Opinion

Opinion: Antibodies strengthen nation’s immune system

Washington — America’s body politic has recently been scarred by excruciating political shingles, and 2018 campaigning was equivalent to acid reflux. But Tuesday’s elections indicated that some political antibodies are strengthening the nation’s immune system. Tuesday was, on balance, ...

Editorial: Wise move on longevity bonus

The Lawrence City Commission was right to begin the process of moving the city away from paying employees longevity bonuses. On Tuesday, commissioners voted to adopt a new policy that tiers and caps longevity bonuses paid to qualifying employees beginning in 2019. The policy eliminates the ...

Letter to the editor: Visitor concerns

To the editor: I recently read the article of the upcoming move of the Visitor Center that is currently at the Union Pacific station in North Lawrence. The article states the center will be moved to a small storefront on Massachusetts Street. I have questions and concerns about the move. ...

Letter to the editor: King or jester?

To the editor: It’s hard to ignore the entertainment value. Donald Trump stands awash in the sounds of thousands cheering, while behind him faces of hundreds smile, laughing and applauding. He’s just told a lie, a whopper, and goes on with more helpings of the same. Look, I know I’ve ...

Letter to the editor: Paving not needed

To the editor: In your Oct. 25 editorial “Homebuyer’s Responsibility,” you state the Queens Road benefit district is “desperately needed” due to the growing number of residences and apartment complexes adjacent to the road. What’s missing in all the debate is with George Williams ...

Letter to the editor: Let them pay

To the editor: The massive amounts of commuters living in and around Topeka and driving through (or past) Lawrence to Johnson County should be looked at as an opportunity for Lawrence leaders. What could the city do to make moving to Lawrence more attractive? What percentage of the commuters ...

Opinion: You can’t choose your relatives

George Mitchell, a former federal judge and Senate majority leader, was the chief negotiator of the Good Friday Agreement, which brought to a peaceable end 30 years of civil war in Northern Ireland. He was a kid from Waterville, Maine, whose father was the orphaned son of Irish immigrants and ...

Editorial: AD Long made right call on coach Beaty

University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long made the right decision Sunday in announcing that David Beaty would not coach the Jayhawks beyond this season. It was a change Long had to make if KU Athletics is going to improve its financial outlook and solidify its standing as a member of ...

Opinion: The right forgets principles, salutes

In the days following the murder rampage at the Tree of Life synagogue, I received several expressions of grief from friends who are committed Christians. One included in her note a verse from John Donne: “No man is an island entire of itself ... any man’s death diminishes me, because I ...

Editorial: Ethics policy changes are wise

The Lawrence City Commission should update the city ethics policy. City commissioners are expected to consider updates to the policy at a meeting on Tuesday. The policy was adopted more than 25 years ago, in 1991. City Manager Tom Markus is recommending the changes which he said sends a ...

Opinion: ‘Old people are ruining your life. Vote.’

Every student who knocks on my office door on Kent State’s campus has likely noticed the illustrated bumper sticker affixed right above the door handle. The drawing depicts an older white man of a certain age wearing a suit and glasses and holding a lit pipe. He looks to be of an earlier ...

Opinion: We could lose or save our country

“What are these politicians going to do for us?” A guy in Texas asked that question a few weeks back on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” by way of explaining why he won’t be voting in the most important midterm election in modern American history. His words have been playing on an ...

Opinion: Hoops madness extends far beyond March

Washington — Until last week it seemed that the Division 1 college basketball industry could produce nothing more risible than its pieties about cherishing the amateurism of the “student-athletes” who generate, but get mere crumbs of, the industry’s billions. Last week, however, a New ...

Editorial: Every single vote matters

There is much at stake in Tuesday’s election from control of Congress to leadership of the state of Kansas. Strong turnout should be a no-brainer. Advance voting totals from the Douglas County Clerk’s office indicate as much. Preliminary numbers show the county could set a record for ...

Letter to the editor: Thanks for crisis training

To the editor: Thanks for the recent article in the Journal-World about the Crisis Intervention Team training for police. I serve on the CIT Planning Committee and am involved with the National Alliance for Mental Illness and the Justice Matters Mental Health Research Team. I want to say ...

Editorial: KU can’t quit Adidas

The University of Kansas has made crystal clear that money comes first when it comes to its athletics programs. How else to explain the university’s desire to continue taking millions from Adidas while refusing to make public basic information regarding its deal with the shoe company? Last ...

Your Turn: Justice Matters group supports mental health sales tax

“I (expletive) hate my life. I am going to end it. My friend just took all my guns away. This is serious.” That is what my friend told me Wednesday morning as I stood next to the apple stand at the Merc waiting for my fancy coffee. His hands were shaking as he fidgeted — wiping his ...

Opinion: Mattis walks the Trump tightrope

Washington — When President Trump issues an election-time order to send up to 15,000 troops to confront what many experts say is a nonexistent threat on the U.S.-Mexico border, what should Defense Secretary Jim Mattis do about it? Mattis’ answer, so far, has been to support the president ...

Opinion: Trump setting a poisonous tone

Rob Rogers is an editorial cartoonist who was fired in June after 25 years with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His departure, he said, came after weeks of tension with a publisher who wanted a more pro-Trump stance. “We’re living in a very dark time,” Rogers told the local NPR station, ...

Opinion: Missouri’s Hawley is not a pretend conservative

Cape Girardeau, Mo. — Here in the state’s southeast, which calls itself the Bootheel and nurses a genial distrust of Missouri’s metropolitan fleshpots (St. Louis, Kansas City), the loudspeaker is blasting out John Mellencamp’s “Small Town” as Josh Hawley’s cowboy boots alight from ...