Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Strategy shift
The Lawrence chamber of commerce plans to revamp its strategy for recruiting new businesses while boosting efforts to support homegrown enterprises.
April 24, 2015
A shift in Lawrence’s business recruitment strategy and budget seems like a reasonable response to a changing economic development environment.
Editorial: Big picture
A blue-ribbon commission is one way city officials could spur the needed discussion on local police services and facilities.
April 23, 2015
Lawrence city commissioners shouldn’t be too quick to reject the idea of establishing a blue-ribbon commission to take a look at police operations and facilities.
Editorial: Less shaky
New state regulations may have brought some earthquake relief to residents of two Kansas counties.
April 22, 2015
The scientific jury is still out on whether increased earthquake activity is linked to the disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production in south-central Kansas, but many residents of Harper and Sumner counties have made up their minds.
Editorial: Losing ground
An agreement to freeze tuition in exchange for flat state funding only means state universities in Kansas will continue to lose ground.
April 21, 2015
Kansas legislators say they are concerned about rising tuition at state universities but apparently not concerned enough to consider additional state funding to reduce the need for tuition increases.
Editorial: Caution due
A plan to waive certain teacher licensing requirements demands careful scrutiny by the state.
April 20, 2015
The Kansas State Board of Education is being rightfully cautious about approving a plan to allow some school districts to bypass teacher licensing regulations.
Editorial: New rules
New restrictions on how low-income Kansans can spend public assistance money are less important than other provisions of the state’s new welfare reform law.
April 19, 2015
National commentators criticizing a new Kansas welfare reform law have focused mostly on what they consider to be mean-spirited and insulting restrictions on how public assistance money can be spent, but other provisions of this bill will have a far more significant impact on low-income Kansas families.
Editorial: Big job
Lawrence city commissioners shouldn’t hesitate to ask for some help in hiring the next city manager.
April 17, 2015
Hiring a new city manager probably is the most important task currently facing the Lawrence City Commission.
Editorial: Taxing situation
Lawrence school officials are in a tough financial spot, but taxpayers would appreciate anything the district can do to minimize local tax increases.
April 16, 2015
Local taxpayers understand that state funding decisions have put the Lawrence school district in a tough spot and they probably are willing to pay a little more to offset state funding cuts. Before they do that, however, they would like to know that school officials have done what they can to minimize increases in the property tax levy.
Editorial: Promising firm
Lawrence and KU are building their reputation as part of the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.
April 15, 2015
Monday’s announcement that an Australian-based animal health company will move its global headquarters to Lawrence is great news.
Editorial: Haskell progress
As it is for all colleges, an accreditation process is both an opportunity and a challenge for Haskell Indian Nations University.
April 14, 2015
Haskell Indian Nations University has faced a number of challenges since it was last accredited in 2005. Not all of those issues have been resolved, but hopefully the accreditation team from the Higher Learning Commission that arrived on campus Monday will be impressed by recent efforts to identify and address both problems and goals at the American Indian school.