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Saturday Column

Saturday Column: Benghazi questions undermine Obama’s credibility
September 21, 2013
It’s been more than a year since a U.S. ambassador and three others were killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
KU, Lawrence should strive to be a ‘giant redwood’
September 14, 2013
What is Lawrence’s future? What’s the future of Kansas University, and how do the futures of these two entities affect the future of Kansas? Will Lawrence, with KU, remain a typical college town in many respects or will the city and KU find a place among America’s best? The late KU Chancellor Franklin Murphy used to point out there would be a “forest of universities in the Trans-Mississippi West, but within that forest there will be a few giant redwoods. We want KU to be one of those redwoods.”
Opinion: U.S. universities facing new enrollment challenges
September 7, 2013
Fall enrollment totals for Kansas University and the other Kansas Board of Regents universities will not be released for some time, but, based on recent news stories, it’s possible there may be a slight drop in KU’s numbers.
Simons’ Saturday Column: Obama’s decision on war important and complex
August 31, 2013
Earlier this week former President George W. Bush was interviewed prior to a charity golf event for the benefit of wounded veterans and their families.
Simons’ Saturday Column: Longtime newsman had a lasting impact on J-W
August 3, 2013
Earlier this week, a Journal-World news story told of Ralph Gage retiring after 43 years at the newspaper.
Simons’ Saturday Column: University athletic spending is out of control
July 27, 2013
The NCAA used to merit the respect of the so-called amateur collegiate athletic world, but, over the years, the term “amateur” has come to describe various forms of professionalism, and the NCAA has lost respect and clout.
Simons’ Saturday Column: How will Obama react to growing challenges, criticism?
July 6, 2013
These are dangerous times for the United States with troubles abroad, terrorism efforts, economic challenges, domestic issues and political posturing affecting our nation’s stature abroad.
Simons’ Saturday Column: Leadership gap triggering education ‘perfect storm’
June 29, 2013
Sailors and other mariners always are alert and concerned when weather conditions are such that the elements can combine to create a “perfect storm.”
Simons’ Saturday Column: Is the Kansas Board of Regents shooting high enough?
June 22, 2013
The importance of a superior higher education system in today’s highly competitive environment cannot be overemphasized. A university with superior faculty, superior students and superior visionary leadership creates an atmosphere that affects or can color the impression, reputation and attractiveness of a state.
Simons’ Saturday Column: Interim dean pushed KU engineering school forward
June 1, 2013
The question of what makes a top-flight university can be answered a number of ways, but, in the end, most observers are likely to say a superior faculty is the most critical factor.
Simons’ Saturday Column: KU’s legislative lobbying effort lacks clout, continuity
May 25, 2013
The headline states, “KU changing lobbying strategy in middle of state budget fight.” The story said Kansas University officials have decided to change their lobbying tactics with members of the Kansas Legislature by putting long-time contract lobbyist Kathy Damron, figuratively speaking, out to pasture and reassigning her to focus on outreach with “key stakeholders and community leaders across Kansas on behalf of the university.”
Simons’ Saturday Column: How does KU rank in customer satisfaction?
May 18, 2013
This is a very special weekend in Lawrence as thousands of students from around the country and abroad will be participating in commencement activities at Kansas University.
Simons’ Saturday Column: Lawrence has lost growth, economic momentum
May 4, 2013
Fairly soon, former and current local city officials should get the message Lawrence is not doing so well as a business center that generates jobs, retail sales and tax revenues and attracts new business and new residents.