Your Turn

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Your Turn: Our health care system is a failure

You really have to wonder what kind of health care system we have when Micah Fletcher, the sole surviving hero of Jeremy Christian’s racist attack in Portland, Ore., needs a Go Fund Me page to cover his medical expenses. Think about it. What kind of society do we live in when people go ...

Opinion: Magical thinking must stop now

The Trump Administration’s new budget proposes massive cuts to Medicaid and other programs that benefit the poorest Americans, while rewarding the super rich. This is to be expected, but there is more. The proposal forecasts 3 percent annual growth in the coming years: about twice what ...

Opinion: Yes vote on Trump tax plan a betrayal

An open letter to the Kansas congressional delegation:Dear Reps. Marshall, Jenkins, Yoder and Estes, and Sens. Roberts and Moran,A moment of truth for each of you is at hand. President Trump has proposed a tax plan that looks and sounds remarkably like the Brownback experiment now playing out ...

Opinion: The difference is always the stand we take

I have The New York Times from May 10, 2017 — the real print edition. I’m reluctant to throw it away. Mark you, I’ve trashed lots of newsprint: KU winning two national championships and even the Chicago Tribune the day after the Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years, but I’m ...

Opinion: ‘Christian’ values not too evident

Last week our governor and some members of the Legislature gathered at the Statehouse to experience a day of prayer. Participants prayed that the work of the Legislature would serve the will of the Lord. There were also prayers that the Legislature not enact laws that reinforce a dependency ...

Opinion: With DeVos, no cause for elation or despair

Over the last several months, there has been considerable debate surrounding the nomination and confirmation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Questions have been raised about her knowledge of education, management experience, policy positions on issues such as school choice and willingness ...

Opinion: Let’s have good reasons for good laws

The headline read “Governor tightens waterslide regulations” (Lawrence Journal World, April 25). Caleb Schwab, the son of Kansas Rep. Scott Schwab, R-Olathe, was killed last summer riding a waterslide at the Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City, Kan. Less than a year later the ...

Your Turn: For foster kids, safety net is now a sieve

Shortly after Gov. Sam Brownback took office in 2011, there were almost 5,200 children in Kansas’ foster care system. Today, there are more than 6,900. The prospect of adding 1,700 kids to a system that was already stretched thin was beyond most policymakers’ imagination six years ago. ...

Opinion: How we got here, the short version

I recently talked to a national reporter who came to Kansas to cover the Legislature’s wrap-up session. He wanted to know how we arrived at our current Rubik’s Cube of revenue, funding and budget issues.Here’s my story of how Kansas arrived in its current circumstances. From the early ...

Your Turn: Concealed carry or great universities?

I am submitting the following letter of resignation from the University of Kansas in light of the looming July deadline to allow concealed carry in college classrooms, a policy that will do irreparable harm to higher education in Kansas and the well-being of Kansans. To: Dr. Eve Levin, chair, ...

Opinion: Will the real Wagle please stand up?

Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, serves as president of the Kansas Senate, first elected to that post in 2012 and re-elected last December. She has served in the Legislature for more than one-quarter of a century, elected to the House in 1990, before moving to the Senate in 2000.For most of her ...

Opinion: Secret settlements harm public

Women who worked for him accused Bill O’Reilly of sexually harassing them. He denied all of it, said the stories were made up. Someone else, who will come into this later, might have called it “fake news.” Then recently, the New York Times reported that O’Reilly and Fox News had paid ...

Opinion: Our trust in democracy is under attack

Can we trust democratic institutions? To bring this home, think about a bank account. You deposit your paycheck; during the month there are automatic withdrawals, you use your bank card, write a few checks, and at the end of the month you get your online statement. You’ve actually seen few ...

Opinion: Defeat Brownback’s hold on Kansas

Kansas is thrashing in Gov. Sam Brownback’s grip. Tax reform to restore desperately needed financial stability? Vetoed. Medicaid expansion? Vetoed. A fair and adequate school finance formula? That bill has not yet arrived at the governor’s desk, but the prospect of a signature ...

Your Turn: Secondary school bond needed for students

The May 2, 2017, Lawrence School Bond Mail-Ballot Election addresses educational needs as well as decades of deferred maintenance that face Lawrence’s (and many of our state’s and nation’s) schools, due in part to a general underfunding of public education. Our school board and district ...

Opinion: Surrendering ourselves to ‘strongmen’

Two high-profile elected executives, President Donald Trump and Gov. Sam Brownback, have stimulated a long dormant itch I need to scratch. I first felt this sensation nearly 50 years ago as a graduate student. At that time international politics interested me. We were in the midst of both ...

Opinion: Student debt situation is creating indentured servitude

Perhaps as much as half of settlement in the British American colonies was by indentured servants. Mostly under the age of 25, they lacked the money for passage to the New World and “indentured” themselves to repay the cost of getting here. Their time and labor was owned by their masters; ...

Opinion: A banner year for Major League Baseball

It could be “back to the future” for the New York Yankees in 2017.And their arch rival from Bean Town, the Boston Red Sox, is loaded with riches of young talent, too.As the new baseball season opens expect to hear and see much about the Yanks and their cast of promising kids headed by ...

Opinion: Time for Brownback to say goodbye

Where is Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback?Physically, he still inhabits his second-floor suite in the Capitol, haunts the Statehouse halls in his sweater vest, and resides at Cedar Crest, courtesy of Kansas taxpayers.Legislatively, however, Brownback is nowhere. He is essentially absent from the ...

Opinion: Founders believed we had a duty to help

From what some politicians are saying you’d think the makers of our nation were a bunch of bare-knuckled libertarians. A nation of hardy individuals and the Founding Fathers, this narrative goes, thought government an evil — the politicians say — because Americans don’t want help and ...