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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, that there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham Lincoln’s first and second, Franklin Roosevelt’s first, and John F. Kennedy’s only.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600The progress being made on the Earth, Energy and Environment Center at the University of Kansas is simply another example of the remarkable transformation ongoing at the state’s flagship university.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” mutters Marcellus as ghosts and mad spirits haunt Elsinore Castle in the first act of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600Meryl Streep has played many roles in her long career and holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor. Among her portrayals was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. At the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night, Streep behaved as if she actually had been elected to high office, entitling her to mount a high horse.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600There have been few orators in American history to rival the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. His was the voice of the civil rights movement. King was committed to nonviolent activism. Words were his weapon, and he wielded them mightily.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0600Dear Mr. President: “Barack Obama is not Jesus.” Those were the first words of the first column I ever wrote about you — a poke in the eye to Democrats who were singing rhapsodic hosannas about a certain highly regarded young senator. “Yes,” I griped, “he has great potential.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600In 1929, Chief Justice William Howard Taft convinced Congress to finance construction of “a building of dignity and importance” for the Supreme Court. He could not have imagined what the court will ponder during oral arguments this Wednesday.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600Kansas Republicans were right last week to push back on Democrats’ efforts to eliminate the “pay as you go” requirement in the state’s House of Representatives.
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600Gov. Sam Brownback has known for months that the state budget was shockingly out of balance. He also knew he had authority to order budget cuts and bring spending in line with revenues. His failure to act has allowed red ink to balloon to $350 million this year, plus another $580 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in and the honeymoon has already come and gone.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600Sometimes being great is not good enough. The city of Lawrence is about to begin an exercise where that is the case.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600Well, that was quite the spectacle. In his first news conference since July, President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday likened the U.S. intelligence community to Nazi Germany, talked about himself in the third person as he described Vladimir Putin’s affection for him and attacked not one but two news organizations.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600Shortly after Benjamin Netanyahu won his bid for re-election as prime minister of Israel in March 2015, I wrote a column describing President Barack Obama as being “on track to go down as more hostile toward Israel than any president in the past 68 years.”
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600Gov. Sam Brownback had the chance to rewrite the script this week. Instead, he offered a lackluster sequel to a governorship Kansans have already grown weary of.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600How about if we let Jesus answer Kellyanne Conway? Donald Trump’s indefatigable apologist was at it again Monday on CNN, defending her boss against, of all people, Meryl Streep. The 19-time Oscar nominee got under Trump’s famously thin skin with a speech at Sunday night’s Golden Globes.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600The Chronicle of Higher Education, which is a window on the sometimes weird world of academia, recently revisited a hilarious intellectual hoax from 20 years ago. Reading the recollections of the perpetrator and of some who swallowed his gibberish is sobering.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600The intelligence community’s allegation that Russia intervened covertly in the 2016 election describes a significant assault on our democracy. The country needs to know more: The charge needs to be followed up with an independent investigation that continues after Donald Trump becomes president on Jan. 20.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600In a matter of days, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in to office as the 45th president of the United States. But which Trump will occupy the Oval Office is an open question.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600As she takes over as Lawrence’s mayor, Leslie Soden would be wise to heed the advice of outgoing Mayor Mike Amyx.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600For generations, America was smarter than Russia. We were superior in matters of technology, economics, the military and, most importantly, freedom. That is why the Soviet Union and its brand of communism failed a mere 74 years after Lenin brought it to the world.