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KU Search Efforts


There’s no easy solution and hindsight is great, but Kansas University officials need to give more attention to the timing and sequence of announcements of major hires at the University. The recent announcement of the hiring of two new deans – Michelle Mohr Carney, School of Social Welfare, and L. Paige Fields, School of Business – only a short time before naming Dr. Doug Girod as the new chancell... More »

KU Chancellor Selection


Both of the Kansas University-related finalists for the KU chancellorship are winners in every respect but a selection had to be made. The selection of Dr. Doug Girod over Dr. Neeli Bendapudi probably came as a surprise to many but it is good news for the University, good for Lawrence and good for Kansas. The same could have been said if Bendapudi had been selected. Girod is sure to inject leaders... More »

Proud History of Sunflower Broadband


Last week’s news that the new owner of Lawrence’s cable television operation plans to close the local news portion of Channel 6 was sad and unfortunate but brings back many memories of the beginning and development of Sunflower Cablevision….Lawrence’s first cable television system. The first idea of a cable system for Lawrence started in the early 1960’s when this writer attended an American Newsp... More »

Dangerous Criticism


Some time, the sooner the better, hysterical and frantic Democrats should call off their well-planned and all-out war to destroy the Trump presidency. They need to accept and acknowledge Hillary Clinton lost her bid for the White House. To date there is no evidence Trump has broken any laws and no evidence he collaborated with Russians to win the presidency. The “never Trump” contingency of the De... More »

Rare Opportunity


By now it is assumed finalists for the upcoming vacancies in Kansas University’s chancellor’s office, the dean of the KU School of Business and the dean of the KU School of Social Welfare have been selected and interviewed. It’s also likely one of the finalists for the chancellor’s position is Neeli Bendapudi, current KU provost and former dean of the KU School of Business. The personable, effecti... More »

Lawrence Memorial Hospital Future


One of these days, probably sooner than some might expect, Lawrence Memorial Hospital officials are likely to face a serious decision relative to the future status of the hospital: Will it remain a totally independent, stand-alone hospital or will it develop some kind of an association or working relationship with a larger hospital? Health care is changing and it’s going to be increasingly challen... More »

Bert Nash Leadership


The upcoming change in leadership at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center is an ideal time to point out the importance of this facility in providing excellent mental health services to Lawrence and Douglas County residents and improving the quality of life in Lawrence and Douglas County. David Johnson will be stepping aside in July after 16 years of excellent leadership of Bert Nash. His s... More »

Critical Decisions for KU


The importance of the current search for a new Kansas University chancellor cannot be over-emphasized. A truly superior new chancellor will help improve the university, help make Lawrence a better city and have a tremendous and positive impact on the entire state. A mediocre chancellor will keep the university spinning its wheels with its competitors growing and excelling at KU’s expense. A superi... More »