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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“The ‘Free State Narrative’ is toxic to understand what really happened in Kansas and obscures how much the state did not live up to its purported openness and tolerance,” Kerry Altenbernd writes in this column.
In recent weeks, the Kaw River has been lowered at the Bowersock Dam. Ancient shoreline structures have been revealed and huge, deep expanses of shale, millions of years old, have been exposed.
“In the long term, I hope to create a network of attorneys who can provide competent, affirming, and affordable services for low-income trans Kansans seeking all sorts of legal support,” Ellen Bertels writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.
“In 2021, conservatives just decided to double down on racism and death. They didn’t say that outright, of course, but they understood that hatred of Black and brown people is still a potent weapon among white voters,” Clay Wirestone writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.
“I have a gut feeling that there’s something I’m doing that is intrinsically wrong,” Kimberly Lopez writes in this column for the Times.
“Likening the greatest act of antisemitism in history to mask requirements and vaccine mandates is abhorrent and downplays the reality of the Holocaust,” Paul Samberg writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.
LETTERS TO THE TIMES
“Please show your support for closing the coal-powered plants and urge Evergy to use securitization funds to transition to renewable energy by sending your comments to KCC,” Kathleen Harned writes in this letter to the Times.
“Single-member districts are ultimately a better choice for representative government, much as the way we elect members to the county commission,” Rick Cagan, of Lawrence, writes in this letter to the Times.
An open letter to the Lawrence City Commission: RE: the current proposal to ban the […]
The community is invited to a candlelight vigil during Domestic Violence Awareness month to remember victims, honor survivors and explore opportunities to act to make a difference.
“What began with a used book and a message to a Facebook moms group has become a thriving program that has delivered more than 16,000 free books to Douglas County preschool children. But Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Douglas County is suffering from growing pains and needs your help.”
Douglas County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) recently presented “Winds Across the Prairie” — a benefit concert to support CASA’s work with the most vulnerable children in our community.
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.
“I thought I would write up and share a few of my favorite off-the-beaten-path corners of Douglas County,” Dan Coleman writes.
Angela Hyde writes about the benefits and bonding experience of starting a book club with tweens and teens.
“Queer history is vital to a queer future. Reclaiming spaces in history that were occupied by real people through fiction is just as vital,” Margo Moore writes.