Opinion

Opinion: Is the Republican Party a hate group?

Here’s how The Southern Poverty Law Center defines a hate group. It is, they say, “an organization that — based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities — has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, ...

Opinion: The puzzling problem of vaping

San Francisco — A 29-story office building at 123 Mission St. illustrates the policy puzzles that fester because of these facts: For centuries, tobacco has been a widely used legal consumer good that does serious and often lethal harm when used as it is intended to be used. And its ...

Opinion: Saudi leader urgently needs to reset U.S. relationship

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia — As America’s confrontation with Iran deepens in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. military is rushing more than 500 troops to Saudi Arabia, its key partner in the region. The grim but necessary task is to deter Iran and prepare for war, if deterrence fails. It’s time for ...

Opinion: Reform how vacancies are filled

The news that a Kansas legislator is resigning midterm for health reasons presents a good opportunity to think about the process that Kansas uses to fill legislative vacancies. This is probably not an enthralling topic to most, but it matters because that process is a rotten anachronism that ...

Opinion: The contagion of rationalization

Washington — Susan Brooks. Brian Fitzpatrick. Will Hurd. Fred Upton. You may have read or heard these names in passing, but they are worth lingering upon. These are the four Republicans who supported a resolution condemning President Trump’s plainly racist taunt urging four House members ...

Letter to the editor: Great city service

To the editor: A big shout-out to the employees in municipal services and operations, particularly those working in the pavement management (pothole repair) and the solid waste divisions. Lawrence roads took a beating after the long winter and heavy rains this past spring, and keeping the many ...

Letter to the editor: Trump’s obvious lies

To the editor: Our president gave a speech last week in which he delivered some of his most significant lies. Why so significant? Because unless his lies are understood, they will make life much more dangerous for my grandchildren and yours. We all know that he has in fact openly lied ...

Letter to the editor: Refugees need help

To the editor: It was the summer of 1971, and a crowd had gathered at the Dubuque, Iowa, airport, awaiting the arrival of our first refugees from Vietnam. Father Thomas Rhomberg represented Catholic Charities, I was with the Dubuque Area Council of Churches, and U.S. Rep. Tom Tauke from ...

Letter to the editor: Another God

To the editor: Shirley Halladay (July 16 letter to the editor) offers a prayer to her God for protection from all who don’t look like her. All who would make our country and Lawrence less desirable and attractive because they are more unemployable, more homeless or more likely to bring crime ...

Opinion: Mr. Trump, America is not your house

Dear Donald Trump: Years ago, I got to visit Kwethluk, an Alaskan town of fewer than 900 souls. It is an isolated place where the people, most of them Yup’ik and Eskimo, live on what the tundra provides: ptarmigan, moose, seal, salmonberries. I remember standing upon that snowbound landscape ...

Opinion: Apollo 11’s achievement still dazzles

Washington — Thirty months after setting the goal of sending a mission 239,000 miles to the moon, and returning safely, President John Kennedy cited a story the Irish author Frank O’Connor told about his boyhood. Facing the challenge of a high wall, O’Connor and his playmates tossed their ...

Opinion: Biggest challenge in Gulf: security

Muscat, Oman — Here’s the most intriguing fact about Iran’s apparent seizure on Saturday of a small oil tanker about 240 miles northwest of here: Thus far, it has brought only a muted response from the United Arab Emirates, in whose waters the vessel had been operating, and from the ...

Opinion: Ross Perot was truly a one of a kind candidate

As someone who was lucky enough to cover the 1992 presidential campaign —involving Republican incumbent President George W. Bush, Democratic challenger Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and the independent maverick Texas billionaire businessman Ross Perot — from start to finish, allow me to make ...

Letter to the editor: Finding solutions

To the editor: There have been recent reports that Social Security will be in serious trouble in a few years because it will run out of money to keep the government’s promises to millions of people. That was true in the 1980s too. I was the editor of a national trade magazine in Peoria, ...

Opinion: Trump never tires of provocation

Washington — For many, summer is the literary season of lighter novels at the beach or pool. For me — exhausted by the quickening pace of President Trump’s moral and mental disintegration — escape takes the form of reading works of fiction that I have often read before. Encountering a ...

Letter to the editor: 2 types of intolerance

To the editor: I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas. Previously, I taught young adults with severe autism in New York City. My New York friends warned me about moving to Kansas as a person of color. I figured a university town would be safe. Well, I have experienced ...

Letter to the editor: No sanctuary city

To the editor: To all the city commissioners, we pray to God that the City Commission will not cave in to the recent protest group (many activists from out of town) and turn Lawrence into a sanctuary city! When you were campaigning for office, you promised to help make Lawrence more ...

Opinion: Claremont would make founders weep

The Claremont Institute was part of the flowering of intellectual conservatism that graced America in the 1970s and 1980s. Founded by students of Lincoln scholar Harry Jaffa, the California think tank was devoted to teaching “the principles of the American Founding to the future thinkers and ...

Opinion: Failure to protect wolves will be irreversible

Washington — From Little Red Riding Hood’s terrifying encounter with the Big Bad Wolf to Kevin Costner’s balletic romance with some kindred, four-legged spirit in “Dances With Wolves,” Americans have long had a love-hate relationship with the ancestral predecessor of our favorite ...