Opinion

Letter to the editor: Trump Augustus

To the editor: The United States has had a couple hundred or so years as a republic (Rome had about 400 before the Punic Wars) and I feel that it may again, but the next few years may be difficult. It looks like Mr. Trump, purveyor of luxury and fantasy, has claimed to make America great ...

Letter to the editor: At least a gentleman

To the editor: The passing of George H. W. Bush could not have made clearer how much the presidency has changed and how much the country has lost since 1993. H. L. Mencken once said of William Jennings Bryan, “Imagine a gentleman, and you have imagined everything that he is not.” To ...

Opinion: Pathogens don’t care about politics

Florence, Italy — It was here in 1614 that Tommaso Caccini preached a sermon in the church of Santa Maria Novella denouncing Galileo and other scientists who held the heretical view that the Earth circles the sun. This was one of the main triggers that brought Galileo to the attention of the ...

Letter to the editor: Bush Sr.’s record

To the editor: Richard L. Warrick wrote a letter concerning George H. W. Bush. His Dec. 5 letter included some misstatements of fact. 1. Bush was worth $25 million at death; he was not a billionaire. 2. Bush voted for and supported the Fair Housing Act, in spite of what Mr. Warrick ...

Views from Kansas: Our state should be inclusive

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Gov.-elect Laura Kelly wasted no time in vowing to undo a harmful stand by former Gov. Sam Brownback and his successor, Gov. Jeff Colyer. The Democrat said she’d ...

Opinion: Information war led to murder

Washington — When Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, he didn’t know he was walking into a killing zone. He had become the prime target in a 21st-century information war — one that involved hacking, kidnapping and, ultimately, murder — waged by Saudi Crown ...

Opinion: Let’s revive simple decency, as well as civility

There is not much to say about President George H.W. Bush that has not already been said in the days celebrating the late man’s heroic and honorable life. But as the nation mourned, one could sense a great longing for a return to the civility and integrity of a previous era. More than ...

Opinion: Vision of kinder, gentler nation gone

On the last night of the Republican National Convention in 1988, the candidate sought to impart to the country a vision of the America it could be. “Some,” he said, “would say it’s soft and insufficiently tough to care” about troubled children. “But where is it written, that we ...

Editorial: Girod owns budget solution

The University of Kansas’ plan to implement $20 million in budget cuts requires deft leadership from Chancellor Douglas Girod. That means being transparent about looming staff cuts, university spending on athletics and how KU Endowment can and can’t be used to aid university operations. ...

Opinion: Movie tells ignored story of ‘biggest serial killer’

Washington — A word can be worth a thousand pictures. In the movie “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” the mild word “snip” describes what the camera, demonstrating the eloquence of reticence, does not show in gory detail: Kermit Gosnell’s use of scissors to ...

Opinion: Kansas’ back and forth governorship

“Take me back, take me way, way, way back …” — Van Morrison, “On Hyndford Street” January 1949. Republican Frank Carlson is sworn in as governor for a second two-year term, a seemingly ordinary event, given the GOP’s general dominance of Kansas politics. Who could have ...

Opinion: Survival of the witless

Washington — They wander the halls of public buildings and haunt receptions like the ghosts of the GOP past — the cohort of Republican senators and House members who will be leaving office with the arrival of the new Congress. Some chose retirement because they did not want to do what is ...

Opinion: Michelle and Sheryl and that little cuss word

Fifteen days after her memoirs went on sale, Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” became — I love saying those two words together — the biggest-selling book of 2018. I’m leading with that spectacular piece of news because I think it explains why those few angry people took offense to her ...

Opinion: Michael Flynn comes full circle

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn appears to have come full circle, if you read carefully the sentencing memo released Tuesday by special counsel Robert Mueller recommending that Flynn serve no jail time despite pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI. The Trump campaign warrior of ...

Views from Kansas: Protect private information

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. At a time when computer hacking and identity theft are all too common, it’s a bit uncomfortable to disclose personal information on forms and documents, but usually ...

Opinion: What election tampering looks like

I said it before, I’ll say it again. “As this country becomes blacker, browner, gayer, younger, more Hispanic and more Muslim, it is increasingly the case that the GOP cannot win if all voters vote. It cannot win, in other words, without cheating.” That observation, made in this space a ...

Opinion: George H.W. Bush was summoned by events

Washington — At the beginning of his long and well-lived life, George Herbert Walker Bush, who in politics was always prosaic, acquired, by way of a grandfather, the name of a British poet and priest (George Herbert, 1593-1633). He acquired much else from family inheritance. The future 41st ...

Editorial: Revisit laws on welfare

Kansas should look closely at whether the state’s restrictions on public assistance are in part to blame for a significant increase in children in the state’s foster care system Incoming Gov. Laura Kelly said this week that new welfare rules adopted in 2015 have put stress on poor families ...

Letter to the editor: County doing end run

To the editor: I find the news articles about the plans of Douglas County officials to expand the jail to be almost opaque, but a few things have managed to become clear to me. 1. The powers that be in our county, while fully aware that barely seven months ago the voters strongly rejected new ...