Opinion

Opinion: 2 autocrats: Trump and his prince

Washington — Critics of President Trump are regularly accused of exaggerating his corruption, his predilection toward autocratic rule and his affection for dictators. They are told that their apprehension about the threat he poses to our constitutional democracy is not a form of vigilance ...

Opinion: A few words about ‘us’ and ‘them’

“All life is interrelated.” — Martin Luther King Jr. “Imagine all the people, sharing all the world.” — John Lennon A few words about “us” and “them.” It is, of course, the baseline division of human existence, probably dating from when the first person sparked the ...

Editorial: Project ideal for incentives

The Lawrence City Commission was right to provide Grandstand Glassware and Apparel with incentives to expand its business and add jobs in Lawrence. Last week, the commission provided a 10-year property tax abatement to Grandstand, which is planning a $5 million expansion at its plant in East ...

Opinion: Lucrative law enforcement will become lawless

Washington — Tyson Timbs made a mistake, but not one as important as Indiana’s Supreme Court made in allowing to stand the punishment the state inflicted on him. He was a drug addict — first with opioids prescribed for a work-related injury, then heroin — when his father died. He blew ...

Opinion: This weekend, think about holiday’s meaning

Thanksgiving weekend should be about more than Black Friday sales, leftover turkey sandwiches and football. For most of us, the holiday symbolizes what America is all about: thanking God for the good fortune of living in America. The Pilgrims certainly felt that on the first Thanksgiving, ...

Opinion: How school choice works in Kansas

Mix, match, customize — the modern world is an array of choices that permeate many aspects of our daily lives. Take, for example, public school choices approved by the Kansas State Board of Education. While not all options are listed here and not all are found in every school district, the ...

Letter to the editor: A group effort

To the editor: Democracy is hard work. Why is Democracy losing out in some places? One reason apparently is that it’s just easier to vote for Mr. Big. I went to my first political party last week. (I’m sure anyone who knows me knows which party, but that’s not the point). I stand in ...

Opinion: Use G-20 for China trade victory

Washington — If President Trump is the dealmaker he claims to be, he should use the upcoming G-20 summit in Buenos Aires to declare a win in his trade war with China — before his bombast does any more damage to the global economy. Trade is Trump’s signature issue. But more than a year ...

Views from Kansas: Democrats need new leadership

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Even before the next Congress convenes in January, area Reps. Emanuel Cleaver and Sharice Davids may have to cast a wrenching vote that could divide the Democratic ...

Letter to the editor: Revisit a bad decision

To the editor: On Nov. 18 the Journal-World published another in what has become a series of letters criticizing the decision of eXplore Lawrence to move the Lawrence Visitors Center from the beautifully restored and landscaped Union Pacific Depot to a nondescript, dinky, vacant retail space ...

Opinion: GOP cannot win without cheating

So Georgia voters decided against Stacey Abrams as their governor. Maybe. With all the shenanigans perpetrated by Republicans in that state, we’ll never know for sure. Had they not passed a restrictive “exact match” law that put 53,000 voters (most of them reportedly African American) in ...

Editorial: Join together in giving thanks

Thanksgiving provides us the opportunity to pause and remember that for which we truly are blessed. That may seem difficult a couple weeks removed from midterm elections that divided the state and the country, perhaps creating divisions within families that linger as they get together to break ...

Opinion: On Thanksgiving, ample servings of amusement

Washington — Never one to use a scalpel when there is a machete at hand, the president denounced the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, a dunderheaded move but a reason for giving thanks today because it elicited from Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., 2018’s most exquisitely mixed ...

Opinion: We need to believe in our election results

Democracy is a fragile thing. Ours has lasted nearly 250 years, but there is no guarantee that it will last forever. One thing is certain, however. If the people’s trust is undermined, democracy cannot survive. President Donald Trump has done much to sow seeds of doubt among his followers. ...

Opinion: Thanksgiving wish: Slow it down

Menlo Park, Calif. — Here’s a simple four-word wish for Thanksgiving 2018 — a day when most of us take a break from the blurring, dizzying speed of our internet world: Let’s slow things down. I don’t just mean stopping to smell the roses, or taking a hike in the woods, or hiding our ...

Views from Kansas: Water supply a dire issue

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Much concern centers on the badly depleted Ogallala Aquifer, which ag-driven western Kansas needs to survive and prosper. The underground water supply has been drained ...

Letter to the editor: Preserve downtown

To the editor: I read with increasing dismay various plans for wildly inappropriate development of the historic heart of Lawrence. New Hampshire Street is already over-run with buildings that look like Johnson County wannabes. Ever hear people saying that they want to go to Olathe for the ...

Letter to the editor: Militarizing police

To the editor: Recently, Lawrence’s city government commissioned Allegro Training & Consulting to conduct a survey on community interactions with local police. The study found that marginalized communities were more likely to have negative interactions with Lawrence police than other ...

Letter to the editor: Condemning racism

To the editor: Condemnation of the Leavenworth County commissioner’s reprehensible comments about a “master race” has been appropriately swift. But, let’s not forget the individual at whom those hateful words were directed, simply for doing her job, as well as the broader impacts of ...