Opinion

Letter to the editor: Thanks from court

To the editor: My colleagues on the Kansas Supreme Court and I wish to thank the people of Lawrence and the University of Kansas for hosting us for our special session April 1. So many people went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We appreciate the Monday luncheon hosted by the ...

Opinion: Egypt sees entrepreneurial energy

Cairo — You can’t find many success stories in America’s sour, sullen relationship with Egypt over the past decade. Mostly it’s been a tale of mutual suspicion, thanks to erratic American policy and growing Egyptian political repression. But talking with Amal Enan, a 33-year-old ...

Letter to the editor: Bad bike plan

To the editor: It is important to note some things that have not been said about the 21st Street bike boulevard. The Centennial Neighborhood Association was never consulted about the project until recently. It should have been, in the beginning. There is a survey online, but no way to provide ...

Letter to the editor: Skill, not luck

To the editor: The 3-point game has ruined basketball. Winning is now a matter of luck. If a team is consistently “hot,” which is to say lucky, it can win the national championship. If it is “cold,” it can be eliminated in the first round. It didn’t used to be that way. Consistent ...

Opinion: ‘We are Americans first,’ aren’t we?

It felt, with apologies to Yogi Berra, like “deja vu all over again.” In July, after all, it will be 15 years since a skinny guy with an odd name sang a hymn to American union. “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America,” then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama told the ...

Views from Kansas: Statehouse system worked

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Three Kansas State University students made headlines recently when they were briefly banned from the state Capitol for a year. Their crime: They unfurled banners with ...

Opinion: The madness of college hoops’ amateurism

Washington — Appropriately, during the crescendo of this college basketball season, in which the most significant event was a shoe malfunction, a lawyer whose best-known client was a pornographic actress was indicted for threatening to shrink a shoe company’s market capitalization by making ...

Opinion: The perils of seeking the truth

Cairo — What do you say to a class of Egyptian journalism students who know that the price of speaking too freely — telling truths that the government doesn’t like — could be imprisonment and worse? “Be careful,” was my first admonition to the aspiring journalists gathered last ...

Editorial: Baby killers, blood on your hands, and other political ploys

For awhile it looked like we would need crime scene tape at the Statehouse. After all, there was all this talk of baby murderers and blood on people’s hands. Come to find out, though, there was no need for a 911 call. It was just an outbreak of politics. First was a confirmation hearing for ...

Letter to the editor: $1? Only here

To the editor: One dollar. Seriously? I get to pay more for a parking ticket while supporting Lawrence businesses when I could take part in marijuana use for $4 less? Does this make sense? Shopping is still legal, and I am pretty sure the big MJ has yet to hit legal status in Kansas! Only in ...

Letter to the editor: Too slow?

To the editor: I see where David Beaty, KU’s most recently fired football coach, thinks that his having been quick in cooperating with NCAA investigators will lead to “a prompt resolution” of the issues causing the university to withhold the $3 million he says he’s owed. (‘Beaty says ...

Letter to the editor: Protect history

To the editor: The editorial dated March 24 regarding the Historic Resources Commission (HRC) and its decision to decline recommending the Chicago-based development project, seemed uninformed about HRC practices. The editorial implied that the HRC objects to new construction and resists ...

Opinion: When ignorance has consequences

Washington — There are times when Donald Trump manages to be so wrong — so empirically groundless, so logically fallacious, so stridently uninformed — that it seems like a form of parody. But more often than not, this reflects an authentic and alarming ignorance. The mask of a barroom ...

Opinion: The Powell Doctrine has been repealed

Long before he would become America’s 65th secretary of state, Colin Powell was a young Army officer who served two combat tours in Vietnam. There, Lt. Powell held in his arms a young American soldier whose body had been blown apart — and whose life would, in a few hours, be ended — by a ...

Opinion: Incompetence, not collusion, the likely culprit

Sitting in the greenroom with me as we were about to go on air on one of the cable news shows a couple of months ago, a Trump supporter told me: “Linda, I saw the Trump campaign up close in 2016. They couldn’t have colluded their way out of a paper bag.” It was an odd defense — ...

Opinion: MBS needs to answer on Khashoggi

Washington — It has been nearly six months since Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, but the aftershocks continue. The U.S.-Saudi defense and intelligence partnership has been rocked. The future of the relationship is on hold, pending answers ...

Opinion: Media owe no apology to Trump

Apparently, I am supposed to be embarrassed now. That, at least, is my interpretation of a few strange tweets and emails that have come my way in the week since Attorney General William Barr issued his summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Donald Trump. One individual wrote: ...

Letter to the editor: Pot fine

To the editor: One dollar. Seriously? I get to pay more for a parking ticket while supporting Lawrence businesses when I could take part in marijuana use for $4 less? Does this make sense? Shopping is still legal, and I am pretty sure the big MJ has yet to hit legal status in Kansas! Only in ...

Letter to the editor: Repeal AUMF

To the editor: In the aftermath of 9/11, 2001 and 2002, Congress enacted the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) giving the president permission to use military force against this attack on the United States. While the country was reeling from the shock of this unexpected event, ...