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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“Hayden’s use of KORA may set a harmful precedent whereby a law enforcement agency could designate any activity it chooses as a ‘criminal investigation’ …That keeps the public in the dark about questionable expenditures of taxpayer dollars on the activity,” Max Kautsch writes in this column.
“The overly harsh, disproportionate discipline for students in poverty and students of color often continues throughout PreK-12 and can force children into the prison system,” members of the Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice write in this column.
“Oh, my friends. I wish I could share your shock, but I do share your grief,” Ami Helmer writes in this column.
“By applying an either/or rhetoric to a highly nuanced and medically complex issue, anti-abortion advocates are assuring that lawyers, hospital staff, and political entities will ultimately make decisions about pregnancy and abortion care,” Hannah Bailey writes in this column.
“Participating in governing is a time honored and sacred tradition in our Indigenous communities. Our ancestors and relatives survived against seemingly insurmountable odds, which is why we owe it to them to make our voices heard at the ballot box,” Deb Haaland, Secretary of the Interior, writes in this column.
“We all need to advocate for our family members, friends, neighbors, and fellow Lawrencians who may need accessible housing — now or in the future,” Dot Nary writes in this column.
“In 1912, Kansas became the eighth state to give women the right to vote, eight years before the national women’s suffrage amendment was ratified. Kansans now have the opportunity to lead the way again,” Elizabeth B. A. Miller writes in this letter to the Times.
“Kansas already has highly restricted abortion care with no government funding, and that will continue if we vote ‘no,’” write Carol Williamson and Lori Hutfles, co-presidents of the League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County.
“Women deserve to be uplifted during these trying times, but women in America are far from the only ones who are struggling,” Libby Hale 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.
“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.