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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“I wonder, if the justices are so concerned about history and intent, what do they make of some of the other important documents of our country and the intent of the founding fathers?” Edith Guffey writes in this column.
“The Supreme Court has made its decision — so I will make mine,” Ella Lee Dominguez writes in this column.
“As state and local governments invest in broadband, they should also ensure their work is focused on digital equity,” members of the Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice write in this Kansas Reflector column.
“Parity offers the truer path to freedom for African Americans and to a healthier democracy. Juneteenth’s emancipation remembrance merely marks the first step,” Mark McCormick writes in this Kansas Reflector column.
“Kansas voters cannot allow our elected leaders to avoid this crucial issue. … After all, if elected leaders are not sensitive to the concerns of their voters, why should they remain in office?” Max Kautsch, president of the Kansas Coalition for Open Government, writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.
“Jayhawks and the Lawrence community deserve better decision-making from KU’s leadership as it relates to historic preservation on Mount Oread,” Tom Harper writes in this column about the likely impending demolition of the Facilities Administration Building.
LETTERS TO THE TIMES
“Maybe … you are generally pro-life but don’t like extreme restrictions on abortion. Maybe you are just generally uneasy about abortion itself but want it to keep it as an option,” Ken Grotewiel writes in this letter to the Times.
“If the amendment passes, Kansas lawmakers can — and they will — enact laws banning abortions. And we know they will because they’ve already tried,” Amii Castle writes in this letter to the Times.
“If you’re charged with a felony, you have the right to an attorney. If you’re about to be kicked out of your home here in Douglas County, you’re on your own,” Steven Koprince writes in this letter to the Times.
“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.
“When we are united around addressing systemic issues of injustice, the impact is long-lasting and profound,” the co-presidents of Justice Matters write in this column.
Members of the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society hosted an opening reception April 5 to celebrate a new exhibit, “Living Sovereignty,” and a standing-room-only crowd came to hear Judith Manthe, Principal Chief of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas, speak.
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.