Opinion

The Washington Post, beginning Nov. 1, 2019, will allow its syndicated columns to appear only in print. The columns will still be available as part of our e-edition newspaper online, but they will not be available as separate pieces on our website, ljworld.com. These columnists include George Will, David Ignatius, Michael Gerson and others. This does not affect other columnists like Leonard Pitts, Mona Charen, Connie Schultz and Mark Shields, who are not affiliated with the Washington Post.

Opinion: Creativity, compassion continue to combat virus

It’s easy to feel depressed and scared these days. News about the impact and death toll of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, is constant. Government responses have been chaotic, ranging from near-indifference to suddenly shutting down the economy, with politicians offering to pay for ...

Opinion: China’s lies — and America’s lies

This is a tale of two governments. Both were faced with a potential disaster — a new and deadly epidemic. Both made choices that the world will judge. China. The virus made its first appearance in a Wuhan “wet market,” an emporium (apparently common in China) that featured live and ...

Opinion: Sorry fellows, this grandma wants to live

My, these aging men with their bright ideas. First, it was the president, who has been openly contradicting medical experts with his pining for an early end to social distancing. This would threaten the lives of millions of Americans during the pandemic. Oh, well. As he said, via tweet ...

Opinion: In Trump these people still trust

“We have it totally under control. It’s going to be just fine.” — Donald Trump, Jan. 22, 2020 “One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.” — Donald Trump, Feb. 27, 2020 “Anybody that wants a test can get a test.” — Donald Trump, March 6, 2020 “No, I ...

Opinion: Voting by mail: Let’s start right now

Kansas needs to start voting by mail immediately. Our democracy may hang in the balance. With the COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of subsiding, elections may become very complicated this August and November. Turnout may be low. Seven states have already responded to the pandemic by ...

Opinion: A rare model of selflessness in a crisis

A few words on the quiet death of an Italian priest. His name was Father Giuseppe Berardelli, and he served in Casnigo, a small village not far from Milan. He was 72 and died in a hospital of the novel coronavirus. This was on March 15, though reports are just now filtering out. Again, it ...

Letter to the editor: Stable genius

To the editor: Leonard Krishtalka’s lament (March 25 Journal-World) about lack of science behind President Donald Trump’s coronavirus policy is ill-advised. If Trump insists on taking over the Coronavirus Task Force as a replacement for his larger political rallies, as it appears he has, ...

Letter to the editor: Not hatred at all

To the editor: Though filled with self-proclaimed Christian love, Carl Burkhead’s March 23 letter to the editor is quick to assign hatred as being in the hearts of those with whom he disagrees. In this case, his target is Michael Gerson, who he claims holds a “passionate hatred” for ...

Letter to the editor: Speaking truth

To the editor: We are immersed in a great challenge — for many of us, maybe the greatest challenge of our lifetime. This is a time in which many may find themselves engaged in reflection about the leadership of our country. To that end, I offer these words from highly respected former ...

Letter to the editor: Good reminder

To the editor: I just want to thank the Journal-World staff for being there. In the current peculiar situation, we have almost nothing scheduled, nothing required. Days of the week have lost their significance. It is pleasing and reassuring to maintain the ritual of going to the driveway ...

Letter to the editor: Ignore Trump

To the editor: “President (Donald) Trump said on Tuesday that he wanted to reopen the U.S. for business by Easter, on April 12, saying he believed that a crippled economy and forced social isolation would do more harm than the spread of the virus. Public health experts said that lifting the ...

Letter to the editor: Appreciation

To the editor: Thank you, Journal-World, for providing us so much valuable information. Thank you for digging out details and clarification of official statements that are sometimes incomplete or vague. Thank you for letting us know so much of what is happening locally and providing ...

Your Turn: Let’s protect the vulnerable

Life has changed. All that is critically important to each of us is now more clearly in focus. Life is precious. Family and community are treasured gifts, more central to life than we may have realized in the busy and hectic days before life changed. The unknowns, the worries, the concerns ...

Letter to the editor: A modest proposal

To the editor: The problem is the availability of money. People out of work don’t get paychecks and won’t have money. Our economic model presumes we’re always going full speed. It’s like driving the same speed, full speed, no matter the conditions. If the economic spin rate stops, or ...

Letter to the editor: More input needed on sidewalks

To the editor: Several letters have addressed sidewalk issues. My experience with the city staff involved the new sidewalk along 15th Street east of Haskell. As the sole landowner, during the planning of this sidewalk I was never consulted by the outside architectural firm, which drew up the ...

Letter to the Editor: GOP leaders focusing on wrong issue

To the editor: Recently, as I was saying gratitude prayers for the unified efforts of our local and state governments for taking such decisive actions to protect our health and safety, an article about our Republican legislators curbing Governor Kelly's powers caught my attention. I learned ...

KU deserves credit and thanks for keeping the paychecks flowing

The University of Kansas and several other government entities and businesses in the Lawrence area deserve credit for how they are treating their employees during these trying times. KU leaders came out relatively quickly to explain that employees of the university will continue to be paid, ...