Opinion

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Letter to the editor: What we need

To the editor: “My fellow Americans, we are in the midst of a deadly pandemic. My medical advisers from the Centers for Disease Control and the White House COVID Task Force have made it clear this is a national catastrophe that will take a national, united effort to defeat. All Americans, ...

Your Turn: The Republican Party has become ‘uninhabitable’

Sometimes renting a dumpster is the best way to show that you care. It is time to show the GOP some love and rent a dumpster for the driveway of the House of Trump, formerly known as the Republican Party. I’m a fifth-generation Kansan and (former) Republican who has reached this ...

Letter to the editor: ‘Better angels’

To the editor: The Party of Lincoln has been captured by the Party of Jefferson Davis. And, Free State Kansas, whose imminent statehood in 1860 was viewed as the precipitating event of the Civil War, now aligns politically with the states of the former Confederacy. In its own time the ...

Opinion: ‘I’m here to endorse a candidate’

Allow me, please, a point of personal privilege. Folks keep telling me how easy Donald Trump has made my job. For four years, I’ve had these discussions where we ruminate on the singular awfulness of that man and then the other person says, by way of consolation, “At least you never have ...

Letter to the editor: Obvious hypocrisy

To the editor: Recap: (a) In spring 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland, a respected moderate with bipartisan support, to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Although nearly eight months remained before the next election, Senate ...

Your Turn: City did not treat our police chief fairly

Several months have passed since the controversial departure of our former police chief Gregory Burns, who in fact was Lawrence’s first-ever African American police chief. We are still greatly disturbed by many unanswered questions surrounding his departure. We understand that the duties ...

Opinion: We will not forget how you failed

You did not stand up. Granted, America faced neither enemy bombers nor terrorist plot, but the threat to her was — still is — no less real. Your country needed you. And you did not stand up. You told yourself party was more important. You told yourself the courts were more important. ...

Letter to the editor: They finally found him

To the editor: Forty years ago, when I was a young woman living in a tiny town in the middle of Kansas, a story was told of a farmer who had one of his sheds full of guns, ammunition and assault weapons. He and his like-minded friends would hold meetings to discuss overthrowing the federal ...

Letter to the editor: Drop box appreciated

To the editor: Sometime in September, it was decided to add voting drop boxes in the outlying communities of Lecompton, Eudora and Baldwin City as well as adding a few more new locations within Lawrence. As a resident of Lecompton, I will certainly be using our new drop box. Thank you to ...

Letter to the editor: White House violence

To the editor: Recently, I watched woman after woman praise Joe Biden for his work against domestic violence. And as I was watching and listening to them, it occurred to me that Biden’s opponent is in a different place: He is domestic violence. But the incumbent’s actions are not ...

Letter to the editor: Still have work to do

To the editor: I am writing, first of all, to give a well-earned congratulations and thank-you to our county commissioners, the many county staff members and the multiple organizations that came together to accomplish the establishment of housing for those with mental illness, and for the ...

Opinion: 2020 campaign lacks wit and wisdom

This bizarre presidential election year has suffered from acute shortages of both wit and wisdom, a fact that was highlighted for me by the passing of Roberta McCain, the remarkable 108-year-old mother of the Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee. A few years back, when ...

Opinion: Living in an era where misinformation is weaponized

“Jared Kushner is under federal investigation for diverting money to terrorist organizations according to a guy I met at the gas station who told me he works for the FBI” is something I would never be allowed to publish. “Donald Trump Jr. has an escalating cocaine dependency problem ...

Editorial: Constitutional amendment could improve the Supreme Court

The United States Constitution has not been amended since 1992. Perhaps you have forgotten the hoopla surrounding the 27th Amendment. Granted, it was a long time in building. The amendment — clarifying issues of pay raises for members of Congress — was approved 203 years after it was ...

Opinion: Kansas schools struggle with pandemic

COVID-19 is threatening the way Kansas schools do their work. Randy Watson, state education commissioner, told members of the Kansas Association of School Boards recently that the way schools deliver education currently is “not sustainable.” Although 1A to small 4A schools are returning ...

Letter to the editor: Failing our students

To the editor: The COVID-19 pandemic may be the most disruptive event of a generation. Massive disruptions create so much change that they turn culture, conventional thinking and the social fabric upside down and inside out. When the dust settles we hope that we have accommodated ourselves to ...

Opinion: The Whitmer plot and entitlement

White people often do not understand white people. Granted, that’s a counterintuitive claim. But it is regularly reinforced whenever one hears decent white Americans attempt to rationalize the misbehavior of their less decent kin. One such effort turned up on social media a few days ago. ...

Letter to the editor: Treason to disagree?

To the editor: I know a man who has been a registered Democrat for many years. He goes to church. He helps with various projects and tries to make our community a better place for all. He is nice to people. He never has seemed like a dangerous radical leftist to me. However, in the last ...

Letter to the editor: Movies downtown

To the editor: Friday’s Journal-World had an article saying that the Regal Theatre chain has closed all its theaters, including Lawrence’s largest theater, Regal Southwind. Luckily, we still have our own locally owned Liberty Hall theater, right downtown at Seventh and Massachusetts. It ...