Opinion

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Opinion: Trump’s only concern is his hurt ego

“Nobody likes me.” — Donald Trump “Truth or Consequences” is the name of a town in New Mexico, and of a game show dating from the 1940s. But it’s also one of the primal laws of existence. Where an important truth is denied, consequences follow. So none of us can be surprised ...

Opinion: Senate primary a missed opportunity

Elections work best when campaigns highlight policy contrasts for voters. As the Republican primary for Senate in Kansas closes, this election has been a missed opportunity to discuss policy and force candidates on record about their policy views. On the issues that have received the most ...

Letter to the editor: Stormwater questions

To the editor: Given that city commissioners plan to raise stormwater fees (again), I’m still hoping for an in-depth news story about this long-running issue. Although the late Nancy Shontz proposed a stormwater management master plan back in 1980, it took the flood of 1993 to finally push ...

Letter to the editor: Wasting our money

To the editor: The article in the July 30 Journal-World about building a road from 27th Street to the Clinton Dam is another boondoggle idea the city has come up with that wastes taxpayer money. So far this year the city has wasted tens of thousands on creating outside seating areas in ...

Letter to the editor: Too inconvenient?

To the editor: This letter is in regard to the city’s intent to build an access road along the Mutt Run to the Youth Sports Complex. Having watched and coached games at YSC for three decades, I can tell you that slow exits are normal. We wait in line at the bank, Starbucks and any ...

Letter to the editor: Masks are key

To the editor: I am writing to you about COVID-19 and face coverings and why I think they are much needed and also why I think that we as a community should be more willing to wear masks as people are so eager to get back to the real world. For us to make that happen we need to make sure ...

Opinion: Men feel entitled to vulgar misogyny

She was a teacher in Michigan. She was in line at a Walmart in rural Ohio. She was at a bar in San Francisco. She was a post office supervisor in Miami. He told her to smile, and she didn’t. He wanted to buy her a drink, and she declined. He didn’t like her driving. He didn’t ...

Views from Kansas: Federal forces playing with fire

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Sending federal law enforcement officers into American cities is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Let’s do a thought experiment. Imagine that a ...

Letter to the editor: Shameful move

To the editor: A July 23 Journal-World headline read “Governor’s school delay shot down.” The story related that the Kansas Board of Education had voted 5 to 5 on the issue, thereby rejecting the governor’s wise call for a delay in opening the schools in a virus upturn. Buried in ...

Letter to the editor: Afraid for future

To the editor: The Trump Administration has shown open contempt for the U.S. Constitution and our system of government since the president entered office, but now we perhaps enter a new, even more dangerous stage as we approach the presidential election. Our nerves are frayed badly by ...

Letter to the editor: Support SROs

To the editor: I retired from the Lawrence Public Schools six years ago after a 38-year career in facilities and operations. My job offered me the opportunity to be in any of the schools at any given time. One of the groups of people that I got to know were the school resource officers. I ...

Letter to the editor: A pastoral message

To the editor: This letter is a public confession. We confess that we have too often kept silent while our Black and brown neighbors waited for us to speak up. We confess that we have not declared that Black lives matter in unequivocal terms. We have permitted racism to fester in our ...

Letter to the editor: Our United World

To the editor: The pandemic reminds us that our modern world is an interconnected one. In a roundabout way there is something good about it. It reveals our common humanity with the people of all other nations. Whether we like it or not, in many ways we live in what might be called a United ...

Letter to the editor: We must speak out

To the editor: I too am shocked and outraged at the way our president is abusing his power to “put down” protests (which are inherently American) by using “agents” from DHS, ICE, Border Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, etc. It is time for American citizens, Congress, the Senate, ...

Opinion: Trump sure can put on a show

We are watching a show. It’s important to keep that in mind. It has its villains — Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago, Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland and other supporters of the “liberal, radical left” idea that people have the right peaceably to assemble and to petition the government ...

Editorial: Conversations we should be having about the pandemic

The pandemic is working on dominating every part of our lives, yet somehow the country has still managed to avoid several conversations we should be having about it. Here are a few: — The role of federalism. We may never have this one on a great scale because it sounds too much like ...

Opinion: Preparing for a pandemic election

In less than two weeks, Kansas will face another coronavirus-related test: an election under pandemic conditions. How will we fare? That depends on state and county preparation, of course, but it also depends on voter preparation. Say you plan to vote on the day of the election. Do you know ...

Opinion: When incoherence trumps science, you get a farce

Incoherence: illogical; not making sense. In the face of a global pandemic, the administration has willfully abandoned reason and descended into incoherence. The coronavirus debacle began in September of last year, when the president was warned by his Council of Economic Advisors in a 41-page ...

Opinion: Lewis’ life a master class in resolve

I expected despair. I should have known better. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 had just been eviscerated by the Supreme Court. So I called Georgia Rep. John Lewis, for whom passage of the act was the defining event of a heroic life, thinking his discouragement would mirror mine. Lewis ...

Views from Kansas: Messy questions around Watkins

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Questions have followed U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins from the campaign trail to Washington, D.C. We don’t have the time or inclination to wade through all of the ...