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Opinion: Registering should be easy
August 7, 2013
All Americans should be able to vote — the most basic right in our democracy — without having to jump through a bureaucratic maze. Yet Secretary of State Kris Kobach persists in his ongoing effort to make voting more difficult by suggesting a “fix” to a law he authored that requires voters to document citizenship.
Opinion: Colorado tuition fund falls victim to higher ed costs, funding cuts
August 1, 2013
It might be tempting to tee off on the people who structured the Colorado Prepaid Tuition fund, which is closing because it’s financially unsound, and criticize them for underestimating higher education inflation.
Opinion: U.S. neglecting schools, colleges
July 30, 2013
School is out. No one wants to think about serious issues including the quality of American education. After all, it’s summer. It’s a time of carefree optimism and joy. As the American poet William Carlos William said, “In summer, the song sings itself.”
Your turn: Judge selection reflects totalitarianism
July 27, 2013
I was pleased to read Scott Burkhart’s well-phrased comment (Public Forum, July 23): “When our leaders step in and work to manipulate this system (our “rule of law”), although one group might think it fair, we move dangerously close to totalitarianism where those in power make the rules and call the shots.”
Opinion: Former district attorney comments on concealed-carry law
July 10, 2013
The recent law passed by the Kansas Legislature allows holders of concealed carry licenses to carry weapons into governmental buildings including meetings of various commissions open to the public.
Opinion: Prof supports post-tenure review
June 26, 2013
For some, post-tenure review is a plus, I would include myself among those. The annual evaluation process at Kansas University is not perfect. While KU would not be unique in this, influence and fear of influential members play a part in the annual evaluations process. The post-tenure evaluation provides an opportunity, for those without influence, to showcase what he/she accomplished during the last seven years. It is easier to artificially inflate or deflate a member’s contributions in a one-year cycle. It would not be as easy to do the same if we look at the aggregate contributions of a member over seven years.
Opinion: Nature loves a female breadwinner
June 17, 2013
On May 29, the topic on the Lou Dobbs Tonight show on the Fox Business Network was a recently released Pew finding that women are now the sole or primary source of income in a record 40 percent of American households with children under 18.
Opinion: Families, teachers get top ranking
June 14, 2013
America has fallen in love with rankings.   Chances are that you’ll consult a list of bests and worsts for almost anything you do these days: make a purchase, select a vacation, choose a movie, attend a college, look for a job, or take any step, no matter how big or small, in any direction.
Opinion: Climate change we can’t ignore
May 30, 2013
This month we reached a tragic milestone: Carbon dioxide levels hit 400 parts per million (ppm) in our atmosphere (Scientific American, May 9). For hundreds of thousands of years, CO2 levels have not risen above 300 ppm. The last time CO2 was at 400 ppm was about 3 million years ago, before humans existed, and sea levels were at least 50 feet higher than they are today.
Opinion: KU doctoral grad sees lack of faculty support
May 28, 2013
The recent Saturday Column on Kansas University and customer satisfaction (Journal-World, May 18) deserves an investigative report, but my experiences with this university will have to suffice. Here are a few personal responses to his rhetorical questions.
Opinion: Lawrence unfriendly to new business? You bet!
April 27, 2013
I am always stunned when I hear city or planning commissioners defensively arguing that Lawrence is not unfriendly to new business. Of course it is!
Your turn: Baseball far from dead
March 25, 2013
During my tenure as president of Major League Baseball’s American League (1994-2000), I encountered critics who espoused the belief that baseball was doomed, near death, actually. “Those people have gone away,” Commissioner Bud Selig told me in a recent conversation about the state of the game.
Your turn: DD policy shift would mean higher cost, poorer service
March 18, 2013
To the public, and especially to those who happen to know an individual with developmental disabilities, it looks like these individuals have a good life. But what the public doesn’t see is the complex network of support that goes on behind the scenes, making that person’s life meaningful and successful.
Your turn: Market move raises concerns
March 12, 2013
Over the last 30 years, I have witnessed downtown Lawrence change from a retail shopping district to a bar and restaurant district. The commission has intentionally or unintentionally set priorities that benefit bars and restaurants when balancing the interests of special events like the Farmers’ Market.
Your turn: Long-time resident shares local memories
March 6, 2013
Lawrence is a fun place to live. Yep, I’ve tried it, compared it, and don’t find it wanting. Well, there may be a thing or two that could improve it — like having a mountain on the west side of town, maybe a lock on one side of the Jackman Dam so canoes and small boats could navigate the Kaw. We love what we have though — just the way it is.