Opinion

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Letter to the editor: Cul-de-sac speeds

To the editor: I moved to Lawrence Aug. 15, 2019. I moved myself from Chicago, driving a 28-foot truck with four loads of furniture, as well as equipment and work supplies. Once away from the Chicago suburbs there’s almost no traffic until you get close to Kansas City, and there isn’t ...

Letter to the editor: GOP, accept blame

To the Republican Party: Donald Trump is the president you visited on us. He is the head of your party. Several Republicans in both houses of Congress have made inflammatory statements supporting his disturbing acts. And virtually all of you enabled him by your utter silence, resulting in his ...

Letter to the editor: Admit what you did

To the editor: To those Kansans and others who marched on Washington on Jan. 6,2021, I would offer for thought how much better received your message would have been if your trespass at the nation’s Capitol was organized as an act of nonviolent civil disobedience. In fact, there are ...

Letter to the editor: Decency over ego

To the editor: A scene in the Netflix series “The Crown” shows Winston Churchill leaving 10 Downing St. He saved his country, and for thanks he’s been turned out of office. As his car leaves, he sees the car of the new prime minister pulling up behind him. Churchill tells his driver to ...

Opinion: Trump mob is running on fear

So what now? A few things, actually. But before we get to them, we must recognize last week’s insurrectionist rampage at the Capitol for what it was. It is being seen, and not wrongly, as the angry response of delusional right-wingers lied into believing a presidential election was stolen. ...

Letter to the editor: These 2 are unfit

To the editor: I’m a lifelong Republican, and I identify as deeply conservative. I voted for both Rep. Jake LaTurner and Sen. Roger Marshall (in both the primary and general elections). I contributed money to Marshall’s campaign. I had a sign for Marshall in my yard. During the primary ...

Letter to the editor: Permit for violence

To the editor: Do you believe that your race is best? That your religion is the only true religion? That your culture is the best? Surprise! Everybody on the planet believes the same. And you are now ready to argue with me about the above statement. We all have unique opinions and when they ...

Letter to the editor: A stain on our state

To the editor: In 2020 the Kansas Republican Party blessed the residents of the 2nd Congressional District with their latest GOP wunderkind, Rep. Jake LaTurner. Now, less than a week into his term in Congress, Rep. LaTurner decided to join a group of his fellow Republicans in a pointless ...

Letter to the editor: Marshall must go

To the editor: I sent the following to Sen. Roger Marshall: I am one of your new constituents. I am extremely upset about your yes vote that occurred after the riot took place, which killed five people. I cannot believe you still voted yes to object to the Electoral College certification. ...

Letter to the editor: Kansas tainted

To the editor: Ashli Babbit died storming the halls of Congress because she was convinced the election was fraudulent, that Donald Trump had been cheated. She believed this because, after all, hadn’t the attorneys general from 16 states (including Derek Schmidt from Kansas) joined the Texas ...

Letter to the editor: Remove them

To the editor: Sens. Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall should be removed from office immediately. What they did Wednesday night was no less than treason. Unfortunately, I doubt they will be held accountable any more than Donald Trump will be. All our representatives seem terrified of a ...

Letter to the editor: Bananas

To the editor: Upon viewing the mob storming the U.S. Capitol, former President George W. Bush said the scene was like something from a banana republic. What name could be more fitting than Banana Republicans to designate congressional Republicans who supported President Donald Trump’s ...

Opinion: How our legislative bodies function

The insurrection against Congress this week placed in sharp focus the role — and fragility — of legislatures in the American governmental system. Legislatures rarely require defining. Their composition and activities are straightforward as “a deliberative body of [elected] ...

Opinion: When violent white radicals are given a pass

In the end, it wasn’t “antifa.” It wasn’t Black Lives Matter. No, it wasn’t any of the boogeymen white conservatives have imagined, exaggerated and bloviated into national threats. Rather, it was a mob of white conservatives themselves, unrestrained by law, unfettered by ...

Opinion: The Year of Reading Women

I don’t mind admitting that I could really go for a good fistfight just now. Or a race against time to foil a terrorist plot. Or a zombie apocalypse. A zombie apocalypse would definitely hit the spot. As some of you will recall, I gave up those and other literary pleasures a year ago, ...

Editorial: Stay calm, but never forget this disgraceful day

Douglas County and the surrounding area hold a very important place in American history. This is the place where beliefs turned to blood. It was the period leading up to the Civil War — a period known as Bleeding Kansas — where incredible tensions over slavery and state’s rights boiled ...

Letter to the editor: Armed pastor

To the editor: In Texas a 21-year-old man drove through town brandishing a shotgun through the sunroof of his car. Police were searching the woods for him when he walked into a Methodist Church. The 62-year-old pastor, in the presence of several parishioners, “drew” a gun on the ...

Letter to the editor: Marshall’s fraud

To the editor: It didn’t take long for Donald Trump’s cajoling, threatening and voter fraud demanding call to Georgia to be noticed by cartoonists and satirists. The irony of presidential voter fraud is apparently lost on our congressional representatives. Sen.-elect Roger Marshall ...

Letter to the editor: Detail the allegations

To the editor: An open letter to our senator-elect: Dear Sen.-elect Roger Marshall, I am one of your constituents. You are entitled to take a position in support of Donald Trump’s attack on the election results. But “fraud” is a serious charge, and I am entitled to know why you make ...