Local Columns

Opinion: The myth of conservative Kansas

Did Kansas turn away from its conservatism this year?We know by now the fundamentals: An unlikely coalition of moderate Republicans, Democrats and even traditional conservatives in the Kansas Legislature overrode Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax veto and shot down his “glide path to zero.” The ...

Drawing Attention: Midco rolls out a tangled mess

Drawing Attention is a regular feature of the Journal-World that highlights the editorial cartoons of Lawrence resident Greg Kearney.Kearney served as the editorial cartoonist for the Casper Star-Tribune in Casper, Wyo. for more than two decades before moving to Lawrence. Kearney's cartoons ...

Drawing Attention: Brownback shamelessly blames others for disaster he created

Drawing Attention is a regular feature of the Journal-World that highlights the editorial cartoons of Lawrence resident Greg Kearney.Kearney served as the editorial cartoonist for the Casper Star-Tribune in Casper, Wyo. for more than two decades before moving to Lawrence. Kearney's cartoons ...

Opinion: Individuals should still step up for honor

David Bonderman stepped down from the corporate board of Uber after speaking disparagingly of women by saying putting them on corporate boards would be bad because “it’s much more likely to be more talking.” He must have felt entitled. He’s not alone. My daughter, who works for an ...

Drawing Attention: A new level of ridiculous for Kris Kobach

Drawing Attention is a regular feature of the Journal-World that highlights the editorial cartoons of Lawrence resident Greg Kearney.Kearney served as the editorial cartoonist for the Casper Star-Tribune in Casper, Wyo. for more than two decades before moving to Lawrence. Kearney's cartoons ...

Drawing Attention: Which GOP candidate is better for Kansas, Barnett or Kobach?

Drawing Attention is a regular feature of the Journal-World that highlights the editorial cartoons of Lawrence resident Greg Kearney.Kearney served as the editorial cartoonist for the Casper Star-Tribune in Casper, Wyo. for more than two decades before moving to Lawrence. Kearney's cartoons ...

Opinion: Some British lessons we could learn

Last week, two events occurred here in Kansas at the same moment that Great Britain’s Conservative Party was, as the London tabloids put it, moving from being the “Strong and Stable” majority parliamentary party to a “Weak and Wobbly” plurality party. It might be a stretch for Kansas ...

Opinion: Finding common cause is the only answer

My last column was about Arlo Guthrie singing “This Land is Your Land.” The song says we’re all in this together, togetherness is necessary to our well-being, and such togetherness requires fairness and equality. It won’t work any other way. This land was made for all, not the few. But ...

Drawing Attention: The disgrace of school funding in Kansas

Drawing Attention is a regular feature of the Journal-World that highlights the editorial cartoons of Lawrence resident Greg Kearney.Kearney served as the editorial cartoonist for the Casper Star-Tribune in Casper, Wyo. for more than two decades before moving to Lawrence. Kearney's cartoons ...

Opinion: Elegy for a terrible tax experiment

It had been dying for some time, now it’s dead. Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax experiment has been laid to rest. An ill-fated chapter of Kansas political history has come to a close.A bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers axed the exemption of 330,000 businesses from income taxes and rescinded ...

Drawing Attention: Kobach as governor could be worse than Brownback

Drawing Attention is a regular feature of the Journal-World that highlights the editorial cartoons of Lawrence resident Greg Kearney.Kearney served as the editorial cartoonist for the Casper Star-Tribune in Casper, Wyo. for more than two decades before moving to Lawrence. Kearney's cartoons ...

Drawing Attention: Lawmakers finally stand up to Brownback to save Kansas

Drawing Attention is a regular feature of the Journal-World that highlights the editorial cartoons of Lawrence resident Greg Kearney.Kearney served as the editorial cartoonist for the Casper Star-Tribune in Casper, Wyo. for more than two decades before moving to Lawrence. Kearney's cartoons ...

Opinion: Uncertain trumpets at Statehouse

“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” — Father Theodore HesburghThe 2017 politics of Kansas exemplifies the politics of uncertainty. Our nominal leaders blow the most uncertain of trumpets, while both legislators and the ...

Drawing Attention: Are lawmakers working in your interest, Kansas?

Drawing Attention is a regular feature of the Journal-World that highlights the editorial cartoons of Lawrence resident Greg Kearney.Kearney served as the editorial cartoonist for the Casper Star-Tribune in Casper, Wyo. for more than two decades before moving to Lawrence. Kearney's cartoons ...

Opinion: 2 septuagenarians’ views of America

There are two septuagenarians, both Americans, who know America and how to work an American crowd. I saw both on different stages in a single day. On May 18 Arlo Guthrie ambled out slowly onto the stage of the old brick Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo., a big shock of white hair and a droopy ...

Drawing Attention: What your doctor does and doesn’t have to tell you

Drawing Attention is a regular feature of the Journal-World that highlights the editorial cartoons of Lawrence resident Greg Kearney.Kearney served as the editorial cartoonist for the Casper Star-Tribune in Casper, Wyo. for more than two decades before moving to Lawrence. Kearney's cartoons ...

Drawing Attention: After 100 days, no solutions in Kansas Statehouse

Drawing Attention is a regular feature of the Journal-World that highlights the editorial cartoons of Lawrence resident Greg Kearney.Kearney served as the editorial cartoonist for the Casper Star-Tribune in Casper, Wyo. for more than two decades before moving to Lawrence. Kearney's cartoons ...

Drawing Attention: Kris Kobach doesn’t want you to know what he’s doing

Drawing Attention is a regular feature of the Journal-World that highlights the editorial cartoons of Lawrence resident Greg Kearney.Kearney served as the editorial cartoonist for the Casper Star-Tribune in Casper, Wyo. for more than two decades before moving to Lawrence. Kearney's cartoons ...

Drawing Attention: Clock ticking on Kansas Legislature, Brownback

Drawing Attention is a regular feature of the Journal-World that highlights the editorial cartoons of Lawrence resident Greg Kearney.Kearney served as the editorial cartoonist for the Casper Star-Tribune in Casper, Wyo. for more than two decades before moving to Lawrence. Kearney's cartoons ...