Opinion

Opinion: World adapts to reality of Trump

Washington — One of the assumptions that economists sometimes use to frame their models is to specify that some variables will be held constant, a concept that’s expressed with the Latin phrase ceteris paribus. We often make the same mistake in politics and foreign policy. We concentrate ...

Opinion: What’s wrong with Florida’s elections?

Miami — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had the best line when it comes to the latest Florida election in which contests for governor and the U.S. Senate are still undecided. Rubio tweeted: “Bay County was hit by a Cat 4 Hurricane just 4 weeks ago, yet managed to count votes & submit timely ...

Views from Kansas: Will GOP work with Kelly?

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. In her first news conference as Kansas governor-elect, Laura Kelly, the longtime Democratic lawmaker moved briskly through the top items on her do-list: Restore LGBT ...

Opinion: Are we sincere about 2nd chances?

Washington — Those of us who participated in the 2000 presidential election are getting political PTSD from the current gubernatorial and senatorial recounts in Florida. President George W. Bush was eventually declared winner in the Sunshine State (and, thus, the election) by 537 votes out of ...

Editorial: More jobs for college grads

A new study shows that, while Lawrence is a leader in producing college graduates, it’s terrible at putting those graduates to work. That’s a statistic needing to be reversed if Lawrence and Kansas are ever going to slow the brain drain of college graduates leaving for jobs in other ...

Opinion: An important remaining election of 2018

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus taught us that “character is destiny.” Nowhere is character more apparent than in how one responds to adversity. After the failed U.S.-organized invasion of Fidel Castro’s Cuba, President John F. Kennedy rightly took responsibility: “Victory has 1,000 ...

Opinion: We need a leader who can capture the high ground of tech

Austin, Texas — A conference here to gather American business and military experts to discuss the coming revolution in artificial intelligence was a good Election-Day measure of the challenges ahead to maintain the U.S. competitive edge. Corporate and government leaders agree that China’s ...

Views from Kansas: Schwab should improve voting

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. When it comes to improving voter participation, Kansas has work to do. A recent Northern Illinois University study ranked the state ninth most difficult for citizens ...

Opinion: Americans don’t like mobs

The midterm elections proved one thing definitively: We are a deeply divided country. Though the Democrats’ victory in flipping the House of Representatives was significant, it might have been even bigger had President Donald Trump not been able to use the caravan of Central American migrants ...

Opinion: Reminder: Journalists ask questions

“The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw in character.” — Lyndon Johnson “They are a sort of assassins...” — John Quincy Adams “I look forward to these confrontations with the press to kind of balance up the nice and pleasant things that come to me ...

Opinion: Allow Mississippi residents to self-rehabilitate

Washington — In the previous 50 years, the state of Mississippi has validated Lord Tennyson’s belief that “men may rise on stepping-stones of their dead selves to higher things.” Now the state has asked the U.S. Supreme Court for 20 more days to provide the court with a defense of the ...

Editorial: Residency not top priority

The city of Lawrence should seek to hire the best employees it can regardless of where they live. Policies that require city employees, including top administrators, to live in the city are anachronistic and unnecessary. The city has about 750 full-time employees. Current policy requires ...

Opinion: Kansas rejects brash partisan politics

Shock and awe! Kansas voters nailed the coffin shut this week on the discredited Brownback era. They chose a bipartisan path forward by electing Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly as governor and soundly rejecting her opponent, Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kobach was embraced by President ...

Opinion: Trump rips open wounds, threatens unity of nation

Washington — In the spirit of the political season, I want to claim credit for the most STUPENDOUS, INSIGHTFUL and POWERFUL political strategy since Pericles bound the DELIAN LEAGUE into an empire to resist THE PERSIANS. I urged voters to support reasonable Republican candidates in the ...

Matt Tait: Best advice for KU AD Jeff Long: Go with your guy

I ran into Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long on Tuesday night in Indianapolis, and while chatting with him before KU’s basketball victory over Michigan State we talked a little football, too. Specifically, Long asked — joking I’m sure — if I had any tips for him as he began the ...

Opinion: Will the moment seize Democrats?

We are about to find out whether Democrats meant it when they lamented the loss of civility in Washington. Having won the majority in the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election, will they cooperate with Republicans and “reach across the aisle,” or will they pander to their base, ...

Opinion: Ghosts of 1918 could teach us

Washington — What would the ghosts of 1918 — not just the soldiers who were slaughtered in the trenches of World War I, but the statesmen who failed to make a durable peace afterward — tell politicians a century later about the perilous world we inhabit today? Ruminations about past and ...

Editorial: Balancing power

One message voters sent to state and national lawmakers in Tuesday’s midterm elections is to focus more on governing and less on arguing. By breaking up the Republican party’s stranglehold on Kansas, giving control of Congress to the Democrats and keeping Republicans in charge of the ...

Letter to the editor: Say no to tolls

To the editor: So former Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republicans have huge tax cuts, then steal money from the highway fund and other places in state government to balance the budget, and now we need toll roads! I do believe that when they took back at the tax cuts they left in place most of ...

Opinion: Trump faces accountability now

You can’t always get what you want. So said the philosopher Mick Jagger. He said it in 1969, so obviously, he didn’t intend it as a comment on the 2018 midterms. But progressives might be forgiven for thinking otherwise. After all, they wanted Andrew Gillum to become Florida’s first ...