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Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: An honored friend
A visit by former Sen. Bob Dole was a reminder of the Kansan’s many accomplishments and a tribute to the legacy he leaves behind.
April 23, 2014
It may have been called a reception, but it seemed more like a warm, almost emotional reunion of long-time friends who gathered to express their appreciation and admiration for a special friend who had done so much for the state of Kansas and the country.

Local Columns

April 23, 2014

Opinion: Law erodes teachers’ rights
Of all of the legislation passed by the current Legislature, House Bill 2506, signed by Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday, may well be the most controversial. That bill, the main purpose of which was supposed to be supplemental funding for K-12 schools in Kansas to comply with an order of the Kansas Supreme Court, also makes additional non-financial changes in Kansas education law.

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.

Syndicated Columns

April 23, 2014

Opinion: When all we have is each other
It was an angry book. Much of the response was angry, too. Some towns banned it, some towns burned it. Every town talked about it.

April 22, 2014

Opinion: Iran appointee stirs sour memories
Hamid Aboutalebi looked like the ideal candidate to become Tehran’s ambassador to the United Nations. He speaks fluent English and French, has served as ambassador to Italy, Australia, Belgium, and the European Union, and — in an ecumenical twist — got his Ph.D. from a Catholic university.

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.
Letters to the Editor

April 23, 2014

Letter: Gun safety


Are we safe on our streets, in our schools, in our churches, or even at home? Recent events prompt this ...

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April 22, 2014

Letter: 4-H support

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Thank you for your column celebrating the career of Gordon Hibbard (April 12) highlighting not only the importance of the ...

Letter: Safety at sea


It bothers me greatly to see the repeated incidents of incompetence in the various enterprises that take people out onto ...

Letter: Offensive ad


Buffalo’s Bob’s restaurant is to be congratulated for its many years of service to the community. It is therefore especially ...

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April 19, 2014

April 17, 2014

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