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Editorial: Relays tradition
The Kansas Relays is primed to reclaim its position as one of the nation’s premiere track and field events.
April 17, 2014
The Kansas Relays are a signature athletic event for Kansas University and Lawrence. They not only seem to guarantee at least one day of rain on an April weekend in Lawrence but they draw thousands of competitors and spectators to the community.

Local Columns

April 15, 2014

Your turn: Board of Regents can learn from social media work group
In the months since the Kansas Board of Regents passed their widely derided social media policy, many have wondered why they would create a policy so at odds with higher education. One answer is that the regents are political appointees, all but one of whom lack professional expertise in higher education. (Four of the nine are lawyers.)

April 12, 2014

Your turn: Former editor earned community’s respect
It doesn’t seem that long ago when we Lawrence Junior High kids were jamming into the Congregational Church “recreation area” for those church-sponsored Friday night dances. You “old-timers” remember when Pastor Dale Turner in the 1950s opened his heart and church to us Lawrence “Happy Days,” barely teenage, boys and girls. Times change, people grow, and our wonderful Lawrence community continues to thrive. Many people through the years have contributed immensely to local progress. Today I remember a fellow Jayhawk, Bill Mayer.

April 11, 2014

Saturday Column: 4-H leader, newsman had distinguished careers
Rather than expressing opinions about disturbing, if not illegal, actions by President Obama, challenging issues facing the city, the university and the state, the positives and negatives of the one-and-done exercise now being played by all-star university basketball players, the excessive salaries paid to all-star university basketball and football coaches compared to salaries paid to all-star faculty members and other topical matters, this writer prefers to focus this week on two unassuming but true all-stars in their respective fields.

April 10, 2014

Your turn: Group says economy strong
The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors quarterly “Indicators of the Kansas Economy” (IKE) report recently has been the subject of careless scrutiny. Some have taken the short-term numbers in this report out of context and misconstrued them, painting a picture of a lagging Kansas economy, when in fact long-term trends reveal that our state’s economy is the healthiest it has been in the last decade.
Letters to the Editor

April 17, 2014

Letter: Information control


Charles G. Koch’s op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal should have created debates about the idea of freedom. Alas, ...

Letter: Casting stones


This is in response to Carl Burkhead’s letter of April 9. When you become a woman and find yourself facing ...

Letter: Lost favorites

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“Guess what’s closing now,” my mother asked Tuesday morning, before I saw the newspaper.

Letter: Figures disputed


The Obama administration and Health and Human Services are touting huge enrollment figures for the Affordable Care Act, but their ...

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April 16, 2014

April 14, 2014

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