Opinion

Opinion: The art of not taking oneself too seriously

Mostly missing from the moving and deserved tributes to Sen. John McCain was attention to McCain’s gift for self-deprecating humor. When a Gallup Poll, during his last Senate term, showed that only 11 percent of the public had a favorable view of the U.S. Congress, McCain noted that when ...

Opinion: No ‘adults in the room’ in D.C.

For a man who places such a premium on loyalty, Donald Trump inspires remarkably little. Bad enough his administration is a sieve, embarrassing accounts of bungled phone calls with foreign leaders and cheeseburger-fueled rants with cronies regularly showing up in the news. Bad enough top aides ...

Letter to the editor: Value educators

To the editor: Our wonderful, dedicated and hard-working teachers and paraprofessionals are asking to earn what they are worth. We need to compensate them well. As a district parent of two students and as a school volunteer, I have spent many hours in our schools, working alongside teachers ...

Editorial: Publish details of budget cuts

Faculty and staff at the University of Kansas are right to be concerned about the way the university is approaching $20 million in cuts from the 2019 budget. After all, the methodology the university is using means many of the reductions in staff and resources actually will come next ...

Letter to the editor: Get rid of football

To the editor: Your recommendation to fire KU’s football coach was short-sighted, another example of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Why not encourage the KU leadership to make a bold, progressive and correct decision and simply ax the entire football program! Surely our ...

Letter to the editor: Missed opportunity

To the editor: One might not be surprised, but I was disappointed in our president. I think our president could have given our nation a real positive direction. I think his advisers could have brought him praise if he would have issued comments or tweets during John McCain’s funeral, ...

Letter to the editor: Resist division; vote

To the editor: If we believe “we are better than this,” there is something we can do. The recent celebration of life for John McCain was a call to action for anyone watching. The United States is a powerful nation. Yet it has attained a special place in the eyes of the world not because ...

Opinion: The U.S. is a superpower being run by a simpleton

Washington — One of the major problems with President Trump’s impulsivity is its utter predictability. A recent op-ed in The New York Times by an anonymous administration official accused the president of impetuous, reckless rants, and Trump responded with impetuous, reckless rants ...

Opinion: Who’s the real anti-Kobach candidate?

Bill Graves, the last moderate Republican governor of Kansas, recently endorsed Democrat Laura Kelly in the gubernatorial race — his first public endorsement of a Democrat ever for statewide office. Sure, Graves and Kelly are both relatively centrist, but the shocker was Graves endorsing at ...

Opinion: Dealing with life in ‘Crazytown’

Washington — This is indeed “Crazytown,” as a quote from Bob Woodward’s new book describes it, and we are watching a “nervous breakdown.” The problem is that it afflicts the country as a whole, and not just our narcissistic chief executive. President Trump has drawn America with ...

Opinion: Mississippi election tells an American story

“To understand the world, you must understand a place like Mississippi.” — Attributed to William Faulkner Oxford, Miss. — Time was, there was no other American place quite like it. Fifty-six years ago — a long time in adaptable America’s adjustment of its behavior to its creed — ...

Views from Kansas: More reason for election reform

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Last week, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach reappointed Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker to a full four-year term. The announcement was ...

Letter to the editor: More to the story

To the editor: I, too, love Lawrence and attend the Fiddling and Picking Championships in South Park every year. I’d like to add some additional information to Larry Carter’s letter about the man carrying a cardboard sign that said “smoke crack – worship Satan” who sat in front of ...

Editorial: Right move on trash rates

The Lawrence City Commission made the right decision in adopting a new rate model for trash collection for downtown businesses. The city recently discovered that hundreds of businesses had been undercharged for years for trash collection service using the old rate model. Tuesday’s decision ...

Letter to the editor: Keep Audio-Reader

To the editor: Audio-Reader must continue its mission! I realized its importance when my mother, who lived alone, was no longer able to read the Journal-World and other printed material. The little Audio-Reader radio was her daily companion. When I retired and returned to Lawrence, I resolved ...

Letter to the editor: Mangino memories

To the editor: I feel really bad for coach David Beaty and the Jayhawk football team. With many starters back, this is the game on the schedule that most thought KU would win, but the same old outcome. I don’t know if the problem is talent or coaching, but it looks as if coach Beaty is ...

Letter to the editor: Trump bashing

To the editor: I’m increasingly unhappy with the low information in many of your op-eds. Most seem to be an exercise in deconstruction, derision and distortion about President Trump. Your op-ed columns rarely contain serious discussions of policy issues and their results. Snide insults, ...

Opinion: Nike takes powerful risk with ad

Colin Kaepernick is staring at you. It’s a black-and-white image, a portrait taken from a distance that feels painfully close, even intimate. Kaepernick, the reviled and revered NFL quarterback who has been unemployed and unemployable since he sparked a movement of athletes and others ...

Letter to the editor: Renaming a pity

To the editor: The “David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium” commemorates that stadium to Mr. Booth, who has generously given millions to KU Athletics. But the original "Memorial" part of that name comes from the University of Kansas' wish to commemorate and remember all KU students, faculty, ...