Opinion

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Opinion: Coronavirus blame game continues to spread

The coronavirus did apparently originate in China. Now President Donald Trump wants to punish that country for its role in letting the virus spread to the United States. This is just another poor excuse to push the same protectionist policies he has always favored. It’s also a way for him to ...

Letter to the editor: Protect film building

To the editor: Hopefully the Lawrence City Commission will vote against allowing the Centron building (Oldfather Studios property on West Ninth Street) to be rezoned to allow apartments on the site. This is a historic building that should be protected. Centron Films produced some of the ...

Letter to the editor: Election information

To the editor: COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives, including the 2020 elections. Although there are no plans to change the Aug. 4 primary election or Nov. 3, general election, election officials throughout Kansas are implementing additional measures to protect the health of ...

Opinion: Trump the fighter cannot lead nation

One of the chief selling points about Donald Trump in 2016, one that persuaded many initially dubious Republicans, was the argument that “he fights.” Some of us tried to counter that his battles nearly always concerned his own fragile ego, not the cause of conservatism, nor even the ...

Letter to the editor: No candidates?

To the editor: Where are all the candidates? We are less than two weeks before the filing deadline for important elective offices and, as of this writing, only four of 28 primary races for area legislative and county offices are contested. Even worse, only two of 14 general election races are ...

Letter to the editor: Take it outside

To the editor: COVID-19 appears to spread mostly via airborne transmission, and the best research suggests that sustained exposure to other people in poorly ventilated indoor spaces poses a risk of infection. Disturbingly, there are now many documented cases of indoor transmission at ...

Opinion: McConnell, say what you mean

Dear Mitch McConnell: Why don’t you just go ahead and call Barack Obama the N-word? You know you want to. It’d probably do wonders for your blood pressure. And it would free you from the tiresome charade of using coded language to say the same thing. It would also free the rest of us ...

Opinion: County power little noticed until now

Throughout this pandemic, we’ve gotten used to waiting on, listening to and then either criticizing or thanking our elected leaders much more than usual. The reasons for this are obvious: During a public emergency we all, like it or not, depend upon those with governing authority who impose ...

Letter to the editor: Don’t be dumb

To the editor: Survival of the fittest has a corollary: death of the dumbest. When I see the news videos of people in crowds, without masks, protesting, or going to bars or beaches, I can’t help but think “they will reap what they sow,” and so be it. But that is not true. Most of them ...

Opinion: This is not harmless; it’s a harbinger

Eighteen-year-old Dameon Shepard was playing video games when the mob came to his door. Some were carrying guns. It must’ve felt like one of those old westerns where the sheriff faces down angry townsfolk demanding the blood of the desperado inside his jail. Or, given that Shepard is black ...

Opinion: Many Republicans do have a sense of humor

An American politician can help herself politically by being able to believably use self-deprecating humor, which sends a clear message: “I am not pompously self-important or thin-skinned; I do not take myself completely seriously.” No one was better at self-deprecation than former ...

Letter to the editor: Look at the choices

To the editor: The choices we have to make today regarding the coronavirus remind me of the theory of the 19th century Austrian economists, that humans make choices between security and freedom. They trade part of their security for freedom and vice versa. During World War II, I fought for ...

Letter to the editor: Pearl Harbor what-if

To the editor: What if Donald Trump had been the president when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941? Based on Trump’s handling of COVID-19 so far, here might be some highlights. Word of the attack spreads; people become fearful. In a fireside chat Trump calms them, saying that ...

Letter to the editor: Shame on us

To the editor: It’s sad that I’m compelled to write this. Like most of us, I’ve been consumed by the strangest experience of my 67 years. I don’t even need to identify it. It’s horrendous enough. But there may be worse. Read about Ahmaud Arbery. Read Charles Blow in the New York ...

Letter to the editor: A tribute to Mom

To the editor: My 94-year-old mother lives in a skilled nursing facility in Connecticut. As of May 5, 20 of the 58 residents tested positive for COVID-19. Five of those 20 have died. She’s trapped on the Titanic; adjacent staterooms are filling up with the sea water. Will she be next? “I ...

Letter to the editor: Big victory for voters

To the editor: The League of Women Voters of Kansas is proud to be part of a voting rights victory for all Kansans as we celebrate the ruling of a federal appeals court that requiring documentary proof of citizenship to register to vote is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties ...

Letter to the editor: Why he dislikes tests

To the editor: According to news reports, President Donald Trump recently stated that too much testing just makes you look bad. I’m guessing that’s a lesson Donald might have learned early on in school. Geography (where is India?), grammar (complete sentences), civics (how many governors ...

Opinion: Black people are dying to know

That video broke my heart. If you’ve seen it, you need no further explanation. You know exactly what video I’m talking about and why it shattered me. If you haven’t, be advised that the clip in question depicts the last seconds in the life of Ahmaud Arbery. He was just 25, a young man ...