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Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Funding option
The formation of a public building commission is a new twist for Douglas County that local voters should make sure they understand.
February 27, 2015
In the name of keeping their financial options open for a couple of looming construction projects, the Douglas County Commission has agreed to establish a public building commission.

Local Columns

February 27, 2015

Your Turn: Texas judge endorses merit selection
Some members of the legislative and executive branches of Kansas government have publicly expressed their admiration for many “things Texan.” For example, they acclaim Gov. Rick Perry’s conservative leadership and praise Texas’ lack of a state income tax. Their high regard for our southerly neighbor may explain why our legislature is considering whether Kansas should switch to Texas’ system for selecting Supreme Court justices. Texas procures justices through statewide elections.

February 25, 2015

Opinion: Prof prepared to defy bill’s ban
Over the past few weeks, a number of people have asked me what I think of HB 2234, which would bar university and community college employees from using their job titles when writing letters or opinion columns for newspapers. While I doubt that the bill will actually become law, if it were to become law, my current intention is to continue to write my columns for the Journal-World and leave it up to the editors to decide whether to list my university affiliation — as they have always done. That has always been the newspaper’s decision and, so far as I am concerned, will remain their decision.

February 21, 2015

Saturday Column: Why don’t legislators see value of higher education?
Why does Kansas University have such a difficult time persuading Kansas legislators that programs identified as important or critical to the university, and ultimately to the state, deserve the level of fiscal support requested by university officials? This situation seems to be occurring with increased regularity in recent years, but it’s a problem that has faced the university for many years.

February 20, 2015

Your Turn: Tax incentives good for Lawrence
I am writing in response to Mr. Herynk’s recent letter to the editor and to reply to the recent Journal-World editorial on the use of tax abatements that are requested by developers in the city of Lawrence. I work with several active developers in Lawrence and am active in requesting incentives for various projects we work on in downtown Lawrence. I would like to make the following points in response:

Syndicated Columns

February 27, 2015

Opinion: New governor seeks change in Illinois
The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century’s most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democratic presidential candidates by an average of 16 points in the last six elections. But by electing businessman Bruce Rauner, it initiated a process that might dismantle a form of governance that afflicts many states and municipalities.

February 26, 2015

Opinion: Giuliani comments are indefensible
Amazing. Just … amazing. Here we are, six years later, six years of mom jeans and golf dates and taking the girls for ice cream. And yet, some of us are still hung up on the perceived “otherness,” the “not like us”-ness, of Barack Obama.

February 24, 2015

Opinion: Question policy, not patriotism
Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, is taking some heat — and winning praise in some quarters — for remarks he made at a private dinner last week at which he questioned President Obama’s love for America.

February 23, 2015

Opinion: Israeli’s critique deserves answer
The public rift between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iranian nuclear issue is often described as a personality dispute. But a senior Israeli official argued that the break has been building for more than two years and reflects a deep disagreement about how best to limit the threat of a rising Iran.
Letters to the Editor

February 26, 2015

Letter: Voting homework

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I was privileged last weekend to attend a meeting of candidates for the city commission arranged by the Douglas County ...

Letter: Library amazes

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I took a tour of the newly remodeled library and found a place of wonder and activity. The money spent ...

Letter: Optional laws?

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Aren’t politicians funny? As one group in Topeka seeks to reinforce a federal judge’s ruling against an executive action concerning ...

Letter: WMD debate

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In his Sunday column, Leonard Pitts writes the following: “…the wheels began to come off the Bush administration’s argument for ...

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