Opinion

Opinion: Protectionism is ‘iatrogenic government’

Washington — The cascading effects of U.S. protectionism on U.S. producers and consumers constitute an ongoing tutorial about what Daniel Patrick Moynihan called “iatrogenic government.” In medicine, an iatrogenic ailment is one inadvertently caused by a physician or medicine. Iatrogenic ...

Letter to the editor: Wagle should know

To the editor: I’m writing to express my appreciation for Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle’s assessment of Gov. Laura Kelly’s recent decision to veto an extra $51 million payment to the beleaguered Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. (“Kansas governor signs budget but vetoes ...

Views from Kansas: Moran, Roberts need to say ‘no’

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts are probably the most likable guys in the U.S. Senate. They understand the issues facing Kansas, plead for agricultural interests and, ...

Letter to the editor: Crisis of leadership

To the editor: President Trump is really losing it as his presidential reality show is not popular anymore and is not being renewed. America is tired of it and he once again is asking his staff how stable and calm he is. “A stable genius” he calls himself. Meanwhile, we are all scared of ...

Opinion: Remember: American politics very imitative

It’s a better than even bet that in Massachusetts today there is more than one ambitious young Democratic candidate running for local office who is deliberately pronouncing the word “again” so that it rhymes with “a pain.” Why, you logically ask? Because that’s how the martyred John ...

Opinion: What’s missing from China policy

The Dow plunged 450 points on the opening bell May 6 in response to this presidential tweet: “The Trade Deal with China continues, but too slowly, as they attempt to renegotiate. No! The 10% will go up to 25% on Friday.” Economists eye this brinkmanship fearfully. Bank of America/Merrill ...

Opinion: Amid turmoil, take heart in life’s important gifts

This has become too rare, I suddenly realized — this unscheduled gift of a moment. I was sitting on the small sofa in our front room, watching our 3-year-old granddaughter Carolyn as she arranged a family of toy mice on top of the trunk that doubles as a coffee table. She was softly ...

Opinion: Accepting responsibility for fighters

Washington — For sheer hypocrisy, it’s hard to match the European nations that are refusing responsibility for dozens of their nationals who became jihadist “foreign fighters” over the past five years and are now warehoused in makeshift prisons in northeast Syria. U.S. officials say ...

Opinion: Trump’s immigration plan could use some work

Last week, the Trump administration released the outline of an immigration plan meant to reshape how and which people are allowed into the United States. The plan would prioritize merit-based immigration and high-skilled labor over those who already have family here. Far from comprehensive or ...

Opinion: It’s time for us to save ourselves

“I pray for the president of the United States. And I pray for the United States of America.” — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “... Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” — James 2:17 You almost felt sorry for Nancy Pelosi. There was something poignant in ...

Opinion: Several to blame for disturbing Iranian policy

Washington — Difficulties with Iran will recur regularly, like the oscillations of a sine wave, and the recent crisis — if such it was, or is — illustrates persistent U.S. intellectual and institutional failures, starting with this: The Trump administration’s assumption, and that of ...

Editorial: Time to face facts at Lawrence’s homeless shelter

Nationally, you hear about institutions that are “too big to fail.” Lawrence, though, isn’t really a “too big to fail” town. Instead, it is often a “too kind to fail” community. For evidence, look to two recent votes. Voters in 2017 approved a new sales tax for affordable ...

Opinion: We are currently in a golden age of sleaze

Washington — American politics has become a case study of the type that college professors employ in Ethics 101. If the economy is good, does presidential corruption actually matter? That Donald Trump and members of his circle are corrupt has been established beyond doubt. There is the ...

Opinion: Reducing abortions the right way

While Georgia, Alabama and Missouri just passed strict abortion bans, the Kansas Supreme Court has taken a completely different tack. In Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt, the court ruled that the Kansas Constitution protects a woman’s right to have an abortion, except in cases of a narrowly ...

Opinion: Democrats’ (not entirely) ‘bleak prospects’

In my line of work, I run into more than a few Democrats whose mood swings of late are frankly semi-wild. Last November, when their party won 41 Republican U.S. House seats and took the House majority from the GOP, Democrats were almost giddy, increasingly confident that voters in 2020 would ...

Opinion: Will Trump ease up on Huawei?

Washington — With the Huawei case, as with so many other Trump administration gambits, the puzzling question is whether the president is using tough tactics to make a deal — or whether he really means to put China’s most powerful telecommunications company on what’s informally known as ...

Views from Kansas: College not just for privileged

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Kansas’ three major universities embrace the same mission as other outstanding higher-education centers nationwide. The Kansas-based institutions of learning are ...

Opinion: The hypocrisy of these activists

Last week, a man tried to convince me that he believes black lives matter. This is a kind of rhetorical judo some anti-abortion activists have adopted in debating pro-choice African Americans. They argue that black women have abortions at higher rates than others and that this amounts to a ...

Opinion: For Democrats, winnowing is already at work

Washington — “We’re cutting out some of this ear hair that you get when you get older,” said the 46-year-old manchild who is auditioning to be Skateboarder-in-Chief. Live-streaming his visit to an El Paso barbershop, Beto O’Rourke continued: “It grows out of your ears, and if you ...