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August 29, 2015

Saturday Column: KU and city need to hire the best and brightest
Kansas University officials currently are looking for a new dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Lawrence City Commission is seeking candidates to become Lawrence’s new city manager and working to fill a vacancy on the commission.

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.

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August 31, 2015

Opinion: Killing Iran deal would hurt U.S., Israel
Tens of millions of advertising dollars have been shelled out by conservatives and pro-Israel groups that want to kill the Iran deal. Their efforts are likely to fail. It looks as if President Barack Obama will rally enough Senate Democrats to sustain his veto should legislators vote down the agreement.

August 30, 2015

Opinion: Violence draws unwilling audience
When terrorists beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 and posted video of the killing online, I refused to look. I explained my reasoning in this space. To watch that video, I wrote, knowing it was staged specifically to fill me with revulsion and fear, would feel like cooperating with the monsters who killed him. It would make me an accomplice.
Opinion: Affirming the right to choose death
Brittany Maynard was soon to die. The question was whether she could do so on her own terms, as a last act of autonomy. Dr. Lynette Cederquist, who regrets that Maynard had to move to Oregon in order to do so, is working with others to change California law to allow physician assistance in dying.

August 29, 2015

Opinion: Clinton email issues are overstated
Does Hillary Clinton have a serious legal problem because she may have transmitted classified information on her private email server? After talking with a half-dozen knowledgeable lawyers, I think this “scandal” is overstated. Using the server was a self-inflicted wound by Clinton, but it’s not something a prosecutor would take to court.
Letters to the Editor

August 31, 2015

Letter: Kasold configuration


The proposed Kasold redesign includes a roundabout. I’m given the blanket assurance that roundabouts are safe. That statement seems to ...

Letter: Role models?


I would like to applaud Jack Ozegovic and Richard Heckler for their insightful views expressed in the Public Forum section ...

Letter: Trump bullying


There are 17 Republicans this year vying for president, each trying to convince us they alone are qualified, competent and ...

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