Opinion

Opinion: Is Iran-U.S. tinderbox about to ignite?

Washington — As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of “unprovoked attacks” near the Strait of Hormuz, video screens behind him showed thick black smoke billowing from the two tankers that were struck Thursday. It was the dramatic imagery that sometimes precedes armed ...

Opinion: De Blasio is very unpopular for some very good reasons

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who, like nearly everyone, is running for president, presides over the largest and most media-centric city in America. His national name recognition is respectable, but his support is undetectable. Literally. He’s at 0%, lagging behind such Democratic titans as ...

Opinion: Quit delaying and impeach this guy now

Why all the talk? Why all the debate? Why all the angst? The case is clear. He deserves to be impeached. So don’t wait any longer. Rev up the engines. Start the hearings. Impeach him — now! No, I’m not talking about President Donald Trump (not yet!). I’m talking about Attorney General ...

Opinion: We need a politics of modesty

Washington — “It is a great advantage to a president,” said the 30th of them, “and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.” Or, Calvin Coolidge would say today, a great woman. While today’s incumbent advertises himself as an “extremely ...

Editorial: USDA decision produces a win for science and Kansas City

There is nothing special about the science of Washington, D.C., a city that long ago put hot air at the top of the periodic table of elements. People should remember that as they fret over a pending move from Washington to Kansas City of two key research divisions of the U.S. Department of ...

Opinion: No easy fix to Kansas prison problem

Sometimes I wonder how long we will be talking about fixing the problems that former Gov. Sam Brownback left Kansas. Our latest Brownback heartburn is prisons. The news that Kansas officials are considering sending inmates to a private prison in Arizona has generated understandable ...

Views from Kansas: State workers not the enemy

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt and the Kansas Employees Health Care Commission should be commended for their decision last week to reduce contributions ...

Opinion: Our president has dictator’s back

Washington — When the president of the United States sides with a murderous dictator over our own CIA, you would think it would be big news. When that dictator is a communist who has threatened the United States with missile attacks, you would think leaders of the Republican Party might be at ...

Opinion: Scarcities are recyclable excuses for expanding government

Washington — Randolph Bourne (1886-1918) said, “War is the health of the state.” James Madison said, “War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement,” and the executive almost is the American state, Congress now being more theatrical than actual. Advocates of an ever-larger ...

Opinion: There’s a good reason for gay pride

I am as straight as the crease in George Will’s slacks. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of. To be clear, it’s also not something of which I am ashamed. Truth be told, it’s not something I’ve ever had to think much about, not something I’ve ever had to defend or deny. ...

Letter to the editor: Unique pool needed

To the editor: As a former public health nurse, I was thrilled to see the recent full-page announcement of all that LMH is doing across Lawrence to address the holistic health of all ages. Yet, as the wife of a seriously disabled senior, I was also distressed that one vital resource, ...

Letter to the editor: In praise of cursive

To the editor: I read with great interest your article about the young lady who won the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest representing Kansas. As a former elementary school teacher of 37 years, I know from firsthand experience how vitally important the proper, sequential teaching of ...

Views from Kansas: Don’t use the loophole

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s administration says it has found a way to provide extended food assistance to adults who can’t meet the state’s work ...

Opinion: This is worse than Watergate

Washington — Pull up your bell bottoms, slip on your clogs, and turn up the Roberta Flack: Today, we’re gonna testify like it’s the 1970s. “Did you ever convey an order to break into the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate Hotel?” asked Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tex.. “What was ...

Letter to the editor: Support voting

To the editor: The For the People Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and introduced to the Senate on March 8, 2019. This comprehensive legislation will give states the power and resources to modernize and secure elections and make them more free, fair and accessible to all ...

Letter to the editor: Border action

To the editor: President Donald Trump hasn’t figured out how to stem the flow of immigrants, asylum seekers and drugs from south of the border in two and a half years. Why is he so certain Mexico can stop it in 30 days? Paul Enos, Lawrence

Editorial: Both sides need to give a little in sidewalk debate

It has been predictable — and somewhat understandable — that Lawrence City Hall has received a mass of complaints about its new sidewalk repair program. After all, no one likes an unexpected expense, and they certainly don’t like being told they must pay it. But city leaders should ...

Opinion: We once believed wars demanded equality, sacrifice

Beneath the perfectly manicured lawns and under the pines and elm trees at the Normandy cemetery lie 9,388 Americans who died during D-Day or in the liberation of France that followed. Among them is a most unlikely combatant, a 56-year-old Army officer who was a wounded veteran of World War I ...

Opinion: Abortion will complicate election

Washington — One of the largest obstacles to the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 election is the radicalism of the Democratic Party on the issue of abortion. By forcing Joe Biden to abandon his support for the Hyde Amendment — which currently prevents the funding of abortions through ...