Advertisement

Opinion and Commentary

Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Missed message
It didn’t matter whether it was delivered in a tweet or a carefully researched report, the Kansas Board of Regents wasn’t particularly interested in the input of university faculty and staff on
April 20, 2014
The knee-jerk reaction last week of Kansas Board of Regents members to an alternative policy on social media prepared by a work group made up of faculty and staff representatives from all six regents universities was disappointing.

Local Columns

April 19, 2014

Saturday Column: Faculty are loyal but concerned about KU’s future
As the 2013-14 school year at Kansas University nears an end, what’s the mood across the campus? Are faculty members excited and enthused about the future — their futures as well as the university’s — or are they worried and concerned?

April 15, 2014

Your turn: Board of Regents can learn from social media work group
In the months since the Kansas Board of Regents passed their widely derided social media policy, many have wondered why they would create a policy so at odds with higher education. One answer is that the regents are political appointees, all but one of whom lack professional expertise in higher education. (Four of the nine are lawyers.)

April 12, 2014

Your turn: Former editor earned community’s respect
It doesn’t seem that long ago when we Lawrence Junior High kids were jamming into the Congregational Church “recreation area” for those church-sponsored Friday night dances. You “old-timers” remember when Pastor Dale Turner in the 1950s opened his heart and church to us Lawrence “Happy Days,” barely teenage, boys and girls. Times change, people grow, and our wonderful Lawrence community continues to thrive. Many people through the years have contributed immensely to local progress. Today I remember a fellow Jayhawk, Bill Mayer.

April 11, 2014

Saturday Column: 4-H leader, newsman had distinguished careers
Rather than expressing opinions about disturbing, if not illegal, actions by President Obama, challenging issues facing the city, the university and the state, the positives and negatives of the one-and-done exercise now being played by all-star university basketball players, the excessive salaries paid to all-star university basketball and football coaches compared to salaries paid to all-star faculty members and other topical matters, this writer prefers to focus this week on two unassuming but true all-stars in their respective fields.

Syndicated Columns

April 20, 2014

Opinion: If this isn’t racism, what is?
I have a question for George Will. If he can’t answer it, maybe Brit Hume can. Both men were recently part of a panel on “Fox News Sunday” to which moderator Chris Wallace posed this question: Has race played a role in the often-harsh treatment of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder? Wallace was reacting to a clip of Holder strongly hinting that a testy encounter with House Republicans was part of a pattern of race-based abuse of himself and the president.
Opinion: Court to look at campaign ‘truth’
Occasionally, the Supreme Court considers questions that are answered merely by asking them. On Tuesday, the court will hear arguments about this: Should a government agency, whose members are chosen by elected officials, be empowered to fine or imprison any candidate or other participant in the political process who during a campaign makes what the agency considers “false statements” about a member of the political class or a ballot initiative?

April 19, 2014

Opinion: Wary Obama averted war in Ukraine
Has the Obama administration really found the famous “exit ramp” in Ukraine that will provide an eventual diplomatic resolution of the crisis? It looked that way Thursday in Geneva, where seven hours of negotiations produced what Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called “a compromise, of sorts.”

April 18, 2014

Opinion: Groups pit liberty against democracy
In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The Constitution, however, was adopted to confine that power in order to “secure the blessings of” that which simultaneously justifies and limits democratic government — natural liberty.
Letters to the Editor

April 19, 2014

Letter: Needs/wants

1 Comment

Let’s take a look at some of the “needs/wants” our city officials have obligated us, the taxpayers of Lawrence, to ...

Letter: ‘A’ work

0 Comments

At the Governance Committee hearing on April 15, Regent Tim Emert chastised the Social Media Working Group by saying “Some ...

Letter: Term limits

2 Comments

We need a drastic change to our state legislature. Over the last several decades, our legislature has consisted of mainly ...

Letter: Voice for unborn

2 Comments

In asking, “Who speaks for voiceless children?” (Journal-World, March 20), Leonard Pitts raises an interesting question. Citing a report on ...

Submit your letter

April 17, 2014

April 16, 2014

Sports columns