Opinion

Opinion: Rejection of truth has high price

Baloney is not free. That’s important to keep in mind in an era that finds America wading hip deep in a cascading tide of bovine effluvium. This nonsense is not harmless, not trivial, not abstract. And it always exacts a cost. If some of us ever knew that, they have apparently forgotten. As ...

Views from Kansas: Trump’s attacks are just hot air

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. President Donald Trump continued his tiresome and inaccurate attack on wind power during a recent speech to fellow Republicans. “If you have a windmill anywhere ...

Opinion: Cain, Moore nominations 2 more tests for GOP

Washington — In 1964, although there was scant chance that Americans would choose to have a third president in 14 months, Lyndon Johnson took no chances. The economy was sizzling and in November Johnson would carry 44 states. Nevertheless, he wanted low interest rates, so he summoned to his ...

Editorial: Maybe it is time to change how students are disciplined

When it comes to getting in trouble at school, all types of images come to mind. There is that dreaded sit-down with the principal, or a detention that never did seem to turn out quite like “The Breakfast Club” sold it, or even an in-school suspension, which would leave you with an ...

Letter to the editor: Number problem

To the editor: How can the waste division manager not know if costs are more than income? One has the amount of money charged customers and the amount paid out to drivers, land fill fees, etc.; is it really impossible to look at both numbers simultaneously? Perhaps a new manager is the ...

Letter to the editor: Which is it?

To the editor: Appreciating irony depends on the ability to hold two ideas in the mind at once. Lawrence Journal-World, meet the Lawrence Journal-World. April 7 editorial: Lawrence should try to preserve and expand our annual (horse-drawn) Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade and celebration on ...

Letter to the editor: Angry indeed

To the editor: I’m a 66 year old white male. A native Kansan. I take classes at KU on the senior waiver and am hoping to take HUM 365 this fall from professor Christopher Forth on the history of the angry white male. Oh, and I’m angry. Very angry. I’m angry with politicians like Ron ...

Opinion: Iran sanctions could backfire

Washington — The Trump administration’s “maximum pressure campaign” against Iran assumes that economic sanctions are weakening the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps — and that more sanctions will make the IRGC weaker still. The problem is that U.S. and European intelligence analysts ...

Opinion: Poll finds consistent theme: lack of respect

It’s no secret that America’s political system is badly broken, so ScottRasmussen.com decided to find out what voters think is wrong. We began by exploring what voters think is needed to create and maintain a healthy political system. Four items were deemed “Very Important” by at least ...

Opinion: Trump’s appeal to our inner demons

Washington — The ouster of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — the implementer of some of the most unjust immigration policies since the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II — is another proof of Donald Trump’s ratchet-wrench theory of loyalty. ...

Opinion: Calling Puerto Ricans ‘they’ reveals a lot

More than a decade ago, when I was a reporter at The Plain Dealer, management invited a number of us in the newsroom to a special training session on how to report about race. I don’t remember the exact year we did this — it was long before I left the paper in 2011 — but I will never ...

Opinion: What is the real beef with Joe Biden?

Democrats seem intent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Their latest self-inflicted wound has been the shaming of former Vice President Joe Biden. Several women have now come forward to accuse Biden of touching them in ways that made them uncomfortable, even though no one yet ...

Opinion: What we mean when we say ‘we’

With preemptive apologies to grammarians everywhere, today we ponder the following question: Who is “we?” That syntactic atrocity is prompted by a recent colloquy between Laura Ingraham of Fox “News” and former GOP operative Patrick Buchanan. They were talking on Ingraham’s podcast ...

Editorial: Will Christmas parade be saved?

While it may never be as popular as Lawrence’s most iconic greeting — Rock Chalk, Jayhawk — the greeting of Merry Christmas ought to have special meaning in Lawrence. After all, Lawrence is one of the most important cities in America when it comes to creating Christmas spirit. What, you ...

Opinion: Waterways policy is disguised crony capitalism

Washington — The president has received from one of his employees, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a report that probably tells Ross’ employer what he wants to hear: that imports of cars — “The Audis are coming! The Audis are coming!” — threaten “national security.” This report ...

Opinion: White supremacy must be undone

Washington — The national debate on race — which the president has made more angry and urgent with his racial demagoguery — is hindered by imprecise language. Most whites do not feel personally guilty for America’s long history of imposed white supremacy. A white man who has lost his ...

Opinion: Rural voters key to Medicaid expansion

The key to passing Medicaid expansion may not necessarily be our polarized Legislature but voters themselves, especially in small town and rural Kansas. But how much do average Kansans honestly care about expansion, and how much do they prioritize what their communities might gain from it? ...

Letter to the editor: Thanks from court

To the editor: My colleagues on the Kansas Supreme Court and I wish to thank the people of Lawrence and the University of Kansas for hosting us for our special session April 1. So many people went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We appreciate the Monday luncheon hosted by the ...

Opinion: Egypt sees entrepreneurial energy

Cairo — You can’t find many success stories in America’s sour, sullen relationship with Egypt over the past decade. Mostly it’s been a tale of mutual suspicion, thanks to erratic American policy and growing Egyptian political repression. But talking with Amal Enan, a 33-year-old ...

Letter to the editor: Bad bike plan

To the editor: It is important to note some things that have not been said about the 21st Street bike boulevard. The Centennial Neighborhood Association was never consulted about the project until recently. It should have been, in the beginning. There is a survey online, but no way to provide ...