Opinion

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Letter to the editor: Thanks, Lawrence

To the editor: My father, a former Washburn University communications professor and later a chaplain for Midland Hospice, called Lawrence his home with his wife, Eileen, for 22 years. I live in Topeka and have really enjoyed visiting my father, Dr. Don Phillips, at his home on the west side ...

Letter to the editor: Just be thankful

To the editor: As Thanksgiving approaches and political debate is flung across the family dinner table like overcooked dinner rolls, it’s easy to lose perspective on the real meaning of the official holiday. In an effort to build a framework, craft a history and create symbols that would ...

Letter to the editor: Consider free buses

To the editor: The City of Kansas City, Mo., is seriously considering introducing free bus service to the community. The benefits of this include faster boarding of buses and increased ridership. It would also make it possible for more low-income residents to ride to school or work. Of course, ...

Opinion: Calling all patriots: Spend time with actual news

When I was pregnant with my daughter, my parents gave me a Cabbage Patch doll with blonde hair and eyes that blinked. On the spot, I named her Gloria Steinem. “Think this through,” my father cautioned. My mother just smiled. By the time my daughter, Cait, could walk, Gloria ...

Opinion: America, where ‘right matters’

In her diary entry for July 15, 1944, Anne Frank wrote words that would harrow and challenge generations not yet born: “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” Less than a month later, “people” would discover Anne and seven other Jews hiding in a ...

Editorial: Democrats must force the hand of the Supreme Court

Hopefully, the American people still believe in the system of checks and balances. President Donald Trump seemingly thinks a check is nothing more than a piece of paper that occasionally bounces. Checks and balances, though, are fundamental to the preservation of our form of government. At ...

Your Turn: Ending homelessness requires a common goal

Sleepy eyed on a recent Sunday morning, a young mom named Rebecca and her two children, Byron, 6 and Kennedy, 2, wandered over to the Lawrence Community Shelter’s front desk, the place where I was stationed as a volunteer. I had brought doughnuts. “Would you like one?” I asked. ...

Opinion: Make the Legislature look like Kansas

To better represent Kansans, we citizens should press for better pay for our lawmakers. This is a simple statement, and such a change would not guarantee better policies, however they are defined. But without question, higher salaries would produce a Legislature that looks a lot more like the ...

Opinion: Trump is emperor with no clothes

The following rewrite of one of Hans Christian Andersen’s best loved tales is presented with apologies to the author, who did nothing to deserve it: So off went the Emperor under his splendid canopy. Everyone in the streets and the windows said, ‘Oh, how fine are the Emperor’s new ...

Opinion: Will Democrats in 2020 again ‘fall in love’?

There are large historical differences between America’s two major political parties in how they choose their presidential nominees. Consider this: Since 1952, there have been 11 presidential elections where there wasn’t a Republican president running for reelection. In 10 of those 11, ...

Letter to the editor: Approve dress code

To the editor: The proposed school district code policy addresses many of the problems that have surrounded the dress code for years. Dress codes are necessary to prevent inappropriate clothing from being worn to school, but cause issues over self-control and the blame of female students. The ...

Letter to the editor: Put it to a vote

To the editor: After going to my very first City Commission meeting (Nov. 12), it will be the last meeting I attend with this group of city commissioners. I just wasted my time. I could see that Lawrence city commissioners have already formed their opinion as to changing our city from a ...

Opinion: What exactly is the American idea about?

If I were addressing a young audience today, I would face an uphill battle to explain why conservatism so inspired me during my own impressionable years. Today, what has been dubbed “Conservatism, Inc” has become so cynical, so nasty, so truth-challenged and so dumbed-down that it repels ...

Opinion: Barriers zigzag across U.S. like a scar

A few words about walls. Unsurprisingly, the one Donald Trump is trying to build on the southern border — the one he swore Mexico would pay for — has proven, like most things he touches, an embarrassing failure. First came news early this month that smugglers have been able to cut through ...

Opinion: Democrats’ playbook wins in Wichita

Wichita’s mayoral election is supposed to be nonpartisan, but that virtually disappeared in this year’s campaign. Mayor-elect Brandon Whipple has served since 2012 as a Democratic member of the Kansas House. Before that, he was vice-chair of the Sedgwick County Democratic Party. His ...

Opinion: Hearing highlights valor of Ambassador Taylor

Five hours, nine minutes and 17 seconds into Wednesday’s nationally televised impeachment hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from New York, began asking Ambassador William B. Taylor Jr. a series of questions about his military service. ...

Opinion: Our world of cynicism as reflex

You may trust that Evan Halper is in his own personal hell right now. It’s a place to which all good journalists go when they make mistakes. Which is to say, it’s a place to which all good journalists eventually go. If the error is relatively small, one may spend a day there. If one makes ...

Views from Kansas: Legalize medical marijuana

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. In June of 2018, 57% of Oklahoma voters cast a vote in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. A few months later in Missouri, 66% of voters showed their support. As ...

Letter to the editor: Path of fascism

To the editor: Kudos to Mr. Bonebrake for his Nov. 5 letter to the editor concerning Jimmy’s Egg. He is right that as a private citizen he can choose not to support a business if he feels the profits will benefit a cause or person he disagree with. It would be wrong to deny anyone the right ...