Opinion

Editorial: Best decision on mental health

The Douglas County Commission made the right decision in choosing to seek a quarter-cent sales tax increase to fund the construction and operation of a mental health campus. The county’s other options included a half-cent sales tax increase and a combination of sales and property taxes. The ...

Opinion: Overdue for another collapse?

Washington — Eric Sevareid (1912-1992), the author and broadcaster, said he was a pessimist about tomorrow but an optimist about the day after tomorrow. Regarding America’s economy, prudent people should reverse that. This Wednesday, according to the Financial Times’ Robin Wigglesworth ...

Letter to the editor: Mental health progress

To the editor: After nearly 35 years of jousting at windmills, there is finally some good news! The County Commission has authorized the preparation of a ballot question that will address the severe lack of a continuum of care for the mentally ill. And Justice Matters, who opposed the earlier ...

Letter to the editor: Free press crucial

To the editor: I write to commend the Journal-World’s editorial board for its fine, thoughtful editorial of Aug. 16, “Who’s the real enemy here?” I could not agree more. I only wish that all Kansas members of the Trump party would ponder its timeless warning. The free press is NOT the ...

Opinion: How celebrity culture infected our democracy

Washington — From the beginning of the American republic, its founders obsessed about how it all would end. “Democracy never lasts long,” said John Adams. “There never was a democracy yet, that did not commit suicide.” George Washington used his farewell address to warn that partisan ...

Opinion: Laura Kelly and a return to sanity

Contested recounts, an independent spoiler candidate and national publicity each time our secretary of state starts a new round of antics. Never a dull moment in Kansas these days. Enough already. To heck with those guys. I am not even going to bother naming them. It is time to talk about ...

In memoriam: Leonard Pitts pays tribute to Aretha Franklin

The Queen is dead. Aretha Louise Franklin, a preacher’s daughter from Memphis who was broadly acclaimed the greatest singer of the last half-century — indeed, one of the greatest singers in the history of American song — died of pancreatic cancer Thursday at her home in Detroit, ...

Letter to the editor: Serving the public

To the editor: I was a print journalist for 20 years — half of my professional career — reporting for small daily newspapers in Texas and, eventually, the Wall Street Journal. At every publication, I covered the workings of government, from meetings of school boards, city councils and ...

Letter to the editor: Value journalism

To the editor: Three cheers for all the newspapers in the USA! Thank you to the Lawrence Journal-World for the Aug. 16 editorial with their strong affirmation of a free and reliable press in our centuries-old nation! My sister taught me to read at age 5, using the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. ...

Views from Kansas: Every vote is meaningful

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. One hundred and twenty-one votes. That was the initial margin, which continued to fluctuate, separating Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach for the GOP ...

Opinion: Revoking clearance is ludicrous

Washington — What Donald Trump did Wednesday isn’t supposed to happen in a democracy. A president who swore an oath to uphold the Constitution just carried out a personal political vendetta against a career intelligence officer. In revoking the security clearance of former CIA Director ...

Opinion: A great moment in black history

Editor’s note: In 2006, Leonard Pitts wrote this column based on an interview with Ron Stallworth, who, 12 years later, is the subject of Spike Lee's and Kevin Willmott’s film “BlacKkKlansman.” In 1979, Stallworth was an intelligence officer with the Colorado Springs police department. ...

Editorial: Who’s the real enemy here?

There is nothing fake about the work being done by reporters at the Lawrence Journal-World. To the contrary, Sara Shepherd’s stories about a Missouri woman who allegedly drove a stolen car into the Kansas River, drowning her 5-year-old daughter, are tragically real. Peter Hancock’s ...

Opinion: Markets know better than bureaucrats

Washington — Governments, seemingly eager to supply their critics with ammunition, constantly validate historian Robert Conquest: The behavior of any bureaucratic organization can best be understood by assuming that it is controlled by a secret cabal of its enemies. Consider North ...

Letter to the editor: The real traitors

To the editor: Would someone explain something to me? Tell me why football players are criticized for “taking a knee” to try to improve this country but people who openly celebrate the flags of defeated enemies do not acknowledge their own traitorous behavior? People exhibit the Nazi ...

Views from Kansas: State needs election reform

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. This editorial was written before Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded the GOP primary to Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kansas lawmakers who care about fair and free elections ...

Letter to the editor: Changing conversation

To the editor: To all who worked with Justice Matters: You changed the conversation. Doing so was not easy. Feelings were hurt, people left churches, church communities found themselves in bitter conversations. People accused each other, blamed each other, doubted each other. Yet you ...

Opinion: Consequences of disengagement

Washington — An Arab diplomat recently chided an American audience for speculating about what “the new Middle East” may look like. Open your eyes, he said: The new Middle East is already here. And, personally, I fear its baseline expectation is that American power and values won’t ...

Opinion: These two deserve each other

Washington — It’s hard to take Omarosa Manigault Newman’s word for anything. But Lordy she has tapes, and they offer vivid proof that Donald Trump’s White House is part clown show, part nest of vipers. Omarosa achieved single-name fame as a contestant on Trump’s show “The ...

Editorial: Utility updates welcome

The Lawrence City Commission should sign off tonight on a multimillion-dollar plan to install automated water meters throughout the city. The automated meters will improve efficiencies and allow the city to implement tiered rate structures. It is the kind of technological investment the city ...