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Editorial: Funding process

School districts requesting state funds to meet “extraordinary” needs were forced to play a game without knowing the rules.

The number of students a public school district serves may not be the only criteria for distributing state funds to that district, but ignoring the increased demands that higher enrollment places on a school district makes little sense.

Editorial: Good partnership

Lawrence Memorial Hospital programs and support are welcome additions to Sports Pavilion Lawrence.

The sponsorship and lease agreement allowing Lawrence Memorial Hospital to locate facilities at Sports Pavilion Lawrence is a great partnership between two local entities.

Editorial: Poor planning

Kansas can’t simply ignore the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funds to support women’s health and family planning.

Apparently, Kansas legislators should have checked with federal officials back in 2011 before promising that funding they were taking from women’s health and family planning services at some Kansas clinics would be transferred to other clinics that could provide the same services.

Editorial: Commission search

Having good candidates from which to choose is the essential first step to successfully filling the Lawrence City Commission vacancy.

The Lawrence City Commission has set an efficient and open process to guide its selection of a new member, including the appointment of a 12-member advisory board to review all applications and recommend six finalists to the city commissioners.

Editorial: Positive plan

Revised plans for a retail center on South Iowa Street outline what seems to be a positive and appropriate project for Lawrence.

A pared-down development plan for a site just south of the South Lawrence Trafficway on Iowa Street addresses many of the concerns expressed when an earlier request was denied.

Editorial: Kasold questions

A major north-south route across Lawrence isn’t a good place to experiment with new street designs.

The Lawrence City Commission’s consideration of a plan to narrow Kasold Drive between Eighth and 14th streets was delayed last week because of an already lengthy agenda.

Editorial: Positive legacy

CEO Gene Meyer has presided over a period of dynamic progress at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital has prospered during 18 years of Gene Meyer’s leadership. Meyer announced this week that he would retire as LMH’s president and CEO in May 2016. He will be difficult to replace but finding a new top leader for LMH will be easier because of the legacy of support and excellence that Meyer and his staff have built during his tenure.

Editorial: Moving ahead

The Lawrence City Commission is taking steps to regroup and move forward.

After a chaotic week, Lawrence city commissioners came together Tuesday night and took some positive steps toward regaining the community’s confidence.

Editorial: Guns and bars

If bar owners want to ban concealed weapons in their businesses, signs stating that policy are a good place to start.

Local bars that haven’t posted no-gun signs might want to rethink that decision.

Editorial: Mayor choice

Commissioner Mike Amyx’s experience and respect in the community make him the best choice to fill the mayor’s chair.

After what Commissioner Mike Amyx called a “very tough week,” the Lawrence City Commission is in need of experienced, steady leadership.