Opinion and Commentary

Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Sidewalk stand
City commissioners need to draw the line on the private use of public downtown sidewalks.
September 21, 2014
Sidewalk restaurant seating already creates a significant obstacle to pedestrian traffic in downtown Lawrence.

Local Columns

September 21, 2014

Your turn: Koch ties to KU concern students
School is difficult enough without having to weed through corporate bias. As Gov. Sam Brownback and the state legislature incrementally cut education funding, they are opening the door for donors with specific agendas to purchase influence at Kansas University. Enter the Koch brothers.

September 19, 2014

Saturday Column: KU struggles to establish winning football program
It’s anyone’s guess who will win this afternoon’s football game between Kansas University and Central Michigan. So far, the Jayhawks’ performance has been a tremendous disappointment, winning one and losing one, with today’s game a toss-up. Really, it doesn’t matter that much who wins because it’s likely the Jayhawks will be heavy underdogs for the rest of the season when they face much stronger Big 12 Conference teams. Unfortunately, this football season is a fairly accurate reflection of the past five Jayhawk football seasons.

September 12, 2014

Saturday Column: Transparency crucial on private military operations
President Obama announced this week he intends to intensify this country’s military actions against ISIS terrorist forces but with no U.S. boots “on the ground.”

September 10, 2014

Opinion: Column starts the conversation
This fall marks the 20th year I have been writing this column. Obviously a great deal has happened during those 20 years. When I began writing this column I was the newly appointed dean of the law school at Kansas University, I was 32 years old and my idea in offering to write the column was that it would be a public service to give my views on legal matters through the column.
Letters to the Editor

September 21, 2014

Letter: Police needs


It is time for us to make an important decision on a critical need facing Lawrence. It is time for ...

Letter: Tax process


At the end of Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission meeting, Vice Mayor Jeremy Farmer openly solicited his fellow commissioners to commit ...

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September 20, 2014

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September 18, 2014

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