Opinion

Opinion: Stand down on school finance litigation

The Kansas Supreme Court cannot be accused of ducking tough issues. Last week the court ruled that the Bill of Rights in the Kansas Constitution protects Kansans’ “right of personal autonomy,” including a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy. Then, on Monday, the Court hears the ...

Opinion: Out of principle, Barr licks Trump’s boots

Washington — In the normal course of events, the successful demagogue demands and receives cringing deference. But how about a little empathy now and then? Everyone loves heroic dissidents like Sir Thomas More, at least when canonizing them has no cost. They get all the best press and plays ...

Opinion: Are conservatives giving Russia a pass?

The conservative media world, along with all but a few Republican members of Congress, are in the process of handing Vladimir Putin his greatest victory yet. They are ignoring the copious evidence in the Mueller report that Russia interfered in our election — and continues to do so. Pace ...

Opinion: Barr’s reputation hopelessly tattered

Washington — Eight-year-old Liam Daly became an internet sensation when he penned a letter to his grandfather, William Barr, while sitting in the front row at Barr’s confirmation hearing in January. “Dear Grandpa,” he wrote. “You are doing great so far. But I know you still ...

Opinion: Trump, the man of 10,000 lies

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the referees.” Admittedly, that is not quite how the famous line from Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” goes. As you may recall, it was actually the lawyers whose demise was proposed. But though no one is known to have uttered the words above, they ...

Opinion: James Buckley urges Congress to stay out

Washington — At 96, James Buckley still is, like good cheddar, sharp and savory. Buckley, whose life has been no less accomplished than his brother Bill’s, recently said at a National Review gathering that his speech there would be his last public appearance. Let us hope not. He adorned ...

Views from Kansas: Abortion case wisely decided

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Kansas Supreme Court got it right. In a landmark case — one judge called it “the most significant and far-reaching decision this court has ever made” — a ...

Opinion: America’s urgent need for baseball today

In America today and in its capital city of Washington, D.C., we see, sadly, that with enough money and influence, the fix can be put in. A widely used passenger plane model — whose safety standards were certified by the manufacturer — had to be grounded after separate crashes took 346 ...

Opinion: Biden’s soul claim no exaggeration

“A battle for the soul of the country.” That is how Joe Biden described the 2020 election. And he’s right. If Donald Trump is reelected, it will say something profound about the American character. Voters in 2016 had to choose between two ethically challenged candidates: one we knew all ...

Opinion: Trump’s slander obscures policy debate

Washington — For a conservative idea, there are few things more dangerous and discrediting than the full-on, smothering embrace of Donald Trump. When he forces himself upon an issue — grabbing it, as it were, by the policy prescription — his approach is familiar. He seizes on a half-heard ...

Letter to the editor: Delay Hub decision

To the editor: The proposed Hub project — the massive student housing project at 11th and Massachusetts — has a lot of problems: lack of parking, inappropriate scale, lawsuits against the developer elsewhere. Many people have pointed out these problems. But there is another issue that is ...

Letter to the editor: Caring neighbors

To the editor: On March 27, the Journal-World editorial staff asked Lawrence to “think more broadly about affordable housing.” On Wednesday evening, a full auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library did just that. Well over 100 Douglas County residents gave over two hours on a beautiful ...

Opinion: Biden might offer voters a restful break

Washington — Three days before Joe Biden dove back into the deep end of the political pool, a rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the terrorist who bombed the 2013 Boston Marathon, and everyone else in America’s prisons, should be allowed to vote, lest the “chipping away” of voting ...

Opinion: This could be Melania’s Barbara Bush moment

On Monday, first lady Melania Trump sat between stacks of large white cubes emblazoned with “BE BEST” and read a children’s book to the littles ones gathered around her for the 141st annual White House Easter Egg Roll. At each new page, she smiled and held it up for them to see. What a ...

Opinion: Do they get tired of being wrong?

At least Judas got 30 pieces of silver. Franklin Graham got a tax cut and the promise of a border wall. Some may consider it unfair, likening the tragic villain of the Bible to Billy Graham’s controversial son. And no, their sins are not alike. Judas handed Jesus over to his enemies, then ...

Editorial: Don’t let political agendas muddy school security efforts

Maybe Lawrence schools don’t need metal detectors to make them safer. Maybe the devices would do more harm than good. That is an open question. At least it should be. But a pair of Lawrence school board members seem to be working to stop that question from getting the attention it ...

Your Turn: Cultivate better options for historic intersection

The intersection of 11th Street and Massachusetts Street is a Lawrence icon. Postcards, photographs, and civic promotional materials have treated it as the focal point of our city for over a century. The majestic buildings of the Douglas County Courthouse and the Watkins Museum of History ...