Opinion

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Opinion: Proposed bill could put students at risk

In its current state, a bill before the Kansas Legislature to help at-risk students might actually put at-risk students at greater risk. More opportunities for low-income students who are behind academically are endorsed by nearly everyone. However, problems arise when legislation proposes to ...

Letter to the editor: Let’s talk climate

To the editor: If we don’t talk about why it matters, why would we care about the problem itself? Addressing climate change begins by actually talking about it. It begins with why climate change matters to us. We should care because it already affects everything at the top of our priority ...

Letter to the editor: Bogus GOP

To the editor: When will Republicans realize that their party has been stolen from them and quit voting for those who simply call themselves Republicans? The Republican National Committee has insulted old-school Republicans, in my opinion, which prompts the question: Has the Democratic ...

Letter to the editor: On red flags

To the editor: Regarding the Kansas Legislature’s move to prevent local ordinances from limiting fossil fuel use in future building projects, Sen. Mike Thompson said Lawrence’s opposition to the bill mainly was for “ideological reasons.” It seems pretty clear that the planet is not ...

Opinion: Voting restrictions will not defeat us

Dear Republicans: Let’s just say this plainly. You are a people lacking integrity and honor. And you have not a thimbleful of respect for one of this nation’s most sacred principles: Meaning equality under the law. One person, one vote. That harsh appraisal is necessitated by your ...

Letter to the editor: Maskless logic

To the editor: Let me get this straight – Sen. Rep. Ty Masterson objects to Gov. Laura Kelly’s statewide mask mandate because such a mandate would “strip people of their individual freedoms and liberties.” Really? Is he still pulling out that well-worn argument? By his circuitous ...

Letter to the editor: Checks on guns

To the editor: I find it ironic that it takes more effort, process and “background checks” to purchase life insurance than a gun and ammunition meant for mass killing. Ron Swall, Lawrence

Letter to the editor: GOP strategy

To the editor: Democrats are attempting to pass a law that helps people vote. Republicans have had a different plan for at least 40 years. Paul Weyrich, co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, Moral Majority and various other groups, said the following to a religious group in 1980: “Now many ...

Letter to the editor: Amyx praise

To the editor: I have become disenchanted with politics and politicians. However, Mike Amyx has always appeared to me to be a candidate for elected office for the right reason: to try to improve life for the people he serves. He and I are of different parties, but I wouldn’t hesitate to ...

Opinion: No wall for victims of this war

“This is a violent civilization — if civilization’s where I am.” — Gil Scott- Heron, “Gun” Alexis Knutson doesn’t want to see her friend reduced. That friend, she told The New York Times, “had the biggest, brightest smile. She always just had these dimples that, especially ...

Editorial: Energy and ideology really shouldn’t mix

Kansas leaders spend a lot of energy on ideology. They ought to spend more energy on energy. A couple of recent pieces of Statehouse news related to energy are worth noting. The first involves a dispute between the City of Lawrence and Kansas legislators. The Legislature has approved a bill ...

Opinion: Polite disagreements are possible

Last month, I had a visitor to my office here at Friends University in Wichita. I knew who he was — he’s written and called me before — but this was the first time we’d met in person. It was a pleasure to talk with him, even though he was there to let me know how wrong he thought I ...

Letter to the editor: Careful method

To the editor: I appreciate the careful approach our city and county officials are taking to residential development. They seem to recognize that big developments on the urban periphery represent long-term liabilities for taxpayers, as maintaining outlying infrastructure and institutions ...

Letter to the editor: Support voting

To the editor: The For the People Act, also known as HR1 and S1, will improve our democracy by making our election system more free, fair and accessible to all eligible Americans. This legislation will restore the Voting Rights Act, provide automatic voter registration and same-day ...

Opinion: A model of policing we seldom see

We need to talk about what happened last week when police confronted a mentally disturbed man at a convenience store near Washington, D.C. They helped him. Yes, that was a bait-and-switch. But it wouldn’t have worked if you weren’t primed to expect something worse. Certainly, you’d be ...

Letter to the editor: Unjust smear

To the editor: A couple of thoughts about Friday’s letter addressing Rep. Mike Amyx and a pending bill updating barber regulation: First, the bill in question (HB2419) was introduced by the House Appropriations Committee, not by Rep. Amyx. He is not a member of the Appropriations ...

Letter to the editor: Military strikes

To the editor: Have we forgotten our own sense of helpless rage when those planes hit the World Trade Center buildings in 2001? For no apparent reason, an outside invader came crashing into those tall buildings, causing over 3,000 deaths. We were left to speculate on why, and our grief and ...

Letter to the editor: Moran is wrong

To the editor: HR1, the “For the People Act,” passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is now before the Senate. This election reform package addresses voting rights, gerrymandering, money in politics and ethics reforms, among more specific provisions. I was more than dismayed to ...

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 ...