Opinion

Opinion: Arizonans can save judiciary from its politics

Washington — This year’s election that most implicates fundamental issues of American governance will not fill a legislative or executive office. And its importance is not primarily that it will either repudiate or reward dishonesty and cynicism in the service of factional grasping. Rather, ...

Editorial: Paul Davis is the clear choice

Paul Davis’ experience in the Kansas Legislature, his bipartisan track record and the lack of credible opposition make him the clear choice to replace Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins as the representative in the 2nd District. Davis, a Democrat who served 12 years in the Kansas House of ...

Opinion: What does ascendance of Trump mean about U.S.?

Washington — It is a sign of the times — the kind involving the seven-horned beast, and the rain of fire, and the end of days — that recent news has been dominated by Kanye, Stormy and the misogynist boor who is president of these United States. It would be a circus if it were not a crime ...

Opinion: Assessing impact of charter schools

A national, yet controversial, charter school movement intended to promote school choice and school reform has made its way rather quietly to Kansas. Currently, 11 charter schools operate within Kansas’ 286 public school districts. Begun as a way to encourage innovation in public schools, ...

Opinion: Khashoggi investigation a must

Washington — Saudi Arabia must conduct a serious, no-holds-barred investigation of the apparent gruesome murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. The kingdom’s relationship with America, and its access to global financial markets, hangs in the balance. But in the meantime, ...

Editorial: Investigate hoops recruiting

A federal trial this week centering on corruption in college basketball raises serious questions about the University of Kansas basketball program that university leaders must investigate or risk the integrity of the university and its athletics programs. Last spring, Chancellor Douglas Girod ...

Opinion: GOP is scared of young people

A word for young people, people of color and, in particular, young people of color: The Republicans are scared of you. Maybe you find that hard to believe. Maybe you wonder how the party can be scared of you — or of anybody — given that it controls all three branches of the federal ...

Opinion: The Vietnam War’s mountain of mendacities

Washington — Early in his Marine Corps career, which he concluded as a four-star general, Walt Boomer was decorated for valor in Vietnam. He distilled into three words the lesson of that debacle: “Tell the truth.” Max Hastings, an eminent British journalist and historian, has done that in ...

Editorial: McClendon for secretary of state

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach spent the past eight years making Kansas one of the most difficult places in the United States to exercise the right to vote. He pushed through some of the nation’s strictest voter registration laws, disenfranchised tens of thousands of Kansas voters and ...

Views from Kansas: Be responsible; get a flu shot

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. As we dig deeper into the fall season, take a few minutes in the coming days to visit your doctor, pharmacy or other health care provider and get a flu shot. The ...

Opinion: The irrationality — and caring — of baseball fans

American philosopher Jerry Seinfeld famously exposed how irrational we American baseball fans must be: “Team loyalty is a kind of hard thing to justify, in the end. ... Every year, it’s different guys. ... You’re rooting for clothes, when you get right down to it. ... I want my team’s ...

Opinion: A prince searches for a scapegoat

Washington — Inside his royal place in Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman is said to have alternated between dark brooding and rampaging anger in the days after the death of Jamal Khashoggi, as the crown prince looked for someone to blame for what Turkish officials have said was a grisly ...

Letter to the editor: Losing rights

To the editor: The Brett Kavanaugh appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court cements a hardline conservative majority on the court for perhaps 20 years. During this time, U.S. citizens can expect to lose rights, civil liberties, benefits and protections. Also, fewer new rights will be recognized ...

Letter to the editor: Dark times

To the editor: When President Trump references a free press as “the enemy of the people,” I see our nation in troubled waters. On Feb. 13, Washington Post Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi wrote a Global Opinion piece titled “Saudi Arabia’s crown prince already controlled the nation’s ...

Opinion: Cruelty fills U.S. leadership vacuum

Washington — Whatever the eventual consequences of the Saudi Arabian regime’s suspected murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, President Trump’s initial response indicated much about the priorities of America First foreign policy. His instincts were commercial and ...

Editorial: Keep studying consolidation

The city of Lawrence is right to press forward with gathering information on a possible unified government, even if Douglas County isn’t on board. Earlier this month, commissioners agreed to seek further research into a unified city-county government. At City Manager Tom Markus’ ...

Opinion: Trump in a bind over Khashoggi

When President Donald Trump called the press the “enemy of the people,” he wasn’t only speaking to his pep rally audience. Autocrats and despots around the world were listening. Right-wing governments from Poland and Hungary to Turkey and the Philippines have cracked down on freedom of ...

Opinion: Send in the clowns; don’t bother, they’re here

All these years — 61 and counting — and not once have I been associated with a mob. Until now. This is exhilarating. “Harassing members at their homes,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told The New York Times, “crowding the halls with people acting horribly, the effort to ...

Opinion: Dire climate warning will test us

What if the end of the world came and nobody noticed? It’s not quite an idle question. You see, something remarkable happened last week. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists working under the aegis of the United Nations, issued a report on our planet’s ...