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Cal Thomas: At least Perry is taking action on border crisis

July 29 at 5:56 p.m.

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to his state’s border with Mexico in an effort to stem the tide of immigrants illegally entering from Central America, dispersing around the country once they’ve made it into Texas.

  • Brandon J. Johnson: Racial profiling is a reality

    It seems as if anytime people of color bring up racial disparities or blatant discrimination, others immediately push back by saying that we need to shut up, that profiling is imaginary or that we really do commit more crimes.

  • Matt O’Brien: Three ideas from Ryan’s poverty plan that liberals can love

    Liberals are used to hating Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

  • Private colleges help fuel economic growth

    Over the past four years, Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature have aggressively pursued an economic policy aimed at accelerating growth in jobs and income. There is a heated political debate around their results.

  • Max Ehrenfreund: Support for executions declining but still strong

    Public support for the death penalty in the United States has declined, but it remains strong, with at least 60 percent of respondents in surveys saying that they favor capital punishment. Whether the public would support the kind of execution that the state of Arizona administered last Wednesday, in which a convicted murderer took two hours to die after a lethal injection, is another question, one that pollsters can’t yet answer.

  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Show respect for sacred places

    In a place haunted by ghosts, on a thoroughfare of the damned, standing upon ground once watered by blood, Breanna Mitchell lifted a camera to take her own picture. She smiled a sunshine smile.

  • Nicholas Kristof: An idiot’s guide to inequality

    We may now have a new “most unread best-seller of all time.”

  • H. Edward Flentje: Is state on right path to recovery?

    The defining issue in upcoming state elections is each candidate’s position regarding “the path of our economic recovery.” So wrote state Rep. Steven Becker, R-Buhler, in a recent letter to the Hutchinson News.

  • Sen. Jerry Moran: Need a balanced approach on lesser prairie chickens

    We received word this spring from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director that the lesser prairie chicken would be listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. This is not welcome news, as the listing has real consequences for a number of Kansas industries.

  • Yael T. Abouhalkah: Job-growth data was inaccurate, outdated

    The tax-cutting efforts of the embattled Gov. Sam Brownback were praised in a recent commentary in the Kansas City Star and The Wichita Eagle by Stephen Moore, chief economist at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. (“Nothing the matter with Kansas’ tax policy,” July 10 Opinion). However, my research shows Moore used outdated and inaccurate job-growth information.

  • Margaret Carlson: Rick Perry’s kid-size standoff at Texas border

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry recognizes that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. This week, wearing his smart glasses, his hands chopping the air, he called out the National Guard to go to the border to deal with the influx of more than 50,000 children crossing into the U.S. illegally.

  • A look back at some columns by Randy Brown

    Former Eagle columnist and editorial page editor Randy Brown died this week. He will be greatly missed. These are some of the many columns he wrote during his 21 years at The Eagle:

  • Ramesh Ponnuru: Republicans can capitalize on Obamacare rulings

    Obamacare, the program, has been operating in violation of Obamacare, the law.

  • Martin Hawver: State budget is the top issue

    Don’t look for it on any of the palm cards that you find wedged into your screen door. But when all the campaigning and voting are over, whoever makes it to the Kansas House next session is going to be faced with ugly choices about cutting spending or raising taxes.

  • Cal Thomas: End all U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority

    The anti-Semitic “tradition” of blaming Jews for the world’s problems mostly took a temporary backseat in light of the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas.

  • Trudy Rubin: After plane horror, Europe must stand up to Putin

    Vladimir Putin has become a global menace.

  • Russell Arben Fox: Get to know and show some trust in others

    Many have probably heard the story about Debra Harrell, the Georgia woman who left her 9-year-old child at a park while she went to work her shift at McDonald’s and ended up being arrested for “unlawful conduct towards a child.” Harrell’s daughter had previously accompanied her to work, as other day care options weren’t available. But after the laptop she’d let her daughter use while she worked was stolen, the bored daughter asked to be allowed to play at the park.

  • Nicholas Burns: A Cold War lesson for Iran

    The death of former Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze brought well-deserved tributes for his central role in bringing the Cold War to a peaceful end. After Mikhail Gorbachev was named Soviet leader in 1985, Shevardnadze became his strongest supporter within the Politburo and closest collaborator on the twin policies – glasnost and perestroika – that drove the reform movement. He is a still unsung hero of the dramatic diplomacy that led eventually to the collapse of the Evil Empire more than a quarter century ago.

  • Eagle editorial: Judicial survey aids voters

    Asking attorneys what they think may be an imperfect means of assessing judicial performance in Sedgwick County, but the biennial survey conducted by the Wichita Bar Association and The Eagle provides important guidance for voters and good feedback for judges.

  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: GOP can’t get out of its own way

    So Todd Akin is back and he’s talking rape again.

  • David Rothkopf: The slaughter of innocents

    Modern low-intensity conflicts are won and lost on their ragged edges. Nations act as though the careful plans of their militaries and intelligence operations can harness the chaos of combat and guide it to advance their interests. And then the unplanned happens, collateral damage occurs, and it has a bigger impact on politics and the position of combatants than all the calculated elements of the conflict added up.

  • Dave Trabert: Incentives can make the economy worse

    Some people routinely extol the benefits of handing out taxpayer money to a few chosen businesses, and now the city of Wichita wants to create a sales tax that would generate $90 million for business subsidies. Proponents say subsidies are necessary for economic development; some even go so far as to call the practice “essential” and “critical.”

  • Mark Peterson: Legislative debates locked and loaded

    In late June, House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, managed artlessly to express a set of viewpoints concerning the First and Second amendments, feminism, the government’s monopoly on the legitimate use of force, and representative democracy that ought to make Kansans scratch their heads.

  • National media spotlight on Kansas

    Maybe former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum wasn’t exaggerating when he said last week that the “future of the free world” hinges on Kansas’ gubernatorial race. National media are certainly treating Kansas’ political and economic news as major stories. Here are a few excerpts from recent commentaries:

  • Nicholas Kristof: Aggression in Middle East only boomerangs

    In the carnage of Gaza and the Middle East, the most unlikely people have stepped forward from their grief to offer moral leadership.

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