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Editorial: Police process

Simply looking at different financing possibilities isn’t backing up far enough in the planning process for a new $26 million police headquarters.

Delaying spending on some other projects to finance a new police headquarters building may or may not be an acceptable strategy, but city officials are missing the point if they think simply finding another way to pay for essentially the same project will address all, or even most, of the concerns that Lawrence taxpayers have about this plan.

Editorial: Unfair split

Changing a grant program for Kansas college students isn’t a show of support for private colleges; it’s a slap at public university students who are just trying to make ends meet.

Independent private colleges are an important part of the state’s higher education system, but legislative changes that will result in most of the Kansas Comprehensive Grant funds going to students at those schools is out of whack.

Editorial: Happy trails

The Kansas River has always been a focal point for Lawrence, and a new trail will provide better opportunities to enjoy the riverfront.

A new, improved trail along the Kansas River just west of downtown will be a nice addition for Lawrence residents, as well as visitors to the city.

Editorial: Treaty trust?

The Obama administration’s lack of transparency makes it hard for Americans to have confidence in U.S. negotiations for a nuclear treaty with Iran.

How can Americans have much confidence or believe that President Obama is acting in the best interests of America in current nuclear treaty dealings with Iran when his record in foreign matters and his administration’s transparency have been so disappointing and dangerous to the country?

Editorial: Renewable power

Kansas legislators should be looking at ways to boost renewable energy efforts in the state, not hamper them.

The Kansas renewable energy industry has been growing and thriving, but some measures still active in the Kansas Legislature could bring an end to that.

Editorial: Bad move

Legislators should have thought again before taking steps to ban the use of payroll deduction for charitable contributions.

The desire to shift responsibility for social services away from government and onto the private sector has been a common theme in the current session of the Kansas Legislature. With that in mind, why would legislators propose changes that would make it more difficult for a group like United Way to collect funds for charitable purposes?

Editorial: Power balance

Are Kansas legislators just firing a shot over the bow or are they taking direct aim at the Kansas Supreme Court?

A bill introduced this week in the Kansas Senate seems like either a threat or a promise. The bill, which outlines additional specifics that justify impeachment of Kansas Supreme Court justices, may be a veiled threat to sitting justices or a sign that legislators are trying to get their ducks in a row for a direct attack on the court.

Editorial: Bad sign

As many observers predicted, higher education funding is increasingly in jeopardy as Kansas legislators work to bring the state budget in line with its revenues.

It appears we spoke too soon when we expressed sympathy in a recent editorial over cuts a committee of the Kansas Legislature made to Kansas State University’s budget.

Editorial: Training support

A financial package to support a new technical training center in Lawrence is a good investment for city and county government.

This week, Lawrence and Douglas County officials will be asked for financial support for a new technical training center in Lawrence. This is a project that has been needed in the community for many years, and is a good investment for the two government entities.

Editorial: Positive action

A state regulatory group is taking action that may actually bring some relief to south-central Kansas residents.

Congratulations to the Kansas Corporation Commission for taking some action aimed at curbing earthquake activity in two south-central Kansas counties.