- Editorial: Taxing food
- Kansas should make sure state lawmakers don’t back out of their promise to lower the sales tax rate on groceries.
- July 3, 2015
- Sales tax, even more than other taxes, seems to move in only one direction: up. And it just happened again.
June 27, 2015
- Saturday Column: Key leaders promote excellence at KU Hospital
- “I doubt if there is any other hospital in the country which can match the turnaround the Kansas University Hospital has achieved in the past 15 to 20 years. It’s amazing, and its regional and national reputation gets better year after year.” This was the opinion of a senior KU Hospital doctor following last week’s KU Hospital Hall of Fame dinner and awards celebration.
June 22, 2015
- Your Turn: Influence of Hispanic voters will grow
- The 2016 elections have moved into high gear. Candidates at all levels, along with their political parties, are jockeying for position.
June 20, 2015
- Saturday Column: Don’t let 9th Street project divide the community
- It’s time for a genuine, honest conversation about the Ninth Street arts corridor project. Name-calling, questionable interpretations of past comments or statements, egos, some of those involved being two thin-skinned, questionable motivations, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, threats and other actions relative to what now is known as the East Ninth Project have created a dangerous situation that could have lasting and damaging consequences for Lawrence. Now is the time for honesty, trust and transparency.
June 13, 2015
- Saturday Column: Legislative session an embarrassment for Kansas
- The long, embarrassing 2015 Kansas legislative session has come to an end. Early Friday morning, members of the Kansas House agreed to a tax plan that broke the deadlock between the House and Senate, and now, the measures will be sent to the governor for his signature.
July 4, 2015
- Opinion: U.S. lost in fantasy world on Iran pact
- The devil is not in the details. It’s in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama’s fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle East of the poisonous corruption of American power and influence.
July 3, 2015
- Opinion: Judiciary shouldn’t be political branch
- In 1824, in retirement 37 years after serving as the Constitutional Convention’s prime mover, James Madison, 73, noted that the 1787 “language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretations unknown to its founders.” He knew that the purport of the text would evolve “with the changeable meaning of the words composing it.”
July 2, 2015
- Opinion: Greece spurs eurozone reality check
- Many commentators have seen the Greek financial crisis as an exercise in stupidity. Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, for example, likened it last week to the First World War, about which historians “are still, a century later, incredulous that it happened.”
- Opinion: Obama acknowledges value of grace
- “This whole week,” said President Obama, “I’ve been reflecting on this idea of grace.” That was the turning point of Friday’s eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, the Charleston, S.C. minister who was, with eight of his congregants, murdered by a racist terrorist two weeks ago. It was the moment a memorable speech became a speech for history.
July 4, 2015
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