Opinion

Letter to the editor: Restorative justice

To the editor: In 2012, I was involved in a serious car accident when I was hit by a man high on drugs. This incident left me, as one self-employed, with no income for three months and with physical therapy sessions extending my recovery. It also plunged me into the criminal justice system as ...

Opinion: Trump’s ‘authenticity’ is moral laziness

Washington — In the carnage of American civic culture, some of the damage is obvious: the dehumanization of political opponents, the devaluation of truth, the rise of conspiracy thinking. But other less evident shifts are no less troubling. One concerns the use of the word ...

Letter to the editor: Shutdown solution

To the editor: People who see no way out of the current impasse between Congress and the president over funding of “the wall” are people who see it as an appropriations issue. It is not. It is a political issue. It should be addressed in the same way that all national political issues are ...

Letter to the editor: Cartoon insulting

To the editor: I thought the recent political cartoon in the Dec. 28 Journal-World was demeaning and insulting to senior citizens. At a time when any hint of criticism toward people of color, gays or illegal immigrants can get one labeled a racist, bigot, homophobe or worse, it seems to be ...

Opinion: A U.S. agenda for the new year

President Donald Trump began the new year with characteristic bombast, blaming others for perceived failures, taking credit for nonachievements or those accomplished despite him, and dispensing misinformation like candy on Halloween. In his first Cabinet meeting, the president riffed for an ...

Opinion: The Massachusetts curse

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts became the first 2020 Democratic White House challenger to announce her “exploratory committee,” a legal device that allows candidates to receive donations and to hire staff in preparation for a full-fledged presidential candidacy. Make no mistake; ...

Opinion: The question of impeachment

Should Donald Trump be impeached? That he will be seems likely as Democrats take control of the House of Representatives, the chamber where impeachment proceedings begin. That he deserves to be is similarly self-evident. President Andrew Johnson was impeached after firing a member of his ...

Opinion: Today’s Germany is the best Germany

Berlin — In one of contemporary history’s intriguing caroms, European politics just now is a story of how one decision by a pastor’s dutiful daughter has made life miserable for a vicar’s dutiful daughter. Two of the world’s most important conservative parties are involved in an ...

Editorial: The president’s wall nonsense

With illegal immigration at its lowest level in a decade, it’s nothing short of stunning that the federal government is shut down over funding for a border wall. Yet here we are, entering a third week of the shutdown because President Donald Trump has inexplicably chosen to dig his heels in ...

Opinion: Jenkins becomes part of the problem

Well, that sure did not take long. Outgoing Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins is becoming a lobbyist. Via Twitter, she recently announced the formation of a new venture, LJ Strategies, LLC, already registered to lobby in the state of Kansas. Ethics laws prohibit ex-members of Congress from ...

Opinion: Evangelicals believe Trump is their champion

Washington — By all indications, the reluctant support by white evangelicals for Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton in 2016 has solidified into something like devotion. In his analysis of the 2018 midterm-election results, political journalist Ron Brownstein found many groups plagued by ...

Opinion: Trump’s perilous withdrawal from Syria

Washington — Asked to describe U.S. policy toward Syria after President Trump’s sudden decision on Dec. 19 to withdraw U.S. troops from that country, several key officials use the same two words: “total chaos.” There’s another phrase that comes to mind in assessing Trump’s move: ...

Opinion: Some thoughts on Romney’s Trump declaration

Mitt Romney’s declaration of independence from Donald Trump as he takes his seat in the U.S. Senate has been illuminating — more for the responses than the op-ed itself. Professional speculators are asking whether it’s the opening gambit of a 2020 primary challenge (his denials ...

Opinion: Social isolation is a year-round worry

Editor’s note: Leonard Pitts was on vacation and returns today. The following is a substitute column by Ana Veciana-Suarez. I often complain — rather gratuitously, I now realize — that I don’t have a moment to myself. Responsibilities and relationships tug at my time, and hardly a day ...

Opinion: Dems show signs of intelligent life

Washington — If Republicans have a lick of sense, they are alarmed by a recent sign of intelligent life in the other party. The sign is the election by Democrats in the House of Representatives of Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In ...

Opinion: A look into the crystal ball for 2020

Washington — Bill Safire, the late, great New York Times columnist, made a tradition over 35 years of publishing a year-end “office pool,” a multiple-choice quiz in which, as he liked to say, “every reader becomes a pundit” because nobody knows the right answers. The office pool died ...

Opinion: Looking forward in anger

‘Tis the season to be angry. The president is angry at the Democrats for not allocating enough money to build the border wall. The Democrats are angry at the president for wanting one. Civil servants are angry at both parties for closing the government and putting thousands on furlough. ...

Letter to the editor: No more silent nights

To the editor: Watching up close as the saga of the jail expansion unfolds in Douglas County, it feels downright hypocritical to stand in my church with my neighbors’ faces aglow with candlelight and sing “Silent Night.” The song is too pretty. And the story of liberation behind it is ...

Opinion: Trump’s wall is a symbol of ruin

Washington — Republicans used to shut down the federal government with the intention (generally) of curbing public spending. Donald Trump’s GOP, in contrast, shuts down the federal government with the goal of constructing a continent-long wall of dubious utility that will require (by one ...

Views from Kansas: Trump’s policies hurt immigrants

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The 1975 fall of Saigon ended the Vietnam War, but danger remained for many natives of the war-torn land. People in the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) who were ...