Opinion

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Opinion: Is transgender sports ban a job killer?

Gov. Laura Kelly just took an interesting tack on the Kansas Legislature’s bill prohibiting Transgender girls from competing in girls’ athletics. She calls it a job killer. Is she right? Kelly noted that states like North Carolina have experienced companies moving out of, or refusing to ...

Your Turn: Therapy ordinance must protect religious speech

An open letter to the Lawrence City Commission: Regarding the current proposal to ban the use of “conversion therapy” for LGBTQ minors in Lawrence, I’d like to add another faith-based perspective to the discussion. First, I want to commend the city for considering such a proposal and ...

Opinion: It takes two parties to be bipartisan

There is nothing sacred about nine. The number was not carried down from a mountain on stone tablets, nor did it appear in a burning bush. In fact, before the Supreme Court contained nine justices, it contained six, the number fixed when the tribunal was established in 1789. Then, in an ...

Letter to the editor: Limit benefits

To the editor: The city of Lawrence and city commissioners have had their heads in the sand for the last 60 years. Lawrence is known in the hobo and professional homeless world as the place to go for free food,donations and a place to live. We need to start checking backgrounds and help ...

Letter to the editor: Taser solution

To the editor: I, too, notice the recent repeat tragedy of mistaken use of lethal firearms by police rather than their intended use of only a Taser. It is not only a tragedy for the deceased and their families but also for the officers involved and for police in their respective departments ...

Opinion: Biden’s ‘infrastructure plan’ is quite a misnomer

“A crony anti-infrastructure plan” is, sadly, the best description of the Joe Biden administration’s proposed $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan. It’s insanely expensive and unnecessary, especially coming, as it does, on top of last year’s fiscal insanity. Over the past year, our ...

Opinion: Evangelical friends, please get vaccinated

Sometimes, I wonder if I’m ever going to get over how some humans have behaved during this pandemic. First, the good news: As of this week, more than 65 million people in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Millions more are well on their way. Now, the pull-out-your-hair ...

Letter to the editor: Housing first

To the editor: I appreciate the articles on homelessness. But providing shelter for 90 days or 180 days is so out of touch with the life of homeless people. For homeless people, each day is a crisis — a few days with a friend, then a place in a tent, which gets stolen, losing a phone and ...

Letter to the editor: Mean-spirited party

To the editor: Why have conservatives become so mean-spirited, angry and anti-anything often only because the “other side” supports it? “Cancel culture,” victimization, untruths and “what aboutism” have become their mantras and weapons. GOP lawmakers in Kansas and Missouri are ...

Letter to the editor: Hopes for new AD

To the editor: No less a figure than the chancellor tells us that KU’s new athletic director is “a rising star.” And those of us who follow KU sports know how “rising stars” come down to Earth: with a golden parachute. ’Round and ’round and ’round we go. Let’s hope this new ...

Letter to the editor: Homeless guidelines

To the editor: I thought the recent article on the growing homeless problem in Lawrence was very well written (“As camps spring up, leaders to discuss ways to tackle homelessness,” April 4 Journal-World). I applaud the efforts of various city and county officials in assisting the homeless ...

Letter to the editor: Support climate bill

To the editor: Even though the United States has a new administration with bold plans to address climate change, Congress must play a role in approving legislation. Such legislation must have bipartisan support to accomplish meaningful change. The Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a national ...

Opinion: Another word for anxiety is fear

Apparently, Robert Pape was surprised. Notwithstanding earlier research or the alarm raised in this and other forums, Pape, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, expected, when he began studying the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, to find the rioters acted out ...

Letter to the editor: Reconsider Kennedy plan

To the editor: I wanted to take a minute to weigh in on the proposed contraction of Kennedy Elementary School. I lived on the east side of town when my kids started elementary school. They both attended Kennedy and thoroughly loved the school. One thing I’d like to focus on is the ...

Opinion: When helping others becomes a crime

You might have heard about “ballot harvesting” recently. Kansas politicians are trying to restrict the practice, and some have linked it to baseless suggestions of election fraud in our state. What is ballot harvesting, anyway? Ballot harvesting is a political spin term that some ...

Letter to the editor: District’s decision unwise

To the editor: As a parent of two Prairie Park students, I find the proposed closure of Kennedy very alarming. Prairie Park may not be at full capacity, but the introduction of a large number of students (70-plus), who will understandably be upset with moving schools, is not only unfair, but ...

Opinion: Are we doing our best for transgender children?

Seventeen legislatures are considering laws that would dictate how medical personnel can treat transgender youth — the latest flashpoint in the culture war. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson surprised observers this week when he vetoed one of those bills. It would have outlawed puberty blockers, ...

Opinion: Chauvin trial can’t vindicate America

America is on trial. Or at least, that is the conviction of many observers as Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer, faces judge and jury in the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man. America on trial: it’s a headline in Time, the Toronto Star and ...

Letter to the editor: KU doesn’t do basic finance

To the editor: The idea, the concept, that KU does not know expenditures on a month to month basis is absurd. As a professor of electrical engineering and computer science and a principle investigator on multiple research projects at KU, I was required to report monthly expenditures to my ...