Opinion

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Letter to the editor: Striking comparison

To the editor: In the Black Lives Matter protests, people peacefully voiced descent. In the riot at the Capitol, people peacefully voiced descent. In the BLM protests, considerable violence and property damage. In the Capitol riot, considerable violence and property damage. Damage to ...

Letter to the editor: Don’t delay care

To the editor: The COVID-19 pandemic led to significant changes in our daily lives, and our community has done the job they have been asked to do — stay home and stay safe. We want to remind you, though, that emergencies don’t follow the same rules. Heart attacks, strokes and injuries ...

Letter to the editor: Protect lawmakers

To the editor: The Kansas Legislature recently began the 2021 session. In this time of a pandemic, the leadership is making provisions to accommodate for safety considerations, such as social distancing. Several legislators are finding the position on the floor to actually be in the balcony. ...

Letter to the editor: Canceling history

To the editor: The history-canceling prigs who would rename the Pinckney neighborhood in our city simply do not go far enough. So: Amos Lawrence, our town’s namesake, made his fortune on the backs of single, vulnerable women in his New England mills. Next, William Burroughs Creek, named for ...

Opinion: But Donald Trump wasn’t Black

To the Republican Party: As the Trump administration stumbles through its final hours, it seems a proper time to offer a summation of the era just past. Ordinarily, this calls for analytical heavy lifting. One seeks to reconcile a mosaic of accomplishments, failures and compromises into a ...

Opinion: The terrible damage Trump has done

Despite his own crazed efforts, President Donald Trump is leaving the White House. His departure comes in the wake of groundless lawsuits, delusional conspiracy theories and a deadly pro-Trump riot that sought to prevent the certification of Trump’s Electoral College loss. The damage he has ...

Opinion: Trump always had a whiff of fascism about him

Throngs of self-styled conservatives and Republicans have now reached the thunderous realization that Donald Trump is not just a harmless clown. Former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged to Chuck Todd that Trump’s rhetoric was incendiary, but insisted that this kind of ...

Opinion: Let’s not make the same mistake

On April 4, 1865, Abraham Lincoln went to Richmond. With the Civil War all but won, the president wanted to tour the rebel capital. There, he met a Union general who asked how the conquered city should be treated. “If I were in your place, I’d let ’em up easy,’” said Lincoln. “Let ...

Letter to the editor: Valdez conduct

To the editor: District Attorney Suzanne Valdez has been placed on leave from her job as a KU clinical law professor. She is accused of improperly withholding her students’ final grades as leverage in a $7,500 pay dispute. Valdez’s explanation for withholding the grades is “This was a ...

Letter to the editor: Moonlighting?

To the editor: I am very confused. I assumed the Douglas County district attorney position was full time. Now I learn that the new DA is also a KU law school professor. Which do you think is the “moonlighting” position? Judith Taylor, Lawrence

Letter to the editor: Get out now

To the editor: An open letter to Sen. Roger Marshall: The public has the option to believe any harebrained conspiracy theory that comes along. The facts don’t have to matter. You, however, are tied to a different standard. As a sworn member of the U.S. Senate you have the duty to seek ...

Opinion: These guys didn’t think we were worth the truth

One can’t be polite about this. Evidence separates fact from BS, truth from the big lie. Evidence is the gold standard of sanity, anchoring knowledge, reason, democracy and the rule of law. Despite the indisputable evidence that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election on Nov. 3, the ...

Letter to the editor: Cul-de-sac speeds

To the editor: I moved to Lawrence Aug. 15, 2019. I moved myself from Chicago, driving a 28-foot truck with four loads of furniture, as well as equipment and work supplies. Once away from the Chicago suburbs there’s almost no traffic until you get close to Kansas City, and there isn’t ...

Letter to the editor: GOP, accept blame

To the Republican Party: Donald Trump is the president you visited on us. He is the head of your party. Several Republicans in both houses of Congress have made inflammatory statements supporting his disturbing acts. And virtually all of you enabled him by your utter silence, resulting in his ...

Letter to the editor: Admit what you did

To the editor: To those Kansans and others who marched on Washington on Jan. 6,2021, I would offer for thought how much better received your message would have been if your trespass at the nation’s Capitol was organized as an act of nonviolent civil disobedience. In fact, there are ...

Letter to the editor: Decency over ego

To the editor: A scene in the Netflix series “The Crown” shows Winston Churchill leaving 10 Downing St. He saved his country, and for thanks he’s been turned out of office. As his car leaves, he sees the car of the new prime minister pulling up behind him. Churchill tells his driver to ...

Opinion: Trump mob is running on fear

So what now? A few things, actually. But before we get to them, we must recognize last week’s insurrectionist rampage at the Capitol for what it was. It is being seen, and not wrongly, as the angry response of delusional right-wingers lied into believing a presidential election was stolen. ...

Letter to the editor: These 2 are unfit

To the editor: I’m a lifelong Republican, and I identify as deeply conservative. I voted for both Rep. Jake LaTurner and Sen. Roger Marshall (in both the primary and general elections). I contributed money to Marshall’s campaign. I had a sign for Marshall in my yard. During the primary ...