Opinion

Opinion: America is living under a volcano

Washington — America watched three searing versions of reality television this week. They all demonstrated that under the glare of the lights and the stress of questioning, character reveals itself. Christine Blasey Ford was a startlingly powerful witness before the Senate Judiciary ...

Views from Kansas: Insurance under attack

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. In their efforts to prove they can outfox the Affordable Care Act, 20 Republican state attorneys general are working to prove its unconstitutionality and in the ...

Opinion: ‘What boy hasn’t done this?’

Gina Sosa is not impressed by attempted rape. “What boy hasn’t done this in high school?” she asks. “Please, I would like to know.” Since she asked so nicely, I went on Twitter, looking for men who managed to get out of school without committing attempted rape. Turned out to be ...

Editorial: Proof that tax cuts were bad

The report released this week showing that personal income in Kansas grew at 4.7 percent during the second quarter is further evidence that state legislators were right to repeal the disastrous tax-cut policies implemented under Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration. The report by the U.S. ...

Opinion: There’s no such thing as rock bottom

Washington — When John Keats said that autumn is the season of “mists and mellow fruitfulness,” he did not anticipate this American autumn. It resembles the gorier Shakespearean plays in which swords are brandished, people are poisoned and stabbed, almost everyone behaves badly and those ...

Letter to the editor: Find the facts

To the editor: The disturbingly vague allegations of misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suddenly came into focus as the alleged victim revealed her identity and prurient details. As of this writing (Sept. 16), there is a basis for thoroughly investigating these charges ...

Opinion: GOP’s collusion story doesn’t add up

Washington — President Trump and his allies like to claim that the real “Russia collusion” story involves Justice Department and FBI officials, investigators hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and Russians who were feeding them information. After reviewing scores of documents and ...

Views from Kansas: Improve our court system

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Bonds, fees and fines assessed to people facing criminal charges are intended to protect the public, but some fees do not serve the public interest, according to a ...

Opinion: Even during economic boom, Trump a liability

The stock market has just hit a historic high. Median household income in the U.S. is higher than ever. Fewer laid-off Americans are today forced to file for unemployment benefits than at anytime since 1968, when the U.S. civilian labor force of 81 million was one-half of today’s 162 million. ...

Editorial: Pay teachers fairly for work

The Lawrence school district should willingly pay teachers a professional rate for parent-teacher conferences, committee meetings and open houses. Perhaps by taking that step, the school district can accelerate contract negotiations with the Lawrence Education Association. The existing ...

Letter to the editor: Fixing DCF

To the editor: I appreciated the Journal-World editorial (Sept. 12) urging lawmakers to reform the state’s long-floundering foster care system, and I welcomed Department for Children and Families Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel recognizing that her agency needs more money and more staff. But ...

Letter to the editor: Little has changed

To the editor: Twenty-seven years should teach us something about sexual assault and harassment. In 1991, Sen. Charles Grassley heard Anita Hill’s testimony of Clarence Thomas’ sexual harassment. Grassley at least then had the decency to request the FBI gather evidence. Since then, ...

Opinion: It’s not politics; it’s political pyromania

Washington — One of the dubious advantages of a Supreme Court nomination battle is how it brings into the open some of the vicious, ideological arguments that are normally hidden by shame and discretion. That has certainly been true on the right, with some figures demonstrating a callousness ...

Letter to the editor: Football observations

To the editor: Went to the Rutgers game Sept. 15. Not a big sports fan, but had a great time. A few observations: The piped in music, not the band, is way too loud. People go to the game partly to be together and talk, right? Second, the stadium looks fantastic, spiffy and new. Why again ...

Opinion: Process a maelstrom of insincerities

Washington — The current era of scorched-earth politics began five years after there was, according to Christine Blasey Ford, in 1982, an alcohol-soaked party in a suburban Washington. There her 15-year-old self was, she says, assaulted by 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh, who categorically denies ...

Editorial: Rules on rentals are necessary

The Lawrence City Commission’s newly adopted guidelines for regulating Airbnb properties and other short-term rentals are appropriate. Special-use permits will now be required for short-term rentals where the owner doesn’t live on-site, and those permits would have to be approved by the ...

Your Turn: Survivors need to be supported, not judged

“You’re stuck in my head and I can’t get you out of it/If I could do it all again/I know I’d go back to you.” These are the lyrics to the recent Selena Gomez hit “Back to You.” I heard this song on the radio while driving my children to school the other day. As I reflected on ...

Opinion: The era of digital lynch mobs

“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged.” Jesus preaches that in the book of Luke. But then, Jesus never had Twitter. Or, for that matter, Instagram or Facebook. He never had, in other words, one of the social media platforms on which millions of us routinely judge other people every day. ...

Your Turn: Lawrence has a housing affordability problem

A national trend is being felt right here in Lawrence. The convergence of increasing costs of land, labor, materials, permitting and regulatory requirements has made it nearly impossible for developers and home builders to invest in moderately priced housing. As a result, our community has a ...

Editorial: Increase funding for higher ed

The Kansas Board of Regents is right to seek significant funding increases for the University of Kansas and the state’s other regents universities, but questions will need to be answered before the increases win legislative approval. Foremost, the regents will have to justify a 15 percent ...