Opinion

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Opinion: Educators plan for uncertain future

Help is on its way, but reopening Kansas schools won’t be easy. With the state’s economy in free fall and Kansas COVID-19 cases still on the rise, educators are meeting in school districts across Kansas to plan for reopening schools this fall even though start dates remain ...

Opinion: Endowment should help KU more in this crisis

Your family takes great pride in helping each other across generations. The grandparents regularly set aside money, knowing that your dream is to build a second home on a few acres of land the family owns. You could not do it without them. They want to do it for you. After years of their ...

Opinion: As death toll mounts, Trump tweets

Always before, there have been words. Always before, someone crafted them with writerly skill and gave them to the president to give to us. Always, before. When seven people died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, President Ronald Reagan spoke of how, just that morning, they “waved ...

Opinion: Trump sabotages real conservatism

Among dozens of addled tweets from the commander in chief over the past few days, one in particular deserves pausing over because it demonstrates not just the weak-mindedness of our president but also the way his leadership is sabotaging conservatism. Trump retweeted a post featuring ...

Opinion: Trump is choosing the wrong opponent in Obama

It is a common, if not especially honorable, practice in American politics for a candidate and her campaign to prefer to run not against their actual opponent on the ballot but rather against the most unpopular caricature of the opponent’s party. That explains why Democrats, for close to ...

Opinion: Annie Glenn was an American hero all on her own

In 2012, Annie Glenn and I were doing what we so often did, which was to sit side-by-side in a quiet place offstage, waiting for our extroverted husbands to finish speaking to a crowd. We had been close friends for six years by then. My husband, Sherrod Brown, was running for reelection to ...

Opinion: A reminder of how much it took

“Oh beautiful, for heroes proved In liberating strife Who more than self their country loved And mercy more than life.” — “America The Beautiful,” by Katharine Lee Bates And Memorial Day comes around once more. Gateway to the summer, to beaches, beer and barbecue, yes. But ...

Letter to the editor: Unmasking Trump

To the editor: I have watched, time and time again, as this excuse for a president has rebuffed and demeaned our highest office in the land. Does he not care for the lives of people in contact with him? Is he that vain that a mask hides his adorable face? Please wear the mask so we as ...

Opinion: Foster care revelations raise questions

The Topeka Capital-Journal published a stunning story this week on foster care in Kansas. It prompts the question: Why hasn’t the Legislature prioritized foster care oversight and reform in the last decade? From 2016 to 2018 under Govs. Sam Brownback and Jeff Colyer, the Kansas Department ...

Letter to the editor: Selfish behavior

To the editor: I live at one of the intersections of 19th Street east of Massachusetts Street. We’ve experienced the repair and resurfacing of 19th Street for several weeks now. The work has been hampered some by the rain, and even though it has taken some time, it appears to be close to ...

Letter to the editor: Protect voting

To the editor: The League of Women Voters, as well as several community organizations in the Kansas Coalition for Citizen Participation, urge the Kansas secretary of state to exercise his authority under Kansas Statute 25-622 and automatically send mail-in ballots to all registered voters for ...

Opinion: Who is the actual target of their lies?

Are these people lying to us or are they lying to themselves? For years, that’s been the great imponderable of American politics, the question the rest of us asked as we watched nominal “conservatives” sink ever deeper into a morass of conspiracy, lies and alternative facts. Were they ...

Opinion: Coronavirus blame game continues to spread

The coronavirus did apparently originate in China. Now President Donald Trump wants to punish that country for its role in letting the virus spread to the United States. This is just another poor excuse to push the same protectionist policies he has always favored. It’s also a way for him to ...

Letter to the editor: Protect film building

To the editor: Hopefully the Lawrence City Commission will vote against allowing the Centron building (Oldfather Studios property on West Ninth Street) to be rezoned to allow apartments on the site. This is a historic building that should be protected. Centron Films produced some of the ...

Letter to the editor: Election information

To the editor: COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives, including the 2020 elections. Although there are no plans to change the Aug. 4 primary election or Nov. 3, general election, election officials throughout Kansas are implementing additional measures to protect the health of ...

Opinion: Trump the fighter cannot lead nation

One of the chief selling points about Donald Trump in 2016, one that persuaded many initially dubious Republicans, was the argument that “he fights.” Some of us tried to counter that his battles nearly always concerned his own fragile ego, not the cause of conservatism, nor even the ...

Letter to the editor: No candidates?

To the editor: Where are all the candidates? We are less than two weeks before the filing deadline for important elective offices and, as of this writing, only four of 28 primary races for area legislative and county offices are contested. Even worse, only two of 14 general election races are ...

Letter to the editor: Take it outside

To the editor: COVID-19 appears to spread mostly via airborne transmission, and the best research suggests that sustained exposure to other people in poorly ventilated indoor spaces poses a risk of infection. Disturbingly, there are now many documented cases of indoor transmission at ...

Opinion: McConnell, say what you mean

Dear Mitch McConnell: Why don’t you just go ahead and call Barack Obama the N-word? You know you want to. It’d probably do wonders for your blood pressure. And it would free you from the tiresome charade of using coded language to say the same thing. It would also free the rest of us ...