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Editorial: Better handling of crises

Sun, 28 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The Legislature is to be commended for approving House Bill 2053, which gives law enforcement the option to use licensed crisis intervention centers as an alternative to incarceration when appropriate.

Opinion: A portentous election in the Peach State

Sun, 28 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

By the time Georgia’s 6th District votes in the June 20 special congressional election, $40 million — perhaps more than $130 per ballot — will have been spent to pick one-435th of one-half of one of the three branches of one of America’s governments.

Opinion: Magical thinking must stop now

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The Trump Administration’s new budget proposes massive cuts to Medicaid and other programs that benefit the poorest Americans, while rewarding the super rich. This is to be expected, but there is more. The proposal forecasts 3 percent annual growth in the coming years: about twice what economists predict.

Opinion: Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The quixotic American pursuit of Middle East peace is a perennial. It invariably fails, yet every administration feels compelled to give it a try. The Trump administration is no different.

Editorial: New era at KU

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Dr. Douglas Girod, announced Thursday as the 18th Chancellor of the University of Kansas, certainly has his work cut out for him.

Opinion: A path forward in Syria and Iraq

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The Manchester terror attack by an alleged Islamic State “soldier” will accelerate the push by the U.S. and its allies to capture the terror group’s strongholds in Mosul and Raqqah. But it should also focus some urgent discussions about a post-ISIS strategy for stabilizing Iraq and Syria.

Opinion: Intellectual dishonesty now rules

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:00:00 -0500

I call it pouring water on concrete. You make a splash, but nothing sinks in.

Editorial: Voters have a full plate

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Local voters still have plenty to think about in 2017. City leaders who may be planning more items for the ballot do too.

Editorial: Amyx served with distinction

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Longtime Lawrence City Commissioner Mike Amyx announced last week that he will not run for re-election, bringing to an end a distinguished era of service to the community.

Opinion: Midterms the ‘impeachment election’?

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

President Nixon was heading for a big re-election victory in November that would confound his critics. He had just returned from a pathbreaking visit to China and had big transformative ideas for foreign policy. Yet he felt hounded by his enemies and a media elite that opposed him at every turn.

Editorial: Haskell needs a champion

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

There is a new reason to be proud of Lawrence’s Haskell Indian Nations University. The university awarded diplomas to 229 graduates on Friday, a new record for the second year in a row.

Opinion: Slender hope for a speedy probe

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

I take no glee in the appointment of a special counsel to investigate whether the Trump campaign had ties to Russia — and I say that as a consistent critic of Donald Trump’s from the day he announced his quest for the presidency. I have watched too many of these investigations, of both Democrats and Republicans, go bad.

Opinion: An experiment in how to damage our society

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

“Hate is a more powerful motivator than love.” According to the new Netflix documentary “Get Me Roger Stone,” that is one of the “rules” the self-described Republican “agent provocateur” has lived by.

Opinion: Self-pity can be politically fatal

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

In polls of American historians conducted over the past 17 years by C-SPAN, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt have consistently ranked — along with George Washington — among the three best U.S. presidents.

Editorial: Time running out in Topeka

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The news isn’t getting any better for Kansas legislators.

Editorial: Board wise to delay vote

Sun, 21 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Give Lawrence school board members credit for hitting the pause button on moving Superintendent Kyle Hayden into a new position of chief operating officer.

Opinion: Celebrating the rituals of spring

Sun, 21 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

I’ve been meaning to write this column for years.

Opinion: Federal power spins its ever-growing web

Sun, 21 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal government’s business. If it is, what isn’t?

Opinion: Yes vote on Trump tax plan a betrayal

Sat, 20 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

An open letter to the Kansas congressional delegation: Dear Reps. Marshall, Jenkins, Yoder and Estes, and Sens. Roberts and Moran, A moment of truth for each of you is at hand. President Trump has proposed a tax plan that looks and sounds remarkably like the Brownback experiment now playing out in Kansas.

Opinion: The guardrails can’t contain the president

Sat, 20 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being hashed out, a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, foreign policy challenges (e.g. North Korea) addressed.