Journal-World Editorials

Editorial: An honored friend
A visit by former Sen. Bob Dole was a reminder of the Kansan’s many accomplishments and a tribute to the legacy he leaves behind.
April 23, 2014
It may have been called a reception, but it seemed more like a warm, almost emotional reunion of long-time friends who gathered to express their appreciation and admiration for a special friend who had done so much for the state of Kansas and the country.
Editorial: Roundabout rally
The city is looking at a major new commitment to roundabouts on Lawrence streets.
April 22, 2014
For better or worse, the city of Lawrence seems to be back in the roundabout business. At tonight’s meeting, the Lawrence City Commission will consider a plan to seek federal highway funds to help pay for three projects aimed at improving safety on local streets. All three of the local proposals involve the construction of roundabouts at major intersections.
Editorial: Water strategies
It’s good to see Kansas policy makers working with university experts in an effort to meet the state’s water challenges.
April 21, 2014
Water is likely to become this nation’s most critical natural resource, and it is good to learn a special task force appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback will be meeting at Kansas University Thursday to discuss a long-term plan for the protection and use of the state’s water resources.
Editorial: Missed message
It didn’t matter whether it was delivered in a tweet or a carefully researched report, the Kansas Board of Regents wasn’t particularly interested in the input of university faculty and staff on
April 20, 2014
The knee-jerk reaction last week of Kansas Board of Regents members to an alternative policy on social media prepared by a work group made up of faculty and staff representatives from all six regents universities was disappointing.
Saturday Column: Faculty are loyal but concerned about KU’s future
April 19, 2014
As the 2013-14 school year at Kansas University nears an end, what’s the mood across the campus? Are faculty members excited and enthused about the future — their futures as well as the university’s — or are they worried and concerned?
Editorial: Sponsor dollars
Sponsorships will help pay for the operation of a new city recreation center, but how much advertising should be allowed?
April 18, 2014
Many details are yet to be decided relative to the city’s new recreation center being built at Rock Chalk Park, and there are likely to be surprises — both good and bad.
Editorial: Relays tradition
The Kansas Relays is primed to reclaim its position as one of the nation’s premiere track and field events.
April 17, 2014
The Kansas Relays are a signature athletic event for Kansas University and Lawrence. They not only seem to guarantee at least one day of rain on an April weekend in Lawrence but they draw thousands of competitors and spectators to the community.
Editorial: Tax reflex
Local officials seem too quick to look to tax increases as the best way to solve their budget dilemmas.
April 16, 2014
The front page of Tuesday’s Journal-World didn’t hold any good news for Lawrence taxpayers. Lawrence residents usually are willing to pay their share of taxes for necessary city, county and school projects, but it’s disheartening to see how reflexively local officials jump to the conclusion that increased sales or property taxes are the best answer to about any budget challenge.
Editorial: Worthy coach
It would be great to see former LHS football coach Bill Freeman among this years Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductees.
April 15, 2014
Allow us to do a little lobbying for a former Lawrence High School football coach who is more than qualified for admission into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Editorial: Incentives policy
The idea needs some refinement, but the city is right to consider adding some new protections to its tax incentive policy.
April 14, 2014
The timing was off for the project at Ninth and New Hampshire, but Lawrence city commissioners are right to pursue the addition of certain conditions to the city’s tax incentive packages.