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February 11, 2016

Your Turn: Private sector values education
Corporations of today see economic strength continuing in the U.S. if creativity and performance are recognized and rewarded and executives are willing to shovel more private dollars to the schools that produce needed and timely reformation.

February 10, 2016

Your Turn: Jail expansion is the wrong strategy
At a time of falling crime rates, Douglas County is already spending far too much on incarceration and far too little on other urgently needed community resources. Building an unnecessary $30 million jail expansion now would be a costly mistake that would harm our community for decades.

February 7, 2016

Opinion: U.S. politics takes surreal turn
As he rode to his annihilation at Little Big Horn, Custer’s Indian guide warned him; “Today, you and I are going home on a road we do not know.” I fear that we are heading down such a path today. Our government is dysfunctional, incapable of reform. The foundations of the republic — balance of powers, checks and balances — are in disarray. The legislature doesn’t legislate, the Supreme Court makes judgments according to political bias rather than judicial ideals, the executive branch ignores Congress, and the Constitution and acts by whim and fiat.

February 6, 2016

Saturday Column: U.S. needs president who can break the gridlock
Appeals for voter and financial support by those seeking the U.S. presidency are bound to become more intense as the various state primary elections and the Nov. 8 general election draw near. The time and money spent by these candidates on the just-completed Iowa caucuses (really nothing more than holding a moist finger in the air to determine which way the wind is blowing) is almost obscene considering all of today’s pressing needs.

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February 12, 2016

Opinion: Economic protections focus of case
It is frequently said that, unfortunately, Americans disdain government. It is more usefully said that, unfortunately, they have abundant reasons for doing so. In coming days, the Supreme Court, by deciding to hear a case from Connecticut, can begin limiting a contemptible government abuse that the court’s passive deference to legislatures has encouraged.
Opinion: Mexico wall an $8 billion hoax
For the first time, Donald Trump has disclosed that his proposed wall on the border with Mexico — which has become one of the centerpieces of his campaign — would cost about $8 billion. If so, it would be the biggest waste of money in recent history, even if it were paid for in Mexican pesos.

February 11, 2016

Opinion: Officer’s lawsuit an act of contempt
First he killed him. Now he’s suing him. I have no idea whether Robert Rialmo, the Chicago police officer who shot 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier to death the day after Christmas, was justified in doing so. Certainly, the sequence of events Rialmo describes seems to suggest he was within bounds when he opened fire.

February 10, 2016

Opinion: Kerry presses diplomacy in Syria
Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview that the U.S. is nearing a final “crunch time” on Syria — in which it will either make progress toward a cease-fire or begin moving toward “Plan B” and new military moves.
Letters to the Editor

February 11, 2016

Letter: Rep. responds

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February 9, 2016

Letter: Motive questioned

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I read the Feb. 5 Journal-World article regarding the bond issue and Kansas University. It sounds to me like Rep. ...

Letter: Repressive stance

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State Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook is the last person on Earth to whom I would entrust the safety of my grandchildren. ...

Letter: Health champion?

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This news caught my eye. U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins was presented a National Council Behavioral Health Champion Award. This award ...

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February 6, 2016

February 5, 2016

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