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Editorial: Bad idea
City officials should spend no time or energy investigating plans to allow people to pay their parking tickets with donated food.
February 8, 2016
It’s probably a matter of courtesy for the Lawrence City Commission to at least discuss about any idea proposed by one of its members.

Local Columns

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.

February 4, 2016

Your Turn: Flag ban is a slippery slope
I have been following the recent developments at Free State High School concerning the display of a Confederate flag by a student. As I understand it, the flag was on the student’s vehicle and, so while on school property (the parking lot), it was not inside the school. While the articles to date do not expressly state, I also assume that the existence of the flag was brought to the attention of the school administration via one or more complaints from students. The alternative — that school administrators patrol the parking lot examining students’ vehicles — is troubling in and of itself.

February 3, 2016

Opinion: Wheelchair team is fairness issue for KU
The other day the University Daily Kansan ran an article that has not attracted a great deal of attention in the media, but it should. The UDK reported that the Kansas University Student Senate’s request that the university establish and fund a wheelchair basketball team had been turned down by the KU administration because of concerns over the budget in the next few years.

Syndicated Columns

February 8, 2016

Opinion: Islamic State’s threat still growing
Republican and Democratic presidential candidates should be able to agree on one stark foreign policy reality: The tide hasn’t turned in the war against the Islamic State. In the 18 months that the U.S. has been working to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the group, it has grown to become a global force that can strike targets in Europe, Asia, Africa and the U.S.
Opinion: Can television sitcoms battle bigotry?
So it turns out sitcoms can erase bigotry. That’s the bottom line of a study recently presented before a conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. And it doesn’t even have to be a particularly good sitcom.

February 7, 2016

Opinion: Views of football may be changing
Settling unhappily into his Super Bowl seat, Himalayan high behind the end zone, Joe spots an empty seat low and on the 50-yard line. He descends to it and asks the man seated next to him why the wonderful seat is unoccupied. The man says, “It’s mine. I was supposed to come with my wife, but she died. This is the first Super Bowl since 1967 we have not attended together.” Joe says: “But couldn’t you find a friend or relative to come with you today?” The man replies: “No, they’re all at the funeral.”

February 6, 2016

Opinion: Conservatism beats Trump in Iowa
The reigning idiocy of the current political season is the incessant tossing around of “establishment,” an epithet now descending into meaninglessness. Its most recent abuse is by Donald Trump supporters rationalizing his Iowa defeat with the following consolation: If you tally up Trump and Ted Cruz (and throw in Ben Carson), a whopping 60 percent of the vote is anti-establishment!
Letters to the Editor

February 6, 2016

Letter: No-call strategy


Back in the day, how did my late buddy, Jack, get telemarketers off his back? So that they would never ...

Letter: Frightening thought


I got a laugh out of Stephen Ware’s comments that the current Kansas judicial selection system is “undemocratic, extreme and ...

Letter: Sad state of affairs


I became an avid newspaper reader in 1939 and have maintained that practice into my eighth decade. In all that ...

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