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Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: A Kansas plan
Other states are finding ways to tailor Medicaid expansion programs to meet their individual needs. Kansas should try to do the same.
December 19, 2014
Officials at two hospitals of special interest to Lawrence are sounding the alarm about the impact the state’s refusal to expand Medicaid is having on their institutions.

Local Columns

December 19, 2014

Saturday Column: KU might tap unrestricted funds to save top faculty
It’s normal for a good university to lose faculty members — some good and some not so good — on an annual basis. This certainly is the case at Kansas University. This being the situation, how much effort is KU making to hold on to the good ones?

December 17, 2014

Your Turn: Students defend information request
“The creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand The number of universities on the other end of the Kochs’ $50 million investment in academia has skyrocketed from just seven in 2005 to about 250 in 2012. Thanks to individuals utilizing open records legislation, several of these secret contracts and related correspondence have been made public. Former national American Association of University Professors President, Cary Nelson, explicitly condemned the Koch contracts for containing “language (which) violates academic freedom and poses problems because of its unspoken agenda.”

December 16, 2014

Your Turn: Nonschool programs fill gap
News about the present and future of American K-12 education continues to be discouraging. But a series of effective out-of-school programs is creating a glimmer of hope. If we focus on these, thousands of children can be salvaged from a broken system.

December 13, 2014

Your Turn: Elected mayor might benefit Lawrence
Chad Lawhorn recently compared the “Most Educated Cities in America,” by per-capita GDP. Lawrence is solidly in last place at $33,501: 20 percent lower than the next (Fort Collins at $41,805) and 26 percent below the mean average for all ten ($52,674). In spite of our rich social capital, fine educational institutions, and proximity to the Interstate 70 and Kansas Highway 10 corridors, we falter.

Syndicated Columns

December 20, 2014

Opinion: Lone-wolf terrorists pose varied threat
The lone wolf is the new national nightmare, dramatized and amplified this week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney, Australia. But there are two kinds of lone wolves — the crazy and the evil — and the distinction is important.

December 19, 2014

Opinion: Massacre should motivate Pakistan
Pakistanis, and sympathizers the world over, are mourning the Taliban’s horrific massacre of at least 132 schoolchildren and 13 staff in a crowded school in Peshawar.
Opinion: U.S.-Cuba shift may not be ‘historic’
While President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday that he will normalize relations with Cuba is the biggest diplomatic breakthrough with the island after six decades of hostilities, his speech may have been less “historic” than he portrayed it, according to numerous U.S. congressional sources and Cuba experts.

December 18, 2014

Opinion: Plates spur Texas-sized dispute
The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) might consider that judgment premature, given its conflict with the state’s Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles. This skirmish is of national interest because it implicates a burgeoning new entitlement — the right to pass through life without encountering any disagreeable thought.
Letters to the Editor

December 20, 2014

Letter: Wrong repair


I recently read the proposed fix for the cracking that exist at the rec center and had to make my ...

Letter: Vital vaccine


To my fellow Jayhawks: How much is your life worth? Medical economists who work for the federal government are asking ...

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December 18, 2014

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