Opinion

Opinion: New ‘normal’ for U.S. demographics
April 19, 2015
Maybe, conservatives are done with dog whistle politics. After all, NRA chief Wayne LaPierre traded his dog whistle for an air horn at a recent gathering of the gun faithful in Washington, D.C. “I have to tell you,” he said, “eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.”
Opinion: Mideast unrest may last for decades
April 19, 2015
Will the Middle East be as unstable 10 years from now as it is today? I asked that question last week to a class of students at Harvard’s Kennedy School. About half answered yes — that things will be as bad or worse, no matter what America does.
Editorial: New rules
New restrictions on how low-income Kansans can spend public assistance money are less important than other provisions of the state’s new welfare reform law.
April 19, 2015
National commentators criticizing a new Kansas welfare reform law have focused mostly on what they consider to be mean-spirited and insulting restrictions on how public assistance money can be spent, but other provisions of this bill will have a far more significant impact on low-income Kansas families.
Saturday Column: Regents, Relays and roads among comment topics
April 18, 2015
Based on numerous reports, past accomplishments and evaluations, the departure of Kansas Board of Regents President and CEO Andy Tompkins will be a major loss for Kansas and the Regents. Tompkins was held in high regard prior to his move to the Regents five years ago; he has strengthened this reputation and will be difficult to replace.
Opinion: Unusual presidential race is shaping up
April 18, 2015
See Hillary ride in a van! Watch her meet everyday Americans! Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle! Which she did wearing shades, as did her chief aide Huma Abedin, yielding security-camera pictures that made them look (to borrow from Karl Rove) like fugitives on the lam, wanted in seven states for a failed foreign policy.
Opinion: Progressive gestures hurt universities
April 17, 2015
Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of people who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed — after, one suspects, not much agonizing — to the temptation to indulge in progressive gestures. It will divest all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment. It thereby trumps Stanford, whose halfhearted exercise in right-mindedness has been to divest only coal stocks. Evidently carbon from coal is more morally disquieting than carbon from petroleum. 
Editorial: Big job
Lawrence city commissioners shouldn’t hesitate to ask for some help in hiring the next city manager.
April 17, 2015
Hiring a new city manager probably is the most important task currently facing the Lawrence City Commission.
Opinion: Good or bad, ‘Government’ is us
April 16, 2015
On Sunday, it will be 20 years since the morning a bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and took 168 human lives. Nineteen of those lives belonged to children.
Editorial: Taxing situation
Lawrence school officials are in a tough financial spot, but taxpayers would appreciate anything the district can do to minimize local tax increases.
April 16, 2015
Local taxpayers understand that state funding decisions have put the Lawrence school district in a tough spot and they probably are willing to pay a little more to offset state funding cuts. Before they do that, however, they would like to know that school officials have done what they can to minimize increases in the property tax levy.
Opinion: 70 years ago, nation mourned FDR
April 16, 2015
Seventy years ago this week, on April 12, 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and died at Warm Springs, Ga. The president died on the eve of victory against Germany and Japan in the Second World War; just three weeks after his death, Germany signed the instrument of unconditional surrender to the Allies.
Opinion: Clinton campaign off to fuzzy start
April 15, 2015
Hey, “everyday Americans,” what are you getting ready for? One couple is having a baby boy. Another couple wants to train the dog to stop eating the trash. Some people are starting new jobs, others retiring. And what about you, Hillary Clinton? “I’m running for president,” because “everyday Americans need a champion.”
Editorial: Promising firm
Lawrence and KU are building their reputation as part of the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.
April 15, 2015
Monday’s announcement that an Australian-based animal health company will move its global headquarters to Lawrence is great news.
Opinion: Americas summit reflects power shift
April 15, 2015
The handshake between President Barack Obama and Cuban ruler Gen. Raúl Castro was not the only symptom of changing political winds at the 35-country Summit of the Americas: Much of the region showed signs of ideological fatigue and a new yearning for pragmatism.
Opinion: U.S. must seek new balance in Iraq
April 14, 2015
The visit of Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar Abadi to Washington this week will test whether the White House has any Mideast strategy beyond a nuclear deal with Iran. Even administration optimists have revised naive hopes that an accord would stabilize the region.
Editorial: Haskell progress
As it is for all colleges, an accreditation process is both an opportunity and a challenge for Haskell Indian Nations University.
April 14, 2015
Haskell Indian Nations University has faced a number of challenges since it was last accredited in 2005. Not all of those issues have been resolved, but hopefully the accreditation team from the Higher Learning Commission that arrived on campus Monday will be impressed by recent efforts to identify and address both problems and goals at the American Indian school.

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