Your Turn

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Your Turn: What my visit with president taught me about humanity

The door opened. Expressionless men in black suits and dark sunglasses pushed into the crowd to clear a path. And then he was before me, not on a TV screen, but in my church, the church founded by New England abolitionists almost 170 years ago. I called out, “Mr. President. I am the pastor ...

Your Turn: The future of reproductive choice in Kansas is at risk

The recent article “Women are Coming to Kansas for abortions — but that could end soon” describes in detail just some of the agonizingly difficult obstacles people must endure trying to access abortion. Kansas clinics swamped with people from Texas seeking abortion care, now practically ...

Your Turn: Ending homelessness is going to require a paradigm shift

Earlier this year, the county and the city set an ambitious goal to end chronic homelessness in Lawrence in three years through the use of a Built for Zero model. While we recognize this is a large, multifaceted issue, we are hopeful that the efforts of the city, county and our community ...

Your Turn: Support proposed utility-scale solar plan

For more than a decade, the Climate + Energy Project has worked to reduce carbon emissions. We stand behind our commitment to Kansans to drive practical solutions for an equitable transition to a clean energy future. It is our mission — and there’s no time to waste. That’s why we must ...

Your Turn: Massive, industrial solar project is actually horrifying

As a lifelong environmentalist, I was excited to hear of a solar installation in my part of Douglas County. I had visions of the lovely solar farms I had seen in Germany and Switzerland, where solar panels, glinting among the trees, followed the curves of the land and provided shelter to cows ...

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, ...