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Editorial: Academic rights

The importance and the limits of academic freedom are a topic of lively debate in Kansas these days.

Academic freedom is a bedrock principle for university faculty members, and yet, there seems to be some controversy in Kansas about exactly what is covered by that term.

Editorial: Who should pay?

There should be a better way to share the costs of operating Kansas University’s private jet.

Sunday’s Journal-World story about the purchase and use of a private jet by Kansas University triggered many responses — some favoring the purchase, use and costs, but more questioning or criticizing the jet expense.

Editorial: Threat analysis

The public needs to be aware of the differing official opinions being expressed about the terrorist threat facing the U.S.

How is the public supposed to know what is going on relative to the dangers facing this nation when major news media — in this case, the Associated Press — fail to report two diametrically differing opinions on a single subject voiced by two very senior government officials in Washington?

Editorial: Go vote

Today’s primary presents some important choices for Lawrence voters.

It has sort of sneaked up on some of us, but today is an important election day. Today’s primary election will narrow the field of 14 Lawrence City Commission candidates to the final six who will be on April’s general election ballot and trim the field of candidates for a two-year term on the Lawrence school board from four to two.

Editorial: Election moves

The Kansas House should reject plans to move city and school board elections.

A bill that would move local city and school board elections to November in odd-numbered years narrowly passed the Kansas Senate on Thursday. The bill now goes to the House, which we hope will carefully weigh any possible benefit of this bill against the administrative costs and problems it will create.

Editorial: Questions remain

There aren’t many big surprises in the Rock Chalk Park audit, but there are a number of disappointing conclusions.

The audit released Thursday reveals some of the major flaws in the Rock Chalk Park process and accounting, but it leaves many questions unanswered.

Editorial: Funding option

The formation of a public building commission is a new twist for Douglas County that local voters should make sure they understand.

In the name of keeping their financial options open for a couple of looming construction projects, the Douglas County Commission has agreed to establish a public building commission.

Editorial: Crowd control

College athletic officials need to consider measures to curb the potentially dangerous tradition of fans storming the court after a big basketball victory.

The crowd that stormed the court at Kansas State University Monday night also has spurred considerable concern around the country about the possible dangers of such behavior.

Editorial: Language challenge

Congratulations to Kansas University for continuing to sell the value of foreign language study.

Knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is perhaps more important than ever, and it’s good to see Kansas University officials emphasizing the benefits and opportunities of foreign language study for its students.

Editorial: Opposing view

Legislators from both ends of the state are concerned about how Kansas will resolve its budget and school finance challenges.

Some Kansas legislators had an opportunity to go back to their districts and talk to some constituents at the end of last week, and some of what they were saying confirms how far apart state lawmakers are on how to attack this session’s two most important issues: balancing the state budget and providing funding for K-12 public schools.