Your Turn

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Your Turn: The real enemy is the current administration

Last year, the Journal-World joined 350 of the nation’s newspapers in decrying the repeated slogan from the White House that “the press is the enemy of the people.” These are really code words for “the facts are the enemy of the people,” particularly facts reported by the press that ...

Your Turn: We are failing our young people on a crucial level

One person committing suicide is too many. That’s been a given as our behavioral health collaborative partners have begun working on strategies to reduce Douglas County’s suicide rate as part of our current Community Health Plan. Sadly, our age-adjusted suicide rate of 15.4 deaths per ...

Your Turn: Cultivate better options for historic intersection

The intersection of 11th Street and Massachusetts Street is a Lawrence icon. Postcards, photographs, and civic promotional materials have treated it as the focal point of our city for over a century. The majestic buildings of the Douglas County Courthouse and the Watkins Museum of History ...

Your Turn: U.S. needs to be a leader in saving the planet

In April 1970, Earth Day was held in America to raise awareness about our treatment of the planet. Millions of people participated. Earth Day moved us to treat our environment better. Two catastrophes made it a no-brainer. Chemical waste on Ohio's Cuyahoga River caught fire, and a river ...

Your Turn: A community invitation to court’s special session at the Lied Center

On behalf of the Kansas Supreme Court, I am pleased to invite the people of Lawrence and neighboring communities to join the court for a special session Monday, April 1. The court will hear attorneys present arguments in two cases starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Lied Center at the University of ...

Your Turn: Advancing health equity in our community

In recent decades, the rise of chronic disease as the predominant driver of health in our country has spawned new models for the role and function of local public health departments. Each year the first week of April is recognized as National Public Health Week. This represents a great ...

Your Turn: Restore the arts to their rightful place in Kansas

Dear Gov. Laura Kelly, 2019 marks a hopeful turn for Kansas. Your election as governor and the return of essential tax revenue bodes well for the rebuilding of our state, beginning, as you said in your State of the State address, with education, child welfare and Medicaid. There is also much ...

Your Turn: An ideal opportunity to tackle climate change

On Wednesday, five members of the U.S. House of Representatives from both parties introduced the most significant climate change legislation in over a decade. Sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and ...

Your Turn: Justice Matters group supports mental health sales tax

“I (expletive) hate my life. I am going to end it. My friend just took all my guns away. This is serious.” That is what my friend told me Wednesday morning as I stood next to the apple stand at the Merc waiting for my fancy coffee. His hands were shaking as he fidgeted — wiping his ...

Your Turn: Mistaking cause and effect on taxes

The Kansas Jayhawk football team recently broke a nine-year road game losing streak, just one year after state legislators approved the largest income tax in state history, so the Jayhawks’ road win is a result of the tax increase. That conclusion is obviously absurd, but it’s the same ...

Your Turn: Kavanaugh shouldn’t be on Supreme Court

An Open Letter to Senators Moran and Roberts: As a professor of constitutional law, I normally strive to be nonpartisan and avoid taking positions on Supreme Court nominations. I will make an exception in this case. Each of you recently announced that you will vote to confirm Judge Brett ...

Your Turn: Survivors need to be supported, not judged

“You’re stuck in my head and I can’t get you out of it/If I could do it all again/I know I’d go back to you.” These are the lyrics to the recent Selena Gomez hit “Back to You.” I heard this song on the radio while driving my children to school the other day. As I reflected on ...

Your Turn: Lawrence has a housing affordability problem

A national trend is being felt right here in Lawrence. The convergence of increasing costs of land, labor, materials, permitting and regulatory requirements has made it nearly impossible for developers and home builders to invest in moderately priced housing. As a result, our community has a ...

Boys & Girls Club executive director: Club leaders, community came together on project

My role as CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) here at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence has been a very rewarding and humbling experience for me the past six years. I have learned a lot and have been fortunate to be part of an organization that recently accomplished a goal that we had been ...

Your Turn: Bert Nash committed to core values

In its nearly 70-year history, the Bert Nash Center has witnessed many changes and challenges. But one thing remains constant: our commitment to our core values of compassion, integrity and equity, on a foundation of hope. Those values are at the very heart of what we do, and they always will ...

Your Turn: Supreme Court justices should have term limits

Life tenure for Supreme Court Justices, combined with increasing partisan polarization, is a toxic combination that is poisoning our democracy. It is time to find a better way that preserves judicial independence while reducing the level of conflict over nominations. A move to a nonrenewable ...

Your Turn: Lawmakers working together on climate

In 1970 after establishing the EPA, President Nixon said, “Restoring nature to its natural state is a cause beyond political party and beyond factions.” In that spirit, it will take courage, commitment and vision to address the growing threat of climate change. During Citizen’s Climate ...

Your Turn: Becoming a better problem solver in the courts

Recently, Douglas County voters narrowly rejected a proposition to remodel and increase the size of the Douglas County Jail and to fund the construction of a crisis intervention center. Faced with jail overcrowding and the continued need for crisis intervention programs in the community, the ...

Your Turn: We should address racism, sexism with no fear

Lawrence prides itself on being a progressive and inclusive community, but rarely engages in the tough conversations necessary to live up to our values of equity. On May 15, the City Commission considered whether to send a plan for a mural depicting Women of Color in Lawrence to the Arts ...

Your Turn: We must end incessant school litigation

The words of a recent guest column in the Lawrence Journal-World about the Kansas Coalition for Fair Funding were not surprising. It was a continuation of the intellectually shallow, fact-short screed about taxes, school finance and the Kansas budget. Certainly, reasonable people can disagree ...