Opinion

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Opinion: A fire in the house of democracy

Just last week, the headlines were inescapable. They stemmed from a story in The Atlantic detailing what amounts to the Republican Party plotting a coup. Which is to say, cooking up Electoral College schemes designed to keep Donald Trump in office even if voters turn him out. Even worse, ...

Opinion: Which of your kids for $12M?

“We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal.’” — Martin Luther King In other words, what is legal is not necessarily what is right. With that in mind, I find myself struggling to imagine what justice for Breonna Taylor would have looked like. ...

Letter to the editor: Hypocritical

To the editor: Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran both support Senate Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to move forward with the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to fill the current vacancy late in this election year. They state the Senate’s obligation ...

Opinion: Marshall is the extremist in this race

Forty-six years ago, at the 1974 Kansas State Fair U.S. Senate debate, Bob Dole altered the path of politics for both state and nation. Down in the polls to Democratic Rep. Bill Roy, Dole had struggled through the debate, nominally focused on agriculture. He faced the real possibility of ...

Letter to the editor: Shameful

To the editor: Once again the stance of Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran on judicial matters is completely shameful. A prior instance was 2011 when they blocked an excellent moderate nominee for the federal bench, former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six, from even getting a hearing. ...

Opinion: Republicans need to pull back from the precipice

“Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them, I have others.” — Groucho Marx Sen. Mitch McConnell, seeking a new fig leaf to disguise the spectacle of hypocrisy that Republicans are presenting regarding the “advice and consent” clause, is sputtering that there really is ...

Opinion: Can America still be a country?

Ultimately, it comes down to a set of rules. Meaning norms, practices, guidelines — some written as law, some just respected as customs — to which we all adhere, even when that gives advantage to those with whom we disagree. It’s a covenant pluralistic self-government demands. And ...

Views from Kansas: Stark contrast in first debate

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Republican Roger Marshall and Democrat Barbara Bollier are two very different candidates, a fact sharply revealed in the state’s first, and perhaps only, Senate ...

Letter to the editor: Such hypocrisy

To the editor: Assemble the following ingredients: One group of nonelected political bureaucrats (health officials), 20,000-plus students starved for months for social interaction who have studied the science and know they are at low risk, one extremely anemic college football team and a ...

Letter to the editor: Crucial election

To the editor: All right, set aside the fact that he is a narcissist, that he is a bald-faced liar, that he favors dictators, that he is profane, that he is amoral, that he is uncaring and that he is not worthy of our respect. The fact that matters is this: He is not smart enough for the job, ...

Letter to the editor: How it should be

To the editor: I say the Electoral College must go as it has attracted obscene amounts of campaign dollars and mountains of misinformation commercials. The Electoral College does not allow every vote to count. I say we the voting taxpayers should decide on medical insurance coverage, not ...

Opinion: Stop asking me about Chicago

This is for the people who keep asking me about Chicago. Other cities too, sometimes, but it is mostly the City of the Big Shoulders, with its spiraling murder rate, that sends many of you rushing to your keyboards. Why are black people so exercised about police killings of unarmed African ...

Letter to the editor: Students are adults

To the editor: I strongly support a city ordinance that makes it unlawful to disregard Douglas County’s health orders. I also strongly support the University of Kansas stepping up with bans, mandatory quarantine or suspensions, including holding the governing boards of sororities and ...

Editorial: This house party was no fun, but it can help us improve

It was a messy week in Lawrence. Follow this debris trail to assess the evidence for yourself. Images of raging house parties on the edge of the University of Kansas campus — full of unmasked young adults crammed together in violation of public health orders on large gatherings and social ...

Letter to the editor: Letter was sexist

To the editor: Regarding Dana Anderson’s letter to the Journal-World Sept. 15: His summary of what he learned about Hunter Biden from a book by Peter Schweizer, a senior editor-at-large at a far right media aggregator (Breitbart) is not very illuminating. It is, instead, a sad recitation of ...

Letter to the editor: Fix the real problem

To the editor: My September issue of the Kansas Farmer.com magazine has Paul Penner, a Marion County farmer, writing “Time for Senate Candidates to Step Up.” He calls on the next Senator elected to represent Kansas to: 1) Restore Global Leadership; 2) Seek (re)admission to the ...

Opinion: Colleges should stay open, responsibly

The Jayhawker Liberation Front is in the news. Among other things, these ambitious University of Kansas students demand closing campuses to all in-person learning until COVID-19 is contained, along with an end to both capitalism and white supremacy. Those last two demands are beyond the scope ...

Letter to the editor: The real corruption

To the editor: As a lifelong Democrat, I have never seen so much corruption — under Republicans. A recent letter writer focused on 29-year-old Kamala Harris’ affair with the mayor of San Francisco in 1994. I worked there then, and the affair was not “the talk of San Francisco.” An ...

Letter to the editor: Please vote

To the editor: So we are about to have an election. Many in both major parties see this as the most important election of our lives. I agree. The electorate in Douglas County is largely Democratic. In most cases our selection of local and state elected officials is made in the primary ...

Letter to the editor: Urgent legislation

To the editor: When airplanes came crashing into the World Trade Center in 2001, Americans were traumatized. In response, Congress granted the executive branch new Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF). This resolution enabled President George W. Bush to enter into armed conflict in ...