In Kansas, where evangelical Christians represent nearly a third of the population, social issues such as reproductive rights, gun control, LGBT rights and immigration remain significant issues routinely brought up in the Kansas legislature.
When Sam Brownback was sworn in as Kansas governor in January 2011, he made abortion — possibly the most divisive of these issues — a focal point of his administration, calling upon lawmakers to establish a “culture of life.” Since then, legislators have enacted stricter regulations for abortion clinics, banned insurance providers from covering abortions in most cases and stripped federal funding for Planned Parenthood, a reproductive health and family planning agency. These measures are currently being reviewed in the courts.social issues
The cliché about capital punishment sounds a lot like you’re against it now, but if you knew the victim personally you’d support it. After her killer was arrested, this couldn’t have been truer for me. An eye for an eye as it were, especially after the shocking details of the murder came out during the trial. What changed my mind happened shortly after the trial.Read More
The Lawrence Douglas County Health Department and a number of other community stakeholders recently conducted a community health assessment to learn more about the major health issues affecting residents. They found that nearly 60 percent of the Lawrence population is obese, compared to about 36 percent of adults nationally.Read More
Today, members of the Millennial Generation are looking at their futures, determined to achieve the work-life balance that women have struggled with for decades. But unlike women before them, Millennials are starting to get the support they need to make it happen.Read More
Immigrants should put in the extra effort to learn English, whether it’s through English as a Second Language programs or by breaking out of their cultural bubble and surrounding themselves with English. But I also believe we have a responsibility to enhance our foreign language education and foster a sincere interest in becoming multilingual. Speaking a second language shouldn’t be a “fun fact” I share, but a necessary skill for most Americans in this globalized economy.Read More
When it comes to social change, there are few mediums as powerful as a photograph. And over hte past century there have been many examples of photographers who have dedicated their lives and careers to bringing about social change since the camera was invnetd. PoliticalFiber.com’s Marit Ehmke sits down with photography specialist at at the University of Kansas, John Pultz, to discuss the process of social change through images and how we’re affected by them.Read More
Four years ago, we were proudly celebrating the election of our first African-American president. Today, we are celebrating progress in LGBT rights as voters approved same-sex marriage in Maine, Maryland and Washington. Survey results at the Pew Research Center show that although support for same-sex marriage has grown across the United States by about 15 [...]Read More