Opinion

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Letter to the editor: ‘Do unto others’

To the editor: With all the chaos, confusion, violence, protests and disorder these days, far too many of the participants — be they protesters, authorities, activists, looters, organizers or very concerned citizens — have forgotten, have disdain for, disregarded, or just plain don’t ...

Your Turn: The University of Kansas crash: 2020 vs. 1933

University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod, under criticism from the Journal-World, recently admitted that KU has lost around 26% of its general operating budget due to the coronavirus lockdown. Now students, staff and faculty are on tenterhooks, waiting for information about budgets, salary ...

Letter to the editor: Inadequate president

To the editor: One more black man, murdered by police. I want to shout, “Stop it! Stop it! We are better than this!” But, apparently we are not. Meanwhile, our president concentrates on his Twitter account. I want to shake him and scream, “For God’s sake! Pay attention! This is ...

Letter to the editor: True sacrifices

To the editor: I am writing this letter on Memorial Day. I was moved by your recent editorial that reminded us that this holiday is not only for fun but, most importantly, to remember those who made the greatest sacrifice for a greater good. I am also offended by President Donald Trump, ...

Letter to the editor: Good downtown plan

To the editor: Kudos to our civic leaders for the proposed changes to downtown Lawrence. The expanded dining and walking spaces would represent a strong investment in building an increasingly livable, walkable and sustainable downtown environment. I also urge them to not hold back, and to ...

Letter to the editor: KU is being a bully

To the editor: The University of Kansas will get $15.1 million of COVID-19 funds. It behooves KU to give the refunds for housing and dining and not be engaged in a lawsuit. Furthermore, returning students should be offered a 10% discount on housing and dining. Set an example! Do something ...

Opinion: America is running out of time

“I know you’re asking today, how long will it take?” Thus spake Martin Luther King Jr. at the end of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march. He went on to assure his soul-weary people that the moment of their deliverance was just a little ways down the road. “However difficult ...

Letter to the editor: Opening churches

To the editor: OK, let me get this right. Donald Trump wants it to be mandatory to open churches. What church does Trump go to? I have yet to see where he has ever attended church. And I do not believe he is a Christian. He can doubt President Barack Obama’s birthplace and religion. So I ...

Letter to the editor: An epic failure

To the editor: In 2018 I moved to Kansas from West Virginia. The Mountain State suffers from its own brand of political insanity, but at least its legislators had the common sense and decency to expand Medicaid. As a result, the rate of uninsured West Virginians dropped from 35% to 14% with ...

Letter to the editor: National disgrace

To the editor: Today, May 31, exactly marks 99 years since one of the worst racial atrocities in American history. That day armed white men in Tulsa, Okla., invaded the very prosperous and self-sufficient African American neighborhood known as the Greenwood District, shooting, looting and ...

Opinion: Educators plan for uncertain future

Help is on its way, but reopening Kansas schools won’t be easy. With the state’s economy in free fall and Kansas COVID-19 cases still on the rise, educators are meeting in school districts across Kansas to plan for reopening schools this fall even though start dates remain ...

Opinion: Endowment should help KU more in this crisis

Your family takes great pride in helping each other across generations. The grandparents regularly set aside money, knowing that your dream is to build a second home on a few acres of land the family owns. You could not do it without them. They want to do it for you. After years of their ...

Opinion: As death toll mounts, Trump tweets

Always before, there have been words. Always before, someone crafted them with writerly skill and gave them to the president to give to us. Always, before. When seven people died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, President Ronald Reagan spoke of how, just that morning, they “waved ...

Opinion: Trump sabotages real conservatism

Among dozens of addled tweets from the commander in chief over the past few days, one in particular deserves pausing over because it demonstrates not just the weak-mindedness of our president but also the way his leadership is sabotaging conservatism. Trump retweeted a post featuring ...

Opinion: Trump is choosing the wrong opponent in Obama

It is a common, if not especially honorable, practice in American politics for a candidate and her campaign to prefer to run not against their actual opponent on the ballot but rather against the most unpopular caricature of the opponent’s party. That explains why Democrats, for close to ...

Opinion: Annie Glenn was an American hero all on her own

In 2012, Annie Glenn and I were doing what we so often did, which was to sit side-by-side in a quiet place offstage, waiting for our extroverted husbands to finish speaking to a crowd. We had been close friends for six years by then. My husband, Sherrod Brown, was running for reelection to ...

Opinion: A reminder of how much it took

“Oh beautiful, for heroes proved In liberating strife Who more than self their country loved And mercy more than life.” — “America The Beautiful,” by Katharine Lee Bates And Memorial Day comes around once more. Gateway to the summer, to beaches, beer and barbecue, yes. But ...