Opinion

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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 ...

Letter to the editor: Investigate the allegation

To the editor: Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against then-Sen. Joe Biden was made public on March 25. The liberal media, Democratic politicians and MeToo activists have been almost silent. Based on Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that dated back to high school, these same ...

Letter to the editor: Reconstruction theme

To the editor: Perhaps in the new COVID-19 environment an old song, written by Katharine Lee Bates, could be our theme for reconstruction: “O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! ...

Letter to the editor: Do better, KU

To the editor: Am I to feel sorry or be impressed that a few KU top administrators are taking a 10% pay cut for six months? Considering their six-figure salaries and the fact that small businesses are ending their own tenures, I think neither sorrow nor admiration is my response. If KU wants ...

Letter to the editor: A Lawrence treasure

To the editor: We have many things to be proud of in Lawrence. As a musician, one that I’m very familiar with but one that might get overlooked by the greater population is the Sound+Vision recording studios in the Lawrence Public Library. Studio Director Jim Barnes and his team, along with ...

Letter to the editor: No bike boulevard

To the editor: With the future of the economy uncertain, with millions out of work, with the state needing more money, it is sure Lawrence will have problems. How can our city even think of spending over $300,000 for a bicycle boulevard? ...

Letter to the editor: Look at the numbers

To the editor: With the presidential election coming up, voters may be thinking about whether the country is being well-managed. On that topic consider this: While the U.S. has only 4% of the world’s population, we have one-third of the world’s coronavirus cases. Mark Rockwell, Lawrence

Opinion: Trump, the king of sarcasm … not

Dear Donald Trump: Man, I have to admit it. You really got me good. When you looked straight at Dr. Deborah Birx last week and started musing how people might be able to cure COVID-19 by exposure to ultraviolet light or injecting household disinfectants, I thought you were serious. I said ...

Letter to the editor: Boulevard unwise

To the editor: I ride a bicycle, and I have for nearly 70 years now. I ride for pleasure, for exercise and, when I don’t have too much to carry, for basic transportation, so you won’t be surprised to learn that I almost reflexively favor efforts to make Lawrence bicycle friendly. ...

Letter to the editor: Excluding citizens

To the editor: Our three legislators all voted yes on coronavirus relief that specifically excludes over 1 million U.S. citizens from receiving stimulus checks. These often otherwise fully eligible citizens will not receive stimulus checks, simply because they file jointly with a spouse who ...

Letter to the editor: Capable governors

To the editors: This is a shout-out to two governors, our own Gov. Laura Kelly and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. I am proud of Gov. Kelly. She and Gov. Cuomo both appear qualified and extremely capable on TV. Our governor does not have the exposure on TV that the New York governor does, but ...

Letter to the editor: Priority to university?

To the editor: Within a few days after the federal government announced that it would be handing out “free” money, it was reported in the Journal-World that the University of Kansas would be receiving $15 million from the CARES Act. Now I am sure that money is badly needed so they can ...

Opinion: 2 important revelations emerge during pandemic

Two months ago, on Saturday, Feb. 22, Mike Hughes climbed into his homemade rocket on a launchpad in the desert near Barstow, Calif., and blasted off. His mission? To fly, he said, to the Earth’s “edge of outer space” to check whether “the world is flat or round. I don’t want to take ...

Opinion: Young will be pandemic’s storytellers

At the beginning of each semester at Kent State, where I teach in the journalism school, I make a point of opening my arms wide and saying to students, “Welcome to your adulthood.” The frequency of alarmed faces affirms both my suspicions and my intentions. I teach mostly juniors and ...

Opinion: A matchless display of stupidity

Someday, I’m going to die. This, I grudgingly accept. I have no idea how it’s going to happen. Maybe I will die of having a tree fall on me, of eating tainted shellfish, or of being struck by lightning. But this much I guarantee. I will not die of having wagered my life that TV carnival ...

Editorial: Science will beat the virus and the politicians

The best thing on television right now, actually, is a commercial. It is the one created by the drug manufacturer Pfizer, and its theme is “Science will win.” “At a time when things are most uncertain,” the commercial begins, “we turn to the most certain thing there is: science.” ...

Opinion: Teacher heroes face the new normal

As the battle with COVID-19 continues and we daily thank our courageous health care and essential workers, Kansas teachers also need our thanks. They rose to the occasion and they kept learning alive. With the future still unclear, teachers now are envisioning what will become the “new ...

Opinion: Puzzling over African American COVID deaths

The numbers are preliminary, but it seems that African Americans are dying from COVID-19 at alarming rates. In Louisiana, for instance, blacks represent 70% of the dead but only 33% of the population. In Michigan, blacks comprise 33% of the infected, but 40% of the fatalities. This has ...

Opinion: Suicide is better option for some?

On a cold day in April 155 years ago, a Union Army general sought to cheer his defeated Confederate counterpart. With the war over, he said, “Brave men may become good friends.” “You are mistaken, sir,” the other man said. “There is a rancor in our hearts which you little dream of. ...

Views from Kansas: Addressing racial disparities

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. When talking about the effects of the new coronavirus on the African American community in Kansas, we should begin by making two points crystal clear. First, there ...