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Editorial: Bid process has helped taxpayers

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

A charter ordinance enabling the city to utilize alternative construction methods will provide the city of Lawrence with greater flexibility in future major construction projects.



Opinion: ‘Always proud he was my president’

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

It is frankly impossible to imagine any current U.S. representative or senator, regardless of how blind a partisan he or she might be, paying a compliment remotely similar to that of Fulbright’s toward JFK to the current president of the United States.



Opinion: A few divorce tips for Steve Bannon

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

It occurred to me recently that many of us who’ve gone through a divorce could be mighty helpful right now to Steve Bannon.



Opinion: Is Oprah the latest 'Messiah'?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

The ancient Greeks referred to the dramatic moment in some of their plays as “deus ex machina,” the god from the machine. The term, introduced by the Greek tragedian Aeschylus, has, according to definition, “evolved to mean a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem is suddenly and abruptly resolved by the inspired and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability or object.”



Editorial: Body camera policy is crucial

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Police body cameras should be used as often as possible, and the resulting video footage should be made public so long as doing so would not directly impede a law enforcement investigation. Policies that adopt an approach of broad use and a willingness to share footage will ensure the best outcomes as the Lawrence Police Department prepares to outfit its officers with $500,000 in body cameras.



Opinion: MLK’s criticisms still ring true today

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0600

A few words on the difficulty of voting while black.



Editorial: KU right to seek restoration of cuts

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

University of Kansas officials should not be surprised that Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget for 2018 did not restore funding cuts implemented at the end of the 2016 legislative session. Disappointed? Yes. But surprised? Absolutely not, given Brownback’s disregard for higher education in general and KU specifically.



Opinion: Gas rules illustrate progressive mindset

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Frank Lloyd Wright purportedly said, “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.” Today, however, Oregon is the state with the strangest state of mind, which has something to do with it being impeccably progressive: In the series “Portlandia,” the mention of artisanal lightbulbs might be satirical, but given today’s gas-pumping controversy, perhaps not.



Opinion: Don’t gloss over facts this session

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

There are realities that must be dealt with this year in Topeka and for years to come. Just getting back to parity with those commitments and then coping with our looming challenges will require the public to know the facts, stay anchored in reality and demand effective accountable decisions from our leaders.



Opinion: In Trump’s White House, it’s survival of the servile

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Things won’t change, of course, until the president really wants it to. This would require only one simple, impossible thing: for Trump to part with the narrative of his own infallibility.



Editorial: Past time to end anonymous bills

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Voters have a right to know which laws their elected representatives are authoring and supporting.



Opinion: Crisis will resume after Olympics

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Sometimes diplomacy is the art of going in two directions at once, and the Trump administration seems to have chosen that sweet spot of ambiguity, for now, in managing its continuing confrontation with North Korea.



Editorial: A lame duck budget proposal

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Gov. Sam Brownback is merely going through the motions now, and his budget plan reflects that.



Opinion: Not the book we truly needed

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

“Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff is entertaining. Too bad it’s not always true.



Opinion: How merit-based admissions became so unfair

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

The challenge is to ameliorate meritocracy’s severity by, among other things, nuanced admissions policies at colleges and universities that seek students whose meager family advantages can be supplemented by the schools.



Editorial: Commit to transparency

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Kansas government has an abysmal record when it comes to sharing information with the public.



Opinion: Fighting covert Chinese influence

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

A little-noticed passage in the Trump administration’s national-security strategy released last month previewed a new push to combat Chinese influence operations that affect American universities, think tanks, movie studios and news organizations.



Opinion: A Trump prophet who nailed it

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Anyone who cannot resist the temptation to offer public predictions about public events invites and can expect public ridicule.



Editorial: Reverse law on speedy trials

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Local lawmakers can help Douglas County this session by seeking to reverse a three-year-old law that lengthened the speedy trial deadline in Kansas from 90 to 150 days. Not only is the law unfair to defendants, it is costing taxpayers millions of dollars.



Editorial: Lawmakers’ biggest task

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

In 2017, Kansas lawmakers took a big step toward righting the state’s budget with an overhaul of the state’s tax policies.