Opinion

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Opinion: As N. Korea shows, Trump is a terrible negotiator

I’m starting to wonder if Donald Trump, bestselling author of “The Art of the Deal,” just isn’t good at making deals. His presidency has been a ceaseless torrent of promises about what he’ll achieve from negotiations with foreign leaders. But time and again, he ends up high and ...

Opinion: A few of the things I hate about Donald Trump

Pity poor Republicans. They have only one argument left to defend Donald Trump for abusing the powers of the presidency by inviting a foreign power to intervene in an American election, the one transgression our Founding Fathers feared most. Even now that he’s covered in disgrace as only the ...

Opinion: Journalists identify rural areas’ problems

In this holiday season, gifts take center stage for better or worse. We often give and receive gifts that are curious, strange or useless, as well as those we genuinely desire. Sometimes, however, we get a gift that we never anticipated, one that we appreciate in part because it’s a ...

Letter to the editor: Give jail alternatives time

To the editor: Where is the honesty in this dialogue about increasing the jail size? The people have expressed their opinion on this issue in May 2019. The ongoing costs have not been truthfully communicated to the people. Instead of allowing jail alternatives the time they need, we are ...

Views from Kansas: Senate must have fair trial

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Has anyone in this country not decided how he or she feels about the impeachment of President Donald Trump? We assume there must be a few such people. Perhaps they ...

Opinion: A closer look at ‘authentic’ Bernie

You won’t hear young Democrats deride Bernie Sanders with the “OK, boomer” dig. At 78, he’s actually too old for the cohort, but that’s not why he won’t get dinged. He’s the most popular Democrat among the under-35 crowd, and, judging by recent polling, he’s the second-most ...

Views from Kansas: Change law on child abuse

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. What would you do when presented with a 3-month-old baby who suffered a ghastly 31 fractures at the hands of a “caretaker”? Would you say, “Whatever we do, ...

Opinion: Weinstein living the good life in ankle monitor

Harvey Weinstein, once one of the most brash and powerful men in Hollywood, has lately been having issues with his ankle bracelet. The shunned former movie producer is wearing a court-ordered monitor while he awaits trial for allegedly raping one woman and forcing another to let him perform a ...

Opinion: Taking stock of America as decade nears its end

As we near the end of this decade, it is a good time to reflect on where we stand at this moment in history. It’s not really standard cheerful holiday fare, but here goes. Half the country hates or doesn’t want the duly elected president. The other half likes or tolerates him. The ...

Opinion: Pelosi proves Heraclitus was right

Although I qualify for the senior discount at the movies, even I’m not old enough to have met Heraclitus, the wise Greek who lived some 25 centuries ago and whom we can thank for the timeless wisdom “Character is destiny.” Here in Washington, one elected national leader commands the ...

Opinion: Politics may not build, but can reveal, character

First, an anecdote circulating about the most courageously candid staff person in the White House allegedly speaking to President Donald J Trump: “Mr. President, you’re coming across as mean-spirited, abusive and so unlikable that people frankly do not want to work for you. Sir, in all due ...

Opinion: Who we are now defines legacy

We are in the last days of this year, and many of us will spend at least a portion of them in the company of children we love. Never have I been more mindful of this privilege. Most of us want to believe that we will live on in the memories of the children in our lives, but I wonder how many ...

Opinion: Don’t give a bird for a Christmas present

There are only three kinds of birds in the world: little brown birds, big brown birds and medium-size brown birds. So declared a former colleague who studied mammals, most of which are little brown rodents. He’d grouse that the holiday season had become the Adoration of the Aves. It starts ...

Opinion: A political center in gun rights debate

The conventional wisdom says Americans are highly divided over gun rights and gun control. But is it true? Recent data from the 2019 Kansas Speaks poll suggests that there is a political center on this issue after all. Political scientists have argued for years that Americans are not as ...

Letter to the editor: Library adopts bad policy

To the editor: While I admire the fiscal largesse of the public library (“Library to get rid of fines,” Dec. 18), I suspect that the library board will soon regret this decision. With Lawrence’s large transient population, many library patrons may feel little urgency in returning their ...

Letter to the editor: A conscience

To the editor: The radical right’s best friend is the radical center. Each time the RR moves one step rightward, the RC moves a half-step, staying at the geometric center of the spectrum. This creates every possible incentive for ongoing RR radicalization. Thus we have the Dec. 15 ...

Letter to the editor: Expand Medicaid

To the editor: “I finished my week of chemotherapy,” Julio said, brushing his long gray locks out of his worn face and gentle eyes. “Yes, I have leukemia” Lately, I have been talking to guests at the Lawrence Community Shelter. While I was visiting with Julio, people kept coming ...

Opinion: What acquittal in Senate will mean

If I have this straight, House Republicans are united in the belief that public integrity is critically important for our nation. Accordingly, Joe Biden deserves to be impeached. During a meeting of the Rules Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., referencing Biden’s supposed role in pressuring ...