Your Turn

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.
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.