Saturday Column

Saturday Column: GOP splits threaten Brownback re-election bid
August 16, 2014
The Kansas gubernatorial election is less than three months away, and traditional Kansas Republicans should be frustrated and alarmed at the findings of the recent statewide poll showing Lawrence attorney and Democrat Paul Davis enjoying a surprising lead over Gov. Sam Brownback.
Saturday Column: How will universities replace state budget funds?
July 26, 2014
Earlier this week, representatives of the state’s six universities presented their “wish lists” or budget requests to the Kansas Board of Regents. Officials at each of the institutions devoted weeks to studying the needs of their schools. Keeping in mind Kansas’ tight fiscal situation, the attitude of state legislators and the governor and the admonition of regents to use a very sharp pencil in adding up the dollars requested, the universities put together budgets they believed they could defend and justify.
Saturday Column: Kansas voters must focus on state’s best interests
July 18, 2014
Earlier this week, a number of prominent Kansas Republicans, many of whom were former elected officeholders, announced plans to support Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis rather than the incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. Many of those in this group have made their dislike or disappointment of Brownback known earlier, but Tuesday’s announcement was a political bombshell.
Saturday Column: Holiday a time to reflect on what makes U.S. great
July 5, 2014
This weekend, Americans will be celebrating this country’s Independence Day, which commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The national holiday is marked by fireworks, parades, picnics and family gatherings, along with politicians proclaiming their commitment to a free, strong America.
Saturday Column: Football stadium isn’t the only KU embarrassment
June 28, 2014
Several years ago, Kansas Athletics officials started talking about major renovations to Memorial Stadium, home of the Kansas University football team and host site for the nationally known Kansas Relays.
Saturday Column: National security advice should be free of politics
June 21, 2014
Susan Rice serves as senior adviser to President Obama on international affairs and chairs the National Security Council overseeing the National Security staff. She serves on the president’s cabinet and is said to be among the president’s inner-inner circle of advisers.
Saturday Column: Declining Iraq situation reflects poorly on Obama
June 14, 2014
Who calls the shots, and how are major decisions made in Washington? How many of these decisions are based on what is best for the country as opposed to what will win the most votes and elections?
Saturday Column: Obama will use all means to push change agenda
June 6, 2014
What kind of an example is President Obama setting by the manner in which he is running this country? In his initial campaign for the presidency, he pledged some of the hallmarks of his administration would be openness, transparency, a desire to work with all members of Congress, honesty, accuracy and a clean-up of the abuses of the Bush years in the White House.
Young students need more work opportunities
May 24, 2014
Within the past week, several thousand young men and women received their degrees from Kansas University, and more than 600 students at Lawrence High School and Free State High School received their high school diplomas. Today, one of this nation’s most pressing problems is the unemployment situation, with thousands looking for jobs and hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, having given up the search.
Saturday Column: New park a great example of turning vision into reality
May 10, 2014
There are a number of individuals in Lawrence who do a number of relatively small things that help make Lawrence a special place. These individuals do not seek publicity but they are deeply interested in the welfare of the community and in their various ways, make a significant, meaningful and positive difference in Lawrence.
Saturday Column: Retaining top faculty members is challenge for KU
May 3, 2014
The health and welfare of Kansas University is critical to Lawrence, as well as to the entire state. The university is the city’s largest employer and the single largest factor in the city’s economy. Faculty and students add a great deal to the quality of life in the community, and the presence of a major academic institution makes the city more attractive to new residents, new businesses and industry.
Saturday Column: Former KU leaders set an inspiring example
April 26, 2014
What makes a university? What distinguishes a truly outstanding state-aided university from an average institution?
Saturday Column: Faculty are loyal but concerned about KU’s future
April 19, 2014
As the 2013-14 school year at Kansas University nears an end, what’s the mood across the campus? Are faculty members excited and enthused about the future — their futures as well as the university’s — or are they worried and concerned?