Opinion

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Views from Kansas: Make a holiday of Election Day

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Coaches at the University of Kansas and Kansas State University have signed statements declaring Election Day a mandatory day off for athletes, ensuring no practice or ...

Opinion: George Floyd changed my mind

For many years, I was skeptical about accusations of racism in the criminal justice system. Yes, I knew that blacks comprised only about 12% of the population yet represented 33% of the prison population. But those data alone did not prove that police are racists or that courts are tougher on ...

Letter to the editor: Know the past

To the editor: When American rebels tore down the statue of King George III, they turned it into bullets, which they then aimed at British troops. Today there is great anguish over statues being knocked down around America. I do not share the anguish. I have confidence some clever ...

Letter to the editor: Tear them down

To the editor: The removal of statues is not the “destruction of history.” It is history. Statues are a reflection of history. They are not the keepers of it. The act of putting up and taking down monuments has always been political, purposeful and an organic part of cultural ...

Letter to the editor: Name it for Walker

To the editor: If Pinckney Elementary School is renamed, it should be for George Walker. He was a Lawrence native who grew up in the Pinckney area and presumably attended the school, then went on to become one of the biggest celebrities of the vaudeville era. A brilliant comedian, singer and ...

Letter to the editor: School suggestions

To the editor: Since we are discussing a new name for the school on Sixth Street, let us consider some Black American heroes. Two women, suffragists and abolitionists, come to mind: Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. Four male heroes come to mind: Frederick Douglass, George Washington ...

Letter to the editor: Always outraged

To the editor: Thank heavens the Professionally Outraged Class has finally turned its attention to Pinckney Elementary School. For too long have the city’s schoolchildren been forced to lay their precious eyes upon this horrid name! But if we are now set on tearing down the symbols of the ...

Opinion: Aunt Jemima is off the pancake box

“I wish I knew how it would feel to be free” — Nina Simone, 1967 Here’s a knock-knock joke: “Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” “Aunt Jemima.” “Aunt Jemima who?” “Ain’t yo’ mama on the pancake box?” OK, so you’re not laughing. But that joke killed in ...

Editorial: A great victory for gay rights and a possible path forward

Lawrence got confirmation last week that it has been living on the right side of history — again. The U.S. Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision ruled that people can’t face discrimination based on their sexual orientation. It did so 25 years after Lawrence city leaders already had made that ...

Letter to the editor: Hooverville

To the editor: I live in the Pinckney neighborhood, where, up until a year or so ago, I would walk my dog in the field north of the hospital. However, since this area has become an unofficial campground for the homeless, I now avoid it. Besides the lack of sewage and sanitation, some of the ...

Letter to the editor: Redressing evil

To the editor: Per Carl Burkhead’s twisted sense of morality (June 17 letter to the editor), he evidently thinks it is a good idea to have statues of persons who were representative of the evil in our past. These tokens will then serve to remind the rest of us of our own shortcomings, and ...

Letter to the editor: Let’s change

To the editor: It is time for a reallocation of resources by the city and county commissions to better reflect our needs and to permanently lower the number of people in jail. Three areas require attention. 1) Financial inequality is staggering. Housing, education, health care — all must ...

Letter to the editor: Reforms needed now

To the editor: Two statements in the June 11 Journal-World continue to gnaw at my conscience. The first, in an article by Mackenzie Clark with the front-page headline “Lawrence police release report on 2019 use of force inquiries” reads: “According to department policies, the review ...

Opinion: Leadership failures amid pandemic

It’s been around 100 days since the COVID-19 pandemic officially arrived in Kansas, bringing fears both physical and economic to every corner of the state. What have we learned? On the positive side, we know that the dramatic precautions of closing businesses and schools likely made a big ...

Letter to the editor: Reviewing the police

To the editor: The City of Lawrence should expand the powers and composition of its Community Police Review Board to make it more effective and enhance its credibility with the public. There may be a general perception that LPD internal affairs investigations are not truly independent. ...

Letter to the editor: Dangerous ego rally

To the editor: After sending the letter below to our senators, which prompted thank-you notes but no change, I’m more than a little freaked out. Months of “sheltering-in-place” and following directives are about to be seriously undermined: Dear Pat and Jerry: I’m a 70-yea-old ...

Letter to the editor: Terrible LMH move

To the editor: I have been a nurse at the LMH emergency room off and on since 2009, and I have worked closely with the physicians that make up Lawrence Emergency Medicine Associates. Many of the LEMA doctors have personally taken care of my own family members. I trust them and I respect them. ...

Opinion: Basketball would be a mercy now

Dear Dwight Howard: So I hear you’re not sure you want to come back and play basketball. Your team (also my team), the Los Angeles Lakers, was considered a championship contender before the season was abruptly halted by the coronavirus pandemic. Now comes word the NBA plans to resume a ...

Views from Kansas: WSU was right on Ivanka talk

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. What to make of the imbroglio around Wichita State University president Jay Golden? To recap, presidential daughter Ivanka Trump was briefly invited to deliver a ...

Letter to the editor: Don’t rename it

To the editor: I read with interest the letter from Gary Smith suggesting that we rename Pinckney school for Michelle Obama and her husband, Barack Obama. Apart from the obvious fact that the Obamas have had no ties to Lawrence, Mr. Smith has mistakenly thought that Pinckney School was ...