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Kansas community colleges reaching a crossroads
Precipitous enrollment declines, aging campuses and funding struggles cloud what could be a bright future of two-year schools.READ MORE
Could more entrepreneurs help revive the heartland?
How do heartland communities looking to thrive energize entrepreneurship?READ MORE
Kansas’ history of racist violence often proves too heavy for words
Kansans hoping to spur community dialogue about the legacy of the state’s racist violence often find themselves standing alone. Some…READ MORE
Cease Fire: The Stories
Getting past being triggered in the debate over guns and public safety.READ MORE
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One cup a day, the Las Adelitas way: how community keeps café doors open
Para leer este artículo en español, haga clic aquí. Tiny hands grip along the edge of a red lounge chair, barely skimming a brightly-colored blanket draped carefully over the mid-century modern seat. Emiliano, 1, toddles beyond the seating area with glee. Little feet over an Aztec-print rug, passing by ceramic jarritos, rounding the corner towards the row of gleaming stainless steel: espresso and coffee machines shut off…
Latinos enrich the culture and economy of Wyandotte County. But what about political clout?
As Melissa Oropeza campaigned door to door last fall for a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, she wanted to make sure she reached out to fellow Latino voters in Wyandotte County. But like most candidates with modest campaigns, Oropeza, along with her daughter, knocked only on the doors of registered voters who had participated in recent elections. To do otherwise would be a waste…
Wichita’s libraries offering far more than just books these days
A book published a few years back described public libraries as “palaces for the people.” It might not feel like a palace exactly when you visit one of the Wichita Public Library’s seven locations, but it is true that libraries are one of the few places in the modern world where people aren’t expected to pay to learn. Outside of the usual book checkouts, libraries provide…
Opinion: Sixty years is a long time. And not enough.
The most common occurrence in our lives continues to fascinate – the passage of time. Each second, each hour, each day, time sprints, then walks, then sits. This year will mark the 60-year milestone for a slew of iconic moments from 1963. I once had a boss who hated anniversary stories, but I love them. They offer us moments to catch our breath and to reflect…
Opinion: Letting loss speak
It’s funny how something that is superficially a given can, in reality, be quite fluid. Something like a leadership curriculum, for instance. It might seem etched in stone. But it really represents an ongoing conversation shaped by research, analysis, discussions, debates and thoughtful choices. A few years ago, the Kansas Leadership Center launched a curriculum renewal process wherein teachers and staff identified potential changes to its…
Latinos face a choice: uphold cultural tradition, or trust strangers to care for your own?
Para leer este artículo en español, haga clic aquí. Two tasks start Elizabeth Montes’ day: a morning prayer, and a routine check to make sure her mother woke up, too. Then: breakfast. Medication. Food. Shower. Hospice. More food. Standby in case her mother decides to make a trek for the kitchen. Bedtime. And, usually, a 2:30 a.m. wakeup call from Montes’ mother’s low blood sugar demanding attention. …