Opinion

Opinion: March Madness comes to Statehouse

This past Wednesday started off pretty much like any other mid-March weekday, as I perused Twitter and Facebook, did some editing and planned where I’d watch the Jayhawks play their first-round game in the NCAA Tournament. But then on my Twitter feed came a flurry of tweets: A coalition of ...

Opinion: Are we entering the age of ‘hack back’?

Washington — When the debris settles after special counsel Robert Mueller completes his investigation into Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election, America will still be left with the underlying problem that triggered the probe in the first place — the threat of malicious ...

Opinion: Real-life experience with body-shaming sheds light

Until this week, I’d never witnessed this on a plane. I’d read numerous stories and essays about passengers trying to shame seatmates for their weight, but I was not prepared for what that sounds like or how it looks. We were a full plane, except for a single open seat in first class. I ...

Opinion: The road goes where the road goes

People always seem surprised in moments like this. Always shocked. But they have no right to be. After all, the road goes where the road goes. If you travel southbound U.S. 1 long enough, you are not surprised to end up in Key West. If you stay on northbound Interstate 5 long enough, you are ...

Opinion: Novel will have you pining for Bush days

Washington — Nostalgia is what Thomas Mallon is counting on to help draw readers to his new novel, “Landfall,” which takes them on a long stroll down memory lane, back to the golden days of ... President George W. Bush’s second term. Really. So, if Mallon’s wonderfully entertaining ...

Views from Kansas: Sneaky plan for vouchers

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Kansas Legislature is considering a new school finance bill that’s deeply problematic for several reasons, including this: It would establish a private school ...

Opinion: Unrealistic promises may haunt Trump

Washington — When General Motors idled its auto plant in Lordstown, Ohio, this month, President Trump adopted a familiar strategy: He issued a nasty string of tweets blaming other people and promised, in effect, that he would restore the past. Trump’s angry, backward-looking approach may ...

Letter to the editor: Thoughtful response

To the editor: I would like to compliment the Lawrence Journal-World on the article published Monday, March 18, 2019, “Islamic Center talk of unity, love in wake of massacre,” describing how the center invited the community to join with them in commemorating the terrorist attack against ...

Editorial: Social media seemingly is a friend to terrorism

In America today, a teenager still has some difficulty gaining admittance to an R-rated movie in a theater. In the same America, that same teenager has little difficulty watching a real life mass killing of people on Facebook or YouTube. No one ever said the Information Revolution was going ...

Letter to the editor: Medicare for all

To the editor: If we are going to have “Medicare for All,” let’s make sure it absolutely lives up to its name. ALL means everyone, all citizens, with no exceptions for Congress or other federal employees either active or retired, as was done for Obamacare. The only exceptions to be ...

Letter to the editor: Discriminatory tax

To the editor: Roads, bicycle paths, hiking trails and sidewalks are part of our city’s infrastructure. The cost of maintaining all infrastructure (including sidewalks) should be financed by taxpayers at large. Current sidewalk repair policy is discriminatory in that select citizens are ...

Opinion: Desperation increases appetite for risk

Washington — As politics has become a religion in so many lives, political discourse has taken on theological overtones. I am not referring to President Trump’s accusation of a “witch hunt,” which places the FBI in the role of Puritan divines. This is merely an absurd metaphor. What I ...

Letter to the editor: Universal dismissal

To the editor: Scorn is easy. It drips with superiority — arrogant that it does not need to engage with those who disagree with it. Recently, the Journal-World has opinion pieces dismissing single payer health care in a few words. The idea is so ridiculous that no argument needs to be ...

Letter to the editor: Bad for downtown

To the editor: The proposed project “The Hub at Lawrence” by Chicago-based Core Spaces should cause great concern for anyone who appreciates the historic nature of downtown Lawrence. Core Spaces designs and builds apartment complexes in college towns for students. The location for this ...

Opinion: Democratic race taking wrong lessons from 2016

It is only March 2019, and I am already sick of the 2020 presidential campaign. Granted, not much is happening on the Republican side — everyone assumes President Donald Trump will sail to renomination — but there are so many Democrats running it’s hard to keep count. And for the life of ...

Opinion: Liars, cheats don’t prove system is rigged

Operation Varsity Blues has unleashed a veritable orgy of stereotypes. “Entitled white kids” have been trending, along with told-you-so’s about how the system is “rigged.” Several commentators have suggested that this scandal should quiet concerns about affirmative action because the ...

Opinion: A moral issue we should all worry about

If you think you’re angry now, wait till you read the court documents. Not that the summaries of a college cheating scandal so massive it briefly bumped Donald Trump from the “Breaking News” chyrons were not enough to make a nun cuss. Indeed, the story offered a perfect storm of ...

Editorial: Paying college athletes creates a host of problems

If you want to watch the best basketball in the world, watch the NBA. If you want to watch the most passionate basketball in the world, watch a college basketball game. Passionate basketball — as evidenced by today’s Selection Sunday hoopla — is the brand for the NCAA and all its ...

Opinion: How can conservatives back an unconservative president?

Washington — A friend just returned from some time with a group of wealthy conservative donors. “They were ambivalent about Donald Trump two years ago,” he said. “Now they are vociferously pro-Trump. There’s a psychological study to be done here.” Those in and around Republican ...