Your Turn

To submit a lengthier opinion piece about a topic of public interest, please email your submission to letters@ljworld.com and indicate that you would like it to be considered for a “Your Turn” column. Submissions must bear the name, address and telephone number of the writer.

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 ...