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October 10, 2015

Saturday Column: Team not to blame for KU’s dismal football status
Later today, a woefully overmatched Kansas University football team will meet the Baylor University Bears, who are rated among the top five teams in the country, averaging 63 points a game. No one is giving the Jayhawks much of a chance for what would be a major upset and no one has any idea how many points the Baylor team will score. It’s a mismatch, and all the players and coaches, both at KU and Baylor, know it. Nevertheless, no one wants to win more than the KU players. They will not give up because they want to represent themselves, their team and the university in the best possible manner.
Your Turn: Berra was one of a kind
Dr. Bobby Brown, my predecessor as president of the American League, once described to me that young Yogi Berra was “a mass of muscle from the head down, and he always came ready to play.”

October 7, 2015

Opinion: Afghan hospital bombing is potential disaster for U.S.
The bombing of the hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz, Afghanistan, this past Saturday is potentially a legal and political disaster for the governments of the United States and Afghanistan.

October 5, 2015

Your Turn: Technology not transforming education
For decades, there has been a vision of an education system transformed by technology. Many have believed, or at least hoped, that the combined power of hardware, software and the Internet would vastly improve student performance. 

Syndicated Columns

October 13, 2015

Opinion: Trade pact adds to Atlantic isolation
The Trans-Pacific trade agreement signed last week between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries will be another nail in the coffin of the populist governments of Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and other countries that will be left even more isolated from the global economy — and poorer — than before.

October 12, 2015

Opinion: Rubio is potent GOP challenger
In recent weeks, the Republican presidential race has focused quite naturally on poll leader Donald Trump — the mere mention of whom drives extensive Internet traffic — and his fellow outsider hopefuls, Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina.

October 11, 2015

Opinion: Cruz seeks to reconfigure electorate
If America’s 58th presidential election validates Ted Cruz’s audacious “base plus” strategy, he will have refuted assumptions about the importance of independent “swing” voters and the inertia of many missing voters. Critics say his plan for pursuing the Republican nomination precludes winning the presidency. Jason Johnson, Cruz’s chief strategist, responds: “I’m working backward from Election Day,” because Cruz’s plan for winning the necessary 1,236 convention delegates is an extrapolation from his strategy for winning 270 electoral votes.
Opinion: We can’t erase unpleasant history
“This,” says Roni Dean-Burren, “is what erasure looks like.” She’s talking about something you might otherwise have thought innocuous: a page from World Geography, a high school textbook. A few days ago, you see, Dean-Burren, a former teacher and a doctoral candidate at the University of Houston, was texted a caption from that book by her son Coby, who is 15. It said that the Atlantic slave trade “brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations.” This was in a section called “Patterns of Immigration.”
Letters to the Editor

October 13, 2015

Letter: Gun violence


Tragic and increasingly frequent as they are, mass shootings represent only a tiny fraction of the 33,000 or so gun ...

Letter: Kasold savings


Roundabouts keep traffic moving instead of having cars stop, which will make the new system function far more efficiently, thus ...

Letter: Kasold safety


According to the engineering plan and answers to my questions, I understand that a roundabout is built tall with the ...

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