Opinion

Opinion: ‘Mr. President, you have come into my wheelhouse’

This week, those of us who never lost faith in Nancy Pelosi witnessed the confirmation of our trust. On Tuesday morning, House Speaker Pelosi was on the phone with Donald Trump, talking about gun violence. As New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg reports, Trump attempted to pivot to discuss ...

Opinion: Time is on Taiwan’s side; it needs help

Taipei, Taiwan — Now only 15 flags in the Foreign Ministry’s foyer represent the nations that have not yet succumbed to Beijing’s financial blandishments — targeted at governments and individual politicians — and other pressures to sever diplomatic relations with this island nation. ...

Letter to the editor: Can’t lock a tent

To the editor: I appreciate the Journal-World’s article on homelessness and the city’s actions that aggravate it. I would like to see some follow-up. For example, one friend who was kicked out of her trailer is now in jail. I’m sure that some people who moved various places are ...

Letter to the editor: Start with yourself

To the editor: I watched as the protesters gathered, speechified, chanted and marched. But my question wasn’t answered by their efforts. What are you going to do? As they demanded that the federal level do more, I thought: I grew up without AC in St. Louis; at my grade school and high ...

Letter to the editor: Rural vs. urban

To the editor: I thought your editorial in the most recent Sunday paper, “Rural vs. urban divide harmful,” provided good information for the beginning of an important and necessary discussion. Obviously there are many variables that need to be considered in that discussion. I am ...

Letter to the editor: Clean the real mess

To the editor: Many KU students skipped classes on Friday for the nationwide climate strike. It is clear that students are concerned about the environment. We have all been told that carbon emissions from fossil fuels are the problem and have to be reduced. Here’s a fact: Carbon ...

Opinion: Officer’s race proves racism’s power

“They try to tell us we’re too young ...” — Nat King Cole So what does it mean that Dennis Turner is black? Turner, as you may know, was the police officer who arrested Kaia Rolle last week. Kaia, it must be said, was raising a ruckus, acting in a disorderly and disruptive manner. ...

Views from Kansas: Enrollment woes at K-State

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. More sobering indications from campus: Enrollment is down again. Official numbers won’t be available for a little while, but the university provost told the ...

Opinion: Trump puts personal gain first

Washington — If you’re wondering why it matters that President Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine while he was requesting political favors from its new president, think about the Ukrainian soldiers who are fighting a nasty proxy war against Russian-backed separatists. America is ...

Views from Kansas: Kris Kobach’s unsettling run

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. A bombshell poll and an explosive declaration detonated last week in the middle of the Republican race to succeed U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas next year. A newly ...

Letter to the editor: Gerson misses mark

To the editor: Michael Gerson’s plea that we not base our politics on one issue uses abortion as his example (Sept. 21 Journal-World). “Many on the right justify support for Trump because his corruption and dehumanization are less important than saving lives from abortion.” He then ...

Letter to the editor: How to be heard

To the editor: This past Friday was the Climate Strike Walkout and Climate Strike Rally organized by the Sunrise Movement and Kansas Sierra Club. As I listened to speakers urge individuals to take action and pressure local legislators to get serious about the climate crisis, I saw an ...

Letter to the editor: Electoral thoughts

To the editor: Concerning the editorial in the Sunday Journal-World, “Rural vs. urban divide harmful,” I agree with the main concept that both rural places and urban places have much to offer this nation, as do the people living in those places. Since rural places tend to have fewer ...

Opinion: Trump sets his interests above nation’s

Washington — In the Trump era, a columnist risks appearing like the boy (or girl) who cried wolf. Time and time again, we say this scandal is the big one. But in our ill-fated version of the story, the wolf comes every time. The violations of morality and law have become progressively bolder ...

Opinion: He walks where he chooses to walk

Years ago, when the great American socialist Norman Thomas was speaking at the University of Virginia, he was cross-examined by a self-satisfied undergraduate who charged that Thomas’ call for universal health insurance, federal civil rights laws and federal aid to education were all backed ...

Letter to the editor: Give teens a role

To the editor: This past Tuesday, Sept. 17, a fellow student and I attended the Lawrence City Commission meeting to discuss how and why we should improve pedestrian recycling in downtown Lawrence. We are both executive board members of the Kansas High School Democrats, an organization that ...

Opinion: Why reparations talk is harmful

Three Democratic candidates for president, Julian Castro, Cory Booker and Marianne Williamson, have declared support for the idea of slavery reparations. A number of others have said they’d vote for a bill sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee to create a Commission to Study and Develop ...

Letter to the editor: Support Global Fund

To the editor: I read the article about Ken Easthouse wanting more comprehensive debates at City Hall. Debate is important because it allows for individuals to grasp different perspectives of an argument and have a better comprehension of a certain topic. While I think it is important for ...

Letter to the editor: What’s at stake?

To the editor: The coming 2020 general election is so very important, not only for the presidency, but for all members of Congress, particularly the Senate. We are only one less Ruth Bader Ginsburg away from having another Republican conservative Supreme Court member whose presence will ...

Opinion: Institutions not checking Trump

Once upon a time, there was an ideal. It was called the United States of America. And in 2016, the presidency of the United States was captured by the flamboyantly incompetent star of a TV reality show, a man who doesn’t believe in any ideal beyond his own enrichment and aggrandizement. ...