Opinion

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Letter to the editor: Let’s get serious

To the editor: The Pinckney neighborhood is striking a blow for freedom and remembrance by changing its name, thought to be the name of a slave holder from South Carolina. Perhaps the City Commission should now name a panel to rename streets named for states that seceded from the Union in ...

Letter to the editor: She’s ‘comfortable’?

To the editor: The CDC rates Kansas last among the 50 states in vaccination rate. Douglas County reports at least 2,000 health care workers are yet to be vaccinated. My daughter, a physical therapist in a local nursing home, has just today (Jan. 5) been given the paperwork to receive the ...

Letter to the editor: Put people first

To the editor: For a while now, I’ve resolved to absorb information from sources I would not necessarily agree with. As we live in an ever-polarized society in terms of its diverse views, I believe this habit should be embraced by all of us — hence my reading of George Will’s recent ...

Letter to the editor: More neighbors

To the editor: I was overjoyed to read the news of plans to add 300 new bedrooms to an empty lot right next to a bus stop and across the street from the KU West Campus. I turned to the popular social media app Nextdoor to express my delight that Lawrence would soon be home to 300 more people ...

Letter to the editor: A seditious act

To the editor: It is alarming and distressing that Sen. Roger Marshall and our U.S. Reps. Jake LaTurner, Ron Estes and Tracy Mann are outrageously supporting an attempt to subvert our democracy by overturning the result of a free and fair presidential election. They demand yet another ...

Letter to the editor: He’s no leader

To the editor: Roger Marshall is prancing around Washington in his new senatorial shoes trying to overturn the results of the presidential election. I say what’s fair is fair. Let’s overturn his own election and replace him with Barbara Bollier, who would show some respect for the will of ...

Letter to the editor: Looking ahead

To the editor: We finally can see the light, however faint, at the end of the tunnel. Make no mistake, we still are in the tunnel and will be for quite some time. The signs in the yards say “We are all in this together” as a reminder that there is support and caring in the midst of ...

Letter to the editor: Rule inhumane

To the editor: Were you aware that the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has approved the hunting of coyotes at night using lights and thermal imaging equipment beginning January 1, 2021? Not only does this take any element of fair sport out of hunting; it is cruel, inhumane ...

Editorial: Hotel shelter project deserves thanks, further thought

A wonderful sign of the human spirit was on display this holiday season as city officials, local nonprofits, a local business and community volunteers came together to fill an urgent need. On Dec. 23, the city finalized an agreement with Lawrence’s Days Inn hotel to serve as a temporary ...

Opinion: Lives at stake as politicians play games

​Is politics a game? Many seem to think so. Meanwhile, the real work remains undone, while many lives are at stake. ​First there is Aaron Coleman. Only twenty years old, he defeated longtime Kansas City state representative Stan Frownfelter in this summer’s Democratic primary. ...

Opinion: We are not helpless against COVID-19

This is a tightrope column, the kind you’d rather not write, about an event you don’t feel you can ignore. You tread carefully, but you want people to pay attention as you do. Four days after Christmas, five days before he was to be sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives, ...

Letter to the editor: Impeach again

To the editor: I just read an article on my MSNBC newsfeed that suggests that, once the new Congress is seated, it should immediately begin a second impeachment of Donald J. Trump on charges of obstruction of justice and abuse of power, especially the whole pardoning of war criminals and his ...

Letter to the editor: Revisit Iran plan

What possible reason did the United States have for pulling out of the 2015 international agreement with Iran? This agreement, the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), forged with many of our European allies, guaranteed that Iran would not use its nuclear capacity to develop weapons, and ...

Letter to the editor: Keep aid in U.S.

I agree completely with Ken Meyer’s recent letter. First of all, people in this country are waiting in long lines for food, they have lost their jobs and can’t pay rent, and small businesses have closed. So it is imperative for Congress, although increasing the national debt, to give ample ...

Opinion: Stimulus for schools won’t solve it all

As a weary world struggles to celebrate this holiday season, the challenges for Kansas schools and the families they serve are monumental. Fortunately, two key COVID-related events bring hope: the promise of new vaccines to protect us from the virus and a stimulus package to ease the nation’s ...

Letter to the editor: Giving our money away

To the editor: Congressional approval ratings hover around 21% approval. Ever wonder why? After months of wrangling, they come up with a stimulus package for the American people and businesses. So what’s in it? Five-hundred million for the Jordanian Defense Fund, $35 million for Venezuelan ...

Editorial: COVID-19 may disrupt, but the power of Christmas will prevail

We are still learning what can successfully fight the COVID-19 virus. There is great hope that a new set of vaccines will be a difference-maker, but we likely won’t know for sure until closer to spring. In the meantime, there is winter. There is no shot in the arm to protect us from that ...

Opinion: A tawdry spectacle as Trump pardons the wrong people

The list of President Donald Trump’s pardons and clemencies so far looks a lot like a supermarket tabloid: In other words, a lot like Trump’s life itself. There’s Rod Blagojevich with his saucy smile, and there’s smug Joe Arpaio. Every president’s pardon list contains some ...

Your Turn: We need to stop overlooking ventilation and filtration

Douglas County has done better than several surrounding counties relative to many of the COVID-19 indicators. More consistent mask wearing is likely part of the underlying reason for this; at least many of our local public health officials think so. And there’s certainly data to back up the ...

Letter to the editor: Thoughtful solution by city

To the editor: With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing and restricting the open hours and activities at the city recreation centers, our avid group of pickleball players has been forced to continue outdoor play at Lyons Park, when normally by now we would be playing indoor at Sports ...