Opinion

Opinion: Court mulls citizenship question for census

Washington — The oral arguments the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday will be more decorous than the gusts of judicial testiness that blew the case up to the nation’s highest tribunal. The case, which raises arcane questions of administrative law but could have widely radiating political ...

Editorial: Easter season ideal for new beginnings

Regardless of your religious beliefs, Easter can be a beautiful season. It often coincides with the time that both temperatures and the landscape begin to change for the better. But beyond Mother Nature’s reminders of rejuvenation, the Easter season also gives us an opportunity to think ...

Letter to the editor: Silence has terrible price

To the editor: Attending an institution of higher learning like KU allows you to be in an environment cherishing inclusion and diversity of opinion. But you quickly come to find not all the world is like that. Recently a professor brought awareness of a situation thousands of miles and ...

Opinion: Young ‘nones’ may hold political key

The connection between faith and politics is unavoidable. From the freethinking Deists that made up a good portion of our nation’s Constitutional Founders, to America’s periodic evangelical revivals, to the roles of Judaism, Catholicism and other faiths among the waves of immigrants that ...

Opinion: Mueller report shows our system hasn’t buckled

Washington — President Trump’s conduct in office has been diminishing the moral capital of the United States for more than two years. The report by special counsel Robert Mueller released Thursday puts a little of that capital back in the bank. Mueller’s 448-page account is an ...

Opinion: Did Bernie Sanders steal his wealth?

In 2016 and 2017, Bernie Sanders raked in over a million bucks. Last year, his gross income was down to $561, 293 — still not too shabby. The point is not to rib the senator about his membership in the top 1%, though that’s tempting. Nor is it to chide him for his relatively paltry ...

Opinion: There is no vindication for Trump

Washington — Donald Trump’s claim of vindication by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report depends on some creative thinking. The president, it seems, is not guilty of conspiracy with the Russians to influence the 2016 election. He is only guilty of wishing really, really hard for ...

Opinion: Trump is champion of intolerance

And what will you say afterward, America? That is not to encourage or even predict that there will be an “afterward” — that is, that someone will use violence to silence Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress. But it is to say the possibility is real. ...

Views from Kansas: Questions for Kansas Guard

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Members of the Kansas Army National Guard should be commended for their work defending our state and country. But is the leadership of that guard operating at the ...

Opinion: Electric-vehicle tax credit should be repealed

Washington — Some government foolishness has an educational value that compensates for its considerable cost. Consider the multibillion-dollar federal electric-vehicle tax credit, which efficiently illustrates how government can, with one act, diminish its already-negligible prestige while ...

Opinion: How Xi overplayed his hand

Washington — In the rebalancing of Sino-American relations that’s underway, the usual roles are reversed: China’s normally deft President Xi Jinping appears to have badly overreached in seeking advantage. And President Trump, who often seems tone-deaf on foreign policy, is riding a ...

Views from Kansas: Keep Kobach out of Cabinet

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Let’s establish right off the bat that Kris Kobach and Donald Trump fit together pretty well. Let’s also acknowledge that there’s a job opening in President ...

Letter to the editor: Guns are health issue

To the editor: As a pediatrician I have taken care of numerous children who were victims of gun violence. I, along with countless other Americans, have also been affected personally by gun violence. Every day 83 children are shot in the United States. Gun violence is a public health issue. ...

Letter to the editor: Banning plastic bags

To the editor: A KU graduate research project for a Master of Public Administration class last fall concluded that at least 29.7 million single-use plastic bags are used by Lawrence residents every year! Most of these end up in the landfill, where they do not biodegrade for at least 500 years. ...

Opinion: Trump is a threat to religious freedom

Washington — So another norm of public decency falls, like a historical building demolished to make way for one of Donald Trump’s tasteless towers. When the president of the United States goes after an American Muslim — in this case Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who came to the U.S. as a ...

Opinion: For candor in politics, Hollings was your man

He was the most uncommon presidential candidate. Most of them, disappointingly, flatter every group of voters they appear before by telling them what they’re confident they want to hear. Candidates, to put it bluntly, verbally caress the erogenous zones of the body politic. But not so with ...

Opinion: Twitter doesn’t represent America

An appropriately Twitteresque meme circulated recently on that platform: Write a sad story in just three words. This was an homage to Ernest Hemingway, who, challenged to write a sad story in only six words, grabbed the nearest blank paper and scrawled: “For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” ...

Opinion: New NAFTA is exporting the same old bad habits

Trade agreements have been greatly successful at lowering trade barriers around the world. But they’re not without their flaws. Each agreement, in practice, tends to retain some counterproductive protectionist policies and may even export some bad policies. The United States-Mexico-Canada ...

Opinion: A few reasons to feel hopeful

This is about Kyle Korver and that white lady on the plane. The former is an NBA veteran, a sharp-shooting forward for the Utah Jazz. The latter edged past my seat on the way to her own on a crowded flight about two weeks back. A button on her shirt caught my attention. “Black Lives ...

Opinion: The Democrats’ sweepstakes of frivolity

Washington — The Democrats’ presidential aspirants seem determined to prove that their party’s 2016 achievement — the election of the current president — was not a fluke that cannot be repeated. But the Republican Party, whose last remaining raison d’etre is to frustrate Democrats, ...