and sacrifice that ends with Easter. Commentator Bob Schremmer says Lent is also a good time to let go of "indifference." In this Lenten message, he calls upon the faithful to care for the poor and sick.

Teacher's apple on a stack of books (Photo by J. Schafer)
John Richard Schrock Wednesday, February 3rd

Our future is in the hands of our teachers. Shouldn't we allow educators the freedom to create their ideal teaching environment?  Commentator John Richard Schrock tells us how all students are unique - just like their instructors - and he's come up with his own "Teacher's Creed."   

Geologists with the Kansas Geological Survey believe the Point of Rocks outcropping in southwest Kansas dates back to the Permian age, about 245 million years ago. (Photo by KGS)
Rex Buchanan Tuesday, February 2nd

The age of an ancient rock formation in southwest Kansas has been a mystery for more than a century. But, not any longer. Commentator Rex Buchanan tells us how the Kansas Geological Survey solved the age old question that had been puzzling geologists.

An old-fashioned windmill stands atop the wind-swept winter landscape of northwest Kansas, near St. Francis. (Photo by J. Schafer)
Cheryl Unruh Friday, January 29th

Kansas winters don't provide much color. The barren countryside can be described as bland and barren. But symbols of hope can still be found in these dark days of late January. Even in the bleak midwinter, Commentator Cheryl Unruh believes there's something hopeful hidden in the landscape... and in the stars above.

(Flickr Photo by Jeremy Buckingham)
Burdett Loomis Wednesday, January 27th

The unfolding water crisis in Flint, Michigan, may hold lessons for governments in other states, like Kansas. Guest Commentator Burdett Loomis says states that scale back on essential government services to save money often wind up paying a much higher cost.

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