Opinion and Commentary

Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Judicial politics
Neither state nor federal courts should be in the business of responding to public opinion or following anyone’s political agenda.
July 5, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court and some state courts in Kansas have been attracting more than the usual amount of attention in the last couple of weeks.

Local Columns

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.

Syndicated Columns

July 5, 2015

Opinion: Girl Scout leader sets inspiring example
Thank heaven for little girls. So sang French actor Maurice Chevalier in a famous song celebrating “their little eyes so helpless and appealing” and the fact that “they grow up in the most delightful way.”
Opinion: Roberts’ opinion favors legislature
Roberts’ intellectual complexity does not prevent him from expressing himself pithily, as he did with those words when dissenting in a case from Arizona. Joined by Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, Roberts’ dissent should somewhat mollify conservatives who are dismayed about his interpretive ingenuity four days earlier in writing the opinion that saved the Affordable Care Act. Furthermore, they, including this columnist, may have missed a wrinkle in Roberts’ ACA opinion that will serve conservatives’ long-term interests.

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.”
Letters to the Editor

July 4, 2015

Letter: Judicial bully


The USA Today report on the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision cites Justice Antonin Scalia’s reference to “the discouraging truth that ...

Letter: Room to reflect


Kansas University has recognized a need and has set up a location (to be improved) for students to have a ...

Letter: Climate strategy


Citizens’ Climate Lobby recently sent 800 volunteers to visit more than 500 House and Senate offices in Washington. I was ...

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July 3, 2015

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June 29, 2015

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