Opinion

Letter to the editor: Why sidewalks now?

To the editor: I just don’t understand the logic in our system. Why sidewalks now? With all the frustration caused by the city in attempting to force a decade-old law regarding who pays for repair, doesn’t it seem a bit foolish to put new sidewalks on streets that have been in place for ...

Letter to the editor: Housing solutions

To the editor: Lawrence has a serious and long-standing affordable housing problem. Perhaps fortunately, it has become an issue in the City Commission election. Certainly unfortunately, not one candidate has proposed an adequate solution, nor even an accurate understanding of the ...

Opinion: The heroes of ‘gratitude in action’

Yerevan, Armenia — With so much bad news in the world these days, it was invigorating to spend last weekend here celebrating some courageous human-rights activists who reminded me of what’s best in the human spirit. The event was this year’s awards ceremony of the Aurora Prize for ...

Views from Kansas: Why secretly seal records?

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The man accused of gunning down two Wyandotte County deputies last year had two previous cases against him involving violent crimes dismissed by the Wyandotte County ...

Opinion: Trump call was corrupt quid pro quo

Washington — The impeachment of President Trump has reached an early point of absurdity. Just about everyone in Washington believes that a quid pro quo — in which Trump used American clout to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden — ...

Letter to the editor: Be more tolerant

To the editor: In a world of many choices, intolerance comes close to being king. Intolerance is a building block that leads to fear, which leads to disrespect and name calling, which leads to divisiveness, which leads to bigotry, which leads to hatred, which leads to violence. Today it is ...

Letter to the editor: Disgrace for KU

To the editor: Seldom over the years have I agreed with the Lawrence Journal-World; however, they hit it out of the park with their assessment of Late Night. This obviously is my opinion, but I believe coach Bill Self and Athletics Director Jeff Long knew exactly what they were getting in ...

Letter to the editor: No restraint on Trump

To the editor: State Department staff are thoroughly drilled that their job is to represent the interests of the United State of America, not those of any political party or other entity, as was well articulated by former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in her opening statement ...

Opinion: Take heart; we are far from helpless

One of my earliest lessons as a columnist came after I wrote about a tip jar that wasn’t. In 2004, I was standing in a coat-check line in Cleveland after a big event for a charitable group, watching one of the middle-aged women who had served our meals as she now stood behind the counter ...

Opinion: Voters don’t deserve misleading anecdotes

If you want to run for office, political consultants will hammer away at one point: Tell stories. People respond to stories. We’ve been a storytelling species since our fur-clad ancestors gathered around campfires. Don’t cite statistics. No one can remember statistics. Make it human. Make ...

Opinion: The necessity of self freedom

“If you’re white, you’re all right. If you’re brown, stick around. If you’re black, get back.” — African-American folk saying I was about to give a speech — I can’t remember when or even where — when this teacher brought a student up, hoping I could help her. The ...

Opinion: ‘Texodus’ bodes badly for Republicans

Washington — “I am a classically trained engineer,” says Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, “and I firmly believe in regression to the mean.” Applying a concept from statistics to the randomness of today’s politics is problematic. In any case, Hurd, 42, is not waiting for the ...

Editorial: A cocaine party and loose discipline should create worry at KU

This little detail will wake you up if you are the parent of a fraternity member at the University of Kansas. The Delta Upsilon fraternity in 2017 had enough cocaine at its spring break house that it was drawing the Greek letters of the fraternity in the illegal drug. The next part probably ...

Letter to the editor: Memorial an abiding tribute

To the editor: On Oct. 1, someone added a dozen red roses to the impromptu memorial on the concrete block on the northeast corner of 11th and Massachusetts streets. That memorial recalls the triple murder and mayhem that occurred in the early morning of Oct. 1, 2017. The roses are in a plastic ...

Opinion: Trump is turning ideology of America into a sham

Washington — Americans are starting to see the full, global implications of having a president who is ignorant of history, driven by impulse, immune to advice and dead to the romance of American ideals. The betrayal of the Kurds has damaged President Donald Trump so badly — including ...

Opinion: Ranked choice voting makes sense

As the dust settled after the 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary election, Secretary of State Kris Kobach defeated incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer by 350 votes, of 128,838 total votes (40.6%). Lagging far behind were moderate Jim Barnett (8.8%), Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer (7.8%) and three ...

Opinion: The nation could use a leader like Bob Dole

Twenty years ago, former U.S. Transportation Secretary, President of the Red Cross and future North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole was a decidedly long-shot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination — an honor her husband, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole had won four years ...

Opinion: Double down on support for Lebanon

Beirut — The aftershocks of President Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds in Syria are rumbling through the region, and a string of Lebanese officials told me last week that they fear they’re the next to be discarded by America. Lebanese politicians and security officials, in a series of ...

Opinion: Black people in white imagination

The beam from his flashlight reflects off the glass, so we can’t see what he saw. But in a sense, we don’t need to see what Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean saw to know what he saw, peering through that window. He saw something fearsome, a threat to life and limb. All this in the ...

Views from Kansas: Consider open carry of beer

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Earlier this month, the Kansas State Fair board decided to take a big step: Pursuing open carry of beer on the grounds of the fair. Right now, those who attend the ...