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Saturday Column: D-Day beaches spur thoughts on the ‘costs’ of war
October 31, 2014
This writer just returned from a trip to France to visit the various beaches where the Battle of Normandy was launched on June 6, 1944, along with numerous cemeteries where thousands of Americans and Germans are buried. It was an emotional experience that many in Lawrence have experienced.

Tom Keegan

Column: Royals deserve admiration reserved for championship teams
October 30, 2014
I’m trying to figure out how losing Game 7 of the World Series instead of winning it made the Kansas City Royals any less worthy of the respect and gratitude typically reserved for World Champions. The empty feeling from finishing second quickly gave way to admiration for the remarkable baseball team that posted the best possible postseason record a team could have without winning the World Series. Column by Tom Keegan

Your Turn

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.”

George Gurley

Opinion: Talk not always so cheap
October 4, 2014
Once upon a time, people got rich by making stuff — cars, railroads, skyscrapers. Even silly stuff such as Silly Putty, the Hula Hoop, the Pocket Fisherman, the Inside-the-Egg-Scrambler still had the hallmark of being “stuff.” But today, it’s enough to have an idea, the more inane the better. All it takes is to come up with some idiotic “app” and the money starts pouring in. No need for an assembly line. All it takes is a room filled with nerds.

Garden Calendar

Garden Variety: A lesson in apple picking
October 8, 2014
With apple-harvesting season in full swing, now is a great time to get out and pick some of the fresh fruit from local orchards or your own trees if you have them.