Opinion

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Letter to the editor: Taking action

To the editor: As an ever-aging child of the 1960s, I welcome the peaceful protests going on in Lawrence and just about everywhere else. They are long overdue. I do, however, wonder how many of these good folks are registered to vote. Dave Ranney, Lawrence

Letter to the editor: Destroying history

To the editor: Those who think that tearing down statues related to those who were connected to slavery must not think they are breaking any statutes because they think they are people of stature or those who have not sinned themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth. Those who ...

Opinion: Please do not say ‘I am not a racist’

This column is presented as a public service. A few days ago, Greg Glassman, the founder and CEO of CrossFit, set off an uproar by belittling the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. In a Zoom call with gym owners, he bristled at the idea of memorializing a man whose ...

Letter to the editor: KU wastes time, money

To the editor: According to a recent article in the Journal-World, Kansas Athletics Inc. settled with former KU football coach David Beaty for $2.55 million when they owed him $3 million to settle his contract. Awhile back, the Journal-World stated in an article that Kansas Athletics had ...

Letter to the editor: Rename Pinckney

To the editor: I don’t live there, but I’ve always liked the Pinckney neighborhood. It’s diverse, creative and full of Lawrence fun. Flanked by the Kaw and the hospital and Pinckney Elementary next to lovely Clinton Park, one of the coolest places in town. However, I’ve often ...

Letter to the editor: Teach kids about racism

To the editor: Children are not born racist. They learn it from those around them, often at a very young age. In the discussions now about how to combat racism, we need to have a plan to educate children at a very young age that racism is not only wrong; it doesn’t make a lot of sense. ...

Opinion: Taking stock and looking forward

Sometimes politics meets the personal, head on. This is one of those times. On June 14, I turn 75. On June 22, Michel and I celebrate our 52nd wedding anniversary. Forty-one years ago this month, we moved to Kansas, and one year after that our son was born. Happy 40th, Dakota. Ordinarily, ...

Opinion: Minds really can change, after all

We thought it was a fixed feature of our new era. We thought that objective reality didn’t matter anymore, if it even existed at all. We thought we were so entrapped by our information silos that nothing could penetrate. “LOL. Nothing matters” ran the Twitter meme. What we’ve learned ...

Opinion: ‘How can they be called good cops?’

For two weeks now, outrage has convulsed America: pundits, preachers, protesters and at least one “severely conservative” GOP senator all raising their voices to condemn police brutality. Yet, here’s the startling truth: No one has made a stronger case against the police than the ...

Letter to the editor: Brees’ patriotism

To the editor: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees recently created a firestorm by his statement regarding kneeling for the national anthem. Brees said, “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.” He said when he hears the national ...

Letter to the editor: Know, feel and act

To the editor: Young Men, As you grow up, we’ll remember 2020 as the year that evolved dinner talk forever. What weaves into our family fabric matters deeply, for a lot of people. What for others might (but shouldn’t) be uncomfortable becomes empowering. As you mature into adulthood, ...

To the editor: Thank you, officers

To the editor: We’d like to offer our thanks to the officers in the Lawrence Police Department who have interacted in a supportive and positive manner. Last year, our youngest got turned around on a one-way street. He is bi-racial and on the autism spectrum, so we have coached him on how ...

Letter to the editor: Reconsider jail plan

To the editor: Do we really want to increase the number of people inhabiting our county jail? After the recent protests and trying to bring to light the injustices that have occurred and continue to happen, much has been revealed about the inequalities of social justice, housing, health ...

Letter to the editor: Horrific trauma

To the editor: I am horrified and disgusted at the police brutality that stole George Floyd’s life and the lives of so many others. I feel what our collective American soul feels: the grief, anger, shame and desire to rebel for positive change. Recently, I realized I have been looking at ...

Letter to the editor: Privilege barrier

To the editor: Ken Meyer’s sanctimonious letter of June 4 calls for “understanding each other and accommodating our differences” and then proceeds to do the direct opposite. Meyer bemoans “chaos, confusion, violence, protests and disorder” by “protesters, authorities, activists, ...

Letter to the editor: Past not relevant

To the editor: I have noticed some people in social media commenting about the fact that George Floyd had a substance abuse problem. He also had brushes with the criminal justice system. None of that can be used as any justification for what happened to him. In the U.S.A. we cannot allow ...

Views from Kansas: Senators trash Constitution

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Republicans in the Kansas Senate have managed to squeeze a number of bad decisions into a short special session. Recently, they even denied a judgeship to a respected ...

Your Turn: Join the fight against racial injustice right now

For 8 minutes and 46 seconds, we watched the taking of yet another life at the hands of those whose duty is to serve and protect. We reach out today as we continue to grapple with the devastation caused by the most recent instances in a continuation of generations of violence against black ...

Opinion: First Amendment depends on us

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The First ...