Opinion

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Letter to the Editor: GOP leaders focusing on wrong issue

To the editor: Recently, as I was saying gratitude prayers for the unified efforts of our local and state governments for taking such decisive actions to protect our health and safety, an article about our Republican legislators curbing Governor Kelly's powers caught my attention. I learned ...

KU deserves credit and thanks for keeping the paychecks flowing

The University of Kansas and several other government entities and businesses in the Lawrence area deserve credit for how they are treating their employees during these trying times. KU leaders came out relatively quickly to explain that employees of the university will continue to be paid, ...

Opinion: When crisis ends, we’ll have decisions to make

A favorite book I try never to be without is by the late Irish poet and priest John O’Donohue. It’s on my bedside table, on my Kindle and on the Kindle app on my phone. One needn’t be Catholic (I’m not) or Irish (I am, but I try not to brag) to appreciate O’Donohue’s calm and ...

Opinion: Is there still a place called ‘us’?

Saturday night, I ordered takeout from my favorite Chinese place. I did this as a gesture of solidarity after hearing that people have been avoiding Chinese restaurants because of the coronavirus pandemic that originated in Wuhan, China. I also did it because I had a taste for egg foo ...

Your Turn: City should cooperate with ICE

On Feb. 11, the Lawrence City Commission expressed its support for moving forward on drafting a policy that would require the Lawrence Police Department to limit cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in certain cases, which would put our community’s safety at risk. ...

Opinion: Voters, take responsibility seriously

“Let’s blow it all up.” That was the sentiment that animated any number of Republican primary voters in 2016. The “it” was (take your pick) the Republican Party, the “establishment,” the country. There were many good reasons for voters to be dissatisfied with the state of things ...

Letter to the editor: Indecisive policy

To the editor: The University of Kansas’ response to COVID-19 inspires no confidence and confuses the campus community and residents of Lawrence. The KU administration has delayed classes until March 23 and informed instructors that they should plan to move to an all online teaching format. ...

Letter to the editor: Sidewalk report

To the editor: City staff is currently gathering information to present to the City Commission on the issue of Lawrence sidewalks. Will biases fuel narrow research, significantly impacting the depth and breadth of what is presented for consideration? Almost a year into this “Hazard ...

Opinion: Justice comes for Harvey Weinstein

He said, she said. Then Justice James Burke said: “Although this is a first conviction, it is not a first offense. There is evidence before me of other incidents of sexual assault involving a number of women, all of which are legitimate considerations for sentence.” And he gave ...

Opinion: Virus already has lessons for our state

COVID-19 has lessons for Kansas in handling crises. Citizens and policymakers should use this moment to reflect on how we can protect public health now and prepare for the next crisis to threaten Kansas. First, let’s talk social trust. In surveys, Americans report little trust in ...

Letter to the editor: Speeding solutions

To the editor: We have been following the budding debate on speed limits. From our own personal observations there is substantial speeding. But ... This speeding is occurring with a speed limit of around 30 mph in residential settings. Reducing that speed limit will, in all likelihood, not ...

Letter to the editor: Absolute power

To the editor: I was very pleased with your article in the March 6 edition of the Journal-World: “Theatre Lawrence event implores attendees to remember Holocaust.” It describes how a Lawrence musician’s grandmother escaped from the boxcar on the way to Treblinka extermination camp. I ...

Letter to the editor: Inappropriate home

To the editor: The Castle Tea Room exudes an opulence, outside and even more so on the inside of that beautiful building and Lawrence landmark. I can’t imagine a less appropriate home for the United Way of Douglas County. This umbrella organization has only one purpose: to serve numerous ...

Views from Kansas: A prison crisis for women

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. The number of women in prison in Kansas has grown significantly. Topeka Correctional Facility, the only women’s prison in the state, is now slightly above ...

Opinion: Coronavirus in the ‘truthiness’ era

There’s an old song by The O’Jays that seems especially apropos to this moment. The refrain goes: “Those lies done caught up with you this time.” The song was about a faithless lover getting her comeuppance. But it also works as a verdict on so-called conservatives in an age of ...

Views from Kansas: Susan Wagle’s immoral stand

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Only Susan Wagle, president of the Kansas Senate, could make her fellow Republican Jim Denning look like Winston Churchill. What’s she done now, you ask? Publicly ...

Opinion: With Trump, we miss the voice of leadership

We’re traveling in a crowded subway car somewhere under Manhattan when, without warning, the car comes to an abrupt halt in a tunnel in between stations. The subway car is plunged into darkness, and our own growing anxiety, along with that of our fellow passengers, is almost palpable. After a ...

Opinion: Biden’s 2nd chance one for history

Sweet relief. Super Tuesday was the worst setback for left-wing populism since Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party crashed and burned. But while the voters have handed Joe Biden another chance, it’s important to recognize why they’ve had doubts. From the start of this election cycle, ...

Opinion: There are more of us than of them

Six hours is a good, long time. You could do a lot of things in six hours. You could drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles. You could finish an audiobook. You could clean out a garage, paint a room, watch three movies. Or you could vote. It took a man named Hervis Rogers that long ...