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Michael Ralph Thursday, May 14th

According to recent surveys, fewer students are interested in teaching careers. That wasn't the case for Michael Ralph, who teaches biology at Olathe East High School. In this guest commentary, Ralph credits a program at the University of Kansas for preparing him - and other college students - for a job in the classroom.

Monument Rocks, located in Gove County, not too far from U.S. Highway 83, which cuts north and south through the western third of the state. (Photo by John Charlton, Kansas Geological Survey)
Rex Buchanan Thursday, April 30th

Has springtime given you a case of wanderlust?  Commentator Rex Buchanan says U.S. Highway 83, which runs north and south through the western third of Kansas, is well worth a weekend trip.  

Fewer students are choosing a career path in teaching, which has many people worried, including those who train teachers, like commentator John "Richard" Schrock. (Photo by J. Schafer)
John Richard Schrock Wednesday, April 29th

Fewer Kansas students are choosing to pursue careers as teachers.  Commentator John "Richard" Schrock thinks new policies at the state and federal level are making the profession far less attractive.  

A Kansas irrigation pump, c. 1915, pumping 1,300 gallons per minute. (Flickr Photo Courtesy of WaterArchives.org)
Rex Buchanan Friday, April 3rd

Water continues to be a scarce and valuable resource in many parts of Kansas and the American West in general. As this trend continues, we're likely to see more litigation between neighboring states and between neighbors themselves.

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Ron Keefover Friday, March 20th

Kansas officials can conduct state business using private email accounts and personal cell phones - neither of which is subject to open records laws. Such secrecy isn't good for democracy. As we hear in this commentary, other aspects of state government could benefit from more transparency.

Attend this big scientific conference in California?  KPR Commentator Rex Buchanan did.  And he's glad he went.
Rex Buchanan Thursday, March 5th

With all the scientific information available on the Internet these days, why do so many people still attend those big, annual, scientific conferences?  Commentator Rex Buchanan thinks he knows why.

The teaching of sex education in public schools has become a target for some state lawmakers, who are seeking big changes.
John Richard Schrock Friday, February 27th

Two bills in the Kansas Legislature would change the way sex education is taught in public schools. But Commentator John "Richard" Schrock says both bills are essentially an effort to remove the subject from the classroom altogether.

Dr. Mark Peterson is chair of the political science department at Washburn University, but we may soon get in trouble for telling you this fact.
Mark Peterson Friday, February 20th

A bill introduced in the Kansas House would prohibit university and community college employees from identifying their respective schools when writing newspaper op/ed pieces or letters to the editor.  Say what? 

The sun rises over a grain elevator, near the town of Here, Kan. (Photo by J. Schafer, who says, "There's not really a Here, Kan.")
Tom Averill Friday, February 13th

Folks in Here, Kan., are paying close attention to recent actions taken by the state's elected leaders. One resident, Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander, is worried that many of our leaders have simply lost their way.

Rex Buchanan, with the Kansas Geological Survey, measuring groundwater levels during a trip out to western Kansas in 2006.  (Photo by Brownie Wilson, KGS)
Rex Buchanan Thursday, February 5th

Measuring water levels in western Kansas is an annual activity for various state agencies, including the Kansas Geological Survey.  Commentator Rex Buchanan, who's taken part in these expeditions numerous times, reports on his latest adventure.

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