Opinion

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Opinion: For the privately disgusted GOP

This is an open letter to all of you privately disgusted Republicans. It’s prompted by the fact that in the last few days, two of your colleagues have come forward to share with us your angst. One was actually an ex-colleague, former GOP Rep. Charlie Dent. He told CNN that you continue to ...

Views from Kansas: Title IX case not all that simple

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Two young women have dropped their federal lawsuit against Kansas State University, and in a limited sense that makes complete sense to us. Their case — which ...

Letter to the editor: Is this America?

To the editor: If I am being honest, Donald Trump was never my cup of tea. I was not a fan. In the last few weeks I have watched the president of the United States very closely. I am currently afraid of him and what he is doing to America. I have three areas of major concern: 1) His ...

Letter to the editor: Giving thanks

To the editor: When Jean Valjean stood outside the bakery, his nephew starving, did he have a duty to break the glass? What wins out, a starving child or glass that protects another man’s property? Victor Hugo’s answer consumed five volumes, 2,000 or so pages, but does not seem to have ...

Opinion: Donald Trump Jr. has no idea what ‘sacrifice’ is

Donald Trump Jr., in his better-selling book, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us,” writes of his reactions to visiting Arlington National Cemetery and driving “past the rows of white grave markers.” He explains: “In that moment, I ... thought of all the ...

Opinion: On distinguishing the good guys from the bad

People often offer cynical interpretations of American support for Israel. It’s the malign influence of the Jewish lobby, or Israel is a colonial outpost of the American hegemon or Israel has brainwashed American policymakers. What these right-wing conspiracists, anti-Semites and committed ...

Opinion: Fighting the evil done in our names

Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays. We know because Perry Como reminds us incessantly every year about this time. And because the airports become madhouses and the highways parking lots, so many of us trying to find their way back to that place where you are safe and known, ...

Editorial: Maybe it is time we fundamentally change the internet

Most of America probably does not realize that we could make a massive change to the internet with a relatively small eraser. All it would take to fundamentally change how the internet operates is the removal of about 25 words in a single federal law. Those words can be found in section 230 ...

Opinion: So much for nonpartisan city elections

The century-long tradition of nonpartisan elections in Kansas suffered a setback in Wichita earlier this month. Many partisans were at fault. Take a look at the facts: First, the incumbent Wichita mayor hires the chair of the Sedgwick County Republican Party to aid in his reelection campaign. ...

Letter to the editor: What Pompeo, Kobach need

To the editor: I think that before Mike Pompeo and Kris Kobach assume they can be voted into any legislative office in Kansas they have to take a trip to see the Wizard. They both need to find courage, a brain and, most importantly, a heart. Our leaders need to catch up with most Kansans who ...

Opinion: It’s past time for Democrats to get real on health care

In listening to the Democratic presidential debates, we might conclude that “Medicare for All” is a legislative possibility. It is not, and any presidential candidate with a scintilla of self-respect must admit that fact. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that just 30% of ...

Opinion: Trump not a national emergency?

Let’s talk about what Fiona Hill said. The former White House Russia adviser testified last week in the House impeachment investigation, one of a number of nonpartisan civil servants who came forward to shed light on Donald Trump’s attempt to strong-arm Ukrainian President Volodymyr ...

Letter to the editor: Pompeo’s sad logic

To the editor: So our very own Mike Pompeo claims that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank is legal because it “recognizes the reality on the ground.” If that’s so, Mike, then you believe that the Nazi occupation of Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands and Norway were completely legal ...

Letter to the editor: Declining humanities

To the editor: George Will’s claim in his recent column that the “declining numbers of interested students” in the humanities was because “left-wing academics” offer less than attractive courses is only partially correct. He ignores the most obvious cause of the decline: the ...

Letter to the editor: Sanctuary vote

To the editor: Sanctuary city? Really? Reflective of those who say they want open borders, I suppose. But we must evaluate the effect of “sanctuary” status in other cities. Is that what the city commissioners want? Don’t slip this one in without opportunity for information pro and con ...

Letter to the editor: Museum pieces

To the editor: I recently purchased three “Black Americana” figures at a local antique store for the specific purpose of donating to a History/American Studies professor or museum curator. All three are racist depictions of African American stereotypes, complete with dark black skin (Two ...

Letter to the editor: Admirable service

To the editor: As Headquarters Counseling Center celebrate its 50th year, it seems appropriate to publicly recognize the person most responsible for the development of the agency to where it is now as part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. When Marcia Epstein became director in ...

Letter to the editor: Thanks, Lawrence

To the editor: My father, a former Washburn University communications professor and later a chaplain for Midland Hospice, called Lawrence his home with his wife, Eileen, for 22 years. I live in Topeka and have really enjoyed visiting my father, Dr. Don Phillips, at his home on the west side ...

Letter to the editor: Just be thankful

To the editor: As Thanksgiving approaches and political debate is flung across the family dinner table like overcooked dinner rolls, it’s easy to lose perspective on the real meaning of the official holiday. In an effort to build a framework, craft a history and create symbols that would ...