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Editorial: Too soon
It’s way too soon for city commissioners to make a commitment to donate land for a new teen center.
September 23, 2014
A new teen center for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence may be a great use of 10 acres near the proposed site of a new city police headquarters but it would be a mistake for Lawrence city commissioners to make a commitment to donate that land tonight or anytime before the Nov. 4 sales tax vote.

Local Columns

September 23, 2014

Your turn: Schools, society must confront racism
The vandalism that recently occurred at Lawrence High School is a clear reminder that racism still exists across our nation, in our state and even in our hometown. While the Lawrence Police Department quickly apprehended five high school seniors suspected of committing this crime, this incident should not be ignored or quickly forgotten by our community. To simply dismiss this act as “a high school prank taken too far” is to willfully ignore the word of choice used in the graffiti on the field: “N–-rs.”

September 21, 2014

Your turn: Koch ties to KU concern students
School is difficult enough without having to weed through corporate bias. As Gov. Sam Brownback and the state legislature incrementally cut education funding, they are opening the door for donors with specific agendas to purchase influence at Kansas University. Enter the Koch brothers.

September 19, 2014

Saturday Column: KU struggles to establish winning football program
It’s anyone’s guess who will win this afternoon’s football game between Kansas University and Central Michigan. So far, the Jayhawks’ performance has been a tremendous disappointment, winning one and losing one, with today’s game a toss-up. Really, it doesn’t matter that much who wins because it’s likely the Jayhawks will be heavy underdogs for the rest of the season when they face much stronger Big 12 Conference teams. Unfortunately, this football season is a fairly accurate reflection of the past five Jayhawk football seasons.

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.”
Letters to the Editor

September 21, 2014

Letter: Police needs


It is time for us to make an important decision on a critical need facing Lawrence. It is time for ...

Letter: Tax process


At the end of Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission meeting, Vice Mayor Jeremy Farmer openly solicited his fellow commissioners to commit ...

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