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Yael T. Abouhalkah: WSU deserves a shot at KU

University of Kansas basketball fans and coach Bill Self won’t like hearing this contention: For the past two years Wichita State University has gotten as much deserved national acclaim as the Jayhawks, if not more.

Sister Vicki Bergkamp and Stu Dalheim: RPS is right for our future

In 2009, Kansas adopted a renewable portfolio standard, which set a goal for utilities in the state to produce 20 percent of their electricity from renewable energy resources by 2020. In the five years since then, Kansas’ RPS has succeeded spectacularly.

Cal Thomas: There was nothing reverent about Fred Phelps

My parents taught me never to speak ill of the dead, but in the case of Fred Phelps, who died last week at the age of 84, I think they would have made an exception.

Albert Hunt: Cruz, Paul compete for fractured conservatives

Two newcomers, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, are the hottest figures in the dominant conservative wing of the Republican Party. In markedly different ways, they both claim to be the heirs to the party’s contemporary patron saint, Ronald Reagan.

Carl Leubsdorf: Democrats’ dire November has been in cards for months

Somewhat belatedly, Democrats are realizing their party may take a political bath in November’s midterm congressional elections. Republicans are sure of it.

Davis Merritt: Bet your life on climate change? Deniers are

Can almost all of the world’s climate scientists be wrong?

Leonard Pitts Jr.: What shall we say about Fred Phelps?

And what shall we say now that the monster has died?

Jay Ambrose: The desperate need for liberal compassion

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., recently said the wrong kind of welfare can breed dependency, and liberals are beating up on him but good. They are saying that he is once again showing how conservatives do not care about the poor when in fact liberals are the ones who continuously assault them. They repeatedly practice cruelty in their politics, as many so obviously did with Aid to Families With Dependent Children.

James Jeffrey: What would Ike do about Ukraine?

In the past several weeks, after tidal waves of criticism directed at the Obama administration’s handling of the Ukraine crisis, supporters have risen up to defend the president, including James Traub in Foreign Policy and Fareed Zakaria in the Washington Post. There is a good deal to be said for their point of view; Russian President Vladimir Putin’s cold-power politics is driving him, not President Obama’s past errors, and the administration has taken steps not unlike those of the Bush administration in the 2008 Georgia crisis. But both Traub and Zakaria go further, comparing the president’s overall approach approvingly to that of President Eisenhower.

Chapman Rackaway: Wolf faces challenge running as outsider

The fervor of true outsiders leads them to reject everything about the existing structure they revolt against, even those things the old guard does well. That reactionary attitude is usually what ensures the outsiders will make mistakes while learning.

Dave Unruh: Legislators are acting like the ‘feds’

Once again, the state is on track to deliver another blow to local governments.

Charles Krauthammer: Invasion of Ukraine will be catered by U.S.

Early in the Ukraine crisis, when the Europeans were working on bringing Ukraine into the EU system and Russian President Vladimir Putin was countering with threats and bribes, one British analyst lamented that “we went to a knife fight with a baguette.”

Kathleen Parker: Being Vladimir Putin

“Once an agent, always an agent.”

Michael A. Helfand: Religion doesn’t end where business begins

Next week the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate – the requirement that employers provide employee health insurance that covers contraception – impermissibly infringes on the religious liberty of religiously motivated corporations. The legal battles over the mandate have been legion; more than 300 plaintiffs have filed more than 90 cases across the country, all contending that providing health coverage for contraception would require them to violate their faith.

Mark McCormick: Ike was civil rights leader

If you’ve followed the news in the past few months or the past nine years, you may know of my support for renaming the new airport after President Dwight D. Eisenhower. That might puzzle you. It shouldn’t.

Doyle McManus: ‘Millennials’ are a powerful part of electorate

If you’re older than 34, I’m sorry to break it to you, but you’re no longer the wave of the future. That distinction belongs to those born between 1980 and 2002, dubbed the “millennial generation” because they began to come of age at the turn of the century.

Dan K. Thomasson: Later school start is a boost for teens

A growing number of public school administrators are capitulating to the obvious – that it is better for teenagers to get extra sleep at home than in the classroom. It’s about time.

Tom Bell: Bring Medicaid money back to state

It is true: There is no such thing as free money (“Count the cost of expansion,” March 13 Opinion). In 2013 and 2014, Kansans will have contributed $161.7 million in “pay-fors” for Medicaid expansion. These “pay-fors” will continue whether or not our state decides to expand Medicaid. These “pay-fors” come in the form of Medicare cuts to hospitals and providers, insurance provider fees and, in the future, employer penalties. We all are affected by these losses to our state.

Cal Thomas: Can’t get satisfaction? Focus on what matters

Every year we are subjected to lists. Forbes magazine lists the world’s wealthiest individuals. Time magazine lists the most “influential” people, though real influence is difficult to define or quantify.

William Saletan: The Crimean farce

The people of Crimea have spoken. In Sunday’s referendum, they voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. According to Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency, the vote was 93 to 7 percent. According to Russia Today, it was 96 to 3 percent.

Jim Hoy: Conservation easements good for Kansas

In 2007, my wife and I, in consultation with our children, placed a conservation easement on our Flint Hills ranch near Cassoday with Ranchland Trust of Kansas. The open range that my grandfather rode when he loose-herded cattle in the Flint Hills is now fenced, but cattle still graze on our grass, just as they did then.

David Brooks: The leaderless doctrine

We’re in the middle of a remarkable shift in how Americans see the world and their own country’s role in the world. For the first time in half a century, a majority of Americans say that the U.S. should be less engaged in world affairs, according to the most recent Pew Research Center survey. For the first time in recorded history, a majority of Americans believe that their country has a declining influence on what’s happening around the globe. A slight majority of Americans now say that their country is doing too much to help solve the world’s problems.

Lawton R. Nuss: Legislators linking money to court reforms

Last year, certain legislators tried to change the people’s constitutional process for selecting Kansas Supreme Court justices. Several sought endorsement of their proposal by the Kansas District Judges’ Association. After the endorsement attempt failed, one legislator vigorously denied linking support for changing the selection process to providing funding of overdue pay raises for judicial branch employees.

John Dickerson: The Senate and the CIA at war

How do you spy on a spy? In the case of Senate investigators, you do it by adopting some of their methods.

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