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Your turn: Baseball still America’s pastime
September 28, 2014
Major League Baseball posted its 11th consecutive year of record industry revenues with an all-time high exceeding $8 billion in 2013. And now some within the game believe that MLB will reach $10 billion in 2014.
Your Turn: Business dean responds to student concerns
September 24, 2014
As a Jayhawk alumna, I am very proud of our rich tradition of idealism and activism and applaud all students who stay engaged in critical conversations. As dean, I would like to clarify a few points in response to the article written by Students for a Sustainable Future in Lawrence Journal-World’s Your Turn column (Sept. 21).
Your turn: Schools, society must confront racism
September 23, 2014
The vandalism that recently occurred at Lawrence High School is a clear reminder that racism still exists across our nation, in our state and even in our hometown. While the Lawrence Police Department quickly apprehended five high school seniors suspected of committing this crime, this incident should not be ignored or quickly forgotten by our community. To simply dismiss this act as “a high school prank taken too far” is to willfully ignore the word of choice used in the graffiti on the field: “N–-rs.”
Your turn: Koch ties to KU concern students
September 21, 2014
School is difficult enough without having to weed through corporate bias. As Gov. Sam Brownback and the state legislature incrementally cut education funding, they are opening the door for donors with specific agendas to purchase influence at Kansas University. Enter the Koch brothers.
Your turn: Expectations guide police plans
August 31, 2014
One of the tasks of a leader of any organization is to look at how prepared it is to accomplish the mission expected of it. As a Lawrence resident for 29 years and a member of the Lawrence Police Department for 23 of those, I have an appreciation for what I believe is the expectation of police in Lawrence. The culmination of historical input of residents, city leaders and officers who have gone before us makes us all shareholders in the definition of this expectation.
Opinion: Aging population needs more doctors
August 30, 2014
All of us are getting older, but those of us at the bottom of the actuarial tables face particular challenges. Most of us lead full lives but we worry about our increasing ailments. We also worry that small aches are preludes to something more serious.
Your turn: Police review should precede new facility
August 20, 2014
Does Lawrence have a disquieting crime problem? It certainly seems that way. Instead of building a $28 million police facility with a shiny bronze plaque memorializing the city fathers, we ought first to determine why our policing strategies aren’t working very well.
Your turn: Local cyclist remembered fondly
August 18, 2014
When Cal Melick was killed on his bicycle last Wednesday, the pulse of the cycling community stopped. When it restarted, it was at a different beat, a sudden dissonant harmonic, missing that fundamental undertone that kept the order of things in the right key. There is no making sense of it. At least not with reason, which has no power to explain or soothe the madness in the random. 
Opinion: Report reveals higher ed bias
August 5, 2014
A recent report from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania sheds important and disturbing new light on racial and gender inequality in higher education.
Your Turn: Planning must respect community vision
July 28, 2014
Lawrence city planning must be guided by a vision that protects the interests and welfare of all residents and safeguards the quality of life we have come to enjoy. Our comprehensive planning document for growth and development, Horizon 2020, provides such a vision and needs to be used as a valued reference tool to evaluate the impact of development projects.
Your turn: Voter registration raises risk of identity theft
July 26, 2014
Starting this year, each person registering to vote for the first time in Kansas must provide proof of citizenship. Though intended to prevent greatly hyped though rarely documented “voter fraud,” this requirement both disenfranchises voters and puts Kansans at risk for identity theft.
Opinion: Liberals must show tolerance
June 17, 2014
Based on conversations with 12 university and college presidents, a continuation of liberal intolerance on campus appears likely in the 2014-2015 school year.
Your Turn: Student decries power play
June 13, 2014
The recent announcement by Kansas Athletics Inc., to reallocate prime student seats to donors is a detriment to student-university relations and an appalling power move against the Student Senate in response to the recent women’s and non-revenue sports fee reduction.
Opinion: Teachers need our support
June 3, 2014
In May, the nation celebrated National Teacher Day and Teacher Appreciation Week.
Your turn: Tour shows Kansans’ respect for Dole
May 26, 2014
“I’m not here to ask you for anything. I’m not asking for your vote and for once I’m not asking for money. I just want to say thank you.” Sen. Bob Dole started off each of his stops with these words on his second tour of Kansas this year while visiting 16 counties in four days.

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