Opinion

Opinion: Can Mueller provide resolution?

Washington — Robert Mueller’s final report should present Congress with a clean choice: Either the facts warrant impeachment of President Trump or they don’t. That was the promise of Mueller’s appointment as special counsel: He would gather the evidence, and then Congress and the public ...

Letter to the editor: How quaint

To the editor: Here are some of the quaint concepts that the pre-World War II generations held as worthy goals: honor, fidelity, honesty, dignity, decency. How fortunate we are to live in a more liberated time! Patrick Shannon, Lawrence

Letter to the editor: Ease sanctions

To the editor: If the United States is seriously concerned about food and medicine shortages in Venezuela, it should ease the economic sanctions against the country. Venezuela has products, oil and minerals, and there is demand for them. To wall off these products from the U.S. and its allies ...

Letter to the editor: Unfair policy

To the editor: While you feel the city of Lawrence sidewalk maintenance policy may make sense, it is grossly unfair to those of us who have sidewalks on their property. Some property owners have sidewalks while those living across the street do not. Neighbors use the sidewalks, often on a ...

Opinion: It made sense to walk away in Hanoi

Washington — With the abrupt breakdown of the Hanoi summit, the diplomatic negotiations between the United States and North Korea got a reset, and that’s a good thing. If dialogue resumes, it will be on a firmer, more realistic basis. President Trump’s swoon for North Korean leader Kim ...

Opinion: Trump’s taunts demean democracy

Washington — “A great empire and little minds go ill together,” said Edmund Burke. America is not quite an empire, but one little mind was on full display during President Trump’s recent CPAC speech. It was two hours of Trump unplugged, unleashed, uncensored, unreconstructed and ...

Opinion: In this America, kindness is an act of resistance

Extreme wealth, in and of itself, is not a character flaw. Many rich people see their lucky lives as a mandate to do good in the world. Wealth becomes something else — soul-deadening, let’s say — when privilege blinds one to the daily struggles of everyone else. In an interview recently ...

Opinion: President Trump’s fatal attraction

The good news is that the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, did not result in a deal — because any deal would have been nothing but a scam perpetrated by Kim Jung Un. Selling this same rug repeatedly is a North Korean specialty. The Kim dynasty inked agreements to denuclearize in 1985, ...

Opinion: Consider America after Trump

George H.W. Bush did it. So did Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Herbert Hoover. It probably wasn’t easy, yet they knew this was what the moment demanded and democracy required. So each of them took that ceremonial ride to the Capitol with the man who had defeated them, and then sat there ...

Opinion: Schultz would spoil splendid 2-party system?

Washington — As an upbeat Howard Schultz tucked into lunch here recently he was having a good week because Democrats were having an awful one. The former Starbucks CEO, who is contemplating a plunge into politics, knows that his narrow path to the presidency as an independent depends on the ...

Editorial: Sidewalk policy is sensible

Some northwest Lawrence residents soon may be forced to pay for sidewalk repairs on their properties. At least, that is what the letters from City Hall say. City Hall officials probably should soon expect letters (or, more likely, Facebook posts) from residents arguing how the city ought to ...

Opinion: When you put a narcissist at the center of the universe

Washington — At the Hanoi summit, perhaps following a champagne toast officially welcoming North Korea to the nuclear club, I imagine President Trump and Kim Jong Un sitting down to watch the Michael Cohen hearing. Not far into the Republican questioning, Kim might have said something like: ...

Opinion: The Legislature is ready for its close-up

Someone recently asked me this: The Kansas Legislature is a part-time body that only meets for a few months. It must pass a budget. It must fix school funding before a court-imposed deadline. A Democrat is governor, but conservative Republicans run the Legislature. So, why didn’t lawmakers ...

Opinion: Trump investigations far from over

Washington — We were reminded of an explosive political fact this week: The investigations of President Donald Trump’s activities won’t end when special counsel Robert Mueller presents his report to the Justice Department. They’ll move into a new and potentially more divisive ...

Letter to the editor: The bigger picture

To the editor: It appears from the Journal-World article that our representative Eileen Horn thinks that a penalty tax on hybrids and electric cars is a good idea because they are too fuel efficient and the state is losing money on gas tax. This seems insanely backward looking to me at a time ...

Views from Kansas: Shady characters in the Statehouse

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Know who shouldn’t write bills in the Kansas Legislature? Small-minded fanatics. Now that the disturbing origin of several anti-gay, anti-porn bills introduced in ...

Letter to the editor: Good representation

To the editor: I would like to commend the residents of Lawrence. You have Dennis Highberger as your state representative. I found out just last week how compassionate and thoughtful he is. And, yes, I know this is all old news to all of you. I went to the Kansas Legislature last week, having ...

Letter to the editor: Restorative justice

To the editor: Jail overcrowding in Lawrence is a serious concern, but there are many possible ways to alleviate it — not just building an addition. Under the restorative justice model, the victim and the offender meet to discuss the event with the help of a trained volunteer facilitator. ...

Opinion: ‘That freedom-of-the-press stuff’

“I don’t want to hear about any of that freedom-of-the-press stuff.” That’s what the cop is said to have told the reporter when he stopped her and demanded ID. She says she gave it to him and told him she was working on a story. Whereupon, she says, he threatened to arrest her. ...