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Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Crime reports
If increased reporting spurs increased enforcement, a rise in reported crime might actually be a positive sign for KU.
April 27, 2015
Last year’s 26 percent increase in crime reports on the Kansas University campus isn’t necessarily bad news.

Local Columns

April 27, 2015

Your Turn: State shouldn’t support discrimination
As a chaplain and person of faith, religion is an important part of my daily life and a source of strength and inspiration. I deeply appreciate the value of religious institutions in the lives of many students, including those who attend state colleges and universities in Kansas.

April 25, 2015

Saturday Column: Clinton coronation may not benefit party, nation
Who are the true “kingmakers” in the Democratic Party, and what must they be thinking about the “Hillary situation”? Are the Clintons themselves the party’s kingmakers, and, if so, it is what it is. However, if there are other individuals or factions within the Democratic Party such as the Obama clique or a group of powerful liberals or moderates, what are they thinking about the early days of the “Go Hillary” drive for the presidency?

April 22, 2015

Your Turn: Kansas needs juvenile justice reform
Kansas’ juvenile justice system should be doing more to keep our communities safe and to make better use of state funds. Our juvenile code was written in 1996. Since then, research has shown many strategies once believed to fight youth crime actually do more harm than good — and at great cost to taxpayers. Other states are adopting smarter approaches to juvenile justice that result in declining crime rates and more cost-effective systems.

April 18, 2015

Saturday Column: Regents, Relays and roads among comment topics
Based on numerous reports, past accomplishments and evaluations, the departure of Kansas Board of Regents President and CEO Andy Tompkins will be a major loss for Kansas and the Regents. Tompkins was held in high regard prior to his move to the Regents five years ago; he has strengthened this reputation and will be difficult to replace.

Syndicated Columns

April 27, 2015

Opinion: Kurds in Iraq need more U.S. help
Fifty yards from my hotel, in the largely Christian neighborhood of Ainkawa, a car bomb went off last Friday. You can still smell the acrid smoke where the Nili cafe was shattered, killing two young men who had stepped out for a smoke not far from the U.S. consulate (which the terrorists didn’t reach).

April 26, 2015

Opinion: Facts essential to useful discourse
“Obama is a Muslim,” it said. “That is a FACT.” As best I can recall — my computer ate the email — that was how the key line went in a reader missive that had me doing a double take last week. It was not the outlandish assertion that struck me but, rather, the emphatic claim of its veracity. We’re talking Shift-Lock and all-caps so there would be no mistaking: “Obama is a Muslim. That is a FACT.”
Opinion: Graham will add wit, ideas to race
In 1994, Lindsey Graham, then a 39-year-old South Carolina legislator, ran for Congress in a district that he said had not elected a Republican since Union guns made it do so during Reconstruction. He promised that in Washington he would be “one less vote for an agenda that makes you want to throw up.” He was elected to the Senate in 2002 and soon almost certainly will join the Republican presidential scramble, enlivening it with his quick intelligence, policy fluency, mordant wit and provocative agenda.

April 25, 2015

Opinion: Obama takes Nixon-like approach to Iran
In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality. Consider:
Letters to the Editor

April 25, 2015

Letter: Waning democracy


An oligarchy is a small group of people having control of a country, organization or institution. The Kansas-based Koch brothers ...

Letter: Earning trust


With the 2016 campaign season setting off and figures like $2 billion in spending being tossed about, the real question ...

Letter: Lawrence memories


Whoa! As the huckster says on television, there is more! My family was with me in New Cumberland, Pa., at ...

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