Opinion

Opinion: White evangelicals risk the reputation of the gospel

Washington — I have a confession to make. I am one of the five remaining Americans who is uncomfortable with vulgarity, put off by profanity and offended by blasphemy. Swearing is now generally taken as a sign of authenticity; it is more often the expression of anger and aggression. I don’t ...

Opinion: Land of the free and home of the rent-seekers

Chicago — Given its surplus of violence and scarcity of resources, Chicago surely has bigger things to worry about than the menace, as the city sees it, of Laura Pekarik’s cupcakes. Herewith redundant evidence of regulatory government’s unsleeping solicitousness for the strong. Pekarik, ...

Opinion: The ‘moral hazard’ in Hong Kong

Washington — Watching videos of Chinese protestors singing the U.S. national anthem in the streets of Hong Kong, or hearing the tear-jerking chorus of "Les Miserables" during a sit-in at the Hong Kong airport, only someone with a heart of stone wouldn't want to assist these brave people who ...

Your Turn: Step up support for homeless

I read with dismay that the Lawrence Community Homeless Shelter is reducing the number of clients it can serve from 125 to 60. Hundreds of people who gave generously to help the Shelter acquire and furnish the current facility will be equally disappointed. When the move was made, the ...

Opinion: Credibility needed in Epstein case

Jeffrey Epstein didn’t commit suicide. He was murdered by Hillary and/or Bill Clinton. Or he was assassinated by the Russians. Or Donald Trump killed him. Or he isn’t dead at all, having been spirited into the Witness Protection Program, where he presumably now shares an island mansion ...

Letter to the editor: Troubling assertions

To the editor: Your recent in-depth article dealing with the one-year accomplishments and plans of KU’s athletic director (“Tough Task,” Aug. 4) was troubling on a number of levels. His assertion that “fixing the football program “will ‘raise all boats’ and benefit the ...

Your Turn: Just Food is vital and more than a pantry

It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since I retired. The days roll into weeks, the weeks to months and the months to years. Still, I remember a certain day in August 2015 like it was yesterday. It was my first day as a volunteer at Just Food here in Lawrence. It was also the day ...

Letter to the editor: Utilities too high

To the editor: Whoa! On raising the water bills in Lawrence. I am grateful to have my own small home, but my water bill has been terribly high the last few months: $99 a month. I have a 900-1,000 square-foot home and have a set income — Social Security, which isn’t much. I am also over 60 ...

Letter to the editor: Treasonous negligence

To the editor: Our U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins said of the Mueller Report, “There doesn’t appear to be much there.” (Associated Press, July 31). If you actually read the report, there is enough about Russian interference with our democracy to cause concern, outrage and a sense of urgency. ...

Letter to the editor: City money concerns

To the editor: The story regarding 200 adjustments of more than $60 million to the city’s 2018 financial statements is very concerning. l What were these adjustments? How should these adjustments have affected the decisions made during the budgeting process? l How can Commissioner Stuart ...

Letter to the editor: Toni Morrison’s words

To the editor: Words matter. They can break your heart (“My feelings for you have changed…”), titillate your mind (“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know…”) and enlighten your soul (“I have a dream…”). No one understood this better than the late Toni ...

Letter to the editor: Support the shelter

To the editor: Let me get this straight: Our city commissioners slash funding for the Lawrence Community Shelter to the extent that it has to fire staff and reduce its guest capacity by half. At the same time, it commits to building new high-rise, high-dollar apartment buildings, new stores, ...

Opinion: America’s new Sputnik moment

La Jolla, Calif. — One of the weirdest aspects of this year’s Democratic presidential campaign is that foreign policy, potentially one of President Trump’s most vulnerable issues, has been nearly absent from the debate. Trump is steering the country into a foolish trade war with China ...

Editorial: A proposal to improve the Lawrence Community Shelter

More bad news at the Lawrence Community Shelter shouldn’t lead to yet another discussion about how much more money local governments should give to the shelter. It should lead to a more in-depth discussion about what local governments can do beyond money to help the shelter, which provides a ...

Opinion: Passing laws, passing taxes and passing the buck

What do the French digital services tax, the employers’ share of payroll taxes and the corporate income tax all have in common? They are rarely shouldered by those entities and individuals targeted by legislators. In fact, one of the most important things to know about taxes is that the ...

Opinion: Undermining belief in truth itself

Washington — President Trump will do just about anything to get his daily, hypodermic fix of attention, including the spread of racist tropes and conspiracy theories. And no, I am not starting a rumor that Trump is secretly a drug addict. It is a metaphor. But if my editors and their fact ...

Opinion: A cosmetic proposal on guns may help

It seems necessary to begin every discussion in America today with a reminder to show a little charity. If you oppose gun control, don’t assume that those proposing restrictions on gun purchases are merely using the latest atrocity as an excuse for confiscation. Likewise, gun opponents should ...

Opinion: We cannot afford cynicism

Our 11-year-old grandson is with us for the week, and we are having the sort of conversations that indicate the learning has just begun — for me. He and his parents recently completed a move of more than 2,000 miles. This is quite the adjustment for all involved, including their 4-year-old ...

Opinion: 50 years on, Woodstock spirit remains

Teenagers were invented in the late 1950s. If that’s an exaggeration, it’s not as much of one as you may think. While there had — obviously — been teenagers before, it wasn’t until the leading edge of the Baby Boom reached that milestone that the word took on its modern meaning. In ...