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Your Turn: Students defend information request
December 17, 2014
“The creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand The number of universities on the other end of the Kochs’ $50 million investment in academia has skyrocketed from just seven in 2005 to about 250 in 2012. Thanks to individuals utilizing open records legislation, several of these secret contracts and related correspondence have been made public. Former national American Association of University Professors President, Cary Nelson, explicitly condemned the Koch contracts for containing “language (which) violates academic freedom and poses problems because of its unspoken agenda.”
Your Turn: Nonschool programs fill gap
December 16, 2014
News about the present and future of American K-12 education continues to be discouraging. But a series of effective out-of-school programs is creating a glimmer of hope. If we focus on these, thousands of children can be salvaged from a broken system.
Your Turn: Elected mayor might benefit Lawrence
December 13, 2014
Chad Lawhorn recently compared the “Most Educated Cities in America,” by per-capita GDP. Lawrence is solidly in last place at $33,501: 20 percent lower than the next (Fort Collins at $41,805) and 26 percent below the mean average for all ten ($52,674). In spite of our rich social capital, fine educational institutions, and proximity to the Interstate 70 and Kansas Highway 10 corridors, we falter.
Your Turn: KU lecturer shares academic freedom view
December 9, 2014
For more than 25 years, I have dedicated myself to teaching economics and generating original economic research focused on public policy issues. Like all scholars nationwide, I have operated under the bedrock principle of academic freedom.
Your Turn: Diversity benefits higher education
December 8, 2014
When I first told people I was giving up a successful career in investment to teach at my alma mater, most scratched their heads. I understood their confusion. But while it can be hard to see what these two worlds have in common, for me it’s simple: They’re both markets. At my company, Jayhawk Capital Management, I worked in financial markets; at the University of Kansas, I entered the marketplace of ideas.
Your Turn: Inequity threatens U.S. society
December 5, 2014
As the events in Ferguson and across the nation unfold we continue to “dig” ourselves into racially loaded and socio-economically delineated trenches. It is as if we live in parallel universes where multiple narratives define our factual frames of references. As a nation, it seems to me, we can only agree that the tragic death of Michael Brown is exactly that: a tragic loss of a young life. Everything else about this tragedy is politicized and seen as an excuse for fictitious projections of blame in the oversimplified dichotomy of “us” and “them.”
Your Turn: State official outlines mental health plans
December 3, 2014
I am writing in response to your Nov. 24 editorial regarding mental health care in Kansas to provide your readers with some additional information.
Your Turn: Sentencing among top issues
November 27, 2014
In an address to the U.S. Conference of Mayors recently, Bill Clinton predicted that prison sentencing would be a major issue in the next presidential election.
Your Turn: Life lessons gained at local store
November 24, 2014
Chad Lawhorn’s wonderful Journal-World article regarding the long and distinguished history of Francis Sporting Goods was sent to me by my 91-year-old father, who still lives in Lawrence.
Your Turn: Disparate jail fees are unfair
November 22, 2014
You’ve got two friends. They went to two different parties. Both of your friends had too much to drink. Both of them drove home. Both of them got stopped for driving drunk. Both were charged with DUI and found guilty. Both already had a previous DUI conviction. So both went to the Douglas County jail for five days, followed by probation. The friend who was tried in Lawrence Municipal Court? He has to pay $71 a day for jail costs. That’s $355. And the friend who was tried in Douglas County District Court? He has no jail costs. That’s because Douglas County Jail was built and paid for by Douglas County, and the city of Lawrence has to reimburse Douglas County for every day every prisoner convicted in municipal court spends in jail. Rather than write this expense into the city budget, the city expects the folks in jail to pay it.
Your Turn: Thinking is just too painful, study reminds us
November 20, 2014
A recent study found that people do not like spending time alone just thinking. In fact, as reported by Newsmax, experiments by researchers at the University of Virginia and Harvard determined that “people would rather inflict pain on themselves than spend 15 minutes in a room with nothing to do but think.”
Your Turn: Compromise vital to U.S. democracy
October 26, 2014
“Connecticut? Aye. Delaware? Aye. Georgia? No.” Scribbling frantically, James Madison, serving in the capacity of chief recorder of the Constitutional Convention, could barely keep pace with the roll call. “Maryland? Aye. Massachusetts? Divided; Mr. Gerry and Mr. Strong, aye, Mr. King and Mr. Gorham, no.”
Your Turn: Ideological purity hinders good policy
October 26, 2014
During my time in Congress, I had the privilege of being around for some of the most remarkable moments of bipartisanship in our country’s recent history. I witnessed the 1983 reform of Social Security, as well as the Tax Reform Act of 1986. I rejoiced with both Republicans and Democrats in 1989 as the Berlin Wall fell. In 1990, I cast my vote in favor of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We curbed gun violence in America through the bipartisan Brady Handgun Bill, and the means for our military to liberate Kuwait from Saddam Hussein’s dictatorial regime were decided by a cooperative Congress. The list goes on and on.
Your Turn: Law threatens state’s independent judiciary
October 25, 2014
Former U.S. Chief Justice William Rehnquist called judicial independence “one of the crown jewels” of American democracy. Yet in Kansas today, judicial independence is in jeopardy as a result of the passage of Senate Sub. for HB 2338, a new state law violating the separation of powers among the legislative, executive and judicial branches of our government. Kansans should be concerned.
Your turn: KU athletic venues need handrails
October 13, 2014
I’m concerned that Kansas University is not sensitive to all their fans and alumni. Specifically, there are no center railings in the walkways down to seats in either Allen Fieldhouse or Memorial Stadium.

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