Opinion

Opinion: Community ‘weavers’ create stronger social fabric

Washington — Eventually, someone who writes on public policy comes up against the limits of words. There are only so many times you can urge, condemn, cajole, wheedle, praise, remind, prod, propose and coax before your vocabulary and patience both give out. This is not to say that public ...

Opinion: The Koch behind our anti-tax history

Tax-cutting fever is alive and well in Kansas politics, and no single person deserves more credit than Charles Koch, head of Koch Industries, the dynamic global conglomerate headquartered in Wichita. This fervor was recently orchestrated by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, as business lobbyists ...

Letter to the editor: Getting guns under control

To the editor: “Being proactive about guns” (Feb. 17 Journal-World) expresses a fine sentiment, but it fails to acknowledge, let alone address, the real issue: lax firearm security. The opening statement: “Lawrence will soon learn how good it is at being proactive” largely places the ...

Opinion: In allegedly faking attack, Smollett injured countless

Washington — I hope actor Jussie Smollett gets the psychological help he apparently needs. And I hope authorities in Chicago throw the book at him, because the lies he is accused of telling will likely bring great harm to innocent victims. Smollett’s arrest Thursday for allegedly filing a ...

Opinion: Young vets in Congress bring new hope

Washington — The left wing of the Democratic Party has been getting much of the media attention since the new Congress convened, overshadowing the rise of a group of young Democratic military and intelligence veterans who may prove more important for 2020 and beyond. These pragmatic ...

Opinion: When did America stop having bold goals?

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” — John F. Kennedy, 1962 This is a requiem for American vision. That that quality has been lost is the unavoidable takeaway from three weeks of debate over the ...

Letter to the editor: ‘More perfect’

To the editor: “We The People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…” That legitimate questions can be asked about the sustainability of our social compact cannot be surprising. During the past 243 years it has always been thus. Our Constitution itself is ...

Letter to the editor: Gun deaths

To the editor: It has been a year since the terrible shootings in Parkland, Fla. Shortly after that tragedy, a poll reported that 71 percent of Americans supported a vigorous attempt at gun restrictions (PBS). Recently, a similar poll showed that number to have dropped to 51 percent. We can ...

Opinion: Congress loses one of its most courageous voices

As on so many matters, former Republican Senate leader Bob Dole put it best when he said that almost all members of Congress love to make tough speeches; they just don’t like to make tough votes. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., the North Carolina Republican who died on his 76th birthday, was an ...

Opinion: Northam undermines his office

Washington — With the continued refusal of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign over his racially offensive past, we are presented again with a controversy about the nature and limits of public forgiveness. One feature of this case is admirably distinctive. Following the revelation that ...

Opinion: Syria: How U.S. might stay and leave

Washington — Is there a way for the United States and its allies to remain in northeastern Syria, even after President Trump’s pledged withdrawal of U.S. military forces there? Officials are struggling to devise such a “workaround” strategy, but it could carry more risks than keeping ...

Opinion: Shooting survivors: ‘Nobody likes to see us as kids’

Most of us are more than one thing, but sometimes one thing happens that changes us forever. David Hogg, a survivor of last year’s Valentine’s Day massacre in Parkland, Fla., comes to mind. He was 17 when, sitting in his AP environmental science class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High ...

Opinion: You think it’s easy working 11 to 5?

Washington — Being president isn’t easy under the best of circumstances. Imagine how hard it must be if you’re Donald Trump. “I probably work more hours than almost any past president,” Trump announced last week, adding that he “had no choice but to work very long hours!” Last ...

Opinion: Wall is just a monument to presidential power

Mitch McConnell seems to have found a way to allow President Donald Trump to eat his cake (Mar-a-Lago chocolate, no doubt) and keep it, too. On Thursday, the Senate majority leader announced that the president would sign compromise legislation hammered out in the wake of the 35-day government ...

Opinion: Why we need Black History Month

I keep hearing that I have an obligation to “bring us together.” That’s something white people tell me all the time whenever I write something that cuts too close to some difficult racial truth. “Try to bring us together,” lectures one. “Use your skills to try to bring us ...

Editorial: Being proactive about guns

Lawrence soon will learn how good it is at being proactive. Superintendent Anthony Lewis has called for a community forum at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Lawrence High School in response to multiple incidents involving students bringing guns to school. There are various ways that meeting could ...

Opinion: Socialism a classification that no longer classifies

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!” — Karl Marx Washington — Norman Thomas was not easily discouraged. Running for president in 1932, three years into the shattering, terrifying Depression, which seemed to many to be a systemic crisis of capitalism, ...

Opinion: Trump’s red line on probe is turning blue

Washington — President Trump has been insisting for so long that any investigation of his personal finances would cross a “red line” that people may have overlooked the outrageousness of his claim. But this self-declared immunity is about to change. We’re entering a new phase of the ...

Letter to the editor: Innovative health leaders

To the editor: On Thursday, I attended a presentation by Russ Johnson, CEO of LMH Health (formerly Lawrence Memorial Hospital), Shannon Oury, Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority executive director, and Bob Tryanski, Douglas County director of behavioral health projects. I was pleased ...