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Your Turn: Ensure a sustainable future with public transit

Friends of Lawrence Transit, a group of Lawrence citizens, supports the renewal of a sales tax of .2 percent for public transportation. A special question election will be held with the general Lawrence election on Nov. 7. A “Yes” vote on Question Number One will provide funding for operating the Lawrence Transit System, known as The T, for 10 years, beginning April 1, 2019. The current .2 percent tax has funded transit operations since 2009.

Opinion: Try using facts in gun control debate

From concealed-carry on Kansas campuses to the Las Vegas massacre, the issue of guns has returned with full force. The debate is highly emotional, but what does the research show: Do more guns mean less crime, or does more gun control mean less crime? Unfortunately, the answer may be: neither.

Opinion: Wild tax ride reverberating in Kansas

Kansans, we have been riding an income tax roller coaster. In 2012 the “Kansas experiment” brought lowered income tax rates and a full tax exemption for business income. Last June those policies were rescinded. Income taxes went down, then up.

Opinion: Kansas, don't elect another zealot

Who was Phill Kline? And what does his landslide defeat in 2006 mean for the governor’s race in 2018?

Opinion: Charming woman was also an intrepid spy

How did the charming, diminutive Jeannie Rousseau de Clarens accomplish her mission impossible? She listened. De Clarens was a fluent German-speaker, and in 1943, she teased the first threads of information about the rocket program out of some German officers she had befriended in Paris as a translator. And then she kept pulling on the string.

Opinion: Let’s not forget: Words have meaning

Remember “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me?” It isn’t so. At the moment we are experiencing new and confusing usages that have the whole nation and perhaps the world totally confounded. On the world stage we have tin-pot tyrants across the globe who manipulate language in ways that would make George Orwell gasp.

Opinion: ‘Voter fraud’ crusade terribly flawed

I know all about common names. I have heard all the jokes, as had my father, a unique and remarkable man named Bob Smith. Unfortunately, common names like ours are just one of many problems that will face Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in his new role as co-chair of President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission.

Opinion: In Trumpland, belief equals truth

That we want it to be so does not make it so. Truth is not so friendly. But that’s a big problem today. We have “filter-bubble” chat rooms, echo chamber television networks, algorithms that anticipate the images we want, and politicians ever so willing to pander to our philosophical predilections. So how are we supposed to know what’s true and what’s not?

Opinion: Why is Trump friendly with Putin?

Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, it is undisputed that candidate Donald Trump was eager for a friendship between our two nations. The most recent accounts of the president seeking out more one-on-one time with Putin at the G-20 dinner — using only a Russian translator — is the latest evidence that this enthusiasm is undiminished.

Opinion: Here’s an idea for making America great again

President Donald Trump may not yet have built his “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border or figured out a way to make Mexico pay for it, but immigration is one area where the president seems committed to keeping his campaign promises.