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Editorial: Salute to Habitat
Nonprofit group has much to be proud of as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.
September 16, 2014
Habitat for Humanity has helped 85 Lawrence families build and finance homes since the organization’s local chapter was founded in 1989. That’s an accomplishment worth saluting as the nonprofit group celebrates its 25th anniversary in Lawrence this month.

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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.”

September 10, 2014

Opinion: Column starts the conversation
This fall marks the 20th year I have been writing this column. Obviously a great deal has happened during those 20 years. When I began writing this column I was the newly appointed dean of the law school at Kansas University, I was 32 years old and my idea in offering to write the column was that it would be a public service to give my views on legal matters through the column.

September 7, 2014

Opinion: Rhythms of nature reassuring
Two spiders have hung their webs just beyond my kitchen window, one directly in front of the other, between a juniper tree and a bird feeder. You’d think that with the vast outdoors available, they would have staked out individual, exclusive territories. But what do I know about the ways of spiders?

September 5, 2014

Saturday Column: U.S. can’t ignore threat posed by illegal immigration
It’s ironic that, at a time when this country’s senior military leaders talk about the growing and imminent danger of terrorists, when ISIS forces boast about flying their flags in Washington, when European leaders make it clear they are alarmed about the spread of terrorism and the advances made by ISIS, when al-Qaida leaders boast of new units in India, and when there is growing concern about American ISIS fighters returning to the U.S., our borders with Mexico in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California remain an open sieve with thousands of undocumented workers and “children” moving into our country every day.

Syndicated Columns

September 16, 2014

Opinion: Obama should challenge Cuba
President Barack Obama’s biggest upcoming diplomatic challenge in Latin America will be whether to attend the 34-country Summit of the Americas alongside Cuban leader Raúl Castro, who has been invited by the host country — Panama — over U.S. objections. I think Obama should go, and do something really bold there.

September 15, 2014

Opinion: Islamic State threat too big to ignore
Now that President Barack Obama has finally laid out a strategy to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State, there are only two (very big) questions that matter: Is this strategy really necessary?
Opinion: Scottish independence vote is epic
Tucking into a dish of Scottish haggis is not a task for the fainthearted. There are various haggis recipes, but basically it is sheep’s pluck — the heart, lungs and liver — cooked together, then mixed with suet and oatmeal and boiled in a sheep’s stomach, then served, sometimes drenched with Scotch. People who pour whisky on oatmeal are not shrinking violets. Remember this on Thursday when Scotland votes on independence from the United Kingdom.

September 14, 2014

Opinion: Big ‘if’ as U.S. heads back to Mideast
If. Two letters long, it is arguably the most fruitless word in the English language, an evocation of paths not taken, possibilities foreclosed, regrets stacked high — and it lies like a pall of smoke over President Obama’s Wednesday-night announcement that this country is returning to war, albeit with air strikes only, in a place we just left behind in 2011 after spending almost nine years, over a trillion dollars and 4,425 lives.
Letters to the Editor

September 16, 2014

Letter: Football waste

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I swore off Kansas football four seasons ago after the North Dakota State game. I have not been back to ...

Letter: City’s 160th

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On Thursday, Sept. 18, Lawrence celebrates its 160th anniversary. This milestone is filled with people, places and events that have ...

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