Opinion

Letter to the editor: Rescind cancellation

To the editor: If you were a college administrator, what would you do if a successful relatively low-cost program under your auspices provides a vital service to the state of Kansas? If you’re the interim dean of KU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the program is the STEM ...

Letter to the editor: No sanctuary city

To the editor: Federal law, 8 USC Code 1324, prohibits persons from concealing, harboring or shielding from detection undocumented aliens. Let’s make Lawrence a “Sanctuary City.” While we are at it, let’s ignore other federal laws. I think we should allow ownership of fully automatic ...

Opinion: One-way forgiveness is a problem

Here’s the thing about forgiveness. It’s not just something you extend to someone else. It’s also a gift you give yourself, permission to lay down the heavy burden of grudges and rage. And if you’re a Christian, it’s an obligation — albeit a hard one — of faith. One can ...

Views from Kansas: Poor judgment on Late Night

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The Kansas basketball program went looking for trouble last weekend with an ill-conceived, raunchy, NCAA-be-damned Snoop Dogg performance to kick off the season at ...

Opinion: College diversity tinkering: What a tangled web

Washington — The judge took 130 pages to explain that Harvard’s “holistic review” admissions policies — which include ascribing particular attributes to certain ethnicities, such as Asian Americans, and assessing the value to Harvard of those attributes — are, considering 41 years ...

Letter to the editor: We all have rights

To the editor: An affordable housing charity organization has requested a zoning rule change. The change would allow the charity to build two houses on a lot zoned for one house without going through the process that would let neighbors petition against the “double density.” I live in ...

Opinion: A plea to stand by our Kurdish allies

Washington — The commander of Syrian Kurdish forces didn’t use the word “betrayal.” But with U.S. troops withdrawing from the Turkish-Syrian border and Turkish troops poised to attack, he warned Monday morning that a bloodbath could be ahead — and pleaded for continued U.S. ...

Letter to the editor: Create safe routes

To the editor: I am a 12-year-old student at Southwest Middle School who bikes to and from school. Every day, I take my life in my hands! I know that this might sound overly dramatic, but it is not. My route to school is definitely not safe. There is no sidewalk that is continuous on one side ...

Letter to the editor: City should listen

To the editor: If you will let me get a word in for a change on this issue: Kudos to letter writers Scott Henderson, who wrote about the city wasting our money, as well as Craig Voorhees, who wrote concerning the homeless shelter kicking people out. To Scott, we are about to go down ...

Letter to the editor: Ending a war

To the editor: Fifty years ago this Oct. 15, more than 3,500 KU students, faculty and townspeople paraded on Memorial Drive and Jayhawk Boulevard as part of the National Vietnam Moratorium Day. This may have been the largest political march in Lawrence’s history. More than 2 million ...

Opinion: Biden’s most important ‘endorsement’

Let’s repeat it together three times: Preprimary polls testing would-be presidential nominees have all the permanence of numbers written with a stick in the wet sand at the ocean’s edge just before the high tide comes in. Recent history confirms the unreliability of such polls. In October ...

Opinion: Trump allies complicit in moral decay

Washington — When it comes to Donald Trump, it is increasingly difficult to distinguish between a political strategy and a nervous breakdown. His tweeted trash talk, his meandering stream of consciousness press availabilities and his shameless embrace of sleaziness are not the signs of a ...

Opinion: President’s enablers bear a lot of responsibility

We’re all familiar by now with the reasons advanced for why elected Republicans shrivel like dry houseplants whenever they are asked to distance themselves from the president. They fear primary challengers. They dread his Twitter wrath. They like the judges. All true as far as it goes. And we ...

Opinion: Trump settling scores through Ukraine

Washington — Through all of President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, he has rarely focused on the job for which he was elected — steering the foreign policy of the United States. Instead, for Trump, Ukraine has been a continuing story of personal resentment and political opportunism. A ...

Opinion: How the times have changed

You may, if you are old enough, recall a TV actor named Foster Brooks. He was a guest star on such classics of boomer kitsch as “The Monkees,” “The Munsters” and “The Mod Squad.” But if you do remember him, it’s likely for one thing only: his imitation of inebriation. Brooks ...

Opinion: Court to decide if ‘sex’ includes orientation

Washington — The beginning of the Supreme Court’s term this week includes momentous oral arguments on Tuesday in two cases that illustrate clashing theories about how statutes should be construed. If properly decided, the cases will nudge Congress to act like a legislative body. At issue ...

Opinion: Early childhood education is crucial

“When an ir-re-sistible force, meets an old im-mov-able object like this, you can bet just as sure as you live, something’s got to give.” Johnny Mercer wrote it. Frank Sinatra sang it, and we all fell in love with its optimistic take on inevitability. Today, the romantic 1950s ...

Opinion: What follows Trump’s menacing rhetoric?

Washington — The rhetorical intensity of Donald Trump’s anti-impeachment campaign, measured on a scale of one to 10, has begun at 11.25. The whistleblower is “almost a spy” who may be guilty of “treason.” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., should be ...

Letter to the editor: Wasting our money

To the editor: The city wants homeowners to repair public sidewalks and to pay to use the rec centers. The city wants to raise taxes and utility rates. City commissioners wanted a big raise. There are a lot of families having a tough time. Those who raise taxes say we need the money. I say ...