Opinion

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Opinion: Was Soleimani killing a policy success?

There’s an old story — apocryphal, as the best stories always seem to be — that Richard Nixon asked Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai what he thought about the French Revolution, and Zhou said, “It’s too soon to tell.” At first blush, the minicrisis between Iran and the United States ...

Letter to the editor: County ignoring voters

To the editor: The Douglas County Commission continues to ignore the will of the electorate in regard to the jail expansion through an opaque and questionable process. According to data from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, crime is down while arrests and jail population are up. ...

Opinion: Never stop demanding answers

So what in the world just happened here? That’s the question of the moment as we struggle to get our heads around the latest head-snapping episode in the bizarre presidency of Donald Trump. In the last few days, we’ve seen: 1) a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, killing Qassem Soleimani, ...

Opinion: Legal marijuana and the black market

With Illinois legalizing recreational marijuana, Kansas is increasingly an island of marijuana Puritanism in the Midwest. As more states create legitimate marijuana economies, what do we know about the black market marijuana economy in Kansas? Could legalization tame it? The marijuana economy ...

Opinion: Trump brays, and the congregation cheers

The day after he ordered the strike that killed Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, President Donald Trump showed up at an evangelical church in Miami to cast himself as a modern-day savior of Christianity. This may be a bit confounding for those of you who remember that Trump rarely ...

Opinion: The conscience of the nation

My favorite picture of John Lewis is a mugshot. It’s from Mississippi in 1961, one of the earliest of an eventual 40-plus arrests he would undergo in the cause of freedom. Facing the state penitentiary in Parchman, Miss., and the many hells that portended for a black man in the Jim Crow ...

Views from Kansas: Support our state hospitals

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Better pay and working conditions for mental health workers must be a priority issue for Kansas lawmakers in the 2020 session, which begins next week. There are two ...

Letter to the editor: Protect cultural sites

To the editor: Donald Trump’s threat to destroy Iranian cultural sites is counterproductive and serves no military purpose. I visited many of those monuments while serving at the American Embassy in Tehran 50 years ago. The greatest of them are part of world history reaching back more than ...

Letter to the editor: Religions wronged

To the editor: In the Dec. 31 Journal-World, a letter by Mr. Burkhead titled “Evangelicals wronged” claims that “being the right representatives of the Kingdom of God,” everything they do is OK (with him). First, what about the Dec. 19 editorial of Christianity Today, a leading ...

Letter to the editor: Lame hoops excuse

To the editor: The highly paid athletic director who cannot make telecasts of all Jayhawk basketball Big 12 games available to the most Kansans possible does not belong in Jayhawk Country. Lame. Very lame. Bob Campbell, Lawrence

Opinion: Some things to remember before war

Is anyone here old enough to remember the urgent warning issued in a speech to the National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in August 2002 by an American vice president who had artfully avoided the military draft during wartime? Dick Cheney, after acknowledging he was convinced that ...

Letter to the editor: Who benefits?

To the editor: I was both amazed and disappointed to hear how happy KU’s athletic director is with ESPN+’s growing control over our ability to enjoy KU basketball. Combine the difficulties this presents for many fans to view these games together with ESPN+’s low level of broadcast ...

Opinion: 2020: Year of Reading Women

I’m here to say goodbye to Stephen King. Not that he’s going anywhere. Indeed, I imagine he’s at his desk even now, devising a fiendish fate for some schmuck unlucky enough to be a character in a Stephen King novel. But whatever that fate may be, I will know nothing about it — not ...

Editorial: City should slow down on proposed scooter program

The idea of a new electric scooter program in downtown Lawrence feels a bit like an eighth-grade mohawk. You remember those junior high days where you felt obligated to wear a particular type of clothing or sport a certain kind of hairstyle or listen to a special brand of music to be cool. ...

Opinion: Make 2020 resolutions for lawmakers

Welcome to 2020 and join in offering Kansas lawmakers New Year’s resolutions to guide their work in the upcoming legislative session. Focus on problem solving Many state lawmakers run for office to address issues of concern to voters, such as health care, poverty, criminal justice and gun ...

Letter to the editor: Bad faith

To the editor: Once more we’re subjected to the narrow (closed?) minded promotion of Mr. Carl Burkhead’s view of Christianity (Journal-World, Dec. 31). Of all people, he chooses to attack Michael Gerson’s criticism of so-called “evangelicals,” persons whom he admires for their ...

Letter to the editor: Slow down

To the editor: City commissioners approved $114,000 to pay a consulting company to develop a slogan and campaign to slow down traffic in neighborhoods. A slogan and campaign won’t cause drivers to slow down. Inconveniences and money slow down drivers. Drivers don’t like inconveniences ...

Letter to the editor: Evangelicals wronged

To the editor: Michael Gerson, in a recent column, doesn’t agree that evangelicals are sharing the Gospel and being the right representatives of the Kingdom of God in their known support of candidate and President Donald Trump. Also, Gerson’s implied belief that evangelicals are and have ...

Letter to the editor: Flippant leadership

To the editor: Two recent items illustrate the remarkable flippancy with which the city government treats public dollars, as well as the vague phrase-mongering that substitutes for actual data in this city’s planning and budgeting. First, we learned on Dec. 13 that the city has approved a ...