Debate on masks, freedom

My fellow libertarians and many conservatives rightly prioritize freedom. We are especially skeptical of government mandates restricting our choices for, supposedly, our own good. We oppose “nanny state” paternalism, or “parentalism” as I call it.

A government of the people should treat adults like adults, not children.

Manhattan woman appointed to Kansas Continuing Legal Education Board

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Supreme Court has appointed a woman from Manhattan to the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Board.

The Kansas Supreme Court says it has appointed Tracey Lee to a 3-year term on the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Board. Her term began July 1 and will end on June 30, 2023.

The Court says the board oversees continuing legal education requirements for lawyers to be licensed and practice in the state. It says attorneys must earn a minimum of 12 credit hours each year.

Were Mark and Patricia McCloskey within their rights to point guns at protesters?

The St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters walking past their house claim they feared for their lives because of the “angry mob.”

Mark McCloskey, 63, and his wife, Patricia, 61 — both personal-injury lawyers — were caught on video brandishing weapons and yelling at protesters who were on their way to demonstrate in front of the mayor’s house on Sunday evening.

Will gun-wielding St. Louis attorneys be able to hide behind the state’s ‘Castle Doctrine’?

The St. Louis couple who went viral after an array of photos and videos showed them aiming firearms at protestors marching without permission through their private, gated community and toward the mayor’s mansion made national headlines over the weekend. The encounter sparked controversy and debate surrounding Missouri’s “castle doctrine,” particularly among conservative commentators who defended the couple’s actions as being a lawful exercise of their right to defend their home.

India-China standoff: What cards does India hold to play?

It would be an apocalyptic irony if the hand-to-hand brawl on June 15 near the poorly delineated Line of Actual Control in the Galwan Valley between Ladakh and Aksai Chin mushroomed to war between the world’s two most populous declared nuclear nations. By all credible accounts, with medieval nail-studded rods, China has again challenged India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. For the first time in 45 years, death ensued, of 20 Indian soldiers, including the Commander, Colonel Bikkumalla Santosh Babu.

India-China standoff: PM Modi should use JFK’s Cuban Crisis playbook

This is the second article in a two-part series on India’s strategic options vis-à-vis China. Read the first here. 

India must deal with the lethal drama on June 15 at the Line of Actual Control. But India cannot alter Chinese behaviour solely through private boycotts and government quarantines. India needs to couple those economic measures with diplomatic action.

Here are the diplomatic choices: 

‘Nobody else for them to pick on’ KS Senate candidates scuffle over transgender rights

Three of the Republicans running for U.S. Senate in Kansas have launched ads in the last week attacking transgender rights, a strategy intended to galvanize social conservatives in the competitive August primary.

Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced Tuesday that if elected he would offer legislation to withhold Title IX federal funds from institutions that allow transgender students to participate in women’s sports.

50 Kansans You Should Know: Class of 2020

The 50 individuals you’ll meet in the following pages bring to an even 500 the number of Sunflower State residents from all walks of life who have been singled out for their over-sized contributions to business success, civic engagement, philanthropic zeal and shared interest in moving their communities forward, and by extension, advancing the interests of an entire state. As in years past, they are a patchwork quilt of life in Kansas.

Lawyers pick apart Alito and Kavanaugh dissents in landmark LGBT rights case

In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that employers who fire employees for being homosexual or transgender violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The landmark ruling for LGBT rights, penned by Justice Neil Gorsuch, was predominantly grounded in an analysis of the statutory text which says it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against any individual because of their “sex.” It was largely celebrated as a much-needed step in the right direction for egalitarian rights.

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