Opinion

Opinion: Trump can shut down Russia critics with one move

Washington — If President Trump wants to shut down the critics of his performance this week in Helsinki and strengthen U.S. national security, he can do so with one bold move: Announce he is moving out most U.S. forces currently stationed in Germany and sending them to Poland. The Polish ...

Opinion: What’s a lieutenant governor for?

The Kansas Constitution requires all gubernatorial nominees to run on a ticket with their lieutenant governor nominees. Much more fanfare has surrounded the process this year than it has in the past. Why? The state Constitution and recent history do make one thing clear: The next lieutenant ...

Opinion: Intelligence community carries on

Despite Trump’s acquiescence to Russia, our resilient intelligence community will ‘get on with it’ Aspen, Colo. — The American intelligence community has never faced a problem quite like President Trump — a commander in chief who is suspected by a growing number of Republicans and ...

Letter to the editor: Evidence of stupidity

To the editor: At his super-secret summit with Vladimir Putin, Donald J. Trump blamed the poor relations between Russia and the U.S. on U.S. “stupidity.” Get this straight: The president of the United States called we, the people, stupid. And I guess he must be right because we are still ...

Letter to the editor: Restore the flag

To the editor: KU’s decision to censor (by moving) artwork featuring what appears to be a paint-spattered American flag represents a stunning retreat from the school’s mission. Furthermore, the elected officials who first demanded the censorship demonstrate a profound distrust in the ...

Editorial: Mental health center on ballot

Douglas County commissioners are right to support a ballot initiative asking voters to approve funding for a behavioral health campus and expanded mental health programming. The issue, which still must be finalized, will be on the ballot in November. The move follows voters’ rejection in May ...

Letter to the editor: Terrible display

To the editor: I sent the following to KU Chancellor Douglas Girod. Dear Chancellor Girod: Sir, on behalf of the 25,000 members of the Kansas American Legion, and on behalf of all veterans who have served this great country, we are offended and appalled at the display of a desecrated flag at ...

Editorial: Raise the alarm on trafficking

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Barry Feaker, executive director of the Topeka Rescue Mission, is embarking on a mission with local partners to understand human trafficking in Topeka and Shawnee ...

Your Turn: Supreme Court justices should have term limits

Life tenure for Supreme Court Justices, combined with increasing partisan polarization, is a toxic combination that is poisoning our democracy. It is time to find a better way that preserves judicial independence while reducing the level of conflict over nominations. A move to a nonrenewable ...

Opinion: Spare me your shock at Trump

“Lawmakers in both major parties and former intelligence officials appeared shocked ...” — The Chicago Tribune “U.S. lawmakers of both political parties reacted with shock ...” — Voice of America “Some of Mr. Trump’s own advisers privately said they were shocked ...” — ...

Editorial: Bear in mind police survey

The Lawrence Police Department should keep in perspective the results of a community survey into attitudes toward officers. After all, the study only reached 774 residents and wasn’t necessarily a representative sample of the Lawrence community. Still, the persistent gap between perceptions ...

Letter to the editor: Check your health

To the editor: The TV said that more than one-third of the seniors are getting to be diabetic and don’t even know it. The way this can be avoided is for the senior to have lab tests done free with Medicare at their yearly physical. That way the problem can be fixed before it gets too ...

Letter to the editor: Take a stand

To the editor: I’m embarrassed and angry beyond explanation after Trump’s support of believing Putin did not meddle in the 2016 election. He committed an act of treason in public stating he believes Putin. Rather than go into a further diatribe about that topic, I have a plea. My plea ...

Letter to the editor: No mural on library

To the editor: On the question of private art on public property: A large public building is more than just an enclosure to serve a public need; it is itself a work of public art. The architect is both engineer and artist, and the Lawrence Public Library has both utility value and aesthetic ...

Letter to the editor: Agree all around

To the editor: Your opinion page for Tuesday, July 17, 2018, contained two editorials and two letters with which I wholeheartedly agree! “Kobach Shows His Unfitness” is spot on as Kansans can ill afford four years of Kris Kobach after enduring seven years of Sam Brownback. Likewise, in ...

Letter to the editor: Put out more flags?

To the editor: The governor’s response to the flag controversy — to put more flags on display around the Statehouse in Topeka — brings to mind Evelyn Waugh’s early novel of World War II, “Put Out More Flags.” Rich young men, seeing opportunities in government employment on the ...

Opinion: Our president puts America last

Washington — America’s child president had a playdate with a KGB alumnus, who surely enjoyed providing day care. It was a useful, because illuminating, event: Now we shall see how many Republicans retain a capacity for embarrassment. Jeane Kirkpatrick, a Democrat closely associated with ...

Opinion: Trump stuns by siding with Putin

Washington — President Trump was doing pretty well in Helsinki, really, laying out a modest but achievable agenda for improving U.S.-Russia relations. And then came the final question about whether Trump believed his own intelligence chiefs or Russian President Vladimir Putin — and in his ...

Letter to the editor: Politics as usual

To the editor: Thanks to Keith Wood for his incisive letter calling out our posturing politicians (Journal-World, July 13). Unfortunately the charade goes on, louder and sleazier. Calling on the Boy Scouts to destroy a ‘work of art,’ because the governor disapproves! How low can you ...