Opinion

Letter to the editor: Memorial gratitude

To the editor: The family and friends of Deborah Bretthauer (a Lawrence resident who died in December 2015) wish to thank all who supported the effort and donated funds to create a forever-lasting Deborah Bretthauer Memorial Scholarship Fund at Neosho County Community College, where Deborah ...

Letter to the editor: Amtrak antics

To the editor: It took years of good-faith effort by public officials of both parties in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico to keep the Southwest Chief on track, working with the BNSF, Amtrak and the U.S. Department of Transportation to obtain grants for track repair. Much of the work has been ...

Editorial: City should release report

Lawrence city commissioners should act quickly to arrange for the public release of a survey conducted last year to assess community perceptions of local police. After all, a consultant, paid $20,000 to conduct the survey, said she completed the work months ago and provided a final report to ...

Opinion: Another awful Trump summit?

“There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.” — Donald Trump, June 13, 2018 “North Korea is upgrading its nuclear research center at a rapid pace, new satellite imagery analysis suggests.” — The Wall Street Journal, June 27, 2018 Washington — As the president ...

Letter to the editor: Mural support

To the editor: I enthusiastically support a proposed mural for the Lawrence Public Library to celebrate the daily life and work, past and present, of Womxn of Color (WoC) in Lawrence. The proposed mural is exciting because, in keeping with the best of community murals, the design team members ...

Letter to the editor: Reunite families now

To the editor: I am deeply troubled by the separation of children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. While President Trump has signed a new executive order revising his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents, his order does not address the more than ...

Views from Kansas: Conversations about respect

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Newspaper reporters and editors around the country woke up Friday and activated phones or iPads, scanning news sites and social media. It’s a daily ritual of ...

Letter to the editor: The birth of fascism

To the editor: Fellow Americans, we are at a crossroads. If Americans do not step forward right now and stop this creeping fascism, America as we know it will not exist anymore. It took the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 15 years but he’s accomplished what he set out to do, which ...

Opinion: It’s more than just a profession

This one feels different. And what does it say about this country when one has seen enough mass shootings to become a connoisseur of them? But yes, what happened last week in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis does feel different. It feels too close for comfort. Part ...

Opinion: Left’s contempt will re-elect Trump

Washington — Democrats have a new theory for how they can win back Congress and the White House. Just like “soccer moms” helped put Bill Clinton in the Oval Office in 1996, and “NASCAR dads” helped George W. Bush win in 2004, Donald Trump, the theory goes, was elected because of ...

Editorial: Celebrating our independence

Today we celebrate America’s independence with cookouts, fireworks displays and a day off from work. But amid our celebrations with family and friends, it’s worthwhile to reflect upon the meaning of the day and the words of promise in the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by ...

Letter to the editor: Say no to King

To the editor: All Kansans should be extremely concerned about the King Amendment (H.R. 4879), which was included in the farm bill passed by the U.S. House last week. It was introduced by Rep. Steve King, of Iowa, even though it violates the 10th Amendment by seeking to undermine the ...

Letter to the editor: Remembrance

To the editor: I was saddened to read of the passing of Charlie Hoag, but very interested to read his extensive obituary of a rich and full life: as an army musician during World War II, his many teaching assignments, compositions, serving as the conductor of the Lawrence Community Orchestra, ...

Opinion: A few reflections on politics

Thanks to President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts, we learned last week from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, an additional $2.3 trillion (with a “t”) will be added to our national debt over the next decade. Soon, for the only time since World War II, nearly three-quarters of a ...

Letter to the editor: Looking for America

To the editor: Paul Simon put it best: “… [W]e’ve all come to look for America” (from “America” by Paul Simon). Where do we find America? I believe America resides in the human heart — in you, in me and, yes, even in those who are yet to be made a part of it but come to the ...

Your Turn: Becoming a better problem solver in the courts

Recently, Douglas County voters narrowly rejected a proposition to remodel and increase the size of the Douglas County Jail and to fund the construction of a crisis intervention center. Faced with jail overcrowding and the continued need for crisis intervention programs in the community, the ...

Editorial: Revisit law on marijuana

It’s reasonable for Lawrence city leaders to lower punishments for marijuana possession in the wake of shifting public attitudes toward the drug. Lawrence resident Laura Green prompted the marijuana discussion when she presented a proposal to the City Commission to make changes to the ...

Letter to the editor: Kobach is Trump

To the editor: Let me get this straight. Candidate for governor Kris Kobach boasts that his campaign theme is fighting “the culture of corruption.” Really? And he thinks pardoning a corporate campaign donor who just happens to be a convicted felon who committed aggravated robbery and ...

Letter to the editor: SPLC is honorable

To the editor: Having been a member of the Southern Poverty Law Center (formerly the Southern Poverty Leadership Council) for decades, it is amazing to me that columnist Marc Thiessen could possibly describe the SPLC as “losing credibility” because of one example of changing circumstances. ...