Opinion

Letter to the editor: Trump’s ignorance appalling

To the editor: President Donald John Trump knows little about why NATO was formed. He said Sunday on “60 Minutes” that NATO was formed to take advantage of the United States in trade matters. President Trump apparently knows nothing about what happened after World War II and the reasons ...

Opinion: Identity politics danger highlighted

She was mocked as “Fauxcahontas” long before President Donald Trump began referring to her as “Pocahontas,” and frankly, Sen. Elizabeth Warren invited the ridicule. She is a poster child for the pitfalls of basing identity on race, and reminds us of the many furies such self-definition ...

Editorial: Jail expansion plan appropriate

Douglas County commissioners are right to pursue an expansion of the county jail rather than use temporary modular cells. Last week, commissioners directed administrative staff and sheriff’s office personnel to develop a plan on how to use $3 million available in the county’s 2019 budget ...

Opinion: The Saudi challenge after Khashoggi murder

Jamal Khashoggi’s murder — and no one now questions whether the Washington Post contributor was killed by Saudi agents in the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey — has far-reaching implications for the Trump administration. President Donald Trump appears to want to help sweep the incident ...

Opinion: Long walk down memory lane

Boy, this takes me back. That’s what I kept thinking the other night as I paged through a new coffee table book, “Soul R&B Funk: Photographs 1972-1982” by my friend and former colleague, Bruce W. Talamon. Another friend had sent it for my birthday — thanks, Herschel — and I ...

Opinion: Arizonans can save judiciary from its politics

Washington — This year’s election that most implicates fundamental issues of American governance will not fill a legislative or executive office. And its importance is not primarily that it will either repudiate or reward dishonesty and cynicism in the service of factional grasping. Rather, ...

Editorial: Paul Davis is the clear choice

Paul Davis’ experience in the Kansas Legislature, his bipartisan track record and the lack of credible opposition make him the clear choice to replace Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins as the representative in the 2nd District. Davis, a Democrat who served 12 years in the Kansas House of ...

Opinion: What does ascendance of Trump mean about U.S.?

Washington — It is a sign of the times — the kind involving the seven-horned beast, and the rain of fire, and the end of days — that recent news has been dominated by Kanye, Stormy and the misogynist boor who is president of these United States. It would be a circus if it were not a crime ...

Opinion: Assessing impact of charter schools

A national, yet controversial, charter school movement intended to promote school choice and school reform has made its way rather quietly to Kansas. Currently, 11 charter schools operate within Kansas’ 286 public school districts. Begun as a way to encourage innovation in public schools, ...

Opinion: Khashoggi investigation a must

Washington — Saudi Arabia must conduct a serious, no-holds-barred investigation of the apparent gruesome murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. The kingdom’s relationship with America, and its access to global financial markets, hangs in the balance. But in the meantime, ...

Editorial: Investigate hoops recruiting

A federal trial this week centering on corruption in college basketball raises serious questions about the University of Kansas basketball program that university leaders must investigate or risk the integrity of the university and its athletics programs. Last spring, Chancellor Douglas Girod ...

Opinion: GOP is scared of young people

A word for young people, people of color and, in particular, young people of color: The Republicans are scared of you. Maybe you find that hard to believe. Maybe you wonder how the party can be scared of you — or of anybody — given that it controls all three branches of the federal ...

Opinion: The Vietnam War’s mountain of mendacities

Washington — Early in his Marine Corps career, which he concluded as a four-star general, Walt Boomer was decorated for valor in Vietnam. He distilled into three words the lesson of that debacle: “Tell the truth.” Max Hastings, an eminent British journalist and historian, has done that in ...

Editorial: McClendon for secretary of state

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach spent the past eight years making Kansas one of the most difficult places in the United States to exercise the right to vote. He pushed through some of the nation’s strictest voter registration laws, disenfranchised tens of thousands of Kansas voters and ...

Views from Kansas: Be responsible; get a flu shot

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. As we dig deeper into the fall season, take a few minutes in the coming days to visit your doctor, pharmacy or other health care provider and get a flu shot. The ...

Opinion: The irrationality — and caring — of baseball fans

American philosopher Jerry Seinfeld famously exposed how irrational we American baseball fans must be: “Team loyalty is a kind of hard thing to justify, in the end. ... Every year, it’s different guys. ... You’re rooting for clothes, when you get right down to it. ... I want my team’s ...

Opinion: A prince searches for a scapegoat

Washington — Inside his royal place in Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman is said to have alternated between dark brooding and rampaging anger in the days after the death of Jamal Khashoggi, as the crown prince looked for someone to blame for what Turkish officials have said was a grisly ...

Letter to the editor: Losing rights

To the editor: The Brett Kavanaugh appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court cements a hardline conservative majority on the court for perhaps 20 years. During this time, U.S. citizens can expect to lose rights, civil liberties, benefits and protections. Also, fewer new rights will be recognized ...

Letter to the editor: Dark times

To the editor: When President Trump references a free press as “the enemy of the people,” I see our nation in troubled waters. On Feb. 13, Washington Post Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi wrote a Global Opinion piece titled “Saudi Arabia’s crown prince already controlled the nation’s ...