Last Build Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600This past Monday, Kansas legislators elected their leaders for 2017-8. We should all wish them good luck, because they will need it.
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600The most amusing part of the Trump transition has been watching its effortless confounding of the media, often in fewer than 140 characters. One morning, after a Fox News report on lefty nuttiness at some obscure New England college — a flag burning that led a more-contemptible-than-usual campus administration to take down the school’s own American flag — Donald Trump tweets that flag burners should go to jail or lose their citizenship.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600Give “Rise Up, Kansas” credit — at least the group has offered a plan to address the state’s budget issues. That’s more than anyone else can say for now.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600Given the turf wars and interagency rivalries that have long surrounded U.S. special operations forces, President Obama probably didn’t do the commandoes any favor when he delivered his last big military speech at the base in Tampa where they’re headquartered.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0600I find myself burdened by the faith of my elders. They were generations of cooks and farmers, poets and laborers, of porters and housekeepers, soldiers and slaves, and they navigated a very different America. It was an America of signs barring entrance, and torture killings in the town square and how much am I bid for this fetching wench who is sure to bear you a litter of pickaninnies.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600So, this is the new conservatism’s recipe for restored greatness: Political coercion shall supplant economic calculation in shaping decisions by companies in what is called, with diminishing accuracy, the private sector.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600The Lawrence City Commission set a new precedent for downtown development Tuesday night when commissioners voted to deny incentives for a project despite numerous recommendations that incentives be approved.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600The new leaders in the Kansas Legislature face no small challenges, but they started by striking the right tone.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600Whatever else future historians say about Donald Trump’s early foreign policy moves, they’re likely to note the erratic and, in many ways, self-defeating nature of the president-elect’s initial dealings with China, the country many analysts view as America’s most important long-term rival.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:29:44 -0600I am writing in response to your Dec. 2, 2016, editorial regarding the Lawrence Board of Education and open government. KS.A. 45-221(a)( 4) allows a public agency to withhold personnel information to protect the privacy of public employees.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600The Electoral College has served the United States well since its founding, and despite significant post-election debate, it seems likely to be the system the country will use again in 2020.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600What would happen if a president talked to world leaders in the same explosive patter Donald Trump perfected on the campaign trail?
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600What a thing of beauty, our First Amendment. Think about it: In only 45 words, it lays out five constitutional rights.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600The Kansas Department of Transportation is right to add signage and traffic control measures at the intersection of the South Lawrence Trafficway and Kasold Drive.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600Now that Fidel Castro is gone and the leaders of Canada, Mexico and other countries have made fools of themselves by praising the alleged accomplishments of a dictator who destroyed his country’s economy and executed thousands of people, it’s time to take a look at Cuba’s future. It doesn’t look good.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600Every year, when he was commandant of the Marine Corps between 1995 and 1999, Gen. Charles Krulak and his wife would spend the week before Christmas baking hundreds of cookies, which they wrapped in small packages. At 4 a.m. on Christmas Day, Gen. Krulak would begin driving himself to every Marine guard post in the nearby Washington-Maryland-Virginia area and deliver a package of cookies to each Marine whose turn it was to be pulling guard on Christmas Day.
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0600This has probably not, in fact, been the worst year in the history of American journalism. But you’ll forgive me if it feels that way just the same.
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600The city of Lawrence is to be commended for becoming the first city in Kansas to receive four stars from the nation’s most recognized sustainability rating service.
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600The word “inappropriate” is increasingly used inappropriately. It is useful to describe departures from good manners or other social norms, such as wearing white after Labor Day or using the salad fork with the entree. But the adjective has become a splatter of verbal fudge, a weasel word falsely suggesting measured seriousness. Its misty imprecision does not disguise, it advertises, the user’s moral obtuseness.
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600To prepare for life in post-truth America, just study the example of Kansas politics since 2010, when Gov. Sam Brownback and Secretary of State Kris Kobach were elected.