Journal-World Editorials

Trusting regents
It’s good that the Kansas Board of Regents trusts its university CEOs but it might also want to take steps to verify that no athletic-academic scandals are on the horizon.
November 26, 2014
If you had asked members of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors a few years ago whether any of the 16 institutions under their supervision had a problem with academics and athletics, what would they have said?
Editorial: Mental health needs
Kansas needs more than a short-term solution for its overcrowded mental health facilities.
November 25, 2014
The closure in recent years of several mental health facilities has left Kansas with just two in-patient facilities for patients with severe mental illness. Now, one of those facilities, Osawatomie State Hospital, is in danger of losing its ability to claim Medicare reimbursements if it doesn’t address deficiencies by Dec. 5.
Editorial: Leach records
Records in the Randy Leach missing person case should be released
November 24, 2014
Harold and Alberta Leach endured a painful tragedy 26 years ago when their son, Randy Leach, went missing near Linwood. Sadly, their pain is magnified by law enforcement agencies’ refusal to release records related to the case, which appears to have been shelved long ago despite assertions that there is still an ongoing investigation.
Editorial: Sobering report
A federal report on per-capita income includes some discouraging numbers for Lawrence and Douglas County.
November 23, 2014
Not too many years ago, Lawrence and Douglas County were the hot spots of the state. They were the examples that people in other parts of the state tried to emulate.
Editorial: Action needed
The city should takes steps to ensure safe housing at Cedarwood Apartments.
November 21, 2014
At the very top of the city of Lawrence’s web page explaining its rental licensing policies is a statement in bold to tenants: “You have a right to safe housing.” Pardon the residents of Cedarwood Apartments if they’re not so sure.
Editorial: Losing faith
Coverage — or the lack of coverage — of an Obamacare critic has shaken the public’s faith in both the president and the news media.
November 20, 2014
Events of the past several weeks in Washington offer ample proof of why citizens are losing confidence in President Obama, as well as the news media.
Editorial: Uneasy silence
The KU chancellor’s silence on the North Carolina academic scandal only heightens concerns.
November 19, 2014
People who care about Kansas University are legitimately concerned about the academic scandal involving the University of North Carolina basketball team.
Editorial: Rocky deal
The final bill for infrastructure at Rock Chalk Park is delivering yet another blow to residents’ confidence in the way this project was handled.
November 18, 2014
It’s easy to understand why Lawrence city commissioners would want to pay the final bill on the Rock Chalk Park infrastructure and try to put this controversial deal behind them. However, approving final payment on this project with the information they now have at hand would be an irresponsible use of taxpayer money.
Editorial: Important role
The hiring of a new commissioner of education is a key decision for the Kansas State Board of Education.
November 16, 2014
The state’s new commissioner of education will have a profound effect on the future of K-12 schools in Kansas.
Editorial: Confidence
City commissioners need to take some time to listen to the public and find a new approach to new police facilities.
November 16, 2014
Lawrence city commissioners graciously accepted the blame for the defeat of an additional sales tax to fund a new police headquarters, but it was clear at Tuesday’s meeting that there was more than one reason the election question might have failed.