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Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Active election
With some of the largest fields in recent memory, voters will have ample choices when they select new city commissioners and school board members this year.
January 28, 2015
Tuesday’s filing deadline for Lawrence City Commission and school board seats didn’t spur much last-minute activity, but that doesn’t mean local voters won’t have plenty of choices in the upcoming elections.

Local Columns

January 24, 2015

Saturday Column: Polished Obama message doesn’t tell whole story
During the past four days, President Obama has made a tremendous effort to present and sell his dream for America and this country’s future.

January 23, 2015

Your turn: Jail expansion proposal spurs questions
The Douglas County Commission is considering expanding our jail.  News reports suggest $20 million to $30 million may be spent to expand the jail from 196 to 336 beds. As representatives of the NAACP-Kansas, Kansas Appleseed, and NAMI-Kansas, we are concerned about this proposal because it will have a large impact on people of color, the justice system and people with mental illnesses. In terms of both tax dollars and the effects on human lives, this is a very serious decision, and we are encouraged to see the commissioners have committed to asking tough questions before making up their minds. Here are the three biggest questions we’ve heard so far in the community:

January 21, 2015

Opinion: Market attack focuses on anti-Semitism
The Paris terrorist attacks have horrified the civilized world. The deaths of artists and journalists have rightfully captured the attention of most people throughout the West. But the attacks were not only against the employees of Charlie Hebdo, they were also against innocent Parisians in a food market who had nothing at all to do with the publication of the images the terrorists found offensive. The shoppers had committed a different offense: They were Jewish.

January 17, 2015

Saturday Column: ‘70s KU course on terrorism was ahead of its time
Radical terrorism is the topic of the day throughout the world. Some knowledgeable observers say deadly terrorism is likely to continue to be a danger for 20 to 30 years. Headlines tell of horrific beheadings, mass murders, the slaughter of thousands and a growing number of terrorist cells throughout the world and in the United States. One report claims there is a terrorist cell in nearby Overland Park.

Syndicated Columns

January 28, 2015

Opinion: Arms don’t make weak states strong
What went wrong for the U.S.-backed government in Yemen and what are the consequences for counterterrorism operations there against al-Qaida’s most dangerous affiliate? Both questions have disturbing answers.

January 27, 2015

Opinion: Arab leaders look inward for change
Last weekend marked the fourth anniversary of Egypt’s Tahrir Square uprising, which became the hallmark of the Arab Spring. As though to mock those long-dead hopes, Yemen and Libya have collapsed, Syria lies in ruins, and much of Syria and Iraq are occupied by ISIS. Several youthful leaders of the Jan. 25, 2011, revolt have been jailed (while the Egyptian leader they ousted, Hosni Mubarak, was just freed from prison). The death last week of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah — whose successor is also old and ill — adds to the turmoil in the region.

January 26, 2015

Opinion: Funding stand marginalizes Sanders
The young man who answered the phone in the Senate office of Vermont’s Bernie Sanders told the caller, a would-be campaign contributor, that it is illegal for funds to be accepted on federal property. He advised the person to contact Sanders’ political operation, which might become a presidential campaign.
Opinion: University presidents assess future
Not surprisingly, public college and university presidents look at the new year with pangs of trepidation, realizing the possibility of increased tax support is remote, at best, knowing that further recessions in budgets are possible and that a heavy load of greater fund raising will land on their collective backs.
Letters to the Editor

January 28, 2015

Letter: Footballs?

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The latest national news media orgy is about footballs. Yes, someone or something (aliens?) got the pressure wrong in the ...

Letter: Editorial orders?

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During the past forever, editor Simons has made a tremendous effort to present and sell his dream for America. He ...

Letter: Climate politics

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Elected officials should take action on climate change this year. The simplest solution is a tax on carbon at the ...

Letter: Shakespeare slight

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Kansas University was once known as “the Harvard of the Plains.” As a longtime subscriber to the Journal-World, as well ...

Letter: Unknown?

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Regarding “KU researchers make wild find,” (Journal-World, Jan. 26) one wonders how a species of lizard, whose habitat is near ...

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