Opinion

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 ...

Views from Kansas: Trouble in Dodge City

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The October Jim Crow Award goes to Dodge City and Barton County, where officials have come up with a new way to make voting difficult, if not impossible. Dodge City, ...

Letter to the editor: Trump acts guilty

To the editor: Our fractured, conflict-driven political landscape gives some the hope for a radically “different order.” In this poisoned environment enter pipe bombs for opponents of the diminishing Republican power structure. One potentially explosive issue is the possibility of ...

Opinion: In Pittsburgh, ‘Hate has no home’

Pittsburgh — From a distance, the Tree of Life Synagogue now looks like another American crime scene. Police tape blocks off the Wilkins Avenue entrance of the temple, and patrol cars guard the perimeter with flashing lights. But just at the yellow-tape barrier, the closest spot to the ...

Letter to the editor: We don’t need it

To the editor: So a developer wants to build 600,000 square feet of additional retail space and all they need to do is get KDOT to re-route the entry ramp? Frankly, that much more space is the last thing we need! There are plenty of empty spots in Lawrence for retail outlets. Just look at the ...

Letter to the editor: Doom and drivel

To the editor: Being a Republican of a certain age, I remember a lot of elections. And being trained as a journalist in the late 1960s, I learned to discern facts from nonfacts. It may just be that I am old and crotchety, but I am tired of being called and texted with messages of doom ...

Views from Kansas: Voting is worse elsewhere?

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas, how embarrassing. Really, we’re only the ninth-hardest state in which to vote? Given all the energy that’s gone into making casting a ballot as difficult ...

Editorial: Toll proposal grossly unfair

Kansas drivers should not be punished for lawmakers’ mistakes by being forced to pay tolls to fund highway projects, including an expanded South Lawrence Trafficway. Kansas Department of Transportation officials said at a meeting last month that tolls could be used to fund expansion of ...

Opinion: Yes, the press has much to answer for

Our states are anything but united. Our politics are indeed polarized — with too many of us Americans retreating into our own comfortable spaces, where we can associate only with those who agree with us. And yes, we of the press are anything but blameless for this situation. Take the simple ...

Opinion: GOP follows a political pyromaniac

Washington — Americans like to think of the military defeat of Nazi Germany and the liberation of death camps as their answer to the most murderous outbreak of anti-Semitism in history. It has become part of our national lore: American soldiers escorting German locals to visit Buchenwald, ...

Opinion: Hyperventilating about the U.S.-bound caravan

A caravan of ragtag would-be immigrants is making its way through the nations of Honduras (per capita income $4,630), El Salvador (per capita income $7,540) and Guatemala (per capita income $8,000) to Mexico. The response in the U.S. (per capita income $60,200) — panic. Hyperventilation is ...

Editorial: Voters deserve much better

Issues that have risen in the past week raise concerns about voting in Kansas and underscore the need for the Legislature to tackle serious election reforms. Last week, an uproar emerged in Dodge City, a southwest Kansas town of 27,000 that moved its only polling place from the civic center in ...

Opinion: It’s 10 to midnight in America

Having just returned from a three-week trip to Asia, I feel as if I’ve landed in the middle of a dystopian nightmare. Some maniac is mailing pipe bombs to President Donald Trump’s enemies list: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, George Soros, John Brennan, Eric Holder and Robert De ...

Letter to the editor: The refusal to hear

To the editor: So this is now the level to which we have sunk. It begins with politicians telling their supporters to confront, harass, intimidate those who hold opposing views, a country’s leader who runs a bully pulpit and vilifies any who disagree, extremist groups on both sides using ...

Opinion: Reality always has the last word

“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.” — Donald Trump, Feb. 1, 2016 “I’d like to punch him in the face.” — Donald Trump, Feb. 22, 2016 “You ...