Opinion

Letter to the editor: KU decision misguided

To the editor: Professor Helen Alexander (Your Turn, Oct. 2) is justifiably concerned about the decision by interim Dean John Colombo of the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to terminate the UKanTeach program at KU. Students completing that program receive a bachelor’s degree in a ...

Your Turn: 8 questions for Girod about closing UKanTeach

UTeach was created at the University of Texas at Austin in 1997 because Texas needed more math and science teachers. Through collaboration between the colleges of science and education, the number of science and mathematics teachers graduating per year doubled, the graduates went into teaching, ...

Opinion: Ways to get testimony, documents

After Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s angry refusal Tuesday to allow State Department officials to testify before a House of Representatives committee about Ukraine, congressional Democrats face a newly urgent question: What legal tools does Congress have to compel the Trump administration ...

Opinion: Trump raises spectre of civil war

“If Democrats are successful in removing the president from office (which they never will be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.” — Donald Trump, roughly quoting Robert Jeffress, a conservative Dallas preacher What if he’s ...

Views from Kansas: Suing Juul is a good idea

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. We don’t pretend to know how a court case will play out, but we’re encouraged to see an attempt to hold vaping companies to account. The Olathe school district ...

Opinion: Korean Peninsula: A dangerous neighborhood

Seoul, South Korea — In 1950, when Han Sung-joo was 10, shrapnel from an artillery shell lodged in his hip. This happened as Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s troops, fresh from the bold Incheon landing, were retaking this city — it would be lost and retaken again — after North Korea’s June ...

Views from Kansas: Join fight against teen suicide

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. We should all be alarmed by the recent increase in Kansas teen suicide rates. According to the State Child Death Review Board — a little-known body with an ...

Opinion: Khashoggi’s horrifying final seconds

Washington — At 1:14 on the afternoon of Oct. 2, 2018, a special-operations team waiting for Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul was told he had arrived. Just 25 minutes later, the Washington Post contributing columnist was dead, and a noise that Turkish authorities later ...

Your Turn: KU must reverse disastrous decision regarding STEM program

I am writing as a Kansan, a mother and as a biology professor at the University of Kansas. I am tremendously concerned by the proposed elimination of the UKanTeach program at KU. This program prepares high school teachers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). I take my ...

Letter to the editor: American pollution

To the editor: To anyone who thinks that the blame for climate change lies somewhere else besides the U.S., you are picking your facts to distort the truth. U.S. greenhouse gas emissions may be falling, but only because we have polluted so much in the recent past. In spite of the drop, per ...

Opinion: Trump seeks to normalize nationalism

Washington — One of the puzzling aspects of Donald Trump’s hyper-nationalism is its consistent denigration of the nation itself. In a 2017 Oval Office conversation between Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the president did more than boast ...

Letter to the editor: Wheel of fate

To the editor: I would have preferred using my monthly letter-to-the-editor allocation of 250 words for something beautiful like Ken Burns’ tribute to country music. But I can’t. I am forced to use this month’s allotment to speak to honor. Michael Gerson’s brilliant op-ed piece, ...

Letter to the editor: Do it all now

To the editor: A comprehensive approach to climate change will require personal behavior change and, yes, sacrifice. This undoubtedly is true and was a point made by Ken Meyer in a letter on Sept. 26. Mr. Meyer seemed to advise individual actions as more urgent than “rail(ing) against ...

Opinion: Impeachment: how fast, how far?

Washington — The dilemma facing House Democrats is captured by one of the most internally contradictory phrases in American legal history. In the very muddy language of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, they need to proceed “with all deliberate speed.” Goldilocks rules again: ...

Opinion: Trump may not even understand corruption

Speaking to the “enemies of the people” at the United Nations last week, President Donald Trump demonstrated that he may not understand what corruption is. Seriously. Trump’s favorite gambit is to accuse others of what he himself has done — self-dealing, lying, sexual misconduct. And he ...

Opinion: Trump is resembling Capt. Queeg

Only the ball bearings were missing. The reference, for those who don’t know, is to Humphrey Bogart’s performance as the emotionally unstable Captain Queeg in the 1954 film “The Caine Mutiny.” In a pivotal scene, Bogart vividly etches the captain’s mental disintegration, rambling on ...

Opinion: Best antidote for bad election is better election

Washington — If Donald Trump were to tweet that 9 is a prime number, that Minneapolis is in Idaho, and that the sun revolves around the Earth — “Make Earth Great Again!” — would even five Republican senators publicly disagree with even one of the tweets? This matters in assessing the ...

Opinion: Process of impeaching Trump is now inevitable

Washington — For the first time in American history, the president has pleaded guilty to an impeachable offense. This is effectively what happened when the White House released the readout from Donald Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. There is now no ...

Opinion: Charting a path forward on taxes

A couple weeks ago Gov. Laura Kelly made good on her commitment to initiate a comprehensive review of the Kansas tax structure by establishing a Council on Tax Reform, co-chaired by two former state senators, Republican Steve Morris of Hugoton and Democrat Janis Lee of Kensington. Kelly called ...