Marijuana is a noxious drug with proven medical side effects that trump any reason to legalize its use, Ravikumar Chockalingam and Dragan Svrakic write. Our understanding of this drug and its consequences negates all reasoning to make this readily accessible to public.
Patty Prewitts case powerfully demonstrates the wisdom of our Founding Fathers in enshrining the clemency power in our federal and state constitutions to assure that our system of justice is, in fact, just, writes Robert Beaird, who was lead defense lawyer when she was convicted of the murder of her husband nearly 30 years ago.
Butch Rigby, the owner of Screenland Theatres and chairman of Thank You Walt Disney Inc., writes of Diane Disney Miller, who died earlier this month at 79. He says Miller, daughter of Walt Disney, was concerned about her fathers legacy and worked every day to make permanent some of those iconic idealisms.
Unfortunately, many who stand to benefit from the Affordable Care Act must wade through the distractions and fearmongering from those rooting for it to fail, writes Stephene Moore, the regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. When you clear away the demagoguery and arguments being made by the laws opponents, its clear that the Affordable Care Act is great for business, and great for consumers.
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Lottery is a Kansas basketball tradition that pits fan against fan for the best seats in the house, writes Elise Reuter, a KU junior and an intern for The Stars editorial page. It is a test of teamwork, passion and the ability to wake up at ungodly hours to sit on the cold, hard floor of Allen Fieldhouse for several hours at a time.
Fifty years later, we still view John F. Kennedy through a haze of memory and myth, but on this somber anniversary, a panel of historians from the University of Kansas will convene at the Kansas City Public Library to help dispel the haze, if not the gloom, of this national ordeal, writes Jeffrey P. Moran, the chairman of the Department of History at the University of Kansas.
As The Day After challenged television viewers nationwide to question what it means to live with the threat of nuclear war, it also challenged Lawrencians to think about what it means to be a Kansan, Kyle Harvey writes of the 1980 made-for-TV movie that depicted a nuclear missile attack.
We stand at a crossroads, facing stark choices about the values we want our nation to uphold, writes Daniel Redwood, a professor at Cleveland Chiropractic College. If you believe, as I do, that we need a compassionate and well-targeted approach, including Medicaid expansion, to bring greater health care access to more citizens, now is the time to let your legislators know.
Professors have a duty to educate students without prejudice and accept that even private tweets or other personal social media must meet reasonable standards of thoughtful commentary, Elise Reuter, a junior at the University of Kansas, writes of the controversy surrounding an anti-NRA tweet by KU journalism professor David Guth.
Soldiers train for war, but few manuals prepare families for when the baggage of war arrives on the front stoop, writes Army Lt. Col. Zoltan Krompecher. The stories of three soldiers taught him a lesson once forgotten: I can sit on the sidelines or I can become involved with the adventure of being part of their lives and choose that which is most important.
Harold R. Winton writes: Ike Skelton grasped intuitively what few politicians or senior military leaders understand — that a nation’s destiny is intrinsically bound up with the intellectual vitality of its officer corps.
The hotel concierge recommended that I buy ear plugs. That’s crazy, I thought. I’m no sports fan wimp, and how loud could Arrowhead Stadium really be? I should have listened.
Leonard Zeskind writes: The people of Kansas City must reject the National Socialist Movement and its friends.
A world-class Jackson County Institute of Translational Medicine will bring the best and most innovative health care to the citizens of Jackson County, and hope for people like Emily the world over, David Westbrook, a senior vice president at Childrens Mercy Hospital, and Emily Mallette, a high school student with juvenile glaucoma, write of the proposed sales tax for medical research.
What Jackson County needs from the county leadership is a plan, not an empty promise, Brad Bradshaw, a surgeon and lawyer, writes. While the temptation to vote based upon emotions is appealing, we must force our leaders to make more thoughtful choices to move Jackson County forward.
This proposal does not come without cost, without risk. Few things of value do, Leo E. Morton, the chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, writes of the proposed Jackson County sales tax for medical research. A yes vote on Question 1 on Nov. 5 is an expression of faith and confidence in our future.
This tax, at this time and for this purpose, is too burdensome on county residents, too speculative and does nothing to address Jackson Countys most pressing needs, Missouri Sen. S. Kiki Curls and Gayle Holliday, members of the leadership team of Freedom Inc., write of the proposed sales tax for medical research.
The laws against cannabis presumably exist to prevent people from using marijuana, but those laws pose a far greater threat to users than the plant itself, John Payne, the executive director of Show-Me Cannabis Regulation writes, arguing against the prohibition of marijuana.
My sister cant be the only federal employee strapped by this shutdown, and I for one would like to see the word nonessential applied to legislators who claim they answer to spoiled, hateful children, writes Ellen Murphy of Mission Hills. Theyre lying.
Supporting Proposition 1 would transform the life sciences infrastructure of our region and spur extraordinary economic opportunity, John Spertus, the clinical director of outcomes research at St. Lukes Mid America Heart Institute, writes of the proposed Jackson County sales tax for medical research.
As state treasurer, it is my job to invest Missouris $3.6 billion portfolio, Clint Zweifel writes. I am constitutionally required to deposit state funds in safe investments, including U.S. Treasury bonds. This is widely considered a sound investment strategy. However, the current political debacle in Washington, D.C., is putting this sound investment strategy at risk and threatening to cause an unprecedented economic crisis.
John Ngirachu, a senior reporter for the Daily Nation in Nairobi, Kenya, gives a vivid account of the September mall shooting and its aftermath: Still, when you walk in the streets of Nairobi today, you see people going about their business, sometimes talking about Westgate when they see the headlines in the press, but overall you get the feeling Kenyans will soldier on, no matter what, he writes.
Tragedies happen every day, Steve Hahn and Julie Breitenstein write. While many are out of our control, the ones caused by texting while driving are completely preventable. The message is clear, simple and lifesaving. When faced with the decision to text while driving, remember: It can wait.
The government shutdown is the latest example of the tea partys anti-government zealotry, writes James Staab, a political science professor at the University of Central Missouri. Not happy with Obamacare, the tea party is attempting to highjack the law by shutting down the government, and the leadership in the House of Representatives has lacked the political courage to stand up to this fringe element of the party.