Your Turn

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Your Turn: KU must reverse disastrous decision regarding STEM program

I am writing as a Kansan, a mother and as a biology professor at the University of Kansas. I am tremendously concerned by the proposed elimination of the UKanTeach program at KU. This program prepares high school teachers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). I take my ...

Your Turn: Give us real data, not rhetoric, on health care

During her recent announcement of candidacy for the U.S. Senate, Susan Wagle stated that “Socialized medicine, which leads to long waits, poor care, lack of choice and health care rationing, is never the answer.” I would like to know how she supports those claims about this very important ...

Your Turn: Step up support for homeless

I read with dismay that the Lawrence Community Homeless Shelter is reducing the number of clients it can serve from 125 to 60. Hundreds of people who gave generously to help the Shelter acquire and furnish the current facility will be equally disappointed. When the move was made, the ...

Your Turn: Just Food is vital and more than a pantry

It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since I retired. The days roll into weeks, the weeks to months and the months to years. Still, I remember a certain day in August 2015 like it was yesterday. It was my first day as a volunteer at Just Food here in Lawrence. It was also the day ...

Your Turn: 50 years after Apollo 11, we must reinvest in STEM

For decades, Americans have been looking up to the night sky for answers to humanity’s biggest questions. This summer is particularly special, however, as we remember the immense achievement of putting a man on the moon 50 years ago and wonder where exploration will take us next. The ...

Your Turn: Climate change isn’t a single issue; it frames all

Fifteen out of 240 minutes. That’s how much time was devoted to the unfolding climate crisis during the first set of Democratic presidential debates. Six percent of the total time (toward the tail end of the debates) devoted to a topic that threatens our existence as a species. A topic that ...