Opinion

Opinion: ‘National conservatives’ look just like Dems

Washington — Regimes, however intellectually disreputable, rarely are unable to attract intellectuals eager to rationalize the regimes’ behavior. America’s current administration has “national conservatives.” They advocate unprecedented expansion of government in order to purge ...

Opinion: The emotional resonance of Pollack’s ‘Amazing Grace’

Washington — The concert film “Amazing Grace” accomplishes something I thought impossible — capturing the Holy Ghost on celluloid. Over two days in 1972, director Sydney Pollack filmed Aretha Franklin as she was recording the best- selling gospel album of all time. The setting was the ...

Letter to the editor: Narrow margin

To the editor: Regarding a recent article in the Journal-World: Rep. Steve Watkins stated that fewer than 1% of constituents who contacted his office mentioned the Mueller report. “There doesn’t appear to be much there,” Watkins said. I want to point out that he won his seat by less ...

Opinion: Refusing federal aid has a high cost

Kansas’s share of federal dollars has been dropping precipitously in recent years. According to research conducted by the nonpartisan Pew Charitable Trusts, federal grants in Kansas as a portion of state revenues fell from 33% in 2011 to 23% in 2017. That steep drop, due largely to rejecting ...

Letter to the editor: Just the opposite

To the editor: I have figured out how to realistically understand what Mr. Trump is trying to make us believe. If you understand what the exact opposites are of what he is telling you, you will understand what the real truth is. “I had the biggest crowd at my inauguration than any other ...

Views from Kansas: Kudos to Dems on voting changes

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Democrats in deep-red Kansas face lofty challenges at the polls but remain determined to make inroads. They were re-energized by the recent elections of Gov. Laura ...

Letter to the editor: Complex care

To the editor: The Democratic debates centered on whether private insurance should be part of a universal health care system. An article by David U. Himmelstein in the Journal of the American Medical Association reflects on the question. We spend twice as much per capita for health care as ...

Opinion: Marines’ leader sets bar for reform

Washington — The Pentagon is buzzing about a potentially revolutionary order by the new Marine Corps commandant that bluntly answers the essential question for would-be military reformers: What should we discard from the legacy arsenal to make room for what we need to fight the wars of the ...

Opinion: We have the power to fix gun violence

And again. And still. Nine people shot dead in Dayton, 13 hours after 22 shot dead in El Paso, six days after three shot dead in Gilroy. And tears and disbelief and funeral preparations, candlelight vigils and a search for meaning, and talking heads on cable news and T-shirts and hashtags ...

Opinion: Trump’s coarseness suffuses the social environment

“It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.” — Eric Hoffer Washington — It is 1,218 miles from the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater ...

Your Turn: 50 years after Apollo 11, we must reinvest in STEM

For decades, Americans have been looking up to the night sky for answers to humanity’s biggest questions. This summer is particularly special, however, as we remember the immense achievement of putting a man on the moon 50 years ago and wonder where exploration will take us next. The ...

Opinion: Does U.S. have a strategy for China?

Aspen, Colo. — Where is the United States heading in its confrontation with China, which moved this week from a trade dispute to a currency battle — with more dangerous tests in Hong Kong and Taiwan looming ominously in the background? Does the U.S. have a strategy in this cascading ...

Opinion: A tale of Zorro and Little St. Jeff’s

The more we learn, the more Jeffrey Epstein resembles an evil comic book character for the developmentally arrested intellectual — the charming-but-lurid mastermind with a plot to take over the world by impregnating scores of women on a remote desert estate. Last Wednesday, The New York ...

Opinion: Love, unity go against Trump brand

Never in my political lifetime has an American president had less moral standing to address a national threat. Nearly every phrase of Donald Trump’s televised response to the El Paso and Dayton shootings could be matched with some discrediting contrast in his own voice. Trump said: “We ...

Opinion: ‘There is no getting used to this’

About an hour into Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, Yamiche Alcindor, who covers the White House for “PBS Newshour,” tweeted this: “I’ve been on the road for most of the last week. And it’s so important to highlight just how much people feel the president’s attacks put them ...

Opinion: So, you want Canadian health care?

These “debates” are to serious policy discussions as a kazoo is to an orchestra. You can say a kazoo is an instrument, and you can say that these truncated thoughts are proposals, but you’ll invite smirks. This is not a slam on Democrats. The Republican “debates” in 2016 were no ...

Opinion: Perpetually exhausted by race

Ed has had enough. “I’m simply tired, tired and tired of hearing about race,” he wrote last month in an email. He signed himself a “former racist” and in a postscript, wanted me to know that he used to have “a black friend” with whom he ate breakfast on workdays. Take Ed as an ...

Editorial: A thank you to those who put on the Douglas County Fair

Congratulations to all involved in hosting another successful Douglas County Fair. The festivities at the fairgrounds near 19th and Harper streets concluded on Saturday. The more than weeklong event featured hundreds of 4-H members showing their summer projects, and probably included more ...

Opinion: For the Democrats, it’s winnowing time

Winnow: verb. To expose (grain or other substances) to the wind or to a current of air so that the lighter particles (as chaff or other refuse matter) are separated or blown away. — Oxford English Dictionary Washington — It is time to dust off this marvelously appropriate verb for its ...