Opinion and Commentary

Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Parking switch
Reducing the parking requirements for a large apartment complex on the edge of the KU campus would be a serious mistake.
September 18, 2014
Apparently not satisfied with the city’s approval of a 10-year, 85 percent tax rebate, the developer of a $75 million apartment complex near Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium now is asking the city for an additional favor: a reduction in the parking requirement for the project.

Local Columns

September 12, 2014

Saturday Column: Transparency crucial on private military operations
President Obama announced this week he intends to intensify this country’s military actions against ISIS terrorist forces but with no U.S. boots “on the ground.”

September 10, 2014

Opinion: Column starts the conversation
This fall marks the 20th year I have been writing this column. Obviously a great deal has happened during those 20 years. When I began writing this column I was the newly appointed dean of the law school at Kansas University, I was 32 years old and my idea in offering to write the column was that it would be a public service to give my views on legal matters through the column.

September 7, 2014

Opinion: Rhythms of nature reassuring
Two spiders have hung their webs just beyond my kitchen window, one directly in front of the other, between a juniper tree and a bird feeder. You’d think that with the vast outdoors available, they would have staked out individual, exclusive territories. But what do I know about the ways of spiders?

September 5, 2014

Saturday Column: U.S. can’t ignore threat posed by illegal immigration
It’s ironic that, at a time when this country’s senior military leaders talk about the growing and imminent danger of terrorists, when ISIS forces boast about flying their flags in Washington, when European leaders make it clear they are alarmed about the spread of terrorism and the advances made by ISIS, when al-Qaida leaders boast of new units in India, and when there is growing concern about American ISIS fighters returning to the U.S., our borders with Mexico in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California remain an open sieve with thousands of undocumented workers and “children” moving into our country every day.

Syndicated Columns

September 18, 2014

Opinion: Congress must authorize ISIS war
The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today’s issue is not whether to declare war but only whether the president should even seek congressional authorization for the protracted use of force against the Islamic State. 

September 17, 2014

Opinion: No defense for what Ray Rice did
Last week, USA Today quoted women fans who pointedly support Rice, the NFL star dropped by the Baltimore Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the league this month for a February incident in which he cold-cocked his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer.
Opinion: U.S. boots are already on the ground
Here’s a national-security riddle: How can President Obama provide limited military support on the ground to help “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State without formally violating his pledge not to send U.S. combat troops? The answer may lie in the legal alchemy known as “Title 50.”

September 16, 2014

Opinion: Obama should challenge Cuba
President Barack Obama’s biggest upcoming diplomatic challenge in Latin America will be whether to attend the 34-country Summit of the Americas alongside Cuban leader Raúl Castro, who has been invited by the host country — Panama — over U.S. objections. I think Obama should go, and do something really bold there.
Letters to the Editor

September 18, 2014

Letter: Foundation funding


Your Sept. 15 editorial titled “Rural boost” presented the Kansas Sampler Foundation’s campaign to raise funds for rural projects as ...

Letter: Faulty comparison


I am writing with regard to the Sept. 14 J-W editorial decrying KU’s U.S. News rankings. The editorial suggests that ...

Letter: Out of business


Business owners, beware! All business owners, large or small, should be aware that your local government can and will put ...

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