The Lawrence Times runs opinion columns written by community members with varying perspectives on local issues. Occasionally, we’ll also pick up columns from other nearby news outlets. These pieces do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Times staff.
The Lawrence Times does not publish staff editorials (unsigned opinion columns, usually about the topics we cover, that many news publications run).
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“I shouldn’t have to worry about the safety of my adult children. I should be able to drive, to go shopping — in Buffalo, in Lawrence, anywhere — without fear,” Edith Guffey writes in this column.
“In 70 days, the state of Kansas was able to endanger and alienate immigrants, their families, friends and allies by embracing white supremacist ideologies like xenophobia and racism,” Huascar Medina writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.
“Each time journalists point out how bad things are (with transparency in the Legislature), we hear a few shocked exclamations. Then everything falls back into familiar patterns, only worse,” Clay Wirestone writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.
“Those who believe passionately in abortion rights will … need to build a movement sturdy, motivated and well-funded enough to battle for decades to come,” Clay Wirestone writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.
“I am incredibly tired, and I don’t know if I can survive the work of humanizing Black trans people in this climate, in this town and in this state,” Codi Keith Charles writes in this column.
Students of Dan Rockhill’s Studio 804 class have worked together to create a sculptural, energy-efficient home in the Pinkney neighborhood. You can see it for yourself on Saturday.
“Anti-abortion politicians do not care … about your baby. Their chosen moniker is ‘pro-life,’ but it is far more accurate to label them ‘pro-birth,’” Kate Queram writes in this column for States Newsroom.
“Every Ramadan, this city witnesses an outpouring of charitable acts, compassion for others, and outreach to the community from the Muslims of Lawrence,” Syed Jamal writes in this column.
“Within the next year, the Kansas Legislature will pass a full ban on abortion, without exceptions for rape or incest. Gov. Derek Schmidt will delightedly sign it and rhapsodize about our state’s culture of life,” Clay Wirestone writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.
“Kelly’s political course should be clear to everyone at this point. She’s working to make sure as little daylight exists between her and Schmidt as possible,” Clay Wirestone writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.
April 12, Education and Sharing Day, “is a day for us to reflect on how we can be a bit like Moses and care for the spiritual and moral welfare of even one single child,” Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel writes in this column.
“The FOP isn’t accountable to citizens yet wields enormous power to shield police officers from punishment for behavior that harms citizens,” Mark McCormick writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.