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Opinion: Campaign 2016, journalism’s biggest fail

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Doubtless, 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.

Editorial: Bike sharing not a high priority

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

It’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.

Editorial: Excellent choice

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The Lawrence school board appears to have made an excellent choice in selecting Melissa Johnson to fill Krisie Adair’s seat on the board.

Opinion: Founders believed we had a duty to help

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

From what some politicians are saying you’d think the makers of our nation were a bunch of bare-knuckled libertarians.

Opinion: Trump is his own worst enemy

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

As 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.

Editorial: Approve lottery machines

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

If Kansas is going to raise funds for state programs through a lottery, it should certainly try to maximize that revenue.

Opinion: We need to know one another

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Let’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.

Opinion: American democracy: Not so decadent after all

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Under 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.

Editorial: Education bill needs work

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Flawed as it may be, give Kansas lawmakers credit for getting a new school funding bill on the table.

Opinion: Operatic start for Trump administration

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Many 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.

Opinion: Will we have law or the mob?

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0500

It’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.

Editorial: Budget pointless without tax bill

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The Senate Ways and Means Committee has drafted and endorsed a two-year budget bill that, on the surface, would seem appealing to many Kansans.

Opinion: An oasis of liberty in the Arizona sun

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

As 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.

Opinion: Back to the future on school finance

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Look back to see the future of school finance in Kansas.

Opinion: ACA replacement won’t change much

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.”

Editorial: Another chance to keep guns out of hospitals

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

You 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.

Opinion: Trump’s chickens come home to roost

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0500

On 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.

Editorial: Right call on sidewalk policy

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Lawrence city commissioners made the right call Tuesday in deferring action on the city’s sidewalk ordinance.

Editorial: State pay raise appropriate

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Despite Kansas’ budget struggles, Kansas lawmakers are right to pursue a modest pay raise for state employees.

Opinion: Cabinet needs to stabilize Trump

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The 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.