Opinion

Opinion: Institutions not checking Trump

Taipei, Taiwan — What happens on Hong Kong Island does not stay there. The ongoing tsunami of discontent washes over this island, which, like Hong Kong, is navigating the choppy waters of relations with the same large and menacing mainland neighbor. This nation — which is such ...

Opinion: Don’t look at all politics through lens of one issue

Washington — The decision by The New York Times to remove a key exculpatory fact from its recent article on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is such an incredible editing error that it raises the prospect that it might have been an ideological intervention. What editor, looking to cut ...

Opinion: Address racial disparities in our prisons

To address prison overcrowding, Kansas must understand the racial disparities that exist in our system of mass incarceration, how they fuel our ballooning prison population, and potential remedies. Our state prison population does not reflect the Kansas population on race. According to 2018 ...

Opinion: No new edition of ‘Profiles in Courage’

Then-Sen. John F Kennedy wrote admiringly in his 1955 book, “Profiles in Courage,” about Republican U.S. Sen. Edmund G. Ross of Kansas. In 1868, in a decision Ross knew would end his political career, he broke with his party to vote against the impeachment of then-President Andrew Johnson, ...

Opinion: Conflict with Iran a Trump-made crisis

Washington — It’s a good rule never to start a fight you’re not eager to finish. But the Trump administration and its Arab allies now seem caught in a version of that dilemma with Iran, which is proving to be a tougher adversary than Washington expected. Iran’s alleged attack last ...

Opinion: Climate change has been clear

With apologies to Stevie Wonder, for whom it was once an album title, nothing is “hotter than July.” July was the hottest month. Maybe you’re waiting for that sentence to be qualified: “hottest month of the last 20 years,” let’s say. But it turns out July of 2019 was the hottest ...

Opinion: Hong Kong faces increasingly nasty regime

Hong Kong — Lee Cheuk-yan, unlike most Americans, remembers and reveres Lane Kirkland, a hero of the first Cold War. During 16 years as leader of the AFL-CIO, 1979-1995, Kirkland gave crucial support, both material and moral, to Lech Walesa and the Solidarity movement in Poland, where it was ...

Views from Kansas: How to grow professionals

Editor’s Note: Views from Kansas is a regular feature that highlights editorials and other viewpoints from across the state. Unemployment in Kansas stands at 3.3%, according to the Kansas Department of Labor. But before you jump for joy, take note that Kansas is on a long-term trend of ...

Letter to the editor: Serving the CCP

To the editor: George Will’s recent columns from Hong Kong clearly explain the reasons why millions of Hong Kong residents are marching in the streets. They are doing what they can to defend their free and open society against the efforts of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to incorporate ...

Opinion: Hong Kong protests need leaders

Hong Kong — As tens of thousands of protesters marched down Hennessy Road toward government headquarters Sunday afternoon, chanting pro-democracy slogans and waving American flags, it was an exuberant celebration of this territory’s yearning for freedom. The protesters seemed mindless of ...

Letter to the editor: Keep water clean

To the editor: In this week’s newsletter, Sen. Jerry Moran states concerning the president’s rollback of the Clean Water Act, “ In doing so, the president eliminated uncertainty.” It would be better said that the president has deregulated the Clean Water Act, opening up our rivers and ...

Letter to the editor: It’s not a sport

To the editor: You can tell from the print ads that autumn is almost here. And once again the outlets are advertising assault rifles under “sporting goods.” When I was a boy learning to hunt squirrel, my daddy would send me out with one 22 long rifle cartridge for the purpose. If I ...

Letter to the editor: A waste of time

To the editor: I recently attended a Lawrence Planning Commission meeting as a concerned resident about an assisted living facility that was allowed to be built in our neighborhood. The home added a large structure on to the existing property to house 11 disabled residents. It has increased ...

Opinion: Trump is a racist, but stop saying that

Washington — President Trump is a horrendous racist. And it’s time for Democrats to stop calling him one. Counterintuitive? Yes. But substantial evidence shows that labeling Trump “racist” backfires against Democrats. It energizes his supporters without providing any additional ...

Letter to the editor: Constitution Week

To the editor: Constitution Week is Sept. 17-23. I’d like to share some interesting facts about the Constitution of the United States of America from Roger Sachar and Chris Chadzutko, along with information from the National Archives. Jacob Shallus, a clerk, was paid $30 to write the ...

Letter to the editor: Adopt this program

To the editor: Recently, Johnson County Mental Health Center began efforts to include education about mental health and substance abuse in Johnson County schools. Developed by EverFi Inc., the new course “introduces students to the experiences of others in order to develop awareness and ...

Opinion: Sanford could have been a contender but not now

Charleston, S.C. — Once upon a time, Mark Sanford might have been a contender, but there’s too much water under the bridges that stretch from this city of steeples to his erstwhile home on Sullivan’s Island. The disgraced former South Carolina governor and congressman announced Sunday ...

Opinion: General was steady hand in Trump era

Washington — Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who will retire this month, is that rare senior official in Donald Trump’s Washington whose career and reputation don’t seem to have been tarnished by his dealings with the president. The explanation is simple: ...