Opinion and Commentary

Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Wrong road
In the last four years, the state has swept $1.3 billion in highway funds into the state general fund. That’s a trend that can’t continue without damaging the quality and safety of Kansas roads.
April 28, 2015
Kansas Department of Transportation officials seem to be downplaying highway concerns voiced last week by a nonpartisan think tank, but KDOT’s own figures paint a troubling picture of the impact of “sweeping” highway funds into the general fund to cover other state expenses.

Local Columns

April 27, 2015

Your Turn: State shouldn’t support discrimination
As a chaplain and person of faith, religion is an important part of my daily life and a source of strength and inspiration. I deeply appreciate the value of religious institutions in the lives of many students, including those who attend state colleges and universities in Kansas.

April 25, 2015

Saturday Column: Clinton coronation may not benefit party, nation
Who are the true “kingmakers” in the Democratic Party, and what must they be thinking about the “Hillary situation”? Are the Clintons themselves the party’s kingmakers, and, if so, it is what it is. However, if there are other individuals or factions within the Democratic Party such as the Obama clique or a group of powerful liberals or moderates, what are they thinking about the early days of the “Go Hillary” drive for the presidency?

April 22, 2015

Your Turn: Kansas needs juvenile justice reform
Kansas’ juvenile justice system should be doing more to keep our communities safe and to make better use of state funds. Our juvenile code was written in 1996. Since then, research has shown many strategies once believed to fight youth crime actually do more harm than good — and at great cost to taxpayers. Other states are adopting smarter approaches to juvenile justice that result in declining crime rates and more cost-effective systems.

April 18, 2015

Saturday Column: Regents, Relays and roads among comment topics
Based on numerous reports, past accomplishments and evaluations, the departure of Kansas Board of Regents President and CEO Andy Tompkins will be a major loss for Kansas and the Regents. Tompkins was held in high regard prior to his move to the Regents five years ago; he has strengthened this reputation and will be difficult to replace.

Syndicated Columns

April 28, 2015

Opinion: Pope will have unusual clout in Cuba
When Pope Francis goes to Cuba in September, he will have a larger-than-usual influence over the Cuban government: He has been a champion of dialogue with the island’s regime and strong critic of the U.S. trade embargo since he authored a little-known book on Cuba in 1998.
Opinion: U.S. in dire need of election reform
Let’s take a poll. All those who believe there is a dire need for election reform in this country please hold up your hands. I see, nearly 100 percent. Now do the same if you do not believe that such an overhaul, including significant limits on time and money will ever take place — at least in your lifetime. Hmm. A huge majority for “all those of little faith.”

April 27, 2015

Opinion: Kurds in Iraq need more U.S. help
Fifty yards from my hotel, in the largely Christian neighborhood of Ainkawa, a car bomb went off last Friday. You can still smell the acrid smoke where the Nili cafe was shattered, killing two young men who had stepped out for a smoke not far from the U.S. consulate (which the terrorists didn’t reach).

April 26, 2015

Opinion: Facts essential to useful discourse
“Obama is a Muslim,” it said. “That is a FACT.” As best I can recall — my computer ate the email — that was how the key line went in a reader missive that had me doing a double take last week. It was not the outlandish assertion that struck me but, rather, the emphatic claim of its veracity. We’re talking Shift-Lock and all-caps so there would be no mistaking: “Obama is a Muslim. That is a FACT.”
Letters to the Editor

April 25, 2015

Letter: Waning democracy


An oligarchy is a small group of people having control of a country, organization or institution. The Kansas-based Koch brothers ...

Letter: Earning trust


With the 2016 campaign season setting off and figures like $2 billion in spending being tossed about, the real question ...

Letter: Lawrence memories


Whoa! As the huckster says on television, there is more! My family was with me in New Cumberland, Pa., at ...

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