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‘We are chronically underfunding public ed. Schools for Fair Funding, a coalition of 48 school districts, won a partial victory in the courts for Kansas public school children. On March 7, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld the Kansas Constitution and ordered the state to pay about $129 million to the schools by July 1. The balance of requested funding will be determined after a lower court redefines the meaning of “adequate” education. It’s a good ruling for Kansas public school children and we are grateful. We are hopeful policy makers will not restore funding so we can do the best job possible of preparing our students to live in a complex and challenging world. More…

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Rulings ‘right thing to do’ A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows a record-high 59 percent of Americans support marriage for same-sex couples, with only 34 percent opposed. The Post poll was conducted after a series of recent high-profile marriage wins with landmark rulings in Kentucky, Texas, Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma. Over the past few weeks, the climate has been very favorable for the freedom to marry. The deep support reaches into every region of the country and extends across party lines: 40 percent of Republicans back the freedom for all couples to marry. Bipartisan momentum is overwhelmingly on our side. A supermajority of Americans believe in freedom and fairness, and support is growing at…

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‘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…

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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…

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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…

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Sochi a milestone of Russian success Everybody is looking forward to the winter Olympic Games in Russia, especially me. I am going to support the Russian sportsmen from here in the United States. The excitement of the public is particularly high, not because of the games but rather because of the preparations, which are really impressive. It is really incredible to see the amount of work that was done in so short a time. It makes me proud of my country. The construction of the sports complex in Sochi, a famous Russian tourist resort on the shores of the Black Sea, was planned back in Soviet times. Its realization was prevented by the dissolution of…

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Academic-ace athletes I wish to applaud the efforts of Pittsburg State’s coaches and players after the recent announcement that 51 of our football players have qualified for the MIAA Honor Roll. This is a continuation of a history of excellence for Pitt State’s athletes. Russ Jewett, cross country head coach, and Ibraheem Suberu, volleyball head coach, have consistently had an extraordinarily high percentage of their teams make the Honor Roll and earn Scholar-Athlete Awards with a 3.5 GPA or better.  Besides good coaching, this is clearly exceptional mentoring.   Paul C. Smith is a professor and chair emeritus of modern languages and literatures. He is an alumnus of the University of Arizona, where he was a four-year varsity…

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Don’t give in to ‘ransom’ It’s lamentable that the average American lumps everyone in Congress together and accuses them all of “not compromising.” Actually, the Democrats have compromised a great deal.  The current budget passed by the Senate is almost exactly the same as Republican Paul Ryan’s budget and keeps the current sequester levels. The deficit has already been cut dramatically!    It’s as if the Republicans won’t take “yes” for an answer. They keep making more and more unreasonable demands.  About 80 of the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, mostly Tea Party Republicans, are holding us all hostage.  They hate Obama and the Affordable Care Act and, having failed by legitimate means, have staged a desperate attempt to defund “Obamacare.”  The problem is it is already signed…

Locked & Loaded

Nightforce rifle scope representatives discuss features of their products with potential clients at the 35th annual SHOT Show, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Gun control and school safety: strange bedfellows Rick Lindskog | Letter To The Editor Start with this fact: Statistically speaking, there is no safer place for a child to be than a school – a child is safer in school than at home, church or granny’s. Gun violence in a school is extremely rare, and quite difficult to defend against. Hiring armed guards and installing metal detectors at schools is not only expensive, but it’s also destructive to optimal learning environments. Schools should reflect a climate of safety and well-being, not ‘good guys with guns,’ metal detectors and anti-terrorist security measures. Anti-gun proponents contend there is no legitimate use for semi-automatic assault rifles, insisting we…