Letters to the Editor

‘A lot of people are upset’ at bill House Bill 2453 is way too broad. Not only would it discriminate against same-sex couples, it could be interpreted to target interracial couples. Now that it has been voted out of the Kansas House of Representatives, it is now in the Senate, and it will probably take them a couple of weeks to reword things. They are taking their time and revising the things in the bill that are discrimination. It’s about politics. I expect that the fact that it is an election year will have an effect. Gov. Sam Brownback doesn’t want to totally ostracize the LGBT community, because he wants to be re-elected. A lot…

Bad bill stalled

Kansas, Arizona avoid catastrophic ‘religious freedom’ legislation, for now; Missouri unwisely weighing same idea | Staff Editorial | Again, some of Kansas’ lawmakers have found a way to put the state to shame with a proposal that is so bad it’s appalling that it was ever brought up. Even if one doesn’t care a whit about same-sex marriage, it should be cause for outrage, both here and in Missouri and Arizona, where similar measures are under consideration. For now, the few reasonably sane elected officials we have left in Kansas’ government have given pause to this hateful trash, sorrowfully cloaked as a matter of faith. They actually passed it in Arizona, but now Gov. Jan…

Letters to the Editor

Cold ‘Potter’ nights, warm reception It was below 10 degrees each night, but we still had students, community members and faculty lining up outside to see Alpha Psi Omega’s production of “A Very Potter Prequel.” By selling hot chocolate, homemade Harry Potter-themed mugs and scarves and hosting a silent auction for various souvenirs and artwork, Alpha Psi Omega collected nearly $450 and many donated items for the CHOICES shelter. Several backpacks were also donated for the Children’s Advocacy Center. Thank you very much to everyone who was able to attend our silly little musical, and thank you to The Collegio and Nikki Patrick at The Morning Sun for helping us get the word out about…

Debate of Valentine’s Day

Val-entine’s Day Val Vita Many know the scene from the movie “I Hate Valentine’s Day,” where, with a bat in her hands and lots of anger in her heart, Jennifer Garner violently destroys a piñata. Before I came to the United States, I used to think Valentine’s Day was a beautiful holiday enjoyed by all Americans, and that parties with the “I Hate Valentine’s Day” theme were only a movie thing. Here I am, for the second year, spending the most beautiful holiday of the year – at least in this humble foreigner’s opinion – surrounded by people who just cannot stand it. Every time I say out loud that Valentine’s Day is coming, someone…

Letters to the Editor

Regents violate free speech Just last month, the Kansas Board of Regents took an unprecedented and overreaching action, and implemented a social media policy that greatly limits free speech for college professors across the state. The decision was not taken with wide acceptance, or hardly any. Since the decision, governing bodies from within Kansas universities have cried foul. They’ve begun calling for the regents to suspend their social media policy, and rightly so. The regents have not only disgustingly assaulted Kansas college professors’ freedom of speech, but have embarrassed themselves in the process by offering virtually no defense or justification for their new policy. It is time that the board recognizes that simply because some…

Denial-of-service attack

Assembly should finish off harmful anti-competition bill | Staff Editorial | Once again, forces in Topeka are acting to pin Kansas beneath common-sense standards. This time, they’ve moved against a plan that, unhindered, could eventually give millions of Kansans a big leg up for the 21st century. In short, special interests introduced a bill that would have made it illegal for cities statewide to independently install a modern broadband Internet infrastructure or to contract with a company to do this. That would leave such an upgrade, plainly a boon to any community, entirely at the telecom industry’s discretion. Cities like Pittsburg would be all but banned from using public resources to arrange their own broadband…