Opinion

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Letter to the editor: Cast a righteous ballot

To the editor: Recently I wrote both of our state’s U.S. senators, pleading with them to “do the righteous thing. Speak out in favor of the new Voting Rights Act (passed by the House of Representatives late last year) and make sure it is named after the late, very honorable ...

Letter to the editor: Right leader for police

To the editor: The Journal-World did a great service to Lawrence by publishing a lengthy interview with the acting police chief on July 15. During a time when so many are using race and accusations of racism to divide Lawrence into different communities based on race, this comment by Capt. ...

Letter to the editor: Other road solutions

To the editor: Apparently, the city of Lawrence has plans for the Mutt Run unleashed dogs park. We are told that the north path, from the parking lot to the border of the youth playing fields, will become a way for cars, in an attempt to solve the traffic problem at the corner of the South ...

Opinion: What ruined Donald Trump?

If the Trump family had never existed, someone would have invented them. Indeed, they’d have been right at home in some over-the-top TV soap produced by Aaron Spelling. As depicted in “Too Much and Never Enough,” Mary L. Trump’s lacerating new portrait of her uncle Donald and the ...

Editorial: It is time for KU to own its Fritzel mistakes

University of Kansas leaders have a lot on their plates right now. Figuring out how to safely reopen the Lawrence campus is one of the most important issues currently facing our community, and it is one of the toughest tasks those leaders likely will ever face professionally. But it is not ...

Letter to the editor: Leave dog park area alone

To the editor: While few would dispute the need to solve the often long wait times exiting the Youth Sports Complex, the fact remains that the complex is in use approximately 150 days a year, with exiting traffic comprising a couple of hours of that at most. Meanwhile, the Mutt Run is in use ...

Opinion: Remember: COVID-19 never sleeps

With temperatures reaching the upper 90s this weekend, we’ve arrived at the dog days of summer. It’s hot, we’re listless and yearn for the chill of a crisp fall morning. Given the pandemic, summer weeks become all the more wearisome, as one day melts into another, with no end in sight. ...

Letter to the editor: Give students a voice

To the editor: What if we regarded students as initiators rather than subjects of ideas to promote learning in a COVID-19 environment? What if we truly accepted students as responsible actors who are concerned not only for their own health, but the health of their peers and teachers? What ...

Opinion: We all root for David, not Goliath

Dear Karen: I wanted you to know that I got your email. Yours, your husband’s, your brother’s and your best friend’s. All were vexed at my recent evocation of the meme that uses your name as shorthand for a certain type of white woman: rude, entitled and presuming to police ...

Letter to the editor: Health security needed

To the editor: COVID-19 has caused us to become consumed with our lives and routines. Because of this, we have failed to recognize the devastating effects that this pandemic has and will have on those around the world living in poverty. As a result of the current pandemic, the number of ...

Letter to the editor: Bond fairness

To the editor: Rontarus Washington could afford pretrial freedom only after his bond was reduced from $750,000 to $500,000. Only after that was he able to come up with the bondsman’s 10% fee of $50,000. If he had had access to $75,000 at the time of his arrest, he apparently could have ...

Letter to the editor: Review self-review

To the editor: Good for the City Commission to have voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to review the use of force by the local police! Commissioner Stuart Boley’s encouragement to include the Community Police Review Board in the review is especially important. Perhaps the board and the ...

Opinion: Philosopher has bad news for Trump

Dan Buck is a philosopher friend of mine with a rare gift for explaining the political world. Back when Ronald Reagan was an enormously popular president (carrying 93 out of a possible 100 states in two national campaigns), I marveled at how voters were so unfailingly tolerant, even ...

Opinion: Ample blame in teen’s virus death

A few words on the death of Carsyn Leigh Davis. It has become predictable that the political right always knows whom to blame for disaster. After the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Donald Trump blamed video games. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, ...

Opinion: Students still prefer personal instruction

With the COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of subsiding, it may not be realistic for universities to reopen this fall in any but the most guarded way, if at all. However, once the pandemic does subside, college students will be eager to get back on campus. How things do change. Ten years ...

Letter to the editor: Profit before safety at KU

To the editor: I think it is time that the Lawrence community question the choice that the University of Kansas has made to have the students show up on campus in the fall. It is clear that this choice was not made with the health of students, faculty, workers and the Lawrence community as ...

Letter to the editor: Fireworks not neighborly

To the editor: We have lived in the southwestern corner of Lawrence for seven years, less than a block from the country line. Every year fireworks begin going off days before, and including, the Fourth. Lots belonging to the house where 31st Street to Kansas Highway-10 was closed several ...

Letter to the editor: Trump is no Churchill

To the editor: Recently President Trump and his press secretary Kayleigh McEnany compared him to Churchill, as both great leaders are inspiring to their people in times of difficulty. In 1957, I had the privilege of hearing Churchill addressing the students of Trinity College at the ...

Your Turn: Sending international students away is damaging, cruel

I am the director of Graduate Studies for the Philosophy Department at the University of Kansas, overseeing our masters and doctoral programs. One-third of our graduate students come from abroad. They represent eight countries across four continents. There’s no hyperbole in saying that our ...