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Editorial: Voting appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear a federal voter registration appeal will leave Kansas’ dual voting system intact — for now.
June 30, 2015
State officials still are pondering how much time and money they will spend fighting recent court decisions that affect Kansas. However, one case has gone as far as it will go in the courts — at least for now.

Local Columns

June 27, 2015

Saturday Column: Key leaders promote excellence at KU Hospital
“I doubt if there is any other hospital in the country which can match the turnaround the Kansas University Hospital has achieved in the past 15 to 20 years. It’s amazing, and its regional and national reputation gets better year after year.” This was the opinion of a senior KU Hospital doctor following last week’s KU Hospital Hall of Fame dinner and awards celebration.

June 22, 2015

Your Turn: Influence of Hispanic voters will grow
The 2016 elections have moved into high gear. Candidates at all levels, along with their political parties, are jockeying for position.

June 20, 2015

Saturday Column: Don’t let 9th Street project divide the community
It’s time for a genuine, honest conversation about the Ninth Street arts corridor project. Name-calling, questionable interpretations of past comments or statements, egos, some of those involved being two thin-skinned, questionable motivations, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, threats and other actions relative to what now is known as the East Ninth Project have created a dangerous situation that could have lasting and damaging consequences for Lawrence. Now is the time for honesty, trust and transparency.

June 13, 2015

Saturday Column: Legislative session an embarrassment for Kansas
The long, embarrassing 2015 Kansas legislative session has come to an end. Early Friday morning, members of the Kansas House agreed to a tax plan that broke the deadlock between the House and Senate, and now, the measures will be sent to the governor for his signature.

Syndicated Columns

June 30, 2015

Opinion: Latin America lags in innovation
New figures showing a sharp decline of foreign investments in Latin America made big headlines in many countries in the region in recent days, but there is other, less noticed data that should trigger even bigger alarm bells. I’m talking about the latest indicators of innovation, which have a much bigger impact on the future.
Opinion: Use common sense on Confederate flag
Let’s start at a place where consensus is easy: No one that I know of is arguing that anyone should be prohibited from displaying the South’s most familiar icon — the Confederate battle flag — on his person or his private property or even in public locations, such as the bumper of his car or as a tattoo on the skin of his forearm.

June 29, 2015

Opinion: U.S. must be ready to say no to Iran
The June 30 deadline is almost here for a final agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program, and it’s hard to see how the negotiators can meet it. That may not be a bad thing.

June 28, 2015

Opinion: Flag’s rejection was long overdue
“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they’ve tried everything else.” That’s an observation widely credited to Winston Churchill, though it’s one he may or may not have ever made. Whoever said it, the truth of the axiom has seldom been more obvious than now, as we watch the fall of the Confederate battle flag. It is too early to say whether this will prove lasting. But the signs certainly point toward a seismic shift.
Letters to the Editor

June 29, 2015

Letter: Kasold plan support


We disagree with the June 17 editorial “Kasold options” claim that, “Reducing the number of lanes on this busy street ...

Letter: Money message


Following the killings in South Carolina, Republican presidential hopefuls, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Rick Santorum are giving campaign contributions ...

Letter: Talking about race


I, too, attended the “Service of Solidarity” at St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Lawrence on Sunday, June ...

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June 27, 2015

June 26, 2015

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