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January 19, 2017

Opinion: The Great Trumpkin is rising
Sometimes, you’ve got to go through it to get to it. That’s a personal motto with which I have occasionally consoled myself since I was a teenager. It means that for as much as we naturally seek to avoid the unpleasant situation, to find a way over or around it, there are times in this life when the only option is to go through it, to endure the unendurable thing and pick up the pieces on the other side.
Opinion: Trump is the waterbeetle of politics
Leaving aside the missing element of grace and the improbability of his ever stopping to think, Donald Trump is the waterbeetle of politics. His feral cunning in manipulating the masses and the media is, like the waterbeetle’s facility, instinctive.

January 18, 2017

Opinion: Climate change progress likely safe
If you’re worried about climate change, it’s scary to think that the incoming Trump administration could reverse gains made in recent years. But a recent conversation with departing Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz convinced me that the progress is probably irreversible.

January 17, 2017

Opinion: Challenge us; don't coddle us
The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, that there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham Lincoln’s first and second, Franklin Roosevelt’s first, and John F. Kennedy’s only.
Letters to the Editor

January 17, 2017

Letter to the editor: Save Medicare


Very soon in the new administration, a vote in Congress may end our Medicare benefits the way we know them.

Letter to the editor: Westside thanks


I wanted to say a few words about a Lawrence institution. I have been getting my car serviced for many ...

Letter to the editor: GOP buzz words


The new Republican health care "fix" is taking shape.

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