Your Turn

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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 ...

Your Turn: City earns anti-development reputation

People — from elected city commissioners to some commentators on the Journal-World website — act as if the 2020 planning document and Southern Development Plan were written by the finger of God on stone tablets. If a plan says a certain type of commercial development is designated in an ...

Opinion: Race issues will require long-term commitment

By Gene A. Budig and Alan HeapsWhen we look back at 2015, we can hope it was the year when Americans once again seriously re-engaged with issues of race. For too long, many have swept this important but sensitive issue under the rug.   There is some good news on this front: Americans are ...

Your Turn: Rethinking holiday priorities

By Gene A. Budig and Alan Heaps It’s early December and the holiday season is in full swing. This late-year string of celebrations now extends a full two months, starting on Halloween and ending on New Year’s Day, with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa ...

Your Turn: K-State distinguished profs oppose concealed-carry law

Editor’s note: The following column was submitted by Chris Sorensen and Elizabeth Dodd on behalf of themselves and 38 other distinguished professors at Kansas State University. In July of 2017, Kansas Board of Regents institutions will lose their exemption from Kansas legislation that permits ...

Your Turn: Immigration positive for U.S.

Thanks to the presidential candidates, immigration is once again at the forefront of the national agenda.  Unfortunately, the focus on unauthorized immigrants threatens to cast a pall over the whole issue. As we continue the debate, we would do well to remember that a willingness to welcome ...

Your Turn: Propylon CEO addresses state software concerns

Ensuring that Kansas taxpayers and the hard-earned tax dollars they produce are carefully and wisely utilized is a bedrock objective in providing state services. Whether it’s a program administrator or a private company assisting the state, we all must be prudent managers of public ...

Your Turn: KU group seeks to support black students

As a proud graduate of the University of Kansas, and a black woman, I have a great interest in KU having a diverse student body, faculty and staff. Because of this, I applaud the work KU is doing to create a climate that invites a diverse population, as seen by the enrollment growth in ...

Your Turn: Berra was one of a kind

By Gene BudigDr. Bobby Brown, my predecessor as president of the American League, once described to me that young Yogi Berra was “a mass of muscle from the head down, and he always came ready to play.”Third baseman of the old New York Yankees, Brown further said his old friend from St. ...

Your Turn: Technology not transforming education

For decades, there has been a vision of an education system transformed by technology. Many have believed, or at least hoped, that the combined power of hardware, software and the Internet would vastly improve student performance. This vision has many facets, including schools with a level ...

Your Turn: Just Food seeks to restore trust, stability

Just Food, Douglas County’s largest food bank, needs the community’s help!This is such a hard column to write because Jeremy Farmer, Just Food’s former executive director, was my friend. We worked together as city and county commissioners, sometimes with the opportunity to help the most ...

Your Turn: University leaders see challenges ahead

With the surprising emergence of boisterous Donald Trump and the growing concerns about truthfulness surrounding frontrunner Hillary Clinton, a dozen administrative leaders from significant state universities anticipate a wild fall on campus.It will involve the emotional and loud voices of ...