Opinion

Views from Kansas: Dangerous highways

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The number of fatalities involving semis and other large trucks is spiking, making our highways increasingly perilous for drivers. And both federal regulators and the ...

Opinion: Nancy Pelosi and the downside of being right

It is always dangerous to be right, noted Voltaire, in matters where the established authorities are all wrong. In 2002, barely a year after the attacks of 9/11, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, three papers that rarely agree editorially on anything more ...

Opinion: The Mideast peace process is dead

Washington — This month commemorates two pinnacles for the benign, naive superpower that was America, both involving our now-lost role as Middle East peacemaker. Forty years ago, President Carter brokered the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt; and 25 years ago, President Clinton ...

Letter to the editor: Proud volunteer

To the editor: Bert Nash is a gem in our community, and I am proud to have volunteered there for the past six years. I have served on the board of directors for three years. Recently, I have observed the dedicated staff and management working tirelessly to deal with the staffing crisis ...

Opinion: Nomination hangs by thin string

Washington — It is difficult to comment on an unfolding news story, but this one demands it. It is hard to write about someone you know and like, especially concerning matters of character. But sometimes there is little choice. In the case of Brett Kavanaugh vs. Christine Blasey Ford, the ...

Editorial: Inspect more rental properties

The city of Lawrence should strive to inspect more rental properties each year. A survey conducted as part of the city’s recent housing market analysis showed that 24 percent of renters in the city rate their housing condition as poor. Among renters with children, 32 percent rate their ...

Letter to the editor: Lawrence’s birthday

To the editor: On Sept. 18, 2018, Lawrence will celebrate its 164th birthday. Sesquicentennial Point features a Walk through Time, beginning with 1854 and a tribute to Amos Lawrence, Plymouth Congregational Church and the First United Methodist Church. At the 2004 mark, a time capsule awaits ...

Letter to the editor: Get real on benefits

To the editor: I read with some amazement about the female employee at Facebook who was bitterly complaining that Facebook’s maternity benefits were so desperately inadequate that she was forced to quit her job. (USA Today, Sept. 17). This woman (she has three children) received specialty ...

Editorial: Give your input on downtown

Downtown Lawrence Inc. is taking the right approach to addressing an increasing number of vacancies on Massachusetts Street. The nonprofit organization has launched an effort to gather data that will help identify the types of businesses that will bring residents to the seven-block stretch ...

Opinion: What The Times story misses about poverty

It’s an affecting story. Matthew Desmond, writing in The New York Times Magazine, profiles Vanessa Solivan, a poor single mother raising three children. Vanessa works as a home health aide, yet she and her three adolescent children are often reduced to sleeping in her car, a 2004 Chrysler ...

Opinion: Humility in the face of nature

With rain inundating the mid-Atlantic states and a hurricane barreling down on the Carolinas, President Donald Trump took the occasion to pat himself on the back for his handling of Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico last year. It was an “underappreciated great job,” he said in an Oval ...

Opinion: We can’t sleep through this alarm

“Where have you gone, Bob Woodward? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.” I asked that question in January, repurposing a Paul Simon lyric to implore the dean of American political reporters to help us make sense of the mess that is the Trump White House. On Tuesday, Woodward finally ...

Opinion: In Texas, a Democratic template for 2020

Houston — Nationally, the Democratic Party, which gave indispensable assistance (“Basket of deplorables”!) to the election of today’s president, seems intent (“Impeach!”; “Abolish ICE!”; “Free stuff!”, “I am Spartacus!”) on a repeat performance. Here, however, in the 7th ...

Editorial: Long’s priorities are reasonable

New University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long took a sensible approach to the remodel of Memorial Stadium during a Lawrence chamber of commerce luncheon Friday. Long said the university needed to rebuild the football program before taking on rebuilding the stadium. He couldn’t be more ...

Opinion: Preparing Kansas students for future

“Can’t fight progress,” my father observed as he pitched his plan to buy our family’s first automatic dishwasher. “Why would we want one?" I remember my mother’s counter. “We already have two daughters.” Fortunately for me, it didn’t take long for dishwashers to make ...

Opinion: Kavanaugh is better than his senatorial accusers

Washington — A surefire ideological Kool-Aid test? Those who think Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was wounded during his hearings have heavily imbibed. Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee set out to prove that Kavanaugh is a mendacious political hack with the strategy of ...

Letter to the editor: 9/11 and Trump

To the editor: I have a theory that the 9/11 terrorist attacks helped create the Trump voter. Fear and Islamophobia peaked, and Bush failed to address it in a way that kept people from feeling truly safe and secure. And in their eyes, Obama was worse because he was accused of being a Muslim ...

Opinion: Memoir shows Kerry’s strengths

Washington — The public conversation this past week was dominated by a book about a man who is obsessed with winning, President Trump. Too little attention was given to a book about someone who illustrates the benefits of losing, former Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry’s memoir, ...

Editorial: Finish the road

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s announcement that it will begin a supplemental environmental impact study on the western leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway is a double-edged sword. On one hand, the study hails the start of the much-needed effort to expand Kansas Highway 10 to ...

Letter to the editor: Never forget 9/11

To the editor: On Sept. 11, 2001, 17 years ago, we had the biggest attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor. Everyone was worried, confused, sad, mad, and swore to never forget. Well, in Lawrence, they’ve forgotten! In the Lawrence Journal-World, on Sept. 11, there were six pages in section A, ...