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Editorial: ‘Pretty discouraging’
The current state of the local economy offers plenty of opportunities for improvement.
August 20, 2014
Recognizing a problem is the first step in solving it. That’s why it’s nice to see the new Lawrence chamber of commerce president being willing to take an honest look at the community’s lagging economic picture.

Local Columns

August 20, 2014

Your turn: Police review should precede new facility
Does Lawrence have a disquieting crime problem? It certainly seems that way. Instead of building a $28 million police facility with a shiny bronze plaque memorializing the city fathers, we ought first to determine why our policing strategies aren’t working very well.

August 18, 2014

Your turn: Local cyclist remembered fondly
When Cal Melick was killed on his bicycle last Wednesday, the pulse of the cycling community stopped. When it restarted, it was at a different beat, a sudden dissonant harmonic, missing that fundamental undertone that kept the order of things in the right key. There is no making sense of it. At least not with reason, which has no power to explain or soothe the madness in the random. 

August 16, 2014

Saturday Column: GOP splits threaten Brownback re-election bid
The Kansas gubernatorial election is less than three months away, and traditional Kansas Republicans should be frustrated and alarmed at the findings of the recent statewide poll showing Lawrence attorney and Democrat Paul Davis enjoying a surprising lead over Gov. Sam Brownback.

August 13, 2014

Opinion: Campaign ads miss mark
Now that the primaries are over and the “real” election season is about to begin, I have been thinking about what aspects of the primary campaigns I found most irritating and bizarre. As I think about the political advertising to which we have all been subjected over the past few months — and how much more we will have to suffer in the next few — I think that two things in particular are worth noting.

Syndicated Columns

August 20, 2014

Opinion: Aspen group debates Russia policy
At the public kickoff of a discussion here about U.S. policy toward Russia and Ukraine, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates joked that his favorite definition of diplomacy was “petting a dog and saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.”

August 19, 2014

Opinion: Obama tests lame-duck limits
There are two words every president, including Barack Obama, hates to hear: “lame duck.” He’s in year six of his eight-year run. His biggest accomplishments are all in the past; his remaining proposals are stymied by Congress. His popularity is mired near 40 percent, and voters tell pollsters they see him as a leader “who can’t get things done.”

August 18, 2014

Opinion: Politics takes toll on Facebook ‘friends’
Shortly after Israel invaded the Gaza Strip in 2009, a close Muslim friend I’d known since elementary school suddenly disappeared from my Facebook feed. She’d been excoriating Israel in her posts, and I’d said nothing. Then I posted a statistic showing the number of Hamas-fired missiles landing in southern Israel, where my husband has family. That same day, I noticed my friend had written “OMG!!” under my post. And then she was gone.

August 17, 2014

Opinion: Spotlight shines on police abuses
Looks like police in Ferguson, Missouri, took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment Wednesday night.
Letters to the Editor

August 19, 2014

Letter: Leadership lacking

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