Opinion

Opinion: Did Bernie Sanders steal his wealth?

In 2016 and 2017, Bernie Sanders raked in over a million bucks. Last year, his gross income was down to $561, 293 — still not too shabby. The point is not to rib the senator about his membership in the top 1%, though that’s tempting. Nor is it to chide him for his relatively paltry ...

Opinion: There is no vindication for Trump

Washington — Donald Trump’s claim of vindication by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report depends on some creative thinking. The president, it seems, is not guilty of conspiracy with the Russians to influence the 2016 election. He is only guilty of wishing really, really hard for ...

Opinion: Trump is champion of intolerance

And what will you say afterward, America? That is not to encourage or even predict that there will be an “afterward” — that is, that someone will use violence to silence Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress. But it is to say the possibility is real. ...

Views from Kansas: Questions for Kansas Guard

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Members of the Kansas Army National Guard should be commended for their work defending our state and country. But is the leadership of that guard operating at the ...

Opinion: Electric-vehicle tax credit should be repealed

Washington — Some government foolishness has an educational value that compensates for its considerable cost. Consider the multibillion-dollar federal electric-vehicle tax credit, which efficiently illustrates how government can, with one act, diminish its already-negligible prestige while ...

Opinion: How Xi overplayed his hand

Washington — In the rebalancing of Sino-American relations that’s underway, the usual roles are reversed: China’s normally deft President Xi Jinping appears to have badly overreached in seeking advantage. And President Trump, who often seems tone-deaf on foreign policy, is riding a ...

Views from Kansas: Keep Kobach out of Cabinet

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Let’s establish right off the bat that Kris Kobach and Donald Trump fit together pretty well. Let’s also acknowledge that there’s a job opening in President ...

Letter to the editor: Guns are health issue

To the editor: As a pediatrician I have taken care of numerous children who were victims of gun violence. I, along with countless other Americans, have also been affected personally by gun violence. Every day 83 children are shot in the United States. Gun violence is a public health issue. ...

Letter to the editor: Banning plastic bags

To the editor: A KU graduate research project for a Master of Public Administration class last fall concluded that at least 29.7 million single-use plastic bags are used by Lawrence residents every year! Most of these end up in the landfill, where they do not biodegrade for at least 500 years. ...

Opinion: Trump is a threat to religious freedom

Washington — So another norm of public decency falls, like a historical building demolished to make way for one of Donald Trump’s tasteless towers. When the president of the United States goes after an American Muslim — in this case Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who came to the U.S. as a ...

Opinion: For candor in politics, Hollings was your man

He was the most uncommon presidential candidate. Most of them, disappointingly, flatter every group of voters they appear before by telling them what they’re confident they want to hear. Candidates, to put it bluntly, verbally caress the erogenous zones of the body politic. But not so with ...

Opinion: Twitter doesn’t represent America

An appropriately Twitteresque meme circulated recently on that platform: Write a sad story in just three words. This was an homage to Ernest Hemingway, who, challenged to write a sad story in only six words, grabbed the nearest blank paper and scrawled: “For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” ...

Opinion: New NAFTA is exporting the same old bad habits

Trade agreements have been greatly successful at lowering trade barriers around the world. But they’re not without their flaws. Each agreement, in practice, tends to retain some counterproductive protectionist policies and may even export some bad policies. The United States-Mexico-Canada ...

Opinion: A few reasons to feel hopeful

This is about Kyle Korver and that white lady on the plane. The former is an NBA veteran, a sharp-shooting forward for the Utah Jazz. The latter edged past my seat on the way to her own on a crowded flight about two weeks back. A button on her shirt caught my attention. “Black Lives ...

Opinion: The Democrats’ sweepstakes of frivolity

Washington — The Democrats’ presidential aspirants seem determined to prove that their party’s 2016 achievement — the election of the current president — was not a fluke that cannot be repeated. But the Republican Party, whose last remaining raison d’etre is to frustrate Democrats, ...

Editorial: Release Trump’s tax returns

Republicans may be right that efforts by Congressional Democrats to force the release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns may open a big can of worms. But, this is nearly certain: The Trump administration’s refusal to release them will open an even larger can. The country seems ...

Opinion: School funding battle may continue

Last week more than 100 people watched Gov. Laura Kelly sign a K-12 school finance bill that will increase school funding by approximately $90 million dollars in each of the next four years. Some Republicans joined Democrats to vote for the bill and Kelly called the support an example of ...

Opinion: The danger of viewing politics as a team sport

Washington — There not being nearly enough discussion of chariot racing in American politics, it is worth recalling the story of the Greens and the Blues. These were the two main racing teams of the Byzantine Empire, and they generated considerable sporting enthusiasm. A clash of their fans ...

Opinion: Vetting Democrats is not ‘eating our own’

Democrats, please, I’m begging you. Let’s call a moratorium on the phrase “eating our own,” and all of its variations, for the duration of the Democratic presidential primary season. Exploring and discussing candidates’ strengths and weaknesses is a crucial part of the primary ...

Opinion: 1st Amendment protection for Assange?

Washington — Is Julian Assange a journalist? The Justice Department sidestepped that question in its indictment of Assange. But his case is still certain to stir a debate about whether the WikiLeaks founder deserves protection under the First Amendment. Assange was arrested in London ...