Opinion

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Letter to the editor: A time to heal

To the editor: Whether you’re an extremist, liberal or conservative, you should reach the conclusion at some point that you would be flabbergasted if the world you believe in ever exists. It’s time for reality. Whether it’s the planet, social justice, the economy or human health, now is ...

Opinion: NBA calls it: Enough is enough

Glenn “Doc” Rivers is reportedly paid $10 million a year to coach The L.A. Clippers. It is not enough. That’s not a statement of his market value, but an answer to those who think he had no business saying what he said last week. Rivers, who is African American, gave an impassioned ...

Editorial: Facebook and America’s great ‘operational mistake’

America basically has turned into an outrage machine, which makes it odd to say that there is one topic that is not producing enough outrage in American discourse. It is Facebook. The enormously profitable company has evolved from a dumpster fire to an all-out blaze with flames that are ...

Opinion: Some confusion on voting inevitable

This year, like every election year, I have students ask me, “Why is voting so hard?” My initial response: “It’s not hard at all!” That answer is basically accurate, as the high levels of turnout among the older segments of our population demonstrate. Still, I can’t deny that ...

Opinion: Why this pro-life conservative is voting for Biden

Since I announced publicly that I will be voting for Joe Biden in November, I’ve received a few communications from puzzled readers. “How can you, a supposedly pro-life woman, support someone who believes in killing babies?” I will try to respond for the sake of those who, like me, find ...

Opinion: To be Black is to be appraised

It comes early in an African American life. Before “Pomp and Circumstance” is played. Before the corsage and the limousine ride. Before final exam, favorite teacher and science project. Before first kiss. Before any of that, someone has appraised you — millions of someones who ...

Views from Kansas: Goodyear boycott wrong

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. President Donald Trump was out of line this week in calling for a boycott of Goodyear tires. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., which has plants in Topeka and across ...

Letter to the editor: A police board with teeth

To the editor: A big thank-you to the Lawrence Journal-World for its investigative reporting of our local police department. Through the many articles in the newspaper we can plainly see the urgent need we have as a community to demand transparency, truth and accountability from our local law ...

Letter to the editor: Trump the destroyer

To the editor: Donald Trump is an expert at tearing things down. He wants to tear down Social Security and eliminate it; tear down Medicare and Medicaid and eliminate them; tear down our Postal Service and make it harder to receive our medications, Social Security, election ballots and other ...

Opinion: Never forget how you made them feel

The “post-game” analyses of the 2020 Democratic National Convention have gone on for longer than the convention itself. Critics continue to weigh in on whether Barack Obama or Michelle Obama was the more effective speaker and whether Joe Biden, in his 24-minute acceptance speech (remarkably ...

Editorial: Now is the time to root for KU

Here we go. The start to the most unusual school year in recent memory is scheduled to begin on Monday when the University of Kansas begins its fall semester. It will end the longest, most boring, most frightful spring break that many students and staff have ever endured. Remember, that is ...

Opinion: Finding hope in Harris’ ambition

In 2016, I wanted Hillary Clinton to be our next president, and I was sure that she would be. I was devastated. In 2019 and early 2020, I wanted a woman to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. Instead, one qualified woman after another failed to get enough votes. I’ve ...

Letter to the editor: KU used best data it had

To the editor: In the August 14 edition of the Journal-World, an article reports on concerns that KU misrepresented survey data to justify opening campus to in-person classes. Why on earth would KU administrators do that? So that they would have to work 24/7 all summer long? So they could ...

Letter to the editor: Tough news from city

To the editor: I picked up a copy of the paper this past Tuesday and found two articles I felt I should respond to. I was saddened to see the article about the audit which revealed that the “City staff still lacks proper financial controls.” I read that “outside auditors” ...

Letter to the editor: Renovate water tower

To the editor: Dramatic city utility rate increases are being proposed when many in our community are struggling to pay for basic needs due to the pandemic. At the same time, the city utilities division proposes an expensive new project in Water Tower Park, a few blocks west of the KU ...

Letter to the editor: Believe in science

To the editor: Everybody chill. It’s just a virus. It’s not a conspiracy, hoax, or Divine Plan for population control. It’s a little piece of protein surrounded by a protective layer of fat. Happens in nature all the time. Human beings can control the spread, protect themselves and save ...

Letter to the editor: Choice most important

To the editor: In the “age of disruptions” none of us anticipated this new reality: our schools across the state having no consensus and the very true divide we are seeing in our communities. With the recent email from the school district that outlines the options that will play out ...

Views from Kansas: Speaker’s silence was inexcusable

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman acted irresponsibly when he failed to fully inform colleagues and the state that he had been treated for COVID-19 in ...