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Editorial: Bicycle parking

Improved downtown bicycle parking should be paired with an effort to keep bicycles off downtown sidewalks.

Just like motorists, bicyclists apparently are frustrated with being unable to find a parking place in downtown Lawrence.

Editorial: Full force

The new Lawrence city commissioner appointed tonight will have to hit the ground running.

The only major business on tonight’s Lawrence City Commission agenda is the appointment and swearing in of a new commissioner to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Mayor Jeremy Farmer.

Editorial: Disappointing news

New reports don’t bode well for the Kansas economy or state revenues.

Three reports released last week painted an ongoing discouraging picture of the Kansas economy. On Thursday, the Kansas Department of Revenue reported another shortfall in state tax revenues. In September, the state brought in $534 million in taxes, about 5.5 percent below the forecasted $565 million. That adds to a cumulative shortfall for the first quarter of the state’s fiscal year. Since the fiscal year began in July, tax collections have been $1.37 billion, which is $67 million or about 4.7 percent short of expectations.

Editorial: Insulting effort

Kansas legislators should drop their effort to place unreasonable limits on who is eligible to serve on a local school board.

A survey recently sent to local school boards at the request of Kansas legislators is insulting to board members and probably a waste of everyone’s time.

Editorial: Efficiency?

It will be interesting to see what consultants come up with to improve government “efficiency” in Kansas.

As they struggled to close a state budget gap earlier this year, frustrated Kansas legislators approved spending up to $3 million on a government efficiency study that they hoped would make their job easier next year.

Editorial: Voter purge

Setting an arbitrary time limit after which incomplete Kansas voter registrations will be tossed out is one way to shorten the state’s embarrassing list of “in suspense” voters.

On Friday, the Kansas Secretary of State’s office is set to initiate a new policy that will toss out any Kansas voter registration that hasn’t been completed within 90 days.

Editorial: Arts asset

In the last 40 years, the Lawrence Arts Center has grown from humble beginnings to a true community asset.

It’s hard to imagine that 40 years ago hardly anyone in Lawrence had much idea what a community arts center should look like.

Editorial: Enrollment boost

Enrollment and freshman academic reports area a good sign for KU.

The enrollment report released last week by the Kansas Board of Regents held some positive news for Kansas University. Official headcounts taken on the 20th day of classes showed enrollment increases at only two state universities: KU and Fort Hays State University. KU’s increase was small — just 108 students or 0.4 percent — but it was accompanied by some encouraging news about this fall’s freshman class.

Editorial: Grocery plans

The community should support plans to bring a full-service grocery store back to downtown.

It’s good to hear that the focus of plans for a new grocery story in downtown Lawrence has shifted back to the former Borders bookstore building at Seventh and New Hampshire streets.

Editorial: School lessons

The pending city-school compromise on building permits and inspections should have come much sooner.

Maybe it’s better late than never, but many local residents wonder why it took city and school officials more than two years to arrive at the building permit and inspection agreement they will consider this week.