Opinion and Commentary

Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Water strategies
It’s good to see Kansas policy makers working with university experts in an effort to meet the state’s water challenges.
April 21, 2014
Water is likely to become this nation’s most critical natural resource, and it is good to learn a special task force appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback will be meeting at Kansas University Thursday to discuss a long-term plan for the protection and use of the state’s water resources.

Local Columns

April 19, 2014

Saturday Column: Faculty are loyal but concerned about KU’s future
As the 2013-14 school year at Kansas University nears an end, what’s the mood across the campus? Are faculty members excited and enthused about the future — their futures as well as the university’s — or are they worried and concerned?

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.

Syndicated Columns

April 21, 2014

Opinion: Disclosure poses unacceptable risk
The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit.
Opinion: Kansas killings offer reminder of KKK hate
The news that a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan is suspected of shooting and killing three people near Jewish community centers in Kansas seems at first glance like a disparaged past flaring briefly into the present. Americans like to imagine that the KKK belongs to a long-gone South and anti-Semitism to a distant 20th century. Sadly, this better reflects a naive faith in the nation’s history of religious tolerance than the realities experienced by many religious minorities. Although the KKK has evolved and its membership has dwindled, it remains part of an American legacy of religious intolerance.

April 20, 2014

Opinion: If this isn’t racism, what is?
I have a question for George Will. If he can’t answer it, maybe Brit Hume can. Both men were recently part of a panel on “Fox News Sunday” to which moderator Chris Wallace posed this question: Has race played a role in the often-harsh treatment of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder? Wallace was reacting to a clip of Holder strongly hinting that a testy encounter with House Republicans was part of a pattern of race-based abuse of himself and the president.
Opinion: Court to look at campaign ‘truth’
Occasionally, the Supreme Court considers questions that are answered merely by asking them. On Tuesday, the court will hear arguments about this: Should a government agency, whose members are chosen by elected officials, be empowered to fine or imprison any candidate or other participant in the political process who during a campaign makes what the agency considers “false statements” about a member of the political class or a ballot initiative?
Letters to the Editor

April 19, 2014

Letter: Needs/wants


Let’s take a look at some of the “needs/wants” our city officials have obligated us, the taxpayers of Lawrence, to ...

Letter: ‘A’ work


At the Governance Committee hearing on April 15, Regent Tim Emert chastised the Social Media Working Group by saying “Some ...

Letter: Term limits


We need a drastic change to our state legislature. Over the last several decades, our legislature has consisted of mainly ...

Letter: Voice for unborn


In asking, “Who speaks for voiceless children?” (Journal-World, March 20), Leonard Pitts raises an interesting question. Citing a report on ...

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April 17, 2014

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