Opinion

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Letter to the editor: Haskell probe

To the editor: I have long appreciated Haskell Indian Nations University, and I welcomed news of the Indian Leader newspaper forcing the university to rescind a directive by the president meant to limit free speech. What comes next? I’d like to challenge the Indian Leader to use its ...

Letter to the editor: No right to expose others

To the editor: My partner and I are disabled and over 70. We’ve had our 95% effective COVID vaccinations. This leaves a 5% risk each. We are reliant on visiting helpers, handypeople, nurses, etc., but allowing unvaccinated providers in our house would be foolish. Yet when we contact ...

Opinion: ‘Foxitis’ is another word for radicalized

Let’s talk about ‘Foxitis.’ That, as you may recall, was the explanation attorney Joseph Hurley offered last week at a court hearing for his client, accused Capitol insurrectionist Anthony Antonio, who is facing five federal charges for his role in the attack. “You want war?” he ...

Opinion: Open your eyes to the real ‘steal’

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” — George Orwell, “1984” Welcome to the funhouse world the Republican Party is building. Up is down. Black is white. Lies are truth. The great cause that Republicans are uniting around is “election integrity.” ...

Opinion: Being punished for refusing to lie

We keep hitting new lows. So perhaps we ought not be surprised that the GOP, the party that brought us the insurrection of Jan. 6, now presents the public, if figurative, execution of Liz Cheney. At this writing, she is not yet politically dead, but the vultures are certainly tying their ...

Editorial: Haskell wants change, and we should all help make it happen

Lawrence and Douglas County have a chance to do economic development and do right. One of the community’s greatest, unfulfilled opportunities is Haskell Indian Nations University. It already is a great institution in many ways. It has a sense of community and common purpose that many ...

Letter to the editor: Taxes and loopholes

To the editor: The mantra “Everyone should pay their fair share in taxes” sounds good and plays well in the media, but there is a problem. Huge corporations hire platoons of lawyers and tax experts to find legal loopholes, authorized by Congress, in the tax laws that permit the ...

Opinion: The question of democratic legitimacy

Recent events across our region — a local disagreement in Wichita, a statewide argument in Missouri, a veto override in Topeka with national implications — push me to reflect upon a seemingly straightforward but actually complicated idea: “democratic legitimacy.” This is one of those ...

Opinion: Who could possibly be opposed to universal pre-K?

Subsidized day care and universal pre-K are goals that sound so wholesome only a ghoul could oppose them. Especially in an era when Democrats and Republicans have achieved consensus that money grows on trees, who could possibly object to spending a few hundred billion or so, as Biden has ...

Opinion: Why can’t we have nice things? she asks

Its Constitution fixed the value of African Americans at three-fifths that of other humans. Its bloodiest war was over whether they should be enslaved. It has no institution — not one — that is free of racial discrimination. Yet, we are supposed to take seriously those who now ask if ...

Opinion: 100 days highlight many contrasts

By almost any measure, Joe Biden’s first 100 days as president have been hugely successful. Getting millions of Americans inoculated against COVID-19 and beginning to revive the economy are central to that success. Some two-thirds of Americans support Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan, ...

Opinion: The FDA’s latest nanny-state gambit will fail

If it doesn’t look like avocado toast, you can’t have it. That’s the message I get loud and clear from Uncle Sam when I read story after story about the Food and Drug Administration’s latest foray into stopping ordinary Americans from doing what ordinary Americans like to do. Take the ...

Opinion: Times when you must close your mind

Thirty years ago, when I was still a music critic, I received a letter from a lady who informed me in no uncertain terms that I didn’t know what I was talking about. This was after I’d written about the origins of gospel music, a subject on which I considered myself, if not an expert, ...

Opinion: What Bob Dole can teach Marshall

The recent death of Walter Mondale — vice president to President Jimmy Carter, and a presidential candidate himself in 1984 — has reminded me of some old history that may help explain Sen. Roger Marshall. The key to that history is one of Kansas’ great political figures, Bob Dole. In ...

Opinion: America, we have failed our children

An open letter to the children. We owe you an apology. Meaning all of us in the generations above you. We had one job where you were concerned, and that was to keep you safe. “Save the children,” pleaded a man named Marvin Gaye a long time ago. But we didn’t. We failed. And for ...

Letter to the editor: Blighted community

To the editor: Many people would be surprised that the oldest gated community in Lawrence is over 150 years old. It does not have a Home Owners Association, nor are there any yearly or monthly dues to pay to reside in it. However, there is a great deal of neglect in the gated community. ...

Letter to the editor: Vaccination progress

To the editor: This week there will be the last COVID vaccine clinics at the fairgrounds. There now will be daily clinics at LMH with no appointment necessary. I was fortunate to be able to work as a volunteer doing a variety of jobs at the fairgrounds. Each clinic required up to a couple of ...

Letter to the editor: Dreaming of justice

To the editor: Every spring Justice Matters raises its collective voice in an effort to do justice. And while we don’t have the financial influence to impact the issues we address, we do have hundreds of passionate folks seeking justice in our region, as well as insights gained from ...

Opinion: COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work and live

As of last week, more than 40% of Americans had received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and 26% were fully vaccinated. Though it wasn’t planned this way, more normal human life is returning just as the redbuds, azaleas, magnolias and tulips are performing their gorgeous annual ...