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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OPINION COLUMNS + LETTERS TO THE TIMES
“Jury nullification is a basic refusal to convict based on the jurors’ beliefs and principles,” Kirsten Kuhn writes in this column.
“The state has long prided itself on its status as the home to the voter roll police, but it has among the worst list maintenance procedures in the country given its failure to use any technology that allows it to check its rolls against the rolls of other states — a far cry from the state’s public image,” Jessica Huseman writes.
“As my team at Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ looks back at the wonderful success of the 2021 Youth Art Contest, we are overwhelmed by the love, support, and care that these students embedded into their works of art,” Steve Devore writes.
“An increased tax burden has very real implications. The ongoing effort to address affordable housing issues will be dented as struggling homeowners will be pushed out of ownership and renters will see increased pass-through costs as well,” Patrick Wilbur writes in this column.
“Everything has only gotten more complicated since I’ve stumbled out of the closet, and I’ve realized there are new and dreadful ways that society at large perceives a body like mine,” Kimberly Lopez writes in this column.
“Because this case is closed, we ethically can address misconceptions that have arisen from a misguided narrative based on supposition and speculation,” Douglas County DA Suzanne Valdez and defense attorney Jonathan Sternberg write in this column.
The United Way of Douglas County is accepting applicants for two separate funds geared toward Anti-Poverty and Family Stabilization, respectively.
Lawrence Mutual Aid Network writes: “We need to not only end homelessness but end the potential of any community member feeling as if they do not have resources or options to feel secure in their own housing.”
Note: The Lawrence Times is offering some space for area organizations and organizers to provide […]
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.