The pieces in this section are generally written by members of the Lawrence community and those who have close ties. In addition, the Times is offering some space for area organizations and organizers to provide updates and attempt to reach other folks who might share their mission.
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”Failing to accommodate disabled people in public discourse, in meetings, and on boards can result in loss of their contributions; programs that are exclusionary; plans that fail to address community needs; and events that do not comply with civil rights laws,” Dot Nary writes in this column.
”Ruling in ways that enforce that law against some agencies and not others, particularly when the agency charged with enforcing the law refuses to apply it internally, shakes public confidence in government,” Max Kautsch writes in this Kansas Reflector column.
”It is reasonable for the public to expect not only that the office fairly enforces (open records and open meeting) laws, but also that it follows them,” Max Kautsch writes in this Kansas Reflector column.
”No way we men will ever find our bodies managed and directed the way society seems to want to do for women,” Mark McCormick writes in this Kansas Reflector column.
“Our new test-optional reality is more complicated. Just as we have morphed back into our pre-pandemic habits in other ways, we are backsliding into our old habits with standardized college admissions tests,” Eric Thomas writes in this Kansas Reflector column.
“(Derek Schmidt) has, in a single news conference, shown the people of Kansas that he’s willing to sacrifice their children on the altar of political expediency,” Clay Wirestone writes in this Kansas Reflector column.
”Passing this amendment would take power from local district attorneys to initiate a proceeding to ouster a naughty sheriff and would concentrate that power in one person — the state’s attorney general,” Amii Castle writes in this letter to the Times.
”As blood drive coordinator and supervisor of the blood bank at LMH Health, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Lawrence community for donating a total of 179 units of blood over two days last week at the LMH blood drives,” Faith Friesen writes in this letter to the Times.
“Candidates should be judged this year on their position regarding the defense of our democracy. Did they condone the Big Lie about voter fraud, or worse, help spread the lie?” Thomas Weiss writes in this letter to the Times.
“We know that the trauma and violence of sexual assault and domestic violence strike at the core of a victim’s ability to control their own life. … Regaining personal autonomy is fundamental to healing and survival,” KCSDV writes in this column.
“Prior to any further discussion about school closures, we call on the school board to create a procedure for best practices when considering school closures and to adopt this procedure moving forward,” Save Our Schools 497 writes in this column.
“Over the past four years, through the power of collective generosity, #BeMoreLikeClaire has awarded more than $195,825 in grants to area nonprofits, with the vast majority located in Douglas County,” organization leaders write in this column.
FROM THE STACKS
Note: Staff members at the Lawrence Public Library write blog posts about books, bookish things and other media. The Times is reposting some of those blogs in this feature, From the Stacks. Find many other blog posts, titles referenced in these posts and much more on the library’s website, lplks.org.
Here’s a series of unsolicited reading recommendations for Lawrence City Commission and Lawrence school board candidates, based on favorite books they shared with the Times.
“One of my favorite books of the past couple years is Bathsheba Demuth’s award-winning ‘Floating Coast,’ so I was pleased to see that the author is part of this season’s speaker series at KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities,” Jake Vail of Lawrence Public Library writes.
Tardigrades “have inched their way into the public imagination in recent years. For one thing, they are cute as heck, especially for a microscopic creature that doesn’t really have a face,” Dan Coleman writes in this piece for the Lawrence Public Library.