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Editorial: Much needed football upgrade

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Announcement that $300 million in improvements are coming to the stadium and KU’s football program is good news for fans and players.

Opinion: Individuals should still step up for honor

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Do you remember the old children’s rhyme “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? After nearly 65 years of living, I’ve come to believe that words are the most powerful and hurtful of tools.

Drawing Attention: A new level of ridiculous for Kris Kobach

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:15:54 -0500

Drawing Attention is a regular feature of the Journal-World that highlights the editorial cartoons of Lawrence resident Greg Kearney.

Opinion: No low road to the high place

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0500

It happened just after midnight Monday in London. The terrorist, according to authorities, was Darren Osborne, 47, from Cardiff, Wales, who drove a rented van 150 miles to the British capital, where he jumped a sidewalk and plowed into a crowd of worshipers outside a mosque as people were attending to a man who had collapsed.

Opinion: Let us plunge toward fast-unfolding future

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

By 1920, there were 4,500 such stores; by 1930, 15,000. In 1936, in Braddock, Pa., A&P opened a “supermarket.” By the 1950s, A&P was, briefly, what Walmart now is, the nation’s largest retailer, with a 75 percent share of America’s grocery business. A&P was, however, about to learn that Karl Marx was right.

Editorial: Ninth St. plan finally advances

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Lawrence city commissioners voted 4-0 Tuesday to proceed with a basic street design concept, finally abandoning a much grander concept of creating an arts corridor, with displays of public art along the street. The art was to be funded in part by a $500,000 ArtPlace America grant awarded to the Lawrence Arts Center in 2014.

Opinion: Cosby and the crumbling of an icon

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The final chapter of Bill Cosby’s public life is far from the most important spectacle we are witnessing, but it may be the saddest.

Editorial: Good decision on schools

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The Kansas Supreme Court made the right decision Monday in allowing the new school funding system to take effect July 1 while it reviews the system to ensure it complies with the state’s constitution.

Opinion: The meaning of incitement

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

“He was hunting us.” Those were the words of Republican Congressman Mike Bishop describing the depraved gun assault on members of Congress while they were innocently fielding ground balls and practicing base hits on a suburban Virginia field.

Editorial: Crime numbers troubling

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

According to data the Lawrence Police Department submitted for the Benchmark City Survey, which tracks crime trends from a coalition of 30 U.S. municipal police departments, the city reported 335 violent crime incidents in 2016, the most since 2012. The number of violent crimes — including homicide, rape, robbery, battery and aggravated assault — rose 43 percent from 234 in 2014.

Editorial: Avoid closing Kansas schools

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The Kansas Supreme Court should not close the state’s schools, even if the court believes the new school plan adopted by the Legislature does not provide adequate funding.

Opinion: Donald Trump is no Richard Nixon

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

In just 13 days in October 1973, Washington endured a series of seismic political shocks. On Oct. 10, Vice President Spiro Agnew — having pleaded guilty in a federal courthouse in Baltimore to failure to pay taxes on thousands of dollars in bribes he, as both Maryland governor and VP, had shaken down from businessmen — resigned his office.

Opinion: Community colleges play key role, but are often overlooked

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

For all the focus on our nation’s schools, community colleges get short shrift. In the debates about the role education plays in our nation’s economy and democracy, we too often overlook our two-year colleges.

Editorial: Full audit before tax increase

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Lawrence city commissioners are right to be cautious about a tax increase in light of the city’s recent financial missteps.

Opinion: Who’s to blame? The shooter

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The quiet camaraderie of Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game against their Democratic colleagues was shattered by rifle shots from one James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill.

Opinion: Demolish old law for much cheaper building

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

“Contrary” does not quite capture Steve King’s astringency. The Iowa native and conservative congressman was born, appropriately, in Storm Lake, and carries turbulence with him.

Opinion: Nurturing our capacity for regeneration

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Most of the 2.3 million people now incarcerated in America will return to their communities, and few will have been improved by their experiences inside.

Editorial: Worrisome debt

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The University of Kansas’ 2.5 percent tuition increase, approved Thursday by the Board of Regents, seems like a bargain compared with recent years. In fact, it’s half the 5 percent increase the university implemented for the 2016-17 school year.

Opinion: Qatar: Letting ‘Rex handle it’

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The sudden embargo on Qatar pushed this month by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia has peeved the State Department and Pentagon, drawing sharp criticism of those two close Gulf allies.

Opinion: In Washington a gunman shoots, and we become a family

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

As the wife of a U.S. senator, I work hard to keep separate my marriage and my career as a newspaper columnist.