Opinion

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Opinion: Difficult days ahead, election aside

Even if this ends well, it will not end well. Mind you, if it ends badly — that is to say, if Donald Trump is returned to the White House in November — America’s likely future will be, in the words of Thomas Hobbes, “nasty, brutish and short.” But the paradox of our predicament is ...

Editorial: Mask wearing and America’s terrible birthday party

Hopefully you haven’t become confused and placed your political yard sign on your face and your face mask in your yard. It seems to be an easy mistake to make these days. Come to find out, they really aren’t the same thing. Even people who like the president are stating plainly that ...

Letter to the editor: Name change

To the editor: Having served as the principal at Pinckney Elementary from 2015 to 2019, I have watched the ongoing discussion around changing the name of Pinckney neighborhood and Pinckney Elementary. Pinckney school has such a diverse student body, both racially and economically, so on ...

Opinion: Public schools are at heart of citizenship

July 4 marks our nation’s independence celebration and reminds us of our founding principles. It’s a celebration of fireworks and fun, but this year we find ourselves fraught with misgivings brought on by economic uncertainty, contagious disease and social unrest. We celebrate and honor our ...

Opinion: The unpredictable John Roberts strikes again

In providing the crucial fifth vote to strike down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals, Chief Justice John Roberts has re-enforced a longstanding theme: there is no guarantee a judge nominated by a Republican president will decide ...

Opinion: Country or Trump, but not both

It comes down to a binary choice. Either he is a monster or an ignoramus. Either Donald Trump did nothing when informed that American intelligence believed Russia was paying a bounty to the Taliban for killing American military personnel in Afghanistan, or he had no clue, didn’t even know ...

Opinion: Washington, D.C., is already a ‘state’

In the latest of many cynical and highly political moves, the House of Representatives last week passed a measure that would transform the District of Columbia and make it the 51st state. “DC,” as it is often abbreviated by locals, is already a “state.” It is a state of corruption, ...

Opinion: July and November are polls apart

New York Times/Siena College has Democrat Joe Biden at 50% and Republican President Donald Trump at 36%; CNN has Biden at 54% and Trump 36%; Fox News has Biden at 50% and Trump at 38%. These recent national polls have left Democrats almost giddy with anticipation. But before Democrats put the ...

Opinion: Donald Trump or America?

This is an emergency. Election Day is little more than four months off, voters facing their most important choice since 1860: Donald Trump or America? It’s a decision that will define the future. And millions of us wonder if we’ll get to have our say. Such is the state of things seven ...

Letter to the editor: Consider person, not party

To the editor: I’m sure others will point out that Kennedy Elementary School wasn’t named after the president but after longtime Lawrence educator Opal Jayne Kennedy. She was my principal at Hillcrest and also my fifth grade teacher. Almost 60 years on now, I remember a lesson about ...

Letter to the editor: Trump is a fake president

To the editor: Maybe someone can explain to me why any self-respecting women or an evangelical Christian would support Donald Trump? Before becoming president he boasted about fondling and groping women because his celebrity status gave him the right! His boasts were so filthy, disgusting and ...

Opinion: A place for moderate Republicans?

The 2020 elections for the Kansas Legislature could be perilous for moderate Republicans. Their political relevance is at stake, with huge implications for Kansas politics. Most “moderate” Republican lawmakers in Topeka are actually pretty conservative. Most typically vote against ...

Opinion: Ruling means temporary reprieve for those who dream

Last week, the Supreme Court stopped President Donald Trump from inflicting the devastation that candidate Trump had vowed to inflict on 700,000 young immigrants in this country. This is a temporary reprieve, which makes this another reason why this year’s presidential election is the ...

Opinion: Virus doesn’t care about your politics

Meanwhile, back at the pandemic . . . The death toll now stands at 120,000. The United States, with roughly 4% of the world’s population, accounts for about 25% of its COVID-19 deaths. Those states that reopened despite warnings that doing so would cause a spike in coronavirus cases are ...

Views from Kansas: Make a holiday of Election Day

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Coaches at the University of Kansas and Kansas State University have signed statements declaring Election Day a mandatory day off for athletes, ensuring no practice or ...

Opinion: George Floyd changed my mind

For many years, I was skeptical about accusations of racism in the criminal justice system. Yes, I knew that blacks comprised only about 12% of the population yet represented 33% of the prison population. But those data alone did not prove that police are racists or that courts are tougher on ...

Letter to the editor: Know the past

To the editor: When American rebels tore down the statue of King George III, they turned it into bullets, which they then aimed at British troops. Today there is great anguish over statues being knocked down around America. I do not share the anguish. I have confidence some clever ...

Letter to the editor: Tear them down

To the editor: The removal of statues is not the “destruction of history.” It is history. Statues are a reflection of history. They are not the keepers of it. The act of putting up and taking down monuments has always been political, purposeful and an organic part of cultural ...

Letter to the editor: Name it for Walker

To the editor: If Pinckney Elementary School is renamed, it should be for George Walker. He was a Lawrence native who grew up in the Pinckney area and presumably attended the school, then went on to become one of the biggest celebrities of the vaudeville era. A brilliant comedian, singer and ...