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August 26, 2015

Opinion: Honors students inspire teacher
This past Sunday, I attended the opening Honors Convocation at Kansas University. I did so because, for the first time in many years, I will be teaching an honors freshman seminar. The official festivities were pretty much what I expected: uplifting speeches by various faculty members and administrators. But what I found most interesting — and uplifting — was that this was the first chance for me to meet the 10 young people who would be in my seminar this fall. I was impressed and amazed.

August 22, 2015

Your Turn: Just Food still filling an important need
After I retired as a corporate attorney in June, I had retirement all planned out: Work in the yard, see the grandkids, travel, do mediations in lawsuits and relax. After about two months, the yard looked OK, the grandkids were back in day care, the first trip was over, no one was calling for a mediation, and I was bored. So, the volunteer bug came calling when I saw a notice that Just Food was seeking individuals to serve as “drivers.” Since I had been commuting out of town for 37 years, this sounded like a piece of cake. I called the office and was told to come in for a volunteers’ orientation. The day I was to come in was Tuesday, Aug. 11.

August 12, 2015

Opinion: Hemenway made KU better
Bob Hemenway was my boss. He was also my friend. He touched my life and made it better as he did for thousands of people during his career. He was a man of principle who did not hesitate to take a position he believed in, even if it meant that he might suffer for it.

August 10, 2015

Your Turn: Teachers are key to education progress
It’s the onset of fall and that means, as it does every year, that school is about to start. This is a process we take for granted.

Syndicated Columns

August 28, 2015

Opinion: Putin exploiting Obama’s weakness
On Sept. 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years.

August 27, 2015

Opinion: Carter’s grace embodies true faith
“To want what I have, to take what I’m given with grace … for this, I pray.” — From “For My Wedding,” by Don Henley America is a nation of faith. So it is often said. In faith, a baker refuses to bake a cake for a gay couple’s wedding. In faith, a minister prays for the president to die. In faith, terrorists plant bombs at the finish line of a marathon. In faith, mosques are vandalized, shot at and burned. In faith, a televangelist asks his followers to buy him a $65 million private jet. And no one is even surprised anymore.
Opinion: Trump diminishing GOP chances
Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency. After Donald Trump finishes plastering a snarling face on conservatism, any Republican nominee will face a dauntingly steep climb to reach even the paltry numbers that doomed Mitt Romney.

August 26, 2015

Opinion: Economic waves alter China summit
When U.S. policymakers began planning Xi Jinping’s state visit to Washington next month, they must have imagined that the Chinese president would be arriving, figuratively, in a gleaming aircraft carrier with his trademark “Chinese Dream” banners flying. The challenge then was how to deal with a strong and supremely confident Beijing.
Letters to the Editor

August 28, 2015

Letter: Just Food just fine


A recent Your Turn column from a volunteer driver at Just Food was much appreciated. This comes after some unfortunate ...

Letter: Traffic expertise


Recently, the Journal-World has published staff editorials criticizing a proposal for a roundabout at the intersection of Kasold Drive and ...

Letter: Traffic priorities


I strongly object to the constant drumming by city and county traffic planners and engineers to increase the number of ...

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