First Words

We?re pleased to run Bob Brookens? new column called ?Capitol Ideas? that appears for the first time on Page 5. As the newly elected representative for District 70 of the Kansas House, he has much to learn about the process of state government, and with a budget crisis looming over the heads of the legislators, his observations will be particularly fresh and insightful.

The issues in Topeka are important, and it?s difficult for small-staff newspapers to provide helpful coverage. With his Marion County ties, Bob Brookens will be able to observe and comment from a familiar perspective. We believe he will provide a thoughtful and balanced approach to what promises to be a challenging session. ?DR

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