Opinion

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Letter to the editor: War on voting

To the editor: Is Jim Crow alive and well? Trumplicans realize the only way to regain House and Senate majorities is to disenfranchise Democrats and restrict voting rights, namely Blacks and browns — the greatest roll back since Jim Crow. Trumplicans want to purge rolls, require voter IDs ...

Opinion: Sympathy for a devil no surprise

He was having a bad day. So said Cherokee County Sheriff’s spokesman Jay Baker by way of explaining last week’s mass shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors. The suspect, a 21-year-old white man whose name won’t be used here, is said to have told police he suffers a sex addiction ...

Opinion: The Upside-Down Kansas Legislature

“Once there lived an Upside-Down, who was the talk of all the town. If he was told to turn to right, he turned left out of spite.” — Alexander Kushner The 2021 Kansas Legislature is Upside-Down-land, filled with lawmakers who focus their attention on nonproblems, while purposefully ...

Letter to the editor: ‘Superior’ males

To the editor: In an article in Thursday’s Journal-World regarding transgender athletes, state Sen. Mark Steffen made the statement that “the male (is) a genetically and time-engineered superior machine.” I had doubts about that statement, but then read an article on the same page ...

Letter to the editor: Love it here

To the editor: Wednesday I participated in the vaccination process at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The weather was miserable, but the people were amazing, and the experience was very efficient. The entire process took me about 30 minutes, and that included the 15-minute post-vaccination ...

Letter to the editor: Self-interest

To the editor: I’m sure the residents of Lawrence and the state of Kansas have many concerns they would like their state legislators to address. To read the latest article in the Journal-World about our Lawrence representative, Mike Amyx in the House of Representatives, it is very ...

Opinion: Ballots more dangerous than bullets?

On the issue of guns, John Kavanagh has a record unblemished by sanity. Indeed, a scroll through Vote Smart, the nonpartisan, nonprofit voter information clearinghouse, suggests the Arizona state lawmaker has never met a pro-gun measure he didn’t like. That includes bills authorizing ...

Letter to the editor: Wants vs. needs

To the editor: How are your finances today? Got a student or credit card debt? Want to feel better? Just look at the federal government. 1. This year the federal government will pay $1 million in interest on its debt every 1.4 seconds! 2. Our national debt recently rose above 100% of GDP ...

Letter to the editor: Thanks to KU

To the editor: Thank you to Chancellor Douglas Girod and KU administrators for their leadership in this extraordinary time. I am a proud alum and parent of a Jayhawk freshman. COVID has created great fiscal demands for the university, and I am concerned by the Kansas Legislature’s attempt ...

Letter to the editor: Scrap football

To the editor: Sometimes the stars align just right in Kansas and the decision becomes clear. After the millions of dollars wasted on salaries, the perennial losing seasons, the ever-diminishing number of fans and the latest sordid events surrounding the smarmy football coach and the ...

Opinion: Senator a shield for ignorance

Dear Sen. Tim Scott: Sadly, it is no longer much of a surprise when an official of your party says some racially offensive thing. From calling Barack Obama “uppity” and “boy,” to decrying an imaginary “war on whites,” to declaring the world’s Black and brown nations ...

Editorial: Why KU should be more like K-State when it comes to athletics

It is probably not in the cards for Douglas Girod to ever be a very popular chancellor at the University of Kansas. Fate has put him in charge during a time when higher education faces enormous challenges, and the tasks of leadership require him to make some difficult and unpopular decisions. ...

Opinion: What really happened at Kansas Department of Labor

With the first Republican having now filed to challenge Gov. Laura Kelly in 2022, Kansans are about to hear a raft of claims and counter-claims about the Kansas Department of Labor’s woeful handling of unemployment claims during the pandemic. Most will lay the blame squarely on the governor. ...

Opinion: Believing in those we’ve lost can make a difference

When my brother was a boy, he loved to leave pennies on the railroad tracks up the street from our house and wait for the freight train to flatten them as it zoomed by. This scared my mother to death. I don’t know that she ever found a flattened penny in the pocket of his jeans or heard it ...

Opinion: When everybody has their own ‘truth’

My brother-in-law died of hogwash. Another brother-in-law, a sister-in-law, two daughters-in-law, two cousins and several grandchildren are all recovering from hogwash. My wife spent a week in the hospital with hogwash. I tested positive for hogwash, but had few symptoms. “Hogwash,” ...

Letter to the editor: City disappoints

To the editor: Recent decisions by the city commissioners are very disappointing. The decision to increase city staff positions will increase the city budget by $1.6 million. Most of the new positions are unnecessary, such as a creative media coordinator and an engagement coordinator. ...

Letter to the editor: No integrity

To the editor: Donald Trump has endorsed Sen. Jerry Moran for reelection in 2022 (Feb. 27 Journal-World).What does this mean? Trump only helps those who are totally loyal to him and his agenda. So, Moran supports The Big Lie that Trump really won the election last November. Moreover, Moran ...

Letter to the editor: Residency issue

To the editor: A letter in Thursday’s Public Forum titled “Why not here?” asked for reasons that public employees may not live in Lawrence. I am certain their reasons are not sinister or secretive and often indicate a personal decision that supports their family and a work-life balance. ...

Opinion: How Sen. Mike Lee ditched conservatism for Trump

I didn’t watch much of this year’s CPAC. My digestion is sound, but there’s no point in taking unnecessary risks. Still, I did note the presence of Sen. Mike Lee, a legislator who styles himself a “constitutional conservative.” Lee is the son of a distinguished former solicitor ...