Opinion

Opinion: In Texas, a Democratic template for 2020

Houston — Nationally, the Democratic Party, which gave indispensable assistance (“Basket of deplorables”!) to the election of today’s president, seems intent (“Impeach!”; “Abolish ICE!”; “Free stuff!”, “I am Spartacus!”) on a repeat performance. Here, however, in the 7th ...

Editorial: Long’s priorities are reasonable

New University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long took a sensible approach to the remodel of Memorial Stadium during a Lawrence chamber of commerce luncheon Friday. Long said the university needed to rebuild the football program before taking on rebuilding the stadium. He couldn’t be more ...

Opinion: Preparing Kansas students for future

“Can’t fight progress,” my father observed as he pitched his plan to buy our family’s first automatic dishwasher. “Why would we want one?" I remember my mother’s counter. “We already have two daughters.” Fortunately for me, it didn’t take long for dishwashers to make ...

Opinion: Kavanaugh is better than his senatorial accusers

Washington — A surefire ideological Kool-Aid test? Those who think Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was wounded during his hearings have heavily imbibed. Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee set out to prove that Kavanaugh is a mendacious political hack with the strategy of ...

Letter to the editor: 9/11 and Trump

To the editor: I have a theory that the 9/11 terrorist attacks helped create the Trump voter. Fear and Islamophobia peaked, and Bush failed to address it in a way that kept people from feeling truly safe and secure. And in their eyes, Obama was worse because he was accused of being a Muslim ...

Opinion: Memoir shows Kerry’s strengths

Washington — The public conversation this past week was dominated by a book about a man who is obsessed with winning, President Trump. Too little attention was given to a book about someone who illustrates the benefits of losing, former Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry’s memoir, ...

Editorial: Finish the road

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s announcement that it will begin a supplemental environmental impact study on the western leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway is a double-edged sword. On one hand, the study hails the start of the much-needed effort to expand Kansas Highway 10 to ...

Letter to the editor: Never forget 9/11

To the editor: On Sept. 11, 2001, 17 years ago, we had the biggest attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor. Everyone was worried, confused, sad, mad, and swore to never forget. Well, in Lawrence, they’ve forgotten! In the Lawrence Journal-World, on Sept. 11, there were six pages in section A, ...

Opinion: ‘Both-sideism’ buries the truth

A prediction. When the history of this era is written, when future generations wonder how a mostly educated and largely literate nation became mired in “truthiness,” when they ask how we became so mentally muddled that we lost the ability to identify facts and the capacity to care, ...

Opinion: The cult of fragility on college campuses

Washington — The beginning of another academic year brings the certainty of campus episodes illustrating what Daniel Patrick Moynihan, distinguished professor and venerated politician, called “the leakage of reality from American life.” Colleges and universities are increasingly ...

Editorial: Tobacco 21 merits support

The city of Lawrence should embrace the Tobacco 21 Initiative and raise the age for purchasing tobacco products in Lawrence to 21. The Lawrence City Commission is expected to consider such a proposal on Oct. 9. The Lawrence school board voted this week to endorse the move. Vicki Collie-Akers, ...

Opinion: Trump puts image over principle

Washington — Only a man who is deeply worried about his own strength would talk as much as Donald Trump does about the danger of appearing weak. That’s my biggest takeaway from reading “Fear,” Bob Woodward’s new book about the Trump presidency. The scoops were mostly revealed last ...

Views from Kansas: Climate change is costing us

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The 9 inches of rain that usually falls during a stretch of a few months in Manhattan came down last week in just a few hours. Wildcat Creek crested nearly 26 feet ...

Opinion: Upholding norms is a two-way street

Many of the current president’s critics on the left insist that they are standing up for norms of democratic conduct and for democracy itself. Some are sincere. Neal Katyal, for example, who served as principal deputy solicitor general in the Obama administration, endorsed Neil Gorsuch for ...

Editorial: Peaslee good for community

The growth at the Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center is of great benefit to the community of Lawrence and Douglas County. Enrollment at the workforce training center has grown to more than 500 students and is expected to serve more than 700 students in 2018, said Kevin Kelley, the ...

Letter to the editor: Westar’s rush hour

To the editor: On the hot dog days of summer, Westar starts its obsolete and most expensive power plants as air-conditioning demands blow transformers and overheat powerlines. Like TV SuperBowl ads, or Christmas Eve airline tickets, electricity has a “rush hour” value that is much higher ...

Opinion: Social justice integral to Christianity

Washington — Since the Council of Nicaea, Christians have been prone to issue joint statements that are designed to draw the boundaries of orthodoxy — and cast their rivals beyond them. Another one, not quite in the same league, was recently issued by a group including John MacArthur, a ...

Letter to the editor: KU’s terrible decision

To the editor: We started volunteering at Audio-Reader in 2006. Since that time we have met and/or heard from many users of this important reading service for the visually impaired from all across the state of Kansas and even nearby parts of Missouri. The myriad ways in which individuals use ...

Editorial: City input key to body camera law

The Lawrence City Commission should review and offer input on the Lawrence Police Department’s policy for body cameras as Commissioner Leslie Soden suggested. During the commission’s meeting last week, Soden questioned why the governing body was not scheduled to review the policy for ...

Opinion: Re-examine guidance on sex assault

Washington — The assault on civil rights that was mandated by the civil rights division of Barack Obama’s Education Department might soon abate. Current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is moving to halt the life-shattering procedures that began in 2011, when the department sent to colleges ...