Your Turn

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Your Turn: Higher education must address criticisms

As another academic year draws to a close, higher education is facing increasing criticism and scrutiny. Seemingly, little progress has been made in long-standing areas of concern.  • Higher education is unaffordable for many. Over the last 20 years, average tuition and fees have increased ...

Your Turn: Humans also part of nature

I never fail to read columns by Leonard Krishtalka, as they appear in the Journal-World. They are always insightful, intellectually honest and they tell us what we need to hear, not necessarily what we want to hear. However, I do take exception to one of his statements, listed as fact in the ...

Your Turn: U.S. candidates must face the facts

Cal Thomas and others think there “must be a better way to nominate and elect a president” (“Voters need better choices,” Journal-World, April 5), one that attracts smarter, more capable people. Thomas blames a “ravenous media” that scavenge the candidate’s life for the ...

Your Turn: Neighbors eye impact of proposed transit hub

The statement in Sunday’s editorial that the proposed transit hub can “likely be designed to accommodate the large number of buses without hindering traffic or negatively affecting the nearby neighborhood” is clearly not based on an objective evaluation of the project’s current ...

Your Turn: U.S. teachers deserve better treatment

May 3 is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Unfortunately, this nation too often neglects to thank those who do important and seemingly impossible work. The more than 3.5 million K-12 teachers fall into this category. We owe them big time. So let’s send them our apologies and our ...

Your Turn: Professors address guns, safety at KU

Sixty-four members of the Council of Distinguished Professors at Kansas University have sent a letter to Chancellor Gray-Little expressing concerns about the July 1, 2017, implementation of the Family and Personal Protection Act permitting the concealed carry of handguns on campus.In a previous ...

Your Turn: Local criminal justice system deserves review

To the credit of many, much thought has been given to creating a jail and a mental health crisis center that we can be proud of. But a system of fairness is more complex than individual buildings. It is also important to take the time to build a local criminal justice system that we can be ...

Your Turn: Senate’s stand spurs constitutional concerns

The refusal of Senate Republicans to consider President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court raises serious constitutional issues.The constitutional requirements are clear. Section 2 of Article II provides that the president is to “nominate” and the Senate is ...

Your Turn: Shelter points to success

There have been several articles in the Lawrence Journal-World in the last few weeks that have cast the Lawrence Community Shelter in a negative light. As the current president of the board at the shelter, I will be the first to acknowledge that there are issues that, with only the context of ...

Your Turn: Baseball brings welcome diversion from politics

What America needs is a respite from the rough and tumble world of presidential politics and ample time to refocus on Major League Baseball, 2016. After all, it does remain the national pastime.There is much to ponder: the tantalizing smells of the national pastime, hot dogs with mustard, ...

Your Turn: State’s criminal justice system is broken

Our criminal justice system is broken.But right now, if we lift our voices, we have a real chance to make it better.There is a growing, bipartisan consensus in Kansas that we’re putting too many people in jail and prison, and we’re putting them there for the wrong reasons.I’ve been a ...

Your Turn: Assessing the terror threat

Fear of terrorism on American soil is now part of our daily lives.  Surveys show how deeply we feel the threat. In December 2015, Gallup reported that 51 percent of Americans worry they or someone in their family will become a victim of terrorism; 67 percent believe that terror attacks are ...

Your Turn: Leavenworth can handle Gitmo prisoners

President Obama is making a final effort to close the prison at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Gov. Sam Brownback, Sen. Pat Roberts, and the entire Kansas congressional delegation are in full-throated opposition to the possible relocation of some of the Guantanamo prisoners to ...

Your Turn: Independent judiciary serves all

To some of us, whether we are in government or as citizens, the Kansas Supreme Court’s recent actions striking down the 2015 school-finance scheme could be seen as a wrongful power grab. Nothing could be further from the truth. The independence of the judiciary is not maintained for the ...

Your Turn: Private sector values education

Corporations of today see economic strength continuing in the U.S. if creativity and performance are recognized and rewarded and executives are willing to shovel more private dollars to the schools that produce needed and timely reformation.Able teachers are high on their list of concerns — ...

Your Turn: Jail expansion is the wrong strategy

At a time of falling crime rates, Douglas County is already spending far too much on incarceration and far too little on other urgently needed community resources. Building an unnecessary $30 million jail expansion now would be a costly mistake that would harm our community for ...

Your Turn: Flag ban is a slippery slope

I have been following the recent developments at Free State High School concerning the display of a Confederate flag by a student. As I understand it, the flag was on the student’s vehicle and, so while on school property (the parking lot), it was not inside the school. While the articles to ...

Your Turn: Medicaid expansion deserves discussion

Democracy has been called the “marketplace of ideas,” and, for more than 150 years, the men and women in the Kansas Legislature have served as the brokers of ideas for improving life in our state.In recent years, though, one policy idea to improve the lives of Kansans has been suppressed ...

Your Turn: Candidates don’t really love America

At a February 2015 fundraiser for then Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker, Rudy Giuliani declared that President Obama, because of his policies, didn’t really love America. For Giulani and the pundits who defended this verdict, policy is proxy for love of country. Well, two ...

Your turn: Merit pay for teachers a ridiculous idea

Gov. Sam Brownback seems to think paying teachers based on the merit of each student’s performance will fix what is wrong with education. I would like to share an idea with our state’s governor based on my own experience of working in our educational system.I was wondering if he would also ...