Opinion

Editorial: Kelly strikes hopeful tone

Gov. Laura Kelly’s inaugural address presented a hopeful bipartisan message that stands in stark contrast to the ongoing partisan stalemate in Washington, D.C. As the longest federal government shutdown in history stretched on as President Trump has stopped negotiating with Democrats since ...

Opinion: Teaching Democrats how to win

Washington — Donald Trump is giving an unintentional gift to the burgeoning field of Democratic presidential candidates: He is teaching them how they can win. Trump’s failure as president is that he hasn’t forged a governing party that can unite the country, pass legislation and address ...

Opinion: Donald Trump is no Earl Long

Shortly after the cooling of the earth, I was privileged to be given a firsthand look at a Louisiana statewide campaign. It was then that I learned about former Louisiana Gov. Earl Long, who was portrayed by Paul Newman in the movie “Blaze,” which allegedly told the story of the married ...

Letter to the editor: Thanks, Lawrence

To the editor: On the weekend of Jan. 5, my daughter and I traveled from Oklahoma to Lawrence to adopt a dog from a local breeder. We acquired the dog (a retired show dog named “Vader”), and were getting ready to return home when he bolted from the hotel. After about an hour of trying ...

Opinion: GOP must condemn Trump’s bigotry

Washington — What happens when immense bigotry gets lodged in a small mind? Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is what happens. In a recent interview with The New York Times, King asked, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” It is ...

Opinion: Don’t ask government for love, Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson is completely right about one thing: The decline of marriage is a great challenge of our times. I’ve written a whole book about it. So, you’d think I would rejoice that Carlson’s rant-heard-round-the-right focused on it. Sorry, no. I’ve rarely seen such a cynical and ...

Opinion: It’s the border wall or bust, apparently

President Donald Trump’s Oval Office address last week was a total bust. His visit to the border fared no better. Trump predicted that his words and actions wouldn’t “change a damn thing” when he spoke to news anchors before the speech. He’s right — but not for the reasons he ...

Opinion: Ocasio-Cortez treatment not new

Haven’t we seen this movie before? Certainly, there is a sense of deja vu all over again as one watches the right wing hyperventilate over a certain freshman congresswoman from New York. The attacks on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have been frequent and furious, but also petty, silly and (in the ...

Editorial: Good priorities, uphill battle

It’s hard to argue with the priorities shared with and by Lawrence’s legislative delegation heading into the 2019 session. It’s also fair to wonder how achievable those priorities are, especially the ones that require increased spending. The issues were identified during the Legislative ...

Opinion: Brexit shows hazards of direct democracy

“In my country the people can do as they like, although it often happens that they don’t like what they have done.” — Winston Churchill, 1946 London — During the Second World War, as U.S. power was eclipsing Britain’s, Harold Macmillan, a future prime minister, reportedly said, ...

Letter to the editor: Stop the macho politics

To the editor: The unpaid government workers are not responsible for the budget stalemate created by Trump’s childish demand to have his way. The border wall is not a national crisis or an emergency security situation. That “fake news” exists only in Trump’s racially prejudiced mind. ...

Opinion: A case study in defending impulsiveness as strategy

Washington — So far: President Trump has announced a crisis that isn’t actually a crisis, requiring a wall that is not really a wall, funded by Mexican pesos that are really American tax dollars, to keep out murderous migrants who are (as a whole) less violent than native-born Americans, ...

Letter to the editor: Failing at rehabilitation

To the editor: As a foster parent, I have seen how our criminal justice system fails those who have contact with it, often with consequences so devastating that they are unable to bounce back. I have seen this with one of my foster kids. His first contact with law enforcement officers came ...

Opinion: Anticipating change with Gov. Kelly

After a whirlwind transition, Gov.-elect Laura Kelly will be sworn in as the 48th governor of Kansas this coming Monday, and Kansans will have their first glimpse of how she grasps the key levers of governance. Having assisted former Gov. Mike Hayden in his transition of 1986-87, I experienced ...

Letter to the editor: Kansas hero

To the editor: With the passing of Alice Cavender, who died Dec. 29 at the age of 71, one of the unheralded heroes of the Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park is gone, and her passing cannot go unnoted. Alice was the owner of the 40 acres that is now the park, and in 2003 sold the land to ...

Letter to the editor: Our real crisis

Yes, there is a crisis in America, but it is not on our southern border. There is a financial crisis for the many good people who work for us in the federal government and who are being held hostage in this tragic episode of callous mismanagement. They continue answering the call of duty ...

Letter to the editor: Don’t impeach

To the editor: More and more people are talking about impeaching President Trump. Assuming he deserves it legally, there is also the political question of whether it should be done. Let me examine his leadership style with two examples. He said we needed a wall on our southern border and ...

Opinion: Saudi engine of repression rumbles on

Washington — One hundred days after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pressing ahead with anti-dissident campaigns and remains in regular contact with Saud al-Qahtani, the media adviser who the CIA believes helped organize Khashoggi’s killing, ...

Opinion: Obscenity is not just a set of words

As a general rule, I don’t curse a lot. I’ve found that I can usually express myself effectively enough without it. And it’s always seemed to me that foul language, used ubiquitously, loses its primary value, i.e., its ability to shock or to state a thing with force. How seriously should ...

Opinion: Opposition party a Rorschach test for Germany

Berlin — Armin-Paulus Hampel, a former journalist and commentator who now is a member of the Bundestag, is ebullient, affable, opinionated, voluble and excellent company at lunch. But because his party is Alternative for Germany, one wonders whether he is representative of it, and whether he ...