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.
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Community Children’s Center: Embracing the lost art of boredom (Column)
”This summer, I encourage all parents and caregivers to give yourselves a break! Allow your child to be bored and know that you are facilitating an opportunity for your child to learn to tolerate uncomfortable feelings, increase their creativity, and inspire imagination,” Chelsea Harrington writes in this column from the Community Children’s Center.
Allie Lippe-Mackey: Lawrence High students growing milkweed to help monarchs (Column)
”By engaging students in hands-on activities and fostering a sense of responsibility towards their community and the natural world, Lawrence High School is empowering the next generation of environmental advocates,” Allie Lippe-Mackey writes in this column.
Courtney Farr: Kansas is passing the same laws that powered the 1969 Stonewall raid (Column)
”Almost 54 years (after the Stonewall riots), the idea of being arrested after a genital inspection doesn’t feel all that far-fetched once again,” Courtney Farr writes in this column.
Tom Harper: Celebrating 41 years of a KU campus icon (Column)
”Today we celebrate the 41st anniversary of the installation of Moses in front of Smith Hall, gazing at the beautiful stained glass that represents the Burning Bush,” Tom Harper writes in this column.
Judy Erpelding: I never planned to leave Free State; it’s time to start advocating for performing arts (Column)
”It’s important to me that my students and their families know that leaving this year was never in my intentions,” Judy Erpelding, director of Free State High School orchestra, writes in this column.
Ken Lassman: Lawrence Parks and Rec is downplaying herbicidal overkill of remnant prairie (Column)
”Parks and Rec is seriously downplaying the unlikelihood of the prairie (behind Prairie Park Nature Center) recovering after being so seriously damaged and depleted by this senseless act,” Ken Lassman writes in this column.
Kirsten Kuhn: Delaying plans to expand access to opioid overdose reversal drug could cost lives (Column)
”This commission may consider a delay of a week or two to be no big deal, simply a way of doing their due diligence. But it very well could be the difference between life and death for one of our community members,” Kirsten Kuhn writes in this column.
Vince Munoz: Lobbying didn’t stop Kansas anti-trans bill. Here’s what will, even after it goes into effect. (Column)
”Oppression relies, in part, on the compliance of bystanders. When people start flagrantly ignoring rules, it costs time, money and energy from those in power to enforce their rules,” Vince Munoz writes in this Kansas Reflector column.
Ulysses Clayborn: Why renting to subsidized tenants is good business for Kansas — and every state (Column)
“The issue — property owners holding on tightly to unfounded myths about subsidized renters rather than leaning into the facts — is a problem with a solution. We can debunk these myths and lessen their grasp upon voucher holders’ ability to find homes,” Ulysses Clayborn writes in this Kansas Reflector column.
Clay Wirestone: Kansas anti-trans sports law opens door for genital inspections of kids. That’s the simple truth. (Column)
”(L)awmakers have effectively legalized the abuse of children they claim to be protecting,” Clay Wirestone writes in this Kansas Reflector column.
Clay Wirestone: With Kansas Legislature’s override vote, anti-trans bill becomes law. Here are five takeaways. (Column)
”Transgender people are still here. Even if you bar them from playing sports in every city and state, transgender people will still be here. They will still demand their right to exist and participate in sports and society,” Clay Wirestone writes in this Kansas Reflector column.
Clay Wirestone: Exuberant protesters challenge malevolent Kansas legislators. Whose side are you on? (Column)
”Who best represents the principles that made Kansas and America great? (Hint: It’s the kids,)” Clay Wirestone writes in this Kansas Reflector column.