Opinion

Letter to the editor: Memorial an abiding tribute

To the editor: On Oct. 1, someone added a dozen red roses to the impromptu memorial on the concrete block on the northeast corner of 11th and Massachusetts streets. That memorial recalls the triple murder and mayhem that occurred in the early morning of Oct. 1, 2017. The roses are in a plastic ...

Opinion: Trump is turning ideology of America into a sham

Washington — Americans are starting to see the full, global implications of having a president who is ignorant of history, driven by impulse, immune to advice and dead to the romance of American ideals. The betrayal of the Kurds has damaged President Donald Trump so badly — including ...

Opinion: Ranked choice voting makes sense

As the dust settled after the 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary election, Secretary of State Kris Kobach defeated incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer by 350 votes, of 128,838 total votes (40.6%). Lagging far behind were moderate Jim Barnett (8.8%), Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer (7.8%) and three ...

Opinion: The nation could use a leader like Bob Dole

Twenty years ago, former U.S. Transportation Secretary, President of the Red Cross and future North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole was a decidedly long-shot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination — an honor her husband, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole had won four years ...

Opinion: Double down on support for Lebanon

Beirut — The aftershocks of President Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds in Syria are rumbling through the region, and a string of Lebanese officials told me last week that they fear they’re the next to be discarded by America. Lebanese politicians and security officials, in a series of ...

Opinion: Black people in white imagination

The beam from his flashlight reflects off the glass, so we can’t see what he saw. But in a sense, we don’t need to see what Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean saw to know what he saw, peering through that window. He saw something fearsome, a threat to life and limb. All this in the ...

Views from Kansas: Consider open carry of beer

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Earlier this month, the Kansas State Fair board decided to take a big step: Pursuing open carry of beer on the grounds of the fair. Right now, those who attend the ...

Opinion: Too willing to cut constitutional corners

Washington — Presidential aspirant Beto O’Rourke, thrashing about in an attempt to be noticed, says tax exemptions should be denied to churches and other institutions that oppose same-sex marriage. O’Rourke’s suggestion, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to tax the ...

Opinion: Trump’s betrayal sickens U.S. soldiers

Washington — At a gathering last Saturday night of military and intelligence veterans, one topic shrouded the room: President Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria who had fought and died to help America destroy the Islamic State. “It’s a dagger to the heart to walk ...

Opinion: Public assault on science continues — to our peril

With the deluge of news from the current impeachment turmoil in Washington, one could be excused for missing the continuing assault on science from the administration and its supporters. In August, in explaining his no-exception anti-abortion stance, Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King claimed that ...

Views from Kansas: Strengthening Kansas families

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. A new program is working to prevent children from ending up in foster care. A collection of grants totaling $13 million were awarded to 18 nonprofit organizations ...

Letter to the editor: Violent extremism

To the editor: Once again we see right-wing extremists taking violent action in Germany, attacking a synagogue on Yom Kippur. This is not an isolated event. As World War II veterans are fading away, the xenophobic, ethnocentric, ultra-nationalistic philosophy they defeated is making a violent ...

Opinion: O’Rourke works to reelect Trump

Washington — Beto O’Rourke, innovative for interpreting a failed Senate campaign as a steppingstone to the presidency, is now famous for (1) his use of profanity on the campaign trail, (2) his pledge that “hell, yes” he wants to confiscate AR-15s and (3) his proposal to tax religious ...

Letter to the editor: Have a voting plan?

To the editor: While there is a big election coming up in 2020, there is a consequential election coming up next month with local elections and a vote on a constitutional amendment. Don’t give local elections the cold shoulder. To put it plainly: They matter. Do you have a voting ...

Letter to the editor: Not enough stalls

To the editor: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, last check, Lawrence had a population of nearly 100,000 people. The Lawrence Public Library has three bathroom stalls for men, one of which patrons may not even be aware of in the children’s area, a family restroom. There are two men’s ...

Opinion: Ignoring arms control is a big mistake

Washington — Last week’s news that President Trump is considering abandoning the Open Skies Treaty probably brought a yawn from most observers. Arms-control agreements like this seem to many people like yesterday’s problem. But ignoring arms control is a dangerous mistake, especially ...

Opinion: A president who thinks he’s above the law

Donald Trump is testing whether he can claim immunity from the rule of law. That’s the plain meaning of the announcement that his administration will not cooperate in any way with the House impeachment inquiry. The letter released by White House counsel Pat Cipollone brands the impeachment ...

Opinion: It can happen right here in America

I was maybe 10 years old when this happened. Mom is driving, I’m in the back seat. It’s night. She’s trying to cross Vermont, a busy L.A. thoroughfare, from a side street. Southbound traffic is jammed, but a guy in a truck makes a hole and waves us through. We’ve almost cleared the ...

Opinion: Trump adds self-impeachment to his repertoire

Washington — Donald Trump, an ongoing eruption of self-refuting statements (“I’m a very stable genius” with “a very good brain”), is adding self-impeachment to his repertoire. Spiraling downward in a tightening gyre, his increasingly unhinged public performances (Google the one with ...