Opinion and Commentary

Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Guard duty
Substandard wages and working conditions are making it hard for Kansas correctional facilities to hire and retain officers.
November 27, 2014
Considering the problems revealed during recent legislative hearings in Topeka, it’s no surprise that vacancy rates for corrections officers at Kansas prisons are ranging between 10 percent and 20 percent.

Local Columns

November 27, 2014

Your Turn: Sentencing among top issues
In an address to the U.S. Conference of Mayors recently, Bill Clinton predicted that prison sentencing would be a major issue in the next presidential election.

November 26, 2014

Opinion: Give thanks by helping others
Like most Americans, I am looking forward to Thanksgiving. It is a holiday in which we have a chance to be thankful for the blessings of the past year and to celebrate family and friends, not to mention having a good dinner and watching Thanksgiving Day parades on television. But that is not the day every American will have.

November 24, 2014

Your Turn: Life lessons gained at local store
Chad Lawhorn’s wonderful Journal-World article regarding the long and distinguished history of Francis Sporting Goods was sent to me by my 91-year-old father, who still lives in Lawrence.

November 22, 2014

Your Turn: Disparate jail fees are unfair
You’ve got two friends. They went to two different parties. Both of your friends had too much to drink. Both of them drove home. Both of them got stopped for driving drunk. Both were charged with DUI and found guilty. Both already had a previous DUI conviction. So both went to the Douglas County jail for five days, followed by probation. The friend who was tried in Lawrence Municipal Court? He has to pay $71 a day for jail costs. That’s $355. And the friend who was tried in Douglas County District Court? He has no jail costs. That’s because Douglas County Jail was built and paid for by Douglas County, and the city of Lawrence has to reimburse Douglas County for every day every prisoner convicted in municipal court spends in jail. Rather than write this expense into the city budget, the city expects the folks in jail to pay it.

Syndicated Columns

November 27, 2014

Opinion: No deal better than bad deal in Iran
The Iran nuclear talks defy easy comparison: But think of a labor negotiation where it’s too costly for workers to go on strike or for management to impose a lockout, so the two sides continue without a contract while negotiations proceed. The situation appears stable, but that’s partly because it’s at an impasse.
Opinion: Nation’s foibles are worth a laugh
Before the tryptophan in the turkey induces somnolence, give thanks for living in such an entertaining country. This year, for example, we learned that California’s Legislature includes 93 persons who seem never to have had sex. They enacted the “affirmative consent” law directing college administrators to tell students that sexual consent cannot be silence but must be “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” and “ongoing throughout a sexual activity.” Claremont McKenna College requires “all” — not “both,” which would discriminate against groups — participants in a sexual engagement to understand that withdrawal of consent can be any behavior conveying “that an individual is hesitant, confused, uncertain.”
Opinion: U.S. must wake up to racial injustice
In September, I received an email that should have left me feeling vindicated. It was in response to the nonfatal shooting of Levar Jones, an unarmed African-American man, by Sean Groubert, a white South Carolina state trooper. Groubert would later claim he shot Jones because Jones came at him in a menacing way. But this lie was unmasked by Groubert’s own dashcam video, which shows Jones complying with the trooper’s orders until Groubert inexplicably panics and starts shooting.

November 25, 2014

Opinion: Politics hampers ISIS strategy
If there was ever an issue that required politics to stop at the water’s edge, it’s the fight against ISIS. With its Mideast land grab, its growing army of Western volunteers, and its global aspirations, ISIS threatens U.S. security interests and must be confronted.
Letters to the Editor

November 26, 2014

Letter: Flawed argument


This letter is in regards to the Robert Cook letter of Nov. 21. There are many gay-haters in the state ...

Letter: China, carbon tax


The agreement that President Obama made with China is more about results to be achieved than how to achieve them. ...

Letter: Another project?


My husband and I have lived in Lawrence for 32 years and own property. We love it here. We voted ...

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