Your Turn

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Your Turn: Let’s revisit the name of our county, while we’re at it

As a longtime resident of Old West Lawrence, I have followed with interest the efforts of my neighbors to the north to consider renaming their neighborhood, which for decades has been known as Pinckney. The reason for their discussion lies in the fact that Charles Pinckney, of South Carolina, ...

Your Turn: Recent Alzheimer drug approval is a profile in futility

Earlier this month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the approval of a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease, the first in almost 20 years. The drug, a protein with the tongue-twisting name of aducanumab (ad-yoo-can-yoo-mab), is touted as the first to slow the otherwise ...

Your Turn: Therapy ordinance must protect religious speech

An open letter to the Lawrence City Commission: Regarding the current proposal to ban the use of “conversion therapy” for LGBTQ minors in Lawrence, I’d like to add another faith-based perspective to the discussion. First, I want to commend the city for considering such a proposal and ...

Your Turn: Tenure essential to university’s mission

The Journal-World has been commendable in its coverage of the controversy over the University of Kansas’ refusal to disavow use of the Kansas Board of Regents’ optional suspension of tenure protections in the wake of current budget problems. In her “Follow-up” note on Friday, the ...

Your Turn: We need to stop overlooking ventilation and filtration

Douglas County has done better than several surrounding counties relative to many of the COVID-19 indicators. More consistent mask wearing is likely part of the underlying reason for this; at least many of our local public health officials think so. And there’s certainly data to back up the ...

Your Turn: Antitrust suggestion premature

Your Dec. 6 editorial criticized the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics’ proposal for overhauling NCAA Division I sports governance because we did not recommend an antitrust exemption to enable big-time sports programs like KU to cap college sports spending. We agree too many ...