Opinion

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Views from Kansas: We don’t need coal-fired plant

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. What Kansas really needs is a nice new asbestos plant or metal mine. Maybe we could bring back production of lead paint or the Ford Pinto. Or strictly as a backup, a ...

Letter to the editor: Deficit disaster

To the editor: Mona Charen’s column on our nation’s deficit should capture every adult American’s attention because we are the ones who are allowing our elected officials to create a monstrous debt that now exceeds $22 trillion; that’s about $67,000 per capita (man, woman and child). ...

Letter to the editor: A good dress code

To the editor: Lawrence school board members have proposed a new dress code. I believe this is a policy that should be approved due to the fact that the policy is not a strict one at all, which grants students the freedom to truly express themselves and not feel like they are stuck in a ...

Opinion: You can tell Pompeo was not a Marine officer

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has impressive credentials: He graduated third in his class from Los Amigos High School in California’s Orange County before winning an appointment from his congressman — “B-1 Bob” Dornan, a conservative remembered for his unstinting support for the ...

Opinion: The great missing topic: the deficit

We don’t care. You can check Pew or Gallup or any other polling company. We are running deficits that ought to make us nauseated with worry — the federal deficit passed $1 trillion in September — but we’re not interested. Well, a majority of us anyway. About 48% of those polled by Pew ...

Opinion: End the failed renewable fuel standard experiment

It’s time for the annual congressional fight over the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS. In one corner sit corn farmers and their representatives, who fight tenaciously not just to preserve the RFS but to expand it. In the other sits, well, just about everyone else. Whether you are a refiner, a ...

Opinion: Election 2020: Act with foresight

I’m here to offer you an action list. With last week’s balloting behind us, we now have just less than a year before one of the most momentous elections in American history. As voters in 1860 had to decide between Union and secession, we face a stark choice of our own: America or Trump. ...

Editorial: City still needs to think more on plastic and paper bag ban

The city’s discussion on dealing with messy plastic bags is moving in the right direction, but it still has a gaping hole. The Lawrence Sustainability Advisory Board recently said it was open to abandoning the idea of a 16 cent per bag fee on most plastic bags used at stores in the city. ...

Opinion: The nation’s and Kansas’ report cards

The “nation’s report card,” or National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), was released Oct. 30. Results show stagnant progress in what students know and can do on the national level and a disappointing decline in Kansas scores. NAEP is administered every two years and is the ...

Letter to the editor: Protect the innocent

To the editor: Again we learn of an innocent person wrongly imprisoned for many years (Journal-World, Oct. 24). Can you imagine imprisonment for 23 years for a crime you did not commit? This happens when prosecutors mishandle evidence — withholding, fabricating, lying, or other unlawful ...

Letter to the editor: Grateful for hospital

To the editor: During its 98 years, LMH Health has seen many changes and challenges. Our not-for-profit hospital has entered the most volatile period ever in the health care industry. Change and challenge are the norm. The LMH Health Board of Trustees takes its oversight role seriously. As ...

Letter to the editor: Free State kudos

To the editor: In the first round of the Class 6A playoffs last Friday, Free State had a lead of 34-0 early in the second quarter and was on its way to virtually ending the game before halftime due to the 45-point mercy rule, which starts a running clock. However, Free State coaches elected to ...

Opinion: The kids may ‘OK’ this Boomer

“Every generation blames the one before.” — Mike + The Mechanics So I guess “OK Boomer” is a thing now. And I gather I’m supposed to be offended by it. Certainly, some people seem to be. The saying — a dismissive eye roll from Generation Z to their elders — is suddenly all ...

Views from Kansas: Rethinking how we define justice

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas legislators on a bipartisan criminal justice reform committee recently heard the disturbing news that half of the 213,000 Kansans with suspended driver’s ...

Letter to the editor: Greatest Generation

To the editor: I was born in 1932 and thus was exempt from personal involvement in the fighting of World War II. I came from a small community with a population of about 3,000 and a rural county — Bent County, Colo. —with about 6,000 residents. This county lost 47 young men and one woman ...

Letter to the editor: Find time to think

To the editor: I ponder quite a bit in my old age. Currently I am pondering about politics. I speculate about the news commentary if a delegation of Democrats promised China they would wipe out all tariffs if they only controlled the Congress. And then my mind imagines them handing over a ...

Letter to the editor: Impeach him now

To the editor: Republicans are struggling now to defend the president against facts being revealed about his phone call to President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. They are lobbying against the process Democrats are using in the impeachment inquiry rather than refuting the facts that have ...

Views from Kansas: KU’s terrible public relations

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. This will be a much different editorial than it could’ve been. Or should’ve been. That’s because we were ready to take up for the University of Kansas, if it ...

Letter to the editor: Do what you can

To the editor: The world sometimes is too much with me. Our changing climate, the mess in Washington, poverty, hunger, homelessness, drug abuse, crowded prisons, war; it all can seem overwhelming and my small efforts meaningless. Fortunately there is inspiration all around. I talked ...

Letter to the editor: Quit focusing on losers

To the editor: Why is it that every morning when I look forward to reading the Journal-World I feel like I’m reading the National Enquirer? Each and every day you publish stories of crime, rape, robbery and afford it front-page coverage. Is this what our city is all about? There are so many ...