Opinion

Opinion: Trump cannot rewrite the American story

Washington — President Trump is trying, in his gaudy, self-glorying way, to refashion Independence Day in his own image, but he’ll fail. The weight and momentum of this nation are strong enough after 243 years to survive his vain mischief. Americans, not least Trump supporters, know that ...

Views from Kansas: Disaster mitigation pays

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas has made smart infrastructure investments in disaster mitigation, saving the state well over a billion dollars, according to a study from The Pew Charitable ...

Opinion: Unintended consequence of summer of ’19

At least three score years ago, my savvy precinct committeewoman impressed upon me an immutable political truth: Every election is not about the candidate(s); no, every election is about the voters ... and about the future. I’m relieved that my precinct committeewoman was not around to hear ...

Opinion: Trump’s hunch right; now what?

Washington — In dealing with North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong Un, President Trump should remember that he is a snake handler, not a snake charmer. (The same advice applies to Kim, but we’ll leave that to pundits in Pyongyang.) The baseline: Kim is a modernizing autocrat who believes his ...

Views from Kansas: Don’t delay vaccinations

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas’ plan to add meningitis and hepatitis A to the list of required vaccinations for school-age children was met last week with passionate objection from a group ...

Opinion: Nations exploit Trump’s narcissism

Washington — I worked for a leader who was sometimes accused of lacking in the smarts department. But no one I know who spent time with President George W. Bush was left with that impression. Bush took an almost gleeful satisfaction in picking holes in arguments, as any half-prepared briefer ...

Opinion: Why millennials may be conservatives at heart

Washington — Several current trends among millennials do not bode well for Democrats. Indeed, they suggest a greater affinity for (many) Republican policies, notwithstanding a, perhaps, contiguous dislike for the GOP’s leadership. Dare I say it: These trends may suggest a gradual ...

Opinion: Federal wealth tax is not the solution

With metronomic regularity, some well-motivated billionaire announces that he wishes the government would increase his taxes. The latest entrant is Eli Broad. Writing in The New York Times, Broad praises private philanthropy and the capitalist system “that’s yielded some of the greatest ...

Opinion: In the absence of GOP courage, more kids will die

It is 2:30 in the morning, and I should be sleeping. In a few hours, my 3-year-old grandson will be awake, and we have plans. “You and me, buddy,” I told him at bedtime. “We’re going to play all day long.” He is not why I can’t sleep. Across the hall from this guestroom, his ...

Opinion: President was right to reverse course

Recently Donald Trump suddenly reversed two major decisions. He announced he would not begin mass deportations of those who are living in the country illegally, which he previously threatened to do, and he pulled the plug on a bombing attack on Iran, even as the military jets were on the ...

Opinion: A tale of 2 immigration debates

“Wide open and unguarded stand our gates, And through them presses a wild motley throng ... O Liberty, white Goddess! is it well To leave the gates unguarded?” — Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1892) Washington — If you think we have reached peak stupidity — that America’s ...

Opinion: Evangelicals praise Trump at steep moral consequence

Washington — “There has never been anyone who has defended us and who has fought for us, who we have loved more than Donald J. Trump. No one!” This recent statement by religious right activist Ralph Reed is objectively true, at least when it comes to sloppy kisses for the president. ...

Opinion: Moran is right about Saudi Arabia

Apparently Sen. Jerry Moran is the only Kansas Republican willing to stand up to Saudi Arabia. Recently, Moran joined six other Senate Republicans in backing a resolution against President Donald Trump’s use of emergency powers to sell arms to the Saudis. Afterward, Moran stated his ...

Views from Kansas: Reconsider prison book ban

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Kansas Department of Corrections has banned more than 7,000 books and publications from Kansas prisons. The list of banned publications has generated concern from ...

Opinion: The weakness in Iran showdown

Washington — Sometimes in foreign policy, the best course of action for a powerful country is the most limited, at least visibly. That may be the case now in America’s confrontation with a cornered but potentially venomous Iran. The U.S.-Iran showdown is a classic test between a strong ...

Opinion: Bribing the Palestinians won’t work

The Trump administration thinks appealing to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un by dangling promises of prosperity in front of him if he agrees to change his ways is the path to peace on the Korean Peninsula. So far there have been no agreements to build a Trump resort and Kim has made no effort ...

Views from Kansas: Moran defends Constitution

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran did the right thing again. He’s flying solo in that regard, as fellow Senate Republicans from Kansas and Missouri refuse to respond to Saudi ...

Opinion: Let flawed court precedent fall

Washington — The doctrine that court precedents should have momentum for respect — the predictability of settled law gives citizens due notice of what is required or proscribed — is called stare decisis. This Latin translates as: “To stand by things decided.” The translation is not: ...

Letter to the editor: What about drivers?

To the editor: Why are the city rulers so obsessed with the need to spend into the millions of dollars for bicycle paths, “bicycle corridors” and “traffic calming” obstacles for mysteriously unseen throngs of bicyclists? My job has me in every area of the city on a daily basis. Rarely ...