Opinion

Letter to the editor: Enough ranting

To the editor: Tom Keegan of the Journal-World continues his onslaught against KU’s football coach. It is the worst of what pretends to be journalism. A journalist is supposed to set out the facts of the story and not try to make the story or be the story. Keegan has become little more than ...

Opinion: If power unchecked, no one is safe

They did not have to die. That’s the bitter truth. Katie Sasser and her friend John Hall would likely still be alive if cops and prosecutors in Glynn County, Georgia, had done their jobs. But they were more interested in protecting one of their own. So Sasser and Hall were shot to death in ...

Letter to the editor: There’s a difference

To the editor: As a fellow registered Republican, I would like to respond to Keith M. Wood. I almost completely agree with his letter “Protect Free Speech.” It was disheartening to see two GOP candidates pressure KU into viewpoint discrimination. My one small disagreement is with Mr. ...

Letter to the editor: Defacing the library

To the editor: I attended the meeting of the Lawrence City Commission on July 10 and watched in dismay as the commission decided that groups promoting a message that the commission agrees with will be allowed to paint murals on the Lawrence Public Library. Even the lead artist of this Womxn of ...

Letter to the editor: Flag move is fascist

To the editor: I am disgusted that the University of Kansas caved in to the governor of Kansas and local GOP politicians in removing the American flag artwork. There is freedom of speech and there is academic freedom and both are protected by the First Amendment. Flag desecration, like it or ...

Editorial: Use surplus for capital projects

It’s a smart move for the city of Lawrence to put a $2.25 million budget surplus into the city’s capital improvement reserve fund, assuming the city gets aggressive in addressing projects. The city has to do something with the $2.25 million or risk running afoul of its own fiscal policy, ...

Opinion: Don’t play politics with Kavanaugh appointment

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court is a welcome move. As readers of my column know, I am no Donald Trump fan, but in this instance, the president has done well. Kavanaugh, whom I’ve worked with in the past, is a serious jurist with one of the most impressive ...

Letter to the editor: Hostility toward religion

To the editor: In a recent editorial, Patrick Miller asks, “does the State choose a system where one citizen has the license to limit another citizen’s rights?” Miller is concerned about the passage of the Adoption Protection Act, which affirms the right of faith-based adoption and ...

Opinion: Leave the Constitution alone on schools

A storm is brewing over equitable education funding in Kansas. Last month, the Kansas Supreme Court passed down a decision upholding the state Legislature’s five-year school funding proposal of $522 million in new spending. The court required only that additional resources to sufficiently ...

Opinion: Friendship with Russia at what cost?

Washington — As the Helsinki summit approaches, President Trump appears to be on the verge of acquiescing to the belligerent strategy and behavior that Moscow has been pursuing for decades. The summit will be a culmination of Trump’s often-proclaimed eagerness for better relations with ...

Letter to the editor: Protect free speech

To the editor: I have three reactions to the flag removal at KU. First, an academic environment needs the open exchange of ideas, Chancellor Douglas Girod must learn to say “no” to political pressure on free speech. The only public safety threats were generated by the politicians who ...

Letter to the editor: Not on the library

To the editor: The idea for any mural on our new library is nothing short of approved graffiti. This striking new building is very much a work of art. To deface this gem is a super bad idea. Why not put it on the Douglas County Courthouse or Watkins Museum? I suggest one of the metal ...

Views from Kansas: Reducing fee for license wise

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. As July began, Kansas lowered the costs of a state concealed carry license. Those wishing to purchase a license will now pay $112, instead of the $132.50 they had to ...

Letter to the editor: ‘Lame duck’ defined

To the editor: Perhaps Carol Delp should have asked Tom Keegan what he meant by “lame duck.” Why? Because it has multiple meanings (which I didn’t know till I looked it up) and the one I assumed Tom Keegan meant was the primary way it’s used. In this case, that coach David Beaty ...

Opinion: Tired of having to explain ourselves

For barbecuing. For selling bottled water. For napping in a dorm. For mowing a lawn. For smoking. Perhaps you recognize the list. If not, be advised that it represents a few of the slew of recent high-profile episodes in which police have been called out on black people for reasons so ...

Opinion: Is Trump correct about Mueller’s appointment?

Washington — The president, who might not be fully acquainted with the pertinent Supreme Court case law, says the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel was unconstitutional. The president’s opinion, because it is his, is prima facie evidence for the opposite conclusion. It is, ...

Editorial: Flag art puts KU in a bad light

Officials were right to take down what appeared to be a desecrated American Flag flying at Spooner Hall on the University of Kansas campus. On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Jeff Colyer insisted that Chancellor Douglas Girod and the Board of Regents take down the flag, which has flown since July 5 ...

Letter to the editor: Our ‘tough’ leader

To the editor: The current “president” will be meeting with the other leaders of NATO this week. Then he’ll be meeting with Vladimir Putin. He’s prepared the ground by tweeting his anger at NATO leaders for not paying their share and forcing the U.S. to pay (he claims) 90 percent of ...

Letter to the editor: Thanks, neighbors

To the editor: Saturday morning, like many others, I joined my wife and neighbor at Lyons Park for a game of tennis before breakfast at Levee Café. And, this Saturday, like many recently there was quite the crowd of people playing pickle ball. It is wonderful to see so many people taking ...

Views from Kansas: Sports gambling a good bet

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Legislators in Kansas and Missouri are taking a hard look this summer at how their states might offer sports gambling. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ...