Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: Message or medium?
Recent discussions at Kansas University point to a basic flaw in the Kansas Board of Regents social media policy.
September 21, 2014
Is the message the problem or is it the medium? Kansas University employees are complaining that a new social media policy is hampering their right to express their opinions about how KU officials are handling sexual assault reports and investigations. The policy adopted by the Kansas Board of Regents allows a range of disciplinary action, including dismissal, for any university employee who uses social media in a way that “is contrary to the best interests of the employer.” KU officials still are working on procedures to enforce the policy, but employees say they are afraid to speak up about the sexual assault issue for fear of reprisal
Editorial: Tradition marches on
The timing of Saturday’s KU football game will help accommodate a popular musical tradition.
September 19, 2014
Band Day is a popular part of the Kansas University football season, but it has been hampered in recent years by television scheduling issues and reduced school funding.
Editorial: Parking switch
Reducing the parking requirements for a large apartment complex on the edge of the KU campus would be a serious mistake.
September 18, 2014
Apparently not satisfied with the city’s approval of a 10-year, 85 percent tax rebate, the developer of a $75 million apartment complex near Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium now is asking the city for an additional favor: a reduction in the parking requirement for the project.
Editorial: Deserving honor
Another group of deserving business leaders soon will join the Lawrence Business Hall of Fame.
September 17, 2014
The Lawrence Business Hall of Fame will induct another outstanding group of local business leaders at its annual tribute dinner on Oct. 8.
Editorial: Salute to Habitat
Nonprofit group has much to be proud of as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.
September 16, 2014
Habitat for Humanity has helped 85 Lawrence families build and finance homes since the organization’s local chapter was founded in 1989. That’s an accomplishment worth saluting as the nonprofit group celebrates its 25th anniversary in Lawrence this month.
Editorial: Rural boost
A new effort of the Kansas Sampler Foundation is striving to connect rural communities to donors and volunteers who want to support their towns.
September 15, 2014
During a campaign season, it’s common for Kansas candidates to express concern and support for rural communities across the state.
Editorial: Higher marks
Latest college rankings reveal that the rest of Kansas University can learn a few things from two schools that are doing it right.
September 14, 2014
There’s good news as well as bad, or at least alarming, news for Kansas University and its students, faculty, alumni and friends in the just-released college rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
Editorial: Right decision
The city was correct in saying “no” to Wicked Broadband’s plan in its current form.
September 12, 2014
The Lawrence City Commission was right Tuesday to delay a decision on guaranteeing a $1 million loan that Wicked Broadband would use to bring higher speed Internet access to Lawrence.
Editorial: Parking fairness
Reserved parking in downtown Lawrence raises some fairness issues.
September 11, 2014
Allowing a business to purchase reserved parking spaces in downtown Lawrence would set a bad precedent.
Editorial: Haskell focus
This weekend’s Indian Art Market is just one opportunity for the community to connect with Haskell Indian Nations University.
September 10, 2014
Every fall, Haskell Indian Nations University welcomes thousands of visitors to its campus to enjoy the Haskell Indian Art Market.