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Editorial: Transparency

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

The Lawrence school district’s defensive handling of an alleged racial incident at South Middle School threatens to further fuel growing mistrust of the district by parents and students, especially those who are minorities.

Opinion: America shaped by Emmett Till’s death

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

So what was it they were trying to kill? After all, the sign standing near the Tallahatchie River is cratered by dozens of bullet holes. More than idle target practice, it suggests a frenzy of gunfire, an attempt to kill something. And the something is not really that hard to name.

Editorial: Don’t amend

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

The Constitution of the state of Kansas should only be amended when absolutely necessary to protect the rights and freedoms of its residents.

Opinion: Mideast knows to be wary of promises

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

When America fights its wars in the Middle East, it has a nasty habit of recruiting local forces as proxies and then jettisoning them when the going gets tough or regional politics intervene.

Editorial: Sidewalk repair

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

The city of Lawrence should be careful where it steps in trying to deal with sidewalk repairs throughout the city.

Opinion: Mexico, too, awaits Nov. 8 election

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

There couldn’t have been a more pivotal moment in the U.S.-Mexican relationship for the Philadelphia Museum of Art to open a landmark exhibit of Mexican art.

Editorial: Police study

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Although the Lawrence NAACP chapter’s anonymous survey of residents’ interaction with law enforcement is not a scientific assessment, it could be used as the basis for a deeper analysis by local officials of whether race plays a role in how Lawrence residents are treated by police.

Opinion: Our elections to be monitored like Haiti’s

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

For the first time ever, the Organization of American States (OAS) will monitor the upcoming U.S. presidential elections, putting the United States in the same league as Haiti and other politically volatile Latin American countries.

Opinion: Political correctness can get a little scary

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

I have never been a huge fan of Halloween. There already are plenty of things in everyday life I find terrifying — this election cycle included. I never understood the need to celebrate a day that imagines more things for us to fear.

Opinion: Trump has full-blown victim mentality

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0500

Donald Trump has a victim mentality. If the term sounds familiar, it’s because it has long been the preferred conservative riposte when black people complain of being strangled by housing discrimination, economic injustice or police brutality. The likes of Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh often use it to belittle and dismiss African-American concerns.

Editorial: Fair elections

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Much has been made of late about the integrity of the American election process. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has alleged widespread voter fraud, primarily in large urban areas, where the Trump campaign said dead people and illegal immigrants are voting in record numbers. He said the election is rigged and has steadfastly refused to say he will accept the election outcome.

Opinion: In Wisconsin, a measure of U.S. metabolism

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

In 49 states, when you order breakfast in a restaurant you might be asked if you would like pancakes or an omelet. In Wisconsin, you are asked if you would like pancakes with your omelet. Ron Johnson would, thank you. This Republican U.S. senator, who is burning prodigious amounts of calories campaigning for a second and final term, really does represent the hearty eaters who were fueling up at a Perkins restaurant here on a recent Sunday morning.

Opinion: Trump is Brownback on national scale

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Sam Brownback’s approval ratings as governor of Kansas are dismally low, yet polls show Donald Trump winning Kansas. How can both of those things be true? It does not make sense for Kansans to boo Brownback but vote for Trump.

Opinion: Planning for after the liberation of Mosul

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

As Iraqi and Kurdish troops began the operation to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State, with help from U.S. advisers and air power, my mind flashed back to my visit to the city in 2003.

Editorial: Worrisome debt

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

The Associated Press reported this week that bonded indebtedness in Kansas has more than tripled since the 1990s, further underscoring the need for state legislators to fix the state’s growing fiscal issues.

Opinion: To Trump, foreign policy is ‘Survivor’

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Reality TV is about winning. It doesn’t matter how you manage to be a “survivor,” so long as you stay on the island. That’s the sensibility that Donald Trump, the ultimate reality-television star, brings to foreign policy.

Opinion: My none-of-the-above vote, explained

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

The case against Hillary Clinton could have been written before the recent WikiLeaks and FBI disclosures. But these documents do provide hard textual backup.

Opinion: Documentary fits the pieces together

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

In the end, she gives us grace. And by then, you really need it. The end credits roll over pictures celebrating everyday joys of African-American life. A beaming girl rides a pony. Boys flex. Fathers cuddle daughters.

Opinion: Colleges should encourage truly diverse views

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

A specter is haunting academia, the specter of specters — ghosts, goblins and “cultural appropriation” through insensitive Halloween costumes. Institutions of higher education are engaged in the low comedy of avoiding the agonies of Yale.

Editorial: Cautionary tale

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

The HERE Kansas apartment complex project is a reminder for Lawrence city commissioners to be careful in choosing partners for tax rebates.