Opinion

Opinion: ‘Demon’ language is just divisive

Washington — When Paula White, who’s often described as President Donald Trump’s personal spiritual adviser, railed in her invocation at his reelection kickoff rally last week against “every demonic network who has aligned itself” against Trump, her words bothered me, personally and ...

Your Turn: The real enemy is the current administration

Last year, the Journal-World joined 350 of the nation’s newspapers in decrying the repeated slogan from the White House that “the press is the enemy of the people.” These are really code words for “the facts are the enemy of the people,” particularly facts reported by the press that ...

Editorial: County should be picky in setting its 2020 budget

Anybody who has ever tried to lose weight knows that sometimes the best option on the menu is none of the above. It may be healthy for Douglas County commissioners to be that type of picky eater as they create the county’s 2020 budget this summer. Interim County Administrator Sarah Plinsky ...

Opinion: The circular firing squad of the Democrats

Mo Udall, the legendary Democratic congressman from Arizona, was brutally candid about his party’s bad habit of succumbing to intramural recriminations that became the political equivalent of a civil war in the leper colony. “When Democrats organize a firing squad, they form a circle,” ...

Opinion: Trump’s relentless assault on truth

Washington — When dealing with a political figure who faces allegations of sexual assault, financial misdeeds and obstruction of justice, it is difficult to sort out the greatest damage to our public life. But a strong case can be made that it is the assault on truth. This was again on ...

Opinion: Elizabeth Warren needs more than her plans

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is being lauded as the serious candidate in the race. Her motto, “I have a plan for that,” is accepted as proof that she is thoughtful and conscientious. That’s too generous. One should expect a grown-up to evaluate costs and benefits, to understand tradeoffs, and ...

Opinion: Boasting about ‘civility’ with a racist

In 1956, during the Montgomery bus boycott led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mississippi’s senior U.S. Senator James O. Eastland spoke at a pro-segregation rally. Robert Caro, in his book “Master of the Senate,” describes Eastland’s racist rant to the crowd: “In every stage of ...

Opinion: An unimaginative echo of FDR

Washington — That the Democrats’ two evenings of dueling oratory snippets this week are called “debates” validates Finley Peter Dunne’s prediction that “when we Americans are through with the English language, it will look as if it had been run over by a musical comedy.” Already a ...

Opinion: On abortion, voters still lean to wobbly middle

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden is taking heat and light for his recent switcheroo on abortion rights. But Biden is hardly alone in his inconsistency on this volatile issue. Some of us remember how now-president Donald Trump made a famous abortion switcheroo too. Biden’s big ...

Opinion: Kansas teachers deserve a pay raise

Only a few months ago the court battle over school funding was a central issue of legislative concern and media reports. Now triumphant, school districts are deciding ways to implement the approximately $500 million of new funding that will flow to schools over five years with an additional $90 ...

Opinion: Helping hope return for suicidal citizens

Washington — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report that is the closest thing we have to the quantification of despair. Between 1999 and 2017, suicide rates in America rose to their highest level since World War II. The increase can be found among women ...

Views from Kansas: Better approach to mental illness

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Our state has failed to provide enough funding to community mental health centers to truly meet the need for care. Individuals with the most severe, persistent mental ...

Opinion: Iran trying to fight its way out

Washington — The most important variable in the current Persian Gulf confrontation is time. The Trump administration wants to play a long game, to draw the sanctions tourniquet ever tighter. Iran needs to play a short game, to escape the American chokehold before it becomes fatal. This inner ...

Letter to the editor: Water issue

To the editor: I write to you with concern regarding how the City of Lawrence communicated recent water main breaks in the 1200 block of New York Street (and elsewhere). I live near an affected area, and my water had a pondlike odor that I have never noticed before. Despite the odor, I was ...

Letter to the editor: Winds of war

To the editor: Although there are so many worrisome aspects of the Donald Trump administration, let’s focus today on the inept president’s inability to manage international affairs. The recent attacks on two oil shipments near the Persian Gulf has resulted in the fear many Americans have ...

Opinion: Empowering women has nothing to do with ‘promiscuity’

Surfing conservative websites, it didn’t take long to find this nugget of backward thinking, courtesy of American Thinker: “The sexual revolution that was kick-started by the advent of birth control in the early 1960s has done irreparable damage to Western civilization.” If you had any ...

Opinion: Oberlin: self-caricature to disgrace

“You Americans do not rear children, you incite them; you give them food and shelter and applause.” — Randall Jarrell, “Pictures from an Institution” Washington — Oberlin College has an admirable liberal past and a contemptible progressive present that will devalue its degrees far ...

Views from Kansas: The way to do primary voting

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. In next year’s presidential primary, Kansas Democrats will be test-driving a balloting process called ranked-choice voting that should increase turnout and be plain ...

Opinion: Shanahan exit comes at risky time

Washington — President Trump has a credibility problem at a time when his confrontation with Iran is moving toward a dangerous test. “There is no capital in the bank” in terms of trust with major European and Asian allies, said one former senior defense official. “We’ve managed to ...