Opinion

Opinion: Author takes new look at economics
March 26, 2015
Every day the Chinese go to work, Americans get a raise: Chinese workers, many earning each day about what Americans spend on a Starbucks latte, produce apparel, appliances and other stuff cheaply, thereby enlarging Americans’ disposable income. Americans similarly get a raise when they shop at the stores that made Sam Walton a billionaire.
Opinion: Prosecutor can’t escape false conviction
March 26, 2015
A few words about the high-priced education of Marty Stroud. Thirty-one years ago, A.M. “Marty” Stroud III was a prosecutor in Louisiana’s Caddo Parish. He was arrogant, narcissistic, judgmental and full of himself. This assessment of Stroud’s character, you should know, comes from Stroud himself.
Editorial: Power balance
Are Kansas legislators just firing a shot over the bow or are they taking direct aim at the Kansas Supreme Court?
March 26, 2015
A bill introduced this week in the Kansas Senate seems like either a threat or a promise. The bill, which outlines additional specifics that justify impeachment of Kansas Supreme Court justices, may be a veiled threat to sitting justices or a sign that legislators are trying to get their ducks in a row for a direct attack on the court.
Opinion: Cruz presidential bid faces obstacles
March 25, 2015
In his first year as a senator, he cast one of three votes against longtime Sen. John Kerry as secretary of state, then incited like-thinking conservative Republicans in the House to shut down the federal government for 16 days in a futile bid to stop President Barack Obama’s landmark health care act.
Editorial: Bad sign
As many observers predicted, higher education funding is increasingly in jeopardy as Kansas legislators work to bring the state budget in line with its revenues.
March 25, 2015
It appears we spoke too soon when we expressed sympathy in a recent editorial over cuts a committee of the Kansas Legislature made to Kansas State University’s budget.
Opinion: U.S. rift with South America grows
March 24, 2015
The White House announcement of President Barack Obama’s agenda for the April 10-11 Summit of the Americas in Panama, stating that he will meet with Caribbean and Central American leaders, raises a big question: Has the United States given up on South America?
Your Turn: Longtime resident concerned for Kansas
March 24, 2015
I recently spent a rough night, filled with bad dreams. Everything I tried to do turned out exactly the opposite of what I had set out to achieve: Several haircuts left my hair even longer than before, and multiple attempts to park my bike near some building I apparently needed to get to were thwarted by regulations that sent me increasingly farther from my destination (“You’re using the wrong brand of lock and chain, so you’ll be fined if you park here”).
Editorial: Training support
A financial package to support a new technical training center in Lawrence is a good investment for city and county government.
March 24, 2015
This week, Lawrence and Douglas County officials will be asked for financial support for a new technical training center in Lawrence. This is a project that has been needed in the community for many years, and is a good investment for the two government entities.
Opinion: Equal opportunity hard to achieve
March 23, 2015
The rate of dog ownership is rising ominously. How can a profusion of puppies be worrisome? A report from the Raymond James financial services firm concerning trends in the housing market explains: Increasing numbers of women “are adopting dogs for security and/or companionship,” partly because of “the great education divide.”
Opinion: China drifting away from reform
March 23, 2015
Beijing increasingly appears to be walling China off from the outside world, with potentially disastrous consequences.
Editorial: Positive action
A state regulatory group is taking action that may actually bring some relief to south-central Kansas residents.
March 23, 2015
Congratulations to the Kansas Corporation Commission for taking some action aimed at curbing earthquake activity in two south-central Kansas counties.
Opinion: Standing up to cyber bullies
March 22, 2015
Dear Ashley Judd: I guess this is a fan letter, though it is not written in praise of your work in movies like “Insurgent,” “Divergent” or “Tooth Fairy.” Rather, it’s in response to the headlines you made last week when you called out Internet trolls who defamed you as a “b–h,” a “whore,” and a “c–” and threatened you with rape after you tweeted an opinion about an SEC basketball tournament.
Opinion: U.S., Israel facing turbulent times
March 22, 2015
It’s March Madness in the Middle East: The U.S. and Israel are trading private barbs and public reassurances after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s defiant re-election victory, just as the U.S. is nearing a nuclear deal with Israel’s chief adversary, Iran.
Editorial: Public interest
Public notice bills being considered in the Kansas Legislature aren’t in the public interest
March 22, 2015
At a time when the need for transparency at all levels of government has never been greater, a few Kansas legislators are working instead to cloud the picture.
Opinon: Ohio governor promotes new ideas
March 21, 2015
Ideas fly from Gov. John Kasich like sparks from a flint. While explaining his prison reforms, he interrupts himself midsentence — his sentences, like some E. E. Cummings poems, are unpunctuated — to praise a Delaware church that buys prom dresses for low-income high school girls. His spirit would add spice and his policies would add substance to the Republican presidential contest.

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