Last Build Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0500
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0500Doubtless, there are journalists who would disagree with that assessment of how news media performed during the 2016 campaign, but I’ve never met one. The consensus among those I know is that coverage of that campaign represents journalism’s biggest fail since the run-up to the Iraq War.
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500It’s no surprise that a paid consultant has conducted a study that indicates a bike-sharing program would be feasible in Lawrence. What would be a surprise is if the Lawrence City Commission pursues such a program when there are much more pressing needs facing the city.
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500The Lawrence school board appears to have made an excellent choice in selecting Melissa Johnson to fill Krisie Adair’s seat on the board.
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500From what some politicians are saying you’d think the makers of our nation were a bunch of bare-knuckled libertarians.
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500As the White House reboots for “Trump 2.0” after a largely unsuccessful first two months, one lesson should be obvious: The radical, polarizing politics of the campaign trail don’t work well in governing the country.
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500If Kansas is going to raise funds for state programs through a lottery, it should certainly try to maximize that revenue.
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500Let’s admit it: America has become a land of strangers. Even before headphones, PCs and smartphones — all of which were heralded as breakthroughs in human communication but have turned out to be instruments of further isolation — we had begun disconnecting from one another other.
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500Under the dark gray cloud, amid the general gloom, allow me to offer a ray of sunshine. The last two months have brought a pleasant surprise: Turns out the much feared, much predicted withering of our democratic institutions has been grossly exaggerated. The system lives.
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500Flawed as it may be, give Kansas lawmakers credit for getting a new school funding bill on the table.
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500Many people do crazy things in middle age. I decided to write the libretto for an opera about Niccolo Machiavelli. It’s called “The New Prince,” premiering here this weekend at the Dutch National Opera.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0500It’s a scene you’ve seen a hundred times. The angry rabble advances on the jail, meaning to seize the prisoner and hang him from the nearest tree.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500The Senate Ways and Means Committee has drafted and endorsed a two-year budget bill that, on the surface, would seem appealing to many Kansans.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500As a boy, Barry Goldwater Jr., son of the former senator and 1964 Republican presidential nominee, would step out of his father’s house and shoot at tin cans 50 yards away.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500Look back to see the future of school finance in Kansas.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:06:51 -0500“Mend it, don’t end it” was Bill Clinton’s rhetorical straddle regarding affirmative action. Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) look increasingly like “mend it, don’t end it.”
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500You ignore your doctor’s warnings at your own peril. Kansas lawmakers should keep that in mind as they consider a new bill that would allow hospitals to exempt themselves from the state’s concealed carry law.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0500On Monday, accountability finally arrived for Donald Trump. After 70 years spent largely skating free of consequences for his puerile misbehaviors and diarrheal mouth, he likely found it something of a shock. Seven decades is a long time, after all, and if the so-called president has learned nothing else in those years, he has learned this: Accountability is for other people.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500Lawrence city commissioners made the right call Tuesday in deferring action on the city’s sidewalk ordinance.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500Despite Kansas’ budget struggles, Kansas lawmakers are right to pursue a modest pay raise for state employees.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500The House Intelligence Committee hearing on Monday marked the end of the opening installment of “The President,” the must-watch reality/horror show that has transfixed the nation and the world. Now the plotline gets more serious, perhaps darker, with some new characters likely to emerge in key national security roles. President Trump should be less of a stage hog going forward, and his Twitter storms less intense. He’s often described as a narcissist, but he’s not suicidal. He knows he has been rebuffed in a public hearing that he can’t ridicule as “fake news.” With his approval rating below 40 percent, he needs to broaden his base. Trump wants to disrupt, but he also wants to succeed.