Opinion and Commentary

Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Recycling option
Rural county residents soon will have a more convenient way to drop off recyclable materials.
July 31, 2015
Congratulations to Douglas County officials for moving forward on plans to provide increased recycling opportunities for rural residents.

Local Columns

July 31, 2015

Your turn: ‘Complete streets’ promote health
In 2012, the city of Lawrence took a huge step forward by passing a “complete streets” policy. A complete street is designed to promote safety and convenience for all users. Often seen as a way to encourage walking and bicycling, a truly complete street enhances roadway safety and convenience for all users, including those in vehicles. Hundreds of cities around the country now have complete streets policies.

July 29, 2015

Opinion: Truckers impose traffic order
Last week , while returning from a trip to upstate New York, my wife and I found ourselves on the highway just north of St. Louis in Southern Illinois. About 30 miles from St. Louis, we saw a sign that said that there was road construction two and one half miles ahead and that the road would shortly go from two lanes to one lane. What I found amazing was that it appeared that all of the cars on the road were, in fact, moving from two lanes down to one in an orderly fashion.

July 25, 2015

Saturday Column: Resigning KU Alumni Association president will be tough to replace
Earlier this week, Kansas University Alumni Association officials announced Kevin Corbett is stepping down as president of the nationally recognized association. On July 31, he will end an 11-year term as president.

July 18, 2015

Saturday Column: KU business dean key to new building project, school's success
Last week this newspaper carried a feature on the new building to house the Kansas University School of Business. The building itself will be named Capitol Federal Hall, recognizing the $20 million leadership gift from the Capitol Federal Foundation headed by the Dicus family of Topeka.

Syndicated Columns

July 31, 2015

Opinion: Christians fleeing from Mideast
Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam’s by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but after their persecution under the previous Muslim Brotherhood government, they know how precarious their existence in 90 percent Muslim Egypt remains. Elsewhere, it’s much worse. Twenty-one Copts were beheaded by the Islamic State affiliate in Libya for the crime of being Christian. In those large swaths of Syria and Iraq where the Islamic State rules, the consequences for Christians are terrible — enslavement, exile, torture, massacre, crucifixion.

July 30, 2015

Opinion: Congress should reject Iran pact
It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, N.M. The anniversary underscored that the agreement attempts to thwart proliferation of technology seven decades old.
Opinion: Trump populism reminiscent of Chavez
The conventional wisdom is that Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is a populist clown who won’t be able to set the Republican agenda or capture the Republican nomination, much less win the 2016 presidential election. But the conventional wisdom has often been wrong.

July 29, 2015

Opinion: Broaden violence discussion
This will not be a column about Sandra Bland, although it could be. Certainly there is cause for outrage over the way a Texas state trooper escalated the routine traffic stop of an indignant African-American woman into a violent arrest; she died of an apparent jail cell suicide three days later. But Chuck would say that in habitually defining police violence as a black problem, we make it smaller than it is.
Letters to the Editor

July 29, 2015

Letter: Protect, defend

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Consider those brave young men who felt compelled to defend the local military recruiting office (“Kansas reviews safety of recruiting ...

Letter: On guard

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Two men with loaded AR-15 rifles “on guard” outside the recruiting center, certainly makes a statement to me! Once again, ...

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