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Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: True facts
Using incomplete or incorrect ‘facts’ to make his points is damaging the credibility of the Kansas governor.
July 30, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback’s sloppy — or calculated — misuse of various figures to illustrate his administration’s successes is taking a toll on his credibility.

Local Columns

July 29, 2015

Opinion: Truckers impose traffic order
Last week , while returning from a trip to upstate New York, my wife and I found ourselves on the highway just north of St. Louis in Southern Illinois. About 30 miles from St. Louis, we saw a sign that said that there was road construction two and one half miles ahead and that the road would shortly go from two lanes to one lane. What I found amazing was that it appeared that all of the cars on the road were, in fact, moving from two lanes down to one in an orderly fashion.

July 25, 2015

Saturday Column: Resigning KU Alumni Association president will be tough to replace
Earlier this week, Kansas University Alumni Association officials announced Kevin Corbett is stepping down as president of the nationally recognized association. On July 31, he will end an 11-year term as president.

July 18, 2015

Saturday Column: KU business dean key to new building project, school's success
Last week this newspaper carried a feature on the new building to house the Kansas University School of Business. The building itself will be named Capitol Federal Hall, recognizing the $20 million leadership gift from the Capitol Federal Foundation headed by the Dicus family of Topeka.

July 8, 2015

Opinion: Declaration reflects America’s soul
This past Saturday, July 4, I did something that I had not done in several years. I read through the Declaration of Independence. The Fourth of July is the anniversary of the declaration even though many people do not recognize this fact. Indeed, the Declaration is one of the more underappreciated documents of our founding era and that’s a shame.

Syndicated Columns

July 30, 2015

Opinion: Congress should reject Iran pact
It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, N.M. The anniversary underscored that the agreement attempts to thwart proliferation of technology seven decades old.
Opinion: Trump populism reminiscent of Chavez
The conventional wisdom is that Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is a populist clown who won’t be able to set the Republican agenda or capture the Republican nomination, much less win the 2016 presidential election. But the conventional wisdom has often been wrong.

July 29, 2015

Opinion: Broaden violence discussion
This will not be a column about Sandra Bland, although it could be. Certainly there is cause for outrage over the way a Texas state trooper escalated the routine traffic stop of an indignant African-American woman into a violent arrest; she died of an apparent jail cell suicide three days later. But Chuck would say that in habitually defining police violence as a black problem, we make it smaller than it is.

July 28, 2015

Opinion: ‘Reaganism’ invoked in varied forms
Republicans are embracing many versions of Reaganism The Republican Party has a bigger problem than Donald Trump: It hasn’t figured out what it wants to be.
Letters to the Editor

July 29, 2015

Letter: Protect, defend

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Consider those brave young men who felt compelled to defend the local military recruiting office (“Kansas reviews safety of recruiting ...

Letter: On guard


Two men with loaded AR-15 rifles “on guard” outside the recruiting center, certainly makes a statement to me! Once again, ...

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