Opinion

Your Turn: We are failing our young people on a crucial level

One person committing suicide is too many. That’s been a given as our behavioral health collaborative partners have begun working on strategies to reduce Douglas County’s suicide rate as part of our current Community Health Plan. Sadly, our age-adjusted suicide rate of 15.4 deaths per ...

Opinion: ‘Chernobyl’ a reminder of Soviet deceit

On the morning of April 28, 1986, an employee of the Forsmark nuclear power plant an hour north of Stockholm was returning from a restroom break when his shoes set off the radiation alarm. Soon klaxons were sounding everywhere. Technicians scoured the plant. No leak. After performing chemical ...

Opinion: What they see when they see us

It’s a story that will lacerate your heart. Indeed, you’ll watch “When They See Us,” director Ava DuVernay’s new Netflix miniseries, in appalled disbelief and open-mouthed horror. That may sound like a warning. It’s actually a recommendation. DuVernay tells the story of the ...

Opinion: A social problem the College Board can’t solve

Washington — The earnest improvers at the College Board, which administers the SAT, should ponder Abraham Maslow’s law of the instrument. In 1966, Maslow, a psychologist, said essentially this: If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. The College Board wants ...

Letter to the editor: Aid and comfort to enemy?

To the editor: Donald Trump, who was president of the United States when last I checked, publicly read a criticism of Joe Biden written by Kim Jong Un, whom he looks forward to working with. The last I heard about the United States’ relationship with Korea, we were in a state of cease fire ...

Opinion: Civility has uses beyond making government function

Washington — In his influential 1984 book, “The Naked Public Square,” Richard John Neuhaus recalled attending an event featuring the late Jerry Falwell Sr., who delivered an angry excoriation of liberals and other supposed enemies of freedom. Seated next to Neuhaus was a clean-cut, nicely ...

Opinion: Bipartisan lawmakers mend state finance

Kansas voters who threw far-right Republicans out of office in 2016 and elected Laura Kelly as governor in 2018 should be pleased that state finance is on the mend after facing bankruptcy three short years ago. In assessing the condition of state finance at the close of the 2019 legislative ...

Opinion: Remove children from sex offender registries

With several septuagenarians competing for the presidency, the ghost of the 1990s looms over the 2020 race. Joe Biden has faced criticism for his sponsorship of the 1994 crime bill. President Donald Trump tweeted, “Anyone associated with the 1994 Crime Bill will not have a chance of being ...

Opinion: Does Trump believe D-Day words?

Colleville-Sur-Mer, France — President Trump spoke the right words in commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, but did he mean them? So far, his presidency has been about defying the postwar order that was based on shared values and global partnership, rather than cementing its ...

Opinion: What would you give to save world?

Elmo Cook knew nothing about it. He’d heard the sirens in the middle of the night alerting all of Abilene that something had happened, but when he tried to turn on the radio, he found that his power was out. And when he left for work in the morning, the paperboy had not yet made his ...

Views from Kansas: Regents, return to open searches

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. A committee appointed to help select Wichita State University’s next president says it wants public opinion and input. But a four-question online survey and a ...

Opinion: A nation not made by flimsy people

“By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood And fired the shot heard round the world.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Concord Hymn” Washington — After the morning bloodshed on Lexington green, on the first ...

Views from Kansas: Susan Wagle’s horrible decision

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle’s decision to remove reporters from the Senate chamber last Wednesday was unconstitutional and unnecessary. She should apologize ...

Opinion: Understanding why Trump loathes McCain

The guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, “Big Bad John,” was christened in 1992 in honor of the U.S. Navy’s first father-son duo of four-star admirals, “Slew” and Jack. On July 12, 2018, their son and grandson respectively, retired Navy captain and U.S. Sen. John S. McCain III ...

Opinion: Trump resents and envies Britain

Washington — President Trump’s love-hate relationship with Britain has been on display in London this week. This ambivalence takes an especially bizarre turn in comments by the president and his supporters about British intelligence, historically America’s most important secret ...

Opinion: Harrowing medical story comes out of the shadows

Joi and her husband wanted a baby. “We wanted to be pregnant in the worst way,” she says. For more than a decade, they tried. So many tests, and then more tests. Blood draws and injections. In 2002, it happened. They were expecting a daughter. They would call her Jordan. Joi was in ...

Opinion: For Trump, Graham betrays the gospel

Washington — I pray for President Trump at least once a week. “Grant to the President of the United States,” says the Book of Common Prayer, “and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will.” This is, or at least should be, noncontroversial for a Christian. ...

Opinion: Conservative columnist bids farewell to readers

In 1987, I wrote my first weekly column, carried at the time by only two newspapers. Today, I write my last, having appeared in scores of publications over the years. It has been a great ride. I’ve written about presidents from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump, weighed in on topics from genocide ...

Opinion: Mueller went out like a lamb

Washington — What happens when one side in a dispute plays carefully by the rules and the other side repeatedly lies, threatens and intimidates? Too often, we know, the tough guys win. That’s what troubled me most at the end of last week, when Robert S. Mueller III resigned from the ...

Views from Kansas: Who argues for hungry kids?

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. John Whitmer, a former state representative from Wichita, began a recent Facebook post: “I don’t mean to be cold-hearted, but. . .” What followed was a scathing ...