Opinion

Opinion: Cover-up continues in Catholic sex abuse scandal

Philadelphia — “Horseplay,” a term used to denote child rape, is, says Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, part of a sinister glossary of euphemisms by which the Catholic Church’s bureaucracy obfuscates in documents the church’s “pattern of abuse” and conspiracy of silence ...

Opinion: This Sunshine Week, take a stand for transparency

It’s been a grueling winter. We’ve had record snowfalls in parts of Kansas, and cabin fever has taken its toll on all of us. The time has come for a hearty dose of sunshine. There could be no better time to be observing National Sunshine Week, a time for citizens and elected officials ...

Opinion: Populists vs. traditionalists in both parties

Washington — Dick Cheney, the former vice president, made just about the nastiest crack a Republican could offer about President Trump’s foreign policy when he said it “looks a lot more like Barack Obama than Ronald Reagan.” Obviously, the comparison is flawed. But say this much for ...

Editorial: City and county need to work on working together

The city of Lawrence and Douglas County have a lot of issues to work on. Being in the same room together appears to be one of them. For those who have paid attention, it has been evident there has been a significant amount of disharmony between city and county leaders in recent years. It has ...

Opinion: Sherrod Brown will be missed

Why should it be of any importance or interest that Sherrod Brown, the third-term U.S. senator from Ohio, announced this week that he will not run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination? For one reason, unlike many recent would-be national leaders who belong to his party — a list ...

Views from Kansas: Give rural Zones program a shot

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. One program that actually has helped hold some people and bind them to rural Kansas has been the Rural Opportunity Zones plan adopted by the state a few years ago and ...

Opinion: Only one thing can save Trump now: Democrats

President Trump has done his level best to tank his presidency. The trade and budget deficits are soaring, his legal woes are mushrooming, his North Korea policy collapsed, Democrats beat him on the border wall and the Republican Senate is poised to rebuke him. There is only one thing that ...

Opinion: If you’re serious about climate …

Do you ever wonder why people run for office? I mean, unless you’re a total cynic, you must assume that at least part of the motivation is wanting to do good. Sure, those who run for office want fame and prestige, but they also have strongly held views and want to affect public policy, right? ...

Opinion: Is there room for one more on Mount Rushmore?

The four faces chiseled on Mount Rushmore have an uninvited guest. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt look down at Donald Trump, as he saunters and shouts into the wind. Trump gets down to business: Any room at the top? “Many people ...

Opinion: Fox doesn’t deserve a seat at the table

Should Fox “News” have a seat at the table? Last week, the Democratic National Committee, citing a recent story in The New Yorker that painted the network as a propaganda machine for the Republican Party and its lamentable leader, said no. It pointedly disinvited Fox from hosting any of ...

Editorial: Change in leadership is chance to rethink what Haskell can be

Haskell Indian Nations University still has the ability to stand out as unique. Whether it is the beautiful Haskell arch, the historic but worn Haskell Stadium, or maybe even just its brightly colored dormitories, it still has the ability to cause a visitor traveling by it to ask: What is that ...

Opinion: Democrats channeling late-night infomercials

Washington — A four-word phrase common on late-night television, exclaimed by announcers giddy about their offers: “Buy this kitchen knife that is so sharp it can slice and dice diamonds, and we’ll throw in a nonstick frying pan that can double as a satellite dish. BUT WAIT! THERE’S ...

Opinion: Vaccination isn’t a matter for political philosophers

Washington — Another massive study has discovered no causal connection between the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and autism. This time, the study’s cohort consisted of every child born in Denmark from 1999 through December 2010 — more than 650,000 children. The conclusion? ...

Letter to the editor: Thanks, crews

To the editor: After our many snow episodes this winter, our city snow removal crews deserve a big round of applause. They have worked tirelessly to make our Lawrence roads clear of both ice and snow. It hasn’t been easy, but they have done a fantastic job! Thank you!

Letter to the editor: Sidewalk burden

To the editor: I am in disagreement with the editorial support given to the city’s plan for sidewalk maintenance and repair. My displeasure is on several levels: 1. The extensive sidewalk at my home is something I neither want, asked for, nor can get rid of. 2. It is not on my ...

Opinion: Erdogan sabotages Turkey’s progress

Washington — For a scary snapshot of what a “post-American” world looks like, consider the rupture that has been developing through three administrations in the U.S.-Turkey relationship. Turkey has come to think it can call the shots, regardless of U.S. interests. The prime mover has ...

Opinion: The book on black fatherhood

I wrote the book on black fatherhood. Literally. “Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood” was a deep dive into the absence and uninvolvement of African-American fathers in the lives of their children. Like many observers, I inferred that absence and uninvolvement from ...

Opinion: Might the push for reparations benefit Trump?

Washington — Tiptoeing along the edge of caricature, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says: Native Americans should be “at the table” with African-Americans for a “robust discussion” about making some Americans pay reparations to other Americans to atone for misdeeds by still other Americans. ...

Opinion: Can Mueller provide resolution?

Washington — Robert Mueller’s final report should present Congress with a clean choice: Either the facts warrant impeachment of President Trump or they don’t. That was the promise of Mueller’s appointment as special counsel: He would gather the evidence, and then Congress and the public ...

Letter to the editor: How quaint

To the editor: Here are some of the quaint concepts that the pre-World War II generations held as worthy goals: honor, fidelity, honesty, dignity, decency. How fortunate we are to live in a more liberated time! Patrick Shannon, Lawrence