Opinion

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Opinion: What the bag debate says about cities

Those throw-away plastic bags are in the news. Recently a bill was passed by a state House committee that would, if signed into law, make it illegal for cities to limit or ban their use. Given that activists have been working for many months in cities like Lawrence, Salina, Wichita, and ...

Letter to the editor: Terrible silence

To the editor: I went to hear professor Nadine Strossen, former ACLU president, speak at our public library recently. She spoke about free speech, not censorship, in dealing with hate. She used a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King that struck me. It is: “In the end we will remember not the ...

Letter to the editor: Plain cruelty

To the editor: I read with shock that the proposed abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution provides that “legislators can regulate abortions, including when a pregnancy results from rape or incest or threatens a woman’s life.” Back in the old days, long before Roe — we’re ...

Letter to the editor: Dubious position

To the editor: Perhaps it was just a coincidence, but I received my 2020 (increased) property tax appraisal on the same day city leaders announced they were considering “hiring [an] equity adviser” (March 2 Journal-World). From the headline, I initially thought the city was looking at ...

Opinion: Democrats must ‘plant their feet’

Here’s some advice for Democrats. It will run over 600 words, but I can give you the gist of it in two: Stop whining. Seems like everywhere you go among the party faithful these days, pessimism is all you hear. You can’t shop, turn on the television, fire up social media or just poke your ...

Views from Kansas: Church should back legislation

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. What the Kansas Catholic Conference might consider giving up for Lent is its official neutrality on a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for civil ...

Views from Kansas: Allow local bans on plastics

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Wichita leaders recently decided to explore a citywide ban on plastic bags. It didn’t take long for some state lawmakers to sharpen their dictatorial pencils and ...

Opinion: Do Democrats not understand the 2020 voters?

Historically, we Americans have been among the world’s most optimistic people. Why? One reason could be that every American, with the exception of those whose ancestors were already here when Columbus arrived or those whose ancestors were brought here in chains, is either herself an immigrant ...

Your Turn: Don’t let Medicaid expansion be a hostage

I write as an advocate for Medicaid expansion in Kansas and as a promoter of Republican-Democrat compromise. I served as a state senator from Lawrence from 1983 to 1992, and I also serve as chairman of Save Kansas Coalition Inc., a bipartisan group. I am concerned that this important advance ...

Opinion: A dangerous lack of competence

Consider this a eulogy for competence. It’s an appreciation long overdue, but then, competence — the quality of being equal to the situation, of knowing what to do — was always easy to overlook. You learned to expect it, to take it for granted. Competence was not sexy. Another ...

Editorial: Clear the air on the city’s police chief mess

The Lawrence police union’s vote of no confidence in the city’s police chief has been described by both the union and city management as uncharted territory. Perhaps that is so, but the public ought to lend both sides a well-tested map. All roads on that map lead to openness and ...

Opinion: Diminished democracy in Topeka

In democracies, majorities rule, right? The candidate with the most votes wins the election, and a majority vote in the Legislature means that a bill is passed. In Kansas, the math seems remarkably simple. The candidate with the most votes wins, and the way to assure victory is to attract ...

Letter to the editor: Focus on homeless, not jail

To the editor: I would like to see Douglas County and the City of Lawrence focus on providing shelter and programs for the homeless over enlarging our jail, especially since we have limited resources. I think jail overcrowding can be reduced by other means and without having to farm out ...

Opinion: Thomas and Roberts: a contrast in judicial spouses

At one point during Donald Trump’s impeachment trial last month, I ended up sitting in the family gallery next to Jane Sullivan Roberts, wife of Chief Justice Roberts. Her husband was presiding over the trial. My husband, Sherrod Brown, was one of the 100 senators who would cast a vote in ...

Opinion: The mob mentality of Sanders voters

You’d have thought she had thrown Bernie Sanders to his death from a tower of million-dollar bills. Actually, what film director Ava DuVernay tweeted on Saturday was just a mild rebuke: “I’m undecided. But I know this isn’t what I want.” She was responding to a Sanders tweet warning ...

Letter to the editor: KU hoops priorities

To the editor: On behalf of Jayhawk Nation’s OK Boomer Division, I’m writing to let coach Bill Self know that we can all get past the Adidas scandal, losing Andrea Hudy, not meeting Zion Williamson’s asking price, Snoop Dogg, stripper poles, Dedric Lawson thinking he was NBA-ready, the ...

Letter to the editor: Street resources

To the editor: Another winter of dangerous potholes and deteriorating streets with not a street repair crew anywhere. Apparently the city spent all of its repair money remaking the lightly traveled eight blocks of Lawrence Avenue between Clinton Parkway and 31st Street. New pavement, curbs, ...

Letter to the editor: Honor will of voters

To the editor: For several years Douglas County officials have been planning to expand the permanent footprint of the jail. In the spring of 2018 they married a jail expansion with a popular mental health funding question. County officials campaigned for passage and threatened cuts to ...

Letter to the editor: This takes the cake

To the editor: County commissioners should give citizens the right to vote whether or not we want to go into debt to expand the jail. Alternatively, they should give us the modest democratic right to circulate a petition and gather 2,500 signatures within 30 days, placing the question on the ...

Letter to the editor: Proud to live here

To the editor: I would like thank the Journal-World for giving front-page coverage for “Police share draft policy limiting cooperation with ICE.” It was made clear that the city leaders expressed support for the draft. The Lawrence Police Department would limit police cooperation with the ...