Opinion

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Letter to the editor: Wildfires affect us all

To the editor: Australian bush fires have recently been in the international news. We might think such events have no effect on us, but in imperceptible ways they do. Many rare and exotic forms of life exist in Australia in each of the six kingdoms of life. A real tragedy for all of humanity ...

Letter to the editor: Gender-affirming care

To the editor: From bathroom bills to the ban of transgender troops in the U.S. military, the past several years have been a slow, steady march toward legislating transgender people out of public life. The newest and grossest attempt to censor and ultimately harm transgender people has come ...

Letter to the editor: Encourage renewables

To the editor: Approximately 10% of Lawrence households pay a little extra ($0.0025/kWh or about 3.4%) for electricity that’s generated from renewable sources such as wind. These consumers realize that since the federal and state governments are not working to reduce significantly ...

Opinion: Trump’s acquittal will have an asterisk

Dear Mr. So-Called President: A few words in advance of your upcoming acquittal. That that’s how your impeachment trial will end is, as we all know, a foregone conclusion. The proverbial fix is in. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told us as much in December when he announced he ...

Opinion: It’s time someone stood up for and thanked Iowa

We have reached that time in every presidential nominating year when distinguished national opinion leaders beat up on Iowa and that admirable state’s influential role in determining the two major parties’ eventual presidential nominees and, therefore, the next president. The USA Today ...

Opinion: Will Democrats choose safety or risk?

When the economy shows signs of weakness, Wall Street analysts expect to see what they call a “flight to safety.” Investors sell stocks and buy bonds or gold. The same phenomenon can sometimes be found in politics. Understanding that George W. Bush was riding high in 2004, after what was ...

Opinion: Creating diversity is a deliberate act

Dear Stephen King: I hope you’ll indulge me as I try to explain something I suspect you still don’t quite understand. Namely: why so many of us were so disappointed with your take on the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations. As the white-dominated and male-centric list of ...

Editorial: KU needs to get tougher on fraternities, but it likely won’t

You can’t spell Kumbaya without KU. The recently released report by the University of Kansas’ Sorority and Fraternity Life Task Force serves as a reminder of that sentiment. The report hopes to convince you that all we need to do to make KU’s fraternity system safer and more responsible ...

Opinion: Does lipstick on old agenda sell it?

This year will test just how short voter memories are in Kansas. Will Kansans keep rejecting the politics of the Gov. Sam Brownback era? Or, will they buy those politics again, attractively repackaged and reframed? With the Kansas legislative session underway, that test starts now. The ...

Letter to the editor: KU still does not get it

To the editor: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the University of Kansas had leaders with the same moral compass as that possessed by Zdenek Hrib, the mayor of Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic? That is the question that came to mind as I read George Will’s column on Thursday. Hrib, ...

Letter to the editor: Growing scandal

To the editor: Rachel Maddow’s Wednesday night interview on MSNBC with Lev Parnas, the associate of Rudy Giuliani, revealed so much about how many people in this corrupt Trump administration have been lying about their involvement in the effort by Donald Trump to find information about the ...

Letter to the editor: Too many increases

To the editor: An article in the Dec. 27 paper detailed fee increases for city services, including increases for water, sewer, trash, recycling, yard waste, local pools, parking meters, garages and even cemetery lots. The article said the increases come as the city moves to modernize its ...

Opinion: End this slavery by another name

Last week, the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld Willie Nash’s sentence: 12 years for possession. Of a cellphone. Read it twice, if you want. It won’t make any more sense the second time around. Nash, it should go without saying, is African American. And his victimization by ...

Views from Kansas: Safety rules are not ‘red tape’

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. On the same day that newly released internal messages showed Boeing employees not only knew all about problems with the 737 Max but also actively hid those problems ...

Opinion: U.S. companies are free agents; Trump doesn’t know

Donald Trump’s “phase one” agreement with China, expected to be signed this week, is intended partly to slow China’s move into new technologies like electric cars by protecting the intellectual property of American corporations. Which lends a certain irony to Tesla’s Model 3 ...

Opinion: Universities routinely ignore basic rights

This column might win me no fans on college campuses, but there is something that must be said. Universities across the country are unconstitutionally punishing those accused of sex-based misconduct with no regard to the civil rights guaranteed of due process. They say they are acting ...

Opinion: It’s true: ‘Nations with allies thrive’

Retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis, the former secretary of defense and an exceptionally well-read warrior, has said, “Throughout history, we see nations with allies thrive, and nations without allies wither.” Mattis’ words brought to mind those 13 fateful days in October 1962 when, ...

Letter to the editor: Their stable genius

To the editor: The mantra of the right (wrong party) is that the swamp/deep state is trying to reverse the 2016 election. Anybody out there forget the birther conspiracy and/or the chants of, “a one-term president” … ad infinitum et absurdum? The wrong party kept this up for eight ...

Opinion: Was Soleimani killing a policy success?

There’s an old story — apocryphal, as the best stories always seem to be — that Richard Nixon asked Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai what he thought about the French Revolution, and Zhou said, “It’s too soon to tell.” At first blush, the minicrisis between Iran and the United States ...