Gun lobbying – Various loopholes may limit the impact of a bill that bans the use of state funds to promote or oppose gun-control measures, but the measure reflects a disregard for free speech that should concern Kansas residents. Why would state legislators want to limit the range of viewpoints and information they receive on any measure they are considering? Why would legislators want to send such a speech-stifling message to Kansas residents?
Opponents of the Common Core standards contend the standards are a creature of the Obama administration. This is patently not true. Kansas has adopted the core curriculum standards as its own alternative to the No Child Left Behind rules. The train has left the station on core curriculum standards, and public educators in Kansas have earned the opportunity to try to use them to improve student learning.
Everyone, especially National Transportation Safety Board officials, wants to reduce the number of preventable fatalities. But let’s face it – alcohol is just one factor that accounts for impaired drivers getting into a car. The NTSB took the easy route in suggesting lowering the legal limit. Shortly after the NTSB announcement, not even Mothers Against Drunk Drivers could get behind the proposal. The NTSB ought to devise a plan for getting all impaired drivers off the streets. Lowering the legal limit for drunken drivers doesn’t effect such change.