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Opinion: ‘War on women’ an insulting tactic
October 19, 2014
One of the wonders of this political moment is feminist contentment about the infantilization of women in the name of progressive politics. Government, encouraging academic administrations to micromanage campus sexual interactions, now assumes that, absent a script, women cannot cope. And the Democrats’ trope about the Republicans’ “war on women” clearly assumes that women are civic illiterates.
Editorial: Recycling start
Roll out the blue dumpsters. The city’s curbside recycling service gets started this week.
October 19, 2014
Those huge blue recycling dumpsters that the city has been delivering all over town finally will be put to use this week. Local residents who have been dragging the blue monsters to the curb for the last couple of weeks apparently didn’t get — or read — the memo that the city’s curbside recycling program wouldn’t begin until this Tuesday. Half of city trash customers will have their recycling picked up on their normal trash day this week and half next week. A map outlining the every-other-week collection areas was distributed with the recycling bins and is available on the city’s website.
Opinion: What matters at the end of life?
October 19, 2014
There is no way to hear Brittany Maynard’s voice without being deeply touched. Tragically blindsided by brain cancer and a terminal diagnosis, Brittany has bravely decided to live large, to turn her terrible personal fate into a public story.
Opinion: Panic won’t help fight Ebola
October 19, 2014
Richard Preston, whose 1994 book “The Hot Zone” brought the Ebola virus terrifyingly alive for readers, once described how, during his research, his biohazard suit had ripped open, exposing him to a potentially fatal toxin.
Editorial: Police case
The Lawrence Police Department needs a facilities upgrade, but it has failed to make the case that the current plan is the best long-term strategy for the city.
October 19, 2014
There is no doubt that the Lawrence Police Department needs some new facilities. What is less certain, however, is whether the $28 million plan that currently is on the table is the best facility and the best location to serve the city’s long-term needs.
Opinion: Ebola dangers trump individual rights
October 18, 2014
Unnervingly, the U.S. public health services remain steps behind the Ebola virus. Contact tracing is what we do, Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden assured the nation. It will stop the epidemic “in its tracks.” And yet nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who developed Ebola, were not even among the 48 contacts that the CDC was initially following.
Saturday Column: Brownback strengths include agriculture, education
October 17, 2014
It’s clear Gov. Sam Brownback is engaged in a tough political race for re-election to another four years in the governor’s office. It’s also clear that governors in most states have faced severe challenges the past four years as the nation’s economy has been on a roller coaster. Aside from a few states and a few governors, states and their governors have had to figure out how to meet their states’ needs in an uncertain economic climate. Hopefully, brighter days are ahead, but there is no guarantee, although those challenging incumbent governors are having a field day finding fault with incumbents, pledging to deliver almost magical turnarounds in state economies, employment numbers, job creation and funding for a variety of important programs.
Opinion: Panetta offers valid criticism
October 17, 2014
Leon Panetta has taken a lot of heat for publicly dumping on Barack Obama’s foreign policy while the president is still in the White House.
Editorial: Voter trends
State and county voter registration numbers show some interesting trends.
October 17, 2014
As the voter books closed this week, the good news was that despite new registration requirements and a barrage of negative campaign advertising, Kansans still care enough to register and, hopefully, vote on Nov. 4.
Opinion: Obama facing escalation pressure
October 16, 2014
As fighters from the Islamic State surge toward control of Anbar Province in western Iraq and the border town of Kobane in Syria, U.S. commanders and diplomats are signaling that the U.S. must expand its military operations before the extremists control even more territory.
Opinion: Language police overstep in petition
October 16, 2014
Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust, and prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let’s hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word “Redskins” when reporting on the Washington Redskins.
Editorial: Snake politics
Political pressure, not science, may decide the fate of a threatened snake species in Kansas.
October 16, 2014
Even if Kansans don’t care about the survival of the redbelly snake in Kansas, they should care about the precedent that would be set by removing the species from the state’s list of threatened and endangered species.
Opinion: Aid to Palestinians is misguided
October 15, 2014
After World War II, the Marshall Plan helped rebuild a devastated Europe. The key word in that sentence is “after.” Last weekend at a conference of donor nations held in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss rebuilding Gaza, following the latest exchange of rockets between Hamas and Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry pledged an additional $212 million in U.S. aid for the project, nearly doubling the total U.S. commitment (so far). The Palestinian Authority claims rebuilding could cost $4 billion.
Editorial: Plans in place
Having a plan is the first step in setting a positive direction for Haskell Indian Nations University.
October 15, 2014
A couple of news stories last week point to some promising progress at Haskell Indian Nations University.
Opinion: Nobel Prize sends urgent message
October 14, 2014
The Nobel committee finally got the Peace Prize right in 2014. After blowing the chance to choose Malala Yousafzai last year — as a brave and inspiring champion of girls’ education worldwide — the committee finally tapped her, along with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner against child labor.

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