Your Turn

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Your Turn: Influence of Hispanic voters will grow

The 2016 elections have moved into high gear. Candidates at all levels, along with their political parties, are jockeying for position. This unfolding story has many subplots. One of the most intriguing is the heated competition for the Hispanic vote. In the 2014 elections, it is estimated that ...

Your Turn: Commissioner addresses code issues

At the June 3 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, there was an extensive discussion of the enforcement of building codes in Douglas County, and the commission received numerous comments relating specifically to the handling of the building permit issued to Kris Kobach. Since I believe ...

Your Turn: Foster families change lives

I have read with interest the multiple Journal-World articles about Penny, the runaway foster dog, and the numerous reader comments regarding the stories. While I am happy there are folks out there willing to take in stray animals, I can’t help but wish that similar news coverage and public ...

Your Turn: Changes boost K-12 funding needs

I recently had a conversation with my dad, a retired teacher, and another relative about school funding. We all were in agreement the block grant represents a cut to our state’s K-12 operational funding. However my relative then added: “but I think we spend too much on administration and ...

Your Turn: Two-year colleges have key role

Earlier this year, President Obama introduced a plan “to make community college as free and universal as high school.”This proposal, which generated both support and opposition, is important for two reasons.One, it provides a partial answer to a pressing national problem: the price of ...

Your turn: Group focuses on housing, mental health

Justice Matters is a coalition of 21 faith communities that have crossed racial and economic social lines to come together and address issues of justice in the city of Lawrence. Last fall, we canvassed neighborhoods, trailer parks, and organized over 1,200 people to meaningfully discuss life in ...

Your Turn: Home-based services make sense

In the May 1 Lawrence Journal-World, an interesting narrative plays out by laying three different Section A stories out next to each other: one about Kansas’ budget crisis, one about a rally in Topeka by people in the developmental and physical disability community, and, lastly, the day’s ...

Your Turn: Helpful neighbors replace KU’s Big Event

I want to take this opportunity to speak about the KU Big Event, its cancellation and my wonderful neighbors. I am an elderly woman and, unfortunately, on March 9, I fell in my home and broke my shoulder. I still have problems and I am currently in physical therapy. I didn’t know what ...

Your Turn: Economy should work for all

By Gary BrunkKansas needs an economy that works for everyone, where the road map to opportunity and the middle class is available to all.That would seem to be a goal for the Brownback administration. Road Map 2.0, unveiled during the governor’s 2014 campaign, says that “All Kansans deserve ...

Your Turn: State shouldn’t support discrimination

By Jennifer ParsonAs a chaplain and person of faith, religion is an important part of my daily life and a source of strength and inspiration.I deeply appreciate the value of religious institutions in the lives of many students, including those who attend state colleges and universities in ...

Your Turn: Kansas needs juvenile justice reform

Kansas’ juvenile justice system should be doing more to keep our communities safe and to make better use of state funds. Our juvenile code was written in 1996. Since then, research has shown many strategies once believed to fight youth crime actually do more harm than good — and at great ...

Opinion: 70 years ago, nation mourned FDR

Seventy years ago this week, on April 12, 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and died at Warm Springs, Ga. The president died on the eve of victory against Germany and Japan in the Second World War; just three weeks after his death, Germany signed ...

Opinion: Future of baseball is looking bright

About this you may be certain: The 2015 Major League Baseball season will be one to remember for young and old alike with a record number of people (some 74 million people plus) passing through the turnstiles. Once again, the American and National Leagues will draw more fans than the combined ...

Opinion: Media should focus on education solutions

April brings both hope and fear to thousands of anxious teenagers. It is the month when many high school seniors receive acceptances and rejections from the colleges of their choice. But, in the last decade, April has gained another distinction: It has also become the month when the public is ...

Your Turn: Longtime resident concerned for Kansas

I recently spent a rough night, filled with bad dreams. Everything I tried to do turned out exactly the opposite of what I had set out to achieve: Several haircuts left my hair even longer than before, and multiple attempts to park my bike near some building I apparently needed to get to were ...

Your Turn: Battle for open government continues

By Ron KeefoverMarch 15-21 marks the 10th anniversary of the nationally commemorated Sunshine Week during which open government proponents throughout our nation point with pride at transparency breakthroughs, but are equally alarmed about setbacks to the people’s right to know what their ...

Opinion: Charity good for recipients and givers

We continue to receive good news about the economy. But one part of the story has not received the attention it deserves. That part is charitable giving.The year 2007 set a record high for contributions. But the recession brought the trend to a halt. In 2008, charitable giving experienced the ...

Your Turn: Texas judge endorses merit selection

By Lawton R. NusszSome members of the legislative and executive branches of Kansas government have publicly expressed their admiration for many “things Texan.” For example, they acclaim Gov. Rick Perry’s conservative leadership and praise Texas’ lack of a state income tax. Their high ...

Your Turn: Tax incentives good for Lawrence

I am writing in response to Mr. Herynk’s recent letter to the editor and to reply to the recent Journal-World editorial on the use of tax abatements that are requested by developers in the city of Lawrence. I work with several active developers in Lawrence and am active in requesting ...

Your Turn: Law will help Kansas caregivers

By Judith BellomeAll of us either are, have been or will be a caregiver at some time in our lives. A recent AARP report indicates that there are over 600,000 nonpaid caregivers in Kansas. These are selfless, dedicated people who are the backbone of our health care communities and they save us ...