Opinion and Commentary

Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Key transition
Transitions in several key leadership jobs offer challenges, as well as opportunities, for Lawrence.
November 27, 2015
The resignation of Lawrence School Superintendent Rick Doll creates a vacancy in another key leadership role in the community.

Local Columns

November 21, 2015

Saturday Column: KU should set example in addressing diversity issues
Years from now, maybe sooner, the current environment on American university campuses may be identified or referred to as the “period of demands” or “the ugly years.” On campus after campus, charges of racism, demands for “inclusion and belonging” training, demands for individuals to resign immediately or face impeachment, charges of discrimination and unfair treatment, votes of “no-confidence” in university administrators and elected student leaders, threats by university athletes to refuse to participate in team activities, sit-ins and takeovers of chancellor’s offices and other tactics are being used to try to bring about major changes in traditional values and policies at U.S. universities.

November 18, 2015

Opinion: Nurturing the KU family
I have been reading about the various protests going on at universities around the country with a mixture of pleasure and sadness. The pleasure comes from the fact that our students are exhibiting passion for a cause, worrying about something apart from how much they will be able to earn when they graduate. My sadness comes from the realization that so many of our students, particularly students of color, feel that they are not fully a part of the university communities in which they live and study.

November 14, 2015

Saturday Column: Kansas University needs strong, visionary leadership
No one can question but that this is a critical time for Kansas University. It’s a period of transition, and how the transitions are handled will determine, to a large degree, the course of the university over the next 15 to 20 years.

November 5, 2015

Your Turn: Immigration positive for U.S.
Thanks to the presidential candidates, immigration is once again at the forefront of the national agenda.  Unfortunately, the focus on unauthorized immigrants threatens to cast a pall over the whole issue. As we continue the debate, we would do well to remember that a willingness to welcome people from all over the world is one of our nation’s greatest strengths. 

Syndicated Columns

November 27, 2015

Opinion: Unsung heroes at work in Mideast
If you’re cringing this Thanksgiving at the homicidal youth gang that calls itself the Islamic State, you might consider the narratives of three young people in the Middle East who are trying to make a positive difference. The killers and fanatics may get the headlines, but these three represent an untold part of the story.

November 26, 2015

Opinion: Don’t forget America’s first refugees
A red cup. A few days ago, some people seemed to find that one of the most vexing moral problems of the day. Starbucks unveils a minimalist design for its holiday coffee cups — a red field, a green logo, no snowmen, snowflakes or fir trees — some guy makes a video lambasting the decision, and suddenly the so-called “War on Christmas” is all over the news again and Donald Trump is calling for a boycott.
Opinion: University correctness runs amok
Give thanks this day for some indirect blessings of liberty, including the behavior-beyond-satire of what are generously called institutions of higher education. People who are imprecisely called educators have taught, by their negative examples, what intelligence is not.

November 25, 2015

Opinion: GOP must curb Trump’s rhetoric
Crises bring out the best and worst in people, as has been demonstrated vividly this past week by the behavior of President Obama and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Letters to the Editor

November 27, 2015

Letter: Safer Kansas?


In a recent column, Charles Krauthammer raises the issue of a Syrian passport found on the body of one of ...

Letter: Development denial


Every major U.S. right-wing ideology depends on science denial.

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