Opinion

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Letter to the editor: Shame on us

To the editor: It’s sad that I’m compelled to write this. Like most of us, I’ve been consumed by the strangest experience of my 67 years. I don’t even need to identify it. It’s horrendous enough. But there may be worse. Read about Ahmaud Arbery. Read Charles Blow in the New York ...

Letter to the editor: A tribute to Mom

To the editor: My 94-year-old mother lives in a skilled nursing facility in Connecticut. As of May 5, 20 of the 58 residents tested positive for COVID-19. Five of those 20 have died. She’s trapped on the Titanic; adjacent staterooms are filling up with the sea water. Will she be next? “I ...

Letter to the editor: Big victory for voters

To the editor: The League of Women Voters of Kansas is proud to be part of a voting rights victory for all Kansans as we celebrate the ruling of a federal appeals court that requiring documentary proof of citizenship to register to vote is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties ...

Letter to the editor: Why he dislikes tests

To the editor: According to news reports, President Donald Trump recently stated that too much testing just makes you look bad. I’m guessing that’s a lesson Donald might have learned early on in school. Geography (where is India?), grammar (complete sentences), civics (how many governors ...

Opinion: Black people are dying to know

That video broke my heart. If you’ve seen it, you need no further explanation. You know exactly what video I’m talking about and why it shattered me. If you haven’t, be advised that the clip in question depicts the last seconds in the life of Ahmaud Arbery. He was just 25, a young man ...

Opinion: There’s plenty for lawmakers to do

The Kansas Legislature will return on May 21 with final, sine die adjournment. In short, the Legislative Coordinating Council decided to pull the plug, despite the huge public health and fiscal problems facing the state. This comes close to a dereliction of duty to the Kansans who elected ...

Opinion: All in this thing together? Not really

We’re all in this thing together. Or so we are told by celebrities, politicians and every third TV commercial. It’s the lullaby with which America soothes itself every time these shores are attacked. That’s why Monday, Dec. 8, 1941, saw long lines at military recruiting offices and ...

Letter to the editor: Crisis concerns

To the editor: As I was reading the Journal-World on Monday, I was struck by two front-page featured articles: 1) Lawrence teacher’s web series brings classic art to students learning at home; and 2) Oil-reliant counties in Kansas predict a gloomy future. Each pertained to consequences ...

Letter to the editor: Endorsement dark side

To the editor: If the NCAA, sports fans and politicians want to help college athletes, aren’t they taking the wrong approach by allowing them to receive money for endorsements? That will certainly enrich a few stars and perhaps keep them in college longer, to their benefit. But what about ...

Letter to the editor: Necessary changes

To the editor: We seem to be turning the corner on the devastating effects of this pandemic; that is yet to be seen. We know the huge toll in death and illness, the “Armageddon” that medical teams have faced in hospitals and nursing facilities, the desperation of the millions who have ...

Letter to the editor: Fritzel’s proposal

To the editor: Thomas Fritzel’s proposal to serve his sentences at home deserves to be explored. Just relieving the local incarcerated population by the absence of a single inmate would not make a difference, of course. If Mr. Fritzel were to extend his offer to take in a significant number ...

Opinion: A preview of coming distractions

As you probably already knew, the next six months of 2020 presidential campaigning are going to be ugly. I do not say this happily, but I do so based upon a lifetime of watching candidates run for election and reelection. Almost invariably, politicians return to what worked successfully in ...

Opinion: Testing is the way out of this trap

One of the less helpful aspects of our current quandary is the shrill argument between two closed-minded camps. One condemns those who wish to open up the economy as science-defying ghouls who care nothing for human life. The other depicts the stay-at-homes as economic saboteurs willing to ...

Letter to the editor: Tighten our belt

To the editor: I’m writing to congratulate four city commissioners (Jennifer Ananda, Stuart Boley, Brad Finkeldei and Courthey Shipley) on the new swimming pools they’re installing at their homes. Despite the current economic crisis, they apparently feel comfortable moving forward with ...

Letter to the editor: A blessing

To the editor: As we approach the transition to less strict protocols in dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I want to express gratitude for how the many facilities that provide care — assisted living, independent living, nursing homes — in our community have managed, against ...

Opinion: Hope is what tomorrow is for

“Tomorrow, robins will sing.” — Stevie Wonder “Tomorrow there’ll be sunshine, and all this darkness past.” — Bruce Springsteen “Hurry, tomorrow. Tomorrow, I need you now.” — The Temptations In other words, tomorrow is the place where things will get better. Tomorrow ...

Opinion: Mayors, the other first responders

Among U.S. governors, Kansas’ Laura Kelly and her advisers rank among the clearest and most decisive in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, governors face limitations. Residents — and viruses — often cross state lines, and Kansas shares its most populated border with ...

Opinion: Frank advice from a close friend

There was, I can testify, a lot more drinking in Washington, D.C., before May 15, 1978. That was the date, through the grace of God, that I had my last drink of beer or booze or wine. Previously, I had given up drinking at different times, for Lent or to lose weight (a waist is a terrible ...