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Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Paying attention
The incoming school district leader is wise to gather as much teacher feedback as possible
May 2, 2016
Kyle Hayden, Lawrence’s incoming school superintendent, is right to meet with faculty at as many campuses as possible this year.

Local Columns

May 1, 2016

Opinion: A jungle of pleasant memories
I was listening to a radio review of Disney’s new blockbuster “The Jungle Book,” when I heard Mowgli’s name pronounced “Mow-gli,” as in “mow the yard,” rather than “Mao-gli,” as in “Mao Tse-tung.” I was offended, outraged. My childhood memories had been violated. The name was pronounced Mao-gli on the 78 rpm record I listened to some 70 years ago. For me, that pronunciation is authoritative. Enough said.

April 30, 2016

Saturday Column: Provost candidates well qualified, but one stands out
Standing room only attendance at the public presentations by candidates seeking the job of provost at Kansas University sent a clear message regarding interest in and concern about who will take over this important position.

April 27, 2016

Opinion: Easy fix for restroom worries
I have often thought (and written) that the world seems to be going mad. The latest political conflict in numerous states over bathroom facilities strikes me as just one more example of this increasing madness. Why are the elected representatives of the people spending their legislative time on who can go into a bathroom?

April 26, 2016

Your Turn: U.S. teachers deserve better treatment
May 3 is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Unfortunately, this nation too often neglects to thank those who do important and seemingly impossible work. The more than 3.5 million K-12 teachers fall into this category. We owe them big time. So let’s send them our apologies and our thanks.

Syndicated Columns

May 2, 2016

Opinion: In case of Trump victory, break glass
Donald Trump’s damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun. Republican quislings will multiply, slinking into support of the most anti-conservative presidential aspirant in their party’s history. These collaborationists will render themselves ineligible to participate in the party’s reconstruction.
Opinion: Latino vote likely to sink Trump this fall
Judging from the latest primary results and new polls that have just come out, I have a growing feeling that Latinos will save America from Donald Trump.

May 1, 2016

Opinion: Bernie Nation can’t get behind Hillary
“And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain.” Those are, of course, the opening lyrics to Frank Sinatra’s immortal recording of “My Way.” They are also a succinct description of the state of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

April 30, 2016

Opinion: The world according to Trump
Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven’t had to be. Our instinctive isolationism derives from our geographic exceptionalism. As Bismarck once explained (it is said), the United States is the most fortunate of all Great Powers, bordered on two sides by weak neighbors and on the other two by fish.
Letters to the Editor

May 1, 2016

Letter to the editor: No more quiet

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The old library used to be a quiet place to read or use the computers. Things changed quite a bit ...

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April 30, 2016

Letter to the editor: Questions aplenty


What is our governor thinking? He has given tax cuts and tax-free status to those who can most afford to ...

Letter to the editor: Desperadoes


Congrats to Kris Kobach for his second voter fraud conviction. Now I can sleep at night, knowing that people who ...

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April 28, 2016

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