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Your turn: It’s all about the green bean casserole
November 28, 2013
Recently, I heard the phrase, “Love is the dream…marriage is the alarm clock.” This is the time of year for the annual ringing of our marital alarm. Is it about money? No. Is it about in-laws? No. Is it about household chores? No. It’s about green bean casserole. Forgive me Julia Child, for I have sinned. I love green bean casserole. While it is true that I have taken a number of courses at the Culinary Institute of America and our friends think that our home is one of the best restaurants in town, I can’t help myself. I love green bean casserole.
Opinion: Arts are important part of education
November 25, 2013
This year marks the 100-year anniversary of one of the seminal events in American culture.
Your Turn: Brownback responds to NY Times
Editor’s note: The following letter by Gov. Sam Brownback was written to the New York Times in response to its Oct. 13 editorial.
October 30, 2013
While the citizens of Kansas do appreciate your interest in the quality of education received by our children, it appears you may be unaware of a few simple facts. Therefore, I would respectfully request that you reconsider the conclusions drawn in your recent editorial entitled “Shortchanging Kansas Schoolchildren” in light of the following:
Opinion: Schools must embrace technology
October 15, 2013
In 1965, Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore predicted that computer processing power would double every two years. Almost 50 years later, his prediction, known as Moore’s Law, has proven to be incredibly accurate.
Opinion: Latinos’ influence growing
September 18, 2013
Tuesday, I met our country’s newest Americans, right here in Lawrence. I had the privilege of addressing the 10th annual naturalization ceremony at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics, held with the support of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. This ceremony brought home for me how much things have changed since I started my freshman year at KU 35 years ago this month.
Opinion: Official outlines state aquifer efforts
September 11, 2013
We would like to respond to the “Aquifer addiction” editorial published in the Sept. 4 Journal-World. The recent Kansas State University study has again illustrated the reality of the Ogallala Aquifer. The amount of withdraw continues to exceed the amount of recharge. As pointed out in the study, reducing the amount of pumping to sustainable levels would cause economic devastation. In recognition of that fact, the existing Kansas Water Plan policy is to “conserve and extend” the useful life of the aquifer.
Opinion: Frustration with K-12 schools is misplaced
August 24, 2013
School is in session again, and while visions of school supplies have danced in parents’ heads for the last several weeks, preparing for school can be frustrating. Navigating sometimes obtuse school websites for required supplies, calendar events and before/after school information can seem futile. Resulting anxieties are heightened for families starting at a new school or new to a community.
Opinion: Local taxpayer shows interest in school budget
August 23, 2013
Since over $1,000 of my property taxes went to support USD 497 in 2012, I thought it prudent to attend the school board meeting on Aug. 12 supposedly to discuss next year’s budget. This was my first time attending such a meeting. I also wanted to examine and ask about technology expenses, since I have reservations about computer use and the development of young minds.
Opinion: Distrust of government is growing
August 19, 2013
Every poll and every survey show that there is growing mistrust of the federal government.
Opinion: Tribe has historical ties to land
August 14, 2013
Many years ago the eminent anthropologist Frank Speck wrote that the last Lenape (Delaware) “Big House,” their traditional spiritual center, was located somewhere in the immediate vicinity of the Pine Farm in North Lawrence. The adjacent land, where the Lawrence Airport now sits, was cleared for the tribe’s primary maize field by Chief Sarcoxie’s and Chief Fall Leaf’s bands of Delaware soon after their arrival in 1830.
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.