Your Turn

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Opinion: Kansas Chamber represents only a very few

The tail wags the dog when it comes to the politics of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. A few businesses underwrite the chamber’s electioneering with results contrary to the interests of most Kansas businesses.The Kansas Chamber Political Action Committee conducts the chamber’s campaign ...

Opinion: Kansas especially reckless, thoughtless on taxes

I’ve lived in the Midwest my entire adult life. By temperament, I’m a Midwesterner — relatively pragmatic, optimistic within reason, and generally kind (I hope). I’ve lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, and — for the past 37 years — Kansas. Traveling through this ...

Your Turn: City’s action diminishes access to arts

In 1974, when Lawrence decided not to leave engagement in art up to the private sector or the marketplace, the Lawrence Arts Center and the City of Lawrence entered a collaboration to bring arts exhibitions, performance, and visual and performing arts education to the entire community. Our ...

Your Turn: Universities face uncertainty

In a matter of weeks — yes, weeks — our colleges and universities will be in full swing for the 2016-17 school year.And what can we expect? A survey of 12 college presidents and a review of the literature give us pretty clear insights. If pushed to define the upcoming academic year in a ...

Your Turn: Cuts will impact Cottonwood clients

Most days, there is news about the governor’s attempts to stem the state’s massive tax-cut-induced hemorrhage. School payments are delayed, highway funds are seized, KPERS loans are unpaid, and Medicaid reimbursements are cut 4 percent across the board.School and hospital voices are big and ...

Your Turn: Secretary shares Kansas ag stats

The agriculture industry has historically been a fundamental part of the Kansas economy, so we were surprised and concerned to see the article in the June 28 Journal-World that claimed agriculture was no longer a strong part of the “three-legged stool” of the Kansas economy.When the author ...

Your Turn: Group helps build sports participation

This is a great summer for sports fans. A partial line-up includes: NBA and NHL finals, Summer Olympics, baseball, three golf majors, Wimbledon, Copa America and UEFA Euro, more than a dozen NASCAR and Grand Prix races, and the Tour de France.  This is also a great time for the business of ...

Your Turn: Storm bearing down on Kansas schools

I grew up in central Kansas, where (for better or for worse) dark stormy skies were more likely to draw me outside with my dad than send me for cover in the basement. I’ve seen big storms, I’ve cleaned up the mess they leave and I’ve helped rebuild in the weeks and months after. It’s ...

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 ...