Local Columns

Opinion: Renewed draft could curb gun violence

In the light of the massacre at Newtown, Conn., and the murder of two firemen in Webster, N.Y., national attention has again turned to how we can reduce gun violence in America. The responses have been predictable.Once again, advocates for increased gun controls have raised their voices and ...

Simons’ Saturday Column: Despite odd search, KU makes strong Med Center hire

For the past 15 years, Kansas University Hospital has been on a roll and now is ranked as one of the nation’s outstanding university hospitals and the best in Kansas City.Unfortunately, the KU Medical Center and its School of Medicine failed to keep pace. In fact, it declined in rankings of ...

Opinion: Congress turns down volume

Just when I’d given up hope that the present Congress could accomplish anything, I have discovered that our representatives in Washington have actually enacted legislation that will have a positive effect on my life and the lives of anyone who watches television. On Dec. 13, 2011, Congress ...

Opinion: Chief justice defends selection system

As a former Marine Corps combat engineer, I appreciate Army Gen. George S. Patton Jr. Just before his troops stormed Normandy beaches to help liberate Europe, he gave them a rousing speech. The general reminded them that they had all “admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner … ...

Simons’ Saturday Column: Unique development arrangement raises questions

What started as a relatively simple, clear-cut scheme to develop a good — actually, an excellent — city recreation center has turned into a tangled, confusing and embarrassing mess.Over the years, Lawrence residents have witnessed numerous conflicts over various development projects, but ...

Simons’ Saturday Column: KU football takes a hit; Dole conference a success

The page one headline in this past Wednesday’s USA Today sports section read “Kansas finds wins elusive, expensive” with the first paragraph saying, “The cost of football victory keeps climbing for Kansas.”“This season, the school paid Charlie Weis $2.5 million for one win — the ...