Opinion Columns & Blogs

Opinion Columns & Blogs

What we should consider when weighing whether to renovate or build new

There’s a lot of talk right now about Wichita’s future. Much discussion centers around decisions on renovating or building new with regard to many downtown buildings. Century II tops the list, and rightly so. What we decide about our convention and performing arts centers will be key to our future as a community. As a longtime arts advocate and now as leader of one of Wichita’s most important historic buildings, The Orpheum Theatre, I’m keenly aware of what’s at stake.

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Decisions on property can affect the community, not just the owners

There has been much talk of late about how Wichita is losing its “commons.” That’s not the word usually used, to be sure. Instead, when Wichitans mourn Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, express frustration at the closing of the Palace Theater or watch with concern the changes at Naftzger Park, they talk about how these were sites of fond memories, how they found and strengthened friendships at and through them, how in these places people could come together, interact, learn, engage in commerce and have fun. To see them change or close is felt as a loss of something once commonly held, but perhaps no longer.

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Drug Summit was great first step in fighting meth in our area

Many Wichitans were surprised when James Chung, an Ivy League-trained consultant with local roots, blasted into town this summer to offer a grim appraisal of our city’s economic future, a problem Chung contends is driven by a constrained labor market, an attitude problem and chronic underinvestment in our private and public sectors. Chung’s findings were news to those of us who think Wichita is slowly beginning to fulfill its promise as a city to be reckoned with, a place with exciting things happening in our midst.

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How school choice works in Kansas

Mix, match, customize — the modern world is an array of choices that permeate many aspects of our daily lives. Take for example public, PreK-12 school choices approved by the Kansas State Board of Education. While not all options are listed here and not all are found in every school district, the choices include:

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The Protect Life Rule restores family planning

In May, the Trump administration announced new guidelines for the Title X family planning program dubbed the Protect Life Rule to ensure tax dollars meant for family planning are used for family planning and no longer go to provide abortions. As one of the leaders in Congress to urge the adoption of new guidelines, I was proud to see the administration heed the calls of millions of Americans in announcing the Protect Life Rule. However in a recent editorial (Oct. 26 Eagle), former Health and Human Services Secretary and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius completely missed the mark in explaining what the new rule will actually do.

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Kansans voted for growth, not stagnation

With a new Kansas governor-elect and state Legislature, Kansans voted to make a change. Despite many elections, however, the Kansas economy has been slowing for the past 40 years. While the new administration cites government as the solution to this problem, history shows that government is primarily the cause. Kansans need a new way of thinking. They won't get that from a Democrat or Republican as governor.

Maize puts on a show in home win over Campus

The Maize Eagles boys basketball team beat the Campus Colts on Friday.