Free journalist for Christmas

The parents of journalist Austin Tice (in photo), who was captured in Syria four months ago, wrote an open letter to his captors asking that he be released. “Let Austin come home for Christmas. Let us hug him, laugh and cry with him, love him in person. Let us be a whole family again,” they wrote. Anders Gyllenhaal, vice president for news at McClatchy Newspapers (The Eagle’s parent company), also wrote about why reporting from conflict zones is vital and why Tice should be released. Read both at Kansas.com/opinion.