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Editorial: Strategy shift
The Lawrence chamber of commerce plans to revamp its strategy for recruiting new businesses while boosting efforts to support homegrown enterprises.
April 24, 2015
A shift in Lawrence’s business recruitment strategy and budget seems like a reasonable response to a changing economic development environment.

Local Columns

April 25, 2015

Saturday Column: Clinton coronation may not benefit party, nation
Who are the true “kingmakers” in the Democratic Party, and what must they be thinking about the “Hillary situation”? Are the Clintons themselves the party’s kingmakers, and, if so, it is what it is. However, if there are other individuals or factions within the Democratic Party such as the Obama clique or a group of powerful liberals or moderates, what are they thinking about the early days of the “Go Hillary” drive for the presidency?

April 22, 2015

Your Turn: Kansas needs juvenile justice reform
Kansas’ juvenile justice system should be doing more to keep our communities safe and to make better use of state funds. Our juvenile code was written in 1996. Since then, research has shown many strategies once believed to fight youth crime actually do more harm than good — and at great cost to taxpayers. Other states are adopting smarter approaches to juvenile justice that result in declining crime rates and more cost-effective systems.

April 18, 2015

Saturday Column: Regents, Relays and roads among comment topics
Based on numerous reports, past accomplishments and evaluations, the departure of Kansas Board of Regents President and CEO Andy Tompkins will be a major loss for Kansas and the Regents. Tompkins was held in high regard prior to his move to the Regents five years ago; he has strengthened this reputation and will be difficult to replace.

April 16, 2015

Opinion: 70 years ago, nation mourned FDR
Seventy years ago this week, on April 12, 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and died at Warm Springs, Ga. The president died on the eve of victory against Germany and Japan in the Second World War; just three weeks after his death, Germany signed the instrument of unconditional surrender to the Allies.
Letters to the Editor

April 25, 2015

Letter: Waning democracy


An oligarchy is a small group of people having control of a country, organization or institution. The Kansas-based Koch brothers ...

Letter: Earning trust


With the 2016 campaign season setting off and figures like $2 billion in spending being tossed about, the real question ...

Letter: Lawrence memories


Whoa! As the huckster says on television, there is more! My family was with me in New Cumberland, Pa., at ...

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