Saturday Column

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?
Saturday Column: 4-H leader, newsman had distinguished careers
April 11, 2014
Rather than expressing opinions about disturbing, if not illegal, actions by President Obama, challenging issues facing the city, the university and the state, the positives and negatives of the one-and-done exercise now being played by all-star university basketball players, the excessive salaries paid to all-star university basketball and football coaches compared to salaries paid to all-star faculty members and other topical matters, this writer prefers to focus this week on two unassuming but true all-stars in their respective fields.
Saturday Column: Why do Koch contributions trigger such scorn?
April 5, 2014
Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that changes the law on how much money an individual can give to political candidates. The decision maintains the previous $123,000 limit to a single candidate but allows an individual to give the same amount to any number of candidates.
Saturday Column: Player unions would vastly change college athletics
March 29, 2014
The ruling earlier this week by a National Labor Relations Board official that Northwestern University football players are employees of the university and have the right to unionize and bargain for salaries is sure to have a huge impact on so-called amateur collegiate sports.
Saturday Column: Politicians, like athletes, should play by the rules
March 22, 2014
Millions of Americans currently are engaged one way or another with the NCAA basketball tournament. Some are participating in office pools or filling out brackets predicting how far the 64 teams will advance, and thousands upon thousands of fans will fill arenas around the country to watch their favorite teams in action.
Saturday Column: KU deserves more support in Kansas Legislature
March 15, 2014
It’s time for Kansas University officials and a number of Kansas legislators to take off their sparring gloves and come clean with the public about why lawmakers seem determined to stiff-arm the university’s requests for funding of high-priority projects.
Saturday Column: Voters must look at facts, not promises, in 2014
March 8, 2014
The next seven months are going to be an extremely rough-and-tumble period in both the national and state political scenes.
Saturday Column: Length of university leaders’ tenure is regents’ call
March 1, 2014
The question of how long Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will remain as KU’s leader has been raised by Kansas Senate Democratic leader Anthony Hensley.
Saturday Column: How does tie to ‘crazies’ impact Lawrence’s image?
February 22, 2014
Lawrence attracted national and world attention this week not for the excellence of numerous academic programs at Kansas University, not for programming at the Dole Institute of Politics, not for the nationally ranked KU basketball team, Haskell Indian Nations University, the unique and successful Lawrence Community Shelter or for many other assets of the community.
Saturday Column: November elections key to setting nation’s course
February 15, 2014
It is becoming increasingly clear that the upcoming midterm elections for the U.S. House and Senate, along with a number of governors’ races, are going to be far more important than most elections.